Welcome to my food blog!Caricature Credit: Mark Siermaczeski of Cruelty Free Cartoons
At a very young age I learned that I’m a definite foodie who lives to eat. I lived on a farm with an amazing cook for a mother who spent most of her time feeding our family delicious home-cooked meals. Everything she touched would turn out better than you could imagine, and I was spoiled with having flavourful Thai, Ukrainian and other dishes as a part of my everyday life.
I currently live in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, but also enjoy travelling to other places to try out what other people enjoy eating. The majority of my posts will be related to restaurants in my hometown of Vancouver but there will also be some out of town reviews. Over most of 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a bit for my day job in the software industry, and thus have some experiences to share from a few California food establishments.
To find out more about me and why I started this blog, please read my first post, ‘Let’s Whet the Appetite.’
Below are a few additional questions about me that I’ve been asked a few times:
What’s your favourite ethnic food?
I’m definitely biased towards Thai food, but if you were to take a region of foods that I prefer at any meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, it would be something of Asian influence – kind of like me!
What’s your philosophy about fast food?
I will eat it if I need it. Basically, if I’ve had a long night out and am looking for something carb-heavy, I won’t hesitate to find a burger and fries somewhere to help ease the pain into the next day. I don’t often eat fast food, but I don’t shun it altogether – sometimes, you just gotta have some of that really salty goodness (badness?)!
What would be your last supper?
I’ve been asked this question quite a few times now, but I just can’t single out any meal in particular that I would want. I’m sure it would be a Thai jelly dessert of some sort though. I just like too many different things, that instead of a last supper, I would probably want a last week (or month) of various meals, rotating through all of the different ethnic foods that I would want to eat. This would range from home made perogies (the Ukrainian in me), to various Thai food a la my mom, and everything else in between. I can tell you though, it would NOT include pizza, pasta (for the most part anyway), and just a few other things. Basically, I would need a lot of lead time…
What is a food you despise?
The only thing that I will not eat at this point in my life is tripe. This comes from a long, stinky memory of my mother boiling cow stomach lining in our childhood kitchen, without a fan for any ventilation. The window’s would be wide open, but if you’ve smelled this before, you know that’s just nowhere near enough.
What is a food you have grown to love?
The first time I ate sushi, I didn’t think I’d try it again. It was just…weird! I grew up in a small town, and there was nothing near this type of food around (plus, we always ate home-cooked). But two weeks after that first experience, at Ebizo in Victoria, BC (now my fave sushi restaurant there), I found myself suddenly craving it. And the cravings wouldn’t stop. So I continued to go back after that, and now need to eat sushi at least once a week to feel normal.
What’s in your fridge?
I enjoy cooking when I have the time. I’m not much on following recipes, and have only recently started trying to do so more often. My favourite part of cooking is experimenting and just tasting the dishes I make until they seem like they’re just ‘right.’ So, you’ll often find my fridge stocked with everything you can imagine. There’s really nothing strange in there that I can think of – for now, anyway.