Born in Australia, this food blogger has travelled around the globe and now calls Vancouver home. Chow chatted with Amy to learn more about how she treats her tastebuds, her favorite #ChowFinds, and her tips on saving money while dining out.
What made you start a food blog?
I started blogging as a way of sharing my food experiences and to encourage people to venture to new places. My hope is that if Vancouverites can read about a place, and look at some pictures of the food, then they may be more inclined to support local, independent food establishments.
How long have you been a blogger?
I started blogging in early 2009, so it has been about 4 years now. It’s crazy how popular food blogging has become in that time. When I started in 2009 there were less than 50 food bloggers on Urbanspoon – there are now over 700 bloggers! It’s just exploded.
Is the culinary scene different or similar to Australia?
I find the culinary scene quite similar because there is a lot of cultural diversity in both countries, however, the big difference I notice in food is the lack of authentic South-East Asian food in Vancouver. Another noticeable difference is the market for organic or local foods. Vancouverites are quite knowledgeable about those sorts of things, whereas when I was living in Australia, this just wasn’t on people’s radars (granted that was a few years ago now!). I do think Vancouver has quite a way to go when it comes to the coffee and café scene.
What’s a food item/restaurant dish that you miss from back home?
I always complain about missing really great coffee (although Vancouver’s coffee scene is slowly improving) and fresh-tasting, modern South-East Asian cuisine, particularly Thai food. I also really miss all the yummy snack foods, like the biscuits and lollies (candies).
You’ve travelled quite extensively. What was the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I don’t consider myself a particularly adventurous eater. I’m not someone that enjoys sampling weird dishes, like snake’s blood or sheep’s eyes, so I’d say the most unusual thing I’ve eaten recently was a dessert I had in Paris called Tocino del cielo. It was the gooey texture (like a warm egg yolk) that just really creeped me out.
So naturally we have to ask you, what are some of your favorite $5 or less cheap eats in Vancouver?
I have a sweet tooth so I’d have to say any pastries from Beaucoup Bakery, or donuts from Cartems or Lee’s. On a savoury note, I enjoy the veggie bahn mi from Vietsub on Robson.
Pain au Raisin at Beaucoup Bakery
If there were a meal/dish that you could eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would have to be pizza or pasta. I’m a sucker for carbs.
Do you have any money saving tips for students and travellers when it comes to eating out?
Don’t order drinks when eating out. I’ve noticed that I can save a lot of money by just ordering water and using the money saved to splurge on more food!
What would your “last meal” be?
It would have to be a repeat visit to either The French Laundry or Eleven Madison. Both were incredible!
Learn more about Amy’s Greedy Guts and culinary adventures on her blog!
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