Although this girl doesn’t consider herself a foodie, Amy Lu certainly shares her culinary adventures (and misadventures) with her online audience. With a grand following behind her, Amy successfully launched her first blog, amysfooadventures.com, just a year and a half ago. Her obsession with baking also led to its creation, but even without any formal training or classes, her recipes and reviews provide an everyday take on food around the city. A down to earth reviewer for the average food-loving Torontonian was the result…
When and why did you start writing about food?
I started my food blog, amysfoodadventures.com in March of 2011. I’ve always loved food and would drag my friends along to try out new restaurants. After posting so many food photos on my Facebook, my friends encouraged me to start a food blog and to write about restaurants I’ve tried. That’s basically how it all started!
What do you love most about food?
Food is so satisfying. When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m not hungry, I still eat. When I’m happy, I eat. When I’m feeling depressed, I eat. When I’m bored, I eat. The person cooking is happy, and the person eating is even happier.
What do you do when you aren’t writing about or eating food?
Bake! To me, baking is therapeutic and I enjoy coming up with new recipes where I can incorporate my favourite ingredients to create new desserts. I also like browsing through food blogs and magazines to get new ideas on styling and photographing food.
Do you cook? If so, what’s your speciality? If not, why?
I cook, but I don’t have a specialty since I only cook occasionally. This is because my cooking is inferior to my baking skills. When it comes to baking, I don’t really have a specialty either since I bake a wide range of treats, but what I bake most often would be macarons, shortcakes and cupcakes.
What’s your favourite type of food(s) and where do you go to get it?
My favourite food, without a doubt, is sushi. I’m obsessed with Japanese food, but sushi/sashimi is at the very top of my list. My favourite chirashizushi is from Yuzu Sake & Bar (now Yuzu no Hana), so I go there all the time.
What’s your hidden gem?
I’m a very selfish person, so I’d rather keep my hidden gem all to myself. *smirks*
What’s your go-to restaurant?
Din Tai Fung in Markham. They have really good Shanghainese food and I just find their food very comforting. Many of the dishes are meant to be shared, so it’s fun to eat with a group of close friends or family.
What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had?
Definitely sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. I remember having to wake up at 4am just to get there early and watch the tuna auction. It was quite the experience as I’ve never seen so much fish in my entire life; it was overwhelming but an eye-opener. At six in the morning I was able to enjoy extremely, extremely fresh sushi. For me, it’s never too early or too late to have sushi. Even after three years, I can still remember how amazing the meal was.
What’s the one restaurant you have to try before you die?
I don’t think I have a restaurant that falls under this category, but I would love to visit Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant in NYC one day. I’m more known for my love for patisseries above anything else. I visited Paris a few weeks ago, and visited the best patisseries there, so I have no regrets!
What’s your biggest restaurant pet peeve? (play nice)
I would have to say poor service. When the service is slow, my glass is not refilled, and the server is condescending, this makes it difficult for my companions and I to enjoy the meal.