Rebecca Lo has a way with cute, illustrated recipes, a knack for the camera and a propensity for picking out some stunning eateries on her blog, Mopiku. But what is Rebecca really all about? Find out about the inner-workings of this gal of gastronomic adventure in today’s edition of Friday’s Foodie…
When and why did you start writing about food?
I started my food blog two years ago. The original idea was not about restaurant reviews or sharing my recipes, it was more of a personal diary describing all my culinary adventures in my own home and exotic places I have visited in Toronto. I’m glad other people are reading it now and being entertained.
What do you love most about food?
I love the process of making food and the dining experience. Food is no longer just to fulfil hunger. It is all about the technique, technology, presentation and taste, and that makes everything very exciting.
What do you do when you aren’t writing about or eating food?
I have a very unhealthy appetite for useless knowledge. Endless internet browsing keeps me current and distracts me from thinking about my stressful day at work.
Do you cook? If so, what’s your speciality? If not, why?
I love cooking. My two signature dishes are pistachio crusted rack of lamb and shellfish chowder. Both dishes are very easy to make. They are my go-to recipes.
What’s your favourite type of food(s) and where do you go to get it?
Japanese. Ematei on St. Patrick is the number one restaurant for good, authentic Japanese food in Toronto. You will see me there at least once a month.
What’s your hidden gem?
It’s my hidden gem. I can’t tell you… Ok ok… It’s [bleep]… Keep it quiet… I can’t disclose any more information.
…Ok, I will be honest. I don’t have a hidden gem. Whenever I go to a restaurant that I love, I usually tell everyone about it.
What’s your go-to restaurant?
If I have no idea what to eat, I always go to King’s Noodle and find something I crave. All their BBQ dishes are great. If I’m looking for a good time with friends, definitely Chantecler. It’s a causal restaurant with amazing food and great cocktails.
What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had?
Definitely my meal at Eleven Madison Park. It was the first time I dined at a three Michelin star restaurant. The experience was unreal. Everything was top notch. From the moment I stepped into the restaurant, the service, the food, the cutlery, the environment – everything was absolutely perfect!
What’s the one restaurant you have to try before you die?
The Fat Duck. Heston Blumenthal introduced me to the world of modernist cuisine. He is my hero. I would love to have a chance to dine at his signature restaurant.
What’s your biggest restaurant pet peeve? (play nice)
Waiters who stand over my shoulder when I read the menu or when I think about how much to tip.