Another week, another Friday’s Foodie! Who better to start the year off than Toronto’s own food loving junkie, Vickie Cheung. Inspired by another of our favourite pro-noshers, Stella Yu, Vickie quickly adapted the tricks of the foodie trade with the help of Stella’s guidance and in turn was motivated enough to spawn her very own blog, Kiki’s B.F.F.
She pays homage to not only the restaurant scene in Toronto, but her passion for fashion and beauty. Her three addictions have collaborated very nicely on one convenient site for her audience. It is the perfect source for finding that fashionable number or just looking good while eating great food.
Let’s see what she’s gotta say…
When and why did you start writing about food?
I started my blog, Kiki’s B.F.F (Beauty, Fashion and Food) in October of 2010 and was actually inspired by one of the most popular food bloggers of Toronto, Stella Yu from Food Junkie Chronicles. We always talk about food and post pictures on Facebook and when she started her blog, I was one of her biggest fans/followers since we have such similar taste! One day she just suggested that I start my own since I eat out just as much as her. I never realized that it was so much work. However, when people are able to discover good eats from my blog, it just keeps me going.
What do you love most about food?
Nothing makes me happier than eating good food, simple as that! (Especially with good company.) Also, food is just the most readily available source to experience a culture or country.
I do enjoy cooking and baking which I do not do as often as I would like since I share a kitchen with others. I am a beginner and keep it easy cooking at home these days, nothing too complicated or fancy. I normally just cook with whatever ingredients are available without really following a specific recipe and that’s the main reason why I never blog about it.
What’s your favourite type of food(s) and where do you go to get it?
I don’t have one and I hate when people ask me, “What’s your favorite restaurant in Toronto?” as soon as they hear that I am a food blogger. If you ask me specifically what’s my favorite pizza place or sushi joint, Pizzeria Libretto and JaBistro takes the cake.
What’s your hidden gem?
Fahmee Bakery & Jamaican Food. Their Jerk Pork Cocobread has been my favorite for many years and is probably the best thing you can get for $3.00.
What’s your go-to restaurant?
Any good Korean restaurant I guess; I just find it so comforting, not to mention cheap. I must be Korean in a previous life… and I kind of look like one… (Though in case you don’t know, I am Chinese!) One of my favorite Korean restaurants is Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu. (Extra-spicy please!)
What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had?
It would have to be the Omakase dinner at Sushi Kaji many years ago where we were served a live moving shrimp head on our sushi platter.
Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo after watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I was drooling during the entire movie.
What’s your biggest restaurant pet peeve? (play nice) Snobby staff. I hate to say it, but sometimes some of the maitre d’s/hosts/waiters give you an attitude seeing that you are Chinese and expect you to be cheap. Also bad service! I recently had my birthday dinner of 16 people. I understand that food won’t be served as quickly due to the large table, but at least serve the wine that we ordered instead of having us ask more than three times while waiting for our main, not to mention without filling our water either. (I bet we would have order a few more bottles if we didn’t have to wait that long.) Then it took them half an hour just to bring our bill (we didn’t even requested separate bills), plus another half hour just to count the money and come back to charge our credit cards. Maybe because the 18% tip is already included, he didn’t feel like working for a good tip…? Although I love the food and the place a lot, after that experience I think I would never go back…