Viviana Machado is a worldly gal with a food blog, Foodies Inked, that’s very worthy of your time. If you’re unsure of where to eat out around Toronto and the vicinity, she dishes out the goods from her favourite burger joints to chique cafes and a newbies guide to the St. Lawrence Market. Check out what she had to say when we got trivial with ten questions for this fantastic foodie…
When and why did you start writing about food?
In August of 2010 a group of friends asked me to start keeping a journal of all the good spots to eat at in Toronto. They could not keep up with my random emails and texts with long lists of places they had to visit and all the yummy dishes they should try, and then one of them suggested, “why don’t you just start your own food blog?” And so I did! That’s when Foodies Inked launched and slowly evolved into a hub for the best places to eat in Toronto and area, with recipe and foodie events sections added later on.
What do you love most about food?
How it transcends – it’s timeless, yet evolves, and then simplifies as trends, flavours, and new ingredients and recipes are developed. It’s really an art yet to be discovered, and a fundamental part of our lives, and dare I say…happiness.
What do you do when you aren’t writing about or eating food?
I do a lot of research by shopping for food. You will most likely find me on Saturday mornings at St. Lawrence market, with some evenings spent watching Food Network shows. I think I have a cable subscription just so that I can watch FN.
Do you cook? If so, what’s your specialty? If not, why?
I do, and most of my favourite recipes are featured on my blog. That said, my absolute go-to, easy-to-make, delicious meal is fish tostadas. They are succulent, full of flavour and fun to eat.
What’s your favourite type of food(s) and where do you go to get it?
The answer to this will always be cheese. It’s just one of those foods that you can eat alone or accompanied, broken it or melted, and still tastes that good. I usually spend hours (and a ton of cash) at St. Lawrence Market just buying and tasting cheese. Yum!
What’s your hidden gem?
Cafe Polonez in Roncesvalles. A polish delicacy.
What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had?
Believe it or not, a 6 course tasting menu at the Eiffel Tower restaurant in, wait for it, the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
What’s the one restaurant you have to try before you die?
It’s on my bucket list and 5 year plan – The French Laundry in California.
What’s your biggest restaurant pet peeve? (play nice)
Let’s face it, burgers these days are a menu staple at most restaurants, so if the meat patty is significantly smaller than the bun, well that’s just shenanigans!