Today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite superstar food bloggers: Mijune from Follow me Foodie.
I first heard of Mijune when someone in my production company in Vancouver was working on a pilot with her. I envied her effortless sassy attitude on camera and extensive food knowledge to back it up.
I had the chance of meeting her when I was at Foodbuzz back in 2010. I approached Mijune and we made an instant connection. Fun story? Battle of the Bites was originally going to be featuring the two of us battling it out! It didn't pan out with our hectic schedules, but something tells me it won't be long before Mijune and I join forces. Or battle. Foodie style.
If you're looking for a great blog to help you find the best restaurant in Vancouver or abroad, Follow Me Foodie is for you. Currently it is ranked Top 5 on the Vancouver Blog Leaderboard and Top 3 in the Worldwide Blog Leaderboard on Urbanspoon.com. Follow Me Foodie articles and creator Mijune has appeared on Food Network, Zagat, OpenRoad Driver, BC Living, The Vancouver Sun, The Now Newspaper, Westender and various other media outlets. You can also catch Mijune at food events, culinary competitions, and on News 1130AM radio every other Friday on “Foodie Fridays”.
From recommendations, reviews, events, culinary competitions, tours, and recipes, Mijune's got you covered, and she looks cute doing it. I'm a huge fan of her videos. Like Sh*t Foodies Say for example.
Now let's get to know her a little better...
How did you first get into food blogging?
I was obsessed with food, researching about food, discovering the culture and history of it, and finding the best places to eat when I was traveling. My sister encouraged me to start a blog and at that time I didn't even know what it really was. She taught me the basics and I wrote a post and since then (3 years ago) I haven't stopped. I've written almost every day except for the last couple months because I was travelling quite a bit.
What have been some of your favourite meals since you first started? Ohhh that's so hard! It's so general. It really depends on the type of cuisine. I recently had a great meal at the fisherman's cafeteria (literally) in Hong Kong. Finally making it to the legendary Alinea in Chicago was certainly a memory I'll never forget, but even the simple kopi and kaya jam on toast in Singapore is something I still crave and that was over year ago. In Vancouver I don't even know where to start. From fine dining to food trucks, I've had many epic meals right in my hometown as well which makes me very proud of it.
If someone had 24 hours to spend in Vancouver, where would you tell them to eat? I'm so specific and particular with my recommendations I can barely answer the question. It depends on their budgets, tastes, where they're visiting from, and enthusiasm to go outside of the downtown core as well. Instead of where, I could say what. If their hometown had limited Asian cuisine then I would say they should explore it here. We have so many ethnic eateries and the Asian food scene is really Vancouver's strength. However if they have plenty of Asian food at home and not much Pacific Northwest, West Coast cuisine then I would suggest trying that. I do have some "Top 10" lists in my blog though so I highlight some of my personal favourites in there.
Your favourite bite in Montreal?
A fresh Fairmont bagel right on the spot. Sounds simple and it is. However the Lobster Toast Au Gratin and Kimchi Snow Crab from Le Bremner were also epic. Oh and of course the classic Schwartz's which is an institution that makes the list despite there being perhaps better Montreal Smoked Meat... okay I listed more than a bite.
Best pastry you've ever eaten?
This is hard! I love all pastries! I don't believe in "the best" anything because it's all relative to what you've tried and personal tastes, but I'm a sucker for almond croissants. A plain croissant is even harder to master, but I like my almond croissants. Despite it not being "authentic", Thomas Haas makes a delicious almond croissant.
Favourite type of cuisine?
I'll go with Chinese if I had to stick with one for the rest of my life just because that covers everything from Cantonese, Taiwanese, Shanghainese, Jing, Szechuan cuisine etc., but if it's just one I really enjoy then I'll say Japanese. That was another really hard question for me.
Do you cook a lot at home? What's your favourite thing to cook?
If I had more time I would cook a lot more often at home, but it's hard. At the moment I'm having fun with my Sous Vide Supreme and gelato maker. I love being inspired by recipes, but I don't like following them. The harder the recipe the more I have to follow it, but for the really complicated stuff I rather just order it from someone who knows what they're doing. The challenge is always nice though. I like cooking with whatever I can find at the moment and experimenting in the kitchen. Although I love desserts, I'm going to cook something savoury before something sweet. It's too hard to "wing it" when I'm baking.
What was it like being on Recipe to Riches?
Exciting! I got to see the behind the scenes and it was just so interesting to see how things worked. The experience is one I'll never forget, but it was actually quite emotional because there is so much going on around you. You're being put in these new experiences and you have to just roll with it. Quite often we would be waiting for hours in a room doing nothing and other times I felt like I was scrambling. When we were rolling things went by so quickly and I wish I had more time to soak it all in. I loved the energy on set.
Can we find your recipe for Pie in a Jar online anywhere?
What is the coolest thing that's happened to you since you started food blogging?
Probably Recipe to Riches... or just any press trip I've been invited to! The fact that bloggers are being valued and treated on a professional scale shows a change in the industry and I'm so honoured to be part of the movement.
You're extremely fit looking for someone who's always eating. What's your secret?
Lol! Too kind! Not at all! I might look small, but my arteries hate me... or I just wear forgiving dresses.
Any fun future projects coming up?
I have lots of ideas, but I never know what's going to be next! Opening an e-mail is like opening a present, unless it's a credit card bill... then I want to re-gift it. I never know what's ahead of me, but I'm so excited for new opportunities.
When are we going to have a food battle?
As soon as you send me a video of your challenge. Bring it blondie.
Oh it's on Mijune!
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