Update time!

I know many of you haven’t heard from me in a while and it simply was because I didn’t have time to sit down and write down my thoughts.

Chances are if you’re reading this, I’m on the bus ride to Montreal for the annual Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. So hopefully, you’ll be all caught up once I get to Montreal :).

Around late summer I managed to catch this nasty virus which caused me to get laryngitis; followed by a horrid lingering cough. And because I is smart, I stressed out my vocal chords by talking too much while I was sick resulting in me losing my voice.

Obviously I was not in my prime at that moment yet I still had to focus on work as it was back to school season. For those of you who don’t know, I work in the education technology sector in a start-up.

But with all that aside, I’m glad to say that I’m back to pushing more articles and content for you to enjoy. With that said, I have a memory card that is full of pictures and stories to backtrack on, so forgive me if it takes a while to have some of that content go up.

So some exciting news to announce:

Feature on Food Network Canada’s Great Canadian Cookbook

Food Network Canada Piquey Eater Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

If you follow me on any of my social media channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), you would have known that one of my recipes made it on the website as part of their series called the Great Canadian Cookbook. My bacon kimchi fried rice recipe is one of my personal favourites as it’s quite simple to make and packed full of flavour. Obviously this was one of the benchmarks I wanted to hit and I’m proud to say that my recipe is one of the 59 among the 500+ recipe submissions to have made it on the site.

You can check out the post here: Food Network: Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice – The Piquey Eater

FBC2015

I made my first trip to the Food Bloggers Conference last year in Vancouver, British Columbia (Read the full post of my trip to Vancouver here) and this year I’m headed to beautiful Montreal, Quebec. I absolutely cannot wait to see the fellow food bloggers again and learn more about what has been happening in the industry. I’m especially excited for the free time over the weekend to explore the city.

I think it has been a solid decade since I last visited; therefore, there’s a lot of the city that I have yet to see. I’ll be there from October 23-26th, so let me know if you’re in town or have any suggestions.

Many people ask me “Do you just go and eat?”, which of course the answer is “Why yes, but with amazing company.” In all seriousness, the Food Bloggers conference is where I get to meet up with 150 out of the 2000(?) or so Canadian food bloggers, and food brands in the industry and talk all things business about running a great food blog and sustaining it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, some of these food bloggers are quite amazing with their work and it’s truly a feat to admire for those who have made it a full-time gig.

Onto poutine, bagels and deli sandwiches! À bientôt, Montreal!

Vacation to Hong Kong!

It has been a while since I’ve been on a vacation (I think the last one was in 2013 to Orlando) so I’m extremely excited to be on my first foodie based one to the hustling and bustling city of Hong Kong. This is actually my second time there, with the first one dating back about 12 years ago around Christmas time.  I’ll be there from November 13th-24th and I plan to have it jam-packed with scenes and great eats from the city. I’m still on the lookout for the best recommendations that Hong Kong has to offer, so give me your suggestions for places to go in the comments!

For now, I’m definitely planning to keep my Instagram account up to date with pictures from my trip as they are happening and I can hopefully get some blog posts in there as well. Oh oh! And I’ll be meeting up with Karen Puk (current intern), who is studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. We’ll definitely have a packed list of places to go in Hong Kong and helpful tips if you’re travelling there.

I’m going to be easing up on the restaurant reviews in the coming months as I’ll be focusing more on recipes and things to do for the upcoming entertaining season.

Here are some highlights of what has been happening in my life since the last time I posted.

A date at CNE (adorable, I know). But enough of that E!News material, these nostalgic ice cream sandwiches of my childhood were being offered at CNE for only $0.25 if you come in from 10am-11am. I’m all about treating myself to the finer things in life, but DANG SON, 25 CENTS?!?!?! This frugal food blogger is getting her savings on. P.S. You’d think there’d be a lineup, but I managed to find a location where very few customers go. **hint** it’s not by the main gates.

  And the best fight of the night goes to this badass. #socute   A video posted by Katherine Chong (@kathchong) on

Attended my first Muay Thai tournament in Toronto and I have to say, the energy in the room was intense. So glad I was in the audience and not the ring!

Bossam, steamed sliced pork with kimchi and soybean paste. Delicious. $20

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I haven’t had time to search up interesting places to go eat, so I’ve been frequenting the Korea Town in North York for my foodie fixes.

And here I am #canoe #birthdaydinner

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Bison rib eye. $55. Honestly the food is overrated but the view is amazing. #canoe #torontofinedining A photo posted by The Piquey Eater (Katherine C) (@piqueyeater) on

Had a fancy schmancy dinner at Canoe where the view is amazing but the food is just crazily expensive. A cute dinner nonetheless, but definitely kicking it with my regular dives later.

Outside of food blogging, I work in a start-up in the Ed-Tech space and we’ve moved our office after being here for 3 years. On to bigger and better things!

Mi Goreng Noodles with a fried egg. So simple yet satisfying. #migoreng

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Discovered the wonders of Mi Goreng noodles from Indomie. Honestly, these are the best instant noodles I’ve tried and topping it with this perfect fried egg only makes it that much better.

 

Until we dine again

 

-The Piquey Eater