It's a pretty cool (tbh really cool) experience to be best friends with a foodie - I should know because @vancouverfoodie, Emma Choo, has been my best friend for pretty much my entire life. When your bff is a foodie, your hands will frequently get featured in photos (or even birthday balloons, ahem see below), and you have a personal food recommender just one text away. But aside from her cool foodie life, Emma is THE best friend a girl could ever hope for and I'm eternally grateful to not only call her my friend, but sister.
I've been blessed to be able to see her grow her food empire for the past few years. It's an amazing experience, us both being in the media industry and watching/supporting each other through new opportunities. We've even gotten the chance to attend media events together which is always a fun time - eating amazing food at exclusive events with your bestie, what else could you ask for?
Despite all her local fame, Emma has remained humble and true to herself, authentic on and off the Instagram screen. I am so, so proud to call her my friend and to share with you her story and experience with food blogging in Vancouver.
And if you're not already one of the 27,000+ people following her, you are seriously missing out! Make sure to check out @vancouverfoodie for all your food dreams.
How did you first get involved with food blogging?
It’s quite a silly story. It all began with me posting too many food photos on my personal Instagram account and my friends jokingly telling me to make an account just for food. That was almost 4 years ago now.
And why do you continue to be a food blogger?
I am passionate about the uncovering good and the bad of whatever food scene I go into. Most of all, I love growing my understanding of food from its sourcing to its final product.
What do you love most about it?
Incorporating two of my favourite things: photography and food!
What do you love most about the Vancouver food scene?
It’s constantly evolving, yet remains humble overall.
Speaking of Vancouver, which are your go-to Vancouver restaurants?
Phnom Penh (their deep-fried chicken wings would be my last meal before I die).
Tacofino (my favourite fish tacos and gotta love a hefty plate of nachos)
So looking back now, what advice would you give to yourself when you were first starting?
Don’t be afraid to invest time and great effort in your passions. There are going to be great and unimaginable things coming your way!
What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced with this role?
Balancing my packed schedule, as a full-time student at UBC and a food blogger.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
God is my greatest inspiration. I’ve come to acknowledge that my creative flow is rooted in my love for bringing out the beauty of God’s handiwork.
What has been one of the most valuable lessons you've learnt through this experience?
There is always more to learn and room to grow. Through lots of different opportunities that have emerged throughout the four years of food blogging, I’m learning to appreciate the amount of knowledge that the world of food holds. From the chefs that bring their own unique insight to their dishes to the sourcing of ingredients, there is so much to know!
What camera do you use for your pictures?
The Google Pixel! I’ve been collaborating with Google the past few months and have fallen in love with their camera. It takes such vibrant and sharp photos effortlessly!
Your pictures with the Google Pixel have been amazing, to say the least. So what are your next plans for Vancouver Foodie?
I’m about to graduate from UBC and am excited to invest more time into developing Vancouver Foodie into something more. People have been suggesting that I start my own Youtube channel or even take over John Catucci’s role on You Gotta Eat Here. A girl can dream right? I look forward to exploring new avenues to expand beyond Instagram!
I can't wait to see how Vancouver Foodie will evolve past Instagram! Lastly, what advice do you have for other aspiring food bloggers?
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your photographs and don’t forget to eat before the food gets cold!
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