Name: Andrea Chan
Blog name and URL: Little Miss Andrea
Where were you born? Edmonton, AB
Where are you living now? Edmonton, AB
Why did you start your blog?
In the first year of my undergrad degree I found it difficult to stay connected with a lot of my close friends who were pursuing their education in different faculties. I started my blog as a way to stay connected with others, and realized that I was writing about restaurants and my culinary experiences with my friends. From there on out I realized that food played a large role in my life and thought, “why not start a food blog?” Since then I’ve been taking on the calories and sharing good eats with my readers.
How did you decide on your blog name?
I wanted my blog to represent who I am, and standing at 4’10” I figured “Little Miss Andrea” was a perfect fit!
What do you blog about?
My blog is a place for me to share my passion for food. You can read about up and coming restaurants, recaps on local food events, and hidden gems around Edmonton.
What post on your blog most encapsulates you?
My recent blog post promoting Alberta Pork Month really represents who I am as a person and a food blogger. Whenever people mention Alberta, beef is bound to be part of the discussion. While we do have some amazing beef, I think it’s important to showcase Alberta’s pork industry too because we have some wonderful producers that produce stellar pork products. Sustainability and supporting both local producers and restaurants is important to me, so being able to highlight different pork dishes created by chefs throughout the city allowed me to encourage readers to not only support local restaurants, but also to attempt to recreate them at home with local product using the recipe cards.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
Edmonton has most recently been known as the official host city for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. As part of the celebrations, many restaurants around Edmonton featured FIFA-inspired dishes on their menus for the duration of the soccer tournament. I had the opportunity to try out some of the dishes and promote the restaurants’ offerings, and I wish this post received a little more love because it was a great way for non-soccer fans to connect with FIFA and Edmonton through food. After all, Edmonton doesn’t host the World Cup every four years!
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
Edmonton has always had a fairly conservative food scene. Recently people have started to become more adventurous and interested in fusion dishes and Asian cuisines, so I was surprised when my review of Nongbu Korean Eatery gained a lot of traffic and love on social media. Edmonton’s food scene is constantly evolving and it’s great to see that people are willing to step outside their comfort zones to try new cuisines.
What’s your biggest challenge as a blogger?
For this year, time management is a big challenge for me. Having taken on a full time job at the beginning of 2015, it’s been difficult to keep up with the evolving food scene and to find time to sit down to blog! It’s definitely a work in progress and I’m still working to find a balance between working, eating, and blogging.
Share a couple of your favourite food blogs to read. Why do you like them?
One of my favourite Edmonton food blogs is Only Here for the Food, written by Sharon Yeo. She does a fantastic job writing weekly food notes to keep everyone up to date with everything Edmonton-food related.
Aside from local food blogs, I also enjoy reading Danielle Oron’s I Will Not Eat Oysters. I admire her ability to translate her love for food through photography and that she utilizes her background and culinary training to put together recipes. Her recipes span a wide variety of cuisines and are a great resource for me when I’m cooking at home.
Lastly, I also enjoy reading How Sweet It Is. Jessica Merchant makes food that I want to eat – colourful and full of both flavour and calories. Her photography is fantastic and her personality really comes through in her writing.
Favourite food - care to share a recipe or a restaurant destination?
If I could only eat one dish for the rest of my life, it would probably be a steaming hot bowl of pho. Noodle soups are the ultimate comfort food for me and there’s just something about pho that puts it above the rest. While Edmonton doesn’t have the best bowl of pho I’ve ever had, Tau Bay Restaurant is my go-to spot when I’m craving it. This restaurant is dedicated to serving only pho, and has a cult following too – you can’t go wrong.
What are you working on next for your blog?
I started working on it last year, but my #YEGNoodleSoups blog series isn’t quite complete yet. I’d love to continue exploring Edmonton’s soup noodle options this winter, because they’re great comfort food options in the -30°C weather.
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
Despite being Chinese, Chinese food is my least favourite cuisine. My parents are amazing cooks, and raised me on a combination of traditional Chinese dishes and Western foods, but perhaps eating all those Chinese meals as a child has ruined me for the rest of my life! That’s not to say I’ll refuse Chinese food, as I do have some favourite dishes, but it’s just that I like to limit it as much as I can.
What makes your blog unique?
What makes my blog stand out from the rest is my ability to be thorough and honest with my reviews. With my blog being a valuable resource to others, I think it is important to write with honesty and integrity 100% of the time. From the moment I walk into the restaurant until the end of the meal I try to write in a way that puts the reader there with me and experience the meal with me, with no detail left behind.
What part of the FBC site do you find most useful?
The FBC website has so many great resources, but I think my favourite section is the Recipe Roundup. Making delicious meals at home can be so easy with all the recipes in one place grouped into themes!
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