Sometimes, I choose places based on recommendations from research, friends and family, and sometimes, restaurants or companies will reach out to me directly and propose a visit or collaboration. The amount of proposals and ideas I get in my inbox on a daily basis almost deserves a blog of its own! When it comes to travel, inspiration can come from anywhere, but it is often the desire to visit a dear friend that bring me to a certain destination. More often than not, I tend to focus on places that are reasonable weekend getaways from Toronto. Two of my favourite recent trips that combined the best of food, travel, Canada, and journalistic advantage were definitely to Banff and Newfoundland.
When I'm willing put in the effort, most of my photography now is done with my Canon EOS Rebel T5i (700D), which I would describe as a solid and high quality, but still fairly entry-level DSLR camera. I have been a fan of the Canon Rebel family since the first one came out when I was still in high school and I have never looked back. As for Instagram, many of those photos are taken with my iPhone 6 and edited on the VSCOcam app.
If you would like to use an existing photo on my blog or would like to request my photography services, send me an email and we can happily talk about it. Same goes for recipes and stories. If you use a photo, recipe or other content without my permission, it's going to run you into some pretty serious copyright infringement issues that you do not want to deal with.
When Chu on This started, restaurant reviews were very necessary additions to the blog scene. However, as the food blog scene grew, I began to feel like I was unable to review restaurants with objectivity (especially when you're at a media event where they either put out their very best or get so stressed out that they fail miserably), and moreover, could no longer keep up with the sheer volume of places to report on. Now, when I discover a place or person I think has a good story with a good fit for the blog, I will go out of my way to profile them and capture them in their best spirit. If you are still looking for my "reviews", check out my dining log on Zomato.
While I have no formal culinary training, I was born to two very adventurous parents who forced me to broaden my culinary experiences at a young age. Living in so many different cultures has also helped me in this regard. I never went to school for journalism or communications either, but I did learn a thing or two about writing during my undergrad in International Studies and Modern Languages, followed shortly after by a law degree.
Yes, but I will only feature brands or products that I feel very strongly about, and have vetted carefully. While I don't have any obvious ads on my site, I do occasionally accept some sponsorship and also feature some affiliate links when the opportunity arises.
My blog is always a work in progress! The original logo and general feel of the blog was designed by Man Wai Wong with assistance from Mike Tjioe. For the most current iteration of Chu on This, I designed a new look based on a Matador Child theme and am still tweaking it every day.
Unless otherwise clearly specified, yes. I will only use other people's photos with credit and only if I did not have the opportunity to take it myself (or needed a photo of myself to be taken). I write all the content you see on the blog, but a few other people's voices will occasionally come in through the form of an interview or edited guest post.