About Annie

 

Cremona, Italy, 2017 (Photo by Ashley Hutchinson)

My Life in a Nutshell

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My parents were very adventurous eaters my whole life, and introduced my sisters and me to food like lechon from the Philippines and laksa from Malaysia when we could barely hold chopsticks. I later moved to Ottawa, Canada and Lyon, France (my undergrad was in International Studies) where I learned to really cook and appreciate food for myself. 

Now,  I spent most of my days exploring Toronto working as a lawyer and food blogger. It’s an amazing city to eat in!

How it All Began

What started out as a simple project back in 2007 to document my undergraduate life musings and my exchange year to France soon turned into a full-fledged food and travel blog in 2010, largely based around checking things off my Life List. I have modified Chu on This a few times over the years, but the biggest change this time around is a giant step away from reviews and event coverage and a move towards in-depth stories about truly unique or memorable dining experiences and the people and places behind them in Toronto and around the world.

Beijing, China, 2012

My Food Philosophy

I don’t have any dietary restrictions (though I can’t have too much milk) and I will try almost anything once (after weighing any potential ethical problems). Whether I’m heading to a high-end restaurant or food truck, I always plan the meal and judge the quality from a cultural angle first. Even a cheeseburger or smoked meat sandwich has a cultural origin! I will always choose whatever is grown and sourced as locally as possible, unless it happens to be from Italy or Japan (the two countries most responsible for my indulgences and delights).

The Chu Crew

Though I create almost all the content for this site, I couldn’t do it without the dedicated “Chu Crew”—my friends and family who have been there to support this site from the very beginning or have inadvertently signed on along the way. Whether it’s providing a second opinion at a restaurant, helping me execute elaborate travel plans, or getting behind the lens from time to time, I am incredibly grateful for these guys. You’ll see them mentioned throughout the site, and maybe even meet them at one of my events.

Work With Me

Interested in working with Chu on This? I occasionally create sponsored posts and content for brands that are a good fit for the blog. I am also available for speaking engagements, events and travel collaborations. Please send me a quick email for more info and to obtain a speaking or media kit!

 

Chu on This is honoured to be shortlisted for the Taste Canada Awards 2017.