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. When it comes to travel, inspiration can come from anywhere, but it is often the desire to visit a dear friend that brings me to a certain destination. More often than not, I tend to focus on places that are reasonable weekend getaways from Toronto.
When I'm willing put in the effort, most of my photography now is done with my Canon EOS Rebel T5i 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 the iPhone 7 Plus and edited on the VSCOcam app.
If you would like to use any content on my website or across my social media channels (including, but not limited to photos, recipes and stories), please email me to ask for my explicit permission. I work really hard to create the content on this website, and hope that you'll respect that. Legal action is not pleasant (trust me).
When Chu on This started, restaurant reviews were very important in the blogosphere, 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 light. If you are still looking for my "reviews", check out my dining log on Zomato.
I was born to two very adventurous parents who forced me to broaden my culinary experiences at a young age. Living in so many places throughout Asia, Europe and North America has also helped! I also took many courses throughout my undergrad in International Studies and Modern Languages, as well as in law school, that have really helped me hone my writing and research skills.
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 large 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 post.
DW is the "blog nickname" for my very supportive boyfriend, Dennis. Dennis is Norwegian and brings a lot of fun Scandinavian experiences (and his special brand of humour) to the blog. And yes, Dennis is also why I'm always making meatballs and eating Norwegian brown cheese!