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Frequently Asked Questions

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 an existing photo on my blog or would like to request photography or writing services, send me an email to ask! I'll probably say yes. Same goes for recipes and stories. Please don't any photos, recipes or other content without my permission (or risk awkward legal wrath).
When Chu on This started, restaurant reviews were very important in the blogopshere, 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.
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 places has also helped (throughout Asia, Europe and North America). 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, and in law school.
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.
I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Vancouver, Canada but Toronto is my current home base.
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.
I host my website on SiteGround and they've been pretty good to me so far! I would highly recommend them.
It's like being asked to choose your favourite child! All my favourite restaurants at the moment can be found here.
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.
Nope. While I am definitely a professional blogger and writer, I'm also a lawyer with the firm, Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP. And yes, you should ask us about food law.
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Please email me at annie(at)chuonthis.ca with any questions, comments, collaboration ideas, or just to say hi. I'm always happy to hear from you.