Vancouver's Mijune Pak, (followmefoodie)

Mijune Pak also known as followmefoodie on Instagram talks about her passion for food, the most exotic foods she's eaten and her recipe segments on CTV Morning Live.

Q: Have you always had a passion for food?

A: I always loved travelling, eating and dining, but it got super intense in my last semester of university when I was studying abroad in the Netherlands. I spent about 8 months travelling around Europe and my passion for food became obsessive. I was travelling to countries in search of specific dishes. I read about them, researched them, shipped ingredients home to remake dishes etc. I wanted to learn about food, people, culture and ingredients. I loved it. I was taking photos, writing notes, travelling, eating, and cooking long before I started the blog. The blog was an outlet to share my stories and keep my memories. I never intended it to take on a life of its own, but I'm so grateful for everything that has come out of it.

Q: Where were you born/currently live?

A: I am born in raised in Vancouver, BC and currently still live here, although I travel often for work.

Q: Where are your favourite places to eat in Vancouver?

A: Oh, that’s always the question and the hardest to answer. It really depends on what I’m craving. We’re lucky to have so much variety and international cuisine options in Vancouver that it’s hard to compare. I love local ingredients as much as I love ethnic dining, and I also love mom and pop shops as much as I love fine dining.

Q: You have been on CTV Morning Live numerous time- can you talk about this for a bit?

A: It’s an honour every time I’m invited back on! It’s like “really?! You like me?! YAY!!!” Lol.

I have no idea how everyone there is so pleasant so early in the morning, but they make it look fun every time and it is! The vibe is contagious.

I’m usually doing a recipe segment or featuring new products or a gift guide. It’s a bit tricky to say everything you want in 5 minutes and to demonstrate a recipe, so I have to be selective and careful with what I showcase. I also want to feature recipes relatable to the audience and things they can actually make fairly easily given the time frame. It goes by so quickly, but I have so much fun and it stretches my creativity.

Q: What are your favourite dishes to cook?

A: I don’t have any specific dishes, but I like being creative so usually it’s whatever I have on hand and what I could put together last minute. I love planning recipes as well, and most often they will be savoury rather than sweet even though I have a sweet tooth. I can bake, but I’m not patient enough to do it often.

Q: Describe a special dish that is a family tradition

A: I can’t cook my mom’s special dishes better than she can so I don’t even attempt. If we cook together we actually divide and conquer which works well.

Q: If you had to pick one food to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

A: Eggs. They are so versatile!

Q: Do you have a method for taking visually appealing food photographs and adding them to your Instagram account?

A: Aw, thank you!! I use a portable LED light sometimes, but otherwise, I’m using a Sony RX 100, which is a high performing point and shoot.

Q: What is the most exotic food you have eaten?

A: Sheep’s penis, tarantula, centipede, water beetle, meal worm… the list goes on!

Q: Do you have anything else you want your viewers to know about you?

A: Hmmm… I have a pretty intense “RBF” (resting b*tch face), but it’s not intentional! 90% of the time I’m not mad and nothing is bothering me, I just look super serious if I’m not smiling. I love meeting food enthusiasts, so please say hi!

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