Vancouver’s Best Food Blogs: The Food Queen

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Vancouver's Best Food Blogs | 6 comments

While we consider our food tour a great way to explore Vancouver’s restaurant scene, there are plenty of food lovers, experts, and enthusiasts among us. Every Friday, we will feature one of Vancouver’s best food bloggers that has notable taste in food, drink, and culture.

Today’s feature: Amy from The Food Queen


Amy in Hawaiian paradise enjoying her favourite restaurant, Roy’s

In her own words: The Food Queen is my blog where I write reviews about Vancouver restaurants, with an emphasis on affordable food and hidden gem type restaurants. I also review restaurants from other cities whenever I travel. My favourite place to eat are food trucks, small sushi or noodle restaurants and diners. What makes my blog different from other food blogs in Vancouver is that in addition to writing reviews, I also blog about local food news, events, and special deals around the city.

Follow her on Facebook or Twitter @food_queen for her most recent updates.


5 Questions for The Food Queen:


If you could encapsulate Vancouver in 1 restaurant dish, what would it be?

The aburi salmon oshi sushi from Miku. They use local salmon to make the sushi and the fusion nature of the Japanese sushi and West Coast products encapsulates Vancouver well. It is also one of the best things I’ve eaten in Vancouver.


What BC food or drink product can you not live without?

The local seafood is great, but I also love the locally grown strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries that are available in the summer. I love the fish tacos from the Tacofino food truck. They use BC lingcod to make them and they are the best fish tacos I’ve ever had.


If you could change 1 thing about Vancouver’s food scene, what would it be?

I really love Hawaiian food and I that Hawaiian food had more of a presence here in Vancouver. I think it would be really popular. My favourite Hawaiian dishes are huli huli chicken, which is a Hawaiian grilled chicken dish with a sweet barbecue sauce, ahi tuna poke, which is a raw tuna salad, and anything made with fresh Hawaiian pineapples and papayas. Unfortunately I’m not aware of any Hawaiian restaurants in Vancouver, although I know Earls Restaurants are now serving tuna poke nachos as an appetizer.


If you had $5 in your pocket, where would you grab lunch in Vancouver?

I would go to Viet Sub Vietnamese downtown. It is quick and convenient and you can get a tasty Vietnamese sub for under $5 including tax.


What would be your last meal on earth before a zombie apocalypse?

I would want a Japanese feast that includes a bowl of miso ramen, chicken karaage, salmon sashimi, and a few different rolls. I love the Guu Izakaya restaurants for Japanese tapas dishes, Miku for beautiful sushi, and Hokkaido Ramen Santouka and Benkei Ramen for delicious ramen.


Stay tuned for more food blogger features on Twitter or FacebookDo you have a unique, kick butt food blog or know somebody that does?  Got questions that you’d like us to ask upcoming bloggers?  Let us know by emailing info [at] vancouverfoodtour [dot] com!


Maren Walker works in Communications and Relations for Vancouver Food Tour. Originally from California, living in Vancouver, BC via Texas. Lover of culinary adventures, food trucks, beer, travel, hiking and design.

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  1. Bob Loblaw

    The fact that she said Viet Sub just destroyed any credibility as a food blogger. Also, Guu used to be good but pales in comparison to Suika, and is now for tourists and bridge-and-tunnel folks.

  2. Melody Fury

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for your comments. Please feel free to address them to her personally.
    I grew up in East Van and my Vietnamese friends have often called  the bahn mi “Viet Subs”.  That’s strictly my experience but feel free to ask her about her choice of words.
    Also, I agree, Suika is great. I love Kingyo too but I will hit up Guu Gastown for a more accessible (close to skytrain) and cheaper alternative after a night of drinking. To each their own, no?

  3. Bob Loblaw

    I think she was referring to Viet Sub, the bahn mi shop on Robson rather than ‘namwiches’ in general, of which there are far better (Ba Le???). People’s opinions on Vancouver izakayas is subjective, but the last three times I went to Guu I had bad experiences and just never looked back, meanwhile Suika and Kingyo (same owner) are killing it. I AM however glad she didn’t mention Kintaro as her favourite ramen, Santouka is easily the best, do not dispute me! lol

  4. Melody Fury

    I, too enjoy Ba Le. I know this may be overrated but Au Petit Cafe gets me too, esp.with a side of beef tendon curry for doing.
    Santouka’s pork jowl ramen can’t be beat! Thanks for your input and for following along, my friend.
    Yours truly, Melody

  5. Melody Fury

    1 more note… know what I miss? Toratatsu, formerly Shiru Bay, now taken over by another Guu :(

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