VieAMaggi.com

Real, raw, & relatable me. Enthusiastic food & lifestyle blogger living in Vancouver, BC!

About Me

Who Am I?

I am a fast talking, doesn’t think before she speaks, over acheiver who works in retail management. I tell it like how it is, becuase I know no other way. My mind is in my mouth and my heart is on my sleeve. I have a zeal for life and am able to find excitement and joy in many aspects of it. I am quirky and it shows in my writing, I make up words and write like how I speak. I hate proof reading, so excuse errors.

I eat out often and have been known to order dishes based on how they are plated and request cocktails based on how they look. I may take a bite or a sip, but then pass it off to others to finish. My world revolves around food and the photograohy I take of it. Eating with means waiting until I take the perfect picture in three different angles, and watching me take notes on my phone. Blogging is my hobby, food and photography are my passions.

I hope you find it all as entertaining as I think I am in person. I also apologize if I end up hurting feelings, but everything I write of is straight from my own perspective. And perception is reality.

Regular contributors that encourage my blogging by dining with me and sharing their opinions (in no particular order): Stephan D, Alisha K, Travis S, Falk E, Linda H, Amanda C, and Jessie W. I love reminding them that their intellectual property is now my intellectual property, and anything that they say and do will be used in this blog. A special thank you to you all. If you are interested in making it on to this list contact me at mag_mei@live.ca. Happy eating!

Why I Blog?

I started this little side project as a response to my co-worker saying I did not have a hobby. He is correct, I don’t. I love doing things, like eating out and taking pictures of my food, painting my nails, trying new beauty products and shopping for clothes and shoes. Basically every cliché “girly” thing out there. He suggested that I should blog about my interests and that through this transaction of transforming my doing into writing, I would have created a hobby for myself.

So I sat and I thought what could I blog about? What could I add to the internet that people would like? And through this train ride of thinking I came upon an revelation.
I don’t think there necessarily needs to be another food or makeup blog out there, and I am not even sure there is any more I can add to that sphere.
No, that is not my true intent for this project. This will be an outlet for me. I have this innate fear of forgetting things. I obsessively keep trinkets, candy, tiny pieces of paper, anything that will remind me of an event where I enjoyed myself and would like to reflect back upon one day. In my youth I have collected all of these things and stored them into neat “memory boxes”, boxes of things that would remind me what fun I have had, that I have friends who care for me, and that my life has been amazing so far. They are like time capsules, my life summed up into 8 boxes… so far… I have a bus ticket from when it was still 75 cents and movie stubs when they cost $8.75. that is insane, both the prices and me holding on to them.
Until I moved in with my current boyfriend (I call him “Frenchy”) I thought this is (was) normal behaviour. I was rudely told I was mistaken. Upon reflection I should have seen the signs. We gave my co worker a birthday card and flowers. She left them displayed in her mailbox. Had it been for me the card would be in my recent memory box that night and the flowers hanging upside down to be dried or pressed. I mean any card: be it Valentines, Christmas or birthdays I still have them all of them from all the way in the 90’s, yes that is long ago. I have neatly folded notes detailing who my friends and I had a crush on in grade 9 and cartoon pictures to match. Names and faces of boys I have probably long forgotten. I thought why do I need to keep any of this? What was I afraid of losing by letting any of this go?

As it stands I still feel the need to keep them, even though I do not go through them and probably have forgotten what majority of memories these items are attach to. Frenchy is understanding and has allowed these waste of space boxes in our home, but I myself want to detach from them.  It is through this blog and through my picture taking I hope to change this potential serious hording behaviour and slim down on all that I feel I need to keep. As my boyfriend pointed out, “if you cannot remember something that happened without an item, it is not good enough of a memory for you to keep”. So this blog is me weaning myself off this behaviour.

When do I get the time?

I don’t work out. With my time shared between a promising full time career, giving 100% to my blog and writing, making dates with my boyfriend and friends; what little time I have, I spend it watching television and painting my nails. Sure I would like skinnier thighs and a tighter tummy, but not at the cost of limiting my food consumption and denying myself what I crave. Life can me so labourous, I believe we need to take the little things that brings us joy and run with it. In my case it is food. From a young age it was a love hate battle with food. And as my mother use to remind me, I had “fat genes”. But having a less than ideal childhood thanks to my weight, I have learned to balance what I eat and work on portion control. this gives me the ability to eat out often and try lots.

When eating out, I intentionally pick new places just to write about them. And when I eat with others, I allow them to pick the place, but never one I have already written about. Majority of my guests invite me out to their favourite places just so I can review it, feelings have been hurt in the process. I write about every place I eat at indiscriminately, from grocery store quickie meals to a pint at a pub. As long as their is a service being provided there is something to write about. I like being thorough in my reviews and describe everything in horrible detail to give you a glimpse into that world: decor, dresscode, staff’s service, the guests dining, and ofcourse the food. Consider this my dining out diary.

I am willing to try everything at least once. I write often and update daily. And I watch the Food Network religiously for inspiration.

So to fill you all in, currently this is my dining out experience. I go to a new restaurant, I order dishes based on how original and beautiful I think it would look in a photo, I take pictures of what I eat and what my guests orders; they all know they have to wait for me to finish my picture taking before they dig in, that’s a sign of a true friend to me. As a divergence in topic, this is also how I eventually came to the realization that an ex of mine wasn’t the man for me. He always complained of my taking pictures during meals. But now I have Frenchy who encourages my photography in gastronomy, to the extent that he takes me to new places and poses his food in the best light and angle so I get the best photos.
I end every dining experience out by taking a business card. Without one my eating out feels incomplete; there is that attaching an event to an item again, at least business cards are flat and small and easy to store.  Anyways the business card goes into my rolodex and my pictures get upload onto Facebook. Now and then I like to go through all of my cards and pictures; Like a serial killer reliving their kill, and with each picture I experience all the smells, flavours and memories anew. (I watch way too many crime dramas).
Here I would also like to add that I think I was taking pictures of my food way before it became trendy, I have pictures of meals my mother made growing up as a late teen, circa 2005. Back then food was instant noodles and sandwiches, but I still took pictures.
So here I am now. You have read the ramblings of a mad woman. If you would like more please follow me on my journey as I catalogue foods I have eaten.
I hope you enjoy.
This Blog is dedicated to Falk,  my make shift male role model who gave me the idea.
And Frenchy the man who helps me become a better me without out right telling me to change.

12 Comments

  1. Jenny Kim

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    Please join us on December 26th for our media night and again on December 27th for our Grand Re-Opening of Miura Waffle Milk Bar.

    Date: Thursday, December 26th, 2013
    Time: 8pm to 10pm
    Location: 2521 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

    *Free food & some drink samples will be served*
    RSVP to miura829@gmail.com by December 23rd, 2013

    Looking forward to seeing you!

  2. Gilbert Humdink

    Your passion for food exceeds your passion for retail, Maggí.

  3. Hi Maggie!
    I’m impressed with your passion for food. Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Please come by for some free pizza during Hearthstone Pizza grand opening.
    – May 2, 2015
    – 12 PM to 7 PM

    Address:
    25-2755 Lougheed Highway
    Port Coquitlam, BC
    V3B 5Y9
    http://www.hearthstonepizza.com

    Thanks 🙂

  4. Good Evening,

    Chef Quinton Avery here, I am in the process of trying to get the word out about my new company, Humble Catering & Consultation Co. I am the chef and owner, actually I am the everything (marketer, salesman, chef, accountant, proprietor, business man, owner) I came across your blog while cruising around on the internet looking at food blogs and other delicious food stuffs. Your blog really stuck out and I much enjoyed the content of it! As I said before I’m just networking and getting the word out. Currently I am in the process of building a cooking program for a handful of community centers throughout Vancouver. More or less I would ask if you could check out my website, see if perhaps yourself and a handful of other foodie friends might be interested in a hands on dim sum experience or all around amazing meal and experience. I mean who doesn’t want that super comforting and wickedly delicious Chinese food everyone loves?

    I greatly appreciate your time and attention and look forward to hearing back from you. Feedback and advice is always welcome! The link to our website is below in the signature. Thank You!

    “Honest, Simple, Delicious Chinese Homestyle Cooking”

    Humble catering is exactly that! We’re bringing you fresh, local ingredients in the form of delicious Chinese home cooked meals. Humble focuses on both traditional and modern techniques, without sacrificing the authentic flavour that you love!

    Thank You for your time,

    Chef Quinton Avery
    Humble Catering & Consultation Co.
    778-321-4028 | chefquintonavery@gmail,com

  5. Keith

    You’re bat shit crazy. Find something better to do than judge people. I’m impressed you have friends that will actually go in public with you.

    • mag_mei

      Hello Keith. I appreciate the time you have taken to show your support by reading and commenting on my blog. Thanks and have a great day!

  6. Kenneth Ng

    Hi Maggi,

    Would you be interested in attending the 2016 Vancouver Magazine Awards next Wed, April 13th 1-4pm?

    Cheers

  7. Hi there,
    I like the work you’ve got here on your blog – you’ve got a tonne of stuff here!
    I’m a presenter on a community radio program called Foodline Radio: http://www.coopradio.org/content/foodline

    On Monday October 31st I’ll be presenting a show on eating out and on serving food at Vancouver restaurants. I wonder if you’d like to come on the show for a chat – 8-9 PM.
    Thanks
    Mike
    If you’re interested in more about me you can check out my blog at bodnarinsky.wordpress.com

    • mag_mei

      Hello Michael. I appreciate the acknowledgement and the time you took to stop by, however I will have to decline your offer. Trust me, I am better written then I am spoken. Also, it is Halloween and I will be celebrating. Thank you for reaching out though. Hope you have a great day and even better show. -magmei

  8. Hello,

    My name is Neeley Brimer. I am the General Manager at Salty’s Beach House in Penticton, BC. I would love to touch base with you about your experience, do you have an email address that I can send direct correspondence to?

    Thank you in advance

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