About Me

My name is Amy and I am a self-confessed Greedy Guts. I am assuming that if you are reading this blog then you too, like me, love food.

Originally from Australia, I have spent 12 of my 36 years travelling and living in different countries. Throughout all of these places, the one thing that has followed me is my constant love and excitement for food. I love nothing more than stumbling across great restaurants, cafés, or markets in new and exciting cities. I now happily reside in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, with my husband “B”.

I can often be found drooling over glossy cookbooks and food magazines, at foodie events and new restaurants, and in the kitchen, baking or cooking (or just making a mess). I created this blog in an effort to share my culinary experiences with you and hopefully, you will enjoy reading it and perhaps try a few of the reviewed places or recipes yourself.

My goal is to be fair when reviewing an establishment. For local establishments I make an effort to return a number of times before reviewing it in order to give it a fair and unbiased review. The way I see it is that sometimes places have off days. That off day shouldn’t be all I base my review on. I’ll leave the one-time judgments to the others. I’d rather focus on sharing good places with you so I do try to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Unfortunately, time (and money) doesn’t allow me to return numerous times to non-Vancouver establishments so those are usually one time reviews.

For the record, the recipes that I post on my blog are NOT recipes that I’ve created myself. I review recipes and add tips to them but I don’t claim to have created any of the recipes on my blog. Unless otherwise stated, I pay my own way. If I do so happen to be lucky enough to be invited to an event for free, I will tell you. Also, in order to preserve the genuine dining experience, I try to remain as discrete as possible when going to a restaurant.

I hope you enjoy reading and please feel free to send any suggestions or feedback my way!

38 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Karen March 29, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    Hello! Is this who I think it is (my favourite morning soup purveyor)?

    Welcome to the Vancouver food writing community. Like your photos; keep up the good work =)

    • greedyguts March 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

      Hi Karen! Thanks for the email. Much appreciated to get some recognition – especially from the person whose site was part of the reason that I attempted this whole thing!

      We’ve not actually met before, so I’m not your morning soup purveyor 🙂

      I think that you are going to be cooking at the Social Bites this April? Your menu was obviously too popular as I missed out on that for my first choice. Perhaps I will see you there!

  2. Jenny August 14, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Hello. I was searching for banana walnut recipes on wordpress and found your blog. I wish I had read all of it before going for the instant gratification of the banana bread recipe website. After 40 minutes when the recipe claimed it would be done, I went back, read your blog and put my bread back in the oven to finish (despite my drooling and readiness to eat semi-raw bread). While waiting I got to reading some more bits of your blog and really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of your adventures. 🙂

    • greedyguts August 17, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

      Thanks Jenny! I appreciate the feedback.

      I hope you enjoyed the banana cake as much as I did! 🙂

  3. Ben October 22, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    Hi Greedyguts: Great to see another Vancouver foodie blog. Love your blog and the places you visit. BTW how do you get in touch with 12B? I would love to check them out.
    Ben

    • greedyguts October 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

      Hey Ben. Thanks for the feedback. I often check out your blog too, it’s always interesting to see what other foodies are up to. For 12B, try 12breservations@gmail.com. I’ve tried contacting him a couple of times this way but speed isn’t Todd’s forte. FYI, if you are looking for a weekend, it is booked out until end of the year 😦

  4. Marina January 3, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Hi, I love your blog. I am not much of a baker, but enjoy reading dessert recipes you have posted. I too believe in “good food” and not processed, as I grew up in Russia and only ate fresh, organically grown food that my mom prepared.

  5. Steve February 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Hey there, I’m a big fan of your blog. I run the newest addition to Vancouver’s underground dining scene called NFA. We were featured along with B12 in Mia Stainsby’s article dated January 15th, 2010. Anyway if you’d like to come along one of these days, it’ll be great to have you over.

    Cheers

    Steve

    • greedyguts February 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

      Thanks Steve.

      We’d love to come around. Timing is a bit bad for us at the moment but we will certainly endeavour to visit – we love the underground dining scene!

      GG

  6. Julia November 25, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    Just discovered your site through urbanspoon… Love, love, love your presentation but above all, (and this is rare.really rare.) your writing style. I’m a fellow food/lifestyle blogger from Montreal. Your blog definetly brings to my mind that if ever I come to Vancouver, I’ll use your blog to not stay empty-stomached. Great job!
    Julia

    • greedyguts November 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

      Hi Julia,

      Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words. I’m glad that you enjoy my blog. I will have to take a look at your blog so that when I go back to Montreal I can unearth some more foodie treats!

      Nice to hear from you!

  7. Helen Campbell September 7, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Hi, just found your blog this morning while looking up the long table at North Arm farm, we are going this week-end, your photo’s and descriptions have added to my anticipation, thank-you, not to mention all the reviews which I will use as a base for Vancouver dining, funny, I was thinking the name of your blog is something we used to hear when we where kids, and now I see you are a fellow ozzie, thanks again, keep up the good work, I told my husband, see she gets called a food snob too, ha ha best Helen

    • greedyguts September 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words, Helen! I really hope you enjoy the Long Table dinner. We had an amazing time. Word of warning, it was really hot (so make sure you drink lots of water before you go) and take bug spray. We were munched alive! If you have any coffee recommendations in Vancouver, please send them my way!!

  8. kitchenthief September 19, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    Hi,

    Firstly I love your name. It is just perfect. I Only found your blog today and I am very excited about it. Although I am not from Canada, it is super interesting for me to see what the food trends are where you live. I am just getting started with my own blog and this is definitely inspirational for a newbie. Thanks Greedy Guts. Keep up the eating 🙂

    • greedyguts September 19, 2011 at 8:36 am #

      Thanks a lot Kitchenthief! Good luck on the blogging. It can be a lot of work but also a lot of fun!

  9. Rene Koop November 13, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Love your blog! So much information and very nice pictures! I just started blogging this year when I studied Baking and Pastry at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts here in Vancouver. This year I am going back to the Netherlands but Vancouver stole my heart.

    Rene

    • greedyguts November 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

      Thanks Rene! I appreciate the comments. How was the baking/pastry course at Pacific Institute? Was it worth doing?

  10. René Koop November 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    The course was definitely worth doing. You can read a lot of books with techniques (what I still do) but it is way better to practice a lot and get tips and advice from pastry chefs with a lot of experience. Just showing you what is the best way to hold a spatula while stirring and all those small (but important) advices are really helpful.
    Small classes and a hands-on approach where also very helpful.

    • greedyguts November 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks! I might look in to doing one.

  11. Shaun Fraser November 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Just stumbled upon your blog as I am thinking of signing up for the Serious Foodie Basics course at Northwest. Your posts seemed quite positive on the experience. Now, almost a year later, would you still recommend it?

    Great reviews, by the way. Definitely will be checking back as there are a number of restaurants here I am hoping to visit.

    • greedyguts November 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Shaun. Thanks for commenting. I would still recommend the Serious Foodie Course. I found a lot of the tips valuable and I still very much use them today when I’m cooking. Plus, you get to pick up some great recipes for your collection. Do you have experience cooking or is it more for fun/to expand your knowledge?

      • Shaun Fraser November 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

        Thanks Amy. Definitely more for fun/expanding my knowledge. A friend of mine took the 4 month professional diploma course at northwest and him showing me a few pointers opened my eyes to some of the basic knowledge I could gain even by taking a few classes.

      • greedyguts November 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

        So then I’d definitely recommend it. It isn’t too intensive so not over-whelming but you will definitely pick up some more pointers. Good luck!

  12. The Average Gemini June 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    So happy I discovered your blog! I’m excited to read more of your reviews. 🙂

    • greedyguts June 15, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks! Glad to have you!

  13. vivilinh June 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    love your blog and how its organized!! 🙂 happy blogging!

    • greedyguts July 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      Thank you!

  14. Kristine October 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Have you checked out The Parker on Union St yet? Vegetarian food done with french technique. Amazing! And they grow as much of their own veg as they can. They just opened recently. I think you would really love it! I know I do!!

  15. James October 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi GG, A-Mazing blog. We are heading to Vancouver next month and getting info like you have posted will certainly enrich our trip.
    We live in San Diego and sadly for as great as it is, our food scene is nothing like Vancouver or other foodies cities.

    Can’t wait to eat a real croissant again. Is it so wrong to cherish something so simple yet incredibly difficult to master? Have heard Faubourg is one of the best.

    Thanks so much. Looking forward to visiting your lovey city.

    • greedyguts October 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Hi James! Thanks for popping by – I appreciate the comment. Let me know if you need any suggestions for Vancouver. There are so many good places to eat out here – you will be spoiled!

      I know what you mean about having difficulty finding a good croissant! You could also try Thomas Haas, his are flaky and buttery! Yum! I haven’t had the croissants from Faubourg yet, only the afternoon tea, so I think I should probably make another visit.

      Have a great trip!

      • Benny Quay April 5, 2013 at 6:09 am #

        Hello, Amy, if you are ever in Guelph for whatever reason, I will take you for Trinidadian roti at Caribbean Cuisine. The best goat roti in this hemisphere

  16. wildernesswalking123 June 29, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    hi, amy!
    i cant say im a full-blown greedy guts…not yet, but the night is young as they say…but i do love my coffee shops in vancouver downtown…thats where im to be found most days…typing away on my laptop….i try and make some dough writing stuff for anyone!
    but…great blog…will drop in regularly from now on…!

    • greedyguts July 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks for your message and thanks for popping by!

  17. findingeve August 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Sorry, didn’t know how else to drop you a line so I’m posting here! I had a bookmark of this URL: https://greedyguts.wordpress.com/tag/nigella-quick-and-easy-chicken-cacciatore/ It seems to be gone now! I miss the recipe as I have used it several times and it’s delicious. Any chance you still have the recipe? Or am I out of luck. All the best! 🙂

    • greedyguts August 29, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      I’m so sorry! I took that post down as I was refreshing some of my posts. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep a copy of the recipe – sorry!

  18. Harneet October 9, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    As a fellow Aussie with a passion for great coffee, thanks for your insights! I am going to try Nelson the Seagull out for sure 🙂 I do miss much about Australia but do agree that Vancouver has a great food scene and also happily reside here.

    • greedyguts October 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks Harneet. I haven’t been to Nelson for a while now so I’d love to hear what you think. Make sure you try Revolver and Matchstick too. Those are my favs.

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