Hello! I grew up in the Philippines and moved to Canada right before my 26th birthday. I love food, and I love Vancouver, where I'm currently living with my husband. My parents and siblings are living in Richmond (a close enough city with its own culinary offerings).

What I love about Vancouver (and Canada)?

Diversity. In my wildest dreams (when I was in the Philippines), I never thought I'll be able to try African or Lebanese cuisine from people who grew up in those places and brought their culture and food to this part of the world.

Seasons. I thought of going back to the Philippines, but then I saw the beautiful autumn leaves, saw the flowers during spring, and experienced snow for the first time. It was too fantastic to leave all these things behind.

Home. Vancouver is my home now. Although I terribly miss my friends and the food in the Philippines, Canada is my home now. My family is here. My husband is here. We have started a blessed life here. It's not perfect, but it's home.

Why create this blog?

I have so many images of food, and I am not a fan of posting them on Facebook for my friends to see. I don't really want to create another social media account (e.g. Instagram) to upload it, so I thought of making a blog instead. Thus, Smooch Food is born. Smooch is a verb meaning to kiss or cuddle. I love food, I eat it, and I enjoy taking photos of it to remember.

This blog has become my "happy place" when things become too difficult.

Side bonus: It makes me happy to promote local businesses as well.

COVID-19 Update

How I get my food?

As someone who enjoys eating out, it's important that I support local restaurants as often as I could. To do this safely, I order takeout from neighbourhood joints and through delivery apps like SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.

Inside my bubble.

We grab groceries once a week from a local grocery and nearby Shoppers. The only people inside my bubble are my husband who I live with, my parents and three siblings who we visit once or twice a month in Richmond. We use Uber to go there to limit our contact with people.

Here's to staying safe and kind in these uncertain times.


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