Living in Canada, Peter pretty much grew up on local fast food and simple Chinese fare. As a child, shunned anything new. Familiar was good. Future foodie? No way! And yet, somehow he developed a much more broad and adventurous palate than his humble parents. Perhaps his Hong Kong origins somehow contributed to his multicultural passion for food. Whatever the reason, he loves exploring all varieties of cuisines and sharing his experiences with his friends.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation: Dentist at Monarch Pediatric Dental Centre
Industry: Pediatric Dentistry
What first inspired you to start writing?
Passion. I have always believed that good food is best shared with great friends. It is the company you keep that can make a meal truly memorable. Connecting with others who share that philosophy is a wonderful thing. Nothing beats watching somebody taste something truly amazing for the very first time. That indescribable feeling of wow and awe and joy and comfort and happiness all rolled into one. I call that moment the embodiment of the word umami. Umami can involve all of the senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. It awakens positive emotions and conveys a sense of beauty. Anticipation enhances the experience of it. Umami. That is how Premeditated Gluttony was born.
What do you think makes a food blog successful?
I think a successful food blog has to strike a chord with the reader. It has to convey that special something that people can identify with. A memory or a feeling. Food blogging has to get the reader excited. For me, I love to introduce people to new flavours. If I can share my experiences and entice them into taking a leap of faith, then I am happy.
What is your favourite style of restaurant?
Without a doubt, small plates. I love variety. And I love eating with friends. What better way to experience the most number of things than to share with the ones you love? Maybe I’m greedy, but when I try a highly rated restaurant for the first time I want to try everything on the menu. I also like being told what to order. How am I supposed to know what’s good? That’s why I go out to eat… to have an experience.
Do you follow other bloggers?
I don’t follow anyone in particular, but I do enjoy reading a variety blogs to get different takes on things. Not everybody has the same tastes, so it is good to get different opinions. Another major reason I read food blogs is to simply keep informed of what’s out there. Most of my travels turn into food vacations, so food blogs serve as an invaluable planning tool. One of my favourite mottos in life: “So much food, so little time…”
How important are the photographs?
A picture is worth a thousand words. A food blog without good photos certainly is missing a key component. Humans are very visual creatures. Sometimes the sight of something alone is enough to make you crave it. Know what I mean? Of course, the writing is very important too. Aroma and taste are where it’s at. But together with a mouth-watering photo they can stir the emotions in the reader’s mind.
What tools do you use to capture images?
As much as I would like to have the best possible food photo, it simply isn’t practical to carry a full-frame SLR around. I always say that the best camera is the one that you actually have on you at the time. Most of the time, that unfortunately means the camera on my mobile phone. However, the iPhone 5S has proven to be quite stellar in many situations. For those times that I make the effort to bring a “real” camera, that duty falls to my Sony DSC-RX100 Mark II. Its combination of super-low light sensitivity (a new back-illuminated 20MP 1″ Exmor CMOS sensor), ultra-sharp f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and compact form factor make it an ideal companion.
What sort of feedback do you get?
This is definitely a work in progress, but feedback so far has been good. It is definitely easier to share experiences and recommendations with friends when it is available in the form of a food blog. Next time one of my friends calls me for a restaurant recommendation, I can simply point them to their mobile device!