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Andrea Yu

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Andrea has an insatiable curiosity for all things food and drink. If you ever find yourself dining with her, be warned that she’ll ask for one bite or sip of whatever you’re having. She has a taste for sour beverages (whether cocktail or ale) and always manages to find room for dessert. When not eating or drinking, you can find Andrea biking around Toronto on her beat-up cruiser (weather permitting) in search of her next forkful.

Andrea Yu's articles

The Kitchen Chronicles: At home with Afrim Pristine

We drop in on Afrim Pristine to see how the maître fromager at Cheese Boutique has made his kitchen the centre of his home.

The Kitchen Chronicles: At home with Pay Chen

We visit with TV host, producer and food personality Pay Chen to check out how she's decked out her kitchen, from her cookbook collection to beautiful bowls.

The Kitchen Chronicles: At home with Cory Vitiello

We get an inside peek in the kitchen with Cory Vitiello, his partner Martina Sorbara, better known by her stage name Dragonette, and their son Barlow.

Boozers and shakers: Reid’s Distillery

We head east to discover how Reid’s Distillery is bringing the small-batch spirit culture to Toronto.

Mind over menu: A look at mental health in the food and beverage industry

Mental health and substance abuse have long been ignored in the hospitality industry. We speak to the chefs and bartenders that are bringing awareness to the issue.

Flavour of the Week: Lapinou

Toronto’s love for dining à la française continues with this elegant King West bistro serving updated takes on French classics.

Top Six in the 6: Meals for sharing

Family-style meals are always merrier. Here are the spots that specialize in letting you dig-in en masse.

Top Six in the 6: Holiday desserts

These Toronto purveyors have what you crave for a delicious cap on your holiday feast.

Bottle Service: Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars

These grown-up gin and whisky advent calendars feature 24 unique boozy treats behind each window.

Top Six in the 6: Waffles

Fancier than flapjacks, more elegant than eggs, waffles from these leading spots deserve top billing.

Top Six in the 6: Best wine bars

Wine, whether natural or not, is in the limelight right now and these are the best bars to find it at.

Flavour of the Week: LOV

King West’s latest eatery serves up plant-based fare in a bright and beautiful environment.

What's in Store: Brodflour

We head to Brodflour, a flour miller and bakery, to learn about its grain-to-loaf approach.

Top Six in the 6: Thanksgiving Eats and Treats

Here are a few spots to get your gobble, gobble on, whether you’re looking to grab an easy addition to your family potluck or are tucking into a full turkey dinner with all the fixins.

Flavour of the Week: Bar Piquette

This French bistro on Queen West looks as cute as it sounds, with a cozy interior, an impressive list of hard-to-find wines and small plates perfect for grazing.

Tex-Next: What does the future hold for San Antonio's food scene?

We visit San Antonio, one of the fastest growing cities in the US, to find out how chef-entrepreneurs are replacing the city’s tacos-and-brisket reputation.

Land of Fire and Ice: A culinary tour of Iceland

Andrea Yu goes on a culinary exploration of Iceland and eats everything from geyser-baked break to park foraged weeds.

The Fertile Desert: A fruitful foray into Arizona's Sonoran Desert

Andrea Yu ventures along the fringes of Arizona’s Sonoran desert to discover arid landscapes, farms and orchards bearing an unexpectedly diverse array of crops.

Flavour of the Week: Mira Restaurant

Formerly home to a rotating roster of nightclubs, Mira Restaurant gives the King West strip a more upscale dinner option with Peruvian flair.

Flavour of the Week: The Senator Winebar

One of the city’s oldest restaurants breathes new life into its second floor with a stylish French bistro menu and live acoustic acts.