Andrea Yu

Andrea Yu

Contributing Writer

Andrea is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and content writer reporting on food, drink, life and culture. She 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

Why baijiu is getting big in Toronto

Baijiu is immensely popular in China — so much so, that it's the most-consumed spirit in the world. Now, the uniquely flavoured beverage is taking over Toronto.

How The Drake manages to stay current yet oh-so nostalgic

Chef David Smith rose to the challenge of giving the hotel’s menu a fresh, modern take — while still feeding on the nostalgia of food that’s rooted in Toronto tradition.

These Ontario distilleries are shaking things up

We speak to the key players at Ontario distilleries to find out how they're shaping the local spirits industry and what's keeping them from their full potential.

Women in Wine: Meet the females transforming Okanagan Valley's wine scene

We discover why the Oliver-Osoyoos wine region in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a forward-thinking locale for women in winemaking.

Diversity in beer: is the Canadian craft industry doing enough to change?

We ask if the Canadian craft beer industry doing enough to address the lack of diversity in its ranks, and find out what you can do to help.

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.

Review: 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.

Restaurant review: 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.

Toronto's top holiday desserts

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

Count down the days to Christmas with 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.

Restaurant review: 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.

Restaurant review: 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.

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.