Exciting culinary experiences are all around us; in family kitchens, neighbourhood watering holes and small ethnic dives. You never know where your next memorable meal will come from, and it doesn’t have to come from a five-star restaurant. The Flirty Foodie is dedicated to uncovering them; on Vancouver Island and beyond while sharing recipes, stories and unwrapping the unique individuals behind them. The only thing greater than our lust for food is our pleasure in inhaling it.
Meet our Flirty Foodies: A One on One with Meaghan and Ayaka
How would you describe each other?
Meaghan: Ayaka is just one of those extremely warm and happy go lucky types that people are irresistibly drawn to, myself included. Her passion in the kitchen is infectious; she’s very involved in what shes doing and takes her time, making sure every element of a dish is just right. One thing I can say about her is that she always leaves a very clean kitchen while the initial cooking process is extremely chaotic. She is pretty much the exact opposite of me, organized and tidy while I cook but resisting the final clean up every step of the way. Ayaka and I are extremely compatible food wise. Our mutual love of food is one of the reasons why we are so close. It’s fitting that we met working in a restaurant and bonded over many a night overindulging in food and booze. Don’t let her small Asian stature fool you, this girl can put them back. In fact she’s been known to drink grown men twice her size under the table (trust me, I’ve seen this with my own eyes).
Ayaka: I feel as though I’ve finally met my culinary soul mate with Meaghan; someone who shares my appreciation for a delicious meal…and is willing to go to any lengths to get it. I admire her enthusiasm for the simple pleasures; that sparkle she gets in her eyes at the sight of a ripe avocado or the ear to ear grin that spreads across her face after that first sip of a crisp Thai Red Bull. Personally I’m not turned on at the sight of vegetables but unlike your typical vegetarian, Meaghan eats the occasional animal, enjoys a nice aged cheese and lives for seafood. She’s what we call a “flexitarian.” an advanced hybrid class of vegetarian. In the kitchen, she is naturally gifted, understands her ingredients, thinks outside the box, and is fun to be around; four qualities I revere in a cooking partner in crime. The way she can produce a dish despite consuming copious amounts of wine throughout the entire process is truly impressive. One word of advice, don’t stand in between her and her morning coffee. I have learned this the hard way.