Meet Grace! (aka @phone.eats.first)


What is your favourite type of food?

This is such a tough choice! Especially in a culturally diversified city like Toronto. If I had to pick, I’d say Japanese food is definitely one of my favourite cuisines, both traditional and fusion. There’s something about the fattiness of raw fish and the endless spins chefs bring to their dishes. We are lucky Toronto has so much to offer, in Japanese cuisine alone!screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-2-02-04-pm

How did you first get into photography/the Instagram scene?

For as long as I can remember, my family has always been taking photos and home videos wherever we are. Under my bed, you can find big, heavy photo albums filled with pictures from the day I was born. Photography was something that was hard to avoid.


I started my Instagram account after my friend, Elain’s family opened a restaurant. I thought I could help promote it somehow… I didn’t tell anyone about it for the longest time and never expected I would ever have the opportunity to work with so many brands I love. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever got the chance to post of photo of food from her restaurant (oops!).

What’s your favourite part about the social media community?

The engagement, the chance to connect with like minded individuals. Many close friends I have today I met through the Instagram community!


If you could change one thing about social media, what would it be?

To have a much better spam/bot filter. What’s the point of socializing on social media if it’s just a bunch of paid comments, likes, and bots spamming around? .


Give us your top 3 go-to restaurants

Inspire Restaurant (if you want to experience real fusion food, from scotch egg with a blueberry compote, Korean egg bennys, to the best chicken and waffles, you must eat here!).

Pai Toronto (love Chef Nuit, her cooking will only make you crave more. Easily one of the best Thai food restaurants in the city, just ask BlogTO! Be sure to make your reservation in advance)

Aoyama Sushi Restaurant (awesome spot for fresh, authentic sushi. Great portions and fair price!)


Tell us a bit about what your day-to-day life is like?

I’m currently a full time student studying at the Schulich School of Business, York University. I have a few jobs I love very much to make time for, one of them being the organizer of the TO Food Fest. I also produce films for agencies. I love film making. One of my deepest regrets is my 6th grade decision in my YouTube username (, I know…and sadly, YouTube won’t let me change it!)


Favourite coffee shop in the city?

Though I’m not a coffee drinker, I like to pretend like I am one because to me, the best coffee shops have the best pastries and treats (I have the biggest sweet tooth and am a sucker for anything buttery!). I took my cousin to Bulldog (they’re one of the cafes that serves the rainbow latte), she’s a latte lover from Chicago and we both enjoyed their drinks. Though I haven’t had any coffee from Delysees, their pistachio and almond croissants are AH-MAZING!


Can you walk us through your process of taking an Insta photo? 

There’s actually a very complex process I follow for every photo: First, I make sure the food is hot and fresh. Then, I spend around 10 minutes just moving the plate around, and around, and around again to get that perfect angle. And while everyone else at the table waits impatiently, I take my time. Before I “snap” a shot, the food is already cold, and THAT’s when I take my Insta photo. Just kidding!


I get very self conscious at restaurants, are people staring at me? Is everyone else hungry? I’ve got to hurry this up. I usually try to “style” the photo before the food arrives, so I can place it where I want to and take a shot. My 2017 resolution is to not worry so much about what others think, it’s my feed after all! lake.

Be sure to check out Grace’s Insta @phone.eats.first for all things food and delicious!


 And of course, her Youtube channel as well.

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