We had the good fortune of connecting with Vivian Pan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vivian, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, which is a major hub of multigenerational and multiethnic Asian American culture and diversity. Surrounded by Asian food all my life, I’ve always been obsessed with trying new cuisines and exploring new experiences outside the bubble that I lived in.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always been drawn to visual content and I love how the rise of niche profiles on Instagram have allowed for people like myself to share our experiences in a totally different way. I initially started my food blog solely to document my food adventures and use my page as a food diary to look back on all the good eats I’ve had. Now I just want to share my explorations with all my friends and followers, serving as a source of inspiration and discovery for them to try new things as well! I’m not completely sure where I want this food journey to take me in the future, but right now I’m enjoying it day by day and keeping my eyes open for opportunities for the future!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Brunch – The Attic (Long Beach) What a lot of people like to do usually is look up places on Yelp that have the most reviews (I’m guilty of this too). For me personally, this method is always a hit or miss. Some spots are unusually hyped up but the food is average for the LA price that you pay. The Monte Cristo (from what I can remember) here is too good! I would even rate it second to the one at Disneyland. They have a bunch of different savory and sweet options that you can choose from on their menu, one of which is sure to satisfy any breakfast cravings that you might have. Drinks – Angel City Brewery They have an great selection of craft beers to try at reasonable prices as well. Awesome place to grab a drink or just catch up with friends! Lunch – Bavel (Los Angeles) Nominated for a James Beard award and named LA Times’ 2019 Restaurant of the Year, Bavel certainly lives up to its hype. This is a restaurant worth trying for anyone visiting from out of town. Food – Republique (Los Angeles) I’ve done outdoor dining and gotten takeout at Republique before, but never have I ever been disappointed in the quality of their food or the creativity of their menu. This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in LA that truly lives up to its reputation. Visit – Santa Monica Pier/Venice Beach Boardwalk, Griffith Observatory/Old LA Zoo, walk around DTLA There’s so much to see! I love visiting touristy attractions when I’m visiting from out of town, so just thinking of some of the point of interests nearby that would be fun to check out.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d definitely love to thank all my friends for their love and encouragement along the way. They’re definitely my biggest supporters and I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today without them.
No image credits needed, all photos were taken by me. The only issue is that I don’t have any horizontal photos, so please feel free to crop the vertical ones as needed. Thank you!