About Me

Hello, my name is Brenda!

Why the name Pistachiopicks?

Pistachio, in Chinese (開心果; Kāixīn guǒ), directly translates as “happy fruit” and it metaphorically describes someone as a happy and bubbly person. With no surprise, I am a “happy fruit” when I am seen with or eating food. 

Why did you create Pistachiopicks?

Pistachiopicks, the food instagram, was created in May 2016 with the purpose of showcasing stories of ingredients, chefs and cuisines that I wanted to share and bring joy to others.

The initiative to start a food account began from my 2015 trip to Hong Kong. I was amazed at how quickly‌ ‌Hong‌ ‌Kongers‌ ‌embraced‌ ‌food‌ ‌ trends‌ ‌compared‌ ‌to‌ ‌Vancouver. Being able to see locals take inspiration from well-known Japanese food creations and the expansion of Japanese food franchises in Hong Kong has caused me to wonder why Vancouver’s food scene lacked that same level of‌ ‌innovation.

To satisfy my hunger for more marketing and food knowledge, I used Pistachiopicks as my platform to tell stories about the exciting foods I was trying overseas as well as the local delicacies that were surfacing in Vancouver. Please beware, my captions are often very lengthy but one thing is for sure, I want people to be informed about the process and efforts of a dish and not just the end result – a pretty photo.

Eat Happy, Stay Happy!