blog collage“If it’s not in the scrapbook, it didn’t happen” says the kitchen magnet my friend Amanda gave me for Christmas several years back.  This sums up this blog (and me!) in a nutshell.  I’m Deb and I’m a 28-year-old young lady born and raised in Toronto who now lives in York Region in the GTA.  I graduated from grad school 2 years ago with my MA, I now work in the food & beverage industry, and with Ate by Ate by my side I’m doing what I love to do: photographing, documenting, and writing about food.  Ate by Ate is all about trying to make people hungry when they look at my food photos, and sharing my love of food and all things foodie-related through my scrapbook pages, photos, stories and posts.  If you happen to drool over your desktops, laptops, or mobile devices, that’s a bonus.

Aside from food, I love fashion, jewelry, baking, flowers and gardens, reading murder mysteries, exploring Toronto’s every nook and cranny, and having enough lip gloss to fill a cargo ship.  I love putting together outfits and accessorizing (I LOVE colour!  oh, and polka dots, and argyle, and houndstooth…), and baking cupcakes and cookies.  I’m a huge fan of Nancy Drew books and I’m absolutely in love with Joanne Fluke’s food murder mysteries among others.  I’m a city girl at heart and it gives me joy exploring and photographing all of Toronto’s unique neighbourhoods and enclaves (I take photos of different gardens around the city as well as beautiful graffiti!), and I have dreams of going to art school, travelling, having a home and kitchen to call my very own and just enjoying life to its fullest.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the blog.

With love, Deb ❤

36 thoughts on “About

  1. You are adorable!!! So glad you found me 🙂 I wouldn’t mind at all if you added me to your blogroll … and thanks for the tip about Short and Sweet! Their cupcakes look amazing, I can’t wait to stop in. Thanks for stopping by and making friends 🙂

  2. Hi Deb!

    Love your blog! Big thanks for the wonderful shout out to the Dessert Lady! It’s great to get postive feedback from our sweeeeeeeet clients.

    Happy Holidays!
    The Dessert Lady Team

    • Hi Lori, thank you so much for visiting! I’m so glad you like the blog and they’ll be many more Dessert Lady posts to come! Hopefully I can come by during the holidays to pick up some sweet treats ^_^ Take care and hope to see you around soon!

  3. I just discovered your blog through the Healthy Hipster and am really enjoying it! Your writing and photography are wonderful.

    I’m a Toronto girl too (although I live in Waterloo and the moment) so am always happy to find other T.O. bloggers.

    • Yay, I’m so happy you found me!! And high-five for being a T.O. girl in the blogasphere! We need to stick together 😀 I’m really happy you’re enjoying the blog and hopefully we’ll get to know each other better through our blogs. Thank you for visiting, reading, and commenting, I appreciate it so much.

    • Hi Ashlyn, thanks so much for visiting and leaving me a message! The photo was taken at King’s Cafe in Kensington Market, one of my favourite vegetarian places in the city! Such good food and it’s a wonderful space. Not to mention I love Kensington Market to pieces!

    • It was great meeting you too, Greg! I hope the show is a huge success for you and I’ll be sure to help promote it through the Food Calendar and such 😀

    • Hi Jenny, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a message! I’ve never actually even considered their ownership so it’d be interesting to find out if this is true. I hope you enjoy the blog! 🙂

  4. Hi Deb – I came across your blog and think it’s wonderfully written and presented. Like you, I love blogging, baking, cooking and trying to get by with a point and shoot 😦

    It’s overwhelming and I’m learning each day. Please tell me what Deb < 3 means?

    Have you tried making cupcakes and macarons?

    Happy Blogging!

    • Hi cravingthis! Thank you so much for the compliments, I work really hard on Ate by Ate and am I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and that you left me a message 😀 I love that you view blogging and everything else as a learning experience too, it’s really what makes this so rewarding and fun because you know there’s always something to look forward to.

      Often times I wish I had a really nice DSLR (one day I will!) too but I’m really proud of being able to get by with a better-than-a-point-and-shoot-but-still-non-DSLR; we work with what we have, right?

      I’ve definitely made cupcakes, but not macarons yet! I’ll filled macarons with ganache, but I haven’t actually made the shells. I’d love to make whoopie pies though!

      And “Deb <3" just means with love as the "<3" is internet speak for a heart, haha. I hope you continue to follow and enjoy the blog, it means a lot!

  5. Hi Deb,

    I was hoping to get your email address in regard to a program happening at the TIFF Bell LB.

    I would appreciate it if you contacted me.


    • Hi Vanessa! Thanks so much for contacting me, I just popped you an e-mail at the e-mail address you used to leave this comment so hopefully it got to you okay! 🙂 I used to have an e-mail address for the blog but it started getting a little too spammy so I took it off and mainly use my FB page and Twitter now. Can’t wait to hear from you!

      Edit: I just recived a notification that the e-mail I sent you bounced back, so I’ll just leave my e-mail address for you here: perky UNDERSCORE peach AT hotmail DOT com

  6. Congratulations on your web site and content. I can tell that it takes great imagination, creativity and lots of hard work to make this happen. I just came across it and it immediately captured my imagination!

    All the best


  7. Hi Deb,

    If interested I heard that there will be a vegan pulled pork sandwich at Riverdale Zoo Farmers Market on Winchester off Parliament. Had one last Sunday in Kensington Market at a booth on the street. Wow what a great sandwich!

    • That sounds amazing, thanks so much for letting me know! I most likely won’t be able to get to the Riverdale farmers’ market anymore (I work during the week now and really can’t make it down, bummer), but I will definitely pass this along to my vegetarian and vegan friends! Thanks again for leaving me a message, I hope you enjoy the blog, Jim!

    • Oh my gosh, that is so sweet and awesome, thank you SO much! 😀 It’s late at night right now, so I’ll continue the love tomorrow! Thank you again! xoxo

  8. Oh my gosh, I stumbled on your blog by some sort of accident (miracle, really) and I am sooo happy I found it! I am super excited to have found such an amazing reference, citing such an incredible array of local patisseries, restaurants, cafes and foodie events in and around Toronto. I *love* macarons and cupcakes (+ cheese & heading downtown for food in general) as much as it sounds like you do, and I feel like I just hit an absolute goldmine by discovering your blog! Thank you for sharing all of your little adventures in food and documenting them with your great photos. I now have a very long list of places I plan on trying out, thanks to you! I had no idea there were so many awesome places to eat around here, that I didn’t already know about! And I especially appreciate that you even covered some recommendations in Markham, where I’m from too (and all this time, I thought I knew my city). I thoroughly enjoy your blog and am definitely going to subscribe right now. Right after I post this message 😛

    • Hi Cher, awesome to meet you! 😀 Thank you so much for leaving me a message and for all the sweet and wonderful comments about the blog, it means a lot to me as I put my all my heart into it. I’m so happy you’ve found it enjoyable and useful and YES, macarons and cupcakes are the bees knees, haha! I always feel like something is missing if I don’t get one in once a week and it always makes me smile meeting yet another cupcake lover in the city – they are not just fads! 😀

      Oh and it’s crazy because you’re not the only one who’s told me how happy they are about the Markham posts recently, I’ve had others tell me that too! It makes me even more motivated now to post more knowing others like it. Because you never know if others like all the same things you do or find posts useful so I’m so glad the Markham contingent is thriving! Thank you again and I hope you continue to enjoy everything, write me here anytime! xoxo 🙂

  9. Hi Deb!
    I hope this finds you well! Getting in touch to share an invitation with you to an event we’re hosting next week with Elia Herrera from Los Colibris, and to see if you can join us. The event is on June 4 at 4:00 p.m. It’s an outdoor cooking class! I’d love to send you the invite and for you to join us! Feel free to send me a note when you have a moment.

    All the best,
    Daniel St. Germaine

  10. Hi Deb,

    I know you’re a fan of sweets, and as a fellow foodie myself, I have been organizing non-profit food festivals in my spare time. I would like to personally like to inform and invite you to a new festival that will be collaborating with George Brown Culinary School to raise money for Sick Kids on Aug 15-16th, called Sweetery! We’ll have pinatas and games and such for the first sweets festival of its kind in Toronto.
    Feel free to give me a shout, maybe we can meet up and I’ll give you a tour!

  11. Hi Deb, I enjoy your blog, very informative and insightful. I manage a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant downtown with amazing foods and drinks in a intimate and relaxing setting. I invite you to come and try our foods and drinks and let us and your followers know what you think of our place.


    Khai To,
    Jack Tan’s Restaurant & Bar
    770 Bay Street,
    Toronto, ON

    Ps. Hope to see you soon. Cheers!

  12. Hey Deb!

    My name Monica, the Sales and events Manager from MoRoCo Chocolat. I’ve come across your food blog page and I must say that I am very impressed! Your blog is super cute and really detailed! I love it!
    I would love to extend an invitation out to you to come visit us at MoRoCo, and experience what we have to offer, on us, of course!
    We offer high tea service, as well as a full menu to order from. We also serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Feel free to contact me via email or phone, and we can set up a reservation for you to come in and check us out!
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Hi Monica! Thank you so much for leaving me a message here and for reaching out with an invite, I’m really excited about it! I will contact you in the next few days so that we can set something up. Thank you again!

  13. Hi Debra,
    Happy Holidays ~
    Your blog is a great read! Your posts are so detailed but also showcase your bubbly personality!
    On behalf of the management team, we would like to extend an invitation for you to be our guest at Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill, located in North York.
    We are an All You Can Eat Mongolian Grill restaurant that prides our self on our level of service and quality of our food.
    We hope you will accept this invitation and come experience the Mongolian Grill. Any feedback you have for us about your dining experience would be appreciated and welcomed.

    Please contact us at your convenience to accept the invitation.
    Thank you and we look forward to having you dine with us!

    Chelsea Yaung
    Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill
    900 Don Mills Rd., Unit 2, Toronto, ON
    Email: info@genghiskhanmongoliangrill.com

    Twitter and Instagram: @mongolianbbqTO

  14. Quick question


    I’m a huge fan of your site and the work you do, so wanted to reach out and connect.

    My business, the “10 Day Health Challenge” (www.10dayhealthchallenge.com) also believes in spreading a whole foods lifestyle and fostering healthy eating. My quarterly Challenge is a web-based program designed to guide participants in clean and mindful eating for ten days.

    I’d love to gift you our FREE 3 Day Spring Challenge so you can see what we’re all about.

    You can download it here – http://www.10dayhealthchallenge.com/3dayspring

    Here’s to a happy and healthy spring!

    ~ Haley Whitley

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