Mantra: Travel, Eat. Drink Coffee. Repeat.
Burgers, pizza, ice cream and Spam. An excel sheet that started out as a way for me to keep track of my most frequented restaurants and favorite ma and pa shops, became a mission. Support local business, meet awesome people, discover great new foods. This became my thing. I wanted to tell others about the great local business that I came to know and love in my neighborhood. After about 5 years, I started to venture outside my own ‘backyard’ and into other neighborhoods, various cities all around the world. Since I started Backyard Bite I have travelled to such food cities as London: England, Paris: France, Barcelona: Spain, Maui and Honolulu: Hawaii, Oaxaca: Mexico, Bern: Switzerland, Nuremberg: Germany, Tokyo: Japan — and that’s just to name a few…
Food became my gateway to adventure and new food discoveries, learning about different cultures, and meeting the people making a difference in the food world… all the while expanding my own culinary palate. It led to a love for storytelling, discovery and inspirational wisdom from kick-ass entrepreneurs.
I have a passion for championing those who truly love what they do; honest to goodness people who care about their products and the people they create it for. I seek out the unpredictable, the new and the super cool.
I hope to introduce my readers to good food and fascinating (and delicious) success stories right in their own neighborhoods — and around the world. Every neighborhood has its gems; you just have to discover them. Food is life. Let’s live deliciously!
Welcome to Backyard Bite.
Amy T. Shuster is a writer, producer, TV show host and food enthusiast. She is the host of Foodie Hub’s Bite Into London, The Texas Barbecue Crawl Series and Quest for the Fest on Tastemade Travel. She is a contributor for ExtremeFoodies and co-produces the Filipino food and culture podcast Phavlor Profiles, now on iTunes.
A Chicago native, she spent the last 11 years honing her culinary palate while living in Los Angeles, California. Amy currently lives and dines in Portland, Oregon.