YouTuber Remi Cruz, 26, began her personal rendition of the Food Network on her channel with 2.5M subscribers — “Cooking with Remi” — and is happy to share her love of meals and her Korean upbringing via her recipes.
“For almost 10 years on YouTube, I’ve done so many cooking videos throughout my makeup, fashion and homemaking content,” Cruz informed The Post. “I would call making lunch on my channel, ‘Cooking with Remi,’ and when I was in a lull with my main channel, I decided to go all out and make ‘Cooking with Remi’ a produced show.”
The LA-based way of life creator has greater than 5 million followers throughout all platforms, together with her vlog channel with 1.4M subscribers and her co-hosted “Pretty Basic” podcast with Alisha Marie.
“Both of my parents are Korean and my mom always cooked Korean food growing up,” she stated. “I loved learning about my culture, so once I moved out on my own, I started having cravings for specific Korean foods I couldn’t get anymore.” Her mother would speak via one among her favorite meals over the telephone, after which she would add her personal “twists” to it, she described.
To complement her filmed cooking tutorials, the life-style vlogger-turned-relatable chef additionally launched a website, which acts as a hub for her viewers and recipe-seekers to find the following meal on their plates.
“I didn’t realize how many Asian and Korean viewers I had who felt so connected, and I would get comments all the time saying they felt so connected through these videos,” she provides.
And, Cruz is barely getting began. Her first few episodes reveal how one can make party snacks, “drunchies” — the “quintessential term” she labels to explain her drunk cravings, and her favorite foods from fairs.
“Now, I’m getting more into recipe testing, but for right now, my recipes surround what people in my everyday life are asking for,” she stated. “My boyfriend recommends foods I’ve made in the past, so it’s good to have a sounding board.”
If you’re a foodie or just in search of a brand new “Foodstagram” to comply with, @cookingwithremi is your new greatest pal. Cruz supplies an outline of her go-to breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert — exterior the ‘gram — for a style of her favorites:
- Breakfast: “Whenever I have a slower morning, my sweet potato hash is healthy and comforting, so I love to make that,” she explains.
- Lunch: “It’s pretty basic [no podcast pun intended], but I love bread, so a turkey and avocado sandwich is what I usually go for, especially when I’m working and have to make something quick,” she shares.
- Dinner: “For dinner, it depends on how I’m feeling, but I’ll usually have salmon or chicken, veggies, and some kind of starch — if I’m feeling healthy,” she stated. “But, if I’m feeling not-so-healthy, one of my favorites is making Korean barbecue at home.”
- Dessert: “I’m an ice cream person, and I always have either ice cream or a popsicle,” she stated. “I love Cold Stone’s chocolate ice cream or Cherry Garcia from Ben & Jerry’s.”
Below, discover a few of Remi’s top-tier kitchen merchandise she makes use of to assist her craft the right dish, together with a tiffany blue KitchenAssist mixer, the right chef’s knife and her go-to basil grower.
Remi’s Top 5 Favorite Kitchen Products
“I like to take pride in the idea that I purchased an air fryer before the big wave came around,” Cruz stated. “All of my friends now have one, and to this day, they all say it changed their lives because it’s so easy to use.”
Misen Chef Knife, $65
“Misen was one of my first food-related sponsorships, and it truly is one of the best knives I’ve used in my life,” she stated. “You can use it for whatever you’re cooking, and if you’re only going to get one knife, get this one.”
KitchenAid Mixer, $499.99
“I got my KitchenAid Mixer six or seven years ago for a Black Friday haul on my YouTube channel,” she stated. “‘Shock factor,’ high-ticket items were popular for those kinds of videos, but I’ve used mine every year since then.”
Our Place Always Pan, $145
“I purchased the Our Place Always Pan from an Instagram ad and it’s the best pan I’ve ever used,” she stated. “It’s so cute, comes in a lot of different colors and is super nonstick. It also comes with a wooden spatula you can attach to the pan and a wooden steamer basket to put vegetables in.”
“The TechWood Smokeless Grill can be used for normal grilling, but my boyfriend and I use it for our Korean barbecue nights,” she stated. “I’ll go to the Korean grocery store and buy meat and other ingredients, and it’s cool that there’s a built-in fan to prevent smells. Plus, it’s a super fun quarantine activity.”
Remi’s Favorite Kitchen Products
“I didn’t know what a salad spinner was until a year or two ago — and now it’s a game-changer for me,” Cruz stated.
“I love OXO’s Pop Containers for everything, including storing dog food,” she stated. “Particularly, I use them to store flour and other ingredients on a rolly cart in my pantry, so they’re super convenient to have on hand while cooking and baking.”
Trudeau Toss and Chop Salad Tongs, $15.99 (initially $17.02)
“I have these scissors that are made for salads,” I really like Sweet Greens for salad, however I don’t need to spend $25 on salad each day, so these scissors make all the things bite-sized and it’s superb.”
She stated you should use a knife, however these are “so much more fun,” she explains.
“I love my KitchenAid Pasta Attachment,” she stated. “All you have to do is put it on your mixer and you can make pasta dough because the mixer powers it. I love trying new pasta shapes and sizes, and it’s so much fun to do at home.”
“The Click and Grow is a cute little system I use to grow basil,” she stated. “You can also grow flowers, tomatoes, and herbs, and it’s great to have fresh ingredients on hand all the time.”