Ever since I’d returned from filming the show almost a year ago (can you believe it’s been that long already?!), I’ve been quite the jet-setter. I adore traveling because I love learning about other cultures and especially their foods. And when I say “other cultures,” I don’t always mean countries on the other side of the globe. “Other cultures” could refer to another region in the U.S. Or even that neighboring city a couple of hours down the interstate.

But, as I believe with most things in life, everything in moderation. Too much traveling can be exhausting, and now that I’ve found myself home with no foreseeable travel plans for at least a month or two, it feels so damn nice. Since last summer, I’ve watched the mileage in my airline frequent flyer miles climb; I’ve flown over 40,000 miles in less than a year.

Christine & Felix at TCA FOX All-Star party red carpet

Doing the red carpet at the TCA FOX All-Star party

Sometimes, I am still treated like I’m incapable at the airports. A recent trip found me in a strange conversation with a TSA employee at security checkpoint.

TSA employee: Can you see anything?
Me: Very little.
TSA employee: You look so normal.
Me: What do you mean? I am normal.
TSA employee: It must be scary flying alone.
Me: Not really. I fly alone all the time.

I wanted to sock him and say, “Scared to fly alone?! I survived MasterChef, biatch!” But of course, I didn’t. I have a respectable image to uphold, you know.

Anyway, looking back at all my travels, I realized I’m way behind on my blog posts. When I first started this blog, my goal was to blog at least once a week. Then I left for the show, and The Blind Cook went on understandable hiatus. Then I returned and was super busy with post-show obligations, and my posts became bimonthly at best. Now I just looked at the last post I wrote, and it was over a month ago! I know this is unacceptable, but please cut me some slack. I just finished writing a cookbook, came back from Vietnam where I was part of the production of “MasterChef” Vietnam, and now I’m trying to hammer out my thesis to graduate in May.

Cooking demo @ Good Day L.A., Fox Studios

My “Good Day, L.A.” cooking demo

I was looking back at the long list of entries I need to write and decided I’ll just take a trip down Memory Lane. Here’s a trip I took to L.A. In July 2012. There’s not much to this trip in the ways of enjoyable gastronomy, but it was a nice trip nonetheless. FOX was holding their Television Critics Association (TCA) press conference and invited both MC3Felix and me to attend as reps for “MasterChef” season 3. They knew we were dynamic together and good friends, and what could’ve been an intimidating day turned out to be great fun. (After all, isn’t it always all about the company?)

In the same trip, I also did a cooking demo on ”Good Day L.A.”. I’m always nervous before a cooking demo or before I go on camera, in fact, but they usually turn out swell.

Since July, I’ve returned to L.A. A handful of times (including last week when I had that notorious conversation at checkpoint). More to come.

Till next time, wish me luck on my thesis!

Christine, Cindy, Felix & Tanya at Beverly Hilton, L.A.

Reunion with my MasterChef gal pals, Cindy, Felix, and Tanya


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10 Discussion to this post

  1. Tre Collins says:

    First to comment? Interesting 😀

    Well Christine, I watched the entire season 3 of MasterChef the last two days, and I have been astounded as to what your palette tastes in comparison to those with all senses. I've been interested in theories that claim that the loss of the dependency on one sense may intensify the sensations of the other senses. It seems to be both an advantage and disadvantage, transforming what was once likely more bland pallet of yours into something highly refined, possibly now able to discern newer depths of tastes that was once likely to have been overlooked. Your last challenge was absolutely brilliant, your methodology behind the collective menu.

    In summary I deeply respect what you've accomplished and look forward to your recipe cookbooks. Truly inspirational.

  2. J. Dent says:

    Time flies doesn't it? XD

    Sounds like you've had quite the time jetting around, sampling other 'cultures' and their food. Hope you can do something with all those flyer miles too. I can't help but be a little envious because I get to do very little traveling these days. Seems like there's one in every bunch like that TSA employee. I bet that would have made quite a headline if you had socked him too.

    I understand lagging behind on posts as well. I don't have a blog, but I have a bunch of stuff that other people read that I don't update for a long, long time. Once, I think I just dropped off for about a year. Only problem is, I can't say I was on a TV show. XD

    Anyway, I look back with fond memories of watching you cook on MasterChef this year. And we're looking forward to your cookbook too. Knowing your recipes, they'll be great.

    And for the record, I don't think you need luck on your thesis. With how you write, it'll be great.

  3. Nathan says:

    Best of luck Christine! For me – just a dude trying to find his way and purpose – you're a huge inspiration. Checking a video or two of yours makes me want to be more determined than ever. Appreciate your keen spirit and I'm seeking to take just a pinch of that flair for life you have.

    All the best from Sydney, Australia.


  4. Eats Meets West says:

    Hi Christine 🙂 . Oh, don't worry about your blog readers too much. I mean, sometimes you have to let life take its course before you mull over it, right? And my, you had some amazing experiences coming your way to experience, so if there's anyone who needs a bit of time to catch their breath, that'd be you :D. I don't know how you do it, girl 🙂 . Though I agree that sometimes, there's nothing better than home, sweet home!

    Not to be rude or anything, but I admit that curiosity is getting the better of me: what is your grad thesis about or related too? I love creative writing as well, so I'm intrigued to know what the grad school process would be like 🙂


  5. Hi there Christine, Rein here I am a huge fan. You're achievement is always an inspiration to my life. If you can do it why can't I. Huge Fan More power!!! God Bless and thank you for being a symbol of hope in my life.

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