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Christine Ha

”The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences.“ ~Christopher McCandless Last November, I was invited to give a talk at the TEDxTaipei Salon in Taiwan. This would be my second TEDx Talk—the first being the one I did at TEDxUCSD in May 2015. The theme was “Inspiration from Five Senses,” and the description blurb I received from the event coordinators read: “In this TEDxTaipei Salon, we will take the audience on a journey

Following my post about Russian River Brewing Co. in which I raved about their pizzas, I’m sharing my unfussy recipe for Margherita pizza. I like the simplicity of a Margherita, which is traditionally topped with only three ingredients: fresh plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh sweet basil. In case you hadn’t noticed, the colors of the three toppings are red, white, and green—coincidentally (on purpose) the same colors as the flag of Italia. It’s popular belief that a chef made the tri-colored pizza for Queen Margherita of Savoy during her

Almost every time wee visit the Bay area, the hubs has to make a trip up to Santa Rosa to fill his beer quota at Russian River Brewing Co.. A few of Russian River’s beers have been named some of the top beers in the world, and because they’re not available in our home state of Texas, we usually stow a few bottles away in our check-in bags. We arrived about fifteen minutes before doors opened on a Saturday morning, and there was already a line about thirty people deep.

Last fall during our trip to San Francisco, my friends, hubs, and I took a day trip up to wine country. Before crossing the bridge, we grabbed pastries at Craftsman & Wolves. Then on the way, we stopped at Russian River Brewing; as it’s not available in Texas, the hubs always buys a few bottles to bring back home for our beer fridge. We visited a couple of wineries and then had to book it back across the bridge to make it to our dinner reservation at Kusakabe, a Michelin-rated

To my fellow blind and visually impaired community, I’m excited to announce I’m involved in the production of a documentary with an Emmy award winning producer that focuses on the dating life of the blind and visually impaired. The goal of our project is to raise awareness and shed light on a population who is often marginalized. We are seeking women and men who are interested in participating in the film. If you are single and actively dating, we would like to hear from you. We are also seeking the

They call ‘em “crack wings” (though I prefer not to make light of something as serious as addiction), but yes, this fried chicken from written about San Tung before. I usually get the dried version because that was what was originally recommended to me, so I have no idea how the wet fried chicken tastes. With the dried wings, the skin is crispy and the meat flavorful. I also love their noodles with black bean sauce—chajiangmian—which can also be found in Korean cuisine. Consumer reviews online also rave about their

I had some airline credit I needed to use before it expired, so the hubs and I decided to go to San Francisco for a weekend. First we checked out some southern soul food at Brenda’s to see if it could hang with what we’re accustomed to in Texas (it couldn’t). Then the hubs takes me to this eclectic little taxidermy store, which originally started as a gardening nursery, called Paxton Gate. I loved some of the strange things found in the store, but many of them were hella expensive,

We’re deep into barbecue season, and with Independence Day on Monday, my birthday gift to America (and you, dear readers) will be this ethnic take on grilled meat. It also happens to be my pops’s birthday, and the man does love his beef, so I thought I’d honor him, too, by choosing a beef recipe (just like how I’d done a burger recipe when it was the hubs’s birthday). My pops moved back to Vietnam after retirement, and whenever he’s asked what he misses most about America (and Texas in

I recently wrote about Rodney’s Oyster House and Pearl Diver—both seafood restaurants in Toronto—so to close out my Canada series, I’ve got a crab roll recipe for you today. But it’s not your traditional crab roll. It’s crab rolls with a Japanese twist. I have an affinity for wasabi mayo because it’s creamy, clears your sinuses, and goes so well with seafood. I made these crab rolls for a corporate event I did in New York, and they were a hit. I chose crab over lobster because, frankly, I tend

Even after Rodney’s Oyster House, I couldn’t get enough seafood in Toronto. On another evening, I met up Jenna, friend and co-blogger at NMO Diaries, for some ocean eats at Pearl Diver. Pearl Diver was sort of a newcomer on the restaurant scene at the time, and I’d heard good things about their seafood circus tower, which is a multi-level platter available for half off during happy hour. We ordered the seafood circus tower as soon as we arrived since it’s a popular item, and we didn’t want to risk

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