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#harvey relief: Dropping donations to #houston shelters

Posted by Christine Ha on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Once the Houston roads began clearing by Tuesday morning, the hubs and I drove through the relentless rain collecting donations from neighbors and friends to deliver them to local shelters. We even live-streamed the collection and drop-off on my Facebook. I fortuitously discovered a “donate” link you could add to your Facebook Live video, so I included it in the post, linking it to the Houston Food Bank, which happens to the the largest food bank in America feeding the nation’s fourth largest city. I’m proud to say as I

I was invited to Syracuse University to give a lecture during the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month of April. I’d never been to Syracuse, and all I knew was that it’s a college town in New York. Even though April is officially springtime, it was still pretty damn cold at nearly freezing temperatures. I had no idea what to expect with Syracuse, but a few fun facts I learned: Syracuse University’s mascot is an orange named Otto. My theory proves correct again: Koreans really are everywhere. You can still

The last time I was in Chicago was for AWP, the large national writer’s conference. The time before that was when I was in seventh grade, and our middle school orchestra was invited for an international clinic taking place in the Windy City. Needless to say, I’d never been to Chicago for pure leisure, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally visit Chi-Town for real for the first time in my 30s! Day 1 in Chicago Lou Malnati’s Avec Blackbird Aviary Tickets from Houston to Chicago are

I have to admit, the first time I’d ever heard of International Women’s Day was only three years ago, and it was because I had some female fans in Vietnam wish me a happy International Women’s Day on my Facebook. This year, while I’d like to honor women everywhere, I also want to highlight five specific women whom have left impressions on me. Whether I know them personally or from afar, in no particular order, here are the five women I admire. Yon Suh, my mother-in-law My hubs’s mama (whom

The end of the year is a good time to reflect, renew, and rejoice. 2016 was a good year. I cooked with Chef Anita of Pondicheri (now also open in New York) for a private dinner that raised funds to help the vision impaired. I ate at Graham Elliot‘s restaurant, and he even personally cooked for us. I held another successful pop-up in Houston. I was invited to be a guest on CNN International’s Inspirations: Breaking Boundaries in London. One of my BFFs got married. I met a lot of

Considering this New York trip took place back in February, I realize I really need to catch my blog up to my social media. That is, I need to catch my blog up to real time. In order to do so, I’m going to start putting all the videos on a single trip into one blog entry instead of parsing each day’s vlog out into its own blog post. That means you’ll get a fast recap of my travels via YouTube starting…NOW. Day 1 in New York City Xi’an Famous

Missed connections are inconvenient, but you just gotta learn to make lemonade. When our Japan Airlines flight out of Ho Chi Minh City was delayed several hours, we inevitably missed our connection in Narita. This turned our layover into an overnighter. Initially, we contemplated buying a Narita Express ticket into Tokyo but soon learned Tokyo was not as 24/7 as New York City. We decided to stay put in Narita, opting for a short cab ride to downtown for a quick bite at McDonald’s. (I always like to see how

To heck if I know. I had banana wine for the first time on this trip to Vietnam when Kyle Le took John and me to eat goat. My guess is it’s fermented banana juice. It was very mild with only a hint of banana. I personally prefer my alcohol more robust. Always happy to try new things, though. Our Vietnam trip was winding down, and the hubs and I tried to get in as much last-minute trying of new things as we could. From high-end sushi to goat breast

Perhaps my busiest day in Saigon was the day I had three back-to-back events to attend. In the morning, I had the launch and signing of the Vietnamese translation of my cookbook, Nau Bang Ca Trai Tim, which translates as “cook with all your heart.” (Yes, the Vietnamese publisher changed my title entirely to make it more suitable for the Vietnamese audience.) Then in the afternoon, I stopped by a university to promote my popcorn line, Uncle Jax and do a photo op with the students. Lastly, a meeting with

This travel vlog is a perfect demonstration of how Vietnam today is at the intersection of the old and the new. We’ve got a man pan-frying crabs in a wok on the sidewalk, cigarette dangling from his lips, sandals on his feet. Then across town, we’ve got teenagers making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Vietnam is an emerging market, and this is apparent when you visit. Why I love Vietnam: iKem. My family has a liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, and I get to exercise my culinary creativity by creating

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