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I was invited to be a guest chef on Bong Appetit, a show on edgy media channel VICELAND. Since I’ve been promoting my episode, which will air tonight at 10:30 PM EDT, there’s been a lot of controversy. I’ve lost a few fans on Facebook, but I was surprised I earned even more new followers. I don’t like to stir up controversy, but I truly feel I am not doing anything morally wrong. I cooked the food on the show but did not consume it. Cannabis is legal in California

Ever since my visit to San Diego where I gave a TEDx talk at UCSD, I’ve been involved with Aira, a start-up that uses smart glasses to connect blind and low vision users to live human agents for visual and navigational assistance. The above YouTube video shows me using Aira technology for the first time last year. Like the pace of most successful technology companies, Aira has grown immensely and exponentially every year since I first met Sumon the CEO in 2015. Now, Aira has partnered with AT&T for the

My last visit to San Diego was first and foremost to meet with Aira, a start-up service enabling the blind and vision impaired to navigate the world more independently. But more on Aira later. Let’s talk about what else I did in San Diego. Day 1 in San Diego La Puerta Juniper & Ivy We arrive in San Diego and walk to a nearby restaurant, La Puerta, to catch happy hour. The hubs and I order local craft beers on draft and some tacos and guacamole to share. Then later

Next weekend in Houston, on the evenings of October 7th and 8th, I’ll be collaborating with Alvin Schultz also of MasterChef fame. Alvin does these highly creative Underground dinners which consist of a multi-course tasting menu with some of the most unique dishes I’ve ever had. A perfect example is the above video which documents the hubs and me attending Alvin’s Pulp Fiction themed Underground dinner. Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies, and it’s Alvin’s, too, so this dinner was loads of fun, both for him to create

I can’t believe it’s been five years since my own season of MasterChef! Last night, the show’s eighth season crowned their new American MasterChef on FOX. Although I haven’t really followed an entire season since season 4, I tuned in near the end of last night’s finale. Congratulations, Dino! And Ebony and Jason, you were amazing, too. Ebony, I admire your grit, and Jason, your finale meal is the one I’d most want to eat. To commemorate my victory anniversary, the hubs and I released Five years after MasterChef: Q&A

My in-laws love visiting L.A. because they feel right at home in Koreatown—you can virtually get by with only speaking Korean. Day 1 in Los Angeles Ham Ji Park Griffith Observatory For lunch, we hit up Ham Ji Park, which was recommended by a friend for their gamja tang, a Korean pork neck and potato stew usually consumed late night after much soju. After lunch, the mama-in-law wants to shop for Korean ingredients—red pepper flakes for making kim chi, to be exact—so we wander over to a Korean food boutique

Because I live in Houston where there’s a United Airlines hub, I frequently fly United. I thought it would be fun to shoot a series on my YouTube channel in which I do a true blind taste test of the three snack boxes available on UA flights. [Embed]https://youtu.be/Y6YWzny6pzM[/embed] I taste each item, guess what they are, and then give my rating. When my stomach growls thirty thousand feet above ground, these snack boxes are my go-to purchases—I like the variety inside (remember my palate gets bored easily. [Embed]https://youtu.be/Pshfa7rR3z0[/embed] They may

After my holiday in the United Kingdom and Ireland, I got the chance to return to London to film a CNN International series called “Inspirations.” The particular episode on which I was featured was entitled “Breaking Boundaries,” and it included a panel of guests who achieved great things in spite of living with disabilities—watch above. The hubs and I arrived a few days early to enjoy London and, of course, eat. Day 1 in London Hopper’s London’s known for amazing south Asian food, so naturally, our first meal upon arrival

I’ll be honest. I used to loathe Dallas. There’s a longtime rivalry between my hometown of Houston and its northern neighbor. There are the natural sports rivalries, like the Rockets versus the Mavericks and the Texans versus the Cowboys, but there’s also this impression Houstonians have of Dallasites as being uppity and from oil money, your typical ten-gallon hat touting male with his blond big-haired trophy wife. Conversely, we Houstonians are generally proud of our ethnic diversity tendency toward blue collars. But after several trips to Dallas to see my

In my latest Christine Tries episode on my YouTube channel, I do an unboxing video of Tokyo Treat, a monthly subscription-based service that offers unique Japanese snacks and candies delivered straight from Tokyo to your door. For just USD $14.99 a month, you can get a new Tokyo Treat box shipped to you or that Japanophile friend of yours. The box Tokyo Treat sent me had 16 items in it, more than plenty to satisfy a month’s worth of cravings. Watch me do a true blind taste test: I try

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