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During this particular trip to Vietnam, my family and I took a road trip to Vung Tau, a beach town not far from Saigon but is made to seem far because of traffic. You can find very affordable vacation packages through travel agents in Vietnam (or at least that’s what my family tells me). On the way to Vung Tau, we stopped at a noodle shop for some banh canh

I recently reached 70,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, and thanks to all the fans who made it so! This video of me trying the spicy ramen challenge was released a while ago, but it was one of the crucial videos that helped me gain viewers. People have since charged me with doing the double-spicy ramen challenge and the crazy Pacqui Carolina Reaper pepper potato chip challenge. The hubs thinks I may pass out from these, but we’ll see… So in celebration of my hitting 70,000 subscribers on YouTube, I’m

It’s that time of year when everyone’s busy busy busy! I find myself constantly on my feet in the kitchen, running eraands with the hubs, planning menus, designing recipes, putting together the tablescape, and getting stuff tidied and done around the house to prepare for holiday gatherings. This is not even counting all the parties and get-togethers inundating our calendars. All of this frenetic running around means one thing: lots of calories are burning, but most of the stuff around me isn’t providing efficient physiological fuel. Sure, there’s a bag

My next travel adventures brings me back to Vietnam for a month. Since the hubs combined several days worth of footage into just a few YouTube vlogs, I’ll run through the highlights of our extended holiday. First meal out after landing in Saigon Com Tam Bui Saigon (Quan 1) The hubs has an obsession with in-flight amenities kits. I think it’s because he’s been spoiled with flying business class. I find it cute, though, when he gets excited to open up a kit. The stuffing of three of them into

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

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