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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 had fun doing this YouTube collaboration with Tommy Edison of The Tommy Edison Experience, also known as the Blind Film Critic. Little did I know I’d actually spoken with Tommy years ago when I was on a press whirlwind during the airing of my season of MasterChef. At the time, Tommy was still a traffic reporter at a radio station back east (he followed traffic by listening to police radar—isn’t that something?). And now we meet again for these collars. I think Tommy is a great co-host, don’t you?

Chu mung nam moi! I recently posted a recipe for Vietnamese New Year square cakes, or banh chung, and as promised, here is the YouTube video showing me attempting banh chung for the first time. All I gotta say is, mad respect to Grandma! Wrapping it is the hardest part, and then getting it cooked just right is second. But, like with all things in life, if you’ve stopped learning about food and cooking, you’re no longer living. I think I’m pretty brave attempting to make banh chung without sight.

I started my YouTube channel almost five years ago, but it really wasn’t until last year that the hubs and I began pushing out content regularly. As an answer to a question I frequently get on my YouTube, I decided the first video to be released on my channel in 2017 would show how I cook without sight. MasterChef winner Christine Ha shows how the Blind cook got quite a lot of views and shares, and I’m proud to say it’s a well-done video for an amateur two-person production crew.

Coming up in two weeks, I’ll be returning to New York for a brain-stimulating conversation with neuroscientist and Johns Hopkins University professor David Linden at the Rubin Museum of Art. In its tenth season, the museum’s Brainwave series will explore the idea of perception. On February 3, Linden and I will discuss how perception extends beyond the visual, and how I developed my palate and cook without sight. Following our conversation, we’ll both be signing our respective books. If you’re in the area on February 3rd, please join us at

I can’t believe it’s been four seasons! The show just keeps getting bigger and better. Having been on Four Senses on AMI for four seasons, I’ve learned so much about food and the makings of television. This season, we’ve got a fantastic guest line-up that includes a lot of celebrities in fashion, design, radio, television, and more. In Canada, tune in to our season premiere this Thursday, January 5th, at 7:30 PM ET/PT on AMI. And if you’re not in Canada, check the Four Senses on AMI website shortly thereafter,

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

The holiday season is in full swing, which means everyone’s making a list and checking it twice. To help make the task a little bit easier, I’ve put together a short holiday gift guide for the home cook in your life. These are tools and gadgets I use on a regular basis in my own kitchen, and I’m sharing the tips with you. Watch the video for a special, surprise giveaway, too! And for even more gift ideas, check out my previous gift guide. Happy holidays!

On the heels of one of my trips to Vietnam, here’s another fun video from my YouTube where I do a true blind taste test. Last time, I tried snacks from various parts of Asia. This time, the hubs found a Korean market in Ho Chi Minh City and picked up a bunch of Korean snacks. I tasted each food item, tried to guess what it was, and gave my honest review. The Vietnamese are obsessed with Korean culture (likely due to the popularity of Korean dramas in Vietnam), and

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

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