I just returned from a month-long stint in Vietnam filming MasterChef Vietnam season 3—yes, I’m a full-fledged judge of the MasterChef franchise now! This season is already airing in Vietnam on VTV3 on Saturday evenings at 8 PM local time. If you live outside of Vietna, however, you can find many of the episodes on YouTube, although you’ll have to understand Vietnamese to follow the season. Keep in mind the budget of MC VN is a mere fraction of that of MC U.S.; regardless, it was a rewarding experience to

Many of you know I love food. What you may not know is I lost my vision because of Neuromyelitis Optica, a rare autoimmune disease which currently has few effective treatments and no cure. I am doing my part to change this: the first annual Dining for NMO Day will take place on Monday, October 19th, and I am asking you to kindly support.

The temperature in Houston is reaching the 100s this week, and the only way many of us can bear the wet heat is to think of all the other great things Houston has to offer, like food,. food, and more food. I won’t complain, though—I’d been to so many cold places in the last couple of winters (I.e. Grand Rapids, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Toronto when it was -10°F!), that I promised Houston I wouldn’t complain about its summers this year. At the end of the day, I would rather

My earliest memories of popcorn are from the cinema. On the rare occasion my parents gave me money to go to the theater, I would beg for a little more so I could get a small bag of popcorn and a soda. To this day, whenever I smell popcorn, I think of two things: movie theaters and, yes, Target. Then I discovered microwaveable popcorn, and soon, that became a household staple for movie nights and sleepovers. My favorite flavor to no one’s surprise was movie theater butter. Just because I’m

I’m back after my two-week hiatus! I was on holiday in the UK and Ireland—it was the first international vacation I’d taken in three years and long overdue. As expected, I consumed voraciously, but that will all come in another entry. Today, I’m continuing my suggestions for Houston eats. My first entry on this series logged where I took my pops when he was visiting, and the most recent entry focused on Vietnamese and Chinese food on Bellaire. In this third part of the Houston series, we’re eating more dishes

As promised, this week, I’m delving into foods my hometown of Houston is known for. Of course, being Asian-American and having grown up near an abundance of local Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants (also known as Bellaire Blvd.), I have to talk about the wide variety and quality of east Asian cuisine we’re lucky to call our own. First, a short history of the Vietnamese diaspora: in the 1980s, the first Vietnamese to settle in this city made the area near Hobby airport in south Houston their home. That’s where you’ll

I write about my mama a lot, but this Sunday is Father’s Day, and I can’t forget about my pops, nor my hometown. Reflecting on my dad’s recent stateside visit a few weeks ago, I share here things we ate together. Since retiring, my pops relocated back to Vietnam. I’ve flown to Saigon a handful of times and hung out with my pops, but it’s not often he comes back to the U.S. This means when he does, we try to pack as much American —particularly Texan—foods into his belly

One of my favorite foods to eat in Vietnam, cua rang me—crabs sautéed in tamarind—is a humble yet glorious dish prized for its freshness and balance of flavor. It’s best eaten with the hands and a chilled lager (or three), followed by a hearty serving of French bread, which is broken off the community loaf and use to mop the vibrant, sweet sauce. A fond memory of childhood summers is weekend trips to the Gulf Coast, where in addition to playing in the murky brown water, I’d help my parents

I guess technically this entry should’ve been titled “Eating Napa,” but there’s going to be a little bit of SF in it, too–namely the airport. Did you know the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is working towards becoming accessible for blind travelers by using localization technology? These days, technology has granted so many visually impaired people more independence. When I travel alone, I depend on guidance and assistance from airport employees, but indoo.rs will take travel to another level for those with vision loss. Until then, let’s get back to

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