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

The place I enjoyed eating at the most during this trip to Dallas was Madrina, and sadly, the restaurant has since closed. Regardless, I’m paying tribute to Madrina’s excellent Mexican fare with this recipe for elote, or grilled Mexican street corn. I served elote as a side dish to my Korean Wagyu beef taco at my recent pop-up with Ozone in Hong Kong, and it was a hit, especially with the bar’s head chef (who happens to be Brazilian). This colorful dish celebrates summer’s bounty; full of flavor yet well-balanced,

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

Following my trip to Syracuse and dinner at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and with it being deep into the summer season, I thought I’d post a recipe for baked beans. Side dishes are often overlooked at a barbecue feast, but you need those complementary accompaniments to provide variety and cut through the fatty richness of barbecued meats. Besides, I’ve posted before on how to make pork ribs and grilled chicken, so this time, I’m showing you a side instead. When I think of baked beans, I think of my elementary school cafeteria

“You’ve got to try Dinosaur Bar-B-Que,” seemed to be the consensus when I tweeted for Syracuse dining recommendations. Really? Dubious. I mean, I’m from the South where barbecue reigns supreme. But I live in an eternal state of FOMO, so Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for our second dinner in Syracuse it was. We entered the restaurant to find a thick buzz in spite of it being a weeknight. Live music courtesy of a rockabilly band with talent boosted the vibe. We were immediately seated at a booth and looked after by a

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

What I noticed about my dining experiences at Avec, Blackbird, and Girl and the Goat was their common use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Whether it’s fish or vegetables, the dishes are reflective of the time of year. The hubs and I have a friend who’s an avid fisher, and he gifted us this hybrid striped bass. There’s no better way to enjoy fresh seafood than to fire it up quickly on the pan with butter, salt, and cracked black pepper before giving it a squeeze of lemon prior to eating.

The first time I ate at Girl and the Goat, it was a last-minute decision: I’d finished a work engagement in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and my friend and I were driving into Chicago where we’d be flying out the next day. “Let’s try to get a table at Girl and the Goat tonight,” my friend said. I’d heard from a few other friends that Girl and the Goat was hands-down their favorite Chicago eatery or at least a must-try while there. I called and was able to get a table after

We obviously didn’t get enough meat stuffed in between bread because after the hot dog and roast beef sandwich at Portillo’s, we made our way over to Eataly and split a prime rib sandwich. Eataly is the Italian food mecca behind the brains of celebrity chef Mario Batali and the former judge from my season of MasterChef, Joe Bastianich. (In fact, the original Eataly location in New York was where our official season finale party was held.) Eataly is a massive food paradise—think a multiple-storied gastronomic mall. There are different

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