If you follow me on social media, you may have known I took a holiday in the United Kingdom and Ireland this summer. It was the first international leisure vacation I’d taken since 2012 when I’d gone to Japan and Korea with friends and in-laws. Yes, I travel much, but it’s mostly for work. UK/Ireland 2015 was a true holiday in every sense: no work events, no people to answer to, no phone calls—just me, some friends, and a whole lotta food and drink. The hubs documented our trip day-by-day,

I’ve been slacking on my posts, I know, but I’ve been slammed with one thing after another. I’m not complaining, though. I got to live in Vietnam for a month while filming MasterChef Vietnam, then I was off to Prince Edward County, Canada, to shoot some field pieces for Four Senses, and I’ll be returning to Toronto tomorrow to shoot the studio episodes for FS season 3. In between, I’ve also been grappling with the ups and downs of life and just trying to feel normal between time zones and

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

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

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