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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’m excited to announce a culinary collaboration with Alvin Schultz, a contestant on MasterChef season 2. Alvin also resides in Houston, so we became fast friends when I tweeted him back in 2012 that I’d be on season 3. Alvin has been doing these cool Underground dinners—think of them like the Supper Club I did for Ikea Sweden where you dine on a multi-course meal in an intimate undisclosed setting with potential strangers-turned-friends. I’ve been to one of Alvin’s Underground dinners before and have eaten his food plenty of times,

Hurricane Harvey relief: How you can help

#harvey relief: Dropping donations to #houston shelters

Posted by Christine Ha on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Once the Houston roads began clearing by Tuesday morning, the hubs and I drove through the relentless rain collecting donations from neighbors and friends to deliver them to local shelters. We even live-streamed the collection and drop-off on my Facebook. I fortuitously discovered a “donate” link you could add to your Facebook Live video, so I included it in the post, linking it to the Houston Food Bank, which happens to the the largest food bank in America feeding the nation’s fourth largest city. I’m proud to say as I

To all my Houston folks! WHEN: Monday, February 27, at 7 PM WHERE: Ninja Ramen (4219 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007) Today in the school news bulletin! Ninja Ramen presents: Julie Rogers of Coltivare and MasterChef season 3 winner Christine Ha team up for a one-night-only special event to raise funds for Chefs Cycle, a 300-mile bike ride in support of the No Kid Hungry campaign whose mission is to end child hunger in America. On the school cafeteria menu: a special “sack lunch” prepared by Christine Ha, and craft

You know those “where are they now?” segments on celebrity news shows and articles? I sort of did one when I visited MasterChef U.S. Season 4 winner Luca Manfé’s food truck, The Lucky Fig. (Or maybe Luca’s fans saw my YouTube episode and were like, “Oh, so that’s what that Christine from season 3 is doing now—making YouTube videos and eating…”) Either way, neither guesses are far from the truth. Luca was born in Italy, moved to New York, and was living there when I first met him during season

It’s been a long while since my first pop-up restaurant in Houston almost three years ago. I’ve been traveling and working on other projects in television and public speaking. This year, though, I hope to focus on my own personal culinary goals, and that means…drumroll, please…developing my own restaurant concepts which I hope to open in the near future. I always get asked when I’m going to open my own restaurant, and the time finally feels right. Of course, we are in the very early development stages of it all,

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

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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