Here’s to good friends

I never thought that I’d miss washing dishes in my kitchen…but after 12 days on the road, not only did I long for my own dish sponge (we all have personal relationships with our favorite dish sponge brand, right!? RIGHT!????) but I also missed my beloved rice cooker.

Of course I missed my children dearly…so much that we’re not gonna talk about that right now. But thank goodness for wonderful friends like Diane and Todd, who generously opened their home to host a party for me. The home was filled with good friends (do you see Matt and Adam in photo #2?), TONS of food (they cooked 8 dishes from my cookbook!) and a magical setting.

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I’ve been waiting 3 years to meet this man. THREE YEARS. He’s as crazy as I thought he would be. And that’s his lovely wife to the right – she’s hilarious! Love them both. I told them my boys were going to marry their little girls.

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Also got to see my blog-sistahs Jenny, Bee and Rachael. I love them too.

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Diane even took time out to snap some photos of me…and since I didn’t really touch my camera that night, I have no photos of Diane or Todd myself (sad) but Clare made sure she snapped a photo of my hosts, including the very very handsome Mark.

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Then off to San Francisco where I started the morning with an interview at KTSF, romped with great friends at the Foodbuzz Festival with these cool people. Breakfast with Foodbuzz was the best. It was the morning I decided that the best hangover cure was a Bacon Bloody Mary. I must give a big big shoutout and thank you to Stephanie of Wasabimon for driving Ms. Jaden and playing photographer.

Wait…is that David Chang of Momofuku in that photo below?! Why yes it is! More on that below.

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In San Francisco, I also did a live television segment on View From the Bay where I cooked Firecracker Shrimp.

Little did I know the Boy Scouts were gonna be there in the live audience! I wanted to just hug them all.

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Biggest surprise was that brand new author and very talented chef, David Chang of Momofuku was in the station as well and also cooking his ramen dish on TV. What a sweetheart. Stephanie and I hung out in the Green Room together with his co-author, Peter where he confessed that he was massively hung over. Something like 100 shots the night before. But doesn’t he look so happy here? He hides his hangover well. I want to cook for this man.

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I also managed to pack in a mini high-school reunion and a cooking class at Sur La Table! Long time friends Irene and Maria came to the class and new friends Ben of Cooking With the Single Guy (dinner with Ben, Stephanie, Sean and Samantha was !$!@*# awesome!)

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These people who came to the book signing at Omnivore were so precious – one even came and gave me home made hot sauce!

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A big thanks for a city that I still call home…and an even bigger thanks to the companies who sent me hundreds of products to give away as prizes at goodie bags, including Scanpan, MacSpeech, Chefs Catalog, Pama, Sodastream, Vine Connections, Marky’s Caviar and Van Gogh Vodka.

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And then…there’s Seattle…for next time…

Comments 45

  1. Oysterculture

    What a wonderful way to capture all the fun and excitement you’re having. Enjoy your success and time right now – I ‘m having a blast experiencing it vicariously thought you. Would love to have met you at Omnivore in SF, but not in the cards unfortunately.

    Still love the fact I was introduced to your blog well over 2 years ago by a student of yours in Tampa. I can say, I knew her (virtually) when…

  2. Tokyo Terrace

    Wow! What a great adventure you are having. It is so fun to see you with people who care so much about you and love your food and everything it stands for. You are amazing! Congratulations on all the happiness :)

  3. Melinda

    Jaden, you really have worked hard for this success. You always look so gracious and smiley and this must be difficult when you probably feel tired and exhausted.
    Does all this jet setting feel real or just a dream? Better pinch yourself. Ouch!
    I am very envious you got to meet my wonderful blog friend Lynn Craig (Cookie Baker Lynn) while you were in Seattle. She wrote to me what a fabulous time you two had together. I look forward to part deux of this post, that hopefully will document this all.
    How I wish I could have been there too. I would have had a blast. x

  4. Christi

    Hi Jaden! It’s a cold and snowy day here in Colorado perfect for curling up on the couch with your cookbook. Loved it! The pictures were awesome! I loved all the pictures of your friends and family and of course the looking at the food pics and recipes made my mouth water. Congrats.

  5. the domestic mama

    oooo! Happy times that will be with you for the rest of your life! YAY! Enjoy them! But, I know ya are ready to get back to “life”- I get homesick after about 12 hrs, myself! Love the pics and post. HHmmm… a bacon bloody mary… I may try that New Years AM!

  6. nik amartseff

    Hi, Jaden,

    I’ve been reading your blog and following your adventures since way back, so it was a thrill to meet you at Omnivore Books (I’m the hot sauce guy.) I’ve been a professional chef off and on since before you were born, bought many cookbooks, finally got bored with them until I got yours-what a revelation of what a good cookbook can be. And to think that you are a self-made author and food photographer. Truly astounding and inspiring.

    Nik (Quinquong)

  7. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

    It looks like you’ve been having an awesome time! I can understand how you would miss the comforts of home, 12 days is a long time to be away from your family, but now you have so many cool experiences and photos to remember them!

  8. Arlene

    So very happy for you! Even though we’ve never really met I feel like I know you! Have followed your blogs for a loong time and made lotsa you stuff! You rock girl! Hugs, Arlene in Tampa

  9. Amanda

    What an amazing post Jaden! Looks like a fabulous time. Bet you can’t wait to wrap your arms around your kids again though ;)

  10. Lynn

    So much fun!! How wonderful to get to hang out with all those super people and meet new friends, too. How do you manage to look so cute in all your photos with so little sleep?

  11. Single Guy Ben

    It was so great to finally meet you in person! I’m glad your book tour was such a success and we were able to spend time (twice) together! And thanks for the wok! A good Chinese boy always needs a good wok. ;-)

  12. Uno

    ohh wow, Jaden! it’s all so beautiful to see what more you write and the pictures and you, as a black tulip, beautiful smiles framed with all of them, all very precious and that makes you happy too … is a beautiful party, and what a pleasure for us, without end … Bravo! :))

  13. Framed

    You deserve every second of this — thanks for the great pictures (and your AWESOME cookbook — I am making your teriyaki steak tonight, paired with Ree’s sesame noodles…I’m hungry already!)

  14. Dawn in CA

    Whoa. I’m tired just keeping up with you online. You are a force to be reckoned with – Go Jaden! ;) It’s been really fun following along – thanks for taking us all along for the virtual ride.

    p.s. – received your cookbook recently in the mail, and love it! So beautiful, so personal. At the risk of sounding maternal: well done!

  15. Ellen

    Next time let me know when you are in SF and I will drive over and give you some free Rice Oil!!! Looks like you a real jet setter!!!

  16. Eddie Lin

    Jaden,

    We look fabulous together! Thanks for the nice words. I think you’re pretty crazy too! Crazy cool, that is!! I’m just happy to be a part of your wonderful family of friends now. Diane feels the same way!

  17. Lisa pelosi

    Congratulations on your success. You and your book are fantastic. I still hate you aren’t coming to Boston!

  18. Kiran

    Congrats on the success Jaden :) Can’t wait to grab your cookbook – hopeful for a signed copy! Any plans of hopping over to Orlando?

  19. Nicholas

    These are awesome photos!

    I recently bought on of those home soda machines. They are amazing- its a wonder most Americans dont have one in their homes.

    I bought mine from http://makeyoursoda.com as they offer a coupon code.

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