Spooning the Ladies of BlogHer

Last week, I went to BlogHer Conference in Chicago with only one lens, my 50mm 1.4, a lens that is great if you’re standing 24 inches from a plate of food that you’re photographing, or a portrait shot if you’re standing a few feet away. It’s a fixed-focal lens which means, if you want to zoom in and out – …

Kelly’s Hollywood Moment: Julie and Julia

Last week, I gave away an all expenses paid trip to Hollywood to participate in the Julie and Julia movie screening. Because I couldn’t go, I gave away an opportunity for one of you to go in my place and be the Steamy Kitchen correspondent. Well that lucky winner was Kelly of Barbaric Gulp! Kelly wined, dined and schmooooozed in …

IT’S DOOOONNNNEEE!!!

A quick video – my final moments before I submit the final final final manuscript! Plus I give you a sneaky peaky at the book – do you want to see a few pages? I’m off to bed now…. after I celebrate a little bit! == Club Med Vacation Giveaway! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Yeah, a 7-day Club …

Seattle Distraction

Elise of Simply Recipes and I were on her way to meet up with Ruth Reichl at an intimate, private event that we are lucky enough to snag tickets for, courtesy of Keren of Frantic Foodie (thank you karen, smootches to cute baby).  Elise and I had just met up at the airport, I having just flown in from Florida …

Want to learn a new language? You need this giveaway!

I was born in Hong Kong but came to the United States when I was 4 years old. We lived in the midwest and in the 1970’s, being the only ethnic kid in school was so not cool. It was a really tough life, constantly being teased for being different and I made myself forget my Cantonese. I just wanted …

A Taste of the Big Leagues

Last week, I Twitter-teased my New York City adventures, and I say tease because with only 140 characters to work with each time, the sentence ends before the juicy stuff can even begin. I’m a talkative, expressive sort and being concise and to-the-point just doesn’t jive with me. And yes, I know I can abbreviate my words to try to …

If only I had packed…

While I love being on vacation, I really really super hate packing. I’m the paranoid sort, and since having children, the disease has gotten worse. I hate being unprepared so I end up packing EVERYTHING. Abnormal weather patterns? I’ve stuffed an umbrella, snow parka, sunscreen and a down comforter right here in my bag. Chance of filleting a fish in …

I’m Blushing a Shade of Pork

I did give them ample time to take back my #28 spot in Times U.K. 50 Best Food Blogs, just in case someone over there made an error in their research. I’m sure by now it’s official, because today, they’ve just published a feature on me If you read the interview, you’ll find out some juicy facts about me. Yes, …

Sushi Superhero: I lovehatelove him

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[imagebrowser id=4] There are 4 photos in the above photoset! All photos courtesy of Casson Trenor from his book, Sustainable Sushi I’m deeply, truly, utterly and fantastically in love with sushi. Well, let me be more specific. I love GOOD sushi, none of that supermarket crap. It’s an indulgence that I allow myself once a month (it’s sooo expensive!) and …

Bonding over Instant Ramen

Instant Ramen Love

There’s a special time in a parent’s life when you begin teaching your little tots the fine art of life. Like how to wiggle your way out of a ticket or jail time after rear ending a police car or maybe how to play with scissors discreetly. This morning, it was introducing Nathan to my ol college buddy, Maruchan Instant …

Guess who played with scissors?

Hmmm…could it be this 5 year old boy named Andrew? Geez, I wonder if anyone will notice that he’s got a freakin’ chunk of his hair missing? Couldya be any more conspicuous? Clearly, I have not done my job as a mother well, teaching you the fine art of covert mischief-making. Sheesh. I need to step it up as a …

Pretty trumped taste.

The wedding cake adventure actually started over a year ago, when Melissa of Masterpiece Weddings emailed me and asked, “will you pretty please come and be a judge for our wedding cake competition?” Me? Wedding cakes? I’ve only been married once, and don’t even remember what my wedding cake even looked like (though I do very much remember how it …