The Splurge of a Lifetime

When you get 5 very passionate food bloggers together in Chicago, there’s only one thing to do. Hoard as many free soda crackers and pretzels as you can to be able to save money and splurge on one evening. at Alinea. The 5 of us: Sara of Ms. Adventures of Italy, Elise of Simply Recipes, Kathy of Panini Happy, moi …

The most beautiful….

…interactive website I’ve ever seen….and it has nothing to do with food! Can you translate some of the song for me? Soy Tu Aire

Nathan’s Secret to Bowling + Amazon Winner

Last night, on my Birthday Eve (you know like, Christmas Eve, the night before the big day), I told Scott that in the morning, all I wanted for my birthday was to sleep in. There are only two occasions each year where I don’t feel like I need to create a long-winded excuse to sleep in, and it’s my birthday …

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, …

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Sushi Superhero: I lovehatelove him

[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 …