There’s only ONE more spot left. Who’s gonna be lucky #8?
If you can’t make it, I’m doing another one in January: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-tastes-of-china-tickets-9772595095
I’m leading a food tour on Saturday, December 21 from 10:15am-4pm. We will meet at Focus Plaza (140 W Valley Blvd, #180) in front of the store Amore at 10:15am and I will provide the transportation. We’ll be going to four of my favorite restaurants + a boba stop. (Note: none of these restaurants are sponsoring this food tour so these are genuinely my picks.)
The itinerary + my corresponding articles I’ve written:
Chengdu Taste: Hottest Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles right now. Sichuan food. Spice lovers only!
BeBe Fusion: Stinky tofu French fries. The stinkiest of all of L.A.. (And I’ve sampled 90% of them)
Wang Xing Ji: Large, massive soup dumplings from the Jiangsu Province.
Shaanxi Gourmet: Xi’an comfort food. Paomo and hand-pulled noodles.
The fee is $65 per person and that includes all the food + historical background + transportation. I’ve been known to stuff my groups with a lot of food, so be ready. It’ll be an educational event on the different styles of cooking in Los Angeles and I’ll also be taking everyone to my favorite bread shop for take-homes afterwards, but you’re on your own money-wise on that one.
I can accommodate EIGHT people, though if I get someone to volunteer to drive a second car, I can do nine people.
Refund policy: Cancellations HAVE to be made 48 hours ahead of time, or else the fee is non-refuandale. Contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Here’s a complete schedule of upcoming food tours.
1) I filmed a commercial for Chester’s Asia Restaurant in Camarillo The owner saw me in the World Journal and asked his PR group to reach out to me. A couple months of back and forth, I finally went out to Camarillo and we filmed a brief commercial in commemoration of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary.
2) Spoke on a panel for the Southern California Lawyers’ Association at Peking Tavern. Joining me was David R. Chan, the man who has eaten at 6000 Chinese restaurants and Jonny Hwang, the founder of the 626 Night Market. It was such a lovely evening and I just want to say that I’m absolutely humbled at the amount of people I met who have been reading my writing and follow me reguarly. Special kudos to the people who personally encouraged me to keep on writing about Chinese food and said that it helps them keep in touch with their roots. Though it may not seem like it — this gig gets tough sometimes. Churning out article after article can feel meaningless, especially when I can’t really measure how many people the article really reached and whether or not people actually care. That’s the thing about writing. I do so much of it, and a good portion of it seems to be lost in cyberspace. I’m always pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s not lost on the general public. It’s really events like this one that keep me motivated. To know and to be reminded that I’m making a difference, however minimal, is very special to me. So thank you SCCLA for the wonderful opportunity and for everyone else — please keep the feedback coming.
Positive or negative, anything constructive is always well-appreciated. Whether or not it’s a restaurant recommendation or something as simple as a ‘Like’ on a Facebook post, anything and everything helps.
I got a call from the reporter after my CBS2 “Dim Sum” segment broadcast and he was surprised how an American-born kid like me could actually speak Chinese. Chalk it up to 18 years of going to a primarily Chinese-speaking church and parents who can barely hold a conversation in English I suppose.
For those who aren’t familiar with the publication, the World Journal is the leading Chinese newspaper in the United States. This article ran on the front page of the local section on Monday.
If you can’t read it, no worries. The article is basically an introduction to what I do and all my latest accomplishments — all info that’s accessible here on my site.
Access the full text here: http://bit.ly/12Hs5ev
My third segment for LA-18. Excuse the awkward Mandarin.
So the other day I wrote this piece about best friends for xojane.
But in all seriousness, it was just one of those topics that came to me on a busy weekday afternoon. Sometimes I get a surge of motivation and that day I was just feeling particularly thankful.
In some ways, the piece can come off as really cynical — depending on how you look at it. I guess I should kind of clarify. I’m not this anti-men-anti-boyfriend extremist. I adore my boyfriend and believe it’s all about finding a balance. Do I hang out with him more than my girl friends? Yes.
But at least now I make a conscious effort to set time aside for the girls.
My main takeaway from all of this is to not devalue the importance of platonic friendships and to be aware that those relationships are just as important as any romantic relationship.
Do romantic relationships inevitably end?
Well, all relationships at some point will end…whether it’s via a breakup or on the deathbed. So the ones who have stuck in your life longer…they deserve constant recognition and appreciation.
Here are the comments that made me smile: