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Going Home
Taiwan Adventures 1

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I’m trying something different this time with the writing. Let me know how it goes. Thanks!
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Belonging is a funny thing. As an Asian American kid growing up in Minnesota, I just wanted to be like everyone else I knew. My mother (born in Taiwan) persistently spoke to me in Chinese despite my brother and I coming home from school and responding in English for about ..twelve years. My parents sent me to Chinese language school on Saturday mornings. Despite being a good student on weekdays, come Saturday morning, I would just put down all the words I’d crammed for the quiz Friday night, wistfully think of the cartoons on tv I was missing while in class, then get on with my day.* Perhaps this allowed me to continue pretending I would grow up to be 6 feet tall, blond-haired and blue-eyed, with Scandinavian features when I grew up (it’s Minnesota, people look like that).

This April, an opportunity came up for me to go to Taiwan. Unlike last Fall, this one worked with my schedule and current obligations and seemed a good chance to go explore places where my mother grew up. It would be my first time back in 16 years. I say “back,” but honestly, I’ve been to Taiwan three times in my life: Continue Reading

Exploring in Seoul! Day 0..

Now for a departure from the standard format I’ve laid out: for the next weekish, this is now a travel and food blog. Don’t worry, there’ll still be lots of food, I can’t resist!

For any potential house burglars: I’ve got house guests living at my home in Seattle, and a home security system. First stop: SFO. I made a brief pit stop to visit my sibling and his family. Here’s a group selfie, it was the kids’ first day of school! Apparently, these days they let you out early on the first day, and you get to pick your own school lunch every day. What luxury.

For more food clips, take a look at the instagram feed to the right. Had a nice joint dinner endeavor with my brother. He made lasagna, I made my standard green beans, and threw in an ad hoc peaches and cream dessert. I think the lasagna won.

 

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Also, I’m skipping the rounded corners. Let me know if you miss them, but it saves on processing/turnaround time.

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Vanilla Pound Cake

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Vanilla Pound Cake, in honor of my father’s visit: the man who fed me Sara Lee Pound Cake for breakfast as a kid (with a side of hot chocolate), yet somehow avoided giving me diabetes.

Melted butter "method," thanks sous chef K for finishing my mistake.
Melted butter “method,” thanks sous chef K for finishing my mistake.
Take 2: room temp butter + patient gradual flour add.
Take 2: room temp butter + patient gradual flour add.

Foreground: method 2, background: melted butter method 1.
Foreground: method 2, background: melted butter method 1.
Method 2 close-up
Method 2 close-up

Top: method 2, right: melted butter method 1.
Top: method 2, right: melted butter method 1.