Born and raised in San Francisco to Chinese immigrant parents who have strong roots in traditional Taishanese cooking. My earliest memories of cooking involved helping my mom and grandma make “fun guo” dumpling wrappers, pressing dough balls between a tortilla press, and working out those 4-year-old arm muscles.

I am a new plant mom who is actively trying to learn how to care for houseplants and (despite my intense fear of bugs) nurture a vegetable and fruit garden to encourage more farm-to-table dining. When possible, I love traveling and experiencing the destination’s culture through its local cuisine. An unconventional favorite of mine is from Peru: a cold glass of chicha morada (purple corn drink), a side of cancha serrana (Peruvian corn nuts), and a big plate of split-roasted cuy (guinea pig). YUM!