REFLECTIONS

This is my journey – things I’ve discovered along the way, people who have inspired me, books I love to read over and over again, recipes I create to feed my whole being, moments I simply want to share with you… my reflections!

Blissed Out on Food!

October 15, 2012

“What is a food meditation,” I’m often asked. At one point or another, if you’re talking about food with me, chances are I’ll close my eyes, smile, inhale and exhale softly murmuring, “mmmmmmm.” Simply answered, it is something that feels really good and gives me a great sense of peace. A moment that fills my body entirely with good energy and memories of delicious meals…  Read More

Warm the Soul, Improve Your Health!

October 13, 2012

I feel a harsh winter coming on and Autumn has only just begun. I’ve closed my porch room, retreated into the main part of the house for the cooler months ahead. This is the time of year when I start craving hot foods, especially soups. I want them spicy too and loaded with greens because there’s no better way to prevent or help cure common…  Read More

Keep Your Body Hot

October 09, 2012

Keeping the body hot, especially during the coldest months of the year, is important. Introducing hot liquids in the form of broths, tea, hot cacao, and water will not only help keep your body at a comfortable temperature but will keep things flowing through the digestive track and help you sweat, which is a great way to detox gently. Here are some delicious ways for…  Read More

24-hr Fast & 6-Day Raw Avocado & Liquid Detox

September 09, 2012

When traveling, we always tend to eat a little more than usual even if we stick to our diet of fresh vegetables for the most part. A few reasons for me, 1) it’s a different environment, 2) when I visit a place, I always want to try something new, and 3) socializing is the best part about traveling and it’s almost always centered around a…  Read More

“Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook” on ABC’s “CT Style”

August 31, 2012

It’s always fun to be on the set of ABC News 8 “CT Style” with host Teresa, this time cooking up some recipes from my new book the Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook (American Diabetes Association, 2012). Today we made two refreshing summer recipes: the Japanese-inspired Raw Zucchini Salad with Prunes, a wonderful side to any grain or protein dish, and Tofu Summer Rolls. Watch Teresa…  Read More

Sensuality on a Plate…

August 17, 2012

Mindful eating is nothing new, nothing I’ve invented, but something worth digging up. The act of enjoying food slowly using our senses seems to be a thing of the past, more often than not. In our fast pace environment, people eat on the run or at their desk. Our poor economy seems to add anxiety to the mix. Staying calm in challenging times is necessary…  Read More

“CHOPPED” is One Fun Competition!

August 15, 2012

Well when you’ve got the real deal, cowboy Kent Rollins, competing against you, those boots better be moving swiftly in the desert sand to beat the clock! Recently I competed in a fun episode of Chopped Grill Masters, the 5-part series which also included my dear friend, fellow cookbook author and celebrated pitmaster Ray “DR. BBQ” Lampe, and the one and only Hawaiian celebrity chef…  Read More

Macao, more than just casinos…

July 25, 2012

  Macao has a special place in my heart and I’ve returned a few times over the years, the most recent being last September. Located between the Pearl River Delta to the West and the South China Sea to the East, it is fair to say that it has changed quite a bit. The first time I went, about 20 years ago, there were a couple of…  Read More

You say “cocoa,” and I say “cacao!”

July 21, 2012

You say “cocoa,” and I say “cacao.” Either way this ingredient, which is cultivated in South America is nothing short of good for you… in its RAW form. When the word got out that dark chocolate was full of antioxidants everyone ran to the stores to stock up on dark chocolate bars. There’s only one problem with that. Chocolate bars are processed foods with additives,…  Read More

The Gift of Tea…

July 05, 2012

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed tea. Indeed being half Chinese, I was basically born with a cup of this ancient brew in my hand. An elegant beverage, used as a measure of one’s wealth at one point in its history, “tea has been used as a chew, a beverage, a vehicle for familial and business bonding, a curative, a preventative, a…  Read More