Today I’m at 36 weeks and three days. Apparently, our baby could arrive at any moment, give or take some time around his due date on March 9th. The walls in his room have been painted, the furniture has yet to be assembled, a friend has handed down a bassinet, the infant carrier has arrived [...]

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I’ve always loved traveling, but when I landed in London to meet my boyfriend’s family for the first time, my body was in shambles. My sinuses pulsed, my back ached and my bum sore. I had a cold, a UTI, and I felt like someone had pulled the plug on my energy. With a slight [...]

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2013 brought about a lot of newness. I moved back to San Francisco from Beijing, married a tall, man version of me — a friend of 12 years — and we are now expecting a son next month. It’s all quite exciting and overwhelming at [...]

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I’m not into football, but when I was invited to a chili cook off for Super Bowl Sunday, I was happy to tag along and simmer something seductive. I’ve never made a chili before, but I consulted on a winning duck-plum chili in Beijing that won second place at the Back Alley Chili Cook Off [...]

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By way of a friend who knows about my love of homestyle recipes, I’ve discovered this great project What Grandmothers Cook Around the World. So colorful, rich in culture, and heartwarming! I’m particularly tickled by the Filipina grandmother who prepares “Shark in Coconut Soup, whom I aspire to be as badass some [...]

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In case it hasn’t been obvious from my tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts, I’ll announce it formally now… I left Beijing a month and a half ago and have returned to the ocean-air and green living of San Francisco. China was inspiring and continues to be [...]

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