This section of my blog is dedicated to my family and friends whom have guided me along these years, especially the last three when I was trying to figure out what to do and who I wanted to be.
My very talented Mother for introducing me to the kitchen, showing me the basics, and for all these years of unconditional love. Thank you Mom~
My beloved grandmother (who’s the matriarch of my family) & my late grandfather (whom I miss and think about every day) for teaching me all about Taiwanese foods and what the different kinds of vegetables and fruits grown there are.
My three beautiful and extrodinary sisters (and their families) for their expert advice on life, love, and all things food related! Though we sometimes fight (what sisters don’t), you (and my neices and nephews) always in my heart.
My extended family around the world in California, Canada, China, and Taiwan. More than blood related, we all share one common thing…WE LOVE TO EAT GOOD FOOD!
And my much loved friends: Lachone, Amoreena, Michael, Frankie, Rupal, Coryn, and Shawnzy (no matter where we are in our lives, we always understand one another)!
Lachone, you were my very first friend in NYC. You showed me how to read a subway map and guided me through the various streets of NYC to many shopping expeditions, late night parties, and eating haunts. Along the way we formed a special, beautiful and everlasting friendship. You are like a sister to me and I thank you for taking me under your wing and always letting me have a place to feel at home in this big city!
Amoreena, we were roommates for a short time, but learned a lot about one another and about ourselves. Our little apartment on East 21st Street in Gramercy holds so many special and fun memories! I’d do it all over again too if we could!
Michael and Frankie, you both are like family to me in different ways. Michael one of my best friends and Frankie, my brother from another mother…both of you have been there for me with ears to listen and an understanding heart. Words can not describe the gratitude and admiration I have for you both!
Rupal, for all those endless conversations that different time zones or continents couldn’t stop us from chatting away…thank goodness for Skype! From one Piggy to another, this “oink” is for you!
Coryn and Shawnzy, we three have shared many laughs, tears, and crazy times…none of it I would change for anything!
I love you all very much and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the friendships and inspiration you have bestowed on me.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of my ex boyfriends that I have cooked/baked for while we were dating…all you men were (and still continue to be) my guinea pigs and my favorte critics of what I make that comes out of my kitchen!
I leave you with this short story I’d like to title: “Love Affair”
Love at an early age…most people take a lifetime to find love. I was lucky to discover it sooner than most. I don’t exactly remember how old I was when my love affair with food began (5 or 6 years old), but I do remember my mother’s wise words that most likely was the jump start to my discovery of love for all things culinary. She said “come into the kitchen and watch me cook. One day you will have to cook for yourself and your own family.” So that day I crossed over the threshold and into the kitchen and fell in love…with food!
I’m still single and not yet married, but my mother’s words stay with me always…I am hopeful that one day I will have a family of my own to cook for. But until then, I’m happy to continue exploring my love affair with food…and sharing it with you!