”This Kid I Know”: Cat

”This Kid I Know”: Cat

This Kid I Know” is a series of birthday posts on Never Stationary, my friend Catherine Zhang’s blog, where she dedicates a blog post to a friend on his or her birthday. I’m not starting the same thing on my blog, but instead dedicating this one post to her because she’s turning 21! 

Sup, Cat! I’ve always wondered if you’ve ever wondered if someone is going to write you a “This Kid I Know.” Now that you’re hitting the big 21, I figured it should be your turn to shine, just like many others who had the honor to be mentioned on your blog.

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I Went (Kind Of) Vegan for a Week

I Went (Kind Of) Vegan for a Week

I had been thinking about trying out a vegan diet for a while. Not because it is “trendy” or “healthier” than regular diets if that is what you are thinking. (Whether going vegan is trendy and healthy or not is debatable itself.) But with the rising environmental and ethical concerns with consuming meat and animal products, I have become more and more aware of these issues through social media and the internet.

But first of all, what is veganism? According to the Vegan Society, a vegan diet is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey. If you choose to venture onto a full-on vegan lifestyle, you also avoid using leather and animal-tested products such as makeup and personal care ones.

Specifically, here are some explanations of the reasons why I decided to try being a vegan:

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Home Food: Some Thoughts Lost and Found

Home Food: Some Thoughts Lost and Found

It’s almost 11pm now in Paris and I’m sitting in my room at my host mom’s house, watching a “Follow Me Around Hong Kong” video on YouTube. It’s one of the many travelogues I occasionally watch. The YouTuber is filming herself getting one of her favorite Hong Kong food: glutinous rice rolls (腸粉). She drizzled on some sweet sauce, pooled on some peanut sauce, and finished up with a sprinkle of sesame. It is a traditional and iconic snack in Hong Kong, beloved for its cheap price and versatility as breakfast, street food, and dim sum.

Occasionally I watch different, random YouTube travelogues about Hong Kong. It amuses me to see foreigners/tourists/American-born-Chinese describe and navigate around the city I was born and raised in, eating all the food I grew up with and exclaiming how much they love them.

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An Ode to Beets

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It’s 1AM and I don’t know why I’m talking about beets.

I guess it all started when I tried to make a beet salad last night to bring to school for my lunch today. Eating out in Paris is expensive, so I’ve been meaning to cook for myself and be a real adult. I went to this farmers’ market, Marché des Enfants Rouges, saw these fresh looking salad vegetables, and impulsively bought a handful of them along with a beet. I’m going to make myself a beet salad! I said to myself.

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[Guest post] Grocery shopping: An evolving tradition

[Guest post] Grocery shopping: An evolving tradition

The following is an ode to grocery shopping, written by my amazing friend and writer, Catherine Zhang. She also owns a food blog, which partially inspired me to eventually open my own blog!

When I was a little kid, the most exciting day of the week was the day my parents decided they had enough time to take my sister and me to buy groceries. Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, grocery shopping meant either a nonchalant trip to Kroger or Publix, or a serious time investment of at least two hours at Costco.
Buying food was not only a way for me to spend more time with my parents, it also brought my sister and I closer together, because we made grocery shopping a goddamn occasion.

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San Diego & LA – Spring Break Pt. 2

San Diego & LA – Spring Break Pt. 2

Six years ago, I stepped foot in Los Angeles, my first time ever in the U.S. That was still the time when I lumped all the West Coast cities together and thought Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are all in California. Being the geographically ignorant kid that I was, I’ve come a long way since then, though I’m still not that much better with geography… Continue reading “San Diego & LA – Spring Break Pt. 2”

Keeping Portland Weird – Spring Break Pt. 1

Keeping Portland Weird – Spring Break Pt. 1

“Portland? Why Portland?” was the reaction I got when I told people I was going to Portland. AKA out of all the typical spring break destinations I could choose from, like Florida, California (which was actually the second part of my spring break), the Carribeans, my home, why Portland? Continue reading “Keeping Portland Weird – Spring Break Pt. 1”