January 2011

This photo has been hanging in my parents’ study for years but only became relevant to me this year. I don’t know about you, but after years of the Governator, I’m excited to see some real action in Sacramento.

There’s Jerry Brown and my dad, far right, at a Chinese banquet for a governor’s fundraiser in the late 1970s.

I miss those now-vintage 7Up bottles!


Photo: Linda Theung

This one is from the Varnish and it’s called the Marie Antoinette. Check out the stainless steel straw!

This has been one of the coldest and wettest winters in LA history.

Winter solstice was the on the 21st and because we don’t have Stonehenge or hippies in China, it’s Chinese tradition to celebrate the first day of winter by making and eating soup dumplings called “tang yurn” (which literally translates into “soup balls”).

They are nothing of the Shanghainese xiao long bao dumpling variety. It’s a very basic food made of rice flour and water, which is why even the poorest of people in China (or at least in Canton) will eat this on the coldest of nights. My dad said back in his village in China, daikon was the only other thing they had to put in the soup.