I am an American of Taiwanese extraction. I have spent the majority of my life as a Californian, and am currently an IT professional in Southern California.
Cooking is a major passion of mine. My cookbook collection is in the dozens and still growing. I love experimenting with new ingredients and cuisines. During my daily commute, I design new recipes based on the ingredients I have available at home and inspirations I've drawn from my cookbooks. At night, I get to test my ideas and eat the (hopefully) tasty results.
In addition to cooking, I study food history, which tracks the transmission of agriculture, cooking techniques, and eating habits in order to analyze the movement of people and ideas across regions. I’m also interested in Asian trans-nationalism in the 1900s and in East Asian history.
I started food blogging in 2006. To read my restaurant reviews or original recipes, please visit my food blog, Chubbypanda.com.
To offset my love of food, I try to keep myself in shape through a variety of activities. I enjoy hiking and biking on the weekends. During the week, I play racquetball and ping pong, lift weights, and do light cardio. I'm addicted to Ultimate Frisbee. I'm also into martial arts. I'm an eleven year practitioner of the Kashima Shinto Ryu school of Iaido, which is the art of drawing and cutting with the Japanese sword. I hold ranks in a variety of hand-to-hand styles, including kung-fu, karate, taekwondo, and aikido. I also enjoy shooting rifles and hand guns, and am a member at my local range.
Other hobbies of mine include video games on both PC and a variety of consoles. I prefer RPGs and RTS games, but also enjoy FPS games, which I’m horrible at. In a previous life, I worked in the video game industry on a couple of very well-known titles. I’m also a voracious reader. Oh, and I like writing long LiveJournal profiles telling complete strangers lots of boring facts about myself.