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Fly By Jing and the Timeout Food Personality of the Year Awards

I was more than a little surprised and very honored to find out last week that I have been nominated for Time Out Shanghai’s Food Personality of the Year award alongside some heroes in the industry, Nat Alexander of Yang Jing Bang, Camden Hauge of Egg and Shanghai Supperclub, Paul Eschbach of Jean Georges, and Kim Melvin of Commune Social. After the harrowing couple of weeks we’ve all been through, I think it’s safe to say this is one election where you can truly feel good voting for anyone. #strongertogether

It’s been a year of a lot of change, of incredible highs and lows. I lost a company that I built from the ground up and poured my heart into for two years. But with loss comes reflection, centering, renewed focus and firmness of purpose.  I packed my bags and left for Chengdu, seeking solace in the warm embrace of home, of a city that’s given me everything and inspired me ceaselessly. If you followed me on social media…

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Bizarre Foods in Shanghai with Andrew Zimmern

Hello world. It’s been a minute.

A couple of days ago, as if by the flick of a switch, a cold front swept through Shanghai and we are now firmly ensconced in the grips of what is shaping up to be the coldest Winter in years. The hibernation is making me reckon with an impressive backlog of posts, so here goes.

Firstly, I never got to share this episode of Bizarre Foods I filmed with Andrew Zimmern back in March. It came out on the Travel Channel in June, and I think it’s really well done! Zimmern is the OG food and travel television personality, with his show Bizarre Foods running for over 10 years now. Most of his crew members have been with him since day one, and the tight team dynamics really show on set and in the final product.  I think he’s one of the few truly genuine personalities out there, along with fellow OGs Bourdain and Alton Brown, guided more by the thrill of discovery rather than their own celebrity.  Andrew was a joy to be with,…

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