I eagerly traded 40+ hours of volunteer work for the chance to attend Ellen Silverman’s food photography & styling workshop during last weekend’s Food Blogger Connect conference in London. Ellen Silverman is the NYC-based photographer who has shot over 25 cookbooks including Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter. Yesterday she spent 4 hours with twenty of…

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In 2007, a year before I became a Canonista, my family and I embarked on a two week tour of Asia, specifically Ho Chi Minh City, Sichuan Province and Hong Kong.  This would have been my last trip abroad that was captured on film, with the help of a 5 year old Pentax SLR. In…

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I can’t speak for any other avid food photographer but I am embarrassed when I take pictures of my food at restaurants.  Embarrassed because it seems somewhat cliché to have yet another camera-toting Asian woman snapping away at the dish in front of her.  And then there are the eye rolls and unwanted stares you…

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The recent fall chill in London has me yearning for Polish golumpkis.  I suppose this meat stuffed cabbage dish should be added to my comfort foods list since it has brought me great comfort in the past.  It’s been a while since I last spent the time to parcel up each cabbage roll and let…

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Tired of being landlocked in London we set off to be by the sea & sand for a few days.  In just 2.5 hours, by car, we found ourselves in Dorset and wasted no time in indulging on seafood for the duration of our stay.  Scallops, oysters, lobsters, fish & chips, crabs… you name it…

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We all have a preference when it comes to comfort food.  Mine usually involves some form of homemade Vietnamese noodle soup as that was my family’s staple get-together meal.  But when it comes to sating a craving where heat is desired I always fall back to kimchi jigae. I find this Korean stew so comforting,…

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It took a redhead 5 days to reveal London to me and she’s the one who is the tourist. In the 21 months I’ve lived in London I have done my fair bit of discovery of the city and of the country, yet it all still feels foreign.  Then Margi arrived.  A friend, anglophile and…

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