Awards + Seven Facts About BAM
I do not normally post 2 blog entries in one day but I am a bit behind on things as we have not had internet connection for the last few days. There is only so much a girl can do from her blackberry! I am sorry for the delay.
I recently received two awards from a fellow food blogger, Joanne. A big thank you to Joanne! I am a relatively a new food blogger but have really enjoyed meeting such wonderful people along the way. I have met delightful new FOODIES from all over the world and they have one link in common. FOODIES are all beautiful caring people with a zest for sharing what they love- FOOD. I am having so much fun with my new adventure in food blogging! I have finally found a way to share my passions I have for cooking, writing and educating and taking photographs.
Joanne is energetic and passionate about teaching food techniques and shares some fantastic recipes and awesome videos on her blog. Please visit her website http://fifteenspatulas.com/ for further details.
The name of this game is to answer some fun questions and list some facts about oneself and then choose another food blogger that you feel has inspired you and pass this award on to them. So here we go…
Joanne has given me the Versatile Blogger award, and the rule is that I need to share 7 facts about myself:
1. I currently live in Hong Kong, China but have also lived in Yokohama, Japan. However, my home town is in Michigan, USA. Did you know that Michigan Cherries are some of sweetest in the world? Michigan produces millions of pounds every harvest. Thousands of tourists flock to Traverse City for the annual National Cherry Festival, which will celebrate its 80th anniversary in July. Now you know why I have a picture of cherries as a part of my Gravator when I visit your website. I will always be a girl who travels and lives around the world in search of unique international foods, traditions and cultures but I will always have a piece of Michigan dear to my heart.
2. I love cooking, writing/educating, and taking pictures. Did you know that all 3 of these skills are a must have for a food blogger? I am trained in the medical field and have held many positions such as Clinical Nurse Manager,Clinical Nurse Educator, ECMO Specialist, Senior Business Analyst and even a Medical Writer. Currently, I am attending HKU and working towards my diploma in acupuncture. These skills as remote as they seem from food blogging is actually where my passion began. I care about people and want them to be happy and healthy. I love to watch people smile when they take that first bite into my apple pie or try some a new unique international dish for the first time. As a clinical nurse educator, it was my role to train and explain step by step procedures (complete with photographs) on how to perform a certain skill or task just like you do when cooking a dish or blogging a recipe. In my senior business analyst role I along with a group configured the online clinician order entry system for U of M. This role actually relieved most fears about trying new features and functionality on wordpress while creating my own cooking website.
3. I have wonderful supportive family and friends. A big thank you to hubby, teenagers and friends for being so supportive. I think my energy and excitement about cooking and eating is contagious. Everyone loves to take part in the cooking and even prepping for the photo shoots. My teenagers are loving my new hobby as they love eating, so it is a win-win situation.
4. Do you know what the most difficult portion of starting up my own cooking website? Making sure my hungry teenagers don’t take a huge bite out of the food or dish before I get a photo of it. (Or for that matter you are so lucky I am even able to get a picture of anything other than the left over crumbs)
5. I love to learn languages. Not that I am great at it, however I feel learning a country’s mother tongue you can gather a special connection that would never be possible without doing so. I am learning Mandarin Chinese and can speak a bit of Nihongo (Japanese) to get around. (This skill is very helpful when negotiating in the wet markets)
6. I love watching the Asian Food Channel! (AFC)
7. I live in the culinary havens of Hong Kong. Have you ever had dim sum at Maxims? Enjoyed wonderful puer tea at private houses with your close friends? Or eaten homemade chinese noodles at the wet market, or eaten mango desserts from the sweet dessert shops? I do not think you have lived until you have experienced what life has to offer you.
Joanne has given me this award as well! Here are the questions I am supposed to answer, and a couple more facts about me:
Favorite Color– Emerald Green- just like the color of all of my favorite vegetables.
Favorite Song –”The Best is Yet to Come” by Tony Bennett (Especially when my husband sings it to me while we are karaoke how romantic)
Favorite Dessert – Hands down Creme Brule. (However I have lost my torch during one of the moves- bummer)
What Irks Me – Getting home from the grocery store and then realizing your forget the main ingredient for a dish. (No worries I am the greatest food substituter. Happy accidents are how some of the greatest dishes were created)
When I am Upset I – I channel my energies into cooking or working out.
Favorite Pet – By default since we live in apartment we have chosen to keep our little furry friends small and low upkeep. Mocha, our hamster, loves vegetable tapas served from his hammys cage.
Black or White – I am open to all ideas and solutions to dilemma. Living international has taught me that the best way to handle most situations is in an area of gray. There are no right or wrong answers just ones that are a better fit at the moment.
Biggest Fear –Loosing a family member to an unexpected event. Life is short, gives hugs and love their way often.
Best Feature –Mediator!! Teenage boys, do I really need to say more….
My Everyday Attitude – Very open to all new ideas, ways and cultures. I love being around interesting people and learning new things.
What is Perfection to me – My family all together under one roof sharing laughter and fun!
Guilty Pleasure –Enjoying a pot of afternoon chinese tea while sitting on the deck enjoying the view of the China Sea.
Tag – You’re It
– 1. Sibella– http://bakingwithsibella.wordpress.com/ 2. Mick– http://cookingwithmick.wordpress.com/ 3. Miss Liu- http://chinesefoodbymissliu.wordpress.com/
4. The Big Fat Noodle– http://thebigfatnoodle.com/ 5. Hannah– http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
Joanne thanks again for passing these awards on to me!