Bubble Tea

Originally published on WCIA 3 News September 23, 2019. U.S. Census numbers show Champaign County is home to one of the largest immigrant populations in the state outside of the Chicago area, with people from nearly 80 countries around the world. In 2016, nearly 30-percent of immigrants in the county came from countries in East…

In the Name of Good Food

 The heart wants what it wants. Same goes for the stomach. There are some meals and drinks that are just absolutely and inexplicably swoon-worthy. And I’m not talking about that $50 steak or a top-shelf bottle of bourbon. Sometimes, it’s the cheap $1 burger at a dive bar in a college town. Or it’s a…

83 Vietnamese

Exciting news! Chews and News is launching a podcast series. Whether it’s a chef’s background or a farmer’s perspective, every plate has a story and I can’t wait to share as many as possible. I especially want to thank Wayne Lam at 83 Vietnamese for graciously agreeing to be my first guest on the podcast,…