rice cake confessional

adventures in eating


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I’m 27 28 29 (ok, fine) 30 and  live in the beautiful, yuppified, culturally diverse, weather-blessed Bay Area. I used to live in the humid, sparkling clean, culinary jackpot that is Singapore (hence all of the Singapore and Southeast Asia posts on the blog). I’ve semi-retired from blogging (aka I’m super lazy, haven’t charged my camera in months, and post once every 3 months or so). I keep the blog up since there are days when the urge strikes. When I have a meal worth sharing or made a trip worth flaunting or cook up something extra tasty.

I went to school in LA but am originally from the cow fields of California’s Central Valley. I have 3 younger brothers which means I have bossy tendencies. I love eating, sleeping, traveling, watching Korean soap operas or cheesy Filipino movies, listening to corny pop music or OPM, dancing, buying shoes, arts and crafts, fizzy water, aloe vera drinks, and sitting in my big, comfy, awesome arm chair. I used to hate (but now love) tofu and Thai food. I still hate maple syrup (and, as Jeff mentioned, lychees – you can also add papayas, guavas, longan, and chico to that list). My newest love are Kyoho grapes but I’d also arm wrestle you for atis, mangosteen, or green mangos and bagoong.

Need to reach me? Want to use my pictures somewhere? joannb at gmail dot com



Written by joann

March 5, 2007 at 8:11 am

15 Responses

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  1. add lychee slushie sto the hate list…so yum


    February 22, 2008 at 9:47 am

  2. Yep, I’d arm wrestle you for mangosteen as well. Or wait, lets just go together and get large amounts of them and eat them together, shall we? Singapore has enough for the two of us. I think.


    October 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm

  3. Dear Sir/Madam:

    I’m Diana Dabu, live in malolos bulacan and i’m here in the office right now that’s why i decide to explore your website through internet but i can’t find your number in your website. i just want to know if you are accept a reception of wedding.

    Could you please send me a copy of your package menu for wedding. and your contact number please fax to this number 02-523-0252.

    Thank you..

    Diana Dabu

    November 18, 2008 at 10:01 am

  4. Sorry! I’m not a caterer!


    November 18, 2008 at 11:34 pm

  5. i LOVE your blog! love it!!


    January 23, 2009 at 2:46 am

    • Aw thanks! You made my day!


      January 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  6. I just want to ask do you accept wedding booking? Your bussiness is retaurant right?


    March 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

  7. Joann, my most prestigious wedding is arriving and I like you serve me and my partner food. You serve food, yes?


    March 21, 2009 at 4:55 am

    • hardy har har klee.


      October 30, 2009 at 1:21 am

  8. I want to eat your blog. Seriously.


    April 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm

  9. Hi there,

    Stumbled upon your blog accidentally !

    Just want to say I love the way you document the process of your food discovery ! From behind the works right up to the way they are being served and sold on the streets.

    What a wonderful archive ! Great photos too !

    I’m trying to follow your blog but there don’t seems to be any function to do so ? But maybe it’s because mine’s not wordpress ? err..



    January 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

    • hi ange,

      thanks for the nice note! i think the only way to follow my blog is through an rss reader. there should be a link on my main page with a pink rss logo. 😀

      happy eating!


      January 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

  10. Hi there, can we send you a free Hanoi travel guide to you by email? After reading, you can resell it at your website if you find it to be of useful to your site visitors.


    Founder of http://www.a4trip.com


    February 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

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