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About Mei

I love food. I love travel. I love people. I love cultures. I’ve been in the the corporate jungle for years, having worked at Yahoo and Facebook but in spite of all the glamor, money and success, I always knew I wanted something more. I wanted to do something that was my own; something that was meaningful to me and that I could share with those around me…And then just like that; one day it all just sort of…clicked! I don’t know how to explain it aside from being inspired from the inside out.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint & Chip, hands down!…BUT, if we’re talking about gelato then that’s a whole other story. In that case, Nocciolla (hazelnut) definitely ones up Mint & Chip.

What’s your favorite thing to eat in the whole wide world?

Cheese. And when I say cheese, I mean…CHEEEESE! I love cheese! I love cheese so much that when people ask me what I want as a souvenir when they travel, I ask them to smuggle a wheel of brie for me through customs. I love cheese so much that it’s becoming a problem. But this addiction, my friend…ain’t going nowhere. Gruyère, Camembert, Raclette, Cheddar, Roquefort, Manchego, Brie, Pecorino Romano, Feta, Cotija, Panela, Smoked Gouda, Paneer, Burrata, Mascarpone, Havarti, String Cheese, Kraft Singles, Velveeta, La Vache Qui Rie…I am at your mercy!

What would your last meal be?

My last meal would definitely be my mom’s spring rolls and preserved radish omelet and Chinese sausage (Lap Cheong) with porridge and all the fixins. I know it sounds kind of plain, simple and kind of boring but that’s my down home comfort food. And if I know it’s going to be my last meal, you better believe that I want to be comforted.

What inspires you?

Creativity, sincerity, integrity, sunshine, bright colors, peace, clean air, fresh produce, the violin, beautiful designs, spoken word, my friends, my nephews, my parents, my sister, my brothers, the ocean, birds, dolphins, surfing, getting out of my comfort zone and finally…double rainbows .

What inspired you to start Foody Field Trips?

I love food. I love travel. I love people. I love cultures. I’ve been in the the corporate jungle for years, having worked at Yahoo and Facebook but in spite of all the glamour, money and success, I always knew I wanted something more. I wanted to do something that was my own; something that was meaningful to me and that I could share with those around me…And then just like that; one day it all just sort of…clicked! I don’t know how to explain it aside from being inspired from the inside out. For a lack of a better word and borrowing from the queen of daytime television, I had that “aha” moment where I simply couldn’t NOT take action. My mind, body and soul wouldn’t let me. I just knew two things; that I knew nothing aside from that I simply had to do it. And so I did. And now here we are, months later, still inspired and doing something that we love.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world to eat for one meal, where would you go?

Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal, Canada. Granted, I’ve never been there in my life but according to urban legend (and their menu) they serve all things…wait for it…Foie Gras!!! Yes, you heard right. ALL. THINGS. FOIE GRAS!! It’s a Foie Gras junkie’s fall from grace and into temptation. They serve entire foie gras burgers, foie gras stuffed chickens, foie gras poutine, foie gras tarts, foie gras pizza, foie gras terrines. And I’m sure if you wanted a foie gras milk shake, they’d do that too. It’s Canada. Them Canadians do crazy things over the border.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Weird is such a foreign word to me. I’m of Chinese Cambodian descent and lived in Europe for a good chunk of time so not much really fazes me when it comes to food. I put Andrew Zimmern to shame and make his diet look like that of a picky little school girl. So I guess, to western standards of weird, I’ve eaten turtle, alligator, kangaroo, snake, fetal duck eggs, pork blood cake, beef tendon, tripe, duck tongue, pigs feet, chicken feet…shall I go on or have I gone too far??

What’s the one thing that you’ll never eat again?
Stinky tofu. The name says it all. It’s tofu that stinks. End of story.

What’s your favorite memory of Ricky?

One time…in band camp…oh wait…That’s not my memory. That’s American Pie. So when I was in high school, like any good Chinese daughter, I worked at my parent’s Chinese restaurant after school and during the weekends. Needless to say, I didn’t have much of a social life. But being the super sweet friend that Ricky was (and still is), he drove all the way to Fullerton for a visit at the restaurant and brought my parents and I the yummiest chocolate cake ever. Til this day, my old school Chinese parents still remember Ricky as the guy who brought us chocolate cake. I know it’s not much of a story but when you’re fourteen working behind a steam table when all of your peers are out having fun, and your friend miraculously walks through the revolving doors with a chocolate cake for you, you remember. And you smile. The end.

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“I loved this Foody Field Trip! The tour guides were fun and knowledgeable and made this trip very entertaining. We loved all the food we sampled. I would definitely do another food tour!”

- Leslie 11/15/2010


Testimonials

“The food tour is wonderfully paced. You have a lot of REALLY good food, but walking from place to place helps to keep you from feeling stuffed. I’ve been dining in Pasadena for quite a while, but was still shown some wonderful, new (to me at least) spots!”

- Jamie L., 11/1/2010