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About Ricky

Mei and I started our Los Angeles food tour company, Foody Field Trips, out of our passion for eating and obsession for anything and everything that is FOOD!  We always enjoyed dining out and finding new and unique places to please our palate.  When we came up with the idea that could potentially satisfy our desire to eat while providing us with the opportunity to explore new neighborhood dining establishments, it only made sense for us to share the experience with food enthusiasts everywhere.

What would your last meal be?

This is a tough one.  If I had one meal left, I’d choose to eat a bowl of beef noodle soup.  Not only are the noodles the perfect comfort food but since they symbolize longevity in the Chinese culture, my hope is that maybe it can help prolong my last meal. ;)

What inspires you?

What inspires me?  The answer is quite simple: my parents.  Both of them are extremely hard working people who came to this country and built a life from humble beginnings. They have sacrificed so much for me and that’s why I’m where I’m at today.  My motivation to succeed is also driven by the fear of failure and intolerance of mediocrity.

What inspired you to start Foody Field Trips?

Mei and I started Foody Field Trips out of our passion for eating and obsession for anything and everything that is FOOD!  We always enjoyed dining out and finding new and unique places to please our palate.  When we came up with the idea that could potentially satisfy our desire to eat while providing us with the opportunity to explore new neighborhood dining establishments, it only made sense for us to share the experience with food enthusiasts everywhere.

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

Some might find it odd but I would fly to Paris, France to have a bite of a croque-monsieur.  It sounds like a fancy French dish but it’s really just a hot ham and cheese grilled sandwich.  My affection for this fast food snack came from its ability to bring me back to my childhood years.  Memories of my trip to France at the age of 10 comes to mind where I munched on croque-monsieurs at almost every opportunity.  Who knew my passion for food started at such a young age?

If you could only eat the cuisine from one country for the rest of your life, what would  it be?

I would have to stick with Chinese given the variety of regional cuisines available that the country has to offer.

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

The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten is pig’s blood.  Growing up as a young kid, all I knew was that it was a common dim sum item and everyone at the table ate it.  I was not aware that the cubes were actually blocks made from the blood of a pig to be eaten as an appetizer.  Yuck!

What’s the one thing that you’ll never eat again?

It would have to be natto, the fermented Japanese soybean.  The powerful smell and strong flavor is definitely a bit overwhelming for me. Same goes with STINKY tofu!

What’s your favorite food memory as a kid?

My favorite food memory as a kid would have to be sitting at my parent’s Chinese restaurant helping them prepare the steamed pork dumplings by attempting to correctly fold the creases of the wrap in order to properly close it and deemed ready to serve.  I guess my interest in a hands-on food experience stuck with me ever since.

What food item did you hate as a kid but you love now?

As a kid, I didn’t like eating meat for some reason and only ate food that was green. You could say I was the original Vegetarian.  But now, I’m a huge carnivore and will eat meat for every meal possible. I love STEAK!!!

Besides eating, what else do you do during your spare time?

If I have time after participating in all of my culinary adventures and food exploration trips to restaurants throughout Southern California, I’ll try to find time to hit the gym or go running in order to work off all the food so I can eat even more!

How did you meet Mei?

I met Mei during freshman year of high school in keyboard typing class (do they still have that?).  She was the odd and obnoxious loud girl sitting next to me while I was trying to get my work done.  Her distinctive laugh (HA! HA!) was a conversation starter and we’ve been friends ever since.

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“Mei and Ricky are a great team. Both of them are very knowledgeable of the area and are very friendly and easy to talk to. I had a blast! If you’re looking for an unpretentious, relaxing food tour this food tour is for you!”

- Nicole M., 11/5/2010


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