Happy Birthday to my sister, my best friend, and my Maid of Honor @leina.lin !! Even though we’ve lived across the world from each other for 9 years, our friendship not only stays strong, but continues to grow stronger. You’ve singlehandedly defined what a best friend is suppose to be because you’ve been mine since we were little ones. I can’t wait for us to stand by each other as we both get married this year! I’m truly honored to be your sis, best friend, Maid of Honor, and everything in between. Thank you for loving me and teaching me throughout the years what true friendship is. I love you, @leina.lin !!
P.S. For anyone who is confused, we’re not sisters by blood, but we’re sisters at heart! My dad delivered her when she was born and we grew up together. It’s crazy to think my dad was there 31 years ago saying wassup to his unborn daughter’s Maid of Honor 🤯! To us and everyone who knows us, we’re sisters forever and always 👯♀️😍.lei
#WATCHJUNEEAT What’s the best food you’ve ever had at a wedding and why? One of our favorite parts of wedding planning has been the tastings!! Even though I was super sick, I wasn’t going to miss this tasting with @dantransform (we even got to bring my parents along for the fun)! I’m sure it’s no surprise to you guys that food is going to be one of the stars of our wedding day. We want the evening to be filled with our favorite people eating our favorite foods! I don’t want to give away too much, but fried chicken is going to make an appearance! We decided to not go with the sliders and instead are stepping up our fried chicken game with @feast_catering !
It’s Wedding Wednesday for @dantransform and me! I’m more in love with this guy than ever!! Dan and I already work together, so planning our wedding is another fun project for us for us to do side by side. There’s a lot to do, but since we understand each other’s work style, our strengths and weaknesses, and how to support the other, we are enjoying every step of the way! Today we’re going to finalize our guest list, design our invites, get more details on our cocktail hour food vendor, and finalize our lighting. We still have lots on our to-do list- one of them is I’m still looking for a make up artist (in the Bay Area) that fits my style! That one is a toughie!
How does this list sound, @tickled_events 😀 (our wedding planner)? #dansquanandonly#stirandstyledowntheaisle#weddingwednesday
📸: @jessehsuphoto (Thanks for such a fun photo shoot and for getting us our photos while you’re in Japan! Cant wait to share more.)
💁🏻♀️: @natalierosebbl (Thank you for taming my hair! Can’t wait to have you there on our special day and to brainstorm/try out wedding hair styles! 😘)
#WATCHJUNEEAT My parents are in Hong Kong right now and I wish we were there with them 😫! In the spirit of traveling, here’s a video from our last trip to HK when my cousin @cchristym brought @dantransform and I to eat 生煎包 (pan-fried juicy pork buns) and 飯糰 (fried Chinese donut with pork floss wrapped in sticky rice). 😍
P.S. Congrats again on your engagement, @cchristym 💍😘
#WATCHJUNEEAT I was so surprised and excited to see that the portions at @musashiyaudon are large and in charge! The noodles are chewy, fresh, and silky 🤤. There’s tonkatsu AND beef in this bowl of delicious curry udon. It’s down the street from @wearesip , so you know I’ll be there OFTEN. We already went twice in two days 🤣😍🍜.
Pro-tip: Order the takoyaki. They’re some of the best I’ve had outside Japan because it’s actually crispy!
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#WATCHJUNEEAT 🍖GIVEAWAY FOR 1 @farmerjohnla SPIRAL CUT HAM & ALL-NATURAL BACON just in time for Easter🥓
1) Follow @farmerjohnla & subscribe to my YouTube channel (link in bio)
2) Tag 2 friends you're going to cook for if you win and comment something loving about why you want to cook for them.
I'll be choosing the winner on Tuesday night 3/20! #hothamsofinsta#farmerjohnla
📹: @dantransform (my hot ham 😜)
#WATCHJUNEEAT This bowl of chicken liver, chicken hearts, and chicken gizzards from @tonchinkan_izakaya made me a really really REALLY happy lady! All I was missing was a big bowl of rice 😍! I can’t wait to go back to have this again. Would you try this dish? I HIGHLY recommend you give it a taste!
#WATCHJUNEEAT I am missing this homemade duck noodle soup so much cooked by @dantransform ’s auntie in San Diego!! The duck broth was so rich in flavor, but not fatty. There was so much deliciousness in that bowl- egg noodles, duck breast, wood ear mushroom, lotus root, peanuts, and veggies.
This is one of the top best noodles soups I’ve ever had (check out my “Homecooked” highlights to see it being made)!
P.S. Dan’s mom’s voice in the background makes me smile! 😍 I’m trying to learn Vietnamese. It felt great to be with family as we were all together for the 100th day after Dan’s grandmother passed.
@dantransform always reminds me to celebrate all steps, big or small. Tonight he insisted on taking me out to celebrate each and every one of you, all 200K of you. Thank you for sharing your days with me. Thank you for spending your valuable time with me. Thank you for caring. Thank you for your messages, comments, love, and support.
@instagram has created a world for me that I never could’ve imagined even just 3 years ago. A world where I can share my passions and make genuine connections. This week has been a bit crazy- I was featured on Instagram’s Instagram, reached 200K, and got verified. It feels weird to say those things out loud as accomplishments because 1) it feels like a humble brag and 2) I can understand that many people may find these things trivial and unimportant. But to me, these milestones are meaningful. They’re meaningful not because of the numbers, but because of every one of you. It means I’m able to share my love for food and life with people I would have never been connected to without social media. It means our worlds can grow and collide with just a click of a button. To me, that’s insanely cool. I’ll never take these opportunities for granted and I’ll continue to use this platform to spread happiness and positivity.
Not everyone is going to like my content- cue the haters and people who feed off negativity, which makes those of you who encourage me and support me so much more special. I appreciate every DM and email you guys send me sharing about how I’ve inspired you, motivated you, recommended a new dish you love, how your adorable kids like to watch my videos or just to send positivity. I try to respond to as many as I can, but if I haven’t yet, know that I’ve read your message and I appreciate you. Know that you can count on me for authenticity in all that I post. I’ll be unapologetically me and am here to support everyone else who wants to live their truth and passion too. Anyone who doesn’t like what they see and have negative comments ready to strike are free to unfollow. Love you all!!!