I'm Melissa. I'm a student at a (local) culinary school, and interning at a gastrobar.
I think a lot about gender and sexuality, class, race, and disability; and how they play out in the food business - especially food trends, fine dining, and culinary traditions/education.
Trying very hard to level up my Chinese, and learn Cantonese.
What I’m doing with my life
At work, I have to master the pizza. At home, I'm planning a roasted duck.
I’m really good at
Eyeballing weight and volume.
I also make really good char siew and braised duck!
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm very tall - 5'6", and 5'9" with my favorite heels on.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I admire Anthony Bourdain's writing - one day I hope to be half as funny. Also, I highly recommend Eileen Yin-Fei Lo, few people write about Chinese cooking in English with that rigor. Her writing is important to me because I'm particularly interested in Chinese cooking.
I listen to everything, but I lean towards rock like Fall Out Boy. My coworkers only listen to Chinese pop, so I do have a Chinese playlist. A lot of it is 五月天.
I like strong, heavy flavors in food, and generous seasoning. Will eat anything once. Don't like raw seafood or beef.
The six things I could never do without
My Chinese knife. Running gear, Kindle, MacBook Air, phone, coffee.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Work. I find myself worrying about where I'll be in a few years.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working hard. Friday nights are busy.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a history with an eating disorder (anorexia). I was fourteen, and had a short relapse when I was eighteen. I've since recovered well.
You should message me if
If you can do a late night beer :3 I like sweet beer.
Also. If you have the patience to teach me Cantonese, please!