Me and Rachel Marshall of Rachel's Ginger Beer
Culinary Tour Guide and Seattle Foodie
Raised in Tacoma, WA since I was 3 months old, I was adopted by my maternal Taiwanese grandmother and her Japanese/Hawaiian husband when my mother couldn’t take care of me. Since I was a kid, I’ve always had a wide range of tastes and an undiscriminate palette. My grandmother would cook various Taiwanese and Chinese food. From golden fried tofu, to steamed bok choy and other greens, to fermented and pickled items of deliciousness. My dad, raised on the island of Oahu, makes the best fried rice around. Breakfast was typically either Spam, eggs and Rice or a bowl of instant ramen with or without the soup. It's safe to say that food was the subject of some of my fondest memories of childhood and and even more so as a teenager and young adult.
Restaurants soon became part to some of my most memorable experiences. Sitting around a table with friends, enjoying food and drinks was how I connected with friends while visiting away from college; it was how I connected with people I just met and how I kindled new relationships. I appreciate the ambiance that a restaurant can provide. Nothing is better than a warm, comfy space where you feel welcomed and served with great hospitality and care.
In College I became a Tour guide for Washington State University’s Pullman campus. It was the perfect job for a guy like me who was social, mildly interesting and enjoys meeting new people. Today I find myself again as a tour guide, but currently in Seattle for a company called Savor Seattle Food tours. I can describe this company with one word, all caps, and no spaces: BESTJOBEVER! (For more info on Savor Seattle, Go to the TOURS menu)
Through my efforts promoting Great Food, Great People and Great Experiences, I hope to become recognized as a personality representing these elements and the go-to for what’s really good in the Northwest. Essentially I want to take Guy Fiery's job on the Food Network (or at least have a show right after Triple D.)
Favorite Dish: Ma Po Tofu
Favorite Sushi: Salmon Roe ( Ikura on the Sushi menu!)
Favorite Color: Green
First Car: Pink S10 Chevy Pick-up
Countries Visited: USA, Hungary, Taiwan.
Vacation Destination of Choice: Tie between Las Vegas and Oahu, Hawaii
You can usually find me at: Pike Place Market!!!
Pancakes or Waffles?: Waffles ALL DAY.
Carnavoire or Herbaviore?: Omnivoire - I EAT EVERYTHING!