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My First Post: Bowl o' Snails—Food Court on The Bund in Shanghai, China.

2017 Introduction:

Uncertainty in the world is as old as the world itself, but sometimes the tumult and the unknown can feel constant and overwhelming. These days it seems to be a way of life, particularly in print and web media. I remember the first paid assignment I got as a writer. It was for a Singaporean magazine called asia! I also remember thinking that I could now call myself a real writer and not just a blogger. Thus, began my freelance life as a food writer and occasional restaurant critic. All the while, I sporadically maintained this food blog.

As time went by, the big dogs of traditional media in my city—L.A. Times, L.A. Magazine, and L.A. Weekly—all launched blogs of their own to supplement their usual content and to stay nimble. I was asked by then L.A. Mag food edtior, Lesley Suter, to be one of the regular contributors for L.A. Mag's Digest Blog. This was the first time I had a "home" as a writer. It was a nice feeling. That lasted a little over 2 and a…

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