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Linda Shiue

Linda Shiue
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
December 31
I am a physician and spend my free time with my husband and kids, reading everything in sight, eating, traveling, and cooking meals inspired by my travels. These days I'm spending more time at my food blog, spiceboxtravels.com. Please visit me there and follow me on Twitter @spiceboxtravels. Disclaimer: Health information presented here is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professional regarding any medical questions or conditions. © 2010-12 Linda Shiue. All Rights Reserved.

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012 8:43AM

Images of San Francisco's Chinatown, Year of the Dragon 2012

Last weekend marked the official end of the Chinese/Lunar New Year Celebrations ushering in the Year of the Dragon.  I had the chance to meander through the oldest Chinatown in the United States, in San Francisco.  The photos show the old and the new, commerce and tradition, ending with a c… Read full post »

 mural by Precita Eyes Mural Center
and the students of Martin Luther King, Kr. Middle School,
San Francisco, California
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
If you can, consider… Read full post »

This is the third installment in a series on the French-themed trip I took this summer, which included two weeks in Paris.  In my first post, I fill you in on how I became such a Francophile.  In my previous post, I wrote about a Parisian food tour inspired
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SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 9:39AM

A Food Tour of Paris with David Lebovitz as My Muse


This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to travel for a month on a French-themed trip, which included two weeks in Paris.  I've written before about how I became such a Francophile.  Starting this week, I'll begin a series of posts on my food adventures.  … Read full post »

ginger beer by Linda Shiue


I am daydreaming of those lazy summers of my youth, where bicycle trips to the local library would reward me with global adventures, if only in my imagination.  I was in 5th grade when I stumbled upon a tattered paperback copy of Five Fall Into Adventure, one of the

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JUNE 7, 2011 6:02AM

Eat Your Flowers! Chive Flower Omelet

Chive flowers by Linda Shiue
This gorgeous bunch of flowering garlic chives (jiu cai in Mandarin) caught my eye in the market this morning. It brought me back to my childhood, when my mother grew these in luxurious abundance in our garden. These are commonly used throughout Asia in various savory dishes. Ga… Read full post »


San Francisco Bay Bridge by Linda Shiue 

Yesterday was my daughters' last day of school and today we celebrated with one of our favorite family activities, a bike ride down the Embarcadero.  We pedaled this storied boulevard from the ultra-modern Mission Bay campus of the University of California, San Francisco to… Read full post »

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MAY 17, 2011 8:01AM

Mango Season in Hilo: A Photo Essay with Dessert

mangoes by Linda Shiue
On the US mainland, we may not think of mangoes as having a season, but for those who live in the tropics around the world, mango season is something to mark on the calendar, not to be missed.  There is no fruit as seductively luscious and velvety as… Read full post »
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MAY 5, 2011 9:07AM

It's Cinco de Mayo-- Let Them Eat Quiche!

by Linda Shiue 

Quiche for Cinco de Mayo? Since when was quiche Mexican food?

Well, it's not.  But there is an explanation for why I was inspired to make a quiche with Mexican flavors.  Today is Cinco de Mayo, a day of revelry celebrated by Americans of all cultures in honor of

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APRIL 12, 2011 9:05AM

What's Even Better Than Composting? Seeds from Your Kitchen

Have you ever sprouted an avocado pit in a cup of water on your kitchen windowsill? For many of us, this is a first step in exploring the world of science.  It's a fun and satisfying way to awaken your inner gardener.

I had fun reading a recent NYT article, SeedsRead full post »

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APRIL 3, 2011 6:50PM

Sweet for the Big Island

 Kona Hawaii by Linda Shiue 

What would be your last wish on your final morning in Hawaii? Catch the sunrise? A last minute dip into the Pacific? Or perhaps one last exploration of tide pools, looking for crabs, starfish, and sea turtles?

After a glorious week in the sun, while the rest of us were… Read full post »

MARCH 20, 2011 10:15AM

Mother-in-Law Knows Best

by Linda Shiue 
My mother-in-law wanted a grandchild so badly, she went to melodramatic lengths to convince me of the urgency to reproduce immediately.  She talked to me about it daily, giving various reasons for why sooner was better, many of which were reasonable.  But one day, sh
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MARCH 15, 2011 1:23AM

Guinness Stout Three Ways for St. Patrick's Day




St. Patrick's Day is this Thursday and I've been thinking up a menu to celebrate the day.  There's nothing wrong with that old Irish-American standby, corned beef and cabbage, but if you want to try something a little different, I've created a menu ba… Read full post »



The New York Times’  Michael Ruhlman reviewed the just released Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, the 6 volume encyclopedia of molecular gastronomy self-published by Nathan Myhrvold.  It was a labor of love costing somewhere between a reported $1Read full post »

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MARCH 6, 2011 10:57AM

Eating Out of House and Home

pomegranates and walnuts by Linda Shiue 
I have a travel tic.  No, not the plastic bags I carry along because they come in handy.  While I travel to explore the unfamiliar, the first thing I always do when I arrive is to make myself at home.  Whether it's a room in a hostel,… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 27, 2011 10:45AM

Bhaji on the Beach

taro leaf by Linda Shiue 
If ever there were a human definition of dynamo, it is Alan.  He appears on a lark, and disappears just as quickly.  But in the precious moments that he is with you, Alan makes an impression.  

He is making his living these days as
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FEBRUARY 20, 2011 10:43AM

Californian Meyer Lemon and Thyme Caipirinha

lemon by Linda Shiue
There's a charming and charismatic Bread Man at our local farmers market whose stall was our first stop every Saturday.  Besides selling a wide variety of delicious bread, he'd also always offer a smile and treats for our kids.  "Your daughters are beautiful," he'd say… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 13, 2011 10:07AM

Shaking Beef

 limes by Linda Shiue 
Houston, Texas's most populated city, also has the third largest population of Vietnamese Americans in the country, numbering 64,000 in the most recent Census.  My friend Truong tells me that of those 64,000, 80 are in his immediate family.

Like many Vietnamese, Truo… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 11, 2011 10:30AM

Valentine's Day Aphrodisiacs, with Recipe

beets by Linda Shiue

I read an alluring post on Saveur.com that is just in time for Valentine's Day.  It's a slideshow on foods from around the globe that are thought to be aphrodisiacs.  Some of them are universal: chocolate, oysters, and chillies.  Others, while well known by the ancie/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 6, 2011 1:05PM

Yogurt to the Rescue

mangoes by Linda Shiue 
I couldn't wait to eat the Indian vegetarian special meal I had requested on the flight that took me to my junior year abroad in Singapore.  This was pre-internet, if you can remember those days, and I had gotten the "insider" advice to order this meal from… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 3, 2011 1:06PM

Good Luck Dumplings for Chinese New Year


Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year 4709, or 2011 in the Western calendar.  It's the year of the Rabbit, the fourth sign in the Chinese zodiac. If you were born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011, this is your year… Read full post »

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JANUARY 30, 2011 10:04AM

Canary Islands-Meets-Texas Polenta with Chili Ragu

via Wikipedia
During football season, I listen with amazement as  my colleague Alison talks about the weekend's game with the guys at work. "Could you believe that pass? I thought that [Name of Famous Football Player I Don't Know] really screwed that one up.  I was really expecting… Read full post »
Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
File:Martin Luther King Jr NYWTS.jpg 
National Library of Congress image
Honor his memory by helping others today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

January 17, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the
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JANUARY 16, 2011 11:02AM

Welsh Rabbit for Rabbit Buns

rarebit ingredients
I've bragged before about my hidden talent-- the ability to understand foreign-accented English, perfected through years of international Thanksgiving potlucks.  Alas, I do have an Achilles heel.  It's the Scottish brogue.  Don't you just love it? It's musical, cade/… Read full post »
JANUARY 9, 2011 10:19AM

Soup for a Small Planet

lentil soup ingredients by Linda Shiue 

Can a bowl of soup save the world? 

At the age of 21, I was given the task of helping to figure this out.  One of the first jobs I had after college was as a research assistant at an institute called the World Hunger Program.  This was a think… Read full post »