Conterno Fantino Winery, Monforte d’Alba
Where I spent the last 2 months of my life in Italy in… I harvested grapes, filled barrique with wine, labeled bottles, made deliveries, giving visitors tasting tours and tried to communicate with the family with my broken Italian….
 I absolutely loved the wine, the people, the scenery (i mean who wouldn’t love going to work looking at this everyday)
they gave me my passion in Italian wine! and now I’m gonna share it with everyone i know!!

Conterno Fantino Winery, Monforte d’Alba

Where I spent the last 2 months of my life in Italy in… I harvested grapes, filled barrique with wine, labeled bottles, made deliveries, giving visitors tasting tours and tried to communicate with the family with my broken Italian….

 I absolutely loved the wine, the people, the scenery (i mean who wouldn’t love going to work looking at this everyday)

they gave me my passion in Italian wine! and now I’m gonna share it with everyone i know!!

woke up from from the sweetest dream

3 months after graduating from my master and moving away from one of the most incredible place in the world, i find myself back in shanghai laying on the couch in my living room, the past year was like a dream, now i finally woke up seems like nothing ever happened,  except now I am a year older, gained 27 amazing friends who shared an experience that noone would ever understand and starting a new life and career in Italian wine that if you told me about it a year ago I would think that you are f*ck-craze… life is weird like that huh..

I almost forgot that this blog existed until my routine Skype session with M this morning, it is going to be Chinese New Year this weekend, last year this time, I was just getting to know my fellow FCC7 friends, yet we had an amazing day of dumplings making, red clothing wearing, wine drinking and of course, chinese food feasting…  reading back on the blog posts from the past year makes me sad, but it also feels reassuring me that it wasn’t a dream…

now we are 27 people in almost 27 different cities across 6 continents, everyone had moved on with their new lives, but we all share something that noone else can never take away from us, and thats what makes us special! CHEERS TO FCC7! 

TRAVEL: somewhere between Shangrila from Dali
Road trippin with my parents, found a beautiful rest stop in the picturesque place

TRAVEL: somewhere between Shangrila from Dali

Road trippin with my parents, found a beautiful rest stop in the picturesque place

TRAVEL: HAI DONG (海东), DALI, CHINA
Fisherman bringing us the fresh caught lake shrimp

TRAVEL: HAI DONG (海东), DALI, CHINA

Fisherman bringing us the fresh caught lake shrimp

TRAVEL: THESSALONIKI
It was love at first sight, Greece and I. Eventhough in the city of Thessaloniki, it wasn’t the postcard view of Santorini, but regardless…there is something about this country that just feel irresistible. The food (omg definitely on the top of my list), the people, the scenery or maybe because one of my bestie L is half Greek (her amazing greek wedding post to come later)…. anyways this is a country that i expect myself to return at least a good 20 times more. heart!

TRAVEL: THESSALONIKI

It was love at first sight, Greece and I. Eventhough in the city of Thessaloniki, it wasn’t the postcard view of Santorini, but regardless…there is something about this country that just feel irresistible. The food (omg definitely on the top of my list), the people, the scenery or maybe because one of my bestie L is half Greek (her amazing greek wedding post to come later)…. anyways this is a country that i expect myself to return at least a good 20 times more. heart!

FOOD: GREEK FETA (The real way of making it)

FOOD: GREEK FETA (The real way of making it)

FOOD: amazing Greek lunch made by a cheese producer
I am madly in fove (copy right credit: Sai/Benyapa) with Greece

FOOD: amazing Greek lunch made by a cheese producer

I am madly in fove (copy right credit: Sai/Benyapa) with Greece

FOOD: DOLMA (Greek)
i can seriously eat like 20 of those in one sitting… no joke.

FOOD: DOLMA (Greek)

i can seriously eat like 20 of those in one sitting… no joke.

FOOD: GYRO (Street of Thessaloniki)
um. NYC gyro needs to step aside… here comes the real deal!

FOOD: GYRO (Street of Thessaloniki)

um. NYC gyro needs to step aside… here comes the real deal!

TRAVEL: PIEMONTE
A place that I can probably spend at least the next 20 years… if not, my life in….
I heart Piemonte.

taken with my iPhone 

TRAVEL: PIEMONTE

A place that I can probably spend at least the next 20 years… if not, my life in….

I heart Piemonte.

taken with my iPhone 

TRAVEL: SANTA MARGHERITA, LIGURIA
rocky beaches are starting to grow on me.

TRAVEL: SANTA MARGHERITA, LIGURIA

rocky beaches are starting to grow on me.

FOOD: NYC cravings #2 Bagels
Everything bagel (toasted)+scallion cream cheese+cucumber= Kelly’s Jam

taken with my iPhone 

FOOD: NYC cravings #2 Bagels

Everything bagel (toasted)+scallion cream cheese+cucumber= Kelly’s Jam

taken with my iPhone 

FOOD: NYC cravings #1 Delivery via SEAMLESS WEB
I dont know how life was like before seamless web, but i definitely know how it is losing it… this is the perfect example of fatty being made: For my quickie visit to NYC this March, C happened to visit at the same time. Two of us are both former New Yorker who have our own NYC craving… me being buffalo wings and hers being a big old jewish deli pastrami sandwich while E was being a pregger lady that wanted waffle fries with nachos topping… there we were 3 girls eating our “afternoon snack” from 2and Ave Deli + Atomic Wings through seamless.. result? Passing out in our food coma.
yes. thats how fatties are made from.

taken with my iPhone 

FOOD: NYC cravings #1 Delivery via SEAMLESS WEB

I dont know how life was like before seamless web, but i definitely know how it is losing it… this is the perfect example of fatty being made: For my quickie visit to NYC this March, C happened to visit at the same time. Two of us are both former New Yorker who have our own NYC craving… me being buffalo wings and hers being a big old jewish deli pastrami sandwich while E was being a pregger lady that wanted waffle fries with nachos topping… there we were 3 girls eating our “afternoon snack” from 2and Ave Deli + Atomic Wings through seamless.. result? Passing out in our food coma.

yes. thats how fatties are made from.

taken with my iPhone 

FOOD: Ribiola cheese producer and his goats
Some how I find his hat very suitable for a cheese producer living deep in the mountain.
(also was the day where i witness a baby goat being born and start walking after 10 min of birth… incredible)

Photography by Kelly Hau all rights reserved

FOOD: Ribiola cheese producer and his goats

Some how I find his hat very suitable for a cheese producer living deep in the mountain.

(also was the day where i witness a baby goat being born and start walking after 10 min of birth… incredible)

Photography by Kelly Hau all rights reserved

FOOD: Dumplings making. (dedicated to my fav Italiana M)

last post of today…

One of my all time favorite comfort food without a doubt is a simple plate of boiled dumplings… about 2 months into my program in Italy, the itch of dumpling addiction has finally creeped up to me. It was Chinese New Year, I have decided to make a day out of it with my new FCC7 family, and in Chinese culture, the act of sitting together making dumplings is definitely some sort of traditional family bonding event. So there I was, the day before my “open house chinese new year party (流水席) After promising my whole class that we’d be making yummy dumplings together… there was one problem: I’ve never made dumpling ever in my life before. After watching at least 50 different youtube videos on different methods of making dumpling dough and filling, I started to having a break down of dumpling stress.

Maybe this was the first time I have felt the special friendship between my roomie E, neighbor B and never-had-chinese-food M, three of them decided to do a “dry run” of dumpling making with me the night prior. E went on supermarkets run with me where we got wrong kind of pork and flour (but later was saved by M) B helped me worked the dough and M being the best fine chopper in the world (she insist on calling herself that, so i am just gonna give this title to her) the night turned out to be a success, looking at their satisfying dumplings-eating face took away all the stress i had better than a dose of xanax. 

anyways the Chinese new year turned out to be a huge success! and dumpling making session happened repeatedly after that… and here it is to those of you who want to continue this tradition:

Cabbage Dumplings Recipe (for people who live in small town outside of asia that has no access to asian supermarket)

Dough

Mixing all purpose Flour, a pinch of salt, little bit of hot water and some cold water together, work it with ur hands until it becomes a firm ball shape dough. let it sit for 15-20 min. After, take out a little bit of dough using a rolling pin flatten the dough out (1mm thickness) and use a cup or glass (~10cm diameter)to cut out the circle shape 

Filling

Mix minced pork, finely chopped cabbage, super finely chopped giner and scallion together with a little bit of sesame oil, soy sauce and tiny bit of rice wine 

Use the dough skin to wrap filling, doesnt matter how you fold it just make sure it closed up right… we have had all sort of dumplings shape in the past (even a creative swan one see picture above… the possibility is endless)

Sauce

mix soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and finely chopped scallion and garlic together

boil the dumplings pour sauce over and… THE END.