The Best of 2011
December 27, 2011
A full packed brilliant year – it was the start of (just) Leluu and the end of
Fernandez & Leluu
Jamie Oliver and I did a supper club together:
Leluu & Oliver
I started the
Vietnamese Cooking Classes
Feist at my cooking class!
Goodbye to stuff
Did great singles nights
My Singles’ Valentine
But fell ill from hard work and stress and ended up
in Homerton Hospital : (
Read the best book ever
The History Of Love which developed my thoughts, views and hopefully writing skills and also did great creative writing classes.
Still kept running the supper club with great Vietnamese dishes like it was
Secret Saigon In London and made many people happy in their bellies and full in spirits.
I went to Vietnam and reflected on belonging
Flying Home: My Trip To Vietnam 2011
I showed Tim Hayward how to
Cook Pho With Tim Hayward For The FT
I went to Berlin to be with my best friends for a 40th birthday party
Happy Birthday To Daddy
I had an amazing
Courvoisier Punch Birthday Party
photo by Paul Winch Furness
Grazing Asia At Jamie Oliver’s Test Kitchen – a supper club with 4 cooks from Japan, Malaysia, Burma and Vietnam.
I got to meet
Meeting Stanley Tse – from Seewoo and worked on recipes for their Way On Chilli Oil Brand, Pearl River Bridge and Seewoo hampers Leluu For Seewoo
I went to California for my grandparent’s 60th anniversary and found out about the history of our family, after the war and our flights to freedom
The Monsoon, Bun Bo Hue, Elephant Man & My Uncle Thu Stories from Uncle Thu, His Escape From Vietnam Blood Cakes & Banana Blossom
I went to visit my friend in Hollywood, whose about to release a movie in 2012 called Project X
My Night With Nima Nourizadeh
When I came back to London, I witnessed the
London Riots happen right outside my front door – it was a sad week for all.
I spent most of the year being single and loved it
A Single Serendipity When We Were The Greatest, Rolling In The Deep & Two Weddings
I met a boy, had the best time but it was short lived.
Had the best meal of the year in Cinquecento – 500
Francesco Mazzei & his boy
Had lunch with
Francesco Mazzei and his lovely family. and a superb evening at Viajante – A Tour Of The Town Hall With Nuno Mendes
Started to write:
Love & Other Afflictions
In between, I cried, laughed and moaned. Always wishing for more, ate a hell of a lot, worked like a slave to myself, ruined relationships, burnt bridges and built long lasting friendships, love, lost my temper, walked the dogs and kept loading and unloading the darn dishwasher and formed an art to filling it up to the max and getting everything sparkling clean.At Christmas, I lost a boy.