Category Archives: Food

Culinary30 – Pho Shizzle


2010. Los Angeles. I’m the newbie production assistant on a commercial set. The art coordinator suggests to me that we should get pho for lunch… Here are the things that went through 25 year old Anna’s head:
1) What in the dickens is pho?
2) How do you even pronounce that?
3) Can’t I just a get a Subway sandwich instead?

I picked up pho for the rest of the crew and a sandwich for myself. Then someone spilled their beef pho on my kit bag and it smelled like dirty feet for years after that. This began my hate relationship with the dish that I still do not know how to pronounce. (But like, is it “Fuh or Foh”? I NEED TO KNOW!)

Flash forward to 2016. Pregnant Anna cannot get enough veggie pho. Seriously. I ate that stuff no less than once a week Pho Extreme when I was preggo. But, I still had PTSD from that one time back in 2010! So, I added beef pho to my Culinary30 list, along with some weird jiggly bean jello milkshake thingamajig to make things super weird. Whoever called this thing a dessert is a cruel jokester.


I even slowed down my reactions just for you guys. I call this little number “Slow Mo Pho”. (That is if you pronounce it like “Foh”. Sigh. Whatever. You know what I mean.)

I think I’ll just stick w/ my safe veggie pho…



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Culinary30 – And Dim Sum


This past summer, I had my first Dim Sum experience as part of my Culinary30 challenge. It was also the day I found out I was pregnant so I’d like to think that all the faces I make in the below video are somewhat the cause of a 1st Trimester queasy stomach. Not gonna lie… I ate a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch beforehand just in case of starvation.

For this food adventure, we went to Kirin Seafood on Alberni for brunch.  And WOWIE is that place super fancy. I felt like I should have been wearing a formal dress! Chandeliers at brunch-time have a way of making you keep your elbows off the table while eating your jiggly jellyfish and chewy thingamabobs.

And now, the inspections and reactions to my first Dim Sum experience:

Only a few more left to go before I’m done with Culinary30!

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Culinary30 – Prawns With Anna


Before you pass judgement on my picky eating habits, here’s a reminder: I’m a texture eater. But also, I don’t like seafood. But also, I don’t like foods that look weird and have legs. But also… Ok, I guess I can see how this could warrant some criticism. Anywho.

This was my very first completed Culinary30 challenge wayyyyyyy back in May. We went to one of my favorite restaurants around the corner from work called Nuba. I could eat the the Najib’s Lunch Special EVERY SINGLE DAY. Cross my heart and hope to die. It just so happened that one of my lunch mates got prawns with his lunch. And it also just so happened that I had agreed to start trying new things. Insert this:

See, I survived. I also still don’t like prawns. Or seafood. Or chewy meats. Or foods that look weird and have legs. Anywho.

Fine print: Read this in case you are confused about the difference between shrimp and prawns (I was!). 

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