Step by Step

Following a recipe found online, Hsuan tried making danbing, or Taiwanese egg crepes, for the first time—and they ended up being more like scallion pancakes. Still delicious!

Food tends to become much more of a focal point once in a different country. Having lived in a country with arguably the best and most affordable food, Hsuan rarely cooked for himself. But here in the U.S. where the average cup of coffee costs at least three times as much as in Taiwan, as well as the fact that we have much more time and space, I think Hsuan is more willing to cook.

In the afternoon, he tried pearl milk tea from the new Gong Cha branch that opened in Maple Lawn. It claims to have come from Kaohsiung, but honestly there is no comparison. Using powder in drinks in Taiwan would be sinful, yet just take a peek at the Gong Cha storage room and see the boxes upon boxes of powder, being touted as real tea, which itself has implications of being healthy and good for you. But again, see how much sugar they add and all those toppings and it becomes clear that a diet with bubble tea regularly is the worst thing you could do to your health (and wallet).

Afterward we drove to Centennial Park. And boy, never have I seen it so busy. It took us a good 10 minutes just to find parking. I suppose one of the first good spring Saturdays means the whole town goes to the same park.

No lie—it was hard for me walking those 2.4 miles. The last time I went was with my mom before CAR-T, and I kept up pretty well. But this time my breathing was labored, especially with my mask and warm weather, making the completion of the lap around the lake feel even better.

I told Hsuan I hope to be able to run at least a lap around the lake again one day. It used to be something I did with my high school friends during college summers back home.