I never post any people photos but this is the kind of selfie I like. And also because he’s on my fantasy… team :D #OMG #iwasthiscloseto #camnewton #sohandsome
I started Chow Down Atlanta in 2007. That was the time food blogging really took off in Atlanta. Out of the seven original bloggers around that time only one still actively blogs. There are so many food blogs that came out since then but I’m proud to say we were different from all the rest because we did not do it for the free meals or the freebies. We did it for the sheer love of food. We all paid for every meal we ate. Thus, we could exercise pure candor in all of our reviews. Though I am now semi-retired from blogging, I am happy to connect and engage with more food-loving people through Instagram. To all of you who have been with me and continue to join me in my food adventures through photos… THANK YOU.
Happy (belated) 7th birthday Chow Down Atlanta!
Ok so here’s another childhood story… One of my dad’s clients (who is Malaysian) took us here when they first opened. That’s way before they had their sister restaurant in Kennesaw. Incidentally, they are on their 5th set of owners. Anyway, I was probably 12 when one time I stumbled on my own feet trying to slide down the ramp inside the restaurant and hit my head on a bamboo pole. A nice server lady had to put an ice pack on my head. The same nice lady has been working there for over 15 years. Today she told me— “I remember you playing over that ramp and hit your head.” The menu hasn’t changed although the flavors have evolved through the years. I couldn’t tell you what to order because the same nice server lady always ordered for us off the menu. I do know the roti canai has been consistently good. PS. Middle right photo is a bowl of “Chloe Rice”— steamed rice they make for me and has garlic, butter and spices. #malaysian #penang #chloefoodfest #thisiswhyimfat #belacan #rendang
Mini review… There are only a handful of true, authentic Cantonese restaurants in Atlanta. By true Cantonese I mean that to have a Cantonese cook from the Guangdong province including Hong Kong. BBQ Corner II is one of them. It was also one of the first Cantonese restaurants in the metro. I grew up eating here despite the fact that my mom doesn’t really like Chinese food - but that’s for a longer story on the blog. Anyway, the original chef here was flown from HKG by the owner so Atlanta can have a good Cantonese restaurant. That chef now cooks at Royal China (the place for the best authentic dimsum) which is also owned by the same family. A few months ago, BBQ Corner 2 went under major renovations after having had the same dank carpet for 20 years. I was in elementary and I remember I didn’t want to even use the bathroom here. In any case. The place has been transformed. The food is beyond stellar. True Cantonese. Go. (at BBQ Corner II (金利來餐廳))
Total strangers always give me treats. Or toys. Do I look like a pet? Always happens to me. #thisiswhyimfat #korean #chocolates
Going to live in the computer lab at school all day today. This will be my only good meal this weekend. Breakfast. #ilovemyfoodhood #gradschoolproblems #bibimbap #korean #cda100 #banchan (at Myung Ga Won)