I am an award-winning fiction writer, playwright, chef and restaurateur. I am the recipient of the 2013 Gloria Vanderbilt Prize for Short Fiction. My upcoming third book, WOODY ALLEN ATE MY KIMCHI, takes a candid and humorous look behind-the-scenes at some of the top restaurants and hotels in Ontario. I am the owner of the popular Yakitori Bar, Seoul Food Co. and Windup Bird Café restaurants in downtown Toronto.
I also run Sushi Making For The Soul, a weekly sushi-making class, where I merge my passions for Japanese cuisine, sustainable seafood, and food literacy for children. In 2014, I will be conducting the world’s largest sushi making class which will connect thousands of children from all seven continents via the internet to raise awareness about the need for food literacy programs in the public school system.
Where Seoul Street Food Meets Tokyo Grill. An array of next generation Korean food with some classic Japanese skewered dishes.
Adress: 1 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1K5
Korean food with a Canadian twist. From Kalbi Philly Cheesesteak and Bulgogi Cheeseburgers to Kimchi-bacon and pull pork Bibimbaps.
Adress: 1 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1K5
Earth to Table. Fresh, local, sustainable eats. Letting natural food naturally express itself.
Adress: 382 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 1S7
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Every weekend, Toronto’s most popular sushi making class takes place at the restaurant. This is an irreverent and hands-on sushi-making class, one that requires good hand-head-heart co-ordination. It begins with a brief history of sushi and Japanese culture to offer context. Then it becomes a hands-on activity, meant to draw out the Inner Sushi Chef in you. Make your sushi; take photos to send to your friends to prove your culinary genius; eat, drink and just be merry. It’s easy, unpretentious and you will also learn a thing or two about what you are putting into your body. It’s all about sport and sustainability. Price per regular class: $25.
On Sunday February 24th, 2pm-5pm, we launch a monthly kimchi-making club that is open to all interested people. Classes are hands-on and will explore the seemingly infinite variety of kimchi throughout the seasons. The first class is sold out. The second class will be in mid-March. Price per class: $25 (includes the cost of ingredients, Kimchi Klub aprons, and you take the kimchi you make home with you).
For as long as I can remember, I've only been able to cry when I was laughing at the same time, even as the tears flowed from a place of genuine sadness or pain. It has often confused and hurt those closest to me. My second husband, for instance, saw it as a cynical carry-over from our years together in mime school, which is where I met him while I was still married to my first.
In the winter of 1980, when I was twelve and a police order kept my father away, Tom Chang, a deacon at my mother’s church, visited our home every weekend. This was in Koreatown, near Bloor and Christie, and my father had put all of our savings into a convenience store because he believed that our luck was going to change and that fortune would finally come our way.
Amazon: The Stories That Are Great Within Us: Toronto Stories
A former comfort woman, and recent immigrant to Canada, discovers that her daughter is in love with the son of a Japanese soldier who was once her lover during the Pacific War.
Amazon: A DREAM CALLED LAUNDRY (2006)
A beautiful Japanese ESL student falls in love with a Korean singing cowboy who believes that he is Hopalong Cassidy, the fictional cowboy of the Wild West.
Amazon: Ballad of a Karaoke Cowboy
Reflecting on a 25 year love/hate relationship with the hospitality industry- as dishwasher to chef to manager to owner to consultant- these are candid and funny true stories about what happened behind the scenes at some the best-known restaurants in Toronto.
A novel about a group of young immigrant boys surviving love, loss and death in the notorious Jane-Finch projects of Toronto during the '80's. A classic model minority story gone to hell.
May 17, 2014. "A talk about the necessity of failure to ensure success in Life, Love and Livelihood."
March 14, 2014. Goodenough Reading Series. "Reading from my upcoming third book, WOODY ALLEN ATE MY KIMCHI"
March 22-23, 2014: Good Earth Winery. "Cooking and teaching Korean Street Food".
March 14-20, 2014. London, UK. Reading from upcoming new restaurant memoir, WOODY ALLEN ATE MY KIMCHI
November 16, 2013. Ontario Science Centre. Presentation: Food Literacy for Children and the Community
Bayview Village, September 25, 2013. Summerhill, October 17, 2013. The Kingsway, October 29, 2013. Cooking Presentation: Korean cuisine
November 25-29. Linares, Mexico.
Exile Editions. November 2013. "When John Lennon Died" to be published in the anthology.