Stew-y Weather

I went to Chicago for the first time recently! It was a quick trip. I mean, quickity quick quick. Arrived on Friday late afternoon for the opening night screening of “Go Back to China” at FAAAIM. Then left the next morning just in time to celebrate my 16th wedding anniversary back with my husband Abe in LA. I did squeeze in a quick morning walk to play tourist, though.

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Speaking of celebrations, I recently threw a little dinner party in honor of Abe’s birthday. Drake on Cake!

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I made “The Stew” - Alison Roman’s viral Coconut Chickpea Turmeric concoction. I’ve been meaning to make it for months, since I read about it in the NY Times.

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Here’s a video of me cooking it. It’s been forever since I cooked, let alone filmed myself doing it.

I’ve been super busy with acting work lately, and also editing my movie “I Will Make You Mine.” The latter has been a real test for my emotions. Did I rent a sweatsuit just so I’d feel psyched to keep going? Yes, yes I did.

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Next up is a lot more travel - I’ll be going to San Diego this weekend, followed by Bentonville, AR and San Francisco for more “Go Back to China” film festivals. And we also have an LA Premiere as the Centerpiece Film at LAAPFF on May 4th - tickets just went on sale. I hope to see you there!

SXSW 2019 - Go Back to China

Less than a year ago I was in Asia shooting “Go Back to China” - this past weekend we had our world premiere at SXSW! This is my second time at the festival and it’s still one of my favorites. I got to be reunited with our cast/crew, though someone very important was missing - our writer/director Emily Ting, who is having twins.

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We had a full weekend of screenings, press, and sloths. I was thrilled to see some old friends who now live in Austin, too.

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I didn’t get to eat as much as I did when I was in Austin for Thanksgiving, but I did get a little BBQ at the afterparty for “Olympic Dreams.”

could not stop eating this meat - la Barbecue

could not stop eating this meat - la Barbecue

“Go Back to China” continues to travel the festival circuit - I’ll be coming soon to Chicago and San Diego! Follow us @gobacktochinafilm and @mslynnchen for updates.

Maui!

Abe and I spent a lot of our holiday season working on “I Will Make You Mine,” and then entertaining out-of-town guests. So we decided to take an impromptu vacation to Hawaii. We went to Kauai last year and decided to try a different island this time.

We stayed at Lumeria Maui, which was pretty magical. Honestly, we chose it because it was much cheaper than other hotels in the same area and loved how removed it was from everything. Plus, there were free yoga classes (and a sound bath!) and a pretty solid breakfast buffet.

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I followed pretty much the exact itinerary that my friends (and Maui locals) Lily Diamond and Alana Kysar had on their blogs (Molly Yeh had a great guide too). It’s really fun to read Susan Orlean’s Maui Surfer Girl article (that the movie “Blue Crush” was based on) too.

Highlights included The Road to Hana, Ululani’s Shave Ice, Coconut Glen’s and our favorite tiny little town, Makawao. We also ate pretty much exclusively from the Mana Foods Grocery Store in Paia.

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You can watch the highlighted InstaStories @mslynnchen!

Holidays at Disneyland (2018)

Disneyland provided complimentary passes for this visit.

Remember when I visited Disneyland after hours and watched them put up the Christmas tree? The beginning of December is my favorite time to visit the park - right before the crowds start, and just in time to be filled with the holiday spirit.

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The bow on my Minnie Ears faded to gold sequins in the sun - I kinda like the vintage look, and now it's one-of-a-kind!

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Both parks were fully decked out with the Fa La La spirit, and so were the snacks. We wound up having lunch at the new Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier. We didn't make a reservation, so we waited 10 minutes to be seated at the bar, where you can order appetizers and drinks rather than their full menu. I loved that they had so many allergy-friendly options.

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Lobster Nachos for me and Potato Skins for Abe.

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It was raining when we went (just like our last visit) so the line wait for rides were short. It was a perfect day, even though I was cold!

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