My name is Mimi Lan, a chefpreneur and founder of Taste Curator. My hope here is to inspire you to live life at the highest level – do what you love, be with the people you love, travel more, and experience all the beauty and deliciousness that life has to offer.

Although Taste Curator is a comprehensive lifestyle blog, it’s mostly about food, because to me, food provides far more than a tangible and sensory experience. It’s an avenue where cultures can peacefully come together, understand each other, and learn from one another. It’s a vehicle for understanding the essence of our sameness and the beauty in our diversity. I truly believe with these deeper levels of understanding, the world can become a better place.

It took me a while to finally decide to create this blog because I am a private person who dislikes over-sharing on the Internet. Having said that, I receive great joy and inspiration from viewing others’ Instagram and Pinterest accounts. And I thought, if those accounts wanted to protect their privacy like me, and chose not to share their wonderful lives socially, the world would be deprived of their wisdom and ideas.

I hope that my Taste Curator social media platforms will bring joy and inspiration to you as much as others’ have brought to me.

But first, I would like to share with you my story. While my experience as a lifestyle/food blogger may seem like a privileged one, my road to get here was a long and winding one. I was raised in Saigon, Vietnam in a sheltered, upper middle class family. Then, in the blink of an eye, we lost everything during the fall of Saigon, when my parents and their eight little children escaped by a small ferry, cramming along with hundreds of other Vietnamese, floating in the middle of the sea for four days without any food or water, before getting rescued by an American ship. We came here without speaking a word of English and struggled to build our lives all over again. Our story is one among thousands of other Vietnamese immigrants, and many fared much worse. Despite the challenges along the way, we feel so blessed to be here and are grateful that the experience gave us resiliency and strong work ethics, which pushed us to be successful.

My life has had its ups and downs but I have arrived at a wonderful place and couldn’t ask for more. I am married to the best human being on the planet, and together we produced the most incredible daughter who just entered college. Now that our daughter is in college and we are empty nesters, I am excited to be able to follow my passions – combining my cooking skills, marketing background, and love of travel to form Taste Curator, a chef service and multifaceted culinary & creative consulting firm to modern eateries.

By telling my story, I hope to encourage people out there that it’s never too late to follow your passion, to remind them not to be too quick to judge, and to never compare themselves with anybody because everyone has a story. My social media platforms are here to provide enjoyment and inspiration. We are all works in progress; when we share our viewpoints, knowledge, and life experiences, we empower each other and grow as human beings. So let’s share more (responsively, respectfully, TASTEfully) and judge less. Peace!

TC2016 Lan