Hi! I’m Lillian. Welcome to The Peckish Thinker.

Food is my happy place. It’s what I turn to when I need a break, a pick-me-up, or just an excuse to not think about anything else but filling my tummy with yummy things. But more than any of those things, food has been the single best way I connect with people. It’s no coincidence that much of the stories I tell here have a secondary theme about connection and making friends. In my experience, eating with someone (particularly when you’re unsure about them or don’t know them very well), helps bridge gaps and, for the time being at least, makes it a little easier to communicate.

Born and raised in California to parents from Taiwan, I’ve grown up on a multicultural diet where both East Asian cuisines and classic American West Coast fare have prominently featured. My fusion palate is as much a reflection of my tastes as it is my personal identity. To me, food isn’t just a way to learn about and experience different cultures; it’s also a way of telling your own stories to people and sharing a piece of personal history with them.

No matter where you are in the world, food is a universal thing that brings people together in fascinating ways. Through The Peckish Thinker, I want to share my stories with you and in turn, hopefully inspire other people to share their stories too.