Waiting by john cheng

I've noticed that I can sometimes get impatient when waiting in line for a restaurant or for any other type of queue, but I'm learning to take in these moments and enjoy them as they are.

Even in times like these, just waiting around, I can spend with my wife and be content that we are here together at that very moment. This segment in time has come and passed and will never happen again.

Its the little things in life ...

DIY: Sriracha! by john cheng

For all you peeps who put sriracha on everything, it's time to start making your own! Check out this awesome recipe to make your own sriracha at home and don't forget to protect yourself while making it. I'm sure it'll burn like crap if you get it on yourself. Find the recipe at!

Kidneys, the Magical Beans In Your Body by john cheng

I was sick all of last week and ingesting all forms of liquid, medicine and food. I'm glad my kidneys were at work for me. Check out this great TEDed video on how your kidneys filter through everything that you put into your body. Be nice to your body and put good stuff in.

View full lesson: After drinking a few glasses of water on a hot day, you might be struck with a sudden ... urge. Behind that feeling are two bean-shaped organs that work as fine-tuned internal sensors.

Seconds by john cheng

I've been on a comic binge. But out of all the comics I've read so far, Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley, stands out the most. I still haven't read Scott Pilgrim by O'Malley, but after reading Seconds, I plan on binge reading through those as well.

If you are a comic fan, O'Malley fan, love illustration or just plain love layout design, you really need to pick up a copy of Seconds. The flow of it is just AMAZING! I borrowed this book from a friend to read, but I need, NEED to own a copy of it.


Bread and Butter by john cheng

I often overlook the bread and butter that is given to me at restaurants. There is, however, the occasional moment when I go to a restaurant I've never been to before, bite into a piece of bread with butter spread over it and taste the most sensational bread I've had in my life leading to a better overall experience at the restaurant.

Dan Richer, owner of Razza Pizza Artiginale, is doing it right and paying attention to the smaller details that we may not necessarily notice.

I'm hungry now.

626 Night Market by john cheng

Looking for something to do in Downtown LA tonight and tomorrow night? Head over to the DTLA 626 Night Market and show down on some food, visit me at my artist booth, and just have an all around good time. Visit 626 Night Market for more info or purchase your presale tickets at Eventbrite.

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Squid by john cheng

Raw squid is sold at market. This is the first time researchers have discovered an antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

This is quite concerning. Washington Post article by Lena H. Sun reports on the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria found, for the first time, in a food product. For now, squid eaters be wary of how you prepare your food! Cooking squid at the correct temperatures can kill the bacteria, but improper prepping can cause bacteria to move from surface to surface. Just prepare everything like you would with raw chicken.

Antibiotics are our last line of defense to bacterial infections and if bacteria becomes more resistant to antibiotics, that is very grave news for us. What do we learn from this? Prepare your food carefully and also take antibiotics as directed! Don't go knocking back antibiotics all willy-nilly, you're doing more harm than good to your body.

Sriracha Garlic Wings by john cheng

I just found an amazing recipe that I must try on Umami Holiday. SRIRACHA GARLIC WINGS! These look super delicious don't you think?

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Total time: 35 min
  • Yield: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: entree


  • 3 lbs. of wings or 20-25 medium wings, drumstick separated from the wing
  • ½ c. sriracha
  • ¼ c. ketchup
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ c. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 green onion stalks, white and green parts separated


  1. Place the wings in a plastic bag.
  2. Combine the sriracha, ketchup, minced garlic, honey, soy sauce and sesame oil into the bag. Place the white parts of the green onion stalks into the bag as well.
  3. Seal the bag and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, remove the bag from the fridge and preheat the oven to 375ºF. Cover your baking pan with aluminum foil.
  5. When the oven has preheated, place the wings in a single layer on your baking sheet. Baste the chicken wings with the leftover sauce in the bag by using a brush–or carefully spoon the marinade onto each wing. Make sure that your baking sheet has raised edges, however, or the marinade will run and burn onto the floor of your oven!
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until you notice the edges of the wings start to caramelize and darken considerably.
  7. Remove from the oven and plate immediately before the skin cools and sticks to the aluminum foil.
  8. Scatter chopped green onions on top of the wings and serve.
  9. Will keep up to a week in the fridge–to reheat, simply wrap in aluminum foil and place in the oven for 5-8 minutes at 300ºF.

Soft Boiled Eggs by john cheng


It's breakfast time and I haven't had breakfast, so I'm pretty hungry at the moment. And because it's breakfast time and I'm hungry, I'm craving eggs. Soft boiled eggs to be exact. I love runny egg yolk with a pinch of salt to complete the package, the only downside is making the eggs.

Whenever I boil them, its usually a hit or miss depending on how attentive I am. But this recipe by Irvin Lin seems to solve all my problems. I'll have to try this soon to see if it really works, I'm sure it does.

4-6 large eggs, refrigerator cold
1 tray of ice cubes

Special equipment
Large pot with lid
Steamer basket
Large bowl

1. Fill a pot with 1/2-inch of water and cover it. Place on the stove and turn the heat to high until boiling.

2. Place the eggs in a steamer basket. Once the water is boiling (shouldn’t take too long), remove lid, place the steamer basket with the eggs in them, inside the pot (the water level should not be above the steamer basket). Replace lid and set a timer for 6 minutes and 45 seconds.


3. While the eggs are steaming, empty a tray of ice cubes into a large bowl and fill with cold water. Once the timer is up and the eggs are done steaming, remove them from the steamer basket, one at a time with the tongs, and place them in the ice bath to stop them from cooking. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving with salt and pepper.

Fiona Apple Sings "Pure Imagination" by john cheng

Fiona Apple sings "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate factory when I was growing up and this song brings back a lot of memories. This rendition, however, takes it to a completely different place.

It is an ad for the game that Chipotle has made available for download and has a lot of social commentary about the overly processed foods and mistreatment of livestock that our food industries and full with.

At the end of the day it is still an ad from Chipotle trying to convince us of how sustainable their practices are and how much better their product is compared to others. I cant speak much to the validity of their claim, but as an ad, well done Chipotle, well done.


Watch "The Scarecrow," the companion film for Chipotle's new app-based game. Then download the free app at and join the quest for wholesome, sustainable food. The song "Pure Imagination" performed by Grammy Award®--winning artist Fiona Apple, is available for download on iTunes.