Hiya! I’m Lavina and welcome to That Spicy Chick!
A little (well known) secret about me is that I LOVE food. Another (very well known) secret about me is that I absolutely ADORE SPICY food! 🌶😋
So a little bit about my roots before I tell you how this blog came to be.
I’ve spent the majority of my twenties as an events professional in Hong Kong and have recently transitioned into becoming a full time food blogger, recipe developer, food photographer, and writer.
I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan to wonderful Indian parents. I like them a lot – especially because they already had given birth to my rock, my lovely older sister! I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was fifteen and then to New York, London, and Singapore for education before returning to Hong Kong to embark on a career in the events management field.
It took about six years to realize that events was something I just wasn’t passionate enough about anymore to continue pursuing my career in the field. I also saw just how much all the long hours and late nights was preventing me from having time to pursue my own hobbies and passions – reading food blogs & magazines, writing and creating recipes, and above all, cooking and EATING food! 😋
So in November 2016, I decided to take a break and go back to my first true love. I spent the next few months cooking and creating recipes full time. And I absolutely LOVED my life during those months!! 😍 💞 ❤
Thus, in April 2017, I gave birth to my baby – That Spicy Chick – (this blog!), to share my happy and wacky world of recipes, cooking, and obviously, my love for spicy food with you! 🤗 I’m so excited to be embarking on this new journey and hope you’ll enjoy reading about my culinary adventures!
So now that you know a bit about my past and how I got to where I am today, here’s a little bit more about me.
I am Lavina – a bold, audacious, and caring woman in my early thirties, and I have a SPICY personality and a stomach made of cast iron!
My favorite cuisines include Chinese, Sichuan, Thai, and Mexican (see a spicy trend there? 😉), but I honestly will eat food from ANY cuisine. I love cooking chicken in different styles, but you’ll seldom find me making something with lamb.
Apart from food, I love chilling out with icy cold beers with friends and also hitting up the cinema. I love horror movies even though they do make me jump, A LOT (my sister knows this all to well since it’s usually ON TOP of her 😜 ), and I’ll admit to having a soft spot for rom-coms.
On any given weekday, if I’m not busy blogging, eating, cooking, taking pictures of food, or writing recipes in my trusty notebook, you’ll find me at the supermarket, wet market, or in a tiny little shop somewhere discovering new ingredients to invent recipes for!
I like to cook Asian food a lot, but I will occasionally find inspiration in a gem I’ve tried at some Middle Eastern or Western restaurant, or online from other bloggers or food magazines, and then generate my own masterpiece. (But I’ll always tell you the source if they were behind the firecrackers going off in my head!)
Mostly, I like to cook quick recipes because Hong Kong is simply too hot and humid most of the year for me to spend hours and hours slaving away in the kitchen. This is probably why I’m a home-based food blogger and why I never pursued a career as a professional chef in a restaurant kitchen but…I digress!
Have a look around and maybe give one of my recipes a try! Word of caution though, do consider toning down the spicy level because I am known to be a bit nuts in that department! The recipes on here will always tell you exactly what spicy ingredient to use less of and have suggestions for how much is reasonable enough for most people. 😃
Feel free to comment or contact me anytime and I promise to get back to you in the time it takes the capsaicin from a red chili seed to tingle your tongue. (Ok, I mean I will try my best to be SPICY fast to reply 😉).
Thanks for visiting!