Vegan dessert porn: 7 desserts made with my daughter at ICE

betty ming liu Food 14 Comments

If you think “vegan” and “food porn” are incompatible concepts, these photos will change your mind. The pictures are from a vegan dessert baking workshop that I took with my daughter Gabi. We enjoyed making these goodies — and then, stuffing ourselves with them afterwards. Let’s start with your first question…What is a vegan? Vegans are animal lovers who do …

Gluten-free pasta-making class — photos & review

betty ming liu Food, Holistic health, Relationships 3 Comments

Now that gluten-free goodies are a booming multi-billion dollar industry, it’s no longer hard to find decent, wheat-free boxes of pasta at the supermarket. Even more exciting — it’s also possible to easily buy ingredients to make fresh, gluten-free pasta from scratch. Delizioso! My daughter Gabi and I recently had a great time exploring this tasty world. We took a …

Art trend: Collage, from Picasso to Facebook, Twitter & more

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration, Writing how-to's 8 Comments

I just saw an art show with a theme that will instantly improve your sense of creativity and might change how you view your daily life. But first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page….raise your hand if today’s insane, fast-paced culture spams you with too much information, makes too many demands and leaves you overwhelmed. Oh, I …

Five ways to build my brand as the journalARTist™

betty ming liu Art, Money, Writing how-to's 10 Comments

Was that really me the other night? Me, lugging a big drawing pad to a packed lecture hall at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism! I was there for an advanced, sold-out social media training workshop — but not as the typical attendee. With my graphite pencils and pastels arranged on a side table, my mission was to make the …

Check out my latest abstract paintings :)

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration, Money 21 Comments

For me, nothing beats the wordless joy of globbing paint onto canvas. It’s all about the trance of letting go. Stop thinking. Do it. Overthinking kills spontaneity. Overthinking makes me miserable. Overthinking obstructs the truth. Overthinking is a bad habit ingrained by my control freak Chinese immigrant parents. Haha, you knew I’d work in that last point somehow. But seriously, …

How to become a model in Seventeen magazine, Part 3

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 15 Comments

My daughter, now 17, is modeling right this minute in Seventeen magazine for the third time. She’s  17, in Seventeen…sweet!!! The experience taught both of us even more about how she can get out there to catch her own dreams. After all, never too young to learn persistance, patience, disappointment, failure — and the glory of  perseverance. More on that later. …