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Hi there!  I’m Anna (aka the Bashful Bao) and welcome to my humble  food blog.  I’m a 20-something lady trying to manage life with more than my own mouth to feed.  I live outside Boston with my wonderful fiance husband Luke and our Netherland Dwarf rabbit Isadora (Izzy) who makes regular appearances around these parts.

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[/fusion_text][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”What is bao?” open=”no”]A bao (pronounced bow-like the bending motion) is a type of steamed Chinese bun, traditionally stuffed with a meat or vegetable filling. I studied abroad in Taiwan during college, and became particularly fond of bao, to the point where I’d make regular pilgrimages to the same vendor every week. My Taiwanese roommates thought I was crazy.[/toggle][/accordian][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”So why the name Bashful Bao?” open=”no”]I’m an introvert by nature, despite two parents that would easily chat up strangers. I’m shy and still haven’t learned how to accept compliments without blushing so it seemed like a good name. Also, as I explained up above, a bao is a type of bun, and we happen to have a bunny as a pet, so yeah, there’s another tie-in there I guess.[/toggle][/accordian][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”Tell me more about your adorable bunny!” open=”no”]Well, ok, if you insist. We got her at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA in the fall of 2011. Her name is Isadora, Izzy for short, and she’s a black otter Netherland Dwarf. She’s about 8 inches long when curled up and weighs about 2 pounds. But don’t let her size fool you, she’s got a lot of personality and knows how to use it. She’s also a house bunny, meaning she is litter trained like a cat and has free run of the house, couches, beds, etc. If you’re interested in learning about our process in transforming her from a cage rabbit to house bunny, feel free to email me.[/toggle][/accordian][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”Ok, I guess I’d like to know about you too.” open=”no”]Well thanks for asking. My name is Anna and I live with my husband Luke and Izzy just north of Boston. I’m currently working as a middle school Chinese teacher (I majored in Chinese in college) but I love being in the kitchen, obviously.[/toggle][/accordian][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”So why did you start a blog?” open=”no”]I didn’t get really interested in cooking/baking until college, and around that same time, I discovered food blogs. I followed a bunch for a while, and after I graduated, I decided to start one myself to share my kitchen adventures with the depths of the Internet. So, armed with a hand-me-down camera from my mother-in-law, and my previous trial-and-error kitchen experiments, Bashful Bao began.[/toggle][/accordian][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”What’s your favorite kind of food to make?” open=”no”]I’m definitely more of a baker than a cook, though I do enjoy both activities. I love Asian cuisine, so I make a lot of dumplings/stir frys/baked goods featuring matcha green tea or black sesame paste.

I plan out my menus weekly, and try to diversify as much as possible, pulling from all parts of the globe, as well as other websites/magazines/cookbooks for inspiration.[/toggle][/accordian][accordian class=”” id=””][toggle title=”Do you take you own photos?” open=”no”]All photos are on my blog unless I state otherwise. I shoot with a hand-me-down Nikon D1000 on my house’s radiator covers. I try to use natural light whenever possible, and can definitely say to any new bloggers that taking good photos takes a lot of practice. My early photos are just, well, not so great.[/toggle][/accordian]