Bake Sale For Haiti Recap by Thomas Nguyen

Today was the Bake Sale for Haiti.   Over 23 food bloggers dedicated their time and effort to bake goods to fundraise for Doctors Without Borders.  In just 2 hours of selling, they raised $950. If they were able to sell longer, I'm sure they would have been able to raise even more! Anything that wasn't sold in time was donated to another great organization, N Street Village.  Congratulations to everyone for organizing a wonderful event!  Enjoy the recap video and photos.  DC Food Bloggers.. you can visit my photo gallery and steal whatever photos you need for your website!

Bake Sale For Haiti from Thomas Nguyen on Vimeo.




Fete of Fashion by Thomas Nguyen


It's interesting what random meetings can happen to you.  One day a couple of friends and I were heading down to the city.  While we were at the metro, we ran into two girls who had some questions about which metro stop to get off of to the event they were attending.  We were able to help them out and ended up chit chatting on the ride down.  We kept in touch and learned that we all follow a passion to give back to our communities.

The one girl's name is Tu-Anh.  She started a non profit called Fashion Fix, where they use the avenues of fashion and art events to raise funds and awareness to a local cause.  The event that just happened was named Fete of Fashion.  The proceeds benefited the Capital Breast Care Center, which is a DC center that helps screens women for breast cancer, no matter if they are able to pay or not.  Michelle Fenty made a guest appearance that night and spoke for the CBCC. Fashion Fix was able to raise over $3,000 that night for the center. Great job Tu-Anh & the Fashion Fix Team!

Table Tennis. It's what I do. by Thomas Nguyen

So I'm finally back from Germany and a week in NYC.  It feels great to be back in my own home and able to relax! I wanted to share with you all a video clip I made of the 2010 European Top 12.  I was fortunate to watch the event in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Many out there still haven't seen high level competitive Table Tennis before.  Here's your chance.  Enjoy!

European Top 12 Highlights from Thomas Nguyen on Vimeo.


Nike's Zoom Kobe V & Bruce Lee | MVOT: Sugar Ray - When It's Over by Thomas Nguyen

The new Nike Zoom Kobe V was designed in Kobe's homage to kung fu flicks and Bruce Lee!  The yellow laces and upper section of the shoe were inspired by Bruce Lee's yellow jump suit from Game of Death.  It even sports the red scratches from Bruce Lee's Enter The Dragon.  Even though I hardly play basketball, I think I'll get a pair because it's just too cool to pass on by.  Maybe I'll just wear them for kickboxing class =P

 Music Video Of The Day: Sugar Ray - When It's Over

Even Sugar Ray paid homage to Bruce Lee in this hilarious video.  Watch as one of the band members sports the Yellow Jump suit and renacts the famous scene with the legendary Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Music Video Of The Day: Weezer - Buddy Holly by Thomas Nguyen

Music Video Of The Day: Weezer - Buddy Holly

This was one of my favorite videos growing up and it still is!  I thought it was amazing they were able to put themselves into Happy Day's.  The next time I ever saw anything like this was probably Forrest Gump cut scenes.

Do you guys remember old school Windows 95 and this being included with it?  I do, and I remember watching this video over and over. Enjoy.

Music Video of the Day & Weekend Updates. by Thomas Nguyen

Sylvie's Crew

On Saturday was the first time I helped volunteer with my cousin Sylvie.  Usually once a month, she gathers a couple of friends to contribute some food or money and creates a lunch for a needy organization.  This time around, it was for the N Street Village organization that helps out with women who are homeless or recovering from drug addiction or mental illness.

I made my way downtown and walked into the Bethany Women's Center, where the food would be served.  As I walked in, I was the only guy in the place, being stared at by whole bunch of women.  I was a little nervous trying to look for Sylvie, but luckily, a member of their staff knew right away I was looking for her.  She guided me to the kitchen and I finally saw Sylvie & Jenny.  Later we were joined by Nichole, Joy, and Christine.

On the lunch menu that day, Sylvie decided to create some pizzas, pasta, and salad.  Sylvie had some home made pizza dough in which Jenny, Joy, Nichole, and Christine helped make a variety of pizza pies and the pasta.  And I'm not joking about the variety.. white pizza, cheese with tomato sauce, vegetable, pepperoni, pepperoni and olives, white pizza with pepperoni, combination with turkey sausage.. and there might be another one that I'm missing. Nikki and I were on salad duty.  We were a little slow, but now that we know what we are doing, we'll be more efficient next time :P  Oh, and I forgot, Joy brought some awesome ginger snap cookies for desert.

We were able to finish up everything in 2hrs and were ready to serve by noon.  The ladies lined up as we served them pasta, salad, and three slices of pizza.  There was still room for leftovers and we encouraged them to eat some more.  One cute elderly lady came up for a vegetable slice to go. As she walked away, she took a big whiff of the pizza, exhaled "Ahhhh" and smiled at us.  That right there.. made my day.  It was such a great experience that I hope I will be able to do it again.  I think it's pretty amazing that my cousin has been organizing, taking lead and doing this for quite some time now.  I believe now, we are known as Sylvie's Crew. Be on the lookout for where we'll be next haha.

Ping Pong Dim Sum


Ok, with a name like that.. how can I not try this place out?  Ping Pong Dim Sum is a London based restaurant that just opened up recently in downtown DC.  It's right on 7th street in Chinatown/Verizon Center.  I met up with my college buddies, Christy, Mantik, Jenn and Almond.

The menu offered a pretty interesting variety, however from what I noticed, it was a lot of seafood related dishes.  The restaurant recommends that each person should get 3-4 dishes.  Each dish costs anywhere from $2-7, which is a bit pricey.  We all ordered a good amount, at least that's what we thought.  Each dish had 3 portions, which is not good when you need to split it up for 5 people.  We cut everything in half and ate from there. Overall, the food tasted pretty good, but the portions were way too small and way to expensive.  Definitely not a great bang for the buck. By the end of it, we were still starving. Right after, we ended up driving to Centreville to feast at BBQ Chicken & Beer which more then satisfied our hunger.  Terigold is still my flavor of choice!

I'd only recommend Ping Pong Dim Sum for Happy Hours.  Small portions, hopefully some cheaper prices, drinks and a nice atmosphere could be the right setting and reasons for you to visit.  If you are going there for true dim sum feasting... then look elsewhere or be prepared for a big bill. And also on a side note, the Flowering Jasmine & Lily tea is quite cool. It actually sprouts at the bottom of your glass with a flower in the middle.  It's like a secret garden inside your tea glass haha.  But the taste is too subtle.  C for taste, and an A for the wow factor.

Ground Level Gourmet

My good buddy Huong has finally started a blog!  Huong is an amazing cook that everyone should look out for.  I've been fortunate to taste her creations.  She puts alot of thought into her dinner parties, from the food, decor, and how everything is presented.  Just a like a true chef!  Check out her site at

Music Video Of The Day: P.O.D - BOOM

In honor of my ping pong dim sum adventures, I present to you P.O.D. Boom.  It's the only video I know of that features ping pong the majority of the time.  What's cool is that I know some of the people in the video.. and some of the guys are actually wearing our North American Table Tennis Shirts!  Woohoo.  Enjoy!