Bright and Citrusy. Sweet and Flavorful. Garnished with a Flaming Orange Peel for a Grand Show and Smell.

I lost 30 pounds in one year (and counting) embracing the intermittent fasting lifestyle. During my weight-loss journey I learned how to 1) consciously consume less, 2) choose higher quality, and 3) appreciate more. Now I’m exploring what it means to extend these insights to all aspects of my life.

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Cigar matches work great for flaming the orange peel

It’s difficult to pin down cocktail origin stories. Some tidbits are based on fact while others on legend. It is purported that the Old Fashioned is one of the oldest and invented around the 1850’s. A time when cocktails were necessary to hide the harsh taste of alcohol.

The bourbon…


Numbing like Novocaine, spicy, flavorful and addictive. Say hello to a condiment perfect for the IF lifestyle

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50 grams a week is perfect for 1 person/week

Sichuan chili oil is so awesome that I make it weekly because it is an essential part of my meals here in Luxembourg.

Why, you ask?

Because I’m always trying to optimize flavor and quality per calorie since I only eat during a six-hour window every day.

The peppercorn adds a tingly sensation with no additional calories. Chili flakes add heat and suppresses your appetite. The oil is a superconductor of flavor and makes you feel full longer.

Below is a basic recipe that you can use to make this addictive chili oil.

Essential Ingredients 1. Sichuan peppercorns: also can…


I lost 33 pounds in a year following one rule. You can too!

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and why it was the first country to make public transportation free

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Running outdoors during COVID-19 times

As Coronavirus started to dominate global new cycles, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg quietly made history on March 1, 2020 when it made public transportation free.

An incredible milestone for a country that started out as a single fortress in the Middle Ages.


Three questions to answer before you move internationally.

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Our engagement in Piedmont, Italy

My eyes blurred with tears as Sandy and I kissed one last time in front of the security line at Seattle-Tacoma airport. I was flying to Luxembourg for a two-year assignment while Sandy was staying in Seattle. I whispered, “I know it’s hard now, but it’ll be worth it in the future” as I held her tightly in my arms.

My parents immigrated to the United States one generation ago for better opportunities. Now I was leaving the United States for better opportunities.

I played the violin and viola for 14 years before becoming an undergraduate finance major at the…


Every time you go to the restroom in the United States, thank March Fong Eu (MFE), a feminist Asian-American woman in the 1960's.

As an avid bourbon drinker, I often need to visit the restroom several times over the course of an evening. I never realized I was taking the bathroom for granted, until a recent vacation to Italy with my fiancée Sandy.

After a scenic train ride, we had an hour long drive ahead of us to get to our final destination. We both decided to quickly use the train station toilet before embarking on the next leg of our journey.

Spotting the sign for toilets, we both walked towards the restroom when a gruff voice suddenly called out.

“One euro for…


How two Asian-American guys got into bourbon, and why they never looked back.

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Hi everyone! Nate here. As an avid bourbon drinker since 2013, one of the things I quickly discovered was how amazing the bourbon community is.

People were generous, friendly, and embraced you with open arms. It didn’t matter where you came from, how much money you had, or what you looked like.

What mattered was sharing new flavors, stories, and experiences with each other.

My bourbon journey started to get lonely over the years though, because I was often the only Asian-American in the room.

So, I decided to start writing on Medium to see if there were any other…


Buy — and save for a special moment.

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Nate Lee’s Instagram

As a long time bourbon and whiskey drinker, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten excited about a new whiskey released on the market by a new-ish distillery.

Generally, I’ve found local distilleries releasing product that is 2–3x the price of on the shelf bottles, that taste average at best.

I understand that it take time to scale, but personally, it’s not worth my time or money to pay more for something with a forgettable flavor.

So, when Westland came on my radar back in 2013, I knew they were young, but they were capturing magic in a bottle. …


Here’s why.

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It’s a fact that all companies are better with diversity, not worse. So why are modern D&I programs still just feel-good meetings which drive minimal results?

To answer this question, we need to travel back in time.

The history of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in America traces back to November 22nd 1963, when President John F. Kennedy (JFK) was assassinated.

Just five months prior, JFK proposed a comprehensive civil rights bill in response to brutal police suppression of non-violent protests in Birmingham, Alabama.


TLDR: try flights at a bar first, choose store-pick bottles, and ask questions

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Nate Lee’s Instagram

Whether you are looking for yourself or as a gift, buying a bottle of bourbon can be a nerve-wracking experience.

Thanks to the recent bourbon boom which started around 2008, there over sixty brands out there, at various ages, and different price points.

Check your anxiety at the door though, because there are five easy tips that can help simplify your bourbon (or wine/beer/cider) buying process.

  1. Flights at a bar (or tastings at a liquor store) are your friend

When I first got into bourbon six years ago, I went to Jack Rose and ordered flights of bourbons based on…

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