I Left My Heart in San Francisco





I knew that this day would come — it always does — but I’m never prepared for it.  I am almost done with packing but feel as if I’d forgotten to take something very important.  It never gets easier — leaving home.  But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. 

As the jury president of 51st Golden Horse Award in Taipei, I will be seeing four to five films a day in the next two weeks.  This is arguably the most prestigious award for Chinese language films around the world.  And it is a great opportunity for me to see the best Chinese films of the year on the big screen.


My directorial debut, Xiu Xiu The Sent-down Girl, won 7 Golden Horse Award including Best Picture. Jacky and I were presenting Best Director Award and I ended up giving it to myself.


With my good friend Yan Geling, winning the Best Adapted Script Award. Angela was just one month old when this happened.

As I spent this glorious Saturday with my family, I already felt nostalgic for the most mundane activities such as breakfast, a walk to Safeway, or walking to dinner on Chestnut Street.  What I can say?  As the song goes, “I left my heart in San Francisco.”




For those who have been reading my blog, I may not be able to cook and blog for a while, but I hope to update my life, my thoughts, my encounters with people and food from time to time when I’m in Taipei. Angela will also be posting periodically and we will perhaps have some great guest bloggers. Believe me, I can’t wait to get back to my kitchen and to share with you my experiments and occasional triumphs in making healthy and yummy food for my family.


The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay
The glory that was Rome is of another day
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan
I’m going home to my city by the Bay

I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care

My love waits there in San Francisco
Above the blue and windy sea
When I come home to you, San Francisco
Your golden sun will shine for me

Angela & Audrey 2

10 thoughts on “I Left My Heart in San Francisco

  1. My first time following someone’s blog so closely and now reading your blogs seems to be part of my daily life… I will miss your cooking inspirations but enjoy yourself in Taipei:))
    Once again thank you for sharing your wonderful life with all of us!!

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  2. Reading your blog is part of my life now. Every midnight, after I sent my two kids to bed and finish all my housework, I can’t wait to sit down and think before open the ipad what you might write about today. Thanks for sharing your cooking and life here. 热爱生活热爱家庭的女人,是最可爱的。


  3. Have a wonderful stay in Taiwan! SF won’t be the same without a beautiful. strong, elegant woman like you who also willing to pass on her wisdom! As a 3 years old girl’s mom, I have to say, your daughters’ picture makes my heart melt so much! The breakfast, omelette&French toast looked amazing, hope you would like to share the recipe with us when you have time. Wish you all the best!

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  4. I,m a big fan of yur writing. Makes my day after i read you. Wishing you happy trails always in your next adventure . I was born & raised in This beautiful city, 82 yrs. ago. I know how you love this city..


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