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Discovering the Food Treasures of the World with @foodandtravelhk

For more photos and videos from Gloria’s food travels, follow @foodandtravelhk on Instagram.

“Eating these buns brings you blessings, which is why they are called ‘safety buns’ (平安包),” explains food and travel writer Gloria Chung (@foodandtravelhk), on her image of the traditional treat featured at this weekend’s annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival in Hong Kong. “Fast-food restaurants will have exclusive veggie burgers during this time when everyone is suppose to eat vegetarian food,” says Gloria. “And shops have special items such as macaroons that look like safety buns.”

Gloria’s passion for food developed as a child. Her father was a chef and her mother is what she calls her “food hero,” whose home-cooked dishes are still some of Gloria’s favorite meals. “I have always been a crazy foodie,” she admits. Today, not only does Gloria find relief and satisfaction in home cooking, but she now ventures out into the world looking for good food and dining settings that drive her creative energy. “I love styling my food — when I’m cooking at home or eating out, I arrange the food to make it more beautiful.” For Gloria, food presentation is one of the most elegant forms of artistic expression that exist in this world. “The figs from Turkey, the strawberries from Japan, the oysters from France — they are the most photogenic objects provided by Mother Nature, and that is more inspiring than anything else.”