Hello! I’m Connie Veneracion — lawyer by education, writer by passion and photographer by obsession.
“About me” in a nutshell
I was a lawyer who traded my career for motherhood. When my girls went to school, I found a creative outlet through blogging which led to op-ed and food columns in a broadsheet, and a regular column in a parenting magazine.
I have left print media but I am still a blogger.
From an Asian food and travel blog…
In November 17, 2018, less than a month after my 55th birthday, I created a food and travel blog that I thought would be the successor to CASA Veneracion.
Focused heavily on Asia and Asian cuisines, I envisioned it to be a two-year project. Why Asia? It’s an obsession that goes back to my childhood. Chinese food, Samurai and Voltes V. Then, I went to college, took required courses in Asian Civilizations and World History, and my fate was sealed. I was never able to shake off this consuming passion to explore Asian cuisines to understand Asian cultures and history.
A blog about Asia has been my dream project for over a decade. I have discussed it with friends, entertained the possibility of collaborative work, but nothing materialized. So, I decided to make a go of it by myself. I went on several trips to Asian cities for a year and a few months, and the documentation of those trips, along with older travel posts, became Tasty Safari.
But travel is out for the next few years. I decided to expand the coverage of my Asian blog project so that I can continue working on it and not let it languish. I merged Tasty Safari with My Pan-Asian Kitchen (formerly, The Kitchen) and the few Asian movies and TV shows in my Cinephile blog, and Devour Asia was born.
… To an expanded Asian food and travel blog
For you serious foodies and lovers of Asian cooking: In line with my belief that the backbone of the ability to cook lies in getting acquainted with ingredients and being adept at basic cooking methods, Devour Asia has sections on pantry staples and cooking techniques. And those, of course, are in addition to the stories about food adventures while traveling around Asia.
But why devour dot asia?
Because I’ve wanted a dot Asia domain for so long. All the good keywords were taken but, for some reason, devour was available and I thought it was just perfect. Devour Asia doesn’t only mean consuming Asian food; it also means gobbling up Asian culture, history and pop entertainment.
So, welcome to Devour Asia, my present and my future.
May 8, 2020 @ 7.22 a.m.