Today I have a story to share. An experience I have been desperately wanting to share, but I had to keep silent until now.

About two months ago, I got to meet Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Marcus Samuelsson and Ludo Lefebvre, while they were filming ABC’s The Taste (the third season premieres this Thursday at 8/7c on ABC). There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.

When I initially got the invitation, it was for a set visit of The Taste, a show which I’ve been watching since season 1, mainly because of the celebrity mentors. The details of the visit were quite vague: we would get to see the set, eat lunch with the crew. Nothing was mentioned about the mentors, but I hoped that we would at least get a glimpse. We ended up getting more than that though– we got to sit down and talk to each of them!

First, we got to walk the stage where the show is filmed. It was really fun to see the set-up, look at the kitchen stations and peek inside the pantry.

We also got to eat lunch with the crew. The best part was the homemade ice cream.

Two years ago, I tasted the famous Vietnamese-style garlic noodles featured at Crustacean in San Francisco (also served at Thanh Long and other An family restaurants). I still think about them often. Garlicky, buttery, they are some of the best noodles I’ve ever eaten.

Recently, I attempted to recreate the recipe. It’s fairly simple, with just a few basic ingredients. The end result is very similar to the dish I remember.

One new thing I learned about myself while taking pictures of this dish: I cannot for the life of me, pick noodles up with chopsticks using my left hand.

Sloan’s Ice Cream, a Florida-based luxury ice cream shop, recently opened a location inside the UTC Mall.

I’m not familiar with the chain, but I saw the “coming soon” signs months ago and I have a serious sweet tooth, so I made an excuse to drag Mr. K to the mall so we could go check it out.

The store is really quite a sight –with dozens of glittering chandeliers, bright pink walls, candy dispensers, stuffed animals, chocolate sweets, and a full ice cream menu– it is like a Sugar Wonderland.

It was hard to figure out where to start, but we decided to focus on the ice cream, which also has countless options. You can choose from their 30+ flavors, get a milkshake, ice cream float, soft serve, etc. There’s also an enticing menu of sundaes including a “kitchen sink,” like the ones you often see on of those food show challenges.