Her quest for a "food hero" led her to the proprietor of her favorite Chinese restaurant, the Royal Panda. Mr. San Lien Wu is a trim healthy man who seemed to be a perfect role model and guide for her journey to fitness:
I figure that if I eat what Mr. Wu eats, then I, too, will be healthy and trim. I can say this with some certainty because the Royal Panda menu is chock full of healthy items. Also, I have eaten there for decades, and I know a little about what Mr. Wu likes to eat. Not a lot of meat. Lots of veggies. Rice. Nothing greasy. Green tea. A small glass of wine. And Mr. Wu is a stickler for freshness and quality.
Jean's blog is more than just a recounting of her meals and diet tips. She shares poetry and philosophy as well as some of Mr. Wu's stories and sage advice. She also does something I don't do nearly often enough at my favorite restaurants and sometimes lets Mr. Wu choose her meals for her rather than going back to her old favorites over and over.
Originally planning to try to lose five pounds in September, Jean has kept the process going and is down almost 15 as of her last update. If eating Chinese food can have these kind of results, it might be worth a trip to the Bluff City to check this place out.
So who would be your food hero, Nashville? Is there anybody local or on the world stage you would seek to emulate?