I am a self-confessed foodie who enjoy cooking, trying new food, shopping in traditional markets, and travelling. I grew up with a father who encourages me to try every kind of food under the sun as long as it's real. Real food means we can trace where the ingredients come from, be it animal or plant. Nowadays a lot of food in the market have beautiful colorful looks that can last 1 or 2 years..!! We don't know what's really inside it that can make it so vibrant and long lasting. To him and me, those food are not real.. as we don't know what chemical, colouring or industrial waste go inside them.
The word halal came only when i had to go dining out with my muslim friends. I used to be irritated when I had to settle eating in the same restaurant almost everyday in Paris because that is the only halal restaurant my friend could eat. For a person who wanted to try French food in Paris, Pastas in Italy, Tapas in Spain, and Bratwurst in German, settling for some vegetarian fried rice at a cheap Asian joint in Paris was just madness. But again, my parents taught me to be tolerant and respect other people's religious requirements.