The Dreams 2020

Over the past two decades, I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively for both work and pleasure. During these trips around the world, food has always been a highlight. Tasting the local flavors of different regions helped me learn more about the places I was visiting and appreciate the richness of the culture that stems from the cuisine. It’s the local herbs, spices, and tastes of new surroundings – the very things beyond what the eye can see – that bring together the experience. When gathered around a table to share food and stories, I feel truly connected to these areas and the people living there.

This past summer, on a family vacation to Abu Dhabi, we spent three nights in the famous Rub al-Khali Desert. A world so different from my own, this region offered a blend of hot and humid climate, yielding unique cooking styles and tasteful dishes only found in this area. However, distinct as the avors were, there was also something comfortingly familiar – that people from everywhere shared the same passion for food, making me feel connected to the locals and appreciative of our cultural differences.

At CSOFT, we’ve always valued the importance of human connections, whether through food, language, or culture. We want to thank you for supporting us through all these years and we hope this book helps to bring back sweet memories of your own favorite dishes. Moreover, we wish you and your loved ones a warm holiday filled with delicious food, roaring laughter, and many happy memories to look back on.

Happy Holidays and Bon Appétit!


Shunee Yee
November 26th, 2018 , Boston