I’m Tinya Cheng, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.

I like to eat. This is a journal of what I eat, more or less. I’m no food expert, but I’ve traveled to various parts of the world and sampled a wide variety of food and culture.

I also like to take photographs of what I eat, although I may not always get a chance to take a photo. I am just an amateur photographer with the following equipment:

  • Canon 7D (acquired February 2012)
  • 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (default lens)
  • 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
  • 14mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
Some old equipment no longer in use:
  • Canon Rebel XS (acquired May 2010)
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
  • Sony DSC-T300
  • HTC Incredible 2 Smartphone

A relative introduced me to the joys of Yelp!, and I was forever hooked onto reviewing businesses I’ve visited. I began Yelping and writing reviews in March 2010. I started to add pictures to my reviews soon after.

I am known to write walls-of-text, or tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) reviews. I like to walk people through my experience, and honestly impart what I thought at the time. I have hit Yelp’s 5,000 characters per review limit before.

You eat everyday, so why don’t you update more? Ideally, I’d like to post to this site on a regular schedule, such as everyday. Unfortunately, being an engineering undergraduate lends itself to sporadic updates. Now, I’m just lazy.

Why is this site called Teanuts? It started in the summer of 2009, when I worked for a technology-oriented camp in which the instructors were addressed by nicknames. Mine was Tea++, due to  the following reasons: my preference for the programming language C++, my name begins with a “T,” and I drink inordinate amounts of tea. Campers and colleagues alike played with my name, with greetings such as, “Morning, Tea!”

I attribute Nick Nameless with the nickname “Teanuts.

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