Name: Nancy Loo

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? September 2013

Where did you grow up? Bushwick Brooklyn

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I’m the founder of Dumpling Diplomacy, which creates inclusive, community building programs around our shared joy in food. Our signature offering is the monthly Dumpling Day of Service at Toni’s Kitchen.

I’m passionate about giving a voice to any who are left out, connecting individuals and organizations to form larger stories and providing large organizations a glimpse into the lives of as yet unknown neighbors.

Coffee, tea or … ? Both! Mostly coffee with a big splash of tea and lots of milk.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? A perfect weekend day starts with a leisurely family breakfast. There’s always a freshly baked starch (bagel from Hot Bagels Abroad, simit from Taskin, kaiser roll from Niccolo’s) accompanied with the works. Game for anything afterwards.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Ruthie’s

What’s on your nightstand? Kindle and alarm clock

What are you listening to? Cantonese pop and Bollywood music

What are your current indulgences? Everything at Jayce Baudry’s

What talent you would most like to have? I would love to able to sing (well).

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? The Avis Campbell Garden behind the United Way Building. It’s got a fountain, gorgeous perennial gardens, and benches. Montclair’s own Secret Garden, designed and maintained by the Garden Club of Montclair.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She was a good friend who stood up for the things she believed in. And she made a mean dumpling.