Like the adjacent dining room, the Western-style kitchen is completely open to the outdoors, thanks to a retractable glass wall, which Lui keeps open, weather permitting. When she's entertaining, guests meander around a series of patios along the sides of the house. "If we have a dinner party with a lot of people," Lui says, "the entire patio becomes an extension of the kitchen." For smaller parties, she likes to serve main courses in the dining room and offer dessert and fruit on the patio. "That way we can move the guests around, like musical chairs," she says. Lui frequently cooks outdoors, both on her Western-style charcoal grill and in her Japanese barbecue pot and smoker.