Autograph Brunch: the Perfect Way to Spend Your Saturday

Another weekend, so why not another brunch?  We were lucky enough to spend this past Saturday at the beautiful Autograph Hotel in Dadonghai, Sanya.  This relatively new hotel puts on a special occasion brunch about once per month, which is filled with delicious bites, seafood, Chinese style barbeque, desserts, and drinks galore.  For just 298 … Continue reading Autograph Brunch: the Perfect Way to Spend Your Saturday

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When in Portland, Food Cart at 28th and Division

Yes I know, i used food cart as a verb. But is it not completely fitting for a city where the food carts are not only abundant, but all so insanely and absolutely DELICIOUS! My brother now lives in Portland, and so during my last trip back to the states, we had to visit his … Continue reading When in Portland, Food Cart at 28th and Division

Kisaku Sushi: a Wallingford, Seattle Gem

You would never believe how hard it is to find decent sushi in China, especially on an island.  You'd think for how close China is to Japan in comparison to the US, that the sushi would be absolutely amazing, but actually, the sad truth is that most sushi isn't fresh, most all is frozen, and … Continue reading Kisaku Sushi: a Wallingford, Seattle Gem

Living the High Life : 57 Stories Up at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore

My boyfriend and I went to Singapore in April to celebrate his 30th birthday. He had a plan to visit 30 countries before turning 30, and as April approached, he had made it to 29 countries. So the answer was easy. Where could we go from Hainan, China in a long weekend that we hadn't … Continue reading Living the High Life : 57 Stories Up at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Hong Kong : The Ultimate Girl’s Weekend Destination

I absolutely love Hong Kong. For any girl who lives in China, especially the more remote parts...cough, cough, Hainan Island, Hong Kong is an absolute god send. It's the perfect answer to a quick getaway from China, especially if you're craving Western home comforts in all forms: shopping, eating, drinking and pampering. I've been to … Continue reading Hong Kong : The Ultimate Girl’s Weekend Destination

Dongbei Round 2 : Di San Xian Recipe

Hello everyone! Today I'm here to share another one of my Dongbei favorites, Di San Xian.  In my last Dongbei post, I told you all about my favorite Dongbei foods, as well as included a Guo Bao Rou recipe, found here, but I failed to further expand on Di San Xian, hence today's post. Di … Continue reading Dongbei Round 2 : Di San Xian Recipe

Malaxiangguo ( Dry Hot Pot ) : A How To

Oh the wonderfulness that is Malaxiangguo.  Today I'm here to help you navigate through the simple, but seemingly daunting task, of preparing and ordering Malaxiangguo.  Malaxiangguo is a Sichuan dish that literally means "hot and numbing fragrant pot".  It is made up of an self chosen assortment of vegetables, meats, and more that is then cooked … Continue reading Malaxiangguo ( Dry Hot Pot ) : A How To

Daring to try a Donkey Sandwich : Lurou Huoshao

It's been a year in China now, yet I'm still finding new foods. With a country this large, the variety of regional cuisines is endless.  There are so many uniquely wonderful foods on every corner, down every alley. Just a few weeks ago a friend of ours discovered a new street food market, and oh have … Continue reading Daring to try a Donkey Sandwich : Lurou Huoshao

10 of the Easiest Cheesiest Holiday Dishes

Hi everyone! I apologize for the long hiatus, but don't worry, I'm back just in time for the holidays! I've spent the past few months settling into a new semester teaching, as well as raising a new puppy! But blogosphere, I'm back. In honor of the holiday season coming so quick this year, wasn't it … Continue reading 10 of the Easiest Cheesiest Holiday Dishes

Chow Mein: Authentic vs. Americanized

Growing up in Southern California with a Burmese father, our family had Chinese takeout on a regular basis.  Our takeout orders always had to include the staples: Chow Mein, Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken, Beef & Broccoli, and of course, Cream Cheese Wontons.  As I got older, my love for Chinese takeout diminished, mostly because … Continue reading Chow Mein: Authentic vs. Americanized