Food Explorer / Storyteller / Founder

Shanti Maravillas Christensen, born in Guam and raised in northern California, travels China meeting families who teach her their favorite home-style recipes. She writes and photographs her adventures on Her Filipino mother and Danish-American father passed their wanderlust and passion for food to her through their own stories of travel. Shanti lived in Beijing from 2007 to 2013. Her work has been covered on China Radio International (CRI) and Global Times. While in China, Shanti dashed around China’s capital as dining editor for Time Out Beijing. Now she lives in San Francisco with her husband, focusing on family and how to feed families organic, affordable global recipes.  She and her husband are expecting a baby boy in March 2014.

Why did I start this project?

Writer / Collaborator

Juling Adeline He (何菊玲), born in Hubei and living in Beijing, has a passion for reading and writing. She studied English Literature at Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology. One of her English teachers told her she possessed a Victorian style of writing when once she used the word “azure” to describe the sky. Juling writes in both English and Chinese for her blog,

 Inspiring contributors

Cristina Lopez McLauchlan, born in the Philippines and raised in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Morocco to name a few. Though a ‘kiwi’, Cristina is of a generously mixed bloodline growing up as a globetrotter. She settled in New Zealand for over a decade where she gained experience within the hospitality industry encompassing 5-star hotels and event / catering agencies. Presently, she lives in Beijing. Her creativity and passion for design, food, family, friends, travel and celebrations continues to inspire her towards the fulfillment of creating unique experiences with impact. Visit her blog at


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  1. Trissa says:

    Beautiful blog! I am extremely interested about Chinese cuisine and can’t wait to read/learn more about it!

  2. […] twice-cooked pork), two of which even could not be found in restaurants in Chengdu. He also said Shanti was fulfilling his dream and he was sure to provide foodie friends and whatever help he could to […]

  3. renee says:

    hi,I just saw this giveaway on

    Funny that I follow both of you for a while. Cool giveaway, when will you write a cook book? Can’t wait to read it.

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