Posts by: Shanti Christensen (湘緹)

As my due date nears, I’m reading and eating up insights from friends, blogs, and family. This is a beautifully articulated list of lessons both a mother and father can impart to their sons (and daughters). It’s written from the heart and very much with a child’s future character in mind.

25 Rules [...]

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Today I’m at 36 weeks and three days. Apparently, our baby could arrive at any moment, give or take some time around his due date on March 9th. The walls in his room have been painted, the furniture has yet to be assembled, a friend has handed down a bassinet, the infant carrier has arrived [...]

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By way of a friend who knows about my love of homestyle recipes, I’ve discovered this great project What Grandmothers Cook Around the World. So colorful, rich in culture, and heartwarming! I’m particularly tickled by the Filipina grandmother who prepares “Shark in Coconut Soup, whom I aspire to be as badass some [...]

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In case it hasn’t been obvious from my tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts, I’ll announce it formally now… I left Beijing a month and a half ago and have returned to the ocean-air and green living of San Francisco. China was inspiring and continues to be [...]

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Original post on SmartBeijing.com, Dec 13th, 2012 | In Dining

There are a lot of quote-unquote “tacos” available out there in Beijing — a lot of almost-tacos, sort of-tacos, not quite-tacos. A lot of tacos we eat and, with heavy hearts, we accept. It’s like that relationship you stay in until [...]

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Originally published on SmartBeijing.com, Jan 21st, 2013 | In Dining Huguosi Jie is an ancient street named after the no-longer-existing Huguosi Temple in Xicheng District. During the Qing dynasty, the Huguosi Temple Fair was held on the eighth day of every month of the lunar calendar. Today, the fair no longer occurs, [...]

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Original article published on SmartBeijing.com, Dec 12th, 2012 | In Dining

It’s Saturday morning, whether you caroused about Beijing, merrily mixing the wrong drinks (or the right ones) and danced your way into appealing antics (or unappealing ones), you might roll out of bed seeking the comfort of brunch with perhaps [...]

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The annual Capital M Literary Festival begins March 2, celebrating the best in fiction, literary non-fiction, journalism, arts, poetry and more with a glorious mix of writers from around the world and at home in [...]

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