Posts by: Shanti Christensen (湘緹)

Sitting at home tonight in my apartment in Sanlitun neighborhood of Beijing, I sit with a glass of Laphroaig, listening to The XX‘s album CoExist, while fireworks crack and pow through the night and bounce off buildings that weren’t yet constructed a year ago. Tonight is Yuanxiao Festival [...]

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Beijing, China – I asked a handful of chefs for their favourite spots around town to take friends from out of town, go on a date, comfort their appetites, or let loose after a day in the kitchen. Here are a few of their responses which lend great insight as to where else their seasoned [...]

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What a year 2012 has been! The years, months, and days that led to today have been an intense rush of emotion, changes, and transformation. I just wrapped up my work at Time Out Beijing magazine; my last issue is the December issue. I’ve worked with some great people [...]

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For as long as I can remember drinking espresso, I have known the brand Illy. It always seemed the chic coffee, with its splashy, sassy red logo marked on ceramic demitasses and coffee cups. It’s become one of the brands I’ve grown up with from the States to [...]

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What a day! Despite my hacking cough which cleared a little by 10am, a little Pei Pa Koa changed my day as best as it could and I was on my way to Capital M to catch Fuchsia Dunlop tell a few tales [...]

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One can only imagine the balance of obsession and reserve I had to practice while writing this feature. I can’t recommend this feat to anyone or any blogger. But the treats are out there and someone had to unearth them for you – take me, your sacrificial lamb with unfettered curiosity. Even [...]

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Salt brings out the flavours in our creations, but now there is a line of flavoured salts available at THE drive-thru, a shop specializing in imported beers (they deliver!), herbs and spices, and customized fixed gear bikes – special stuff! Here’s a list of the salts available in different flavours. Have you [...]

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I decided to start sharing my Instagram posts on my blog. I’ve been busy with a handful of ongoing projects and just so it’s clear I am not twiddling my thumbs and going hungry (as might be assumed by the lack of posts between Chinese food explorations), I’m feeding my blog with the events and [...]

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