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Beijing, China — Until I was about 25, I believed I found better friendships in guys over girls. Later, marvelous realizations appeared as I crept into my late twenties; I found friendships with ladies who love wine, travel, books, art, and conversations without boundaries. When I left San Francisco, [...]

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Beijing, China — After a delicious celebration at Café Sambal, I was invited by the owner’s daughter, Shauna Cho, to taste dishes from the new organic/vegetarian menu. After eating such a healthy set of dishes, I felt [...]

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Beijing, China — Imagine you are walking home from work, school, or catching up with friendly muses when as you enter your neighborhood, you sense familiar things.

Knives chopping against wood
Woman harping at children from the stove
Water gushing from a faucet
Ceramic plates and [...]

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Beijing, China — My husband and I left San Francisco and moved to Beijing in January 2007. Leaving the variety of restaurants in San Francisco, though heartbreaking, we found solace in Beijing’s myriad of restaurants. I can still remember when my husband suggested 

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对于我们来说这是一个有着特殊意义的地方,在这里我们曾经庆祝了一个除夕夜,也是在这里我们介绍双方的父母相互认识, 还是在这里我们招待了远道而来的客人。

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My friend Tranh is in town and it is more than my pleasure to introduce her to some of my recent favorites. We went to Haidilao Huoguo, a popular place for huǒguō (火锅, hot pot).

Occasionally, as a kid, 

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2010 February 13-14 | Year of the Tiger {Beijing, China}

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“要想吃炒肝,鼓楼一拐弯”。也许这句顺口溜只有那些老北京人或真正喜欢北京小吃的人才会真正理解。在整个午饭期间,我的朋友高佳不停地用各种正宗的北京小吃款待我,使我有机会体验一下真正的北京人的感觉。这段时间,我的食欲似乎在无限制地膨胀。

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