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Waking up at Chengdu Mix Hostel

Chengdu, Sichuan, CHINA — I woke up at 5:30am to the sound of other backpackers scurrying about, feet slamming down loose floor boards, voices audible against nothing else in the still morning. Thinking my complimentary breakfast starts at 6:30am I rise with additional hopes of finding more [...]

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I’ve arrived in Chengdu after a 25-hour train ride, winding through fields crossing village and city borders blanketed with yellow flowers trumping the sunshine’s flare. Adeline and I have managed to bunk with four dudes taking full advantage of common space; Yanjing beer cans, peanut shells, chicken claws, and KFC cups adorn our cabin floor. [...]

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Two days until I leave the house for a month, so I’m not buying any groceries. I’m using what’s left.

I often buy a pumpkin, peel it, and cube it for the freezer. I always keep pasta and là ròu (腊肉, Chinese smoked/dried bacon) in stock; today I used whole-wheat Penne pasta. Olive oil, garlic, [...]

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Xiao Zhou, originally from Hunan, is a book artist (书籍艺术) and avid food blogger in Beijing. She creates, cooks, writes, and photographs. I asked Xiao Zhou to share with ShowShanti her favorite dish from home.

In Hunan province, Smoked Fish is a famous dish; it is also my most favorite food. In my hometown, every [...]

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I’m having a sore-throat-congested-nose kind of day. I decided I’d doctor up a chicken soup to help cut this cold in half.

Ingredients 100 grams pumpkin, peeled and cubed (Vitamins A & C) 8 red grape tomatoes, halved (Vitamin C!) 1 ½-inch piece ginger, sliced with skin left on (Great [...]

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Alex Grieves of WildChina met with me last week, to learn more about the ShowShanti project; how it started and where it is going. WildChina facilitates unique ways to travel and see China. Given WildChina’s mission, it was an honor for me to share my story and divulge some fun stories.

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中文:流血的鳄鱼、被剥皮的蛇、乱蹦的青蛙

Fóshān (佛山), Guangdong, CHINA — Every great meal begins with the fun adventure of grocery shopping. This may be tedious for some, but for me it’s another chance to connect with the locals and get seduced into buying other things not on the evening’s menu. Flash [...]

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中国,佛山—每一顿诱人的美食都要从去琳琅满目的菜市场挑选原料而开始。对有人来说,这可能是挺无聊的事情;但对于我来说,却是一个和当地人打交道 的好机会,我还会被诱惑着买晚上菜谱之外的东西。只要有人朝我一笑,叫我一声朋友,并说:好久不见!我就与他们搭话,还买了当天并不需要的西红柿。“我应 该每天都储存西红柿。”我这样安慰自己。

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