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I’m back. Back in San Francisco, in my element, to live. And living here is sweet! Not surfer-sweet, but sweet as in the air beneath brilliant blue skies is sweet, with the scent of the ocean. I walk into a cafe, a bar, or just down the street, and strangers say hello then strike up [...]

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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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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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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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Beijing, China – A couple months back, I posted several several images during my hunt for Beijing’s street food. The feature Snacks appeal ran in Time Out Beijing‘s August 2012 issue. Just snacking the surface of a few neighborhoods in Beijing, I’ve listed a [...]

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