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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 [...]Continue Reading →
There’s 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 something [...]Continue Reading →
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, [...]Continue Reading →
Nick Malgieri — BAKING BREAD — American renown master pastry chef talks about a life in pastry and serves bread.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? The challenge of identity in the 21st century — Tanveer Ahmed, psychiatrist and author of the memoir fusing his Bangladesh and Australian stories on identity in [...]
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Beijing, China – China’s capital has seen several attempts at Mexican food rise and fail. Growing up in California, Mexican food rolled in trucks, posted up in weekend markets, defined neighborhoods, was served on white table cloths or in fast food chains. As a kid in Stockton, Cancun restaurant was my family’s go-to spot [...]Continue Reading →
Just opened in Beijing’s bustling Sanlitun shopping sanctuary, The Village, Godiva’s flagship venue. With a shop selling truffles and gifts, the upstairs is a cafe of rich seratonin-stimulating treats. I attended the VIP soft launch tasting party and indulged in the following delights.
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As the heat peaks in the early afternoon, recess into the breezy sycamore-canopied street of Da Xue Lu (大学路). Along this rue are a few cafes of shabby chic nature, but the crudely painted brown stone one located across the street from the art gallery is the oasis to take pause. China’s [...]Continue Reading →