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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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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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After all the carcinogens I consumed from writing Pit Stops: Beijing’s Best Barbecue, you’d think I’d had my fill. While the weather is hot, I’ll flock with the lot towards open flame grills charring flesh. Chances are, you’re no different.

Just around the corner from Qingdao’s old Catholic church on the hill, locals [...]

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Tainan, Taiwan — Tainan has great eats! Peikwen’s friend from university has a father who lives in Tainan and much to our luck… he’s a foodie. Uncle Yang is from Tainan. He knows the good from the mediocre and how many generations a shop has been around with their zǔchuán [...]

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Taipei is a bit rainy, so a small trip out to Tainan where the weather is sunny, though cool, was in order. Tainan is a city known as “the City of Snacks” (小吃城). In addition to the wide variety of food available at night markets, the city also has an abundance [...]

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Hong Kong – Hong Kong airport is not a bad place to be stranded. Fortunately, I’m not stranded and just here for a seven-hour lay over. In the meantime, I’ll nosh on my favorite Cantonese foods, window shop, eat a little more, and muse over free Internet (sans the ‘Great Firewall’).
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My favorite Chinese cuisine is Sichuan, but when it comes to comfort food and nostalgia, I love Cantonese Hong Kong style. First meal off the airport express train brings me to the IFC mall, level P3 at Tasty Congee and Wantun Noodle Shop (正斗粥麵專家). This is usually my last meal before I [...]

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Singapore — I’ve been to Singapore once before. Last year I visited a friend who was working here for a 6 month project and she toured me to her favorite food stalls. One spot I remembered and wanted to return to was the Thunder Tea Rice stall at Lau Pa Sat (stall 12). [...]

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