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The 15th day of the lunar year is called Yuánxiāo Jié (元宵节, Lantern Festival). In Chinese, Yuánxiāo (元宵) means the first full moon night of the year.
Tāngyuán (汤圆), also called yuánxiāo (元宵) in some places. Tāngyuán’s pronunciation is similar to tuányuán (团圆, to come together). In the past, people only ate tāngyuán on the [...]Continue Reading →
I accidentally went to Jingkelong with no more than 100RMB ($15.17). Returning home to re-cash my wallet was not an option so I thought about what I could make other than Spring Festival jiaozi (dumplings) for Valentine’s day.
I thought, ‘fondue!’ I’ve never prepared a Continue Reading →
On February 14, 2011 By Guest Writer
By Elaine Liu (eliu.tumblr.com) — “When I was small and my mom would ask me what I wanted to eat, I would say, “我想吃好吃的東西” which translates to, “I want to eat something delicious.” This is still my wish. I’m always on the lookout for something good to eat!”
When I’m at school, one [...]Continue Reading →
Beijing, China — I’ve moved from the ease of Sanlitun to a new neighborhood with new comforts. Just south of Chaoyang Park, my apartment isn’t just a stone’s throw from The Village at Sanlitun, but I look forward to spring and summer for picnics across the street.
One thing I’ve come to realize while living [...]Continue Reading →
Beijing, China — One cold night, I met with my friend Frederica at Hercules for their 2-for-1 happy hour (4-8pm daily). With a glass of cabernet (45RMB), I order Honey Ribs (58RMB) served with shoestring fries; meat so tender and falling off the bone. I thought this was my dinner [...]Continue Reading →
Suizhou, Hubei, CHINA — This past weekend I attended Adeline‘s wedding in her village, 2 hours out of Wuhan, Hubei Province. The ground was frosty, the air chilly, but the smiles of her community warmed the weekend-long celebration. The morning of her wedding, we sat in her family’s [...]Continue Reading →
Olé — Three way tapas By Shanti Christensen Published in TimeOut Beijing, Jan 2011
Olé! is located in the maze of establishments behind The Bookworm and 15 meters north from D-Lounge’s door. Don’t try calling for directions since no one there seems to know. The ground floor is an often-empty bar [...]Continue Reading →
While meeting families in China who teach me their favorite family recipes, I have had some families ask me about food from the United States and other countries. I’ve had families teach me more than three recipes because they wish for other countries to know ‘real Chinese food’. One girl in Chengdu wants to know [...]Continue Reading →
Apparently next in the ranks is FFC; Flava Flav’s Chicken. Here’s a person who continues to reinvent himself around his passions.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from CNN’s blog post Flavor Flav opens fried chicken restaurant in Iowa:
“My chicken ain’t no joke. I ain’t scared to go up against the [...]Continue Reading →