Jíníng, Inner Mongolia, China 集宁区 — It’s the day of my recipe lessons. I wake up in my sleeping bag, my back sore from the hard surfaced kàng. I have the natural need to use the bathroom but have a little stage fright knowing my options; trough in the backyard [...]

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成都,四川— 肖阿姨已经是两个男孩的妈妈,依然脸色红润,皮肤光洁。她的丈夫和儿子们也都长的健康结实。看来这一家人的胃口都不错,有着健康的饮食习惯。罗家人给我的第一印象是:肖阿姨精心料理全家人的饮食还有父母把两个孩子调教得懂事礼貌。我心里很感叹这个家庭经营得如此幸福。无论我问孩子们什么问题,他们回答我的时候都知道眼神交流。我观察着这个家庭,切实希望学到经营幸福健康家庭的秘诀。我可以学以致用呢。

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Beijing, China — MeiLi Autumn (MeiLiAutumn.com), Beijing Fashionista columnist and makeup artist, featured me donning the ShowShanti apron for the bi-weekly publication City Weekend (Beijing).

If Shanti Christensen were a dish, she would be a rich Mulligatawny– literally “Pepper Water” — a substantial and [...]

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ChengduSichuan, China — Xiào Ayi is a mother whose skin glows with rosy cheeks. Her husband and boys are round, suggesting a healthy appetite and sound diet. My first impressions of the Luō (罗) family were in awe of the mother’s care towards feeding her family well [...]

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Jining, Inner-Mongolia, China — After nine hours by train from Beijing to Jining, I’m happy to say I’ve arrived. Given we left at 9:32am, I thought we wouldn’t need a hard-sleeper and opted for the hard seat. My bottom is still zinging from the pain. We arrived at 6:15pm, on time!

As [...]

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San Francisco, CA — I woke up this morning hoping to romance myself with crisp bay air and a modest-priced hole-in-the-wall on Polk Street. As much as I should have ventured out on my own for formica table tops and free-refill coffee, I waited for my husband to join me. Lunch time [...]

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San Francisco, CA — Off a plane from Vancouver and into the foggy nostalgia of my city, yes my city, San Francisco. After four days of eating Chinese banquet proportions, I need something small. A salad perhaps? But I’m back in San Francisco, another place I enjoy eating to my heart’s content. [...]

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After four days in Vancouver for a family wedding (Chinese food throughout), my appetite is satiated from banquet gatherings. I love it here! Vancouver reminds me of my favorite place in the world, San Francisco. With ocean and nature nearby, the skies are typically blue when not foggy. From one district to another, [...]

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