Jin Ding Xuan

The ding is a type of vessel which is one of the symbols of Chinese civilization in the Chinese consciousness. The ding is associated with power and domination, and the number of ding you could own was restricted by rank. The Shanghai Museum is even shaped like a ding! However, the ding cauldron did have practical uses, such as storage, ritual,…

Bibigo

Bibigo is a health-conscious Korean food brand. I’ve been a huge fan of their Chicken & Cilantro Mini Wontons (from Costco) for years so I was happy to try some of their other stuff at one of their sit-down restaurants. For 58 RMB, we got the Bibigo Rice, which had a scoop of rice plus…

Beijing’s largest mosque

China is officially an atheist society; many references to Buddhism exist as cultural but not religious aspects of life. Visitors might be surprised to learn of the Muslim presence here. Chinese Muslims are predominately Uighur (central Asian/middle eastern culture) or Hui (assimilated into the dominant East Asian Chinese culture). Beijing’s Niujie area is full of…

Marmite at Chophouse Row

Chophouse Row is the new development on Capitol Hill right now, itself the hippest part of Seattle, also known as the place with an actual nightlife and good independent music/fashion/food shopping options of the density of a Big City. Marmite, one of the glitzy tenants in the gorgeous block of Chophouse Row, wants to be established as…

The Inn at Cooperstown review

Staying at the Inn at Cooperstown was a wonderful experience. I had so much fun exploring the bed and breakfast, which is a historic landmark designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh, famed architect of the Plaza Hotel. The inn, built in 1874, feels more like a home than a hotel. There are a lot of little…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: street scenes

My last post about Zhujiajiao Water Town showcased traditional Chinese heritage through food, but the sprawling water town actually incorporates modernity and tradition in its storefronts, architecture, and general scene. The straightness of the roofs in these pictures demonstrates the mixing of Chinese and western culture apparent even in this relatively exotic setting. Chinese roofs…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: another puppy and wontons

After meeting Xiao Hui (Little Gray), we walked around Zhujiajiao Water Town taking in the scenic views of the water and traditional architecture. While slowly walking down one street, I suddenly stopped. I had seen something beautiful. Meet Xiao Bai (Little White)! Of course we had to go in and eat lunch at the restaurant…