Chinese Pizza Hut

Chinese Pizza Huts are pretty nice, and really different from the American Pizza Hut experience. The menu is always changing so whenever I’ve been in, I end up with something new. This summer, Chinese Pizza Huts were serving a pizza topped with langoustines (like very small lobsters), Chinese chili peppers, roasted peanuts, and Buddha’s hand,…

Mille-feuille cake at a Chinese Starbucks

Y’ALL. This mille-feuille cake I got out of the pastry case at a Chinese Starbucks was SO GOOD. It was rose-flavored (official name: Rose Mille Crêpe). Not only was the cream in between the numerous crepe layers wonderful, so was the rose-flavored jelly layer on top. The flower petals were very delicate and easy to…

Strawberry cheesecake bingsu

I’m not the biggest fan of bingsu. Probably because I don’t think it’s fun to eat alone and I’ve been in too many situations where I’ve had to face down the whole thing alone. Bingsu (or bingsoo,  설빙) is a shaved ice dessert popular in Korea. Syrup, condensed milk, fruit, mochi, red beans, and roasted soybean…

190 Sunset

The small city of Edmonds, Washington, is known to Washington locals as the home of TV travel host Rick Steves and a beach, characteristically gray like all the other Pacific Northwest beaches. Along this beach is a road called Sunset, where 190 Sunset is located, in the same building as the Cascadia Art Museum. The…

Yunnan pt. 8: Kunming eats

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang Yunnan pt. 5: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Yunnan pt. 6: Shuhe Ancient Town Yunnan pt. 7: Yunnan Nationalities Village We traveled to Kunming to from Lijiang via overnight train. These…

Conspicuous consumption at High Heels 73 Hours

Experiencing High Heels 73 Hours summed up a whole lot about affluent Chinese life. The “girly apartment-themed lane house cafe” is part of socialite Ruohong Zhao’s restaurant business, comprising of six locations, including the well-received Zhao Xiaojie Bu Deng Wei (a Chinese food place with a name that translates to “Miss Zhao doesn’t wait for…

Burger Bistro is the best burger in Shanghai

“THE BEST BURGER & AWESOME FANCY MILKSHAKE IN SHANGHAI” proclaims Bistro Burger’s menu. “If you can prove the others are better than us, we’ll give you one year free burger and free milkshake.” You can accept the challenge but it looks like you’ll be unsuccessful. Shanghai has three English language print magazines – Time Out…

Cupcake Royale

After yesterday’s grossly offensive cupcakes from FROST, here’s something from Cupcake Royale to clear the bad taste. Cupcake Royale is a beloved Seattle institution for its interesting and fun flavors, such as lavender, blueberry Brown Betty, peach cobbler, blackberry brown butter, and raspberry Pavlova. Cupcakes are under $4. I got raspberry pavlova and my friend Rose…

FROST cupcakes are grossly offensive

Is this a review? No, it’s a call-out post because eating here was an unforgivable, appalling, all-around BAD experience. Let’s start with the good things. Spoiler alert: these only involve appearances. Located at the upmarket Lincoln Square of The Bellevue Collection, it’s the first thing you see when walking into its particular building, a sleek open…

Princess Crêpe

Princess Crêpe is a Lolita/kawaii-themed store in the Marais, a high-end shopping district in the center of Paris. The crêpes here are Japanese style, thinner, less eggy, and with a slightly stiffer, less bouncy texture than French ones. The crêpe batter is lighter than the French kind but Japanese crêpes contain many more fillings, resulting…