Caramel cinnamon toast? Oh Maan oh Maan

Maan Coffee is a super gorgeous chain of Korean-owned coffee houses that have captured the hearts of Chinese consumers with its distinctive interior design – featuring live trees growing to the ceiling and eclectic chandeliers and seating – and trendy food characteristic of East Asian cafe culture. While we came for a sugar fix, we…

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…

Yunnan pt. 6: Shuhe Ancient Town

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 After leaving Jade Dragon Snow Mountain we headed to another old town, Lijiang’s Shuhe Ancient Town. I liked Shuhe Ancient Town more than…

UD Burgers & Grill

“True American Flavor” is splashed all over UD Burgers & Grill’s trendy spot on the roof of the foodie haven Joy City mall. We found the Urban Diner Classic Burger (cheddar, ketchup, yellow mustard, pickle; 68 RMB); Mustang Sally Burger (sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, Emmenthal cheese, garlic aioli; 78 RMB); and Cyclops Burger (green chili,…

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…

Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Alma

So, this September, China’s culinary scene finally got a nod from the Michelin Guide, which released the first mainland Chinese Michelin Guide, the Michelin Guide to Shanghai. 26 restaurants were awarded coveted Michelin stars. Right below the lowest star rating (one out of three) is the honorable mention category Bib Gourmand . Bib Gourmand restaurants offer “exceptional…

Mr. Pancake pt. 2

So I really like Mr. Pancake. Which is why I’ve been going once a week. Which is why I need to split up my Mr. Pancake posts in three. The last one was about the pancakes. This one is about the omelettes. The omelettes are extremely tender and fluffy, just like the two pancakes they come…

Disconcerting atmosphere, sublime food

The first review from Shanghai, where I’ll be until the end of the year! With traditionally-prepared dishes with a bit of experimentation in the ingredients, eating at La Vita in Shanghai’s Jinqiao area is a great choice for those looking for really good Italian food prepared the real Italian way, not the American comfort food…

Honest Biscuits is honestly amazing

Honest Biscuits is a recent addition to the oversaturation of awesome food spots at Pike Place Market, and I’m so glad I found it. This hip, bright space overlooks a quieter part of the market that I love relaxing in to escape the usual crowded din. That space is off this very well-trafficked section leading…

MeeT in Gastown

I went up to Vancouver to visit my friend Jenna. I met Jenna this spring during the semester I spent at NYU Paris. In Europe, I ate very nice-looking food in extreme quantities, which I uploaded to social media, which she saw. Jenna messaged me one day. I don’t remember the exact words but it was…

Out-of-this-world experiences in Roswell, UFO city

I spent 4th of July weekend in New Mexico, visiting several cities. The first of these cities was Roswell, known for the Roswell UFO incident, when a local found a crashed object at a ranch. Interest flared in this being an alien craft harboring extraterrestrials, but the unidentified flying object turned out to be a…

Chowder Chronicles: Duke’s Chowder House

It’s really easy to turn clam chowder disgusting. Maybe it’s my East Asian heritage speaking here, but come on – you’re cooking dairy in large quantities over heat. And some of that cooked dairy gets canned for mass consumption! Gloop gloop. As expected for a coastal city, however, Seattle is lucky enough to be filled…