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…

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…

The Repp

The Repp is located along the main street of Snohomish, Washington, a small town mainly known for its many antique shops. While The Repp’s interior is rather tacky, combining “fancy” and “quirky” fabric and wood elements that look like they were picked up pre-distressed from Pier 1 Imports or Cost Plus World Market, the food…

Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar

Central and Eastern Washington, where Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar is located, is often written off as a uninterestings desert compared to western Washington, home of Seattle and all the stereotypes about rain, tech companies, liberal politics, and grunge music. Central and Eastern Washington aren’t the Pacific Northwest, not being on the Pacific…

Ugly Mug

Ugly Mug Cafe & Coffee Roasters gets its name from the grotesque stone faces on the outer walls of its building in the U District surrounding the University of Washington. Inside, it’s anything but ugly. I had the Grilled Cheese (swiss cheese, pepperjack, olive tapenade  mayonnaise, tomatoes, grilled focaccia bread, $5) with a cup of…

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…