Flower jelly at La Floraison

Calling itself Sydney’s most Instagrammable cafe, La Floraison is a pretty underground space located in Sydney, Australia’s Regent Place Shopping Center. The very, very trendy Regent Place is a smallish urban mall dominated by East Asian eateries and shops, including places selling matcha ice cream, ramen, jianbing, sushi, and taiyaki. There’s even a maid cafe,…

Queens Comfort – absolutely disgusting

I dislike stunt food, which is that Instagram-nurtured trend of people taking all the unhealthiest, greasiest, fattiest foods and combining them, because if things taste good on their own then the whole is greater than the sum of its parts right? WRONG. Queens Comfort is such a place. It has a sizable Instagram following for…

Mochi pounding

At the beginning of this month, I saw a post on Facebook about mochi pounding at Ootoya’s Greenwich Village location in NYC. Ootoya is a authentic Japanese izakaya chain. By authentic, we mean that there isn’t anything particularly interesting on the menu, although it’s all very good, in the way you’d expect Japanese food to…

Dessert wonders at Bibelot

On my way to the South Melbourne Night Market, I wanted ice cream, so I stopped at the nearby Bibelot. I was really glad I did. Bibelot focuses on high-end patisserie like the kinds you’ll find in Paris, with a modernized twist. The petits gateaux case was gorgeous, filled with glossy pastel-colored cakes with inventive…

South Melbourne Night Market

Yesterday I had dinner at the Queen Victoria Market night market, and today I made it to the opening night of the night market at the South Melbourne Market, now in its 10th year. Queen Victoria Market had an absolute riot of people and was more than twice the size of South Melbourne Market, but…

Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne

So far, 2018’s been full of food worth eating. I just visited Queen Victoria Market’s night market in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. The largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, Queen Victoria Market’s been around since 1878 (!), but the night market just hit its 20th year of operation. This night market is definitely a must…

Ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

  I’m currently spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Australia, where it is their summer and very hot, so I thought I’d write a post about some cold food (carrot cake ice cream). I had a “cool” experience in Tillamook, Oregon, at the Tillamook Visitors Center. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I…

Vintage Beijing soda on a mountain

My family members took me to Fragrant Hills area of Beijing, where we visited a temple complex. The Fragrant Hills are a popular destination for Beijing residents, because they’re a way to get away from the city and into nature without having to drive for more than an hour. We took a cable car/gondola ride…

“Eating Bitterness” art exhibition

Last week I attended the opening of a new art exhibition at Chashama in New York. The exhibition, which includes modern art installations using a variety of media, as well as performance, deals with the contemporary Asian-American experience, intensely marginalized and misunderstood. “Eating bitterness,” or 吃苦, is a frequently  used saying in Chinese. “She deserves…

Jin Ding Xuan, again

The first time I went to Jin Ding Xuan was after a day of exploring the hutongs near the Lama Temple. I didn’t know the hutongs were also home to the Beijing Temple of Confucius. I went back a few days later, stopping at Jin Ding Xuan first for lunch. We started with a cold…

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,…

Blue Frog

Blue Frog Bar & Grill is a slick American-style pub chain known for its accurate preparations of western food. I went to the one located in the prominent Guomao shopping mall complex in Beijing, with a view of the CCTV building. However, the food was definitely the best-looking part about going to Blue Frog, and…