Japan, day 1

After leaving Shanghai, I flew to Tokyo, Japan for 10 days of learning, sightseeing, and, of course, eating. This was the first photo I snapped in Japan, travelling from Narita Airport to Shinjuku, where I would be staying. Narita is about two hours from Tokyo and a shuttle bus is about $30 per person. When…

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…

Cooperstown NY, the birthplace of baseball

Ok, so Cooperstown being the birthplace of baseball is really a marketing thing that is not exactly true. The situation is complicated and, not being a baseball fan, I don’t care to recap it here, but there’s a detailed write-up on Major League Baseball’s website you can read. I came to Cooperstown (AMTRAK from New…

A famous hoax and a carousel + more snapshots of The Farmers’ Museum

The Farmers’ Museum really has something for everybody. Their welcome exhibit does a good job of laying out what visitors can expect: This was in a building that looked like this: Activities for Sugaring Off Sunday: Special events for the year: It’s pretty cool that there’s regional Civil War history being taught up here. Because…

Farm-to-table? Tree-to-table!

After leaving the printing shop, I walked around the rest of The Farmers’ Museum checking out the farm animals. The Farmers’ Museum is home to goats, chickens, cows, sheep, turkey, and horses. There were wagon rides around the premises so I got on one. The horses are slow and strong, meant for labor instead of…

How maple syrup is made

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY, is a living history museum that highlights rural and agricultural traditions of life in the mid-1800s. I travelled to Cooperstown from Manhattan for their event Sugaring-Off Sundays, which feature activities and demonstrations including livestock interaction, metalsmithing, printing, and more. The Sugaring-Off Sundays happen during sugaring season, when maple syrup is…

NYU Shanghai dining hall food

I spent four months in China doing a study abroad program at NYU Shanghai, the Shanghai campus of my university. While NYU has a dozen locations, the only full-service, degree-granting locations are NYU Shanghai, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the flagship New York campus. This post is a compilation of a some of the food available…

Making chocolate bars at Raaka Chocolate (pt. 2)

In my previous post I walked through the how Raaka processes cacao pods into liquid chocolate. After going through all those steps, it was time to fill some molds with the melted chocolate. Each mold could make three bars. A precise amount of chocolate was distributed in each mold by the mixing machine, whose flow could…

Making chocolate bars at Raaka Chocolate (pt. 1)

Last week I had the unforgettable experience of making my own chocolate bars using commercial equipment in Rakka Chocolate’s facility! The factory, located in the trendy Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, offers chocolate making classes ($50 a person, advanced booking required) that include a presentation on harvesting cacao beans, a factory tour, making three bars,…

A typical breakfast of Chinese street food

The last time I wrote about jianbing was after I ate jianbing at a family friend’s home in Vancouver. As jianbing is actually a street food, of course I had to eat some on the street in China as well. These photos were taken in Yancheng, a city in Jiangsu province. As I wrote in my other post, Jianbing guozi is…

Sukiya

The first times I had “authentic” ramen, prepared in the traditional Japanese way as opposed to the poor-college-student-plastic-pack way, I thought something was wrong with my order. In search of better ramen experiences, I kept eating ramen at different Japanese restaurants and kept ending up not thrilled with the experience, until I looked up ramen’s…

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…