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…

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…

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…

Norm’s Soda Fountain

Norm’s Soda Fountain is an old-fashioned soda fountain and diner in Kalispell, Montana. The soda fountain opened in 1938 and serves burgers, fries, soups, milk shakes, ice cream, floats, and hot dogs. There are also 800 types of candy and hundreds of magazine titles for sale. The burgers are hand-pat fresh each day. We ordered…

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…

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…

Average and reliable La Pasta

I stopped being thrilled about going to La Pasta after the fifth time my friends dragged me there. It was the closest restaurant to our dorm, being right outside the gate, and we passed it every day. La Pasta isn’t bad, it’s just really unremarkable – from food to atmosphere to pricing – like so…

Gelato Pique Cafe

Gelato Pique Cafe, located in a brightly lit atrium of Joy City (my favorite place in Shanghai) is such a cute place to have afternoon tea and sweets. Matcha lattes count as tea, right? Our phones were out the entire time as we snapped photos of the oh-so-Instagrammable drinks and food items. Going down the…

Mr. Pancake pt. 1

Mr. Pancake is a sit-down chain offering pancakes and other sweet and savory western dishes. Mr. Pancake happens to be the restaurant I’ve visited the most in Shanghai, by far. There’s one right next to my internship, serving up well-executed American comfort food at great prices. I think about Mr. Pancake a lot. Because I…

What I ate in Vancouver pt. 2

This could alternately be titled What Jenna insisted we eat after she was traumatized when we ended up going to a vegan restaurant that served remarkably good-looking imitations when she wanted meat. Vancouver is a very walkable city, so we headed to Robson St., a street that has tons of commercial activity. Of the hundreds…