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…

Chinese Pizza Hut

Chinese Pizza Huts are pretty nice, and really different from the American Pizza Hut experience. The menu is always changing so whenever I’ve been in, I end up with something new. This summer, Chinese Pizza Huts were serving a pizza topped with langoustines (like very small lobsters), Chinese chili peppers, roasted peanuts, and Buddha’s hand,…

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…

When in Canada, eat poutine

The town of Golden, in British Columbia, is home to the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. It’s pretty much the main tourist attraction of a one street downtown area, and measures 151 feet spanning the Kicking Horse River. There are some informative signs on the bridge that tell the…

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…

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…

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…

Mr. Pancake pt. 3 and a rant on service in China

Are you bored of Mr. Pancake posts yet? This is the last one! Above is the eggs Benedict. Pancakes replace English muffins, because this is a place that emphasizes pancakes. The mozzarella melted on the grilled tomato slice is a fun touch. As with the omelettes, I like how this order has lots of food…

Big Fish Grill

This is just one of those places where the pictures can do all the talking. I went to Big Fish Grill’s Kirkland location with my parents, where I got the Big Fish Seafood Marinara Fettucine ($18) – Scallops, prawns, clams, mushrooms, peppers, onion, feta cheese and Parmesan cheese. The portion was enough for four people…