Mille-feuille cake at a Chinese Starbucks

Y’ALL. This mille-feuille cake I got out of the pastry case at a Chinese Starbucks was SO GOOD. It was rose-flavored (official name: Rose Mille Crêpe). Not only was the cream in between the numerous crepe layers wonderful, so was the rose-flavored jelly layer on top. The flower petals were very delicate and easy to…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: street food

Zhujiajiao Water Town is a paradise for street food fanatics, with an unending variety of traditional Chinese snacks spilling out of the densely-packed storefronts. We first came across these beans made with preserved orange peels. This is something I hadn’t seen before. I was very familiar with the shanzha sweets. Shanzha, Chinese hawthorn/hawberry, is a slightly sour fruit…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: a puppy and rose tea

My friends and I took a long-ish (over an hour each way by car) day trip out of Shanghai’s metropolitan areas to Zhujiajiao Water Town (50 km from the Bund). Chinese water towns are wonderful places to visit because they seek to preserve the feel of life in an old, traditional Chinese village without tall…

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. 4: Impression Lijiang

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang We began our second day in Yunnan with a great breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Lijiang. The breakfast buffet had a lot of well-prepared local specialties, including cornbread baked in corn husks (the two oblong…

Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding After lunch, we went to the Old Town of Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From UNESCO’s website: “The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic…

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…

CLICKBAIT TITLE: Poopy childhood memories

Years ago, I was watching one of those mainstream food competition TV shows on the where competitors are given an ingredient they must incorporate into a certain course. One of these courses was dessert and the ingredient was corn. An Asian competitor mixed caramel corn into pastry (choux, if I remember correctly) and piped it into this…

FROST cupcakes are grossly offensive

Is this a review? No, it’s a call-out post because eating here was an unforgivable, appalling, all-around BAD experience. Let’s start with the good things. Spoiler alert: these only involve appearances. Located at the upmarket Lincoln Square of The Bellevue Collection, it’s the first thing you see when walking into its particular building, a sleek open…

Hits and misses at Le Fournil

I really liked my high school French classes because there was a strong emphasis on learning about Francophone culture, besides the standard vocabulary and grammar essential to any language study. We learned about life in French-speaking countries outside of France, popular songs, and movies. And of course we learned about food. I have a lot…

“Let food be thy medicine” – Athens eats

Greece is in an economic crisis. As a visitor, it was my duty to contribute to the economy – by buying a lot of food. Every place I ate at was located in the tourist area around the Acropolis and the Plaka neighborhood. My favorite meal was at Attalos. I ordered moussaka and fritters. Moussaka…

I went back to Barcelona for churros

After I left Barcelona a few weeks ago I could not stop thinking about the city – the beach, the views on Montjuic, the dogs and of course the food. Including these dulce de leche-filled churros from this brightly-lit palace of fried stuff, a beacon in the night to clubbers and partiers. That place is…