Peking duck + more at Shang Palace

I just returned from a trip to China, where I ate a lot of good and bad food. The Shang Palace restaurant at the Beijing Shangri-La Hotel was good. Previously I’ve written posts on the banquet-style of eating for more formal occasions in China here and here. This one has the best photos 🙂 We…

Marmite at Chophouse Row

Chophouse Row is the new development on Capitol Hill right now, itself the hippest part of Seattle, also known as the place with an actual nightlife and good independent music/fashion/food shopping options of the density of a Big City. Marmite, one of the glitzy tenants in the gorgeous block of Chophouse Row, wants to be established as…

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…

Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar

Central and Eastern Washington, where Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar is located, is often written off as a uninterestings desert compared to western Washington, home of Seattle and all the stereotypes about rain, tech companies, liberal politics, and grunge music. Central and Eastern Washington aren’t the Pacific Northwest, not being on the Pacific…

Salty’s Beach House

Salty’s Beach House is a must-stop if you’re hanging out in the beach town of Penticton, British Columbia. It’s home to this ahi and avocado salad ($18.50 CAD). This work of art consists of seared ahi tuna layered with avocado, nestled on a citrus and sesame salad with snap peas and pickled watermelon radish, finished…

Buffalo in Whitefish

The Buffalo Cafe in Whitefish, Montana has a diverse menu covering cuisines from classic American to Mexican to Greek to New York. If the three things I tried are anything to go by, this restaurant does all types well. Above, Pork Verde Enchiladas ($13). Roasted poblano chili verde, simmered pork shoulder, mozzarella, adobo-honey sour cream,…

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…

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…

Nice Meeting You

Nice Meeting You is national Chinese chain that serves western and Chinese food, but not fusion. It’s a good choice for groups where everyone has different tastes. These are some dishes from the multiple times I ate there. I didn’t expect to eat the best rice I’ve ever had at Nice Meeting You. In China,…

Another Chinese banquet

Some more photos of Chinese banquet food. I didn’t photograph the whole thing this time. The food I’ll be posting here is more typical than the food in my last post on Chinese banquets, because I wasn’t doing the ordering. The fancier restaurants will have more involved place settings. Here we have two plates. You…

Conspicuous consumption at High Heels 73 Hours

Experiencing High Heels 73 Hours summed up a whole lot about affluent Chinese life. The “girly apartment-themed lane house cafe” is part of socialite Ruohong Zhao’s restaurant business, comprising of six locations, including the well-received Zhao Xiaojie Bu Deng Wei (a Chinese food place with a name that translates to “Miss Zhao doesn’t wait for…