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…

A Chinese banquet

In China, while I did eat a lot of western food, I also tried many Chinese dishes that were new to me. For someone looking to experience authentic Chinese food, the Chinese banquet is an efficient and safe way to go about it – efficient, because of the great number and variety of dishes, and…

Mr. Pancake pt. 2

So I really like Mr. Pancake. Which is why I’ve been going once a week. Which is why I need to split up my Mr. Pancake posts in three. The last one was about the pancakes. This one is about the omelettes. The omelettes are extremely tender and fluffy, just like the two¬†pancakes they come…

Shanghai Beer Factory’s take on “American”

From just stopping by, checking out the menus, and looking around, we could see that Shanghai Beer Factory promised beautifully prepared American food in a trendy¬†setting. The food was excellently¬†prepared in terms of ingredient quality, presentation, and cooking technique, and the service was good too. Unfortunately, the otherwise-amazing food was made much less enjoyable by…

Sea day

Which European nation’s countryside is this? It’s not southern Europe; it’s Vashon Island, WA. Vashon Island is a gorgeous, bucolic escape not frequented by tourists but by Washington residents, because there isn’t really anything to do except relax. For walk-on passengers, the ferry fare is not much more than a bus fare. There’s a small…

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…

Chowder Chronicles: Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Ivar’s Acres of Clams is a well-known member of the Ivar’s seafood restaurants family, which has been around since 1938. Ivar’s Acres of Clams is located along the Seattle Waterfront. While there is a full-service restaurant attached to this particular location, most people, including me, come for the casual counter-service outdoors element. With eccentric “trivia”…

The Alley recap at the Groupon Bite of Seattle

The Groupon Bite of Seattle is Seattle’s largest food festival (free admission), attracting attendees on a scale similar to Seattle’s other huge annual events Northwest Folklife Festival and Pride. Hundreds of thousands descend upon the Seattle Center grounds without any purpose besides finding something new to eat. Obviously, I’m one of these people. The best…