Jin Ding Xuan, again

The first time I went to Jin Ding Xuan was after a day of exploring the hutongs near the Lama Temple. I didn’t know the hutongs were also home to the Beijing Temple of Confucius. I went back a few days later, stopping at Jin Ding Xuan first for lunch. We started with a cold…

Jin Ding Xuan

The ding is a type of vessel which is one of the symbols of Chinese civilization in the Chinese consciousness. The ding is associated with power and domination, and the number of ding you could own was restricted by rank. The Shanghai Museum is even shaped like a ding! However, the ding cauldron did have practical uses, such as storage, ritual,…

Stewed frogs

For more coverage of Yunnan food, check out my posts from my trip there last year. I went to a restaurant called “Sea of Clouds” food (Yun Hai Yao) which served Yunnan cuisine. The modern interior tastefully incorporated Yunnan styling. We started with sweet glutinous rice with raisins and goji berries, topped with a candied…

Bibigo

Bibigo is a health-conscious Korean food brand. I’ve been a huge fan of their Chicken & Cilantro Mini Wontons (from Costco) for years so I was happy to try some of their other stuff at one of their sit-down restaurants. For 58 RMB, we got the Bibigo Rice, which had a scoop of rice plus…

Lunch in Beijing’s Muslim quarter

After visiting the mosque from my last post, it was time for lunch. We went into one of the casual restaurants lining Niujie (literally Oxen Street or Cow Street, likely a reference to the halal diet of Muslims). I ordered liangpi (“cold skin”). Liangpi are noodle-shaped but aren’t starchy or doughy like noodles, but gelatinous. They are served cold…

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…

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…

Huckleberry pie in the shadows of a mountain

This is Glacier National Park in the summertime A few minutes outside of Glacier National Park is Two Sisters Cafe. In reality, the cafe is run by three people, but “Two Sisters Cafe” sounded better than “Two Sisters and Big John.” So that’s the name. Two Sisters Catering made food for the James Beard Foundation’s…

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,…

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…

Frank’s Diner

Frank’s Diner, in Spokane, Washington, is the oldest diner in Washington. It began as a dining car on a railroad line in 1906, was located in Seattle from 1931 to 1991, and has been in Spokane since losing its lease. Locals consider it Spokane’s best breakfast spot. As interesting as the train car looks from…

Sukiya

The first times I had “authentic” ramen, prepared in the traditional Japanese way as opposed to the poor-college-student-plastic-pack way, I thought something was wrong with my order. In search of better ramen experiences, I kept eating ramen at different Japanese restaurants and kept ending up not thrilled with the experience, until I looked up ramen’s…