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…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: another puppy and wontons

After meeting Xiao Hui (Little Gray), we walked around Zhujiajiao Water Town taking in the scenic views of the water and traditional architecture. While slowly walking down one street, I suddenly stopped. I had seen something beautiful. Meet Xiao Bai (Little White)! Of course we had to go in and eat lunch at the restaurant…

Yunnan pt. 8: Kunming eats

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang Yunnan pt. 5: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Yunnan pt. 6: Shuhe Ancient Town Yunnan pt. 7: Yunnan Nationalities Village We traveled to Kunming to from Lijiang via overnight train. These…

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…

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,…

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…

Saigon Aniseed

The aniseed pickles were the best part of my meal at Saigon Aniseed. Cool, crisp, and sweet, they were a perfect refresher between mouthfuls of beef meatball soup, mushroom curry, and steamed rice. The vegetable base of the pickles was cabbage with slivers of carrot. The pickling liquid was smoother than the sharper sweet Japanese…

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…

Beef satay pho at MeeKong Bar

“I have this four times a week,” the server said as he set my beef satay pho down. This was only the best-looking pho I’ve ever had. Actually consuming it after eagerly snapping photos was fun too. The rice noodles had thoughtfully been pre-cut into bite-sized pieces, making this a pho one could actually eat…

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…

Crave’n Burgers and Brews

Maple Falls, WA is a tiny enclave around the Mt. Baker Ski area. How small? With a population of under 350, you can just stand in the middle of the road and spin around and see all the businesses Maple Falls is home to. This includes a marijuana dispensary – I’m not sure if I…

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”…