Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Alma

So, this September, China’s culinary scene finally got a nod from the Michelin Guide, which released the first mainland Chinese Michelin Guide, the Michelin Guide to Shanghai. 26 restaurants were awarded coveted Michelin stars. Right below the lowest star rating (one out of three) is the honorable mention category Bib Gourmand . Bib Gourmand restaurants offer “exceptional…

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…

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…

La Boqueria

La Boqueria is a large public market in the heart of Barcelona. It reminded me of the Wangfujing market in Beijing, if it was crossed with Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market – touristy, crammed, noisy, and smelly, in the best ways. Everyone speaks English. A must for any visit to Barcelona. Skip lunch in favor…

chök the chocolate kitchen

chök the chocolate kitchen is a Barcelona chain that makes sweet things. chök stores are probably the most beautiful mid-market temples to sugar in the world. WARNING: Dieters should not proceed beyond this point There was no way I could pass up trying one of these “kronuts.” Each and every one is a work of art. Creme…

Barcelona eats

This paella made by our Airbnb hosts was the best thing I ate in Barcelona. Rice with bite on the inside, coated in gooey stickiness on the outside, into which the vegetables were melting…what magic zucchini… No, wait – it was the apple frosting on this croissant donut, looking like buttercream but almost as light…