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Photo Trek - Visit Jinli Street in Chengdu, China

Photo Trek – Visit Jinli Street in Chengdu, China

                                      Jinli Street in Chengdu is a place admittedly designed for tourists. But that doesn’t mean you should skip it when visiting Chengdu. There’s loads of local colour, snack foods...
Visit Chengdu People's Park - for People Watching, Marriage Market, Tea Houses, Ear Massage and More...

Visit Chengdu People’s Park – for People Watching, Marriage Market, Tea Houses, Ear Massage and More…

Actually, outside of Shanghai, I think Chengdu might be  my favorite city in China so far. I love the spicy Sichuan cuisine from chili oil hot pot to the addictive dan dan mian (spicy pork noodles). But I think most of all I loved the people watching. And...
Photo Trek - Visiting the Pandas in Chengdu, China

Photo Trek – Visiting the Pandas in Chengdu, China

I remember when I was about 10 years old and visited the National Zoo in Washington D.C. and saw the pandas very kindly sent to the US by China. I never could have dreamed at that age I would later live in China and get to personally visit...
The 3 Best Japanese Cocktail Bars in Shanghai, China

The 3 Best Japanese Cocktail Bars in Shanghai, China

  I used to think the whole Japanese cocktail thing would be a fad. I mean “Ginza-style” cocktails – what does that mean anyway? That is until I started drinking them. So what are “Ginza-style” cocktails? In a word, they are perfection. Much like all else the Japanese...
Sichuan Chicken - Gong Bao Chicken Recipe, from Fuchsia Dunlop

Sichuan Chicken – Gong Bao Chicken Recipe, from Fuchsia Dunlop

If you love Sichuan food, no doubt you have had the famous dish of Spicy Chicken with Peanuts, also known as Gong Bao Chicken. This is one of China’s more famous exports to the West…although I will say when prepared in the original Sichuan style it packs a...
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Ma La, Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Peppercorns

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Ma La, Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Peppercorns

Sichuan, a regional cuisine from the Sichuan province of China, is not for the faint of heart. It is known as one of the spiciest foods in the world, thanks to the regional Sichuan peppercorn which are actually the dried seed husks of the prickly ash tree. Sichuan...
Photo Trek - Visit Hefei Lu for an Authentic Old Shanghai Experience

Photo Trek – Visit Hefei Lu for an Authentic Old Shanghai Experience

  If you go to Shanghai and hit the “usual” spots like Nanjing Xi Lu, People’s Park or the Bund, you might think Shanghai is all Louis Vuitton’s and Gucci’s. Starbucks, in fact, seems more prolific in Shanghai than even in Seattle and you simply cannot get away...
M1NT Restaurant - Not Just a Nightclub, Also a Top Dining Experience in Shanghai

M1NT Restaurant – Not Just a Nightclub, Also a Top Dining Experience in Shanghai

Many people think of M1NT as an exclusive nightclub in Shanghai, China. This is true. But what you might not know is that it is among the best restaurants in Shanghai. I was certainly surprised and blown away by Chef Grant Brunsden’s menu of culinary hits. M1NT is...
Read Chubby Hubby - And Learn Why I Love Xiao Long Bao Chinese Soup Dumplings

Read Chubby Hubby – And Learn Why I Love Xiao Long Bao Chinese Soup Dumplings

I have a small obsession – xiao long bao, also known as Chinese soup dumplings. I simply cannot get enough. Read about it on Chubby Hubby and pick up my recommendations on where to eat these juicy morsels of goodness in Singapore, Hong Kong and of course Shanghai....
Chef Paul Pairet's Multi-Sensory Restaurant in Shanghai - Ultraviolet

Chef Paul Pairet’s Multi-Sensory Restaurant in Shanghai – Ultraviolet

I interviewed Chef Paul a little more than 2 years ago about his new Mr. & Mrs. Bund Restaurant, which was and remains to be, one of my the best restaurants in Shanghai and one of my personal favourites. At this time he mentioned a new concept called...
My latest post on Chubby Hubby - 'Tis the Season for Hairy Crab in Shanghai

My latest post on Chubby Hubby – ‘Tis the Season for Hairy Crab in Shanghai

It is that time of year again…when Shanghai, and in fact most of China, is crazy for hairy crab. It is one of the most anticipated seasonal delicacies of the year. In my latest article on Chubby Hubby, I talk about why these prickly little beasts are so...
Read about it on Chubby Hubby - My Interview with Paul Pairet on his new mad dining experience, Ultraviolet

Read about it on Chubby Hubby – My Interview with Paul Pairet on his new mad dining experience, Ultraviolet

As you know, I continue to write for the well-known Chubby Hubby food blog, and this is one of the pieces I have recently written that I am most excited about. I have been following Chef Paul’s career for some time now with mouth-watering admiration. He has recently...