Before immigrating to the US when I was sixteen, this was the only spring roll recipe I knew. It’s not to say that other versions didn’t exist, it’s just that I didn’t come face to face with them. Traveling wasn’t exactly in vogue then. Worrying about putting enough food on the table and buying some […]
I am so excited with my recent discovery of 团购 (“tuangou”), which means “group buying.” It’s a Chinese version of Groupon, available in all of China’s big cities, plus some other popular vacation destinations in Asia. It works the same way as Groupon: you prepay at discounted prices for meals, personal care services, hotels, vacation packages, household […]
Chinese people love rocks. It’s also a well-known fact that Chinese people love gambling. (I hate losing so I don’t really gamble; my limit is maybe $20 at the slot machine and it’s never lasted more than 10 minutes.) If you’ve been to Vegas during Chinese New Year, you know what I am talking about. The […]
If you like fava beans (and not everyone in this family does… *i.e. Sarah*), then you will probably very much enjoy this dish. Fresh fava beans will cook faster than ones that have been frozen, so take that into consideration! Ingredients: 1 lb fresh fava beans, or frozen ones, defrosted 1 tablespoon szechuan peppercorn 3 […]
Look at that sky! It may not seem like much to celebrate, but have you seen this?
This is what Beijing looks like this morning: I was supposed to go with Bill to a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) appointment (for his back pain), but I decided not to go. Why should two people breathe this stuff in when one is too many? As of right now, the pollution index is about 342 which is “severely […]
When shopping with local vendors in China, every transaction calls for haggling. If you ever come to Beijing, you will most likely end up at a large clothing market like the Silk Market, or the one that’s closest to us: Ya Xiu (雅秀), located near Beijing’s Sanlitun Village (三里屯). My advice to you is to […]
When we first came to Beijing, the idea of living in a city apartment (after years of weed-whackers, dog walking, and school buses) was exciting, to say the least. Our two girls were in college, Bill had gotten a job offer there, and it seemed like a good time to make a refreshing change. As […]