This was an event held by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and it did not disappoint. Meats, cheeses, wine, bread - it was perfect.
This is one of my favorite dim sum places in Beijing
Burger from Blue Frog in Beijing. Monday’s are buy one get one free - easy choice for Monday dinners
Crawfish in a spicy garlic sauce, sliced pig lungs over chopped cucumbers topped with peanuts, and clams in spicy garlic sauce
This was at a nice Italian place in Beijing called Mercante
The lanterns went up right around Christmas, so although they were in preparation for Chinese New Year in February, one couldn’t help but think they were there to combat the Western holiday just a bit. Chicken plate on top was from a Mexican restaurant in the hutongs called Pebbles, which isn’t too shabby considering how far from Mexico China is.
It’s weird not being back in America for Thanksgiving. In Beijing, I know the holiday is approaching, and I know I’ll do something that involves turkey, but I think the biggest difference is the lack of atmosphere. Not a lot of people are talking about it beforehand, there aren’t any window decorations or annoying advertisements talking about “Thanksgiving specials!” I also don’t have an oven in my apartment, so cooking my own Thanksgiving dinner was out of the question. Ended up going out with a friend to a nice Mexican restaurant who did their spin on the classic turkey meal.
I like this dish because it’s sort of a Mongolian BBQ style food, where you choose the ingredients you want, then they cook it up and serve it all in a giant bowl.
“The food in Taiwan is great!” was repeated to me almost immediately after saying I was headed there. And they had a point - the food in Taiwan really is super tasty. There’s a big mix of Taiwanese food, Japanese food, Southeast Asian food, and Chinese food. Since it’s an island, there’s also a lot of seafood, which was a nice change coming from Beijing where you constantly question the freshness of anything from the ocean.
I’ve eaten a lot of tacos lately. Don’t know why, just one of those things that continues to sound good
Went to the opening of my friend's new restaurant. They had a really big pizza.