Before my trip to China, I can’t say my experience with Chinese food in the US had been a good one. For me, Chinese food evoked images of strong-smelling takeout, wok stir-fries, and too-sticky chicken. Needless to say, my view of Chinese food was drastically limited, and, as a result, I was worried about what I’d eat when I actually visited China. Fortunately, my experience with food in the Middle Kingdom was nothing short of amazing. From cheap yet tasty street food to full-blown restaurant meals, I was wowed by the variety of cuisine China has to offer. To celebrate the unique delicacies of this special country, I’ve compiled a list of 11 things you need to try based on my gastro-adventures through China. Continue reading “The Real Deal on Chinese Food: 11 Things You Need to Try”
This past fall, I embarked on a whirlwind, seven-week journey through mainland China. This entire trip was a tremendous experience for me, whether I was downing soup dumplings in cosmopolitan Shanghai, roaming the streets of ancient Pingyao, climbing the hills of sacred Wutai Shan, exploring Buddhist cave art outside Datong, or gaping at the beauty of the Summer Palace in Beijing. However, I must say that Xi’an won a special place in my heart as one of my favorite stops on the trip. Continue reading “Xi’an: A Chinese Cultural Treasure”
I really enjoyed living in Shanghai for a month: this vibrant cosmopolitan city has tons to do and has become one of my favorite cities in the world. Many of Shanghai’s hotspots cater to Chinese people and expats alike, making for an interesting international experience. Continue reading “Shanghai in a Day: An Insider Itinerary for What to See, Do, and Eat”
My day trip to Zhujiajiao was a personal victory. This picturesque ancient Chinese water town, nicknamed the “Venice of Shanghai” for its canals, was awesome – but it didn’t start out that way. Continue reading “Zhujiajiao: Victory in Shanghai’s Venice”
What is okonomiyaki?
Okonomiyaki is the food you never knew you needed. If a pancake and a pizza and a Spanish tortilla had a baby, this would be it. Continue reading “Okonomiyaki: The Savory Japanese Pancake You Need in Your Life”
Miyajima is a MUST for any trip to Japan. Continue reading “The Magical Island of Miyajima”