Xi’an

Highlights that exceeded expectations Big Plate Chicken at FuShunXiang / 福顺祥 restaurant. I found this place by typing the name of the dish (“dapanji” / 大盘鸡) into Dianping and scrolling through the best rated places. Fulfilled expectations Xi’an City walls were grand, worth the price of admission. Walking around the city is great. You never know…


Unexpected things about traveling in China

When planning your trip Be aware that Google Maps doesn’t even contain most information about China. For example: Chengdu currently has four subway lines in operation with a further twelve lines planned, but Google Maps is only aware of the existence of two subway lines. Google Maps cannot give you any directions that include the…


Charleston, SC

I just got back from a long weekend in Charleston, SC. I decided to go there because Travel + Leisure readers voted it “the number one city in the United States and Canada” for five years in a row. While I did have a decent time there, I am now wondering exactly how the voting was…


Soybean Paste Risotto, lacquered Tang Cu ribs, Bai Cai

  The ribs were sous vide in marinade, juices were recombined with the tang cu sauce, sauce was then reduced and used to baste the ribs as they finished in the oven, thus lacquering the ribs. The meat still pleasantly toothsome while the connective tissue near the bone was broken down just right, until its…


There is nothing like that new computer smell.

… that NEW COMPUTER SMELL. I posted my build on PC Part Picker (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/T6WXsY), which was pretty darn useful. Occasionally I found that the prices were not accurate, or they missed that Amazon or Newegg also had the specific part in stock which is strange. It is strange because they have up to the minute…


Beef Noodle Soup

My husband is the best chef in the city. Yeah, screw you Curtis Duffy (I don’t really mean that … probably). Suffice it to say that he keeps me a little bit too well fed. He intensively researches each cuisine that catches his interest (not too surprising for a physics phd!) but is also so well versed…


Verdant Tea: 2015 Silver Buds Yabao

http://verdanttea.com/yabao-tea/ I was lucky enough to score some of the 2015 crop and some of the 2008 crop, both at a significant discount, when Verdant Tea moved their operations to China. I’ve only tried the 2015 so far but cannot wait to try to older one, because the 2015 is fantastic. It surpasses its description….