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TIAN SHAN: Salty tea and naked bums

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Sights, Silk Road/Xinjiang, The Strange On October 6, 2005 0 Comments

Yurt. So much fun to say. Come on, try it. Yurt. Such a quickstep of a word. Yurt yurt yurt. Fun fun fun. The bumpy road leading to… Read More »

TIAN SHAN: “Delicious and strange”

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Sights, Silk Road/Xinjiang On October 5, 2005 1 Comment

From Beijing, we flew four hours to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The city would wait. The Heavenly Mountains were calling. Known in Chinese as “Tian Shan,” the… Read More »

NORTHERN CHINA: The Silk Road menu

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Sights, Silk Road/Xinjiang, Transportation On October 3, 2005 0 Comments

More than 2,000 years ago, merchants laden with silk, ivory and later gunpowder, had only three main trading routes linking China to the West. Caravans travelled to today’s… Read More »

BEIJING: Crunchy critters

In Beijing, CHINA, Eating / Food, The Strange On October 3, 2005 0 Comments

Cheap! Insects on skewers. 15 RMB ($2 Can) each. Scorpions on the left. Not sure what’s on the other stick. But the snacks were mighty popular with the… Read More »

BEIJING: Peking Duck

In Beijing, CHINA, Eating / Food On October 3, 2005 1 Comment

First things first, I have no idea why the dish is still known as Peking Roast Duck when the city is now Beijing. I suppose you just don’t… Read More »

FOOD BANKS: I digress

In Eating / Food On September 15, 2005 1 Comment

I’ve had the chance to volunteer at my local food bank warehouse lately and here’s what I’ve learned there about people’s charity. Think outside the box Just because… Read More »

MOSCOW: Kartoshka and Kvass

In Eating / Food, Moscow On September 9, 2005 2 Comments

After you’ve raced to try the borscht and perogies (yawn), stop by a kartoshka stand. The cute stalls sell baked potatoes with your choice of toppings. And we’re… Read More »

PARIS: Lardoons

In Eating / Food, France On September 17, 2004 2 Comments

Still hungry after a dinner of Chinese food near the Pompidou Centre, we stumbled upon an Italian place on the way back to our hotel in the Marais… Read More »