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China Trip 2015 – Food

  My China Trip food edition post! Here is my hubs holding a bowl of deep fried and seasoned crab. You eat the shell and all!
  Freshly made bean curd wraps with ground pork and vegetable filling deep fried and sprinkled with scallions and red pepper. Wushan arena street food is all too varied and overwhelming. We must have tried everything that other people were eating.

  This is delicious and delicate bread pudding. It’s more of a creamy custard folded in neat layers of biscotti-like crumbs. I should have taken more pictures at this super chic Hong Kong/Taiwan style restaurant but was too busy nom nom nom…
  The famed yang rou pao mou in Xi’an. This restaurant was loud, smoke-filled, steam-filled and totally local. I loved this hearty, thick lamb dish but could not for the life of me finish the whole thing. The pickled garlic and chli paste on the side were great additions!   Xi’an had the BEST noodles. I am a noodle connoisseur so these spicy, flavorful, handmade noodles delighted me to no end. That Xi’an chili sauce is no joke!
  Mmmm…daily buffet breakfast at the Xi’an Hilton. Best breakfast I’ve ever had in my life and I don’t even like breakfasts. This beats anything I’ve had in the U.S. And yes, that is dragonfruit on my glazed croissant ;).   This was a Northern themed restaurant in Hangzhou and that roast duck is the bees’ knees. I don’t normally eat much rice but when it’s in perfect shapes, it becomes more appealing to me.
  Buffet dinner at the Hangzhou Doubletree. What you see are 3 char-grilled oysters with a house chili sauce and a grilled lamb lollipop.   More lamb and grilled duck breast on a stick. Again, my theory of anything tastes better on a stick is still resoundingly true. This was the best duck I’ve ever had–tender and smooth as a dream and seasoned perfectly.
  Dinner buffet at the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou. They had the best seafood assortment and dessert section to rival several restaurants put together. Yes, that is uni, which I got to try for the first time. It tastes good if dipped into a sauce. The fruit you see is rambutan and the precious little glasses contained some of the best custard desserts I’ve ever tried. What a dinner!

My relatives had impeccable taste and took my husband and I to basically the best of the best. Without their good taste and generosity I’d probably be at noodle bars all day everyday, although that doesn’t seem too bad either, eh?


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China Trip 2015 – Hotel

  My new October mani! This velvety ORLY shade–Acceptance Speech–goes on smooth as a dream and has amazing staying power. Two coats will do it and still no chips after 6 days. Winner! The ring finger is coated with a pretty lilac gray from Essence.
  Here is the first in my China Trip series of posts! This is the hotel edition because I stayed at gorgeous hotels on this trip all thanks to my amazing cousin. We got to stay here for a night at her local branch in Hangzhou–the Doubletree, which is 4 stars here. Just look at this delightful fountain welcoming you!  Room is the biggest I’ve ever stayed in and complete with this plush chaise lounge.
  I LOVE that all the Hiltons in China had this luggage area in the corridor of each room. It’s dead useful and removes clutter from the main room.  What a grand lobby!
  This is courtesy of the Angsana Hotel in Xi’an. Honeymoon 3.0! These are real, fresh rose petals, baby!  Of course we had a rose petal bath with scented oils. Duh.
  The Angsana hotel belongs to the Banyan Tree hotel parent and I can definitely see the similarities! What privacy and beautiful view!  We had a balcony that opened to the courtyard here and instantly, the smell of all the blooming osmanthus trees wafted in.
    The staff did this even on our second night!
   Best pool I’ve ever been in. This was merely the indoor area. There was another entire outdoor area connected by the pool. The center is the hot tub. *Melts*


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It’s Tea Time in Germany

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After months of coaxing, my friend from Cincinnati gave me a visit all the freezing way up here. She bought a present for me last year while vacationing in Germany and I finally received it!

I’m into tea–being Asian and all. I guess it’s in my blood, or rather tea flows through my veins? Anyways, I’m one of those gurus who drink loose leaf, brand name teas straight from my tea-producing hometown in China. I scoff at those who need to add sugar or honey or something to their nondescript bags of black tea. I figure if I ever go to England, I would LOVE to go to high tea and add cream and sugar but usually for me, tea is a beverage like water and I would never add sugar or honey to water.

This precious little set is a complete tea service for one! The top part is the teapot, the bottom half is the teacup and they rest on the matching saucer dish with a nub part to hold everything in place. Ah, what a wonderfully appropriate gift for me. I can take this item off my wedding registry now! Just waiting for a cast iron teapot and Primula flowering tea blossoms ;).


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White Career Pumps

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I got this pair of sweet-looking rounded toe pumps from this huge mall in Hangzhou back in 2008. I liked that the heel is barely 2 inches before but I wish that it were at least 3 inches now. I actually fare better with higher heels because there is less of a chance of the back slipping off my heel (which happens to every pair of pumps I wear :().

They look great with my gingham dresses and polishes up an outfit that might look too girly.