What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving…

Khema Emergency Room 

It may be an odd post for Thanksgiving, but I’m feeling grateful tonight. On my last night in Phnom Penh, I tripped and broke my foot. I’d had an insightful day of sightseeing and learning about Cambodian history when we were en route to dinner, and I tripped. (No, I didn’t sue the hotel. Instead, I contacted the owner to let him know how the flawed design led to the accident and how a simple change could be made to ensure that this never happens again.) As a foodie, I insisted that we still eat dinner first before going to the hospital! Continue reading “What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving…”

Stone Grill House (岩极烤肉)



Stone Grill House (岩极烤肉)
Cuisine: Dongbei
Price: ¥¥¥
Location: Sanlitun Soho, Building A
English Menu: Yes
English Service: No

Most people who would walk into Stone Grill House would likely assume, “Oh, it’s a Korean BBQ joint.” They’d be wrong. It’s much, much more than that! Continue reading “Stone Grill House (岩极烤肉)”

Xiao Wang Fu




Xiao Wang Fu (小王府)
Cuisine: Regional Chinese classics
Price: ¥¥
Location: GuangHua DongLi, CBD
English Menu: Yes
English Service: No

Beijing’s restaurant scene is dynamic. It’s not uncommon to go to one of your favorite restaurants and find that it’s suddenly…vanished. This was especially true when I first moved to the city, and it seemed like non-stop construction. In some ways, Beijing has slowed down a bit and more stable. But I think about some of those restaurants that I used to frequent that are no more and can’t help but feel nostalgic. So, when a restaurant has managed to survive after all these years you know it’s unique. Now I introduce you to Xiao Wang Fu. Continue reading “Xiao Wang Fu”

The Southern Fish


The Southern Fish (渔芙南)
Cuisine: Hunan
Price: ¥¥
Location: FuChengMen, XiCheng District
English Menu: Yes
English Service: No


Hunan cuisine (湘菜) ranks as one of my absolute favorites. I was somewhat dismayed when one of my Hunanese friends told me that Chinese people mostly consider it low-brow. “Why?” I asked startled. “It’s viewed as too oily, not healthy.” Well, that was precisely what drew me to it in the first place. Continue reading “The Southern Fish”

Xiao Susu


Xiao Susu (小苏苏)
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Price: ¥¥
Location: China World Complex (Hotel Jen)
English Menu: Yes
English Service: Yes


I could seriously eat Chinese food every day. There’s so much regional diversity in the cuisine that even after a decade of living here, I still discover new dishes. My heart breaks that so many Americans think of Chinese food as Panda Express or P.F. Chang’s. If only they knew… Continue reading “Xiao Susu”

Rosewood Beijing

P80128-203201(1)I’ve been spending more time (and money!) at Rosewood Beijing in recent months. I have to say that it has really emerged as one of Beijing’s BEST hotels. While I’ve never had the privilege to stay there, the F&B here is outstanding. My friends Giancarlo and Melanie often used to do staycations at Rosewood Beijing, and through them, I got to know the hotel better. Staying in one of the suites is totally worth it because you also get club floor access which is nearly as good as the public restaurants, not to mention with copies of the Financial Times and South China Morning Post! Continue reading “Rosewood Beijing”

“Where are you from?”


“Where are you from?”

It’s a seemingly harmless question when you’re a foreigner living or traveling abroad. But sitting at an Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Beijing, just minutes away from the U.S. Embassy, it was the first time in my life that I found it hard to say, “I’m American.” Continue reading ““Where are you from?””