Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen (Nov 2014)

Smoked Tofu

Cooking like the Chinese can be extremely rewarding, fast and easy on the pocket; even if only a couple of times a week! Armed with a cleaver, a chopping block and a wok you are ready to go. But where do you learn to cook Chinese food in Dalian? Unfortunately there are no schools or […] Read More

Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

When travelling in France don’t just concentrate on the Michelin restaurants with their haute cuisine; get into the bistros and cafes with their traditional food and local clientele. The repertoire of French regional food is vast and can often be challenging to cook. It is not surprising that many chefs have left their Michelin starred […] Read More

East meets West in a Tea Cup


I accidentally bumped into these Asianera bone china tea cups in a Xintandi shop in Shanghai and I could not resist buying them. They are a fusion of Chinese and Western tea cups.  The tea cups are tiny like the Chinese ones. They make our weekend oolong tea sessions feel even more luxurious. Asianera is […] Read More

Muslim Street Xi’an – A Food Feast


An unmissable food place in China is Muslim Street in Xi’an. Although locals deem it too touristy, I have to say it is fascinating to see so many food vendors cooking their dishes from scratch as if you were walking inside a cookbook of Chinese Muslim Food, which by the way I have not been […] Read More

Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen (Sep 2014)

Espresso Granita

People who seem to cook out of thin air always surprise us, but the undisclosed reason for their success is a well-stocked pantry. Here in China food shopping can be stressful, especially at the beginning when you don’t know where to shop and what is available. Metro, Carrefour, Ikea and local markets are all great […] Read More

Romesco Sauce


When one thinks of Spanish food, tapas always come to mind. These little morsels, served with drinks, are what define Spanish eating. Ferran Adria, our most famous chef, says that “more than food; Tapas is a way of life”. As a Spaniard I love sitting or standing in crowded bars; whether eating a traditional, perfectly […] Read More

Focus on Dalian September articles

September Cover

  My latest articles for Focus on Dalian are here!  For this issue the International Kitchen section focused on Spain and the fabulous romesco sauce.  The Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen section focused on where and what to shop in a city like Dalian.  I shared my tips with readers on my favorites food shops […] Read More

Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen (Jul 2014)

Broken Biscuit Cake

When we relocate to China, many of us face having to say bye to four-hob stoves and fancy kitchen equipment and are faced with small kitchens, little countertop space and one-hob burners. There is no need to panic. The Chinese kitchen is, on close inspection ingenious and versatile. For thousands of years they have managed […] Read More

Piedmontese Peppers

Piedmontese Peppers

There is much more to Italy than pasta and pizza. Although deservedly popular, it is the vegetable dishes of Italy that surprise with their creativity. With great weather and fertile land it is no surprise that we can find such a wide spectrum of vegetables.  Fennel, with its aniseed flavor, sliced thinly and drizzled with […] Read More

Lost in Longjing (Part I)


Confession… I’ve always wanted to like Green Tea, but have almost always failed. Apart from the Yamamotoyama bags that we buy in Mitsuwa, Chicago, it always seemed, literally, too fishy to me… an overpowering taste of seaweed and greens that I struggled to enjoy. What better challenge, therefore, to start our journey to better understand […] Read More