Kung Fu Tea


My first introduction to tea was through the large pot that sat in the middle of our breakfast table for the first 20+ years of my life¹.  Like most westerners, my family added milk and sugar to this to mask the fairly strong flavor.  In my early 20’s, I next met “tea” in the US, […] Read More

I miss Spanish food

Blanca Valencia

Lately I fantasize about Spanish food: the extra virgin olive oils, the Iberico ham, the gazpachos, the fresh and sweet lettuces, the olives like Gordal and manzanilla, the canned fish. Thanks to Polyvore.com I was able to create this collage about my favorite Spanish items.  

Deciphering a Chinese Food Magazine

Home Delicious Food

Most foodies I know include trips to supermarkets, markets and food stores into their itineraries when travelling overseas. I also make it a habit to buy cookbooks and food magazines even if I don’t understand the language.  I wanted to find a magazine to compare to some of the magazines one would find in Spain, […] Read More

Tips for Eating Chinese Hot Pot


I can’t get help it, but I am hooked on Chinese hot pot or Huo Guo.  My favorite place in Dalian is Huang Cheng Lao Ma on Gangwan Square, where you get a hot pot fueled by gas and sunk into the table.  It is split in two chambers one for Szechuanese broth and one […] Read More

Spanish Cooking Class at the Shangri La in Dalian, China


I will be doing a Spanish food class at the Shangri-La Hotel in Dalian, China next April. I will keep you posted of the recipes I will make! Really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity. The class will include a lecture about Spanish food and a cooking demo where I will show how to make […] Read More

Smoked Tofu with Celery and Peanuts

Cooking healthy Chinese food at home is easy and if you are in China then it’s painless.  No running to Chinatown or finding an Asian store in your hometown. We all miss the foods and customs of our country but given the kitchen restrictions you might find here having a couple of delicious Chinese recipes […] Read More

Chinese Mobile Snack Maker

Lotus flour "chips"

Street food in China never ceases to amaze me.  The incessant change of vendors that cook and sell different things depending on the time of day is truly unique. Americans are fairly proud of their food trucks, but from seeing them up close at National Restaurant Association Fair a couple of years ago the logistics […] Read More