18 Apr2016



After a morning visit to the terra cotta warriors located an hour outside Xi’an, our guide had promised a lunch at a “local” place.

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POSTED IN: General, Restaurant Meals

17 Apr2016



Our apartment was a five minute walk away from the Drum Tower and Muslim Street in Xi’an.

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POSTED IN: General, Travel & Leisure

08 Apr2016



The lure of freshly grilled or grilling meat is almost always irresistible.

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POSTED IN: Beef/Lamb, etc., General, Main Courses, Meat, Travel & Leisure

07 Apr2016



Glistening like edible rubies in the evening light, pomegranates on display in street stalls in the muslim quarter of Xian made me stop in my tracks.

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POSTED IN: General, Other Food Products, Kitchen Equipment, Etc., Travel & Leisure

06 Apr2016



After settling into our apartment at the Citadines Central just a stone’s throw from the Drum Tower, we checked email (can get incoming, can’t send any outgoing?! on gmail), hit the local 7-11 equivalent for water and sodas, unpacked a bit, and checked out a map of the area.

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POSTED IN: General, Restaurant Meals, Travel & Leisure

05 Apr2016

Where in the World…

by Marketman


We just arrived. And it’s colder and wetter than we had expected at this time of year. We don’t understand a word that’s spoken. And our gmail doesn’t work, nor can you google anything. But we ventured out of our hotel on foot for a quick look around the neighborhood. While the characters are in one language, the food is not something you would typically expect in this country.

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POSTED IN: General, Travel & Leisure

04 Apr2016



I had three precious packages of oxtails that I had been meaning to turn into an Indonesian “Sop Buntot” or oxtail soup, but weeks had passed and I never got around to it.

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POSTED IN: Beef/Lamb, etc., General, Main Courses, Meat, Rice/Noodle/Starches

28 Mar2016


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One of the most memorable dishes we enjoyed on our trip to Portugal last year was this gorgeous arroz de mariscos (dotted with piri-piri sauce), at a seaside restaurant in the town of Cascais.

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POSTED IN: Fish, General, Main Courses, Shellfish

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