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Happy (Chinese) New Year! Time for Some Chinese Goodies

Today is Chinese New Year 2011, as the moon slides across from old to new and starts a new lunar month. Often called Spring Festival, there are more people in the world who celebrate this particular annual beginning than any other. There are other lunar New Year events, including Islamic New Year, Rosh Hashana, […]

Friday Follies: Really Hot Pizza, and a Sinful Feast (For Your Eyes)

Like many Americans, I love pizza. I like to make my own, which is maybe not the norm these days. I also like to go to good pizzerias and get a fresh pie now and again.

However, I’m not a pizza snob. I don’t know the real difference between Chicago style pizza and New York […]

Chile Underground Turns Two Hundred

The Chile Underground, your favorite food blog (that talks about chiles and travel, I mean), turns 200 today. Posts, that is. And there’s no end in sight!

In a little over a year we’ve brought you recipes and news, Follies and frivolity, and travel (and eating!) reports from all over the world: Singapore, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, […]

Homesick Again

I woke up homesick this morning. For a place I visit infrequently, and not since January of 2007. Yang Ming Shan, the mountain park and resort only a city bus ride from downtown Taipei, Taiwan, is the area I mean. In particular, the village of Zhu Zi Hu, or Bamboo Lake in American-speak, was on […]

My Top Five Places to Eat Spicy Food in Asia

No. 5: Indian Kitchen, Gubei District, Shanghai

The Gubei District in Shanghai, the first area where Western expatriates settled in (reopened) Shanghai in 1994, is where a lot of us round-eyes hang out. A great variety of European eateries are located there, and there is good, safe walking areas as well. The Hongqiao Pearl Market is […]