Ashley: I enjoyed the music of Bastille at a Colorado landmark, Red Rocks. Sometimes I forget how much fun it is to enjoy live music!
Ann: sticking on the theme of live music I’ll contribute my recent Xinjiang dining experience. Xinjiang is the western most province in China and is more like the Middle East than Mainland China. At dinner this evening their was live Xinjiang dance and even the owner of the restaurant taking requests on his accordion – a good way to warm up prior to karaoke (KTV in China).
A great organization I enjoy being a part of in Shanghais is International Professional Women’s Society (IPWS). One of my favorite events they put on is mentor walks. The idea is that you meet in the a.m. with a big group of women who then pair off with a mentee. There are about two to three mentees to one mentor. Then you take a walk or have a sit in the park while discussing items that are relevant to your career and life. This lets you get deep insights from professionals in the city and create personal connections. Check it out here!
Ashley: Since I gave up most dairy nearly five years ago, I don’t eat a lot of pizza. Cheese-less pizza usually doesn’t hit the spot. However, friends had Tony P’s pizza delivered to our house. A ‘normal’ pie for Skip and a vegan cheese option for me, plus garlic breadsticks. It was amazing!
From apple crumble to pumpkin soup and fresh baked bread, what are you making this Fall?
I do understand that it is nearly turkey time but I’m still in the full-on fall mood. Recently I’ve been enjoying curried carrot ginger soup and vegetable beef soup!
And because sometimes after a long day of work you just need a big bowl of warm soup and a lot of cheese…
Dogs in Shanghai are ridiculous. Case in point below. This was not a Halloween costume!
Recently the majority of China had one of the two big holidays – October Holiday. Originally the holiday was created to celebrate the founding of China as a communist nation, but nowadays it’s used more as a tourism holiday. Much of the country is traveling in and out of China, me included!
For this past holiday Kyle and I headed to Korea with some friends from Shanghai. We had too many, too late nights in Seoul and headed to Andong, our old stomping ground. Andong is a beautiful “small” city of 150,000 and is known as the capital of Korean traditional culture.
Andong is relaxing as it’s surrounded by mountains and my all time favorite thing about Andong (and Korea in general, but especially Andong) is the food! We have our old favorites we stopped by while in town.
The food in so fresh and vibrant in Korea and that is one reason why I love it. The flavors are bold and can be a bit shocking and are offset by delicious, fatty (in a good way) meat. Korea’s top beef, Hanu, is the Kobe beef of Korea and it comes from around Andong. So Andong really is the place to be for fresh, local, great eats.
Traditional Korean: Lots of side dishes (banchan) and some fish and pork.
One of my all time favs: Bibimbaop – mixed rice and veggies & bulgogi – more meat!