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  1. I love Hackney's, perhaps its more the childhood memories of the place, I don't get up to the North Shore locations very often (and have never been to the downtown one), but when I am near one of the Hackney's locations I make it a point to
  2. I love Taste for the exact reason Ronnie mentioned, if I am in Chicago when its going on, it offers a great option for lunch and a nice walk away from the office. Under no circumstances would I go anywhere near Taste on the weekend though. I forgot whose stand it was, but last year one of my favorite's were the fried crawfish tails!
  3. wow, a French/Indian fusion? This is going to be interesting...Chicago has had a Latin/Indian fusion restaurant open for awhile. I guess Indian fusion is quickly becoming a popular trend...
  4. I really like Cafe Asia and have promoted it a few times on here. Its happy hour is great, while DC has a lot of very good happy hours, having (good, quality) sushi at happy hour offers something a bit different. The menu is diverse and while it isn't the greatest Asian food (you can't really expect excellent Asian food at a pla
  5. Flying in China is a mixed bag, while most (if not all) of the old Russian planes are done with, there are still some pretty old planes (I was shocked that the Air China 747 I took from SF to BJ was actually very old). On the other hand, I don't think any country in the world has been buying new planes at the same speed as China has
  6. continuing on with this post having little to do with food and more to do with trains...well, let me at least mention some train necessities for me: -Chinese sunflower seeds, potato chips (they not only taste so much better, but the different flavors are so interesting), ramen noodles, and beer (of course I'll also bring some tea)... I actually had to see "Strange Friends" in a language class, it was somewhat funny, somewhat lame, and very Chinese (especially late 80s, early 90s Chinese sensibilities), very different from "Zhou Yu's train" which is a very good movie. I haven't been on too many extremely long train rides, and when I do, I try to break things up a little (so on my normal route from beijing to harbin, i'll stop in shenyang for a day or two). I always go hard sleeper, unless the train ride is short enough to go hard/soft seater. When I was a kid and we didn't have as much money, we had to go hard seater on overnight trains, I don't want to relive those memories! Chinese trains are getting better every year, the big thing now is the working on a supersonic train to be opened in a few years that will travel from Beijing to Shanghai in only a few hours (probably around 4, as compared to the 12 or so it takes now)...The train is always a fun time, and not the white knuckle experience flying in China can be at times (the biggest mistake I have ever made was flying between Beijing and Hohhot, not only is the plane consistently delayed by a number of hours, but the 2 times I've been on the flight its been rough...
  7. Nowadays, most of the marijuana pushers in Shanghai are from Xinjiang. One of the strangest experiences was walking down huahuai lu in the middle of the afternoon, one of the busiest areas in the city and having a few different Xinjiang guys within a mile radius walk up to me and offer me the chance to purchase their (very illegal) product.
  8. Gary, the flaming dish (and everything else, especially the milk tea and Xinjiang beer) at Afunti is excellent. It is one of the few touristy places that I highly recomend. The flaming dish you are referring to (I think) is a mixture of shrimp, chicken, red and green pepper, onion and a few other vegetables that the
  9. I have never been to Xinjiang but hope to go some day soon (I am leaving for Beijing tomorrow so perhaps I'll have the chance to). Unfortunately the Uighyr village area in Beijing has long since been shut down, so for some relatively authentic Xinjiang food and an entertaining evening, one of my favorite spots in the city is Afunti.
  10. Despite their proximity, Tianjin doesn't count as a part of Shandong province, food wise. Probably because of its history and being a port city, Tianjin has a very different history from the rest of the area (much like Shanghai is a bit different from Anhui/Jiangsu, etc.). Goubuli baozi can be had in many of the big cities in China (and in the US as well), but their best, of course, in Tianjin.
  11. I'm able to read and speak Chinese, my problem is more with writing it (computers are both a gift and a curse!).
  12. Good to hear about Hema's expansion. I have had a number of excellent meals there, but I wouldn't place it as the best Indian food in Chicago. I do like the "atmosphere," though, on more than a few visits the "roving kids" as mentioned by fresser have served as waiters.
  13. during an unbelievably long delay sitting on the tarmac of Dulles yesterday, I flipped through the pages of Conde Nast Traveller's Top New Restaurants around the world, Ceiba was the only DC representative on the list.
  14. Passed by during a weekend walk through Georgetown with friends. We stopped in front of Mendocino, but moved on. It was a decision I regretted, but I'll need to make the group stop next time I'm in town...
  15. Yuki, I'll take a stab at it...my guess is you are talking about cong you bing (simple enough "green onion oil cake). Your mention of the fried ones were exactly what I was talking about, in restaurants they are typically served with steamed mantou as well. The sweetened, condensed milk is what I was referring to (but didn't know what it actually was), but this makes sense and my icing analogy makes sense.
  16. Being a northerner, I love mantou and eat them often. The frozen ones that can be found in the Asian stores aren't bad either. Probably one of my favorite dishes, which is almost like a dessert is the golden (fried) and white (steamed) mantou typically with a sweet sauce that sort of reminds me of the icing on a cinnamon roll.
  17. I haven't been to many places in the US that offer different teas (but thats just DC and Chicago), but in China almost every restaurant outside of small neighborhood places will offer a few choices of teas, some with pretty fancy ones. The nicer restaurants will usually have around 10 teas to choose from with a few high priced selections. But while tea is typically good with lunch or a dim sum brunch, with dinner, as chengdude mentioned, tea is often the side attraction to beer or other alcohol. Its my pet peeve about some of the "hipper" restaurants in Shanghai and HK that turn you back when wearing sandals, no matter the style, material, etc...
  18. The few times I've been to Chipotle, its been pretty good (for what it is). Typically get the pork or the chicken. Haven't been to Baja Fresh before...
  19. yes, and perhaps Pan's friend is confusing Anhui with Anshan? Just a guess...Welcome William, its good to have people actually in China joining this forum (I, myself, will be back in China very soon). I absolutely love Qingdao and have made a few trips there (and look forward to one next month). In my youth I remember trips to Beidaihe, but nowadays its not worth it. Qingdao offers beautiful beaches and unbelievably clean air, and some great seafood restaurants. The German influence can't really be found in the food, but it can be seen in the architecture and, of course, the beer. Haha, I feel it a must that I should mention that Harbin actually has the oldest brewery in China, dating back to 1900, whereas Qingdao started in 1903.
  20. is this US dollars or RMB?
  21. I have new questions that are a bit off topic. First, is the early 3-course menu the same or similar to the lunch menu (if not, what are the lunch prices). If choosing between the 3-course menu and the latin dim sum brunch (is a reservation required for the brunch?), which would be the better choice? Sorry, since the website is down, I must turn to all of you. Further, I'm making my restaurant plans now, but is it a bad idea with the many different offerings in DC to do an all-Jose weekend of Atlantico, Zaytinya, and Jaleo?
  22. it would be a Saturday night (bad night in general for a quick meal). Any suggestions outside of Palena? I'm thinking Jaleo maybe, but out looking for some other places!
  23. hi all, I'm finally planning on heading back to DC and looking for some suggestions. I said pre-theater dining, but for me, it will be before the DC United game in 2 weeks. I'm looking for something that is relatively quick, more on the gourmet side, and relatively cheap ($25-30 per person range) as I'm hoping to do Jose's mini bar the night before. Near a metro stop would be a big plus! I'm considering Palena's bar, but not sure if there's a metro station nearby.
  24. for peking duck, as mentioned earlier, Quanjude (all over the city, but the oldest and original is at Qianmen) is a bit touristy, but there are also tons of Chinese that go there...Much of the "fine" dining as in "hip" places are western, but the Palace Hotel opened a highly, acclaimed Cantonese restaurant. There are also a number of places to go for Imperial style banquets. For street food, there is the overpriced joke on Wangfujing, but near the end of Wangfujing (by XinDongAn shopping center) there are stands that open at night. For dumplings, just look around for some local place as there should be many. Snake isn't a food often found in Beijing, some Cantonese restaurants serve it and there is the Dai Village Restaurant, a popular tourist place based on the Dai minority cuisine (never been, so not sure how authentic) that serves snake among other things.
  25. Well...Can you help narrow it down a bit? Are you in China often or live there? Are you looking just for Chinese restaurants? If you're in Beijing, eat peking duck and do so at one of the many Quanjude locations (or somewhere else). You might want to use the search function and see many of the comments in the past about Beijing dining.
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