Monthly Archives: July 2005

Dinner That Stings

Here’s an awesome pic taken by my colleague, Jori, of the (in)famous scorpion dish available at 全聚德 (Quan Ju De), a very famous Beijing duck restaurant with a branch in Shanghai. The dish consists of approximately 10 deep-fried scorpions, disposed ...

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The Deafening Sound of Silence

Something strange is happening these last few weeks. It dawned on me this morning, as I was getting ready to go to work. Helene had given me a bottle of B6 vitamins, so I could pass it on to a ...

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Formaldehyde Beer, Anyone?

Helene and I just quit drinking Chinese beer. A recent study shows that 95% of beers brewed in China has an usually high level of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. In response, Japan and South Korea have pulled all Chinese beers ...

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What Did You Eat Last Night?

Me, I ate Beijing duck. Oh, and a helping of scorpions. These little buggers are a little-known Chinese delicacy, and they sure make an impression! Naturally, as the “veteran” in Shanghai, I had to lead the way and eat the ...

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VIP Cinema

I went to see Batman Begins yesterday, and it was a damn good movie. It takes a lot to make me forget Batman Forever… But making me forget Burton’s 1989 Batman? Now that’s incredible. Nolan has done the impossible of ...

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