Author Archives: Daniel Roy

Daniel is a writer, backpack foodie, slow traveler, and endurance runner. He is the author of the upcoming book, "The Way of Slow Travel: A Hands-On Guide to the Best Travel of Your Life."

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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