Author Archives: yoko


July 20, 2015

China Diaries: Cha’s Restaurant in Shanghai

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Cha’s Restaurant felt like the Mission Chinese of Shanghai as a hip, fast food joint serving savory dishes that pack flavor.

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July 13, 2015

China Diaries: Bullfrog Hot Pot

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Frog is big in Shanghai. Frog dishes are on almost all menus. It’s like the chicken of America.

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July 9, 2015

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar in Capitol Hill (Seattle)

by yoko

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I’ve visited Seattle twice in the past year and I’m somewhat convinced that this city is the west coast’s best kept secret.

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July 6, 2015

China Diaries: Discovering Speak Low Bar in Shanghai

by yoko

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As you may know, Google does not work in China. Savvy travelers would know to install a VPN service on their phones before taking off into China.

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June 29, 2015

China Diaries: Feng Yu SJB

by yoko

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For years, I longingly listened to my grandma’s stories of her golden years in Shanghai. Her sudden move from rural Japan to French Concession Shanghai in the 1930’s exposed her to opera, Gauguin and film noir.

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June 22, 2015

Hopkins Hive: Honey Extraction

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Hallmark holidays don’t really matter to me, but ever since my father passed away, I think about how to spend Father’s Day every year when June rolls around.

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June 15, 2015

China Diaries: Chongquing Laoma Tou Hotpot

by yoko

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When I was traveling with Washi in Chengdu last month, he was trying to fight off a bad cough.

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June 8, 2015

China Diaries: Zhanglaowu Bean Jelly Store

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It’s kind of embarrassing, but I really didn’t do any research about Chengdu before touching down on the tarmac.

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May 22, 2015

Postcard from Shanghai: Speakeasy Secret

by yoko

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*Yoko is in China for 10 days! And with no access to Facebook or Instagram, she is sending us photos the old school way — via postcards.

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Postcard from Shanghai: Shengjian

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*Yoko is in China for 10 days! And with no access to Facebook or Instagram, she is sending us photos the old school way — via postcards.

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