Tag Archives: eating

Fishy Food

1 Oct

​Cwabbies (as my friend calls them)!  #Walmart offerings in #China . . . . Super fresh! 😄

#Burger with Hair! 👨 Mmm mmm Good!

20 Aug

Went to #KFC and Michael tried this new #chicken ‘burger’ they are selling. The bread is just Food coloring. The stuff that looks like hair on top we THINK is fried pulled chicken? – He said it just tasted weird 😜 Unfortunately, they put the Mayo on TOP of the bun to hold on the fried stuff, so eating it was hilarious. 😂😜😂😜 Yum!

#Food Culture

30 Jun

😂  Nice that #America gets the knife, fork, spoon 🍴 on our art at the Zhengzhou #airport (To be fair – so did #Italy and #France).  None of this #chopstick thing for us! No sir!

btw – chopsticks + glass rice noodles = IMPOSSIBLE! 🍜

#Strawberry ‘Betterfiles’

18 Jun

The name was ‘Betterfiles’ but I think it was supposed to be ‘Betterflies’ 😜

Tastes #Divine!  Small restaurant in the new CityOn Mall in #Zhengzhou called “Strawberry Forever”  —  all the deserts are strawberry! 🍓 

Zhengzhou is really growing recently – the #Mall is HUGE and has #Forever21 #Zara #sephora and more.  So nice and lovely! 

Sweetie Pie, Honey #Bread

9 May

#Honeybread – A popular dessert here is Honey Bread – a really sweet bread with ice cream on top.  Slowly the ice cream melted down into the bread.  Very fun!

Image

Want a Slice?

8 May

DSC08633

Delicious Desserts!

14 Feb

Drinking Red Wine animated emoticonDelicious desserts at a small restaurant in Japan.  It was actually attached to a little shop beside our home station; and we ran in for some lunch before a movie.  The signs all pointed to it being a omelette shop (Japan has many restaurants that serve lunch and dinner omelette), and we thought it’d be another mom & pop place. Instead it was incredibly fancy and the dinner was arranged prettily and with elegance 🙂 Luxury in Excess!

Five Foods For The Common Cold

6 Jan

“Sick” by Axel-Desu

The Christmas holiday was somewhat dampened this season when some of the family fell to that dreadful flu/cold that swept through the area. We were all complaining about sore throats, runny noses, and sick stomachs–poor dears.

Result–I began scavenging about for some foods that were both soothing and that we kept down long enough to keep from starving.  Since this is a horrible time for the flu, I figured I’d share what I learned 🙂  

1. Vanilla Ice Cream (or Orange Sherbet)

There is no better excuse for junk food than illness (although a break-up ranks up there too).  And vanilla ice cream actually does have some nutrition in it.  It has enough sugar to help keep your blood sugar up when you can’t eat as much as you usually do, while also bringing in a small amount of protein from the milk-base.  Plus the cold can numb your throat and is easy going down.  

Sometimes though, Vanilla Ice Cream can be a little thick when you’re craving that refreshing feeling.  In that case, Orange Sherbet is an excellent alternative. It has Vitamin C and a stronger water base, which helps with keeping liquids down.

2. Ginger Snaps

Dry Toast is often recommended as a food for colds, but I’ve usually found that it’s too dry and somewhat tasteless.  A better alternative is a bag of Ginger Snaps.  Ginger is a natural cure that is actually recommended for pregnant women as a soother when their nauseous. Many Asian cultures use it in hundreds of foods and natural baths for it’s nutritional element, and it can be really great for those who are sick to the stomach. It works as a soother, to help calm your stomach and ease the cramping.  Ginger comes in many varieties, including Capsular Vitamins, in a candied form, or even in Ginger cookies. However, I’ve found that the the candies and cookies aren’t my favorite when ill–too sugary.  Instead I try to pick up a bag of simple old-fashioned Ginger Snaps. They have the same dried-nature as toast, but are a little more flavorful and have a healing property.  Plus, if you don’t want dried, they’re great dipped and softened in tea.

3. Saltine Crackers

I actually figured this one out last summer on a trip to Korea when I was hit with a severely queasy stomach for a couple days, but most of the food around was unrecognizable or too much.  When I found a small box of Saltines at a convenience store, I grabbed them up and lived on those for the next 3 days.  The biggest healing property in the crackers is the salt content–doctors often recommend gargling with salt water when you have a sore throat or have allergies.  Salt works in two ways–it cleans out your sinuses (helpful with the runny or stuffed-up nose) and soothes your throat.  You can’t eat too many because salt also dries you out, but a few every so often can be soothing. Plus, they can be softened in water or tea if you have a sore throat and can’t swallow the hard foods.

4. Soups

Everyone knows about the amazing thing that is Chicken Noodle Soup; it’s soft and goes down easy, plus it has that same salt element that’s in the crackers. But other soups can work just as well; you might even want to consider making your own.  Some ingredients to look for are Turkey (High-Protein, Vitamin B, zinc, Iron, and potassium), Organic Corn (Vitamin C), Black Pepper (Kills off bad bacteria and is a Stomach Soother), Oats (Maintains Blood Sugar, Strengthens Immune System, Anti-Oxidant), Lentils (Maintains Blood Sugar, Iron), Tomatoes (Anti-Oxidant, Vitamin C), Carrots (Vitamin A), Cheese (Protein), and Broccoli (Vitamin C).  It helps if you make it with V8 or Tomato Juice, so that the juice is beneficial as well.  It’s recommended that you use soft foods (well-cooked) so that it isn’t hard to eat. The melt-in-your mouth kind of soup.

5.  Home-Made Mashed Potatoes.

Pre-packaged Mashed Potatoes are going to have a bunch or preservatives and additives that you probably don’t need when you’re sick, but home-made Mashed Potatoes can actually be a good food when you’re sick.  Potatoes themselves have a ton of nutritional elements–Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Iron, and Zinc: all great for the ill.  In fact, it’s the best source of Potassium in the area of produce.  If you mash them up, you get a healthy dose of carbs and vitamins in an easy-to-swallow dish.  If you mash them with milk, you’ve also got a little protein going.   

What Are Your Favorite  When-I’m-Sick Foods?

Please Note: I Am NOT A Doctor!!  If you are ill, it is HIGHLY recommended that you talk with your doctor right away.

Yummy Pork Buns and other Tianjin Foods

24 Aug Pork

The people of Tianjin, China are very proud of their cuisine; and for good reason.  I am an extremely picky eater due to allergies (Pork, Fish, Tomatoes, Soy, Nuts, and more) and I usually have to subsist on Pringles and Microwave meals from the Convenience stores when I stay in Asia.  So I was pleasantly surprised to find that Tianjin is actually not as bad for me as some of the other places. Most of the food served in Chinese restaurants there are actually vegetable dishes. I expected tons of rice, but found that you frequently only got a teeny tiny bowl at the end of your meal.  Most dishes were pea pods, cashews, leafy greens, mushrooms, peppers (green, red, and yellow), eggplant, and other such organic foods mixed together with varied sauces and meats.  While I did find myself eating a lot of pork; my allergy to that isn’t so bad so I was able to bypass the effects there and they served a lot of beef, duck, and lamb dishes. Amazingly, I found that their concept of dessert was fruit: Watermelon, Cantaloupe, and Grapes were served all summer as a refreshing meal end.  I actually lost more than 20 lbs this summer between the exercise and healthy foods.  To give you a taste, here are some of the great dinners we had!

Nonetheless, while Tianjin cooks serve hundreds of yummy dishes, they are most famous for three different Continue reading

Link

Do You Know Your Wine Glasses Protocol?

21 Jan

Do You Know Your Wine Glasses Protocol?

I have long been undeservedly proud of myself for knowing which utensil was the salad fork.  I was blessed with the opportunity to learn proper dinner manners many years ago in that lovely mid-western group known as 4-H, and I have proudly shown it off ever since.  But today, I learn that I am still manner-stupid.  Apparently, I have been using the wrong wine glasses the whole time!   I’m pretty sure I’ve been putting the red wine in the white wine glass. 0_0  What to do, what to do!!

While we’re speaking of it, do you know proper wine glass protocol?  Or have you been putting the Champagne in the Sherry glass?  Hmmm?!?

%d bloggers like this: