青岛 Qingdao Invites You to Drink Beer in China|Chinese Culture Blog

青岛 Qingdao Invites You to Drink Beer in China

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 12:03.

The sandy beaches of Qingdao (Chinese character: 青岛, pinyin: Qīngdǎo) are getting ready to host beer enthusiasts from around the world. The Qingdao Beer Festival attracts breweries from all over the globe who wish to share their beverages with festival goers.


 

Serious drinkers and casual imbibers flock to the sunny beaches of China´s Shandong Province (Chinese character: 山东省, pinyin :Shāndōng shěng) to quench their thirst for beer. The best of China´s drinking culture is on display at the largest beer festival in Asia. International breweries feature beers from around the globe including Beck´s from Germany, Carlsberg from Denmark, Heineken from Holland, and of course, China´s own Tsingtao (Chinese character :青岛, pinyin: Qīngdǎo). Before you enter one of the many beer tents be sure you understand “Gan Bei” (Chinese character: 干杯, pinyin:Gānbēi) literally “bottoms up”.

Qingdao Beer Festival has more than just sweet, sweet beer to offer. There is an array of Chinese and Western food to indulge in, parades, beer-drinking competitions, sand sculpture contests, fireworks and if you are feeling good and want to display your singing talents in front of a large crowd, there is also karaoke. The beer festival started in 1991 to celebrate the city´s 100th birthday, and what a way to celebrate!

Qingdao is the perfect place for an idyllic getaway. The city boasts European architecture, has some of the best sunbathing and swimming in China (Shilaoren beach is only a 10 minute walk away) and undoubtedly great beer.

So enjoy the party atmosphere! But don´t forget to buy your new friends a round.

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Fun post at Seoul Eats: My Ode to Korean Corn Icecream (PS is it very yummy!)

Seoul Eats: My Ode to Korean Corn Icecream.

 

 

The concept seems Alien to my westernized mind, but the yellow wrapper draws me in.
Maybe it is possible for corn and dessert to be one.
Maybe, possibly, inscrutably
As I undress you, I am struck instantly by your bulbous kernels.
No, you are not just the flavor, the jewels of the stalk are there.
You are like a woman with a prominent mustache (I try not to look, but I sneak a peek.)
As I move in for a nibble, the kernel stares back at me…longingly
quixotically,
daringly…
I almost pull away
drop the stem and leave you as you slowly melt into a cornish puddle on the walk.
But as much as I am repulsed, I am intrigued.
I move in and grab a cold kernel that is imbedded in light corn cream.
The chewy kernel slowly warms in my mouth as my teeth grind away at the hull.
Not my favorite, but I will finish you off.
You are something that everyone should experience
for you make life…
interesting. 

LMAO!!! So true!!! 13 Stages Of Using Chopsticks | MandMX.com

 

 

 

 

 

13 Stages Of Using Chopsticks | MandMX.com.

Museum Special: Sichuan Cuisine Museum CCTV News – CNTV English

Sichuan Cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its bold flavor of spiciness featuring the liberal use of garlic, chili peppers and peppercorns, which combine to make a real sensation in one’s mouth.

Well, guess you know what our Host Yin Chen’s up to today for the museum series — It’s the Sichuan Cuisine Museum! Time now to follow her for an exploration in the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine in Chengdu, where she’s learned that having a good appetite is just the first step into the world of gastronomy.

I am in a museum right now, and I’m learning something about the Sichuan Cuisine. This is a very unique museum, dedicated to Sichuan Cuisine, one of the most popular cuisine around China. Here we’re going to explore all the different aspects of the cuisine, to satisfy your curiosity and also your taste buds.

Here in the kitchen, open to visitors for a close view of the entire cooking process, I’m encouraged to make a hands-on practice—to chop the garlic, which is one of the most prominent ingredients of Sichuan cuisine.

There’s arguably no better way to know more about a cuisine than learning how to cook it yourself.

It seems these Israeli tourists are pretty happy with the Mapo Tofu they made.

Of course the museum is not just about the cooking only. A stroll in the spacious compound, I’m attracted by not only the delicate arrangement of greens in the garden, but also the museum’s wealthy collection of ancient relics that are closely associated with foods.

Sichuan, in Southwest China, is known as “heavenly country”, due to its abundance of food and natural resources. The history of Sichuan Cuisine is vividly reflected through the unearthed relics being displayed in the museum. From dining utensils and food containers, to clay figures of chefs, every item tells visitors a “Spicy story”.

According to historical records, the emperors of the Qin Dynasty more than two thousand years ago prompted two coarse migrations from central China to Sichuan, resulting in the amalgamation of various cultures. The advent of advanced technology introduced by new-comers enriched Sichuan Cuisine with more cooking materials, exotic seasonings, and new cooking techniques. This laid a solid foundation for the later popularity of Sichuan dishes.

The development of Sichuan Cuisine is also boosted by the demanding literati and celebrities in olden times. To meet the needs of picky diners, chefs back then had to rack their brains improving and working out new dishes.

Look at these two long rolls of huge containers. I give you a clue: Containers like these have been around since the ancient times here in Sichuan. They are a very important part of the local cuisine. And inside what we store is the preserved vegetables that Sichuan people enjoy so much. They are made with special water and special salt of the local area to give a unique flavor. Hi sir! Could we take a look at the food preserved inside?

Sichuan cuisine often contains food preserved through pickling, salting, and drying. And that explains why vases and jars for preserved foods are a must-have in almost every household in Sichuan.

The Sichuan Cuisine Museum is financially supported by a private fund. Gou De, curator of the museum, shares with us his momentum of establishing a themed museum devoted to Sichuan dishes.

Gou De, curator of Museum of Sichuan Cuisine, said, “It is acknowledged that Sichuan Cuisine enjoys a worldwide fame by both gastronomists and diners. It has a long history and abundant resources. Usually a visit to Sichuan Province is bound to include an exploration of local restaurants. But I think having one dinner or two here won’t provide you the essence of the Sichuan Cuisine and the dining culture it bears. So that’s why this museum has come into being. With concrete exhibits and interactive activities, the museum offers you A to Z knowledge of everything you want to know about Sichuan style food.”

Museums today accentuate the involvement of spectators, and encourage them to be a part of the museum itself. Here in this Sichuan Cuisine Museum, visitors need not only to watch with their eyes, but also to listen with their ears, smell with their noses, and taste with their mouths. In a word, all your senses are mobilized. And all the interactive programs help us develop faster and stronger.

Via:Museum Special: Sichuan Cuisine Museum CCTV News – CNTV English.

Runaway Photo of the week: KK night market, Malaysia | Runaway Juno

Blog of love: Runaway Photo of the week: KK night market, Malaysia | Runaway Juno.

Photo from her site:

I say blog of love because I truly love Juno’s blog. Since discovering it a few years ago I often find myself waiting in anticipation of the next set of amazing pictures and buffet of tales from her adventures. Todays post does not disappoint. I hope that I can learn from her enthusiasm and skills and become a great travel blogger like her one day.

Free things to do in Seoul by @RunawayJuno

Not only is it an amazing article but the author is a wonderful writer and great person. Her love for travel is contagious as is her smile.

History, food, people, nature and fun – these are great words to describe Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Seoul may not be on a list of the most beautiful cities or the most popular tourist spots in the world, but Seoul has everything travellers are hoping for. It’s beautiful in all four seasons, has fun activities all around the city, has rich cultures to learn, is full of warm-hearted people to meet and has lots of delicacies to enjoy. Thankfully, there are also lots of free things to do in Seoul…”

Full Article :Free things to do in Seoul.

Asia’s most sinful cities ~ Where does your sin city rank?

Seven deadly sins — seven lively Asian cities. We all stray off the path of righteousness from time to time.

So if you’re going to end up in hell due to a temptation to eat more than your fair share of stinky tofu, take a detour to Taipei first. Or if pride’s your vice, take a turn toward Manila.

These Asian cities take a sin and turn it into a raison d’être.

Read more: Asia’s most sinful cities | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/asias-most-sinful-cities-174006#ixzz1KO9wmlWb

Article: http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/asias-most-sinful-cities-174006

Asia’s most sinful citieshttp://zite.to/gns9LS via @Ziteapp & @blcsfo

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