Dynamic Palate Syndrome

Before I came to China, I didn’t care much for most Asian cuisines, and I especially disliked Chinese food. As an American, the bland or over-salted recreations made to suit

Grown, but Not Out

Tending to mentally categorize times of year by the festivals that mark them, I will probably always immediately associate October with Halloween, even despite the fact that there’s a major


When is the last time you tried something new? Not just a new style of chicken sandwich—something really new, to you? I mean a whole new experience you’ve only been

Time Table

When I came to China, I was sick and tired of routines. I hated the unvarying daily grind of my previous life, sitting in traffic on an interstate twice a

I Like This Pie

As much as I enjoy learning how to survive in the throes of inconvenience by rising to a challenge, sometimes I just want things to be easy, and to stick

Sense of Self

This year, I’ll be spending the first half of June visiting my family in my hometown in Texas. As has happened in the past, a trip home tends to remind

Take Back the Snack

Be honest with yourself – when was the last time you had a healthy snack or breakfast that filled you up and made you really feel good? Do you even

Revealing Habits

Having been raised Catholic, it’s probably a shame that I haven’t been to confession in about 12 years. To tell you the truth, I’d love to confess something right now.

Under the Nose

Appropriately in line with the designs of the cosmos, this Lunar New Year has hailed a new sense of self. My understanding of my personality has changed, and with that

Seasoned Kitchen, Delectable Life

Recently, an acquaintance, having only been here few months, asked, “How do you do it? How do you get through the ‘this is China’ days and seem to enjoy your