postcards from milano

postcards from milano

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Me + Duomo
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I live in an area called Navigli, a chic area between two canals which are some of the only ones left from historical Milan, which had many canals, similar to Venice! Now the canals are lined with boutiques, antique shops, cafes, and bars.
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Naviglio at night!
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Milan has many forms of public transport, from bus to Metro to tram, seen here. And check out that wonderful architecture! More to come on that soon…
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A must have for my happiness in Italy: Cioccolata calda e biscotti (hot chocolate like pudding & cookies)

 

I will be living here in Milan for three months!  These are some highlights so far.

YUM YUM, DIM SUM! guangzhou

YUM YUM, DIM SUM! guangzhou

a perfect little dumpling.

Soup dumplings, pork buns, shrimp dumplings, fried rice, spring rolls.  Have a look at the size of this lazy susan…a prerequisite for most restaurants in China, as the tradition is to dine “family style”.  I love this way of eating because diners get to sample a little of many different dishes. Bon apétit!

SHUI GUO. dongguan

SHUI GUO. dongguan

Apples special for New Year’s…I don’t know how it’s done, but I love it!

Shui guo, fruit, is one of the great things about living in southern China. Fruit is plentiful & delicious here!

Photos from my local fruit & veggie market.

DIN TAI FUNG. shanghai

DIN TAI FUNG. shanghai

You had me at shaolongbao (soup dumplings, which are like regular dumplings, but also filled with a delicious broth that takes on the flavor of the filling)…

Reviewed many times as the best in town is Din Tai Fung…they were pretty damn delicious. I wouldn’t recommend the green beans though…go with their specialty!

 

YAT LOK BBQ. tai po

YAT LOK BBQ. tai po

Today we did something I had wanted to do for quite a while…we went to the restaurant featured in Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations HK.  It’s an unassuming restaurant packed to the gills with people…sharing tables with others is the norm here.  Yat Lok BBQ restaurant is known for it’s roasted goose and suckling pig.  We tried both!  Goose vs. Pig: Goose won, hands down!  What a delicious way to spend an afternoon…

CHINESE MUSLIM SNACKS. shenzhen

CHINESE MUSLIM SNACKS. shenzhen

For some reason Chinese Muslims have the lock on snack carts in China.  They sell raisins & nuts, a flatbread similar to naan, and a “cake” in the loosest sense of the word…it’s a densely-packed snack of nuts & fruit, bound together with sugar. A little piece of advice: agree with the vendor on a price before he cuts you a piece, or things could get expensive quickly.

DIM SUM. hong kong

DIM SUM. hong kong

All-you-can-eat Dim Sum in the land of dim sum…Hong Kong!

Our table at Le Meridien was full of delicious dishes, and a great view of the ocean…heaven.

NEED A DATE?

NEED A DATE?

I love these makeshift stands on the side of the road here in China…this man is selling dates & raisins, but you can find, mango, pineapple, watermelon, nuts, and so much more. Just keep walking down the street!