This week I’m looking at beautiful tea towels. I wanna own them all!
Conversion Dish Towel from Crate & Barrel, isn’t this handy?
From West Elm.
By Leah Duncan.
From Ferm Living.
From Studio Patro.
July 13th, 2012
Another must go to place in Beijing is the Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders in the world. There are two tourist points, Badaling and Mutianyu. According to our taxi driver (we hired him for the day to bring us around, costed RMB700 for 8 hours), Mutianyu is more rustic (plus much less tourists). While Badaling is the more popular site, hence more people, also a lot of construction work has bee done to this site compare to Mutianyu. Badaling may look nicer and ‘newer’ (we don’t know for sure as we didn’t go), but we wanted to avoid the crowd and want to see the side that is more close to what it originally looks like, we decided to visit Mutianyu.
This is the entrance, you can purchase your ticket to cable ride here.
The Great Wall is really pretty great, magnificent actually. It just goes on and on and on… and on.
Prepare yourself for a good load of steps and some steep slopes.
What’s better to do on a steep slope than being MJ for 30 seconds?
To come down from Great Wall, we highly recommend to takes these toboggan, which you can also purchase ticket at the entrance.
I’ve been obsessed with Thai food lately, and green papaya salad is like my favorite Thai salad ever. I was so happy when I found this Taiwanese blog, which looks very authentic and was cooked by a Thai so I was determined to try it.
As the recipe is written in Chinese, here’s the recipe in English
Thai Green Papaya Salad
Green Papaya – Half, shredded
Cherry Tomato – ~15
Thai Chili – 4-5 pieces
Garlic – 3 cloves
Peanut – 2-3 tbsp
Fish Sauce – 5 tbsp
Juice from one lime
Palm Sugar – 1.5 tbsp
Dry Shrimp – a little
Above photos are the ingredients needed. I doubled the recipe, so what you see in the photo is a whole papaya shredded. Things I changed in the recipe, much less cherry tomatoes as I’m not a big fan, I only used 3 pieces of Thai chili for the whole papaya and I already thought it was really spicy, substituted peanut with cashew (I’d say stick with peanuts), the last thing I changed was that I didn’t put any dry shrimp as my friend is allergic to seafood.
What you need to do is to mashed all your ingredients together, here’s the sequence.
1. Garlic & Chili
2. Green Beans & Dry Shrimp
3. Palm Sugar & Lime Juice
4. Cherry Tomato
5. Fish Sauce
6. Lastly green papaya
My comments: The recipe is very very close to what it tasted like in Thai restaurants, the only thing is it’s too salty. If you want to try this at home, do it with less fish sauce, or more palm sugar, according to your taste.
After visiting Forbidden City, it’s a good idea to visit some Hutong (traditional courtyard residences in Beijing) next. You will find at the exit, a lot of people trying to sell you to ride their ricksha (a two/three-wheeled bicycle pulled by one person), nowadays a lot of these bicycles are actually electronic, but it’s still fun to go on the ride, especially when it is very difficult to find a taxi to get around. These drivers will take you around the hutong area, below is my favorite picture from the trip, on the right is what the ricksha looks like, a red bicycle with driver & passengers. The driver was trying to avoid dropping into the construction hole in a narrow alley while we see a peaking/Peking man from the hole, it was hilarious haha
The driver drop you off to Nanluoguxiang, a Hutong area with shops and restaurants. You can also find some street foods along the way. Here is a guy selling sweet potatoes.
If you feel like having a snack before/after dinner, there are lots of choices, from some traditional barbecue sticks, Beijing’s version yoghurt (they call it sour milk… which doesn’t sound that appetizing), Taiwanese snacks to churros, you can find them here.
Restaurants and cafes in the area all have their own style and it’s really hard to pick which one to go to.
I was in Beijing for a few weeks for work and it had treated me nice. Although most of the time was work, I did manage to go to a few places during the weekends. Be mindful that Beijing is really big, you probably will only be able to see one or the most two spots a day.
Today let me introduce you to one of the tourist places you cannot miss – Forbidden City.
Forbidden City is a palace built in Ming Dynasty and lasted till Qing Dynasty. It’s located in the center of Beijing, and the structure of Beijing was built around it. You can read the history of Forbidden City in Wiki. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours in the Palace, 2 hours is the amount of time you will need just to glance around the Palace, if you want to study it closely and walk through the whole Palace, it will probably take you 4 hours or more. By the way, if you visit in the summer, it’s really hot, there’s no place to hide from the heat, so DO NOT WEAR BLACK!
We took a taxi to the Palace, but you may also choose to take the subway, which the exit is the same as where we were dropped off by taxi. Below photo show what you will see on the way to the Palace.
The entrance with Mao‘s photo.
This is what you see once you entered, you will need to purchase tickets to go any further from here. There will be people trying to sell you guided tour service, if you do not need an interactive guide, there are actually auto guides for rent (like those you get in Louvre) which will be cheaper unless you are traveling in a big group.
The Palace is magnificent, with exquisite details.
I’m back :) I’ve been busy with my other projects and had not have time to do any updates here, but I’m back and dedicated to do regular postings.
I had a pomelo sitting at home for a while and I decided to make a popular Thai styled salad with it before it gone to waste. I found a Thai food site, and here is the dressing I followed. I didn’t follow all the ingredients as there is a lot of things I do not like in there. In my version, I had pomelo, shrimps (grilled), sliced shallots (pan-fried), deep fried garlic slices (can buy from Thai food stores) and some chili flakes. It was an easy recipe (except that you had to skin that pomelo, it took me like 30mins to peel the whole thing).
I followed the recipe’s dressing completely and the result was pleasant, a good, refreshing dressing. Make sure to get the Thai pomelo as they are a lot sweeter and juicier than the others, mine (not sure the origin, but I know it’s not Thai) on the other hand was really dry and didn’t have much taste to it which is kinda sad as I feel like I ruined a good dressing, not to mention how much time I spent peeling it.
I’m in Beijing for work these three weeks and will not be able to update this blog. I will be sharing this city with you when I get back, have a great month!
Marimekko finally opened in Hong Kong! And it reminds me how much I love good patterns. Here are some colorful patterns I would love to get this week.
From top to bottom: Rifle Paper x BHLDN's Botanical Garden Tablecloth, Ferm Living Spear Tray, Sanna Annukka Mummola Silk Screen Print