Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

So that is what Anvils are used for…

Walking around Songpan today Greg and I came upon an interesting sight; a blacksmith forging knives. And then I realized that the only time I’ve ever seen an Anvil was in the Wile E. Coyote and Road runner cartoons, where the former would attempt to drop one on the latter from atop a cliff. I never thought before about how they were actually used and why they have that strange shape. Seeing this gentleman using made it all become clear. How cool is that!!!



August 14, 2007 Posted by | China, Photography, Rural, Travel | Leave a comment

Western Food in Chengdu

Greg & I just spent the last 5 days in Chengdu pigging out after 2 weeks of noodle soup in Wolong. It turns out that Chengdu actually has some really great western food restaurants if that is what you’re craving.

The best:
Del Mar Mediterranean Restaurant
10 Tongzilin Donglu
We found out about this place from Chengdoo magazine (a great resource for restaurant and bar information). It’s run by the same people who own Grandma’s Kitchen. Surprisingly it’s not that much more expensive than a typical Chengdu western food cafe, but the food is much better. The pasta is particularly good. So is the chocolate cheesecake.

Grandmas Kitchen
73/75 Kehua Beilu
This place is in the lonely planet. It was better than i expected and the wait staff is super nice. Their desserts are some of the best I’ve had in China.

Mutt’s Nutts @ Dave’s Oasis
This place had by far the best pizza of all the places we tried pizza (better than highfly cafe). Go there for the pizza. I don’t remember the address but they are listed in Chengdoo magazine.

Dodo’s Cafe
12 Xiaotongxiang St.
This place is just a few doors down from Cafe Copenhagen & The Loft hostel. It is very cozy and comfortable, the staff is really nice, and the food is way better (in my opinion) than Cafe Copenhagen. For a healthful lunch, order the mixed salad and a farmer’s sandwich.

Peter’s Tex-Mex
117 Kehua Beilu
This place is also in Lonely planet. It was good although each dish was a little different than how it is supposed to taste if you are in Texas. But it still satisfied our flour tortilla and cheese cravings 😉

August 14, 2007 Posted by | Chengdu, China, Travel, Urban | 2 Comments

Seattle Decision

Francie and I have decided that we are going to buy a house in Seattle and replace all the normal toilets with squat toilets. We have grown very fond of them in China. Please plan accordingly for our dinner parties (read: don’t use bathroom for duration of visit).

August 14, 2007 Posted by | China, Misc, Travel | 4 Comments