My first “real” spring festival experience!

Originally posted on Soul Canvas:
I have experienced 3 spring festivals here in Baoding since moving here as a student but this year’s is the first that I actually spent with a Chinese family. Since it’s the quietest time of the year I usually spend it in my room. Luckily, this year, together with another…

“吃饭了吗?”/Have you eaten yet?

I once read somewhere that China’s biggest religion is food, and having lived here a year and a half I can safely say that is true. Food is a big part of life here. “吃饭了吗?”/”Have you eaten yet?” is actually a form of greeting in China. To outsiders it may sound weird it’s actually just…

Living in foodie heaven!!

My inner foodie is extremely happy right now! Last time I was this happy with Chinese food was in 2012 when I visited Shanghai, but during that time we mostly stuck to proper restaurants and campus food with the odd visit to a fastfood restaurant. However being in Baoding is quite a contrast. Seeing that…

Guest post: The uniqueness of South African food

Saffa Trading is an online food shop that specialises in exporting authentic South African Food like Biltong, Boerewors, Groceries, Drinks, and SA Wines. They also stock various other unique South African essentials like SA Pharmaceuticals, weight loss products and even Springbok Memorabilia. All items can be shipped via trusted delivery companies such as DHL, Post Office Airmail…

Chinese Food in China Part 3: Guanzhou

Catch up with Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already! In the second part of my holiday in China we went to Guanzhou, a city in the south of China, for 4 days. It is located on the Pearl river and is only 120km north of Hong Kong. Given it’s proximity to the…

Chinese food in China Part 1: Shanghai

About a week ago I returned from China, where I had been on holiday for about 3 weeks. I did and experienced a lot while I was there but one of the highlights of my trip was definitely the food!!! Months before leaving I had began experimenting with Chinese food with a friend of mine and we…

Royco hooked a sister up!! :)

A couple months ago Royco spotted a blog post I wrote on one of their cook in sauces and being the nice people they are, they decided to send me a hamper of more of their products to try. The box finally arrived yesterday and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much. I thought I’d…

A trip to the Chinese grocery store with Melissa!

Melissa is my Mandarin teacher (yes I learn Mandarin) and after I showed her my Chinese cook book she offered to go shopping with me at Oriental Plaza for some of the basic ingredients used in majority of the recipes that are difficult to find. It was enlightening to say the least! Everything could be…

A trip to the Chinese grocery store

I happened to be in Block 8 this past Saturday and decided to stop by Oriental plaza which is Chinese store/warehouse central here in Gaborone. If it’s imported from China, it’s there. They also happen to have 2 Chinese grocery stores there to cater to the local Chinese population. As such don’t expect to walk…

An apple a day…

I’m not and have never been big on healthy eating. In fact I will always go for the most unhealthy (and usually more delicious) option if I have to choose. Being born and raised in Africa doesn’t help either. Our diets by nature contain a lot of meat, fat and carbohydrates. For example, a usual…

Feeling cheesy: Blue cheese and Feta cheese

I have spent so much of my life eating cheddar cheese and when I wanna kick it up a notch I reach for the Gouda though frankly I can barely tell the difference between the two. So when Food Lovers market first opened here in Gabs and I saw the Cheese section I felt it…