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Shanghai Christmas

My first Christmas away from home passed by quietly. I baked a honey pecan pie and wrote a few letters home. On Christmas evening, my friends and I gathered at my place for a cozy potluck and secret santa gift exchange. I spent the rest of the holiday break wandering around and eating good food. I can’t believe 2011 is just around the corner!

The fur coat Taurin got me for Christmas!

Breakfast egg crepe (jianbing 煎饼) with crispy wafer, scallions, cilantro, pickled ginger, and savory sauce.

My jian bing stand is very similar to this one. I’m too shy to take a photo of mine since I go there at least once a week. (Photo by TomEats)

We escaped the cold with an early dinner at Citizen Cafe, a charming little restaurant in the French Concession. I had hot blueberry tea with a shot of amaretto and marinara pasta. Taurin had bloody mary and grilled pork neck.


Ed let me borrow his little Christmas tree for the potluck.

It’s not anything like my Mexican penthouse, but my cozy place made it an intimate gathering.

P.S. I have a tumblr! Anyone else?


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    December 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    tumblr? wahs dat?

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    December 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    great furry coat

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    December 28, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Yeee, looks super fun, days were we used to share a couple of words here in mexico city seem really far away. I enjoy your blog and I also have a tumblr, i started following you already, ha. Happy holidays!!

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    December 28, 2010 at 5:09 am

    hot blueberry tea with a shot of amaretto sounds SO good.

    P.S. for the record I have a little tumblr! I barely use it, but

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    December 28, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I love your food photos! That crepe sounds so delicious and I've never tried blueberry tea, that sounds so interesting, especially spiked!

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    The Latent Fox
    December 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    haha, i know what you mean about taking photos of places you go to all the time, or even for the first time. i'm in guatemala and want to take so many pictures!, but don't want to be impolite. sometimes just have to put the camera away…

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    Mary Lee
    December 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    These are great pictures! this food looks so yummy! I have a tumblr, 🙂 i really like your blog, i'm now following

    hope you'll visit/follow

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    December 29, 2010 at 1:43 am

    aw so much fun. it looks like a nice way to spend the holidays. i also love the sunlight in your photographs. new york could use some of that right now so thanks for sharing us some of it.

    wishing you a happy new year.. though i know chinese new year is yet to come. that would be cool, you could have 2 new years in a row ?


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    December 31, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Your coat looks great next to that delicious turquoise color 🙂

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    Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys
    January 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Christmas away from home is always a bit weird, but it looks like you celebrated well and happily!

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    January 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

    your furry coat is great!

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    January 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    all of that wonderful food,and I can have 0 of it.sad story.

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