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Look at this ! Very creative and interesting. You never know what you’ll find shopping in a China. Definitely an entertaining way to fill up your day !  The 4th level of the Metropolitan mall has an artisan shop full of one of a kind accessories. Yingkoudao metro station exit C3.  

Cooking survival 

I enjoy cooking off and on, depending on my mood and the weather. I cannot cook for people I don’t like or if I’m in a bad mood.  I used to be able to get inspired by the ingredients I knew how to use and read all the labels. Now living in China I just guess and think “what the heck goes with this?!” half the time. Even the cuts of meat are so strange. The market close by sells Aussie steaks and some Canadian, all frozen. It just tastes different, almost a gamey sweetness to the beef? But I don’t want sweet steaks I just want my old NY cut. Isetan market has a nice selection  but the butcher cuts it so that there is a lot of fat in all the unusual places not at all like American style butchers. It’s impossible to get a nice melty carmalized steak with that mess. I go to the same market near my house bc I like the lady butcher.  She always remembers me and I try to talk with her in my awful Chinese language. Usually the convo ends with her opening up her secret billfold to take out a sticker and placed bc it on my meat selection saying it’s free/ of course in addition to the 2 others packs I bought at full price. I smile and squeeze her elbow in a goodbye-thx hug way and we do this funny dance about every other week. She actually makes me feel great even though I don’t understand what she’s saying so much and I get inspired to make a great meal. I highly appreciate that the lady butcher does not have a beard as most of the butchers in Portland seemed to have, I miss the steak cuts not the hairy bearded butcher(yuck).  Other foods I used to make I just cannot find the ingredients so I’m out of luck, that’s when I need to get creative. It’s also scary for my husband bc he’s the one that had to sample the experiments, poor guy. So I came across this marmalade looking jar of Korean jelly. It was in the tea and coffee aisle apparently mixed with water or added to tea? I’m still not sure the proper way it’s supposed to be used. So I decided to make muffins with the Korean jelly and it turned out not to be an awful mess! It’s super easy and delicious 😋. So another good turnout with new ingredients. I have a pantry full of ingredients I can’t read, still trying to figure it all out. Thankful I didn’t have to throw these marmalade muffins out in the garbage today. 

This makes me smile. 

This man is on a work break.  In between cleaning up the sidewalks and streets he decided to practice his writing skills. Just beyond the camera view I wasn’t able to show his little mini truck with garden scraps and garbage bags. 

New place I learned of today but I dont know the name of it. I only know how to get there by way of this cute little guy. Landmarks matter to me more than ever.

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A friend offered to drive me to painting class and so because there was a change in my normal  path I was introduced to this charming corridor of little restaurants and shops. Since I’m still learning my way around town all landmarks help me to remember. Very similar to how senior centers or parking lots if gigantic malls place colorful or large art pieces in your path. Yes, that’s about right, my current life is like finding your car at the airport after a 2 week trip to Honolulu and you grasp to all details of where you parked.  When you cannot read the signs then you resort to this. So when I find a cute landmarks like this guy I’m so happy 😊- I know I won’t forget where he lives.