One year in China. Let's do this!

Chef Boyardee, Meet Chef Charlotte

February 8, 2014 • From Couch to Kitchen

I can’t cook to save my life.  The thought of doing anything that doesn’t involve sticking a Hot Pocket into the microwave and waiting for 120 seconds for the delicious cheese to be zapped to perfection is a terrifying, sweat-inducing idea. And when cheap, tasty food can be prepped in about five minutes with only… Read More ›

Around the World in 30 Days »

The Trevi Fountain Drought


The water is an unnatural blue.  I push past a throng of Chinese tourists who are trying to figure out which shoulder they are supposed to throw their coin over to bring them good luck.  As I approach the border of the Trevi Fountain, I can look to the bottom of the pool and see… Read More ›

Shanghai Stories »

7 Weird Things about China that No Longer Freak Me Out


Culture shock. It’s a thing that everyone has to deal with when they move to a new place.  For a few months, everything seems odd and peculiar and hilarious and out of this world.  Nothing is the same as home, and you end up throwing your hands up in the air in frustration and confusion… Read More ›

Lost in Asia »

The Philippines Through Pictures


This past weekend I went on a weekend trip to the Philippines.  This beautiful, stunning, perfect country of 7,300 plus islands has somehow managed to avoid the damaging effects of overpowering tourism, and has, as a result, kept its pristine and authentic beauty for those lucky enough to see it to experience. While the country… Read More ›

Chinaland »

RT: 20 Things That Change After Living In China


From the girl who produced the controversial, yet wildly popular on social media, article about 23 Things To Do at 23 Instead of Getting Engaged comes another list.  This one has a bit more relevance to this blog, so I decided to share it. And as I am about to head out of China for… Read More ›

Tubs »



Yesterday, I ran a half marathon. (One of the new features of my upgraded blog is that they allow me to link to random articles.  I think it’s hilarious what they allow me to link to, so I have started to upload them here.  Just in case any of you need a definition of what… Read More ›

Life in Snapshots »

Pip pip – a trip to Thames Town!


Think this is a picture from England?  Think again. This past Friday on a jaunt out of town to go and check off one more item on the bucket list, we ended up venturing out to Thames Town.  This fake village, which has ended up being somewhat of a flop since it is super far… Read More ›

Noms »

Muggles rejoice! Butterbeer is now being served at Starbucks


This is brilliant. Now I just need to learn how to say “creme frappuccino”, “three pumps”, “caramel syrup”, “toffee nut syrup”, and “caramel drizzle” in Mandarin. That shouldn’t be too complicated. Accio Chinese person’s brain to teach me these words!