Vegetarian Lifestyle AKA JuJuBe Tree 枣子树 Restaurant Review : Shanghai

February 24th, 2012 § 34 comments § permalink

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Multiple Locations: Official Website (Chinese) Listings On Happy Cow

Shanghai, China

~$10 USD/person with drinks

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦♦

Even in the winter, where the night sky darkens early and fog roils from the Pearl River, Shanghai has it’s own luminesence. We’ve spent the day shopping, and my arms are full of parcels—stationary from Muji, a black velvet jacket that’s so outré that I probably should never wear it, and a Victorian styled dress for my friend. The street behind the mall is bustling. Though we are far away from the stately Bund district, and from the shiny new metro, the city sidewalks are teeming with people. Fellow shoppers, taxi drivers, and office workers swarm around us. We round a corner and—there—in the middle of glass skyscrapers and under neon is a branch of JuJuBe Tree, a successful chain of vegetarian restaurants local to Shanghai. Continue reading “Vegetarian Lifestyle AKA JuJuBe Tree 枣子树 Restaurant Review : Shanghai” »

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Gong De Lin Review

November 14th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Beijing's Forbidden City and Gong De Lin's InteriorGong De Lin
2, Qianmen Gong Daije, Chongwen District
功德林素菜馆
北京市崇文区前门东大街2号

$60 for two, with tea

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦♦

Exploring new cities in search of great vegan restaurants is a true passion of mine, but as temperatures drop and I drag my partner along windy snow-swept streets, her heeled feet clacking in the snow, I feel a sense of doom closing in with the long shadows of the setting sun. We’re looking for one of the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurants, GongDeLin, and I’d ask for directions, but we’re on one of those strange streets you seem to find only in capital cities—multi-lane roads cut through government office after government office, each one squat and monolothic. Finally, just as the street opens onto a ring road, we see a lone cycle rickshaw creaking towards us.

The driver pulls down his scarf, revealing a curious face. You can tell he wonders what the hell we’re doing in the middle of nowhere.

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Pure Lotus Review

November 9th, 2011 § 6 comments § permalink

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Holiday Inn Lido Beijing, 3rd Floor (Jichang Rd & Jiag Tai Rd)

净心莲 [ 朝阳首都机场蒋台路丽都假日饭店三层 ]

$100 for two, with silver-tip jasmine tea

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦

I’m in the lobby of a Holiday Inn, but it’s like no other Holiday Inn I have been to before. Opulent. Marble floors and panelled white walls, deep upholstery, a business centre that’s actually doing business, and all around me an expatriate complex rises up into the sky. A red faced man in a linen suit with a Harvard pin is shouting horrible Mandarin into a cellphone the size of a thimble, and I’m sliding my bank card into a bank machine after waiting in a line that curled up the hall.

Could I be anywhere in the world? Perhaps. But as the machine spits out Yuan from my Canadian bank account, this is all so distinctly one of the new Beijings—a business district built at the city’s edge to facilitate western business moving into China, a glossy new version of a hotel chain that might be mediocre anywhere else in the world, and a palpable buzz in the air that makes one feel as though they are truly near the centre of the Earth.

I’ve travelled here a rather large distance by train and taxi to eat at Pure Lotus, which is perhaps the most (literally) spectacular restaurant in China. I feel a sense of anticipation and apprehension, for although I can’t deny the authenticity of this monied milieu-it’s not one I associate with great food. Thankfully, I’m in for a huge surprise…

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Travelling Vegan/Vegetarian In China

October 21st, 2011 § 43 comments § permalink

The Great Mosque

This article starts off with context and goes on to provide several resources. To jump direct to the resources, click here.

There is a saying that’s popular in our home: Travel for knowledge, even all the way to China. It’s an old, old, saying, a hadith that has it’s roots in a time when Xī’ān was home to one of the world’s greatest Islamic universities. I think it’s still just as relevant today as it was hundreds and hundreds of years ago, speaking not only to the distance and exoticism of the world’s oldest empire and the challenge that it poses to the traveller; but also to the potential reward.

China. 中国

From the Daoist philosophers and poets, from literati art to the revolutions, it has a special place in my heart, and in my cultural landscape. When I had the opportunity to spend a few months there, I jumped at the chance.

It was one of the best experiences of my life, from standing on the Great Wall like every other tourist, to navigating my way to obscure archaeological sights.

Seeing intricate bronzework and some of the earliest script helped deconstruct the Eurocentric bias of my upbrining—I felt a thrilling vertigo as I reoriented myself to the world.

It was also some of the best eating I’ve ever done. Street hawker noodles, trendy hot-pot spots, ornate tea houses, and beautiful formal restaurants—the food I ate there creeps into my dreams, and has trickled slowly into my kitchen. I plan on sharing some of these experiences here over the coming months. But I wanted to start with some thoughts on traveling vegan in China. Let me start by rephrasing that old adage:

The vegan food in China is well worth travelling for. Continue reading “Travelling Vegan/Vegetarian In China” »

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