Cat Cafe 北京猫小院猫主题咖啡西餐 Beijing, China

it’s been a while since my last post. i am still on vacation in asia, will be heading back to the states soon.

here’s a cat cafe ive been to in beijing. im not a fan of cats but i like taking pix of animals. the cats were kinda cute too, so i kinda liked it.

the cafe is located in one of beijing hutong, 胡同. two floors. the top floor is a roof top.
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i got a green tea milk tea, it tasted pretty good.
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this was my fave one. super cute
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猫小院猫主题咖啡西餐
地址: 东城区 北锣鼓巷北下洼子胡同14号(北锣鼓巷南口400米金色凉山餐厅斜对面)
beijing bei luo gu xiang
电话: 010-59146478

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Here is a snippet of how I met bunny

I first met bunny in Beijing the summer of 2009. I was meeting up with her friend at a bar called 火山人(Volcano People)

Bunny didn’t say much, I was blabbing too much about nothing trying to be funny or something, but she didn’t really find me interesting, in fact she thought I was annoying and immature. We went to 后海 afterwards (houhai ), I was smoking at the time, because I thought it would make me cooler, but she saw right through me, she knew I wasn’t a natural smoker. After that, I never thought I would see her again. Almost half a year later, Bunny contacted me on Facebook, letting me know that she was visiting Washington DC, where I was studying. I agreed to meet her up and show her around, which I did, but I didn’t pay for anything, her and her friends thought I was cheap. Restless and unwilling to accept defeat, I still tried to keep in touch with her. I decided I was going to visit her in Syracuse, a 6-hour drive from where I lived.

I made the drive a few times. Bunny became my girlfriend after I forced her into it.

Our first date at some zoo in Syracuse, this crappy zoo barely had any animals. I summoned the courage to hold her hand. She thought It was weird, but still fell for it. Sucka
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I knew bunny was always down for adventures from when I met her. Our first week hanging out, I proposed that we go to Toronto. She agreed with no issues. One of the first movies we watched was UP, this is still our movie. I never seen someone cry so much from the intro. It was then I realized how big of a heart she had.

“I just met you and I love you”
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Eating at Aji Ichiban in Toronto….

As time went on, we had our falling out and our getting back together. Through all of this we persevered. We went on many adventures together, LA, Beijing, Tokyo, Monteral……

Us watching a f1 race in Montreal

I am happy to be getting married to Bunny. In my life I have not found anyone else as caring, with the biggest heart, always putting other people ahead of them, and so awesome at anything they put their heart to. She can accept me for my flaws, and makes me a better person day by day. She is the most beautiful person, inside and out. I’ve come a long way from the boy that was smoking in Houhai. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you, “Adventure is out there!”

Sony A7 with a Ring Flash, Metabones Adapter, and Canon 50mm F2.5 macro

pork belly likes to buy random stuff more than anything. today he bought a ring flash, so i took a few pix with my new sony a7 with a canon lens. fred4 fred3 fred2 fredthis was the raw file straight out of camera with no editing. so far, i think the sony is def better than my fuji x100s, but i dont think it is as good as my 5d mark ii or 6d yet. maybe its because im not using sony lenses. the wifi/app on the sony is wayyyy superior than the 6D tho.

Tips on Shooting Our Own Engagement/Wedding Photos

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i attempted to take some engagement/wedding photos for ourselves this past weekend because we need pictures the for our wedding as well as the invitations. taking our own pictures with just a tripod and no help was a lot more frustrating and difficult than i antipated. not only i had to worry about doing my own makeup/hair and looking good, i had to also worry about setting up the shoot, posing two people, shooting remotely, etc. i could barely move in the wedding dress.

i bought some cheap lighting and a red backdrop online. the backdrop wasnt big enough and we shot in our living room; we only had little room to work with. i shot with my 6D using the eos remote app which was painfully slow.
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we spent a whole day shooting, but i was only somewhat satisfied with a few pix. our bodies looked awkward in most of the pix or one person was blinking in the shot.

here are the a few that turned out ok comparing to the rest:

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it was such a stressful and frustrating experience that i dont think ill ever want to do it again, but here are the few things i couldve done better.
1. def find a larger space with a larger backdrop to work with.
2. stay further away from the background so no harsh shadows.
3. more lighting on porkbelly since he’s darker than me
4. better prepared wardrobe. pork belly told me last min he couldnt find his tie and shirt when i was all ready to shoot. i almost had a heart attack.
5. maybe actually get someone to help us press the shutter and hold the camera so we can shoot at different angles.

If any of you need engagement photos taken, I would love to help.

Feng Mao BBQ | Downtown Flushing, Queens NY, NYC

Pork Belly once again. I just got back from a work trip and reunited with Bunny! This trip in NYC I stopped by Feng Mao BBQ in flushing queens with some friends. I was surprised to find a Feng Mao in NYC, after visiting the one in LA Last Year. I’ll recap, Feng Mao is a spot known for their DIY skewers, aka 串(Chuan), you cook DIY style over charcoal, they are owned by an ethnic Korean Minority in China, known as the 朝鲜族 (ChaoXianZu), so they speak both Mandarin Chinese and Korean. The waitress accidentally spoke Korean to my friends, and they were blow away that they can speak both languages. Although their menu is pretty much the same as the one in LA, the concept the same, I am curious if they are in fact the same restaurant chain.

After work I took the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) train to Flushing Main. The LIRR is an express train, since my work is in Times Square, and the LIRR leaves out of Penn station, it is the most convenient for me. Flushing is only 2 stops away from Penn station on the LIRR

After I got off the train at Flushing Main
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Flushing Queens is right near LaGuardia airport. They are always low flying planes around. Having planes flying around reminds me of home, since I grew up right outside of Dulles Airport.

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Feng Mao is a quick walk down Flushing Main.

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It doesn’t look like anything Special on the outside
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Once you enter, you have to walk down a hallway…..

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歡飲光臨!(welcome)
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After we were seated and ordered, they dropped off the Panchan, typically the appetizers they serve in Korean Restaurant.

First round is the Cucumbers
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Boiled Peanuts with celery
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Kimchi, the Kimchi tasted like Chinese Style Kimchi, could definitely taste dat Fish Sauce
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Waiting for the meat
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羊肉串!(Lamb Skewers)
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It wasn’t too packed on a Monday night

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Menu in Chinese/Korean. Just like LA they had Bull Penis, but my friends were too chicken to try it. We had it in LA

Soju always goes well with Meat

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Since we ordered a ton of food, they gave us this complimentary. I don’t know what it is called, is has a lot of picked veggies on top, with tripe at the bottom, it was on the sour side. It went well with the meat.

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Some of our Meat selection. We got Chicken Hearts, Tofu, Chicken Gizzards, Lamb……..
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Some spices for our Skewers. From the left to Right, MSG, Salt, Pepper, and Cumin.
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The Grilling action started….

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Sausages and Lamb!
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It didn’t last for too long
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After Dinner we went to Quickly Cafe for Boba. One of our friends is Taiwanese, he said they have this store there.

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I always try to practice my Chinese in Flushing
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I went with the normal bubble tea
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2 Free toppings with a Drink!
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This didn’t last long either
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At this point, I was beyond full. I had work the next day, so I jumped on the LIRR back to Penn Station.

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My opinion, The Feng Mao in Flushing was not as good as the one in LA. The one in LA had better meat, or maybe because we drank some before we ate at the LA location…. The service at the LA location was definitely busier, but then again we went to the LA location later at night….. The Flushing Feng Mao is open 24/7. I would definitely give it a consideration if I am ever driving through NYC late at night and want something to eat. I like this place better than Dong Fang Chuan Dian in New Jersey. If you just want lamb skewers they are plenty of late night skewer carts in the area.

Feng Mao BBQ
37-14 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354

Jean And Lee Kitchen | Newton, MA Boston

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went to jean and lee kitchen in newton for dinner last night. a relatively new restaurant opened earlier this year serving taiwaneses food.

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there are two floors, we dined on the upper floor. pretty spacious.

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complimentary small apps – pickled cabbage and fried peanuts.
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咸酥鸡 salt and pepper chicken – they use bone-in chicken
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shredded pork ears with spicy oil
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stinky tofu – i smelled this in the parking lot.
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xiao long bao – no soup inside, but it wasnt bad
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cabbage
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spicy fish filet – wasnt spicy at all
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shrimp
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stir fry rice noodles
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kung pao chicken
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braised pork belly with mei cai – this was really delicious, not porky at all. the fat really melts in your mouth. highly recommended 油而不腻,赞!
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seafood tofu
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three cup chicken
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food was decent overall, but i dont think i would come here often due to 45 mins drive from my house.
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Jean And Lee Kitchen
108 Oak St
Newton, MA 02464
Phone number (617) 558-2888
jeanandleekitchen.net

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