Tag Archives: cooking

The Daring Game For Girls

When I wasn’t teaching or running around Manhattan with packs of teenagers, I checked out The Daring Game For Girls on the DS. I know this is the girl-player stereotype, but I just can’t overstate how important a customizable avatar … Continue reading

Posted in Game Reviews, Raleigh | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Game Review: Sims 2: Castaway

One day, you’re standing on the dock, waving goodbye to a friend, when you slip and fall and land in a crate, which is sealed and loaded onto a cargo ship, which is caught up in a storm and your … Continue reading

Posted in Game Reviews, Raleigh | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Extreme Shopping

Cooking Mama 3’s shopping game is uncannily like shopping in a Chinese supermarket. Mama sends you out to find 4 pieces of unwrapped, unrefridgerated meat, but as you search the store to fill your reusable carrier bag, you’ve got to avoid oddly familiar store characters — shouting shop assistants in pastel uniform aprons or a girl with a basket of squid, shellfish and other distinctly Yantai seafood — who’ll slow your shopping progress by trapping you into minigames. Higher levels add loose eggs, heads-on fish and mushrooms to your shopping list, and more people to the store. I keep trying for the elusive perfect score, since I imagine it’ll unlock a “Sunday In The Auchan” extreme challenge level. Continue reading

Posted in Raleigh, Yantai | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Still Lost In Blue

The other day I was googling for “I’m stuck on an island with a total moron,” er, I mean, reading a bit about Lost in Blue 2, and I stumbled upon this Guide 2 Games review of Jack and Amy’s … Continue reading

Posted in Gaming Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Lost in Blue 2

I’ve been playing Lost in Blue 2 on the DS for a while now, and while I always love games about island survival, like MyTribe, Sims 2: Castaway, etc., there’s a lot of room for improvement in Lost in Blue. … Continue reading

Posted in Game Reviews, Gaming Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Revenge Of The Artichokes

No matter how obscure an activity is, you can find other people on the internet who do it too. Saw this in my Google analytics today: I guess I’m not the only person to battle the artichokes, and lose.

Posted in Raleigh | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment


Bosphorus Restaurant 329 North Harrison Ave Cary, NC I drive past Bosphorus restaurant every week on my way to teach at Chinese school, but it was our first time eating there. Inside, Bosphorus is decorated with posters of Turkish landscapes … Continue reading

Posted in North Carolina, Raleigh | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Artichoked Up

It’s been years since I ruined dinner badly enough to scrap it and order take out. Look, I’m not saying I’ve never had trouble boiling water, and there was that time in college when I set off Eric’s smoke detector, … Continue reading

Posted in Raleigh | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victory Milk

Coupons depress me. If you summed up everything I loved about our expat adventures, clipping supermarket coupons would be the opposite. It seems to sum up the repetitive mundane side of life in the US, which is of course made … Continue reading

Posted in Beijing, Raleigh, Yantai | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jersey Girl

I flew up to New Jersey yesterday to see my family. The upside to the visa hassles and life upheaval is that I get to visit my folks! It’s been just under a year since I’ve seen my family. Now … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment