Explore CSTAT: Yangtuo Club

Back in Ames, I mentioned that a lot of the Chinese restaurants were so good because they were authentic, but it turns out I’ve found my new favorite Chinese restaurant here in College Station!

Yangtuo Club is tucked into a small shopping center, so it’s quite easy to miss. They’ve got quite a few options as for what to eat: you can get the dry hot pot for 9.99$/lb — meaning, you can add whatever the heck you want for that price per pound, an all-you-can-eat hot pot buffet, where you can chose the level of spice for the soup base, as well as noodles and fried rice. We decided to get the dry hot pot, which my mom and I spend a solid ten minutes choosing what kinds of meats and vegetables we wanted. There was quite the variety of each: for the meat, there was chicken, lamb, beef, pork (and in different styles, too) and seafood; for vegetables, there were bean sprouts, cabbage, different herbs, mushrooms, wood ear, tofu, cauliflower, bokchoy, etc.

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Explore Iowa: Szechuan House & 888 restaurant (Ames)

For such a small city like Ames, the number of Chinese restaurants is actually quite large. Even better, these restaurants are probably some of the most authentic Chinese places I’ve been to here in the U.S. (of course, outside those in Chinatown). Back in College Station, we have a few Chinese restaurants, but most either cater towards more Westernized tastes or are just lacking in quality.

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szechuan house

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explore ATX: Kerbey Lane

Kerbey Lane is Austin’s staple 24-hour restaurant, known for its breakfast items (specifically, incredible pancakes) & queso.

Thankfully for me, there’s a Kerbey about three minutes away from where I live, and it’s perfect to just stop by in the morning, during the day, after a late night test or study session, or even when it’s 1 AM and I’m just craving breakfast (because technically 1AM is the next day and so breakfast food is justifiable). Kerbey’s always had a warm and welcome feel to it, and when we went, they even gave me a free pancake for my birthday! We ordered the Paris Texas Platter (French Toast & Migas, which consists of scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, tortilla chips, cheddarjack cheese), a full stack of lemon poppy seeds pancakes, and the Breakfast Platter, consisting of two eggs, two half size pancakes and a cup of fruit.

If you’re ever in Austin, definitely stop by Kerbey (it does get pretty crowded at night though) and try out their signature queso, pancakes, or breakfast items!

explore CSTAT: Fusion Peru

One of my good friends and I decided to catch up during the last week of summer before school started, and she mentioned there was a really good Peruvian restaurant that she’d heard of in College Station. Of course, both of us being food lovers, we decided to try Fusion Peru, located in the mall at the intersection of Texas Avenue and Southwest Parkway.

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Wanderlust: Gulangyu (Xiamen), the piano island (part two)

Just off the coast of Xiamen is Gulangyu, a pedestrian-only island that is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. At only 2 km2 area and home to about 20,000 people, Gulangyu is a major domestic tourist destination and is one of China’s most visited tourist attractions. However, all cars and bicycles are banned on the island, which helps to preserve an air of antiquity and tranquility.

Shuzhuang Garden

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no one alive who is you-er than you!

Wishing my brother a happy happy birthday! My little wasabi bean (who is no longer little — he’s the tallest in the family now — but he’s always going to be little in my ❤ ) is turning 14 today, so we made dumplings to celebrate. I’m incredibly slow at making them haha (like, by the time I finished one, my mom was done with a solid seven), and the ones that I made certainly weren’t very attractive, but hey, food is food! My mom also made some really good tiramisu, but I forgot to take photos first so now it’s all gone, LOL.
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