Wanderlust: a day in Guangzhou, China

I’ve done quite a number of posts about Guangzhou already, since my family has visited there a few times now within the last few years. This past winter break, my dad and I again went to Guangzhou for one of his conferences, so while he was out science-ing, I went out with a family friend to go explore the city. The thing about this city is that there’s so much to do, and it really never gets boring because there’s always something fun around the corner.

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Explore CSTAT: The Tipsy Bean

For the longest time ever, College Station never really had its own local coffee shop (minus Sweet Eugene’s, which has been around for a couple years now and is definitely a staple now). But with its recent expansion, especially in the south of the city and near campus, we’ve seen quite the influx of new restaurants and shops (both local and branches).

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Explore Iowa: Des Moines

Des Moines, the capital of the lovely state of Iowa, is also the most populated city in Iowa and has been called “the center for U.S. insurance companies.” Now, I don’t care too much about that particular fact, but Des Moines is also the site of first caucuses during the US presidential primaries, and many campaign headquarters are set in Des Moines (now, that’s pretty interesting!)

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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.


szechuan house

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Explore Iowa: Flame & Skewer (Ames)

Flame & Skewer is a small, nice Greek family steakhouse located with the North Grand Mall, about a short ten minute drive from where our apartments are located. A few of my friends and I headed out to go see Incredibles 2 (which, if you haven’t seen it yet, I would highly recommend; it made the inner ten-year-old in me extremely happy to see my favorite superheros back on the screen!), and before the movie, made a stop by Flame & Skewer to grab a quick dinner.

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Explore CSTAT: Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe was started in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1991, and has since expanded all over Texas, including to College Station! I don’t recall it seeing it before leaving for Austin last fall (or maybe it was already there…), so this summer was the first time that my parents and I went together (they’d gone a few times earlier this year).

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Explore CSTAT: First Watch

As many of y’all know, I’m from College Station, Texas, a small college town located between the three big cities of Houston, Austin and Dallas. As many of y’all also know, I like to call out CSTAT for being one of the more boring towns, with nothing to do. BUT, CSTAT actually isn’t that bad, and has quite a decent amount of places with good food, so it’s time for a change. Now, let’s focus on the gems of CSTAT, because you know, there are quite a few!

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WTF: Where’s the Food (Semesters 3 & 4)

It’s been a whole school year since I last posted, which means it’s been a whole year since I’ve had to publicly admit to eating out wayyy too many times than my credit card should have allowed… Anyways, here’s WTF: Where’s the Food for semesters 3 & 4 (otherwise known as WTF: Why’d you spend so much money on food, Annie??)

The Pizza Press

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