Cymri Chang

Sharing ‘Family Ingredients’ with Ed Kenney

People from all over, all ages are loving chef Ed Kenney’s Emmy Award-winning genealogy show, “Family Ingredients,” which follows people from Hawaii to their homeland while promoting local ingredients in the places they explore. It’s not just interesting, it’s beautifully…

Shanghai: China art and an artsy dinner

I saw some reports on China’s “ghost towns” and was intrigued. The world’s most populated country builds gigantic cities fashioned after European destinations to house a million people each, but only a fraction of that reside in them. Many of…

Return to Shanghai

Part of 1933 Shanghai If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I visited Shanghai last year as a detour off Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Taipei, Taiwan. My niece Cymri lives there, so it’s natural that I would…

Tasting weird Asian snacks

Will (left) and Marv with the entire collection of snacks that we tasted.As you know, I went to Taiwan, China, and Japan recently, and the trips were so close together that I was able to stockpile a nice collection of…

Shanghai Rush: living the life

I’m not going to candy-coat it: the difference between what a Westerner makes in Shanghai, and a local Chinese person, is dramatically different. Laowai (foreigners) make a lot more money, and you might find Chinese senior executives making way less…

Shanghai rush: Unusual dinners, unusual places

Shanghai is known for their food: street food, fancy food, ethnic food (including the minorities in China), Western food, and more. Beyond sightseeing and shopping, which can be done in a few days, all of your other time in Shanghai…

Last day in Paris ~ À bientôt

I spent my last day in Paris — Christmas Day — in a similar fashion to the way my family used to always spend it: lazing around. If you are there on Christmas, don’t be afraid to venture out, as…

Christmas eve in Paris

Although it would have been nice to have a white Christmas in Paris, I was actually glad that it was unseasonally warm during our time there. The air was a crisp 50 degrees, cold enough to get you in the…

Paris: Wandering the Marais

Every time I go to Paris, I have to allot some time to wander the Marais district, which is full of unique shops and restaurants. Back in the day (and I mean far back), the king decreed it a place…

Bonjour from Paris

If you’re following me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you already know that I’m in Paris for Christmas. My three hapa nieces —Ahnya, Cymri, and Morgen — have been traveling around Europe for the last few months, and their plan…

Eating around Ag in the City

Last night, Kanu Hawaii kicked off their monthlong “Eat local challenge” at the Blaisdell farmers’ market. As mentioned in my previous post, the organization wants us to eat locally grown food throughout September “in order to build a more sustainable, secure…