In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth
If you are going to Beijing and you have a free evening, you must go to the Dong Hua Men Night Market (address: Dong Hua Men Avenue, West of Wang Fu Jing Avenue, Beijing 100005, China). The stalls open from 5pm to about 11pm. The market has about a hundred food stalls that offer everything from rice and noodles to cupcakes to deep-fried starfish, grasshoppers and snakes on sticks. Locals and toursists walk around to watch other brave people devour some of the most un-imaginable food items in this market.
I went there one evening a couple of weeks ago with my parents and sister. We were all curious to see whether this place can live up to the hype built by the media and other tourists who have been here before.
I was so excited when we arrived:
We arrived just as the owners were opening their stalls so we were among the first few people they enticed to try everything. The first few items were not so bad.
Then, as we carried on walking, the items on sale became weirder…
But hey, some people tried them. Here’s a picture of a man who is a lot braver than I was:
We have had an amazing night people-watching. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone who comes to Beijing. If you feel brave, try any of their food, take a picture and post it on your blog and let me know!
Despite having a rather interesting and fun night, I went back to my hotel wearing this expression on my face:
The Plan in Cardiff, South Wales has some of the most finest coffees, teas and cakes that are relatively cheap. Most of their ingredients are locally produced, too. They serve light bites and also have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
I loved their Coffee and Walnut cake and their fresh Kenyan coffee in a cafetiere.
I loved it there. Please do check it out!
The Plan can be found at the heart of the Morgan Arcade at Cardiff city centre.
Morgan Arcade 28-29
Tel. no: 02920 398 764
Today’s Prompt: You get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favorite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?
I will invite the following to my fictitious dinner party:
- Gordon Ramsay – He may cook for us. If not, he may entertain us with his criticism of the food and his constant swearing.
- Hannibal Lecter- I want to know how he would manipulate the other guests. Who knows, he may (literalily) fry our brains at the end of the night!
- Dr. House – Purely for his wits and sarcasm, and the potential debate between him and Gordon.
- Dr. Sheldon Cooper – Which seat will be his spot? How will he cope with the power struggle between the other guests? Who will he talk to? I’m very intrigued.
- Karl Pilkington from An Idiot Abroad – What will he moan about and how much will he moan?
- Oprah Winfrey – She may give all of us cars, free trips and houses at the end of the night!
- A minion from Despicable Me – Why not, right? They’re fun to be around.
Today’s Daily Prompt: You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?
Imagine a restaurant exclusive to people who cannot afford to eat. A place where gourmet food is served for free. Not just a soup kitchen – money is not an issue, remember? This is what I want to do with a run-down grand mansion. Food will be cooked by trained and well-mannered chefs, who, along with the servers, in turn will train those who have no jobs.
There may be a shortage in money in the world, but I do not think that there is a shortage of good, well-meaning people who are willing to help the less fortunate.