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China's homegrown wine scene

My two previous visits had been in 2002 and 2008 and on the second I had been deeply depressed by the fact that, while the rest of the world was making better wine with every vintage, the quality of the Chinese wine seemed to have stagnated.

Brunch at Shanghai's M on the Bund

M on the Bund
View from M on the Bund in Shanghai

A sybaritic day in Shanghai

Yunnan folk cuisine at Lost Heaven in Shanghai, China

Shanghai: pork xiao long bao

Xiao long bao
Steamed pork xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung in Shanghai, China

Carl Honore praises slowness

Marginalia in David Foster Wallace's books

Check out David Foster Wallace's marginalia: This is an annotated copy of Edwin Williamson's Borges: A Life. Harry Ransom Center.

Kiyoshi Yamashita: Japan's Naked General

Kiyoshi Yamashita on Ebisubashi Bridge, 1955 (Photo from Wikipedia)

When in Paris...

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Scanning through old emails before dumping/archiving this morning...

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