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"Vegetable Soup" (Joanie)

Adventures in eating

overcast 80 °F

Some people would say that Micah and I aren't the easiest people on the planet to feed. We keep kosher and on top of that I'm a health fanatic vegetarian. When you have a language barrier to maneuver, getting vegetables alone is quite a challenge. Every time we walk into a restaurant we pull out the guide book and point to the phrase that says, "I'm a Buddhist/vegetarian." Yesterday morning's breakfast seemed promising. We started off with Mmmmm'ing and Yummy'ing as we happily downed our vegetable dumplings with kimchi and slurped our vegetable soup. It was the most satisfying warm meal we had enjoyed since leaving NYC...that is, until Micah discovered the soup was swimming with tiny, baby shrimp! Our slurp spoons were promptly dropped and we resorted to supplementing the rest of breakfast with fried dough from the street.

We also discovered that opting for a vegetarian or kosher meal on the plane will get you served before everyone else. Although, you'll notice that the kosher meals are much more filling than the vegetarian options. Apparently vegetarians don't need as much to eat as everyone else?

We are staying at the King Joy's Hostel just south of Tienanmen Square in Beijing for the next week. It took us a few days to recover from jet lag and switching our days and nights as there's a 12 hr time difference. Yesterday we explored the Forbidden City. We forgot to pack snacks and my hangry monster erupted around 5pm after a day of exploring. Poor Micah. We got through it though.

Food lessons learned so far: 1- Specify no fish or shellfish along with "I'm Buddhist/vegetarian". 2-Pack more snacks for Joanie. I'm sure there will be more to come.

We stocked up on snacks at the market last night. Let's see what today's adventure brings!

Posted by bucketbath 17:22 Archived in China

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Have fun and enjoy China. Chow down and stay thirsty my friends!

by brent rubin

So glad you made it safe and sound! I was tracking your flight. You have to watch out for that hungry Joanie monster! Love you both!

by Bestest

You made it! Looks like you guys are having a blast already. Can't wait for more updates, missing you like craaazy! xoxo

by Wifey

I'm LOVING this!!!

by courtney iverson

thank g-d you finally chopped your hair off!!

by david

Micah, I'm DYING at all of this. HONESTLY. Will be a loyal follower from now on! I'M SO FRIGGIN' INSPIRED!

by Berna

Wow looks like you are both having a wonderful trip. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy and keep those posts coming.
Love Aunt Pam and Uncle Hal

by Pam

Love the pictures... I hope you savored that challah, probably not going to have some for a long time! Safe travels.

by Andy

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