A little bit of home goes a long way when you're living in China. Here is a typical day where I had a Chinese lunch at the school canteen with students, a few snacks after classes (still hungry I guess for something familiar), afterwards, I prepared a vegetarian dinner at home for company (an olive oil vinaigrette salad with tuna, pinto beans, red onion and lemon and some cucumber with tzaziki), then went shopping at the international market (Metro) for the goodies to keep me from overdosing on pot stickers (jaozi) or the numbness of the numbing pepper in Chongqing's famously hot HotPot! As you see, my Irish, French and Filipino friends stocked up as I did on favorites that they dearly miss when away. The personal assistant who came along for translations got to try some Japanese cookies and a pint of creamy American ice cream for his trouble courtesy of the entourage. Common favorites: CHEESE, BREAD, PASTA, FRUIT JUICES, COFFEE, OATMEAL, BUTTER, SAUCES, DRESSINGS and SPICES. Expensive, yes, (my basket cost nearly 400 Yuan) but oh sooooo good!
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