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Food and Party Time in Beijing

June 7, 2014

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Oh gosh! I’m writing this blog post before I’m even done editing the video. There’s so much footage for us to edit and I’m not even sure what I’m going to include or not. I’m just really excited about what our trip was like and I want to talk about it.

Why We Were There

Why go to Beijing, you might ask. We were surprised when we were invited as well. YouTube is blocked in China, and so I wonder why would anyone want us there if they don’t know who we are? Here’s why: the event was actually organized by people in Germany, people responsible for the Frankfurt Book Fair. They were organizing StoryDrive Asia in China. The point of the conference was to talk about Transmedia and different ways of storytelling. We, then, were invited to talk about how we include you guise in our videos.

Basically, the idea behind it is that we’re not like Game of Thrones. You can’t call up the directors and say “hey! Joffrey’s an asshole! Kill him right away!” Old media is very much a one way street. For us and our videos, though, we try to be more of a two way street. We answer your questions in our TL;DRs, and we respond to your comments in the videos as well. We take your votes for Kpop Music Monday. We chat with you guise and open your packages during LiveChats. You guise aren’t our audience in a traditional sense. We treat you more like friends we’re having a conversation with. There you go. That’s the gist of our presentation. Of course, it had us being more active and moving around the stage and showing videos and stuff.

We were presenting right after a really famous lady talked for an hour about the importance of incorporating discussions of Chinese characters when you try to tell foreigners what China was like. She was very, very, very, very thorough. She’s a professor, so she gave a very formal lecture. Then us two dorks came up on stage and ho-hummed and jigged for a bit. Ta-da! We never claimed to be professional :D

But, really, we had a fantastic time there. The presentations we listened to were awesome. We made some really good friends there. I hope they’re reading this today. Syd, Colin, Triona, Gavin, Pete, Claudius: you guys were awesome! We’ll hopefully visit you when we go to Europe this year!

Ahem. So, outside of the presentation, we did other stuff

The Other Stuff We Did

WE ATE A LOT. Did you get that from the video? We ate lots of food. That’s really the most important thing for us whenever we travel to other countries. Tourist attractions are for tourists, not for locals. We don’t want to experience that. We want to do what local people do. So we eat everything we can find. We’re not afraid to get diarrhoeas as well. Give us the local experience! Fortunately, this trip didn’t result in any of that, so…great success! And also, too much information!

We went to a really cool bar that Robin emailed us about, Great Leap Brewing. Seriously the coolest bar we went to in Asia. Korea’s microbrewing scene is starting to grow, and we know a few places that make good beer, but this place had not only lots of great beer, but it also had a GIANT bar with a great vibe. Check it out if you’re in Beijing. I’m not sure how to describe how to get there. We just hopped in the Rickshaw and had our babysitters take us there. Yay!

We Break Weather Everywhere We Go

When we were in Canada we brought about -40 degree weather, which was a record, and we also brought an ice storm that broke Christmas. Then we went to Japan for a weekend and brought about a record breaking ice storm. Then, for our few days in Beijing, we brought about record breaking heat. Whyyyyyy???? LA, be prepared for the carnage coming your way. We realized that we have a special mutant power to ruin weather. Call us by our new mutant name: CALAMITY!

We Took Lots of Pictures

Also, we have so many pictures! Hopefully you like the pretty layout we just put in. Check it out!

We Have Bloopers

We had like two hours of footage but didn’t air all of it. Here’s some of the stuff that didn’t make the final cut.

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  1. Omg you made me miss China so much…..

    2 years ago
    • thought that I was the only one :) I lived in Shanghai for one year and I miss it all the time. don’t mind the internet speed going backwards, golden shield, crazy traffic and all the bad stuff. this video made me miss it even more…

      2 years ago
      • I guess we only appreciate these things when we are gone, and nostallgically overlook the bad stuff.

        2 years ago
  2. For L.A. weather i would not mind windstorms and rainy THUNDER THUNDER THUNDER!!! storms.

    2 years ago
  3. SIMON!!! I have the answer to your green bean question :D That deliciousness, which happens to be one of my favorite veggie dishes too, is called 干煸四季豆(gan bian si ji dou), translating literally into dry fried green beans. This is a Sichuan style dish and I have never had it or made it at home since I’m from Guangzhou (land of dimsum), but I found a recipe online for you! http://appetiteforchina.com/recipes/sichuan-dried-fried-green-beans

    2 years ago
  4. Ahhhhhh that made me so hungry!! It’s dinner time but the meat won’t be done for another hour and a half. All the dumplings looked amazeballs. Oh and McDonald’s Happy Meals still come in boxes in Australia! Good thing you guys didn’t break the Aussie weather when you came! Seriously – calamity here would be 45-47 celcius and raging bush fires. D:

    2 years ago
  5. i cringe when i see you guys taking bites from street food. i read news all the time here in singapore that street food vendors in china uses questionable ingredients, use toxic chemicals or prepare food in unhygienic conditions…

    2 years ago
    • The whole time I lived in China, I never got sick from the street food :/ the only time I was ill was from eating nasty dumplings at this big tourist place near Tiananmen Square. I only had a few but I was so ill >< lol all my favourite restaurants there probably had terrible hygiene standards but the food was amazing!

      2 years ago
    • We fully prepared ourselves to get diarrhoea before coming to China. We don’t care. Street food in any country is some of the best food. It’s a sin to not try it, Ebola be damned!

      2 years ago
  6. I have such a hankering for Dim Sum nowwwwwww and it’s 2:15am in Mississauga at the moment D:

    2 years ago
  7. MARTINA. Your blue/pink bag. I MUST HAVE ONE.

    2 years ago
  8. My boyfriend is watching this video and he’s happy looking at all the foods he loves because he’s northern Chinese.

    Martina, I’m Southern Chinese and I hate durian. I don’t mind the smell, but it just tastes bad. Honestly, I’ve yet to meet any non-Chinese person that likes that stuff…

    2 years ago
    • i am a non-chinese vietnamese person that likes it the smell doesnt bother me i have been brought up by it so me likey :3

      2 years ago
      • Almost the same for me but I’m half vietnamese and born in France. My mom made me try some durian here, and I like it. That’s not a common taste and texture but I think it’s quite good althought the fruits brought here in France aren’t as good as what my mom had when she was in Vietnam… She said it taste reaaally good there !

        2 years ago
    • I just don’t understand the appeal of Durian. I understand how beer is an acquired taste, for example, but Durian? Is it an acquired taste or do people just like it right away?

      2 years ago
      • Declaimer: I’m writing from past experience and I’m not an expert on durian.

        I don’t think durian is an acquired taste (although some can adapt to the taste eventually, not likely for most but possible). Most people I know who love durian like it on first try, maybe they were born with a particular palate? I’d say that the appeal of durian is its pungent scent and taste (ironic cuz it’s also what repels people away). People are affected differently by durian; love to eat and smell, can eat not smell (not sure), can withstand the smell but not eat, not eat or smell (some cases people will barf), and etc… By the way was the ice cream bar Martina got in china, durian flavored?

        2 years ago
      • Durian was definitely an acquired taste for me! The first time I tried it, the combination of smell and texture really threw me off but the second time I had it, I started to like the taste and the smell wasn’t as offensive as it was before. And now I totally love this stuff. I would have to say that picking a ripe durian is key; unripe durian isn’t soft enough or fragrant, so it ends up tasting quite bland. Another tip is to try frozen durian, the smell is not as pungent and it tastes like ice cream! I really hope you give durian another try and maybe it would be better to have it in Souther China or better yet, in Malaysia or Singapore where they are originally from! :D

        2 years ago
      • i am the only one in my family that hates durian. what they like about it was the after taste. i guess u have to try those really good durians if u’re a 1st timer. there are many different grade of durians (or so i have heard) and some tastes bad that even durian lovers wont want to eat.

        2 years ago
  9. I feel…. like that was more of a Fap than a Wank… well never thought I’d say that in my life

    2 years ago
  10. Wow! Looks almost like an episode of Running Man. Eating Challenge! Walking Survival Challenge! Ride and Survive the tuktuk Challenge! Find the stuff in the Market Challenge! Another Eating Challenge!

    Seriously guise, this Beijing adventure rocks!

    2 years ago
    • Glad you liked it!

      2 years ago
      • I want to upvote CateyChan’s comment… why is there no upvoting… T^T Also- do we have click on subscribe to my replies and comments for every comment we make… ?? Ahhhh new system, so confusing!!! Anyways- I think that you participated in that Transmedia presentation is really interesting- I actually studied this in university as a Cinema and Media major at YorkU, from cybernetic theory and online communities, and took a class on Transmedia Storytelling with Jill Golick who produces online content that’s also aired- essentially there are many types of transmedia available now and I completely agree that there’s this more open dialogue and interaction that I believe will continue to drastically change the way we consume and develop media. In the next 5 years I feel there will be a lot more narrative websites since YouTube has almost concreted itself as a vlogger-type of stylized video. Ahem… In anycase, I hope you don’t mind but I’m just gonna suggest a couple of things I find frustrating/ you might want to consider developing later on with this new commenting system. Love the new look! But…

        1. Upvotes/ downvotes- personally I’m a big fan as it allows the community to not only notice really significant commenters (hey, there’s a lot of upvotes on this one, let’s read this one even though it’s like an essay), makes commenters feel involved when they receive upvotes and like how their comment meant something to someone else, and downvotes can have the community monitor its peers with negative comments reflectively shown how it’s inappropriate to the forum.
        2. The Post Comment button is a bit high and blocks what I’m typing unless I scroll- it’s more of a pet peeve but I think it would be fairly simple to format to move it down a bit… ?
        3. The subscribe to My Replies/ New Comments. I think it’s totally good that someone can choose to subscribe to the comments section- some people find it a hassle to clear their news feed when there are so many replies. Also choosing to follow a comment section for a particular video someone is interested in, like let’s say the dating ones you’ve posted long ago, would easily allow people who are interested follow the comments and keep themselves involved- I think it’s great! However, the Subscribe to My Replies I feel conflicted with. Aside from what I stated above about people being able to choose, I feel that many of the commenters here in particular are here to connect with and easily converse with other Nasties to share experiences. Having to click Subscribe is an extra step that isn’t fixable after clicking Post Comment. I’d like to suggest the following: a) have Subscribe to My Replies an automatic check mark, and can be un-checked if the person does not want to follow replies to their comment and/or b) have an option to Subscribe or to discontinue following My Replies once the comment is posted.

        Sorry for the long comment, especially in reply to a comment you made, but I think the presentation you talked about is really interesting, and as an audience member, you guys are a kind daily source of interaction and the Nasty community helps me feel connected to people with similar interests. You guys always make me laugh, 감사합니다~ (^.^)

        2 years ago
        • Nononono! Don’t apologize! We’re working on improving the comment section as much as possible. It’s brand new, and made from scratch, so it’s lacking a lot of functionality. We’re going to keep at it, and hopefully we can get some more stuff added to the section soon!

          2 years ago
  11. It’s like 1 in the morning here and I’m craving dim sum…but with the temperature control for food there isn’t any in China. Most people are use to it, the key is to scoop the liquid near the surface rather than spooning the soup from the bottom of the bowl up (if that makes sense). Also the Chinese equivalent for “oppa” would be “ge (哥)” or you can but two “ge’s” together 哥哥.

    2 years ago
  12. this makes me want to go to China

    2 years ago
    • P.S. I pray you don’t bring bad weather when you come in a few weeks. It’s been in the high 70’s to low 80’s and it’s been really nice (idk what that would be in Celsius). Hopefully you guys don’t bring June gloom and just bring warm, breezy weather

      2 years ago
  13. the slogan on the coke can says something like “broken-hearted people, do not listen to slow songs!” but I have no idea what it has to do with anything. Chinese foooood!

    2 years ago
  14. Oh CALAMITY! please do not bring bad weather to LA, I live here and don’t want to have to face the disaster that will follow your guys’ arrival.

    2 years ago
    • Lol- well I don’t think they brought anything in particular to Singapore? Maybe it’s places that usually snow that they bring extreme cold or extreme heat to mess with the locals?? XD

      2 years ago
  15. That food looks sooo good! To be honest, even though I’m interested in traveling throughout Asia, I had never really wanted to go to Beijing. This video definitely changes my opinion!! Oh, and did you find out the name of the food Simon had around 9:13 in the video? I think I had something similar in Taiwan but I never knew the name!

    Also, was that some Katamari music you were singing in the rickshaw??

    2 years ago
  16. Also, is their a reply post limit? Because sometimes I can’t reply to people! ;n;

    2 years ago
  17. Woooaaah! It looks so pretty! :’) I love the fact that you guys not only inform people about Korean culture but also about other cultures as well. May as well call you “EYE” (pronounced “i”)… Eat Your EVERYTHING! (Srsly doe guise, this food looked so delicious :O)

    2 years ago
  18. Geez you guys just made me so hungry out of nowhere. I love how you guys try to find the everyday-life sort of culture in Beijing. It reminded me of how I always had the urge to leave my tour group and just explore the normal and less show-offish places in the cities in China. Also, beautiful pictures!

    2 years ago
  19. Yumyumyumyum these videos always make me want food. Quite honestly I can’t say I’ve ever had authentic Chinese food, I always grew up on authentic thai/veit/khmer food from my mom…sigh curse this small town I live in. ALSO Can’t wait to see you guys in California at summit!! Crossing my fingers for a disaster-less trip hopefully no wild fire/earth quake/sharknado incidents will occur. >,<

    2 years ago
  20. This is making me crave Dim Sum D: and it’s 12am here! If you guys ever come to New York, I wouldn’t be mad if you brought a freak snowstorm, then I’d get a snow day from work and go see you guys! :)
    Martina, it looks like you were eating a zongzi, the glutonious rice wrapped in bamboo leaves; perhaps the sweet kind. Growing up I always like the savory ones my grandmother makes~ There was a entire holiday dedicated to eating that recently.

    2 years ago
  21. I’m am kind of extremely terrified that you guys will bring all of us in LA a big ass earthquake….

    2 years ago
  22. I totally endorse your habit of going to foreign countries and skipping the sites to eat, as long as you get lots of gorgeous food porn shots for us! :)

    2 years ago
  23. First, greatly appreciated “love is the moment” moment. Second, that restaurant/garden/lantern filled room makes me think a fairy home/garden. It’s so pretty. Glad you are back safe and sound. :)

    2 years ago
  24. Hahahahaha, Fish singing EXO’s MAMA!!!
    OMG!! The Food, I kill for eating there…
    I guess now you are the new gods of weather!!

    2 years ago
  25. I wanna go traveling with you guise….so much fun~ :3

    2 years ago
  26. I couldn’t help noticing how Simon had a bit of stubble. I wonder how he would look with a full out beard and mustache.

    DOTHRAKI MAN WARRIOR HAS MAN HAIR ON MANLY WARRIOR FACE.

    2 years ago
  27. I thought I was the only one who got excited about food on overseas trips! That’s one of the main reasons I’m coming to Seoul next month. I really understand where you’re coming from, guys.

    2 years ago
  28. Why must I always watch these right before bed! I’m so hungry now T.T
    I think I’m going to have to sneak over to my boyfriends place to get some dumplings now! At least this time it’s food I have access too! :D

    also, that goldfish had me laughing for a good 5 mins… I may be over tired XD

    2 years ago
  29. NOOOO!!!! WHY?! That song!! I didn’t even watch Heirs past two episodes and yet you torture me with it. See, that spot between my ear and my brain. It’s stuck right there and won’t go away. :(

    Onto the food. *drools* It all looks so damn delicious. I want to eat my screen. The duck looked amazing.

    BTW, is it wrong that I laughed my ass off at Simon burning his mouth a second time, even after attempting to cool it down?

    Glad you guys had an amazing trip to Beijing and were brave enough to the heat. It was 104ºF here today (which Google says is 40ºC) It’s been between 104ºF and 109ºF all week. It’s going no where soon. That’s summer for us but not this early on, not this early on at all. I fear July.

    2 years ago
    • I will bring 50 degree weather for you!

      Also, is it just me, or does Chinese and Korean cuisine not really care about temperature control? They just give it to you, piping hot, but not actually ready to eat. They want you to stare at it for a while so you can feel sad while you wait for it to finally get to an edible temperature.

      2 years ago
      • I’ve survived 46ºC, bring on your 50! I kid, please don’t. The sun might succeed in finally turning me to ash.

        Seriously though, what is with the scolding hot Korean foods? The first time I had galbi tang I thought I’d never be able to have a spoonful. I’d never received such a hot bowl of soup in my life. I kept eating the side dishes and rice, while longingly looking at my bowl of soup. A brand you hot dish I can understand but singeing food man, that really is just to get some funny YouTube videos. They need to invest in some food thermometers.

        2 years ago
        • At least you know the food is cooked… ? And I lived in Brazil and my host city was the most humid place in Brazil aside from the Amazon rainforest- it would be so hot, there was a solid week we had temperatures that didn’t drop below 40C- cold showers were a blessing but as soon as I would turn the water off a wave of heat would just crush me… Needless to say, once the temperature dropped to 25C I was wearing sweaters…

          2 years ago
    • *brave enough to face the heat

      2 years ago
  30. The words on the coke can says:”Sad people, don’t listen to slow songs”.

    2 years ago
  31. Most epic FapFap in all FapFap’s (even if you guys arent billing this as a FapFap).

    SO MUCH FOODIE GOODNESS. I’m drooling all over my keyboard.

    2 years ago
  32. I really miss Beijing! Would you guys ever move there or is the pollution too much?

    2 years ago
    • I know we felt really sick from the pollution. If that was just a bad day, and if things are usually better, then I’d be ok with Beijing. If it gets worse than what we experienced, then I don’t think we’d survive.

      2 years ago
      • I think there are good days and bad.I lost my voice once when the pollution was particularly bad.

        There’s an app that measures air quailty every day (air qulity China), I guess you could just hang out inside on the bad days.

        You guys should check out the Hyperloop.It’s a dream come true for travelers.It will be able to get you across the world in a matter of hours. About two hours from Korea to Canida.

        2 years ago
  33. Liz

    28ºC is breaking heat? Aw, that’s cute. lol Maybe because I live in Brazil and that’s the average spring/summer temperature and it’s not that hot.
    Anyway, all that food porn!!! I’m craving chinese food now. It’s 1 AM and I need some dumplings.
    Great videos as always. :D

    2 years ago
    • Actually it said 40 degrees celcius. 28 degrees was the average temp, not the actual temp. So yeah it was steaming hot there.

      2 years ago
  34. WAIT NOOOOO… I HOPE THERE ISN’T ANY HEAT WHEN YOU GUYS COME TO LA. It’s been really nice lately. I kind of saw some June gloom today. :3 it was beautiful, beats all the heat.

    2 years ago
    • AS long as they don’t bring any earthquake with them, then I can take the heat lol.

      2 years ago
      • That’s true. There were a couple of earthquakes about a month ago huh?

        2 years ago
        • I’ve never experienced an earthquake and I don’t want to. But, knowing our luck, we’ll probably bring a big one :D

          2 years ago
    • Well, then, get ready to roast, CUZ WE GONNA BRING THE HEAT!

      2 years ago
      • Oh noooo. I really hope not. Also, the place you guys went to In & Out is nothing like the In ‘n Out we have here. LOL you guys really need to try it. I recommend you guys go to the one on Westchester it’s right next to LAX. :D I hope I get to see you guys while you’re here! Enjoy your trip.

        2 years ago
        • We got really excited when we were told that we were going to In & Out in Beijing, and we were expecting burgers, but we were still very happy with what we got in Beijing, of course :D

          2 years ago
  35. Well I really hope my parents come home soon because I am hungry now. Where you guys were looked really cool. But dem cars trying to kill you tho. Not cool. Wow 40 degrees, that’s *goes to google because American* GODDAMN THAT HOT! Jesus, does mother nature like to be a complete douche nozzle to you when you travel? I bitch when it was 90 degrees. I’m like really spoiled when it comes to non-changing weather.

    2 years ago
  36. I love you guys!! I like watching you explore! So please on your other adventures continue to film.

    Oh and “oppa” is “gege” (like guh-guh) in Chinese (at least in a general way they bother mean older brother)

    2 years ago
    • Guh guh? That’s awesome! “GUH GUH! BUY ME ICE CREAM!”

      2 years ago
      • Guh guh is correct but as far as i know(im sgpn chinese) theres no practice anywhere of using names like that other than to a direct relative, immediate older sister, younger bro kind of thing, if its used as a term of respect for someone outside your family, only one word is used, simon ge, martina jie(gee-yeah), the whole oppa unnie aegyo flirting thing doesnt exist in chinese culture, if someone uses ge ge on someone whos not their older brother, general consensus is gross wtf lol

        2 years ago
        • Haha yeah I didn’t really think it was used in the same way. Unless we’re talking about k-pop groups in China (EXO M and SJ M both use Gege when talking to each other in Chinese).

          2 years ago
  37. Why am I watching this while on a diet???

    2 years ago
  38. Well…you survived Beijing, congrats. You appear to have found some pretty nice places to eat, congrats. But….did anyone remark on how Simon looked as if He just stepped out of a Public Bath? Mongolia next??

    2 years ago
  39. awes.. i love the little fishy.. >(*o*)<

    2 years ago
  40. So when my friends or family go and visit foreign/far away places, I tend to wish people:

    “I hope you eat many new and delicious things!”

    2 years ago
    • Exactly! Though, I know people that are really afraid to try different foods when they travel. But why?! Eat it all while you can!

      2 years ago
      • You can see pictures, watch videos, and read books about all the monuments from anywhere at anytime.

        But eating delicious things can only be done in-person! :D

        *Does a happy dance because she got a response from Simon and Martina.

        2 years ago
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