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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. I feel sooooooo hungry right now…

    5 years ago
  2. omg you guise should have totally went to the hipstery and artsy areas like sanlitun and the 798 art district!!

    5 years ago
    • Ah! We didn’t know where to go! We asked for the hipstery parts and we’re recommended to the Bell and Tower area. I didn’t even hear of the areas you mentioned!

      5 years ago
      • omg next time you go you should definitely go there!! Its really cool and trendy! Hehe you guys also should eat at hai di lao hot pot and like dadong duck (probably the best)and also gui street (which is like a street full of restaurants and open till really late)!!! Omg I love Beijing (aside from the air lol) hehehe

        5 years ago
  3. omg you guys, this video just made me so hungry!

    Beijing looks fun!

    5 years ago
  4. I’m an ABC, and I have been to China many times, and I can confidently say that you guys ate some mighty funky food in that second restaurant. I have never ever even heard of green and orange dumplings with potatoes inside, and I have no idea what the platters filled with random assorted stuff is, though it does look pretty good. I did recognize the alcohol you tried, although I haven’t seen any with over 50% alcohol content before. The dim sum looked amazing and authentic, give me some NOW :D
    Anyway, I feel like people in China as a whole care less about how they appear in public, so there are people who roll their shirts up and children who run around sparsely dressed in less cultured families. As far as traffic is concerned, its pretty terrible, just don’t get killed. OTL

    5 years ago
  5. I’m going to Beijing in 2 weeks, and will be staying there for 7 months. All the food shown in this video almost made me cry because I really want all of it!
    I’m not looking forward to the air though.. I

    5 years ago
  6. Lol, that puppy in your pictures has a haircut similar to Spudgey’s new cut! Did you get your inspiration from him? :o

    5 years ago
  7. Maybe someone already said this, but the slogan on the Coca Cola can translates as “Brokenhearted people, don’t listen to slow songs”. Coca Cola wisdom right there ^^

    5 years ago
  8. Haha I have a couple ceramic whale chopstick holders at my house. They’re beautiful and cute at the same time. >w<

    5 years ago
  9. Please bring rain to Southern California! :( Too much heat here. I want a thunderstorm. That’d be cool.

    5 years ago
  10. I replayed the talking fish in the bloopers about 100 times. I’m sure in about an hour I’ll be sporting some six pack abs :P

    5 years ago
  11. Damn, I am a Chinese, but I have never been in Beijing before. And all those yummy Chinese food you guys put in the video are seriously making me “homesick”, well “home-food-sick”. I came from Shanghai, currently living in South Africa.

    As far as I have noticed, driving in Shanghai, to my opinion, is just as bad as in Beijing, but South Africa – Johannesburg has some other kind of “bad”. We have a type of transport called Taxis, nope, not taxi cabs, Taxi – a VW combi or caddy (don’t know what it’s officially called) carrying a lot of people (I mean really large amount of people) at once. The drivers of those vehicles are particularly “skillful” in -hum- all ways, I have seen sliding doors fall off while letting passengers get off, overload and overturned (usually happen when going too fast while overloaded). But fortunately, with regular vehicles, they are considerably safe compare to China.

    As for showing belly and nipples in public, I would say I haven’t seen it in years, not in South Africa nor Shanghai at least. Here was the thing, I had a friend from Beijing, he came and visit me once while I was in Shanghai, he did that belly thing (yes, including roll up the T-Shirt, scratch and tap on belly, grrr…) after having dinner in the restaurant. I was really shocked. I wonder if it could be a Beijing thing… hmmm…

    Finally I had to agree with the air quality in China, every time I go visit my family in Shanghai, I just had to be sick in some way. The last time I went back to visit, I started coughing for no reason from the third day. Then I got better as soon as I landed in Dubai for transit, stopped coughing completely when I landed in Johannesburg. Strange. I blame it on the air quality.

    By the way, I love what you guys do and please keep doing it. You are awesome!

    5 years ago
  12. Ahhhh I so want to eat dumplings!!!! I love the street shots. In some ways it felt a little familiar. Don’t know why. Thanks for the great video and all the wonderful photos. If these don’t make you want to travel to Beijing, I don’t know what would!!!

    5 years ago
  13. Ahhhh I want to go back to Beijing so badly now! T_T I spotted so many of my favourites there! Although not the baijiu lol, I could never get used to that. Beer all the way ^^

    As for the ‘oppa’ thing, there isn’t really an equivalent. I would call my actual older brother 哥哥 (gege) but calling my boyfriend that would be really, really weird :/ if you’re trying to sound cutesy, you could just use other terms of endearment like 宝贝 (baobei) which means baby.

    5 years ago
  14. Martina: What is that gorgeous dress/top you are wearing @ 2:39? It is fabulous and I want it and you need to have a rundown of your wardrobe of awesomeness.

    5 years ago
  15. ooho..Beijing so lucky! The food there is delicious!! It looks like you two had lots of fun eating and eating, but that all there is to do really! The pictures make my mouth water >.<

    5 years ago
  16. wow, nice camera! All your pictures look gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use?

    5 years ago
    • We’re using our travel camera, which is a Sony MK100 ii. It shoots better pics than an iPhone, has a 1.8 aperture, and is small enough to fit in your pocket. We like it a lot :)

      5 years ago
  17. Ohhhh, the restaurants look delish! Does anyone know the names of the dim sum place and the last restaurant in the video?

    5 years ago
  18. Ahhh, new messaging system!! Anyways- I totally told myself last night I shouldn’t watch this until I’m eating otherwise it’s going to make me depressingly hungry. I was watching this while having breakfast- coffee, coffee cake and nutella bagel (an unusually pretty glorious breakfast I must say) and my mouth still watered and I still felt hungry for Peking food/ buffet while I was eating!!!!!! Note to self- I must travel to Beijing specifically for the food. I love DimSum/ dumplings and Peking duck, but the food you guys ate looked like the most glorious food ever and that what I’ve tried doesn’t even come close! Thank you for the WANK adventure as always! Can’t wait to go on some fun WANCs… (in Canada) with my bf~

    5 years ago
  19. oh god i tried watching this to get my mind off of the so exceptionally delicious ramen i had for dinner tonight, but to no avail this video was almost worse! so much good food i cannot eaaaaattt… (btw you guys should totally go to 멘야산다이메 in hongdae if you havent been there… i will be dreaming of that ramen for weeks probably)

    5 years ago
  20. Meg

    Aw! Those pictures are so pretty and the dog was adorable! It looks like you guys had an amazing time in Beijing :) The food looks amazing and now I’m really hungry

    5 years ago
  21. Awww! Martina! You look like Audrey Hepburn!

    5 years ago
  22. Questions: What was bar scene like in China? Was the beer and anything else you drank good, bad, or *shoulder shrug*? Simon and Martina, What did you guys drink? Seriously, Simon’s description made the drink sound not bad, but uncomfortable.

    5 years ago
  23. I really loved that umbrella. I´m allergic to the sun (yes… I know it´s the most rare thing you´ve ever read, but that´s my life XD) and I can´t get an umbrella and protect my skin like you because in Spain is really weird… you should use an umbrella only when it´s raining. I´m jelaous! Even when I use a big hat people stares at me TT.TT
    Great video! It makes me feel hungry!

    5 years ago
  24. Looks like china was a blasty blast. I’ve heard good and bad things china, Beijing in specific, but looks like you guys had fun. Really enjoyed the video guys! Hope you keep making more.

    5 years ago
  25. Whaaaaaaaaat?!?? Simon how did you get RUSSIAN ice cream in CHINA?!?!:D This ice cream is even called “St. Peterburg”! (Old capital of Russia). It looks like the one from my childhood! :))

    And really cool video guys!! I liked it a lot! And now I´m gonna go and get me some food, because I feel hungry now. :))

    5 years ago
  26. My dad worked in china for a few years, he got pneumonia within two weeks of moving! The air quality is awful and the driving is terrifying, although I think my dad would say bahrain is scarier, camels sitting in the back of pick up trucks are a regular ocurance. but the place is still quite magical.

    Visiting there has given me a lifelong fear of my suitcase being stolen from the back of taxis…which happened. Its ok though the taxi driver got out of the car, mid traffic jam and ran down the road after the thief to save my suitcase. Only in china!

    Also the newspaper is hilarious we kept all the best bits while we were out there! https://www.flickr.com/photos/xhan104/6026108887/in/set-72157617549010037

    ps. I think you guys need to add a fish to the family, I lol’d! (properly housed of course! no goldfish bowls :) )

    5 years ago
    • Those newspapers are HILARIOUS. Was they for foreigners, or was it from an ‘Interesting Facts’ page?

      5 years ago
  27. So hungry now! I don’t think I can eat my sad leftovers for lunch anymore…

    5 years ago
  28. Can you make a video talking about all your tattoos? the motivations behind them and what they represent to you that made them important enough to be drawn on your body forever? I’m really curious!

    5 years ago
  29. I am so sad you didn’t try the hot pot :(

    5 years ago
  30. It’s not even 9 am, and now all I want is dumplings. So much yummy food in that video guys!

    5 years ago
  31. I want to go to China to eat all the foods, but not to breath all the air. The sheer amount of possible natural disasters in California could be apocalyptic! Earthquakes, wildfires, drought (oh wait, that’s already happening)! Do not challenge the Earth spirits! BTW, I love how you managed to finagle a GoT reference by relating it to your presentation. Have you ever noticed finagle is a word people use, but never write down?

    5 years ago
  32. why do I never learn to eat before watching food videos?! I hate you (read love you guys yo bits) for all those sexy food porn shots. I loved the atmosphere when you walked around, the streets was a mix of old and new (though those belly scratchers aren’t exactly pleasing to the eye) and again all that delicious food!!!

    5 years ago
  33. This is torture, I’m salivating.

    5 years ago
  34. watching FAPFAP’s and food WANKS is always half pleasure half pain… but this time I don’t have to be jealous at all becaue I’m going to Bejing in August, yay! still, I’m going to take some dumplings out of the freezer right now :D

    5 years ago
  35. Kim Soo Hyun heehee!!
    Sharknado ahahahahhaha!!! aww you guys are the bringers of calamities…but don’t be sad, it makes you special!! your mutant name for it is awesome!!
    after you got off the rickshaw you coulda totally sang ‘Still Alive’
    I!WANT!THAT!MARIO!TOY!!!

    5 years ago
  36. When you put the ancient Chinese quote from Master Spudgy on the screen when Simon was eating the glass noodles I almost spewed, as an old-time student of Taoism. Please o pretty please publish the Tao Te Spudgy, the collected insights of Spudgy Tze.

    5 years ago
  37. Your WANK’s slowly turn into FAPFAP’s xD Seriously guys, you’re soooo much delicious food during your trips, I’m always getting jealous (and hungry) >< But your pictures are beautiful and it looks like you've had a really great trip :)

    5 years ago
  38. Are you kidding me… Kim Soohyun, even in China!?! Just last week I was walking in Myeongdong and I saw his face everywhere and I mean EVERWHERE!!! Not that I mind I mean I like him and he is a nice piece of god’s creation but damn… he must be rich! haha
    Anyway, nice looking food there! I started to wonder that if you ever come to Finland what special food do we have… not much… I think bakery stuff would offer more. ^^’

    5 years ago
  39. Omg that fish ;D now i’m in train and can’t stop laught. Aigo people think that i’m crazy

    5 years ago
  40. HEY! I just realized something: why didn’t I get no hotdamn Chinese fortune cookies? No one even offered!

    5 years ago
    • lol fortune cookies aren’t Chinese. I think they pretty much originated from California.
      just wondering, did you guys know what you were eating for the most part? or did you just order whatever looked/sounded good?

      5 years ago
      • Just ordered whatever looked and sounded good for the most part. For some, though, we we’re with the team and the organizers ordered for us :)

        5 years ago