The Blog will begin to bloom again, but not necessarily for the best reasons. I have suspended (abandoned?) my phpbb message board indefinitely after the third hacker attack in 18 months wiped out all the posts and part of the membership roll. I intend to make more use of the blog as a repository for pithy information gleaned on the fly, so check back often. I'm mulling alternative message board solutions, such as more secure software, better hosting arrangement (with better support) and the like, so eventually interactivity will be restored to eatingchinese.org. In the meantime, I have created a "mini me" of the departed forum in the form of a Google Group, so stop by and join in!
Gary Soup is a blogger, tweeter and sometimes poster to foodie web sites, usually blathering about Chinese food. He is a retired transport planner with an abiding interest in all aspects of Asian and other ethnic foods and their place in the world. He has twice been married to Shanghainese women who happened to be good cooks and consequently is well-grounded in Shanghainese "jia chang" cuisine. He is based in San Francisco, but spends as much time as he can in Shanghai and New York and can sometimes be seen prowling the streets of Montreal. He is the author of two articles on food in the guidebook "Urbanatomy: Shanghai" and has been a guest blogger for the Asian Art Museum on the food of Shanghai. He currently maintains two Blogger blogs, and posts a lot to flickr. Some earlier online efforts of Mr. Soup drift about the World Wide Web as cyberspace junk.