Food / Holidays and Celebrations / Phil

Ashley’s Chili Cook Off Birthday Party

We celebrated Ashley’s 27th birthday on Saturday by hosting Utopia’s first and only chili cook off. There were seven entries, each with distinct flavors and characteristics ranging from good old fashion American, Texan, Sichuan, Indonesian, veggie, Guinness stew/chili and our chili with strong hints of chocolate. Everyone in attendance was provided a ballot and asked … Continue reading

Expat life / Holidays and Celebrations / Phil

Happy Birthday Shamrock

Last night was the eighth anniversary celebration at Shamrock, Chengdu’s best known expat bar.  To commemorate the auspicious date (eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture) Isabel and the team threw an invite only, Moulin Rouge/burlesque themed party. What’s not to like about drawing more attention to our being foreign than walking through the … Continue reading