It is the same thing every year; we are running, running, running - trying to get everything organized before either going away or staying at home. We don’t know which is better or worse. Whatever you do, you still have the fun of hunting down the perfect presents to buy and then the task of finding a way to send them on either via non-reliable mail (and say a little prayer that they make their way home), find a kind soul with room in his or her luggage or distribute your own luggage so you can carry them across the continent(s).
Even if you are not spending the holidays with family, you still want to decorate your home and make it festive – at least just a little bit. Add to that the class parties at school, going away parties for people leaving and/or just holiday get-togethers with your China friends – it’s chaotic on a good day!
It is exhausting and therefore the STARA team will take a well-deserved break over the holidays. We will both be in different parts of Thailand charging our batteries with sand between our toes, warm ocean swims and spicy Thai food - gathering inspiration and energy to brace the harsh winter months ahead.
We will return renewed (and a few shades darker) at the beginning of January, ready to take on the Beijing food scene and our loyal students.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement. You make STARAfood what it is!
Happy Travels, Happy Holidays and Happy Eating!
Stacey and Sara