The Globe and Mail

December 8, 2023
A note from the editor
We rang in the Lunar New Year, which began on February 1, with an interview by Ann Hui of Cheuk Kwan, author of Have You Eaten Yet? In the interview, the Canadian author discusses the ubiquity and resilience of Chinese restaurants, as well as the effects the ongoing pandemic has had on Chinese restaurants across the country. In addition, Christopher Waters recommends six more weeks of hearty winter reds – no matter what Wiarton Willy says! – while Leslie Beck offers some advice to those looking to optimize their protein intake for muscle-building (hint: it’s best to fuel up throughout the day).

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In 1976, Cheuk Kwan had dinner at the Cin Lokantasi, or “China Restaurant,” in Istanbul. There was no pork on the menu – a staple of most Chinese cuisine. The owner, he later learned, was a Muslim-Chinese man who had fled Mao Zedong’s China, travelling through Pakistan and Iraq, before eventually settling in Turkey.

This experience led Kwan to the realization that, no matter where you are in the world, there’s a Chinese restaurant. That was the thesis behind his 2005 documentary series Chinese Restaurants, which follows the filmmaker from Israel to Kenya, and Argentina to Brazil, visiting Chinese restaurants across 13 countries.

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Consuming protein immediately after a workout boosts muscle-building, but before bedtime? That’s a different question
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