User profile: colinflahive

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  • RegisteredJuly 30, 2007
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  • RegisteredJuly 30, 2007

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Books! Books! Books!

@ Alien, yes that is correct. We gave the people who donated the books the option that funds raised go to China California Heart Watch or to a future trip for Salvador's staff and they chose the latter.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Books! Books! Books!

So we were given a load of great books by former Kunming residents Pierre and Sandra and they have given us permission to use them for a fundraiser. If you are after some good books, feel free to take what you want and make whatever contribution you can.

The books are in a wooden chest displayed at the back of the new half of Salvador's. Please leave your donation with the staff at the bar.

If anyone out there knows a used bookstore that might be interested in a larger purchase, or has any other ideas how to put these books to good use, please pass along your thoughts here.

Cheers, Colin

Forums > Food & Drink > Western-run places in KM too expensive?

Just a little Salvador's perspective...

Over the last ten years our happy hour cocktails have gone up from 10 yuan to 12 yuan and other menu options have gone up on average about the same rate. Our coffee prices haven't changed since we started even though the costs are substantially higher. That being said, we have added many higher end options and things like avocados and smoked salmon aren't cheap in China.

Over the same period of time, food costs have more than doubled (beef has tripled), rent has increased seven-fold and starting salaries are nearly five times what they were way back when we started in Dali.

Restaurant profit margins in China have dropped substantially which is why when my wife and I go out for local food the bill often runs higher than 100 yuan for a meat dish and two veg dishes. Manna's prices next door are two to four times what they were when Sal's first opened up. Hell, we used to pay 2 yuan for a bowl of noodles here in Kunming.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Yoga Near Green Park?

this place is in Green Lake Park and quite good

Fashion Yoga
Green Lake Park, Kunming
(0871) 65336693

Forums > Food & Drink > Avocados around?

Avocados are back at Salvador's. Hopefully this time we'll have them for the foreseeable future. You can buy them whole for 16 RMB each or add sliced avocado or guacamole to any dish... or try the new mango avocado mint salad.


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I'm disappointed in myself for even considering giving this place another chance. I wanted to give my 4-month old a chance to see some live animals and I was sure that there was no way that the Kunming Zoo was as bad as it was 15 years ago. Somehow it was worse. It's disgraceful that with all of the changes that this city has undergone in the last two decades that this zoo still lacks any sense of decency or morality.


At nailer and tallamerican, I'm sorry to hear about your recent experiences. We wash everything with purified water and make all of our food fresh daily from whole ingredients in order to avoid any problems. We will review our procedures to assure that we continue to provide the safest and healthiest menu options possible. I hope you'll give us another try and I'd be happy to buy you a coffee if you are around any morning.

@GoKunming, it would be nice if there was a zero star option for reviews so that business owners can contribute without having to rate ourselves. I kind of feel like a d-bag giving myself stars 1-5. For some reason I settled on 4 as the least douchey ;).


Happy Birthday Bird Bar!

For thirteen years now, Dali is a better place because of you.

The Bird Bar Cafe has also just opened across the street. We ate there the other night and it was awesome. They've got a chef there right now who put together the best Japanese set meal I've ever had in China. Had to order a day in advance though.


Impressive not only for the quality of the dishes, but also for the fact that the owner grows all the vegetables for the restaurant himself without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Moreover, he offers a choice of 12 different homemade noodles to go with each pasta dish. We tried three and they were just about perfect. We also had an excellent eggplant parmesan, though it was not on the menu. It's not cheap, but definitely the best Italian restaurant in town right now. It was my first time there, but I think that they must have made vast improvements since the last reviews. Note that the restaurant is now called Magiano's.