About Me

I’m a freelance writer and editor covering food and drink, travel and hospitality. These days, I’m living in St. Louis, Missouri, after almost 15 years in Beijing. 

My work has been published in St. Louis Magazine, Vinepair, Roads & KingdomsThe Cleaver QuarterlyRiverfront Times, Today’s Hotelier, and Podcast Review

If you need a writer to help you tell your story, email me at iainxiao@gmail.com and let’s talk.

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Food, Drink and Hospitality Journalism

Tasti-Tea Serves Chinese Street Food in the Delmar Loop

Chinese street food and noodle restaurant Tasti-Tea opened in the Delmar Loop on March 20, in the space previously occupied by jianbing shop Bing Bing. Owner Lei Qian added some foliage and other wall decorations, but Tasti-Tea looks similar to its forerunner, seating around 20 diners. The menu was only available in Chinese during our visit, but the translated menu should be ready in the next few days, and Qian and his staff are happy to explain dishes and offer recommendations.

Savage brings artful, creative cooking to Fox Park

Now open in Fox Park, Savage is the restaurant that chef Logan Ely has been building toward since launching his Square1 Project underground dinner series 18 months ago. The restaurant is located in a corner building that formerly housed A&B Liquor Store. This is not obscure local trivia: Savage’s exterior is unmarked, so the liquor store’s sign is still hanging from the side of the building, providing affirmation that you’re in the right place.