I will be working in Beijing for the month of May. Although I am an adventurous eater in the U.S., I am not familiar with Chinese culture or food at all. Plus, I don't speak or read Chinese.
So, I would really welcome some suggestions for easing into this experience... Where can I try good Chinese food, but still order in English, read a menu in English? I should add that I will be working with a moderate budget. An occasional splurge is OK, but most of the time I am just looking for an every day kind of place.
Also, where can I go for more recognizaeable food when I get homesick? :)
Finally, are there any notable food festivals or other events in Beijing in May that I should get on my calendar?