Month: July 2018

Random Facts: Hot and Cold Food

Random Facts: Hot and Cold Food

During our department outing to Moganshan, I learned about hot and cold foods from my colleagues. It has nothing to do with the temperature of the food, but the characteristics or energy of it: each food either cools or heats your body.

The conversation started at dinner when I was digging into the delicious lychees. My colleague warned me: “Don’t eat too much, they are hot. Have some watermelon to balance it.” And so began my questioning about the topic and all the different foods we were eating. I could point at pretty much any food and they could tell me if it’s hot or cold. As it is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine most of my colleagues just grew up with that knowledge. Not all of them really believe in it but they still seem to know all the basics.

Here are some examples (to the best of my knowledge):

Cold foods: Apple, banana, watermelon, tofu, most fish, chicken, cheese, green tea

Hot foods: Lychee, cherry, onion, garlic, mustard, walnuts, beef, chocolate, coffee

Overall, it’s all about balance, ying and yang. If you are healthy, you should make sure you eat both hot and cold foods. If you are sick, depending on the illness, this could mean your body has too much heat or coldness, so you can get better by eating the right foods. My coworker told me to let her know next time I’m not feeling well and then she’ll tell me what to eat to help me to get healthy again. I’ll report back once I try πŸ™‚

Another well known fact in China: Cold water is not good for you, or it’s “not good for healthy” as many people say πŸ™‚ Basically, cold drinks should always be avoided. We’ve mostly adapted to only drinking warm/hot water in restaurants, but on a day like today with temperatures of 36 degrees, something from the fridge does sound really good.

Shanghai Summer Fashion

Shanghai Summer Fashion

Germans are not the only ones guilty of committing the “socks with sandals” offense, it is also popular among Chinese men! A fashion favorite for the ladies: nylon socks … even if you wear shorts/ a skirt. Gotta love summer in Shanghai! πŸ™‚

Spotted on my metro ride home yesterday. Coming soon: The Beijing Bikini πŸ˜‰

Shanghai Sights: Yu Garden

Shanghai Sights: Yu Garden

After a little … okay, a long break due to my recent trips, the recounting of the Shanghai Sights I visited with my parents continues. Today’s sight: Yu Garden.

Yu Garden is a Chinese Garden located in the old city center of Shanghai. It’s one of the most famous attractions in Shanghai and thanks to my parents I finally went. The area around it, Yuyuan Old Street, is super busy, even on a Monday. Thankfully, the garden was pretty quiet and we spent a relaxed hour walking around.

Here is a little picture collection, some from me and some from my dad’s camera:

Fun facts

Yu Garden is sometimes also called Yuyuan Garden. This translates to Yu Garden Garden, so it should either be called Yuyuan or Yu Garden.

The Zig Zag bridge leads to the main entrance of the garden. According to the recordings we listened to during the bike tour it was built like this to keep ghosts away and so you have more time to appreciate the view when crossing it.

The tea house in front of the garden is not only very pretty but also super expensive. Queen Elizabeth II. has enjoyed some tea there when she visited Shanghai. Maybe there is a relation between those 2 facts πŸ™‚

5 Great Things About Visiting Germany

5 Great Things About Visiting Germany

With 2 Germany trips within a few weeks from each other I’ve neglected this blog quite a bit, sorry to the 3 people still reading! πŸ™‚

I got back on Monday so it’s time to get on with the blogging. Here is my Top 5 of why visiting Germany was awesome.

1. Seeing Family and Friends

Obviously the best part of visiting. I forgot to take pictures because I was having too much fun. So thanks to my sister for making us take that one πŸ™‚ And yes, that’s a castle in the background. When in Germany …

2. Butterbrezeln, Maultaschen und KΓ€sespΓ€tzle

There are 2 Paulaner and a couple other German restaurants and I’ve never been to one of them (with the exception of the Christmas market and a cheese fondue event but that doesn’t really count as German food). I don’t really miss German food in Shanghai that much, there is a lot other great stuff to eat. So far I’ve really craved Maultaschen once, and then we just made them ourselves. However, when I’m home I love eating my way through all the delicious regional food we have and the goodies my mom makes.

3. Driving

Flying down the Autobahn at 100 mph is fun and somehow very relaxing. I wouldn’t want to drive in Shanghai but I love it in Germany. Unless you’re stuck in a massive traffic jam around Stuttgart of course πŸ™‚

4. Drinking the tap water

Back in Germany we almost never bought water, just drank it straight from the tap. It’s super easy, tastes good and is almost free (important for me as a Swabian πŸ˜‰ ). In Shanghai we don’t even use the tab water for cooking, so it’s just a nice change.

5. Long summer nights

The sun doesn’t set until 9:30, so I never noticed how late it was getting. These extra 2.5 hours of daylight are fantastic and something I miss here. Eating ice cream in the dark is also fine if there’s no other option πŸ™‚

And I guess views like this also don’t hurt:

Though my trip was great, I’m happy to be back in Shanghai now, especially since I was greeted with perfect blue skies and relatively mild temperatures (only 33Β°!) and low humidity. I’ll back in Germany again a couple more times this year so until then I’ll be eating dumplings, meeting Shanghai friends and enjoying this crazy city that has become our second home.