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Birthday celebrations part 2, 3 and 4

Birthday celebrations part 2, 3 and 4

Besides a fantastic birthday weekend, there were many more fun activities I haven’t posted pictures from, so here we go!

Afternoon tea at the Peninsula

Boramy and Tim took me to afternoon tea at the Peninsula a week after my birthday. I’ve been wanting to go so it was the perfect present. Savory snacks, little desserts, scones with clotted cream and unlimited tea – what more can you want? The food was really good and we hung out for almost 4 hours.

Girls only birthday party

A weekend after that, I had 8 girls over for pastries, cake, games and mimosas … and later pizza rolls, wine and gossip πŸ˜‰ They helped me finish the rest of the eclairs and cream puffs from the baking extravaganza, so now there’s space in the freezer for another round!

Birthday celebrations in Germany

I just got back from a business trip to Germany, where I also got to spend a weekend with my family. I sent them a birthday wish list which included a family breakfast, dinner with the grandparents and a strawberry cake πŸ™‚ All my wishes were fulfilled, yay to getting special birthday treatment!

Julia and Frank’s present was food related as well. First, they had me over at their place for ice cream, we visited Dieter the Donkey at the park and finally we had dinner together. With that dinner I got to check “Must have dish no. 3” off the list: KΓ€sespΓ€tzle! (No. 1 and 2 are Butterbrezel and Maultaschen).

Up next: A tour ofΒ  the Zotter chocolate factory I got from friends and then celebrating with my sister in Singapore in September – she’s also taking me to an afternoon tea. Food gifts are the best πŸ™‚

Shanghai Street Eats Breakfast Foodie Tour

Shanghai Street Eats Breakfast Foodie Tour

After the delicious foodie tour in Hong Kong, I looked up what UnTour Food Tours offers in Shanghai. One, because it was fun and delicious and two, because the flyer I got in Hong Kong included a 10% off voucher πŸ™‚ The one that spoke to me was the Shanghai Street Eats Breakfast so that’s what Ellie and I did on Sunday morning. Unfortunately the 9am tour was already fully booked, so I dragged myself out of bed for the 8am one. Spoiler: It was worth it.

We started at Xiangyang Park where we got a good glimpse of typical morning park activities: Water calligraphy, group sword swinging, Tai Chi and dancing. Our first stop was a street corner with a few different stalls. We tried jianbing (Shanghai pancake), fried dough sticks (kind of like unsweetened churros) dipped in fresh soy milk, savory and sweet baozi (buns), fried dumplings and potstickers with pork filling. My favorite was the jianbing and watching the lady whip them up in record time. Luckily, our apartment is only a couple blocks away so I’ll be back to this magical place soon.

Next, we stopped at a little cafe for some drinks and then wandered through some alleyways. Our destination was a shop which served hand-pulled noodles in scallion oil and soy sauce – yum! Watching the guy pulling the noodles was an attraction by himself. He was so fast I’m half convinced he just had the thin noodles up his sleeve before he started. Our guide Christina risked her life for us by cutting up the noodles with scissors to divide them (bad luck, because long noodles = long life!) πŸ™‚ We also had bamboo tofu with green peppers which was good and spicy.

After a little trip through the wet market, we went to a dumpling shop and had delicious xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) and wonton soup. After that I was convinced I could not eat anything more but there’s always room for dessert πŸ™‚ We got bubble waffles which were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, so just perfect.

Overall it was a fantastic tour with a great guide. Christina, a Canadian/Cantonese who has been living in China for 8 years, was really nice, told us lots of interesting stories and pointed out buildings I have walked by lots of times without noticing. Of course I may have also liked her because she fed us a lot and wore an awesome shirt.

An Internations Brunch

An Internations Brunch

Having brunch on the weekend seems to be a favorite activity in Shanghai. A lot of restaurants offer brunch specials and many hotels have brunch buffets, often with free flow champagne. The brunches at fancy hotels often cost 100 € and more. Though we can eat a lot, I’m not confident enough in our abilities to eat food worth this amount of money in one sitting πŸ™‚

On Saturday there was an InterNations event to have breakfast at Wanda Reign on the Bund, a (self-rated) 7 star hotel that opened at the end of 2016. They have a breakfast special going on until the end of the year, so for 150 RMB (19 €) you can eat as much as you can manage and tea, coffee and juice are also included. The hotel lobby is pretty impressive and so was the breakfast buffet.

InterNations is an expat community we both joined when moving to Shanghai. There are different groups which organize events so you can meet people. Once a month there is a newcomers event, there is an event at a different bar each Friday night and now we are also members of the Brunch and Lunch Group which regularly meets to eat, so of course we had to sign up πŸ™‚

We had a lot of fun at the breakfast talking to people from all over the place, for example we met someone from New Caledonia (had to look it up on a map first: it’s a French territory in the South Pacific).

On Sunday we went out for brunch again and had 3 delicious courses at Le Saleya, the French restaurant close to us (I already wrote about it but the food is just so pretty). Yes, we also went to the gym that weekend πŸ˜‰

Our fruity Chinese breakfast

Our fruity Chinese breakfast

How we get our fruit

Marina already told you that we mostly buy our fruit at a local store just across the street. I like to go there because the fruit is super fresh. The owners seem surprised by the quantities we buy so frequently, and always add a little something to our bags.

They do their best to teach me Chinese as well, sometimes they hide the calculator display to see whether I understood the numbers they just said. Usually it works pretty well.

Our breakfast routine

Today, Marina did what she likes to do on a weekend – sleep in, so I prepared breakfast and took a few pictures during the process. During the week, traffic gets crazy in the morning, so we like to leave our apartment early and usually bring a bag of fruit and eat it in the taxi or metro on our way to work.

On one of the first days here, I went to store and bought all the stuff that I had never seen before. Right now our regular breakfast fruit are:

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