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Birthday celebrations

Birthday celebrations

Saturday was the most important day of the year – my birthday – and it was the first one we celebrated in Shanghai. The day was mostly about food, surprise, surprise πŸ˜‰

Presents and Brunch

My family sent a huge box of goodies for my birthday, including 4.5 kilos of chocolate – or that’s what the customs note said. Somehow Thorben managed to hide it from me for 2 weeks so it was quite the surprise. I also got 2 awesome paintings, which I’d been admiring at a gallery on our street. After presents we had brunch at Bull & Claw, my favorite brunch place. Or one of my favorites, it’s hard to pick in Shanghai. We brunched so much I had to take a nap after we got back πŸ™‚

A Shanghainese Dinner

In the evening, we had a little dinner party with Shane, Morgane, Leyfa and Thorben’s parents, who arrived on Friday. Thorben hired a Chinese Chef through the app “ε₯½εŽ¨εΈˆ” (good chef). He came to our house with all the ingredients and didn’t stop cooking for over 4 hours. Most of the food was Shanghainese, so it was good Shane was there to explain them to us. It was quite a feast, I think we had 16 different dishes, I didn’t manage to take pictures of each one. But no matter how much you eat, at the end there’s always room for a slice of cake. Or two πŸ™‚

Thanks for all the birthday messages, calls, presents and of course thank you to my party guests for celebrating with me! Turning 28 wasn’t so bad I guess πŸ™‚

The Shanghai Supperclub

The Shanghai Supperclub

I read about the Shanghai Supperclub on another expat blog when I was doing research on life in Shanghai. They regularly have dinner parties and their slogan is “Stay hungry”. I’m always hungry and any opportunity to eat good food and meet new people who also love food sounds good to me. I signed up for the mailing list when we got here and so far we’ve been to 2 events.

The Social Table

The first one we went to was a “Social Table” event in June: According to the invitation it was the longest table they have ever had. It took place in a big tent outside of the Jing’An Kerry Center, so very convenient for us.

After a welcome cocktail we sat down and had a yummy 5 course dinner. They have a different chef every time and that time it was the chef of elEFANTE, a Spanish restaurant in Shanghai. It was quite an international crowd: Around us we had people from Mexico, France, China, Germany and Australia. The food was good and we had some interesting conversations.

A Supperclub dinner

The next invitation came in the beginning of August and it was for one of the traditional Supperclub dinners. Usually they have a dinner party every month and you can “apply” if you want to attend. Then they select 10 people and each person brings one guest so it’s 20 people in total. This time, if you were interested you had to reply to the question “If you were a cocktail, what would it be?” A guy we met there told us he has been to around 8 dinners in the past few years and he got invited every third to fourth time he signed up. So lucky us we got to go on our first try πŸ™‚

The location changes every time and remains a secret until 2 days before the event. The August dinner was at Warehouse Cafe at Anken Air. We had a fun evening and met some nice people from all over: China, Hongkong, the UK, the US, Italy, Germany (we are everywhere) … The menu is also kept secret until you sit down at the table and read the card. Our chef was Jair Gudino Chavez from Mexico. He will be the head chef for Lago, an Italian place, which will be part of the Bellagio hotel (opening in September). The sneak peak we got was delicious so we’ll have to go check it out.