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Restaurant Week Round 2

Restaurant Week Round 2

So much happened in September: I started the month in Taipei, came back to 7 nights of restaurant week, my little sister and her boyfriend arrived in the middle of it and we ate and touristed our way through Shanghai, Luoyang, Xi’an, Chengdu and again Shanghai.

Sadly, our awesome visitors left yesterday so it’s time to start posting all the pictures and write down all the things we did before I forget.

First up: Restaurant week, the Second.

I think I already mentioned that it happens twice every year and many different restaurants offer special menus at usually good prices. I had high expectations after the 9 restaurant week meals in April 🙂 This time it was from August 30 to September 9. Because I “lost” three days in Taipei I only managed to go 8 times 😉

Here are all the beautiful dishes I ate (or shared):

And here is the full list:

  • Colca, Peruvian: 8 courses of yumminess, really great start on the night before flying to Taipei.
  • Garlic, Turkish: Enjoyed it so much last time we came again. And brought friends. The food was still great and the portions huuuge.
  • Alma, European: Really good new find, loved their menu.
  • Azul Tapas & Lounge, Spanish: Great girls night with lots and lots of different delicious dishes.
  • Masse Gastro Lounge, Southeast Asian: Not bad but my least favorite out of the 8. Wouldn’t go again for food.
  • Bistro Burger, American: Nice little burger place close to us with an awesome deal during restaurant week.
  • The Cut, Steak: Good food but would only go again if they have a deal. Thorben’s steak is better.
  • The Fellas, Italian: The second repeat because it’s always amazing for food and the view, especially when trying to show off Shanghai to visitors 🙂
Friends, food and fun – our summer

Friends, food and fun – our summer

According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, summer is already over and fall started on August 7. The weather doesn’t seem to care about that and my app says it will still be above 30 degrees for the foreseeable future. Still, I thought I’d take this opportunity to recap our summer a bit, since we’ve been a bit lazy with the blogging.

This year, the weather was a tiny bit cooler than last year with the hottest day being “only” 38 degrees. It was still really hot and often also really humid. Just walking from the taxi to the office feels like exercise when it’s already 34 degrees at 8am.

So far we’ve had 4 typhoon warnings but mostly we got lucky and Shanghai didn’t get hit very hard. They did bring lots of rain and some wind for a day or two each time, especially during the last one it was pouring like crazy. I wish I could have sent some of that rain to Germany.

Besides sweating, our summer was filled with hanging out with friends, brunches, dinners, movie nights, parties and dinner parties. After we already had German and Swiss night, we enjoyed some home cooked Mexican food in early August. Luxembourg night turned into pizza and home cooked Chinese food night 🙂 Up next: international potluck dinner!

Thorben got the contact of a guy who imports beef which started a little steak obsession in our house. Right now there are still around 3 kilos of beef in our freezer, and that is after 4 steak dinner parties … My role in these dinners: Make appetizers, salad dressing, bake dessert and don’t disturb the chef 🙂 Homemade avocado popsicles were also a big hit this summer.

I went to some more GGI events and shared the wine I brought back from Germany with friends. Thorben did a lot of exercise including running along the bund in this crazy heat and played archery every weekend. We also got celebrated the first birthday of archery in Shanghai with a big party. Just because I don’t play doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy lots of cake, right? Oh and of course we had to go to work here and there 🙂

Shanghai Parks

Shanghai Parks

Less than 4 weeks until our next visitors arrive – Yay! – so it’s about time I finish posting about my parents’ visit 🙂 The last “sights” I want to share are the the parks we visited in Shanghai. Overall, I feel like Shanghai is super green, especially for a city so big. There are many many trees lining the streets where we live and there are lots of small and also some big parks all over the city. When my parents were here, we went to 4 of them.

I didn’t take enough pictures, so thank dad for being on top of it 🙂

Xiangyang Park

Xiangyang Park is a very little but lively park close to our apartment. In the mornings and evenings there is always a lot of action; mostly dancing in all forms. It’s fun just sitting on a bench there and watching.

Jing’An Park

Another one close to were we live is Jing’an Park. It has a little pond in it, some sculptures and a nice Thai restaurant. It’s located next to Jing’An Temple, so when my dad and I went there, we took the scenic route 🙂

Fuxing Park

Fuxing Park is in the French Concession and was created by the French more than 100 years ago. It’s a pretty big park which includes a Lotus Pond, a Rose Garden and lots of other greenery. There was one lotus flower just opening so we had to come back a couple days later so my dad could take another close up 🙂 Like most parks it also offers great people watching opportunities. We saw people playing Majong, dance and do water calligraphy.

Century Park

Century Park is like the Central Park of Shanghai: with 140 hectares it’s the biggest one. It costs 10 RMB admission and is located on the other side of the river. Since the only times I usually cross into Pudong is to go to the airport, it was my first time here. We spent a few hours walking around but I don’t think we saw everything. It was pretty smoggy that day but it’s still a nice place for a weekend stroll.

Chinaversary

Chinaversary

One year ago today I landed in China and started this crazy Shanghai adventure. Happy 1 Year, Shanghai, and thanks for all the memories!

I know it’s a cliche to say this but time really does fly 🙂 On the other hand, looking back on everything that has happened it’s hard to believe it’s only been one year. To celebrate this day, here is a little review of the past 12 months in China:

After one year I can definitely say that moving here was a great decision. Now if only our families and non-Shanghai friends lived closer, life would be even better 🙂

Archery Tag

Archery Tag

There are so many fun things to do in Shanghai and a few months back, Morgane and Leyfa took me to Archery Tag. I didn’t know what to expect, just knowing that it is something like a mix of dodge ball and paintball, using bow and arrow. And that’s pretty much what it is.

It’s a ton of fun! Every time we play, there are 28 players and we play in four teams of seven. A game lasts a maximum of five minutes, until all players of a team have been hit, or all targets have been shot. If you’re hit, you’re out, and can only get back in when someone shoots a target or catches an arrow.

To get a spot to play is the first challenge. It is first come, first serve – and being two seconds late for sign-ups gets you a spot at the bottom of the waiting list. The games are on Sundays and are called the ‘Hungover Games’, since some players still feel some effects from the night before, or directly go there from one of Shanghai’s many free-flow-brunches.

In May and June it’s league time! While you don’t always play with the same people during normal games, you do during the league. Six captains drafted their teams, and, what can I say, it is getting quite competitive!

Michael made a nice video to show what archery tag looks like. See for yourself:

It’s not easy to take pictures during a game, it’s indoors and pretty dark, but here are some snapshots:

A bike tour around Shanghai

A bike tour around Shanghai

On Friday, we said good bye to our first visitors. After a 2-week group tour around China, Thorben’s parents stayed with us for a week. Besides celebrating my birthday we also did some other fun  activities, one of them was a bike tour through Shanghai at night.

Our guide had to cancel the day before but we still wanted to go, so they sent one of their technicians. Our new guide didn’t speak English but he knew the route and played recordings at some of the stops for some background info. We started at Hengshan Road and biked through the French Concession, passing big villas, embassies and Fuxing park. In Xintiandi, we went into one of the alleyways and learned about community life there. Our next stop was the Yuyuan Garden/Old Street area which is the old center of Shanghai. Now it’s really touristy with lots of shops but lit up nicely at night. We have yet to visit Yuyuan Garden, I think Thorben’s parents have seen more of Shanghai’s sights then us 🙂

After biking through some small dark alleys in the old town, we went to the bund. It was really visible again that Shanghai is a city of huge contrasts: Some people share tiny, old lane house apartments with their extended family, have communal kitchens and bathrooms and sit outside around plastic tables with their neighbors playing Mahjong. A few meters away there are fancy hotels, glitzy, modern high-rise buildings and the Pudong skyline.

On our way back we passed Nanjing East Road, Shanghai’s major shopping street and People’s Square. You can really see a lot of Shanghai in 3 hours on bikes 🙂