High end hotpot

If you want to party like it is 1999 then in xintiandi the imaginatively named Good Hot Pot place is pretty cool. You don’t even need to swish your meat. A server does it for you. They hand slice the beef at your table. And the shrimp and fish are as fresh a you can get.

Plus I love the double broths. You can get the base soup of both mild and hot. It’s called the di tang or under soup.

And it isn’t steamy hot because they use magnetic resonance heating. Pricey at $50 per head if get the top end shrimp, fish, etc. But a great place to take parents.

The soup at the end is delicious.

Memory Lane

What a trip down memory lane. Walked a few kilometers down Huai Hai Zhong Lu (淮海中路). It is funny how you can remember specific events when you pass certain places…

Huang Pi Nan Lu。Sweating in a suit looking for the City Supermarket so I could make spaghetti dinner. Picking the groceries and dragging them home.

Shanghai old train station. Having ice and red bean on top on a hot day.

Simply Thai. A memorable dinner trying to combine china and the US.

Sephora. Walking thru the store as it has just opened. Wondering how LMVH manages such a global operation.

Sony. Playing with gizmos and gadgets. Televisions are so cool particularly when you hang with a gadget geek.

Gplus. It is still there amazingly. Still bringing in the foreign DJs.

Movie Theater. It’s been two long years but Quantum of Solace is playing now. A great circle of life to watch.

Nonstop US China flights

If you can believe it, there are only seven daily nonstop flights between the US and China and three via Tokyo. But it is really harder than heck to actually figure out the right flights using expedia or even a travel agent. The routings are wierd. So here is a summary that I’ve found really helpful. First thing is to actually find the long haul routes that exist. There are very few. I use “flightstats.com”:http://flightstats.com to track flights and their changes. After a bunch of digging, you discover how few US to China flights there areally are.

It is very hard to discover, but “Flychina.com”:http://flychina.com seems to have the best list of nonstops. See “Shanghai to America”:http://www.flychina.com/usa2sha.asp as a summary including decent connections:

h2. US-based Carriers Flight to China

For instance, there are only seven non-stops from the US to China each day on American carriers (there are an additional three that stop via Narita). There are a total of ten Chinese carrier flights each day. Of these, they all leave in the afternoon pretty much, so if you are g

h3. United

UA 851 ORD PEK Lv 1240PM Ar1500 plus 1 day 747 “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=102757481&airlineCode=UA&flightNumber=851
UA 897 IAD PEK Lv 1223PM Ar1355 plus 1 day 747 “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=102757481&airlineCode=UA&flightNumber=897
UA 889 SFO PEK Lv 1107AM Ar1425 plus 1 day 747 “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=102757481&airlineCode=UA&flightNumber=889
UA 857 SFO PVG Lv 1350 Ar1725 plus 1 day 747 “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=102757481&airlineCode=UA&flightNumber=857

h3. Continental

CO 89 EWK PEK 12:10PM Ar1425+1 day “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=102757481&airlineCode=CO&flightNumber=89
CO 88 PEK EWK 12:00 Ar17:25

h3. American

AA 289 ORD PVG 10:35AM Ar1405 +1day 777 “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=102757481&airlineCode=AA&flightNumber=289
AA288 PVG ORD 1625 Ar1700 777

h2. Connections to China

Then you have connections, which can be via Narita or via Incheon ICN and Seoul

h3. United

SEA NRT PVG via ANA

h3. Northwest

They have three connections via Tokyo, but no nonstops

h3. Korean Airlines

KE246 Lv 0907 Ar 11:33+1 “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=103082317&airlineCode=KE&flightNumber=246
KE 26 Lv 1406 Ar 17:35+1 777 “Flightstats”:http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?airline=%28KE%29+Korean+Air+Lines&flightNumber=26

h3. Asiana

h2. China-based airlines

Also, you have Chinese airlines, which are definitely a second choice with one to New York and also three to LAX. There are 10 flights by Chinese airlines daily:

h3. China Eastern

I’ve taken this flight and it is very OK is how I would describe it. Bring you iPod touch and watch movies on it. The times are just awesome though. You can get a full day of work in New York and then essentially take a red eye to Shanghai and on the return, you really rock and roll. Only the LA flight is daily

PVG JFK MU588 Lv 1:30am Ar 4:50Am+1 1246
JFK PVG MU587 Lv 18:30 Ar 20:45
LAX PVG 12:30 Ar 18:30+1
Vancouver PVG Lv 13:30 Ar 18:20+1 MU582 1356
PVG LAX 2:50pm 10:30am MU 583 Daily
PVG Vancouver 2:55pm 9:30am MU 581 1356

h3. Air China

These are very hard to find as they don’t appear in the reservation systems, so you have to go directly to their websites

Also, you have Chinese airlines, which are definitely a second choice with one to New York and also three to LAX. There are 10 flights by Chinese airlines daily. Most folks feel that Air China is probably better than China Eastern and if you can fly an American carrier that would be great.

PEK LAX CA983 Lv 20:30 Ar 17:45 747
LAX PEK CA984 Lv13:40 Ar17:20+1 747
PEK JFK CA981 Lv 13:00 Ar 14:30 747
JFK PEK CA982 Lv 16:30 Ar 18:00+1 747-400
PEK SFO CA985 Lv 16:00 Ar12:40 747-400
SFO PE CA 986 Lv 14:20 Ar 17:05+1 747-400

Giant Bicycles in Shanghai

Someone was asking me where the Giant Bike shop is. This from Ken:

There is a Giant shop near Carrefour in Jinqiao. Stella, who speaks English, has procured bikes for a lot of us. Her email and a map are below. She has good Giant bikes on the premises, but you can also obtain others. We had her get titanium frames for us from the same manufacturer that produces for Airborne in the US. Titanium costs more than aluminum, but it is light, strong, and won’t rust. The key is to get good welds and the guys that produce for Airborne do a great job. My partial mountain bike specifications and prices in RmB are below. I had a friend bring a Manitou fork from Taiwan, because she couldn’t get. The rest I just selected from her shop.

Let me know when you are ready for a ride!!!!

??No 357 YinShan Rd ???357??Our open time 10:00-20:00, stellami@citiz.net
??
frame:5350
xr group:5500
gui seat post:180
rim;MAVIE 317 680
tire:HUTCHINSON FOLDING TIRE 400
tube:40
fork: you provided
stem:undecided
bar:undecided
spokes:black stainless spokes.
grip:40
saddle:undecided
peddle:undecided
spacer:carbon20 alumaium 10
quick release collar:15

?????

Best Seattle Restaurants

Someone was asking me for the best restaurants of Seattle. Lots of controversy, here, but

The “Seattle Times”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/st_res_sr.cfm?a=0&ah=0&o=1&cui=0&winSize=50&chunkSize=10&oo=2&p=0&s=3&d=n&oh=y&alpha=&beer=f&smoking=&ckBox=&keyw= has their best list.

Notable new ones as opposed to boring old ones (but they are still great like the Herbfarm or Rover’s) are:

* Beato Food and Wine. It’s more of a local place in West Seattle, but got a 3.5 stars from them
* “Coupage”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=43952&s=st. Its in Madison Park and is actually French-Korean if you can imagine that. The signature dish is ground short ribs and foie gras which is called Coupage Burger. Its another neighborhood place.
* Crow. Another neightborhood bistro this time in Queen Anne.
* “Marjorie”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=7492&s=st. Its in Belltown and is now an exotic bistro where there are is an adventuresome memnu including Hanoi sprint golls, Sri Lankan Curry and Southern pork ribs all on the same menu.
* “Nell’s”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=3553&s=st. I haven’t been there since it was called Saleh Alago’s, but it is supposed to be wonderful.

Brasa’s, Cascadia, Tulios (love their gnocchi!) and Campagne of course make the list as well.

The “Seattle Weekly”:http://www.seattleweekly.com/food/ has a great alternative list as well:

“Go once a year”:http://www.seattleweekly.com/food/2007diningguide/index.php?neighborhood=&cuisine=&category=have-a-once-a-year-splurge&search=Search is a great list including:

Coupage, The Georgian, Brasa and Lampreia

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VaBene ??? and SOAHC

OK, I’m way behind on blogging restaurants, here are some:

“Va Bene”:http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/italian/has/vabene/. This is an Italian restaurant that looks like a villa. You don’t know you are in Shanghai. The clientele is mainly western, so its kind of a nice spot.

Also went to “SOAHC”:http://www.shanghaiguide.com/restaurants/?detail=922 which is next door. That is a local chinese cuisine. Great shrimp. Sort of like Shanghainese but actually it is Yangzhou cuisine. They do have xiao long bao though, my personal favorite. It is at House 3 Lane 123 Xing Ye Lu, South Block by Huangpi Nan Lu +86-21-6385-7777Xintiandi ???. It is owned by Lily Chao a famous Hong Kong Movie Star

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VaBene ??? and SOAHC

OK, I’m way behind on blogging restaurants, here are some:

“Va Bene”:http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/italian/has/vabene/. This is an Italian restaurant that looks like a villa. You don’t know you are in Shanghai. The clientele is mainly western, so its kind of a nice spot.

Also went to “SOAHC”:http://www.shanghaiguide.com/restaurants/?detail=922 which is next door. That is a local chinese cuisine. Great shrimp. Sort of like Shanghainese but actually it is Yangzhou cuisine. They do have xiao long bao though, my personal favorite. It is at House 3 Lane 123 Xing Ye Lu, South Block by Huangpi Nan Lu +86-21-6385-7777Xintiandi ???. It is owned by Lily Chao a famous Hong Kong Movie Star

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