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.

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
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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

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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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Best Shanghai Restaurants

Even six months ago, it was hard to get many English language reviews of Shanghai restaurants, but thanks to blogging, that’s rapidly changing. Here are some sources based on a query of google:”Best Shanghai Restaurants”:

“Frommer’s:http://www.frommers.com/destinations/shanghai/0717010028.html. Not surprising that this traditional print book has a top listing. Their “best bets”:http://www.frommers.com/destinations/shanghai/0717020003.html are some traditional ones including M on the Bund, Three on the Bund. But there are some other good ones like Crystal Jade for Xiao Long Bao ???? One that is particularly good is Lan Na Thai. It is really in an amazing place that is the grounds of the Ruijin Hotel. A great place to wander. Also the La Villa Rouge is really terrific too.

“Travel.yahoo.com”:http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2761468-shanghai_restaurants-i Yahoo is really a user review site. Actually it doesn’t have that much useful information as there are not that many reviewers, but they are right about a few things.

“Bi Feng Tang”:http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2761484-bi_feng_tang_shanghai-i;_ylt=A0Je59q3zgxGxAkATS04FWoL is Cantonese style and is very crowded. The food is quite good and they have restaurants everywhere. It is very Chinese though so there is no English language memo. The one I’ve been too played a great Hong Kong movie with plenty of machine gun fire which is great for

“Tandoor”:http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2761517-tandoor_shanghai-i;_ylt=A0Je59q3zgxGxAkAWS04FWoL This is quite an authentic Indian restaurant and the belly dancers are worth the price of admission.

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