Hairy Crab season may be the most awaited food season in Shanghai. Everybody, everywhere at any time. The Hairy Crab, a sweat water crab, native to Yanchen Lake and other lakes in the Shanghai region, is, without doubt Shanghais favorite seafood.
As true 上海人 apprentices that we are, we tried to eat the hairy crustaceans many times. However, their meat stayed hidden from our toungs and chopsticks. After 3 years secretly watching us fail, Jamie and Kyle from UnTour finally decided to introduce a Hairy Crab Tour.
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Huge doors open in the darkness. A primal scream rips through the air. Fire explodes, as the Hakka sounds all around us. Dinner at Ultraviolet has begun.
“Dinner” is an inappropriate term for this extraordinary journey, which may elude classifications entirely. In the next three hours, we dine by the sea, have picknick on the lawn and eat a cigar butt. It is a surprisingly imersive and emotional experience, which binds together ten strangers for a night in a remote warehouse at Suzhou Creek. This is the UVC menu, Paul Pairets third and latest creation.
Describing the experience is a task similar to Hunter S. Thomsons description of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, albeit lacking the talent. This is my recollection of a dreamlike evening.
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For our 9th anniversary, Michi organized a surprise brunch at Waldof Astoria, today. We started out with Champagne and Oysters in the Long Bar. The Oysters are the best we have had in Shanghai so far. Continue reading “Oyster Brunch at Waldorf Astoria”
Cathay is an anglicism of the old word for China, Qidan. Cathay Room is the name of one of Shanghais best brunch places. Located on the 9th floor of the Fairmont Peace Hotel, the Cathay Room overlooks the Lujiazui Skyline. This morning, we are almost by ourselves; at the best table in the house. Continue reading “Best view in town – Cathay Room Brunch”
We are achievers. Yesterday, we completed Untour’s Dumpling Delight Tour and have now done every tour they offer (three out of three ;-)). Continue reading “Shanghai Food Tours – Triple completed”
Two weekens ago, we repeated our “night about town” with Jana and Chris. Starting the evening with some “inside the cut-out book” cocktails at the Flask and ending the evening at Ojis. Continue reading “Oji, again”
Last night we managed to escape the constant business heartbeat, which does not miss a beat on the weekends, and spend a few hours on the town, at Jian Guo 328, the Flask and Ojis. Continue reading “Night on the town”
Another interesting episode that happened last weekend:
We received a package per mail. It contained raw chicken parts. The end.
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Today, we (mainly Michi) made TV Dinner, Chinese Style: Hot pot with all the good stuff we hunted at the “wet market”. Continue reading “TV Dinner – Chinese Style”
We have our first weekend in Shanghai after 4 weeks of traveling. I had a bumpy start – only finished work at 3am on Saturday morning. But we quickly turned the weekend around with a (nice) massage, (we are now members at dragonfly, which makes it more reasonable) and picked up my changed shirts from WWChen Continue reading “Relaxed in Shanghai”