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”
We finally made it, after 1.5 years. Both, Shenhua and SIPG have eluded me and always had away games when we would have had time to go. But yhanks to Michis new colleagues at the consulate (highly skilled, as they managed after two weeks what i have not managed in 1.5 years) we got to watch SIPG FC agaist Hubei. Continue reading “SIPG FC for the Win”
Its time again for a trip to the suburbs. This time, we can kill two birds with one stone and visit Zhoujiajiao water town and add Thames Town to our list of Shanghai replica cities.
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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”
Where do you look for typical hanseatic architecture and windmills? Of course, in Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao district, where else. On 20.11., we packed our cheese sandwiches (actually no, but would have been a good stereotype), borrowed a bike (actually yes) and rode around the deserted streets.
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The high pitched hammering sound grows louder as we walk down Baoyuan Lu. The area is an old town wedged between Baoshan Lu and the canal. At the end of the road, we find the legendary Cen brothers, the last of Shanghais Wok makers. We find Cen Liang Gen hammering away in the little outside area of the brothers’ small shop. Continue reading “The art of the Wok – Handmade woks in Shanghai”
We visited Disneyland Shanghai one week after opening day. The opening has been a huge deal. Everybody has been talking about the first Disneyland in Mainland China. Since it was Michis lifelong dream to visit Disneyland, we were more than happy to go. Continue reading “Disneyland Shanghai – One week after opening”
Lazy weekend again. Yesterday, we had the most fantastic – no, THE best steak at Mortons in the IFC. 550g New York Strip for Michi and 650g Porterhouse Steak for me. What an experience (also the bill ;-)).
Today, we picked up Michis tailor made jeans and took a stroll along the Bund. I the spurr of the moment, we bought two tickets for the Shanghai River Cruise.
The ship took us 25 minutes downriver past the Cruise Terminal and then back. Unfortunately, we were hit by heavy winds and rain 5min after departure. But, we had paid for the VIP sun deck and we were not going to give it up… Continue reading “Huangpu River Cruise”