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A New Team Member

14 Oct

A New Team Member

I wanted to take some time off to focus on one very important thing: MY BABY!!
After years of being solo travelers, my husband and I decided it was time for us to add another member to our team. A girl to be precise πŸ™‚
I’m sure it’ll be quite an adventure since we are planning on having our baby girl here in China!
But, then again, life itself is an adventure, right?!
Have a great one, everyone!

Dance For Us

14 Jun

It’s been a pretty hectic week, but we’ve made it!

I was in Shanghai for a couple of days and came back just in time for our very first Chinese wedding in Yuhuan. Both my husband and I felt honored to be invited to such an intimate event. We had lots of fun and we ate like there was no tomorrow! Everything was going well until the MC called us to come to the stage to perform some kind of dance in honor of the new couple… how can you refuse when they are all expecting you to do it IN HONOR of the newly married couple! Long story short, we ended up dancing to Psy’s Oppa Gangnam Style. Epic Fail!

fail

Anyways, the wedding was beautiful and the bride and groom looked very happy.

alice and neyo

Have a great one!

Tapas on a Hot Shanghainese Night

28 May

Last Wednesday my husband and I were craving some serious Jamon Serrano (Spanish Ham) and Pinchos (a kind of tapas). We have some beautiful and fun memories from all our trips to Spain, but my favorite ones usually involve some kind of gastronomic action πŸ˜‰

Jamon y queso

Well, since we were in Shanghai for a couple of days, we wanted to eat as much good food as our bodies could handle before coming back to Taizhou and resuming our rice and vegetables diet. It was a painful task but one that had to be done if we wanted to survive until our next visit to Shanghai πŸ˜‰ The result 4 lbs. of extra baggage (not in the right places, as usual!) and a very happy tummy.

tortilla

There are several Spanish restaurants in Shanghai, but I’ve only been to a couple of them: El Willy and La Finca.

El Willy is more of an upscale tapas restaurant, although their website’s “feel” suggests differently (it’s a pretty cool website). It’s located on the Bund, and has a spectacular view of the skyscrapers in Pudong and the Huangpu river. The food is good, especially all the seafood dishes and their amazing black rice paella. The only tapa I didn’t enjoy much was their Patatas Bravas, for they had too much cream/mayo (not sure what it was). I prefer my Patatas Bravas very bravas ;). Overall, El Willy delivers delicious traditional dishes with a twist.

La Finca one the other hand, is a more simple restaurant, nothing too opulent. I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from this restaurant in Xintiandi, but their simple Tortilla EspaΓ±ola and shrimps with garlic and spicy sauce were delicious. We also ordered some Jamon, but it wasn’t quite what we were expecting, for the meat was a bit tasteless. Their terrace is small but quite welcoming, especially during these hot Shanghai nights!

Camarones

taizhou

Have a great one!

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My Recent Craving

10 Apr

My Recent Craving

About a month ago we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Shanghai: Maya.

Maya is one of the three Mexican restaurants I usually go to whenever I crave guacamole and chips (which is ALWAYS!). The other 2 restaurants serve really good authentic Mexican food, but their guacamole isn’t as good as Maya’s.

I grew up in a house where fresh Mexican food was prepared every day (don’t hate me for this πŸ˜‰ ) so I know what Mexican food tastes like. Maya’s dishes are very delicious, but I consider them more like “fusion” food/cuisine. They alter the core dishes in Mexican cuisine and add their own personal touch.

Since I haven’t been to Shanghai in a while, I’ve been deprived of my favorite food for almost a month now. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any avocados in town, so I can’t prepare any guacamole :(. But one of the wonderful things about Mexican cuisine is that you can create so many dishes starting from the same basic ingredients: tomatoes, chile serrano, onions, garlic, pepper, coriander, etc.

Another good thing is that I can find all the above in most local markets here in Taizhou. I think I’ll try to do my own homemade Mexican food and see if I can finally satisfy my cravings πŸ™‚

PS.: in case you’re interested in learning more about the restaurants I was talking about, here are the links to:
MAYA
http://www.maya-shanghai.com/
MI TIERRA
http://www.mitierrarestaurant.com.cn/
TEOTIHUACAN apparently doesn’t have an active website 😦

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Dumplings with Lots of Green

23 Mar

Dumplings with Lots of Green

Everytime I have to prepare a meal is a bit of a challenge. We normally go for some vegetables, noodles or rice and try to avoid eating any meat or fish due to food safety concerns (just last week, more than 16,000 dead pigs were recovered from Shanghai’s Huangpu river). It is also difficult to find the ingredients that we are used to cooking with, such as tomato sauce, cheese, butter, olive oil, and the one that I miss the most, avocado. In bigger cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing, you won’t experience this problem, because there are several supermarkets that carry “western” foods.
But, I must admit that after a year living here, I actually started to enjoy local Chinese food. It is nothing like the traditional take out that we are used to in the States. Local Chinese food has more depth and variety; it’s healthier and fresher (when no meat is involved).
Today, I prepared one of my favorites: dumplings!

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Smog, Fog or Both?

25 Jan

Smog, Fog or Both?

This week has been tough on my lungs. The pollution level in cities like Beijing and Shanghai has been terrible and very alarming. I’ve had headaches almost everyday! But it seems like it’s getting better now. Mouth mask companies must be very happy these days. Anyways, Shanghai is always beautiful!

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The West Meets the East

19 Dec

The West Meets the East

I can only share pictures. I’m currently not allowed to write any post, only upload photos (China’s censorship rules). In the meantime, I hope these photos can speak on my behalf πŸ˜‰