Breakfast last Saturday -- my typical daily breakfast at the Marriott here so I'll save the trouble and not repost it each day I'm here. 2 hard boiled eggs (not pictured, they took too long and I was hungry), fruit, salad, cappuccino (sometimes I mix it up with green tea) and seltzer (also not pictured). I headed to Shaoxing after this meal to do my favorite pastime --- fabric souring in the market!! Best China-day as far as I'm concerned, even though it always ends with some blisters on my toes.
I'm back in China (since Friday, but with some internet issues) and eating my way through this business trip while making sure dozens of dresses are made beautifully and on time (and going to the gym more than I have in 2 months to keep up with all the food they keep serving me).
Dinner last Friday at the Din Tai Fung near the Portman Hotel in Shanghai. I know these are highly controversial Taiwanese dumplings and not true Shanghai style but you can't argue that they are ridiculously good. A very good welcome to Shanghai.
We took a cable car up to see Ngong ping 360 village Sunday and had a lovely, sweaty day.
The cable car took us 600 meters above sea level, and we had stunning views of HK, the airport (so many takeoffs and landings), and the bay below. We saw locals digging for shellfish in the shallow waters, and very brave hikers dealing with the extreme heat.
Sharon's Auntie's friend's husband is in charge of branding and development for a restaurant group that alsp happens to own all the Starbucks in HK. After a long afternoon, we came into M&C Duck, one of his developments, and found her Auntie and her friend dining. They invited us to join, and ordered us a surprise meal of the best dishes (or her favorites, anyway). The branding was absolutely adorable, and the food was perfect. It was a balmy hot night and everything was light enough to really enjoy (even the fried oysters, which came with a lovely salad of a vegetable I've never seen before and they couldn't translate for me). Mixed-Chinese+Western fusion style. I highly recommend. Obviously the special is peiking duck, but it was too hot to eat that this night.
Fried oysters. Jellyfish (top), and spicy peanut with chicken (bottom). I really do not like jellyfish...its a very...special texture. Kind of like chewing on a thick balloon that eventually cracks and you can swallow. But, they get such a kick out of the fact that I WILL eat it, that I always do. When in China, I say yes to any food offered... Brains, hearts, jellyfish, chicken knees, feet, pig knuckles, raw lobster....... I love how excited they get when I'm willing to eat it.