This past work week went by quick, thankfully. Wednesday evening I went out to dinner with a new friend. We went to a nice Italian restaurant in the French Concession area. Italian is my favorite cuisine, & being that I used to work at two amazing Italian restaurants back home, I was curious to see how this one compared. The food, wine & atmosphere were all up to par – I was pleasantly surprised! I will definitely be going there again.
The weekend came & went too fast. I stayed in Friday evening – mainly to finish up some work & to relax. Saturday, I did more work in the morning so I could enjoy the evening. I wanted to show Chris around the French Concession area because there is a big expat community there & it feels more like home. We found a cute lunch spot, Settebello, where I had a delicious burger.
After lunch, we walked around the area for a few hours to familiarize ourselves. There are a lot of cute boutiques, cafes, & bars that I am sure I’ll frequent.
As we were deciding what to do for the rest of the day, I ran into James, an Aussie I met last weekend & he invited us to happy hour at The Camel [a sports bar]. James is a part of an Australian football club, here in Shanghai, & the team was hosting a happy hour there – so, I got to meet the team & I think they convinced Chris to join! James’s wife, Fi, convinced me to be a social member…which means I’d get into all games for free & receive discounts at The Camel because they sponsor their team. I had a fun time making new friends & learning about the sport.
Chris left after a few hours & I stayed behind to hang out for a little. I met up with a different group of people I met last weekend at a club called The Apartment. The music, atmosphere, & crowd made me feel like I was back in Philly or NYC – so, of course I loved it! I think I was there until around 4am & then decided to grab some food. There were a few eateries open, but my friend insisted I try street food. So, there we are, at 4:30am sitting on tiny step stools in the middle of the sidewalk as we watch our food being made. I didn’t recognize anything that he ordered, nor could understand since they were speaking Chinese. Judging by the looks of it, I knew I didn’t want to know, or else I wouldn’t eat it. I’ll try almost anything, at least once, but sometimes I prefer to not know what it is until after I’ve tried it. Well, it turns out I ate pig feet….& really liked it!
I was invited to get brunch today at 11am with a few of the women I met last night. However, there was no way I was going to wake up in time, considering I didn’t get sleep until after 5am. Instead, I got “brunch” at 2:30 at Mr. Pancake with other friends. I was thrilled to have a familiar breakfast – omelette, pancakes & home fries!
Unfortunately, I had to go into work at 4:30 today to finish up a project & to go over some things for tomorrow. Afterwards, Chris & I went out to dinner with my project manager & his fiance to a popular Japanese restaurant. It’s similar to a pub…a very, very small pub. They say it’s just like being in Japan – I wouldn’t know, so I’m taking their word for it. I would compare the serving style to tapas. There were a few things I have never tried before & a few things I have had, but prepared completely different. I ate cow tongue, chicken heart, chicken cartilage, chicken wings, oysters, bacon wrapped mushrooms, pork ramen, veggie dumplings, squid, & shiitake mushrooms. I loved it all, but my favorite was the cow tongue – it’s so tender & juicy!
Now, I must rest because I will be attending a very important event tomorrow – details to follow!