Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Shanghai’s Best Chinese Restaurant: The Best and the Worst of Shanghai (Getting High in Shanghai Series 14)


Shanghai’s Best Chinese Restaurant 
The Best and the Worst of Shanghai 
Getting High in Shanghai Series 14 

This restaurant which we could not read, located at the 4th floor
of Imago Mall, represents our best dining experience in Shanghai,
and unfortunately the worst as well as this never happened
to any of our previous travels in the Philippines and abroad.

 

We were running low on Yuan as we didn’t expect
for overall air of negativity credit and debit cards.

 

We still have US dollars but we didn’t have time to buy
local currency in the bank so we inquired at the cashier if 
they accept credit or debit cards and the answer was yes.

 

 We were hungry as we’ve been out all day at touring
and we took our seats as the well designed restaurant-

 

...with an open kitchen.

 



So when they served the very aromatic and piping hot soup starter, 
Boiled Baby Chinese Cabbage and Beancurd in Chicken Soup 



It went well with the Handmade Traditional Steamed Bread.

 

The Chilled Black Fungus with Maggi Seasoning 
as it was flavorful and served as  a perfect appetizer.

 

The Three Kinds of Mushrooms in Olive Oil 
was a flavorful dish where three types of edible
mushrooms was sautéed in olive oil. It tasted like
meat and was a perfect topping for the steamed rice.

 

The Grilled Lamb Leg was cooked the way nature made it-
bone in, skin and fat cap intact. It was sinfully delicious as
it was crunchy on the outside and yet juicy and tender inside.

 

Same thing is true with the Barbecue Fish with Shallot.
it was so perfectly grilled as the flesh was moist and juicy.



The Eight Treasure Glutinous Millet Pudding,

 

...and what appears like Hopia, 



... were perfect conclusions for my family’s supposed  
to be the best dining experience in Shanghai-



…that turned out to be the worst because when we handed our
credit card to pay we were informed in sign language as no one
speaks English that  they on accept certain Chinese credit cards
We didn’t have enough Yuan and they did not accept US Dollars,

 

Were saved from this horrible experience by a young
American couple dining on a table next to us by paying
our bill in Yuan and accepting our dollar payment.

Read my other Getting High in Shanghai Series:

Oakwood Residences Shanghai
Getting High in Shangha iSeries 1 

Hong Kong Traditional Cuisine 
A Taste of Hong Kong in Shanghai
Getting High in ShanghaiSeries 2 

Kerry Pudong 
Upscale Lifestyle Center
Getting High in ShanghaiSeries 3 

Shanghai Dimsum 
Getting High in Shanghai Series 16 

Mc Donald’s Nanjing 
Feeling at Home in Shanghai
Getting High in Shanghai Series 17  

The Bund 
History in Microcosm
Getting High in Shanghai Series 18  

Ultra Modern Shanghai 
Fast Forward to First World
Getting High in Shanghai Series 19




Saturday, March 16, 2019

Shopping Shanghai: Asia’s Bargain Shopping Capital (Getting High in Shanghai Series 13 )

Shopping Shanghai 
Asia’s Bargain Shopping Capital
Getting High in Shanghai Series 13  
     
Seasoned travelers and shoppers refer to Shanghai 
 as the "Paris of the East. as just like the City of Lights
it is one of many shoppers' ultimate dream destination.

 

When we found out upon check in that Oakwood Residences 
where we would be staying has a direct access to the Imago Mall 
 we knew we are in for an irresistible shopping temptation in Shanghai.

 

While there were a number of European brands
in Imago Mall, but most of them were expensive
and beyond the means of  impoverished Filipino
tourists traveling on a tight budget like my family. 

 

Pull & Bear was our favorite shop at the Imago Mall.

 

It is a Spanish clothing and accessories 
retailer and has a wide array of stylish shoes,

 

…focuses on very urban style casual, laid-back 
clothing  and accessories at affordable prices. 

 

Uniqlo is a Japanese casual wear store
that offers quality  yet affordable clothing.

 

We love Uniqlo embraces as they sell comfortable 
casual clothes, that attract people of all ages
 because of classic clothing but updated to trend.

 

It’s an Asian and more hip and modern version
of another favorite brand- Marks and Spencer



My family was amused of a shop called “Kilikili”. 

 

We didn’t know what it meant in Chinese but it is the Filipino word for armpit. 
We did not shop there, my son and I could not resist the urge of posing on 
the storefront and had our pictures taken showing what else? Our ‘kilikilis’ 

 

Kerry Lifestyle Center in Pudong had an upscale mall. that had an 
excellent  line up popular European and American apparel brands.

 

We just however dined in the mall,



…did a little window shopping, and breezed out as
we found the place expensive and too sophisticated.

 

Hard-up tourists like us are definitely not its target market.

 

The eclectic Nanjing Road, almost six  miles of shopping
 strip from end to end.beginning from Nanjing West Road,

 

…to the pedestrianized  Nanjing East Road,

 

…that eventually hits the famous Bund.

 

In between is a cacophony of small shops selling 
almost everything from jewelry, accessories and food.



 

We stopped at Shanghai No. 1 Department Store,



…the first and oldest state-run store
to shop for sports shoes for the kids.  

 


 

The street was lined with pocket parks and plazas,

 

 

…trendy boutiques,

 

…and even glitzy malls.

 

The Nanjing Road is also the place 
to go for tourist souvenir shopping,





…and trying novelty food items.

 

 

Shanghai is considered as China's style capital,

 

…a fast growing b metropolis that has become
one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Read my other Getting High in Shanghai Series:

Oakwood Residences Shanghai
Getting High in Shangha iSeries 1 

Hong Kong Traditional Cuisine 
A Taste of Hong Kong in Shanghai
Getting High in ShanghaiSeries 2 

Kerry Pudong 
Upscale Lifestyle Center
Getting High in ShanghaiSeries 3 

Shanghai Dimsum 
Getting High in Shanghai Series 16 

Mc Donald’s Nanjing 
Feeling at Home in Shanghai
Getting High in Shanghai Series 17  

The Bund 
History in Microcosm
Getting High in Shanghai Series 18  

Ultra Modern Shanghai 
Fast Forward to First World
Getting High in Shanghai Series 19