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老上海

老上海

Welcome to my new home.

 

The view from the center of my apartment complex, looking up into the sky.

This is what a typical Shanghai residence looks like.  Packed to the brim, maximizing what little amount of space there is by putting laundry out to dry on poles hanging from the windows.  The cascade of t-shirts, socks and jeans that fly through the air on a sunny day for laundry is what I love so much about Shanghai.  There’s an abundance of life and character packed into every Shanghai neighborhood, and this “closeness” is exactly the kind of environment I have been in constant search for.  There is nothing more charming than living in downtown Shanghai with the locals. read more

Chinese food just might be better than sex

Chinese food just might be better than sex

I remember fawning over Japanese food my first month after arriving in the country.  I’m eating real, fresh, authentic sushi, I would brag to my friends in America; my sashimi kicks Utah’s seafood-less ass, I would boast as I laughed with my fresh fish.  I just couldn’t get enough of Japanese ramen, yakiniku, all the “don”s (rice bowls) and the okonomiyaki I oh-so-much-love.  Japan’s culinary dishes seemed so full of flavor, life; it’s a plate of refreshing sauces and vegetables that seemed to invigorate one’s palette with a refreshing wipe of “wa” (harmony). read more

Happy mid-autumn festival to you!

Happy mid-autumn festival to you!

Happy mid-autumn festival to you!

Mid-Autumn Festival (or 中秋节 in Chinese) is a day where everyone eats moon cake.  Plain and simple.

Moon cake consisting of different flavors such as egg, meat, bean paste and vegetable filling are passed around and exchanged like chocolate on Valentines Day.  My heart-less, unmerciful, despicable company gave us a 100 rmb voucher for 85 degrees (famous Shanghai bakery chain) moon cake set (which was probably charged to us in tax or something, those bastards!) read more