The past few days have been rather busy. We are heading to Hong Kong this Friday and we’re visiting family, friends and eating lots of Cantonese food. (YAY!) The weather’s going to be hot and muggy, kind of like Shanghai.
The above picture is inside Plaza 66 Mall, I love the lights and their decor always makes me smile. Last night, we had dinner with a new friend E. She’s really nice, her English is quite good and she’s Shanghainese. She has a husband, who is Dutch and we instantly clicked. I believe we’ll be taking painting classes together, I think it’s traditional Chinese watercolor class but won’t know for sure until we actually go.
E, hubs and I ate at one of E’s favorite (upscale) Shanghainese restaurant. It’s inside Plaza 66 and is located on the 5th floor. Xia Mian Guan is really authentic according to our friend and is a fancy version of traditional Shanghainese food. We had dao miu (snow pea leaves and of course I wrote that the way Cantonese people would say it), fish soup that was very delicious and milky, cold appetizers and my favorite: hairy crab (and roe) with shrimp. YUM.
I would only suggest Xia Mian Guan if you’re looking for traditional Shanghainese food that is fancy and will be a lot more expensive than your regular Shanghainese places. This is great for taking people out for a treat but I would save your money and go to Chun. Hmmm… I’m not even sure if I wrote about going there, it was a great experience and the food was amazing. (Only four tables there though and very local)
Anyway, we all had a great time talking and I felt very happy to meet her. She’s really nice and it’s awesome that her English is so good! She even taught me a few Shanghainese phrases.
Hello: “Nong ho” Korean pronunciation: 농호
Thank you: “Xia Xia” is the way it’s spelled but the locals say “Xia Ya” 샤야
Good bye: “Ze Wei” 즈왜이
I’m going to try these out with our doorman and my doctors who are all Shanghainese.
I made myself lunch the other day and I stumbled onto something amazing. I had spaghetti and looked in the fridge to see what else I can eat with it. I had an avocado and greek yogurt. Guess what? It tastes buttery and creamy like an alfredo sauce! I used garlic, sea salt and ground pepper to season and it was heavenly. Healthy alternative too.
We’ll be seeing the hubby’s friends (gosh, they’ve known each other since they were in grade school) and one of them had a baby six months ago. I made a few gifts for little Sophie, a rabbit hat (with dual tone ears), a little rabbit amigurumi and a flowered headband.
The flowered headband was inspired by the mobile I made little Zoe. It’s actually the left over yarn from her mobile and I thought… hmm, wouldn’t it be pretty to make a headband using the same flowers and leaves? So I gave it a try and made it! The green adjustable strap reminds me of vines and I wanted to make it pretty so I added leaves and flowers to it as well, but at the bottom.
What do you guys think? I feel like it’s so little to give as a gift but at the same time, it took a bit of time for me to make. Plus he’s a really good friend of the hubs so I wanted to give them something I made. I would have sent them baby gifts (and I even have a blanket that I made when the baby was born) but I can’t figure out for the life of me how to send something from the post office by myself. Sad. LOL
I’ve been so tired recently, I don’t know if I’m still recovering from the surgery or what. But my body is feeling a bit run down and I’m really hoping that I’ll feel better before we go to Hong Kong on Friday!
Please send hugs, prayers, good thoughts… rainbows, glitter, unicorns…..
Ya know, happy stuff.