Yesterday, I wrote about the beginning of the birthday day. My goodness, we ate all the time and the guys STILL wanted to eat! We all went home to get a quick shower and change for the evening. The eight of us got foot massage from Oasis Club Massage, it was a nice pamper session for all of us. I highly recommend Oasis if you’re into strong massages and the people there are super kind.
After our delectable massages (which were around $15 for 70 mins), we went right next door (but oddly the same street number) to Wara Wara. This restaurant is one of our favorites because it’s all you can eat and drink. They have a wide variety of Japanese food: sushi, grilled meats, crab legs, okonomiyaki and so forth. It’s an amazing deal and we ate for about two hours! The guys got beer and sake and the girls had tea. Not too shabby, if you ask me!
Alice (Rennie’s girlfriend) had asked me to get a birthday cake for Rennie. Since she’s all the way in Hong Kong, it was difficult for her to do that so I happily did some research. Alice told me that Rennie likes cakes that are crispy, crunchy and along the lines of a Napoleon cake.
I desperately looked online for Napoleon cakes and the like. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to find one that was decent quality. I felt a bit defeated and frustrated because most cakes are moist and fluffy here in Shanghai. (Which are also delicious) I asked my local friend, Alina, for help. She did some research in Chinese (thank goodness for her!) and she read hundreds of reviews about Miss One Cake. They are raved as the best Napoleon cake in Shanghai, so we had to order it!
It’s a 2 pound cake (for 8 people) for 280 kuai. At first the hubs and I thought it would be too big but it was perfect and JUST enough for all 8 of us. The pastry layers are crispy, the cream was slightly sweet and the whole execution of the cake was beyond perfection. I strongly suggest having it delivered (it’s FREE!) very close to the time of your party. The pastry can get soggy if kept around for a long while… So make sure you keep that in mind.
They included birthday candles, plates, forks and a knife. It’s a party in a box! The cake itself was stunning, especially with the candles and I have to say that everyone was impressed. I will definitely be ordering from Miss One again. I really want to try out their other cakes… maybe for the hubby’s birthday in September?
Rennie told us he wanted to go to the Waldorf Astoria‘s Long Bar after dinner for their live jazz. The hubs made reservations and we made it just in time! They only wait for 10 minutes and then they give your seats away. The lobby of the Waldorf Astoria is beautiful and elegant. I’ve been to the Long Bar during the day but it was my first time listening to their jazz with our Hong Kong friends.
The boys had their cigars and whiskey and the girls had their cocktails. Ok… I had whiskey, haha. The jazz was nice in the background and a lot more chill compared to The Peace Hotel’s crazy (awesome) jazz. If you’re looking for a great place to chill and listening to some nice music, give the Waldorf a try.
We all went back home after our full day of adventure. Rennie was so happy and we all had a great time. It was fun hosting, the hubs was saying how it’s a lot easier for us to eat out and try new things with a group. I think we’re all going to Taiwan together at the end of this month/September for the hub’s birthday! Yay!
I made the decorations for Rennie’s dinner out of tissue paper, scrapbook paper and used glue and string to hold everything together. I used tape to hold it up on the wall and since I couldn’t find helium anywhere in Shanghai, I just blew them up myself and tied them to the bottom of the garlands that I made.
Pretty cute right? Alice told me that Rennie’s favorite color is blue. Lucky for me, I had all these things at home already!
What do you think? Did we do a good job hosting?
I have a friend visiting us in mid September and I’m excited to make another schedule of delicious food and sights. The hubs and I are still on a high from our friends visiting, we love our friends and miss them. So it’s really nice when they come to visit!
Oasis Club Massage
30 Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
Wara Wara (笑笑) Japanese
30 Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
Miss One Cake
Waldorf Astoria Long Bar/Jazz
2号 Zhongshan East 1st Road