French Fry Nibbler
Aug01

French Fry Nibbler

For some reason in China, people like to nibble on their french fries.  This isn’t always the case, but I’d say a fair majority of people eat their fries this way.    

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Banana Man
Dec23

Banana Man

Yes, Shanghai IS a weird and wonderful place. I was on my way to the Science and Technology Museum in Pudong when I caught this guy walking down the street. No, it wasn’t Halloween. Just some guy in a…. Well, you’ll want to see the video on this one.

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Shanghai Sex
Nov30

Shanghai Sex

Anywhere you go in the world you can find sex for sale. That’s not really news. But sex on display so openly, and in China no less. That is what was so shocking to see. Shop window after shop window….

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Shanghai Metro Makeup Girl
Sep28

Shanghai Metro Makeup Girl

Well, this is a fun way to start off the new site.  You never know what you’ll see when riding the Metro in Shanghai.  So sometimes I like to hit record on my phone just before boarding a train.  I’ve seen other girls like this who were hanging out of their tops.  But I have to admit, this girl has a very steady hand.  Kinda crazy to put makeup on in a moving train.  Props for the hair roller. I’ve only been here since the start of summer, so it’s been the season for wearing warm weather cloths and every time I rode the Metro I saw a lot of girls wearing short skirts and low-cut tops.  As the weather turns cooler I expect that will change.  Can’t wait to what the winter fashions will look...

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Buying Fresh Produce/Meat/Seafood in Shanghai
Nov04

Buying Fresh Produce/Meat/Seafood in Shanghai

In a previous article I wrote about food shopping at various grocery stores in Shanghai.  Today we’ll look specifically at buying produce.  As with other groceries, there are good and bad options for fresh fruits and vegetables.  Let’s take a look: Wet Markets: Fresh Produce/Meat Markets Not to be confused with the Modern looking Fruit and Vegetable Shops (see the last item on this page), these wet markets are more like farmers markets with small individual vendors selling from stalls or tables.  Prices are good, produce and meats are fresh, and it’s generally it’s the best way to buy almost everything you’ll need to make a great meal.  I’ve purchased avocados, pineapples, and kiwi at these markets for about 30% less than the price at Carrefour and about 50% less than the shops covered in the Grocery Shopping in Shanghai Guide. Carrefour (a grocery store and then some) As mentioned before, Carrefour is the biggest chain supermarket, with stores located all around Shanghai.  Their fruits and vegetables rarely appear as fresh as what you’ll find at the Fresh Markets, although their prices are comparable for locally sourced foods.  Imported produce are quite a bit more expensive than the Fresh Markets. Here are some photos taken of the Produce (and Meat) sections of Carrefour.  You’ll see they have quite a decent selection, but note that these photos were taken just before the big national holiday in early October, and the produce does not normally look this plentiful, or this good. Pines, Olé, City Shop… These are the smaller and higher priced stores that cater to expats.  Their produce selections are much smaller with many of the goods in shrink-wrapped plastic.  I’ve only really bought produce at one of these stores if I’ve come to get some other grocery product I can’t find elsewhere, and don’t want to bother with an extra trip to Carrefour or a Fresh Market. Buyer Beware – Modern Fruit and Vegetable Shops – Buyer Beware WARNING! All over Shanghai, especially in the expat areas of town, you’ll see these modern looking fruit and vegetable shops that have a fairly limited stock of great looking produce.  Avoid them.  They’re pretty much all over-priced and you’ll find the same produce at the real Produce/Meat Markets and places like Carrefour. Here’s what these shops look like.  It’s good to stop in to take a look, but you really can get your produce for much better prices.  And no, the produce at these shops is NOT fresh and direct from their farms to you.  ...

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Grocery Shopping in Shanghai
Sep27

Grocery Shopping in Shanghai

Where to find the widest selection of food products, including those imported foods you’ve been longing for! Includes a map with addresses/phone numbers.

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