The next day in Shanghai was filled with adventure. I went on the hunt for teacups and gifts for my friends in the tangled alleys Tian Zi Fang.
After shopping around the winding alleys, I joined my expat Belgian tour guide for a delicious and very filling Noodle Tour.
Simply put, I was paraded around the tree lined streets of the French Quarter and taken to secret noodle shops. Truly, I would have never found these shops without my tour guide. Further, I don't think I would have had the guts to go into these shops without my tour guide. Some of them were a bit questionable, albeit delicious.
The truth is, I can't even tell you the names of the restaurants we went to. In fact-- I don't think even think many of them had names. They were truly local joints.
Take a look at the various noodles I had the pleasure of eating... Get ready to have your mouth water...
1. Silver Fish Soup
2. Hairy Crab Noodles
3. Spiced Peanut Sauce
4. Caramelized Onion Noodles
5. I have no idea
The next day, I treated myself to a luxurious afternoon tea at The Waldorf Astoria. My date for the afternoon was Vogue featuring the lovely, Michelle Obama.
In the evening, Mama Deb and I finally reunited for a fabulous dinner at the ultra chic, Char Restaurant.
Shanghai you were positively incredible. So modern and yet so rooted in tradition. I look forward to seeing how you change over the course of my life.
Up next... Hong Kong!