Shanghai Brewery

To start my day I decided to hop over to Shanghai Brewery in the French Quarter. This area is relaxed and clean, the trees lining the streets block any view of the skyscrapers helping you to forget where you really are. I located Shanghai Brewery after a couple minutes walking around the district, as usual I opted for a sampler, but after a couple minutes of trying to select 4 beers to fill the tray I was told that only 4 were available. Of what I tasted the dark was my favorite as usual, however nothing struck me as awesome. The fried fish burger on the other hand was quite impressive, I added bacon and a fried egg to top it off and when it arrived I inhaled it in about a minute.

French Quarter streets
Outside Shanghai Brewery

Pudong CBD @ Shanghai

On my first day in Shanghai I did a little visit over to Pudong, the CBD area of the city. The view from the west side of the Bund river looking toward CBD is the postcard image of Shanghai that I'm used to seeing come up on Google searches.

Pudong from across the Bund river

Pho Laboratory

I noticed the sign for Pho Laboratory just north of Workers Stadium a couple weeks back, however not till today did I get a chance to check it out. From the outside you might expect a typical dodgy place for locals of the surrounding hutong, but inside it's freshly remodeled to make any westerner feel at home. The meal selection consists only of pho, rolls and sandwiches, but they also have a selection of sweets and offer Vietnamese beer and coffee. I ordered up some pho dac biet, cha lua pork rolls and a hot coffee.

The feeling inside here was truly reminiscent of places I ate during my last visit to Vietnam. The soup contained tender sirloin, tripe, tendon and flank steak in an extremely addictive broth, lucky after slurping down all the broth I was given an extra serving to go along with my remaining noodles. The humidity caused by the boiling broth in the kitchen combined with the heat from the illuminated sun roof formed a micro climate in the restaurant,which left me sweating as I finished up my delicious Vietnamese coffee. If you happen to be hungry next time you're in the area, check it out, this place is far more unique then your average Gongti eatery.

Pho Laboratory from the street

Tienanmen Square Photos

Here's some pictures I took at Tienanmen Square a couple months ago:

Qomolangma Hotel Restaurant (Tibetan Food)

Looking to try something more interesting this weekend I decided to track down the Qomolangma Hotel. This is a Tibetan provincial government hotel just north east of Lake Huhai, located in its basement is an authentic Tibetan restaurant. 

After arriving via taxi, I was guided downstairs by a hotel worker to a large and completely empty dining room. As I looked through the menu I wondered if something I didn't know had scared all the locals away from the place. It didn't take me long to decide on my main coarse, as soon as I saw the dish titled "Lucky Sauteed Sheep head", I knew I would be full of regret if I didn't try it. I also ordered some yak dumplings and deep fried ginseng to try and sample a broader range of Tibetan food

Qomolangma Hotel

Tianjin in a day

With about 10 hours to explore Tianjin before my train took off toward Beijing, I decided to start off my morning at Nanshi Street. The name is slightly misleading as it's not a street at all, but more of an indoor food mall. The inside is two large crossing halls filled to the brim with food stalls and a second story lined with restaurants all the way around. After walking through the food stall area I walked the entire perimeter of the second floor in search of a Tianjinese restaurant.

Outside Nanshi Street