Warning, It’s a hot dish said no one ever! Beware, when you’re invited out to dinner and the dishes have been pre-ordered. There’s no time to say 不辣 Bù là – which means no spice. The red pieces you see in the dishes are not small chopped up tomatoes or red bell peppers. Oh no, they are red hot chili peppers, some of the hottest I’ve ever had the misfortune of tasting. Beauty of presentation is not beauty and tasty to the mouth.
Once you do the silly and childish thing of picking through your food and separating all the unknown items, the meal tends to be quite tasty and at times even delicious!
I like some spice in my food and I tend to add jalapeno to my pico de gallo (cold chunky salsa). Do you like spicy food? What is one of the spiciest food you’ve ever tasted?
There’s a cool restaurant in Shanghai called the Fat Cow. They serve delicious burgers and sweet potato fries that are out of this world! It’s a really cool atmosphere with a western type of vibe. I don’t mean western as in cowboys and Indian’s. I mean western vibe as in North America type of atmosphere and food. Okay, the food is delicious!
Now, as you may or may not know, I’m a little on the big and beautiful side. Sitting in the restaurant facing the Fat Cow sign and putting my margarita on the Fat Cow coaster is way too loud. The whole place is screaming for me to eat a freaking salad. I seriously feel self-conscious ordering a fat juicy guacamole burger with sweet potato fries when every time I blink I see, “Fat Cow”.
I hope you see the humor in my post as I’m chuckling writing it. I mean no disrespect. Enjoy!
We traveled as far north as Brooklin, Maine and as far south as Greenwood, Indiana. We chuckle at the miles we put on our Jeep. What happens when you keep us from driving? Well, we make up for it in one swoop. Ha! While living in China we can’t drive or are not allowed to drive. I happen to think it’s just my husband being over protective and telling me we can’t drive vs. he doesn’t want me to drive. But, that’s an argument for a later post.
This map doesn’t tell of all. It does however give you an idea of where we were.
One of my favorite stops was in Gloucester, Massachusetts (pronounced Glahster) A very lively and picturesque town with some of the best fried haddock we’ve ever had. I was so excited because this is the town where the movie, “The Perfect Storm with George Clooney was filmed back in 1999. We walked up and down the road looking for the bar, “The Crows Nest” and couldn’t find it. I guess the fame of the movie and filming location excitement has worn off. Jeez it was only filmed in 1999, guess I was a bit late for the excitement. After walking so much we decided to stop and eat. We wanted something local so the restaurant of choice was Captain Carlos. Fantastic food and location to say the least!
We were seated in a perfect spot right by the water overlooking the harbor. Of course we had to do the tourist thing and purchase some T-Shirts from the joint. A memorable evening.
Photo by dbking
This sculpture is located at the top of Duncan Hill overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The sculpture is called Fitz Hugh Lane Sculpture by Alfred N. Duca.
The local Japanese House Restaurant does a great job with presentation. Pictured here is a starter dish – Cucumber Sushi Rolls. The rolls are served with pickled ginger, a vegetable (celery), and wasabi.
This dish is one of our favorites. We break the wasabi into some soy sauce and dip away. Careful now, the wasabi is strong and can clear a nasal passage in one dip. Ha! Great stuff. We’ve yet to tell the girls that the green leafy wrap is a seaweed wrap. Some things are better left unsaid.
This past Sunday we decided to venture out and explore a different area of Shanghai. The Xin Tian Di area of Shanghai is quite an affluent type of neighborhood with great eateries, bars, and quaint shops to tempt any shopper. This area is filled with a variety of great ethnic restaurants, our choice for this trip was Elements Fresh.
Elements Fresh had an eclectic array of dinner choices. The menu’s were inviting and informative and prices were very reasonable. We decided to try a variety of dishes. Monica had the buttermilk pancakes & fruit. The pancakes were tasty and fluffy and the serving size was more than plenty for one person. Mari had the 3 Egg breakfast platter. The eggs were just as she likes them, airy and fluffy with just the right amount of salt. White & sweet potato cubes with fresh fruit accompanied her meal. Again, this was more than plenty for one person and delicious she says! Mike had the Tuscan White Bean Soup with Pesto and a Greek Lamb Kebab wrap. I didn’t have to ask if he enjoyed the meal or what he thought of it as he looked like he was enjoying his meal very much. The Tuscan White Bean Soup was divine. I had the Vietnamese Noodles with Shrimp and Hot & Sour soup. This was the best Hot & Sour soup I’ve ever had. The Vietnamese Noodles and Shrimp was delicious as well. The noodles were tossed in just the right amount of spice that enabled me to taste the other vegetables stirred in.
Overall we gave this restaurant 7 thumbs up (7 out of 8). Worth the trip in to Shanghai and a restaurant that was enjoyed by the whole family.
The missing thumbs up: The shrimp had the tails left on it and when I ordered a Coke Zero they brought me the bottle unopened. A fountain soda would have been so much better with the meal. The orange juice was not brought to us until after the meal had started. A few minor things; but, not enough to influence the delicious meal we enjoyed!
This meal was made with homemade coconut-chili sauce stir fried with shrimp and rice noodles. Garnished with roasted peanuts, fresh bean sprouts, cilantro, and a wedge of lime. Delicious!
Juicy chunks of lamb fillet cooked over an open fire, topped with goat cheese, a tomato-cucumber-roast onion mix, lettuce, finished with lemon juice, fresh oregano and miso-yogurt dressing, rolled up in laffa bread. We’ve never had a wrap quite as delicious as this one. Very tasty!