Archive for October, 2008

22nd Oct 2008

A milk man in China and homecooking

For the last four weeks, I have been meeting Melissa at horribly early hours of the morning to run. She is preparing to run Xiamen’s half-marathon in January. I will be flying back to China from Houston on the day of the marathon so am just training with her for the “fun” of it. Anyway, when I walked out of the building, I saw a rather shabby looking bike with a styrofoam box tied to the back. The box had pictures of milk bottles on it. Now, I know that in China, you can get pretty much everything delivered to your door. But it was 5:20 in the morning and very few people in China even drink milk. At least, that’s what I’ve been told.

Anyway, lo and behold, out of the building walked a young man with an empty glass milk bottle. He wasn’t wearing the traditional white uniform with cap, but he was still clearly, a milk man. However, considering the recent happenings surrounding the milk industry in China, I will not be requiring a milk delivery service.

On the homefront, I’ve been cooking up a storm recently. Quite the little Betty Crocker, I’ve turned into. I’ve been referring to one of my favorite websites, The Homesick Texan . I also have a new found favorite, 101 Cookbooks, which has a veggie burger recipe that could make me give up meat, at least for a day or two. My good old standby paperback copy of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook has also been allowing Tony and me to enjoy homemade whole wheat bread. Oh and of course the good people at City Shop in Shanghai, which is the closest seller in the country of China that sells whole wheat flour. Ah, civilization.

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08th Oct 2008

Shanghai

Those of you who know me (which I assume is everyone reading this site), know that the two cities I’ve lived in over the last 5 years of my life have been unknown cities in developing countries. Both are countries that I was interested in, but not convinced I wanted to live in. At least I knew that I did not want to live in the major cities; you know, the Shanghais, Beijings, Sao Paulos or Rios of the world. Too much crime, too much traffic, too much pollution. Yet, I find that whenever I visit these cities I love them. Shanghai proved to be no exception.

Tony and I spent the Chinese Golden Week eating our way through the fine western restaurants (and bars) of Shanghai, China. Shanghai, for those of you who are not familiar, was, after Hong Kong, the major foreign port in China. So, now the major areas of town have very un-Chinese names like the Bund and the French Concession. These areas also have very un-Chinese architecture. Shanghai also had lots of museums, theaters, and art galleries. We saw a couple of the museums, but since it was Chinese Golden Week it seemed as though everyone in China was also in Shanghai. Also, since the museums were free (Golden Week again) most of the people in Shanghai were in line for the museums or on Nanjing Dong Lu (#1 Shopping Street in China!).

All in all, Shanghai was very cool. And I’m now thinking that for my next job, I might try to move to one of those cities with traffic and the other problems of the big city, because they’ll also have restaurants and grocery stores that sell cheese and cereal. It’s the little things.

Shanghai

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