Eating in Shanghai (Inbetween Work)

23 07 2017

Soon after we arrived at our hotel in the Pudong district of Shanghai, we went out for our first dinner in central Shanghai, crossing the river to the other side.

The elevator hall on my floor in the hotel.

Arriving at the restaurant.

Just a few dishes out of many more we had…

The following morning the view from my 21st floor room and it looks very hot which it was.

Breakfasting

Hotel public area

Off to work at 8:30 am at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

And back to the hotel and we break for lunch.  I checked the temperature.

Looked dangerous but I went out anyway.

Empty street! Maybe because it was a Saturday? Or because of the heat?

Time for lunch

Lunch is served.

Behind that cupboard which is actually a sliding door into and from which people kept coming and going, I saw a mahjong table, a game which you don’t generally need to hide to play. I suspect customers were betting cash. ^^





Lunching in Marseille

19 07 2017

I had made a lunch reservation well in advance at this elegant one Michelin starred restaurant in Marseille to eat there the day after we arrived in the port city.  It was very much worth the effort.  Everything was perfect including the restaurant’s modern take on Marseille’s signature dish of bouillabaisse.

The entrance is next to a loud souvenir shop and is quite inconspicuous in contrast if you don’t know it’s there.

My view

A modern take of the rouille sauce and bread combo normally soaked in the bouillabaisse.

More of the view of my rose wine ^^

The bouillabaisse

With three kinds of fish

My friend’s dessert

 





24+ Hours in San Francisco

16 07 2017

I arrived in San Francisco at about 3:30 pm on Sunday, July 2 and stayed until the following evening and left for LA on a 6:45 pm flight.  Was there for one important business meeting and the rest was up to me. ^^

My cute hotel near the Union Square.

My lovely suite.

Hotel public area

Stepping out…

Union Square and Powell Street

Drink like a local.

Breakfast the next day in the hotel restaurant.

THE important meeting went well with a cold margarita.

To the airport.

 





Breakfasting in El Segundo and Onward to San Francisco

14 07 2017

It was great that during my recent business trip to the US, the day I was travelling from Los Angeles to San Francisco fell on a Sunday which allowed me to get together with a couple of high school friends living in the LA area to get some brunch together.  One of them even lives near LAX and her choice of venue in downtown El Segundo was perfect for me.

I was driven to LAX by one of my friends.  Took a Delta flight to SFO.

Arriving in San Francisco, taking the airtrain.

BART!





Spending the Day with Anna & Michel in LA

13 07 2017

During my recent brief visit to Los Angeles, I had made a point to see a friend or more a work associate who became a very good friend.  I had enough time on the Saturday I was there when Anna and her husband Michel made time for me to go out for lunch followed by an unplanned shopping expedition and a visit to their lovely home.





Breakfasting at 1 AM

12 07 2017

At the request of the younger travelmates on my recent trip to LA, our group went out to a diner that was still open after midnight that served pancakes and French toast.

I had passed by it earlier in the day.

And it looked like this at night.

Feeling still full from earlier, I just ordered ice cream which I was told was going to be two scoops.  They didn’t tell me each scoop was so huge.

The Original “Pantry Cafe”

 





A Moment of Peace in LA

9 07 2017

There wasn’t any designated “free time” while being in LA on business last weekend but I did find some Champagne time away from the event I was attending on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton right after the bar opened at 5 pm.  ^^








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