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. ^^





Leaving on a Jet Plane

21 07 2017

Another trip earlier today out of Narita.  Am now in Shanghai, China, attending a festival on business.

Our ride to the hotel.

Checked in.

Beautiful view!





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

 





Walking in Marseille, France, Part 1

17 07 2017

At the beginning of June, 2017, I was in the south of France on business.  I started writing about it but got sidetracked into writing about my trip to LA/SF that was happening in real time.  So here I am back to Marseille.

This was the first morning after arriving.  Breakfast in the hotel, a casual walk in the neighborhood including going up to the cathedral, unfortunately closed for when I was there for renovation.

Hotel breakfast with a view





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.

 





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”

 








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