Abigail Cahill O'Brien

Inspiration: Shanghai

In Flotsam, Food on December 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Thank you to the two commentators who missed the posts during the past month’s hiatus.  You are too kind, and the fact that I am related to one of you is neither here nor there.

So what the devil have I been up to?  Partly scratching the travel itch.  Here are some images from Shanghai.  It’s a big, smoggy, bustling mashup of just about everything: street markets, skyscrapers, an entire subculture of people who enjoy wearing pajamas during the daytime (don’t we all), every variety of the most heavenly dumplings.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the gray mist (grist?) covering the city, with a few weeks’ remove it is the brilliant colors I remember most.  I am especially obsessed with the signature blue of Song Fang Maison de Thé, where the only things more outrageously expensive that the Chinese and French teas are the killer blue tins. It’s like Tiffany blue that’s been fed a bunch of iron and is no longer anemic.

And yes, there’s a duck beak on that plate. 

photo courtesy of kelpenhagen via flickr

  1. […] and on vacation.  We could all use some of that.  Though I’m still dreaming of that deeper Song Fang Maison de Thé blue. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Post-Beige ▶ No Responses /* 0) { […]

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