Typhoon Tangents

My last few days in Shanghai were punctuated by a typhoon. While there were still sights that I wanted to see, I had no intention of soaking through three layers of clothes in the process. So, I moved on to plan B: eat my way through Shanghai. Collin, a recent friend, introduced me to some delicious takeout and probably the best soup dumplings I have ever had in my life. Miraculously, the takeout was hand delivered in the pouring rain, but I guess to the people of Shanghai, the typhoon was less than extraordinary.

I ate my last meal in Shanghai at Jia Jia Tang Bao with Collin.  Jia Jia Tang Bao is a no frills dumpling house producing made to order dumplings of all kinds. Wanting to capture the dumpling operation on film, I peeked into the kitchen and managed a few shots. I don’t think I’ve ever seen fingers move that fast! I’m pretty sure Collin and I consumed five trays of dumplings on our own. And while I was practically rolled to the train on my way to the airport, my taste buds hadn’t been that happy all trip. Besides, I’m sure the dumplings were calorie free…

I confess I ate up to the very last minute before I boarded the Maglev, which hits speeds hovering around 400 km/h (roughly 230 mph). And because I had only enough time for a sneak peek into this amazing city, a feeling of sadness came over me as I left. There remain plenty of sights for me to see in Shanghai, so I guess there will just have to be a next time.

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