Favourite: Tourist in Your Own Town

A new month has started so does a new photo challenge for Tourist in Your Own Town. As you may know at the start of each month I will post a theme and you can show us what it is like where YOU live. Let us travel to another place via the internet and your photos and words. Much cheaper and easier than actual travel sometimes. 😉

I had a few ideas for May, but after a little something on Monday night I changed my mind. Something got a lot of us excited here in Shanghai and it quickly became the talk at work. After all it’s about the little things in life 🙂 Each Monday a small group of us has gone to a local restaurant, The Blue Frog. This place has American style food with burgers, fajitas, large yummy salads and pastas on the menu. There is also some local dishes, but people usually come for the burgers. Every Monday night they offer a 2 for 1 burger. With the cheapest burger at 75 (now 78) RMB which is close to $12;  it is a little pricy, but that is how it is for a taste of home. The burgers are good and totally worth it when you can get 2 for the price of one. To top it off from 4-8 PM every night it is happy hour where the  majority of drinks are also 2 for 1. We discovered this place our first year here and quickly it became our Monday night tradition. A table for 2 has now extended to sometimes 6 or 8 of us. We have celebrated birthdays, work functions and just gone there to hang out. The staff is super friendly and our local Chinese friends Albert and Joy are super sweet. They go out of their way to always stop by and say Hi. I think we love this place because we feel so welcome. We are known to all the staff and often they know our order before we do 😉

Blue Frog

All this is exciting and makes us really happy, but Monday things got shaken a little bit. The prices went up and new burgers were on the menu. One caught my eye, but it was 108 RMB (about $17). I thought well it is 2 for 1, lets give it a go. Well it was delicious! I ordered the Gourmet Burger, the latest addition. It came on a ciabiata bun with avocado, a spicy cheese, a thin slice of parma ham and a chilli sauce. When it arrived the presentation was beautiful, more than a burger slapped together and thrown on a plate. It was so pretty I snapped a photo. After my first bite I was in heaven. It melted in your mouth and the mix of sweet chilly sauce, the creaminess of the cheese and juiciness of the burger were all paired together into delicious bite after bite. A few of us tried this burger and everyone’s conversation suddenly turned away from work to how yummy the burger was. Now that is saying something! With teacher appraisals, reports and assessments underway it took our minds off things to savour bite after bite. A few other people from work also happened to be at the restaurant and all week when we ran into each other we were asking “Did you try the new burgers?” “Which one?”  “Wasn’t it SO good!”.

The Gourmet Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

The Gourmet Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

 

20140428_172543SO my theme for May is to show your favourite food, restaurant or place to hang out. It can be a place you are a regular, or just go to for special events. Tell us why it is great and why you like going there then show us some photos. Be sure to link to your post in the comment section below and add to a link (pingback) to this post. Lastly use the tag Tourist in Your Own Town  in your title so others can stop by and see what is your FAVOURITE where you live. So be a Tourist In Your Own Town and give us a peek at what is great about where you live.

 

 

Missed my post for the Black’s Photography Contest I entered?  Hit the “older post” button below if you want to check it out.

Stay tuned 🙂

 

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28 thoughts on “Favourite: Tourist in Your Own Town

  1. Reblogged this on Patchwork Ponderings and commented:
    Love these challenges and that you have a whole month! Plus we get to see other cities from the locals eyes.

  2. Hummm… perhaps (if you have time) you could recap last month’s challenge contributions?

    • I wish I had time to do that like Bastet does… it is really cool and I enjoy her re-cap posts. Unfortunately I need to get started on report cards and finish the bag of marking I have 😦 Next weekend we have an event at work we must attend, so I am trying to get ahead.
      Don’t get me wrong I appreciate all the contributions because I do! Just wish I had more spare time to share.

  3. What a great theme, I hope people participate. I’ll certainly try to get some god pics for you!

  4. I’ll be on the lookout. Two-for-one deals definitely make the price a bit better – looks like pretty generous portions as well.

  5. Great photo of the delicious gourmet burger!

  6. I have a great candidate for this challenge, even tho I only discovered this spot over winter hols. Now I have a reason to go back soon!

    • Great when you post about it leave a link back here so we can go check it out. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what it is… good suspense 😉

  7. jmcguin7

    I was so excited by your burger that I posted some of Toronto’s.
    http://junkboattravels.blogspot.ca/2014/05/tourist-in-your-own-town.html

    • Thanks for joining in 🙂 I posted a comment on your blog too, but didn’t appear, so I am not sure how blogspot works…. so this comment may appear a duplicate 😉
      Those burgers looked yummy. I am not usually a burger person, but here they are a reminder and taste of home, so I have become a fan. The sweet potato fries also make it extra special too.
      The burger place with the solar panels is a great idea. We may just have to check it out this summer when we head home… I think we will pass on the heart attack burger though 😉

  8. the phone camera is doing a good job

  9. That must be so much fun to visit – the food looks good!

    • The food is really good. I have had the salads, nachos, fajitas and burgers mostly. Once I tried a pasta and it was OK. So many other great things though. Oh and they have a great breakfast menu too. Every Monday you will find us there. The good deal and great people always bring us back. 🙂
      Thanks for the visit Meg.

  10. I am constantly amazed at the cost of “foreign” food in countries like China, where the average wage is definitely not very high. Korea is more developed, but it still boggles my mind, how much places can charge for meals that are just “everyday” in Canada… and even more, how much we expats are willing to pay for a taste of home. Glad the deliciousness was worth the price! 🙂

    • Thanks Shelly… it is crazy the prices. That is why we only go on Monday. Two for One is more affordable. Occasionally we go on a weekend, but never get the burgers. Although many of the expats in Shanghai are getting nice wages here. They are paid a lot to move their families away from home, so for them it is nothing. It amazes me how much parents will pay for kids snacks so they can have the ‘junk’ (in most cases) they eat at home. For example something like cereal that costs $2-4 at home is $12-15 here! Unfortunately my salary is not like that, so we need to budget carefully. Add in travel and really we haven’t saved in the 4 years. Luckily my husband has been working part time this year so it has helped us save a little.
      As to the locals… well it is a BIG deal for them to come and eat in Western style places. It is a sign of afflunece for them to show others I can afford this. There are a lot of locals in Shanghai that made a lot of money recently. I have never seen so many expensive sports cars and bling in my life! But for the regualr guy -you are right. It is way too expensive and their wages very low.

      • The worst thing I’ve seen here is Quakers Oatmeal for price difference. A big tub cost $2-3, but here it costs $13!!!! Insanity!!!

        I wondered how easy it was to make money/save working in China. Sounds like it’s not so easy! In Korea, it’s very easy to save… if you come on the most basic, average contract, you’ll make at least $2200 (3.3% tax), but get housing paid for, and the cost of living can be very low (subway is only $1.20 for example). However, most people I know make more than that and are able to save a lot of money!

        • What is up with oatmeal? It is super expensive here too! I can buy the local instant oatmeal for maybe $3 and it is a HUGE bag. I get the plain and add cinnamon and dried apple chips. It is just as good. (not keen on the corn or chestnut variety they offer).
          My salary is OK, but my husband couldn’t work because of his visa. This year he was able to pick up some in class support at a school and that has helped. Our rent is also paid for. We need to pay phone, heat etc, but it isn’t that much. Our big expense is food. Even simple things like meat and vegetables is getting to be more and more expensive. A blog I follow (My Sardian Life) had done a post on her weekly shopping. I did one or two (maybe 2012?) I should do another and see the difference.
          Travel is also expensive and we were going home twice a year. Flights have gone up almost $1000 each since 2010! Other travel can be expensive too, but cheaper from here than Canada. So we need to decide… save or see the world? I decided travel while we can. 🙂

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