Date registered: January 7, 2010
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Europe City and Utopia are both post earthquake buildings. China Garden also have apartments as does Orchard Villas. Zi Zhu Yuan is also popular. I also think Shanghai Garden is quite nice. I think pretty much anywhere you live you will hear loud screaming kids and their grannies, so good luck finding a place without that feeling.
There are many places at the Qing Shi Qiao market to find the things you are looking for in bulk. In the fall I am considering doing food/shopping tours for new comers. Personally I make my own sour cream although you can find it at Carrefour in the Tong Zi Lin area and also at Metro. Also you can find small containers of Kalamata olives in Metro. Jalepenos can be found at Metro, Sabrina's and Carrefour.
You can also apply for a scholarship at QSI. They do give scholarships. If you are thinking of moving soon, you could inquire and also mention you are interested in a scholarship.
I have to say that I have had great luck with our air purifiers. We have Allen purifiers. I bought them via Beijing and they shipped here. They are cheaper than IQ air, but some studies they say they are just as good. I have this model: A375UV Multi-Gas HEPA Air Purifier. Here is the website: http://www.alencorpchina.com/ I have also heard the Blue Air Purifiers are quite good.
There is a new baker at Q's coffee. They started selling his goods yesterday. I was there today and had a pain au chocolate, black cherry danish, a real French baguette. I also tested their snow and English bread and they were all fantastic. They had this bread with bacon inside and it is supposed to be delicious. This stuff is not like you get in Andersen Bakery or Cafe Z or anywhere else in Chengdu. The new baker is Japanese and has lived in Thailand for quite sometime. I highly recommend getting over there and buying their goods. I think it is the best I have tried in Chengdu, even better than they had before.
I was so happy when they turned this once wine bar, once wine shop back into a wine bar. I have been there 3 times now and going back again tomorrow with a group of friends. They have a great selection of wine by the glass including the fizzy stuff. They have a daily happy hour from 430 to 7 pm which is a by a glass get one free which is really great. They added food recently and it is quite good. They have great meat and cheese platters which includes bread and olives. The food I have tried is really good and I look forward to trying more on this small and simple menu. The last time I was there they were out of cheese, which was a bit disappointing, but I made reservations for tomorrow and asked them to make sure they had lots of food in stock for my party. The upstairs is really cozy, but it lacks air conditioning which may be an issue in the summer months. I look forward to this place staying open for a long time!
I went twice and brought my family back the second time because I wanted their opinion and other people said it was good.
The first time I went with 3 girlfriends and it was a horrible experience. First, they didn't have any of the wine we wanted. Then our margarita pizza was too doughy and had shrivelled up basil on top. Lastly it took at least 5 times to ask where our fourth entree was and it showed up about an hour after we first started enquiring about it.
I went back with my family and the experience was only slightly better. I do think the only care about local customers. The place was filled with locals both times we ate there. And if you don't like smokey restaurants I would avoid this one.
The bruschetta was decent and the pizza was better, but still on the bready side. I ordered the Parma ham pizza with rocket. It did not have rocket so I asked the manager for a discount and he told me they haven't had rocket for a long time. He eventually agreed to give us one juice free.
It is also quite expensive which would be completely fine if they had better food and friendlier service. I won't be giving it a third try.