Date registered: October 3, 2009
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This has absolutely nothing to do with traffic safety or transportation options. Their death in Chengdu is another sign of local government's attempt to raise the 文明ness of the city by doing away with all the charming things that made Chengdu a non-generic Chinese city when I first arrived. Soon all Chengdu will have are office blocks, shopping malls, subway lines, nicely paved riverways, and oh cute Pandas. Chengdu will be one big Jinli street.
LA in the house! Good job Jane.
I'll vote for meh. Sichuanese cuisine is extremely limited which I believe is partly due to it being shielded from outside influences in a valley. It is at its best when being simple and earthy flavors. At its worst the amount of chilis, sichuan peppercorn, and oil in practically every dish masks and kills the natural taste of any ingredient. I like spicy food such as Thai, Korean, and Indian which I believe use spices to accent food rather than conquer it. Here in Sichuan they eat the flavor of the spice father than the ingredient itself. I haven't met ANY Chinese person from outside of Sichuan who likes the food here.
Word up Bodo. Vegetables and music. Peace.
As an update, I moved back to the United States last week and went with Globy relocation to bring him back. They charged 4500 rmb and their service was impeccable. Expensive yes, but the alternatives were much more bothersome and uncertain. I paid an additional 400RMB for my flight from Chengdu to Beijing for my dog and 2000 RMB for the flight back to the states.
The US government required no paperwork or quarantine examination. I literally just took him from the luggage belt. All troubles were on the Chinese side.
I adopted a puppy from aizhijia before but it had so many health problems from worms to parvovirus that it probably contracted there and eventually died. I think an adult dog would be a better decision to adopt there.
I find Ganji is reliable if you speak to the owner and get a sense of their personality and why they're selling the dog. Buying a dog from a shop in China is much more unreliable in terms of the health of the puppy.
I've eaten here twice. The indian food definitely has a Chinese bent. I order the Chapatis set meal which is nice and fresh. the curries themselves are somewhat inauthentic and lacking. The chai is good and cheap. The service staff is kind and attentive. Overall I still don't know what to make of this place. There seems to be an Indian person in the kitchen, but in the process to bringing the food to the table something gets lost in the translation to sichuan.
Went the other day excited to check out the new possible best pizza option in Chengdu.
The prices are high here get that straight. A salad and a pizza cost me 100 yuan. The pizza itself was nice. I ordered a plain Margarita pizza to just taste their basics. The sauce is the best in Chengdu, and tastes Italian versus American Italian. Tangy and minimalists. Cheese was very good. Crust was a bit too much on the doughy side for me, especially around the edges leaving me with huge pillows of dough that was not crunchy enough to enjoy by itself. Some people will probably really like their pizzas. I prefer La Sud's still.
I ordered a smoked salmon salad which was bad. It really isn't that hard to make this kind of salad. I can do it at home. But instead I got smoked salmon slices atop over salted oily lettuce and surrounded by shaved carrots. It was made by someone with little idea of what a salad should be.
The other menu items looked really interesting but were also really expensive...
Service was fine. Waitresses were attentive and congenial.
I've been to the Renmin Nan Lu branch a four or five times and everytime I've been disappointed at the food. Their portions are small first of all. Next the food tastes like it is cooked by Chinese cooks trying to western after a weekend cooking class. I went for the weekend brunch which is advertised in this magazine and utterly revolted. Terrible dried wads of sausages, reheated dense circular hash browns that were obviously frozen, garbage pancakes. They didn't even try. They should just give up and spare everyone. Something tells me there really isn't a grandma running the joint.
This is the place to go when you simply cannot stomach another greasy spice fest. Though their items are fried, it's not in the least bit oily. The salad is great, and the clam soup soothing. Not much variety beyond fried pork chops and shrimp, but when you do something well why add another 80 items?
This place is a real Japanese chain run by a real Japanese manager, and you can tell the difference. I like to go here on weekday afternoons and enjoy their lunch specials and just sit and peruse a Japanese magazine. I really don't know why this place ain't more popular. Perhaps if there was a way to douse their food in red recycled gutter oil the locals would like it more.