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Al’s Diner in Shanghai / Comfort Food + Ice Cream Parlour

HeySesame.com - Al's Diner Gracie's Ice Cream Shanghai Happy July 4th, everyone! What a perfect day to post about yesterday's brunch experience at Al's Diner, an American diner in the French Concession district of Shanghai. Living in Shanghai, brunch spots are aplenty, with new ones seemingly popping up all the time. Novel, yes. Nice decor, yes. But the actual food? Sometimes you have to use your imagination. But my craving for some solid comfort food this Sunday (...)

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Dessert Heaven: Mavi Artisan Chocolates + Cakes

Mavi Artisan Chocolates and Gourmet Cake in Shanghai @ HeySesame.com Upon entering Mavi Artisan Chocolates and Gourmet Desserts in Xintiandi, I immediately felt like a kid in a candy shop.  The decor was so warm and inviting and yes, I saw chocolates everywhere!  You all know by now that Ellen and I have a huge sweet tooth.  Mavi was a lovely little space where I could totally see us enjoying afternoon tea.  I (...)

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Garlic / Modern Turkish Date Night

Garlic Modern Turkish in Shanghai @ HeySesame.com If you think you can't have a Turkish getaway in Shanghai, think again.  At Garlic, you'll find yourself in a mini Istanbul with great music, ambience, and all.  The modern decor and lighting creates a prime date atmosphere.  Best of all, and the reason I'm even writing about this place of course, is the food.  They have a "Best Lamb You Will Ever Eat" on their menu, (...)

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‘Tis the Season of Shanghai Hairy Crab

Hairy Crab Season in Shanghai @ HeySesame.com ... And it's almost over!  Nooooooo.  To document what probably will be one of our last hairy crab meals this season, here's last week's dinner at home.  You can find good-quality hairy crab at the finest hotels and restaurants, but it's most foodies' opinion that the best way to cook them is in your own kitchen!  And it's so easy too.  First, untie them (be careful (...)

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Sonoritas Prime Tacos + Red Velvet Churro

Sonoritas Prime Tacos and Red Velvet Churro on Sawtelle @ HeySesame.com Ellen and I went to Sonoritas Prime Tacos on Sawtelle during my trip to LA.  Although we love the down and dirty places like King Taco, we were in the mood to enjoy some gourmet Mexican on the patio.  Sonoritas prides itself on quality cuts of steak (cooked in a charcoal grill, no less), along with seasonal and local ingredients made from (...)

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A Little Brunch Spot Named Food

FOOD LA Brunch Spot @ HeySesame.com FOOD LA Brunch Spot @ HeySesame.com While I was in LA visiting my family last Sunday, I took my parents to a place called "Food."  For a family who lives to eat, you really can't go wrong with that.  All kidding aside, Ellen had suggested it and I had done my research as I always do.  This place was known (...)

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Tsukemen Dipped Ramen / Tsujita LA

Tsukemen Dipped Ramen at Tsujita LA @ HeySesame.comTsukemen Dipped Ramen at Tsujita LA @ HeySesame.com When I was in LA this month, Ellen took me to my first tsukemen experience.  Tsukemen is a style of ramen where dry noodles come in a separate bowl and are dipped into the broth.  The purpose of dipping is so the broth doesn't overpower the taste of the yummy noodles. (...)

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