Reason to Celebrate- SOL #8

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Tonight we had many reasons to celebrate. For one, it was Restaurant Week, so we got to eat a five-star meal for two-star prices. Secondly, it was International Women’s Day, and I was out with a group of beautiful ladies, dressed to the nines, and ready to have some fun. Third, and most importantly, it was my dear friend Amy’s birthday!

Me, Melissa, and Amy- the birthday girl!

Me, Melissa, and Amy- the birthday girl!

Anna and Linnea

Anna and Linnea

Dinner tonight was at The Grand Brasserie in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel located on the historic and beautiful Bund in Shanghai (whew…that’s a mouthful!). Upon entering the Waldorf I was taken into another world, a place too posh, lavish, and decadent for little ole me, but I loved it, if just for a night! Decked out in marble, crystal chandeliers, grand staircases, and 10 foot flower bouquets, it was a place fit for a queen (or 8 queens!). Our meal consisted of three courses, each one lovely and full of flavor. My favorite courses were the crab cake and the dessert, but the salmon was nice, too. I would definitely go back to The Grand Brasserie again.

First Course- Crab Cake

First Course- Crab Cake

Second Course- Grilled Salmon with Polenta, Artichokes, and Fennel

Second Course- Grilled Salmon with Polenta, Artichokes, and Fennel

Third Course- Warm Chocolate Cake and Strawberries and Vanilla Bean Icecream

Third Course- Warm Chocolate Cake and Strawberries and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Following dinner, we headed out to have a few drinks on Yong Kang Lu, a street lined with bars and restaurants that is frequented by expats. Everywhere was packed! We weren’t sure if it was because it was Women’s Day or because it was a relatively nice night (i.e. not raining and not too cold). Regardless, we found a spot in the back of the Taphouse, where we staked our claim. A few other friends joined us for the festivities, and we had a good time conversing with one another and laughing at the 21-year-olds who were obviously wasted by 9:00PM. As women in our 30’s (or nearly there), we can’t imagine acting that way now. 😉

Me and Michelle

Me and Michelle

Linnea and Me

Linnea and Me

Tired of being cramped and hot, we moved the party to an Irish pub across the street, seeking some solace from the throngs of party-goers out and about, hoping for a chill place to sit and relax. The Irish pub, we found, was just as crowded as the Taphouse. The Ireland vs. Italy rugby game was on, so finding a spot to sit was impossible. Nonetheless, we settled in, had a drink (or two), mingled with the usuals, and tried to one-up one another with our dirty jokes. As a spectator in the joke-telling contest, most just made me laugh! As the night wound down, we all had a yummy birthday apple cheesecake cupcake courtesy of the lovely Melissa. Hope you had a fabulous birthday Amy! Love you! 🙂

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