Christmas, FOOD, Uncategorized OUR 1ST CHRISTMAS IN CHINA 28 December 2009

Christmas Eve was a pretty chill one with a bunch of friends. We all met up at Lange Bar & Restaurant which were having a fabulous 200? all-you-can-eat-and-drink special. I loved the turkey they served up, complete with choice of 3 sauces, and all the home-style trimmings like roast pumpkin and potatoes, pasta salads, etc. Satisfying, and we could eat as much as we want. What could be better?

And unlike many (actually, all) other all-you-can-eat/drink places, they didn’t skimp on the food, nor the alcohol. OH NO – in fact, they were repeatedly asking us “More wine? More cocktails? Come on!!” the whole night. And let’s just say their cocktails were S-T-R-O-N-G, hooboy! On regular nights, the cocktails are only 40? too, the cheapest we’ve found in Shanghai (and even more so, considering they’re not watered down).


Appetizers

Turkey, pasta salads, pumpkin, potato, etc. Loved this!

Apple pie and pannacotta dessert

Merry Christmas

We spent most of the actual Christmas Day in bed, because we were so tired from the night before! We slept in til almost noon, then headed off to Bistro Latitude, a French restaurant, then headed back home afterwards to sleep some more, haha.

Bistro Latitude is special to us, because it was our last non-married date place. We went a few days before getting married and it was a really special date for us.. because we knew that shortly afterwards, we’d be married. So we thought it would be nice to go back there for Christmas lunch.

We had the Swiss cheese fondue, which was absolutely delicious. Sort of on the unhealthy side (okay, very much so!) but it was FABULOUS and really sated my hankering for cheese, cheese and more cheeeessssseeee :)~


Swiss cheese fondue…… mmmm….

A cold cut platter to go with the fondue

After lunch, it was… errrr… sleeping some more! When we finally woke up (and the cheese fondue had settled in our bellies), we cooked up Christmas dinner. We got a rack of lamb and made lamb chops – Chris’ speciality 🙂 And some rosemary and garlic potatoes, baked straight out of the oven.

A mega satisfying dinner, with our own mini family now 🙂 Fur-kids included, of course!


Marinated lamb chops

Cooking on the bbq grill

Rosemary and garlic potatoes

Our homecooked Christmas dinner 🙂

The fuzzies have their own Christmas dinner, bits of lamb


34 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on December 28, 2009 at 2:23 am

    I’m impressed you’ve found another all you can eat place that is classy.

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 7:18 am

      Yeah, they’re generally few and far between. This one normally isn’t cos it’s fine dining, they just had it for xmas

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  • am_klutz posted on December 28, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Heh. We spent half our Xmas in bed too 😛 Rolled out for lunch at 2pm.

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

      Haha we are all sooo lazy!

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  • thefragrantelf posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:32 am

    It all looks fantastic! Especially your lamb dinner the the fondue. OMG. The fondue!!!

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

      Was VERY happy to have found a good cheese foundue in Shangers. w00t!

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  • oh_ayana posted on December 28, 2009 at 8:33 am

    you’re so lucky you can eat out on Christmas Day!!
    The only thing opened around here was Maccas… and we ended up eating leftovers. Shame we don’t do the whole feast thing :((

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 11:08 am

      Xmas is like any other day here in China – sad cos there’s little christmas spirit, but good cos stuff is all open 😛

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  • starbucksweetie posted on December 28, 2009 at 2:23 am

    I’m impressed you’ve found another all you can eat place that is classy.

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 7:18 am

      Yeah, they’re generally few and far between. This one normally isn’t cos it’s fine dining, they just had it for xmas

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  • am_klutz posted on December 28, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Heh. We spent half our Xmas in bed too 😛 Rolled out for lunch at 2pm.

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

      Haha we are all sooo lazy!

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  • thefragrantelf posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:32 am

    It all looks fantastic! Especially your lamb dinner the the fondue. OMG. The fondue!!!

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

      Was VERY happy to have found a good cheese foundue in Shangers. w00t!

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  • oh_ayana posted on December 28, 2009 at 8:33 am

    you’re so lucky you can eat out on Christmas Day!!
    The only thing opened around here was Maccas… and we ended up eating leftovers. Shame we don’t do the whole feast thing :((

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    • beverly posted on December 28, 2009 at 11:08 am

      Xmas is like any other day here in China – sad cos there’s little christmas spirit, but good cos stuff is all open 😛

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  • slimjim1309 posted on December 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    hiya Bev, may I know if its hard to maintain your bbq grill? what brand is it? I read you need to wipe it down with a slice lemon before cooking and then wipe it again after with the other half to let the acid eat away the oils and grease.

    have a happy new year….!

    p.s. let’s see old homer!

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    • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 2:42 am

      Sunbeam bbq grill – it’s fab, Chris’ parents bought it for us 🙂 Didn’t know about that lemon trip, thanks for the tip!!

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  • slimjim1309 posted on December 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    hiya Bev, may I know if its hard to maintain your bbq grill? what brand is it? I read you need to wipe it down with a slice lemon before cooking and then wipe it again after with the other half to let the acid eat away the oils and grease.

    have a happy new year….!

    p.s. let’s see old homer!

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    • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 2:42 am

      Sunbeam bbq grill – it’s fab, Chris’ parents bought it for us 🙂 Didn’t know about that lemon trip, thanks for the tip!!

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  • exhileration posted on December 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

    mmm we make potatoes like that too! Hope you and Chris and your family had a great Christmas 🙂

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    • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 2:44 am

      Potatoes are sooooo good like that – my fave 🙂
      Happy holidays to ya too!

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  • exhileration posted on December 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

    mmm we make potatoes like that too! Hope you and Chris and your family had a great Christmas 🙂

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    • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 2:44 am

      Potatoes are sooooo good like that – my fave 🙂
      Happy holidays to ya too!

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  • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Ya I think it’s Aussie… it’s a good grill 🙂

    Chris said we don’t need any of the lemon/salt stuff cos the grill is nonstick, so we just lift it off and wash it in the sink and it all comes off!

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  • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Ya I think it’s Aussie… it’s a good grill 🙂

    Chris said we don’t need any of the lemon/salt stuff cos the grill is nonstick, so we just lift it off and wash it in the sink and it all comes off!

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  • cenedrah posted on December 30, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Wow Chris can cook too! I’m impressed you luck thing! hahhaa

    Btw, what’s in the cold platter? I see ham (cured?)…

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    • beverly posted on December 30, 2009 at 10:53 am

      Yeah he’s pretty good, I love cooking together 🙂
      The platter had mushrooms, olives, and all sorts of assorted salami, hams etc. was good!

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  • cenedrah posted on December 30, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Wow Chris can cook too! I’m impressed you luck thing! hahhaa

    Btw, what’s in the cold platter? I see ham (cured?)…

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    • beverly posted on December 30, 2009 at 10:53 am

      Yeah he’s pretty good, I love cooking together 🙂
      The platter had mushrooms, olives, and all sorts of assorted salami, hams etc. was good!

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  • Anonymous posted on January 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    cheese in china and sushi in switzerland

    hi bev,

    could I trade in cheese fondue for sushi?

    Thomas

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    • beverly posted on January 20, 2010 at 12:45 am

      Re: cheese in china and sushi in switzerland

      Blech we get so much sushi here so not keen 😛 But we hardly ever get cheese fondue, yum!

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  • Anonymous posted on January 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    cheese in china and sushi in switzerland

    hi bev,

    could I trade in cheese fondue for sushi?

    Thomas

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    • beverly posted on January 20, 2010 at 12:45 am

      Re: cheese in china and sushi in switzerland

      Blech we get so much sushi here so not keen 😛 But we hardly ever get cheese fondue, yum!

      Reply

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