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Okay. Thanksgiving is over. You can officially look forward to Christmas, and you can start this evening at Kerry Parkside out on Pudong. At 6pm, they're opening SantaVille, a Christmas village featuring carolers and other live performances, Christmas drinks and eats. It starts at 6pm. and then takes place every day until Christmas. Admission is free.

Then on Saturday at the gracefully titled Xuhui Riverside Public Space it's the German Christmas Market.
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Hunter Gatherer, that farm-to-table grocery and cafe concept with the freshly ground almond butter and confusing system for ordering combo plates—is officially, properly, legitimately open today. Yeah, it was in "soft opening" this whole time. Anyway, they're hosting some activities to mark this real, genuine, true opening.

Tonight is HG's opening kick-off party. You have to pay to get in—120rmb a person, tickets sold at the door. That price includes two drinks, and all the hors d'oeuvres you care to eat. Eddie Yang of The Tailor Bar will be there with organic tequila from Dulce Vida. Does organic tequila come up easier? We shall see.

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DINING / NOV 28 / Share

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Fixie maker Factory Five has once again relocated. Starting tomorrow, they're taking up residence in the Anken Life compound on Changhua Lu.

From 7 to 10pm, they'll be christening their new digs with beers from Craft Republic, tequila from Dulce Vida, and eats from Pie Society and Taste & See. If you're into two-wheeled, pedal-powered transit, these guys usually organize pretty fun events. Check it out.

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COMMUNITY / NOV 28 / Share

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So here is a bit of grist for the rumor mill. It looks like celeb chef Joël Robuchon might be eyeing Shanghai for his next branch.

If you're not familiar with Robuchon, suffice it to say, the prospect of him coming to Shanghai is a pretty big deal. The man is a force of nature, with branches of his eponymous restaurant, L'Atelier, La Table, Salon de The, Le Jardin, and more across nine cities around the world. Among them: Paris, Singapore, Las Vegas, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He's covered a lot of ground, and has racked up a hell of a lot of Michelin stars in the process. The tally is 28 now, more stars than any other chef in the world.

There aren't a lot of details yet, but I've learned from a couple of reliable sources that Robuchon is looking to open up a Shanghai outpost of L'Atelier sometime next year. As for location, I've heard the words Bund 18 thrown around, but nothing is confirmed just yet.

[UPDATE]: A little more intel has trickled in since this was posted. Apparently, the location is confirmed: Bund 18, next summer.

DINING / NOV 28 / Share

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A few art bits for your weekend, kicking off tonight with the launch of Spanish artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo’s solo show at newish arts spot Matthew Liu Fine Arts. Best known for his colorful and figurative paintings, they’ll be the mainstay of the exhibition, as well as one or two sculptures from the multidisciplinary talent.

The gallery’s hidden inside that Rockbund precinct on cobbled Yuanmingyuan Lu – right next to Christie’s, no less – and showcases western modern and contemporary in high-ceilinged, airy elegance. Be there from 5pm through 8pm this evening for artsy drinks and a sneak peek of works by one of Spain’s best-known contemporary artists.... Read on

ART / NOV 27 / Share

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Thanksgiving…That's the one where Americans eat turkey to celebrate the genocide of a native population and rape of the land. Think it was invented by a shopping mall in 1951. I explain Thanksgiving to Chinese friends as "our Chinese new year", because it's just meals with the fam and friends. Well, Thanksgiving ain't Chinese, so here's some parties this evening that have nothing to do with it.

Naturally, the French have a few typically anti-American events tonight. For one, that house/disco night Holly Sh*t! turns two years old at Lola. Usually a solid dance party. And over at The Cut steak/fries spot in the IAPM, there's that Super Attractive Ghetto Blaster after-work party with drink and food specials plus DJs starting at 7.30pm. ... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / NOV 27 / Share

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Yes, I know Mex resto Pistolera has been around for at least three years. But they've finally opened up a new branch that doesn't require a 50rmb cab ride, just across the street from Xujiahui Park. It seemed high time to give the place a day in court.

The overall verdict: fair. And that's probably a generous grade for most Mexican cuisine in China. It's just tough to do Mexican really well here. I get it. Still, you could do a lot worse in Shanghai, and surely a lot worse has been done (yeah, I've lived here that long).

I'm assuming the menu is the same between all three branches, so if you've made the trek out to the 'burbs of Jin- or Hongqiao, you'll probably recognize what's on offer. It's a broad menu, featuring the kind of stuff you'd expect to see. They've got Tex-Mex starters like queso fundido, which is basically melted cheese dip served with tortilla, as well as some pretty decent quesadillas and nachos. They also serve more traditional snacks, like empanadas and taquitos, which are also fine. But regardless of all the above, Pistolera has one particularly notable strength: complimentary tortilla chips.
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