Hey if you need some nice Spanish wine and cheese, meat and seafood, canned fish, spices, and more, this new place La Boqueria on Wuding Lu is worth a look. They claim to have the best tomatoes in town. The dude running the place is a supplier for some fine Spanish restaurants in town, so you know the shit is legit. Big Carabinero prawns on deck too - bigger than District 9. Ok not really, but still. Plus they've got dinner every Wednesday and Friday plus a terrace open every evening and weekends. Check it out.

SHOPPING / JUL 22 / Share


Hey if you're looking for something to do tonight, the weekly Shanghai Tickler standup night hosted by Storm Xu at 390 Bar is pretty decent. I stopped by last week and watched about eight comics, some Chinese some laowai, work through sets of varying quality. Some laughs to be had for sure, and some awkward moments. Getting through a standup set in your non-native language must be hard. So that's free entry, starts at 8pm, and they've got OK dinner sets like sea bass/chicken tacos for 30–35 plus buy-one-get-one on beer. Some pie on sale too.

And at 9pm just down the street at Dada, Sub-Cinema is showing the classic Tarantino joint Reservoir Dogs. That's free entry and free popcorn. As you were.

NIGHTLIFE / JUL 22 / Share


Hey it's hot outside. SPEND SOME MONEY. Here's a short list of boutiques and stores having decent summer sales.

First up, the malls. They have the best AC. Mango, located in the IAPM and other malls has up to 70% off selected items. Leather jackets for 649rmb, down from 1,299rmb, plus other jackets and coats starting from 99rmb, pants from 129rmb, bags for 100–200rmb, and shirts from 119rmb.

All the fast-fashion joints have clearance sales too. Zara has some sharp blazers for 229rmb marked down from 800rmb and sharp dress shirts for 139rmb each. There's a ton of summer and formal attire marked down, for both men and women. H&M naturally has a summer sale, with dresses and shirts from 30rmb to 50rmb, and pants starting from 70rmb. DEALS TO BE HAD.

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SHOPPING / JUL 21 / Share


Chinese superstar artist Cai Guo-Qiang lands in Shanghai with a bang next month, with solo show The Ninth Wave at Power Station of Art. Before that, he’s giving a live demonstration of one of his signature ‘gunpowder paintings’ today (Monday 21, from 3.30pm). If you can swing some time off work it should be well worth a watch.

Sandwiching trails of gunpowder between massive canvases weighted down with rocks, Cai detonates his "drawings" to create one-off artworks that are reminiscent of traditional Chinese ink paintings. Here’s a video of all of that in action. ... Read on

ART / JUL 21 / Share


This week Papa's Bierstube is charging far too much for it's schnitzengrubens, says one user. Good thing 32 is my limit. Porcellino continues to receive the amount of choices. Mrsl raves about the burritos at Dos Locos. Oh, and check this shit out. According to one user Barbarossa charges for tap water.

And the winner by arbitrary selection this week is must for a review of Porcellino. Your prize, must, is a 500rmb voucher for free Sherpa's delivery.

DINING / JUL 21 / Share


Hey it's Friday again. Lots to do. There's a bunch of new bars and summer cocktails in town - take a look here. For jungle/dancehall on Friday, Arkham has you covered with MC Top Cat, who we talked about here. Across town, a lot of people getting down to house and techno for Yvonne Chan's birthday at The Shelter for that Yellow party. Best part - after tonight you won't get any of her WeChat spam for at least four more days. And oh hey, brostep dude Caspa's in town again. Santo Chino has the excellent "Same As It Ever Was" Disco/Rock/Funk party at Dada and just down the street those Wooozy.cn kids are dropping house and techno at 390.
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NIGHTLIFE / JUL 18 / Share


We've received word from the folks at Fat Mama that they're shutting the place down this weekend. Now, before your Shanghai schadenfreude reflexes kick in, it's not a permanent closure. Proprietor Stefan Lange, a German who hopefully appreciates my using the word "schadenfreude" twice in one paragraph already, says, "No trouble with the landlord, the bank, the tax department or licensing. Fat Mama is just moving to a really nice, new place with lots of outdoor seating." So they're just regrouping before they relocate.

With that in mind, they're looking to enlist some some help to deplete excess inventory. In other words, they want people to come drink and eat the place empty. They're asking 200rmb per person, and it'll be going on this Sunday from 5–11pm.

Come October Fat Mama will reopen as a "pizza and beer garden" at 425 Yanping Lu, near Changping Lu, less then half a kilometer away from the original location.

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