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    The Beef: In the Disneytown area, you don’t have to buy tickets into Disneyland to dine (ahem, spend money) and get the full American experience. The Cheesecake Factory, one of the thousands of reasons for expanding waistlines in the US, has made its arrival into Shanghai – and I was excited to try it!

    The restaurant décor and waiters were exact imports – down to the menu design and booth seating. The menu here is extremely extensive, as much as American food can be. Salad, pastas, pizza, burgers, sandwiches. We started with an Oreo milkshake, so rich and thick…a caloric bomb but who cares! We were here to splurge. Mac & cheese, chicken pasta, and a salad to even things out. The first thing you’ll notice here is that the portions are huge…almost Texas-sized! Or maybe I’ve been in Asia too long to recall what normal US portions look like. The Cobb Salad turned out to be the winner surprisingly. Next time, if there is one, I’ll stick to salad and a shake.

    …before moving onto the dessert portion, of course! Did I mention the menu was extensive? There are 23 different flavors of cheesecakes alone and 5 non-cheesecake cakes. For someone with decision-making disorder, this is torture. But omg, redemption came with the Red Velvet Cheesecake. It was just as towering, cream-cheesy, and delicious as I remember *tears* (don’t know if from joy or from knowing this meal was putting us back by 5,000+ calories).

    The Gang: Lots of families and kids (big surprise!). As with anywhere in this area, it’s fun to see the kids and even adults get all dressed up in their best Disney costumes or matching outfits.

    The Motive: Would I make the trek there solely for the sinful piece of cheesecake? Probably not. But if they did delivery I would splurge for a whole cake on special occasions.

    The Damage: Cheesecakes 70RMB/slice. Appetizers and Mains 99RMB and up.

    The Down n’ Dirty: Brought me back to the US – they even replicated the bathrooms. The elevated toilets, beige partitions, even the stainless steel toilet paper holders…this is where the final hit of nostalgia really kicked in.

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