We arrived in Shanghai yesterday morning, right before noon. Went to the hospital soon after. It's impossible for me to put into words how I'm feeling. It's painful to see someone you love and respect lying there like that. I don't want to talk about it.
Went to a restaurant specializing in Hunan cuisine. Spicy foods, but quite different from Sichuan cuisine. No peppercorn and less spices. Absolutely delicious. We had stone pot soups, clear broths cooked with herbal medicines. Then a sauteed frog meat dish, filled with chili peppers and chili oil. Followed by greens, cooked in oil and seafood soy sauce. We finished with a hot cast iron plate of duck tongue. The restaurant was packed, which was a good thing. I have a hard time trusting an empty restaurant's food. Each dish was perfectly seasoned, spicy but not numbing, each allowing the primary ingredient to shine.
The mall where the restaurant was had a wine shop. I went in, and was pleasantly surprised. Compared to when I came last, Christmas 2006, the selection of wines has improved dramatically. It featured many of the more obscure Bordeaux appellations, such as Moulis and Lussac St-Emilion. Would have loved to try, but the prices are still very forbidding.
I'm having a difficult time in Shanghai. It's been shocking, what I've seen here. You think you know a place well enough, but...