posted by Sarah
We’ve been granted the week off due to National Day (October 1st), and instead of joining in the travelling frenzy like pretty much everybody living here, we decided it’d be best to stay put and have some local fun. After all, Hangzhou is itself a top tourist city, and we’re far from discovering all its best spots.
Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes to Joel last week! We had a really fun day, blessed by the most beautiful fall weather imaginable. Here are the photos to prove it.
We started off the day with a leisurely late brunch buffet at the curiously named “Reggae Cafe,” which, in all respects is a high class joint – except for the psychedelic posters of Bob Marley on the walls.
Then to West Lake – a 10 minute bike ride – where we were accosted by a group of schoolkids asking foreigners to sign their banner in support of the cause “请说普通话” – that is, “Please speak Mandarin.” They’re really cute (when they’re not yours).
Later that night we finished off the day at Peppino’s, a restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel which is reputed to have the best Italian food in the city. And it was quite good; the Caesar salad had real homemade Caesar dressing with a creamy aioli texture, the foie gras accompanied by a raisin reduction was impeccably grilled, and the wood-fired three-cheese pizza topped with bleu, goat, and mozzarella cheeses hit the pizza-shaped spot that Joel always seems to form in his stomach for his birthday. We also shared a bottle of fruity Bodega Norton Argentinian Malbec in giant Riedel glasses.