For all you SEO peeps that maybe just came to this MARKETING post hoping for tips on the stock market or bonds or summat, well, in this case marketing means like the food kind. Food, basket of eels, giant wall of Snickers... Shanghai has it all!
Let's start at the wet markets near our hosts Kent and Larisa's house in Jing'an. Come here for vegetabes, pickles, eggs (both cooked and hundred-yeared), meat, and fish. All fresh.
In fact, some of the ingredients are quite a bit fresher than we're used to in the States. Fancy an eel?
Perhaps veggies are more your speed.
SO many greens, right? And such beautiful ginger!
It's also a good place to come for cured and dried meats.
If you want your fish fresher than fresh, you can also go to the several-city-block-sized wholesale fish market. We got there around lunchtime, which I think might be a bit late for a fish market, but were impressed by the stands still operating.
Geoduck! What a strange creature.
Not sure why these fish were split open. Drying?
We found a nearby restaurant, where Kent made some selections for lunch directly off the seafood display table.
The boys LOVED this sea urchin, but Larisa and I thought it was just a bit too rich. One was fine for me, thanks!
If you're needing random toiletries or a t-shirt or a crapload of Snickers, there's always the gigantic Carrefour, too! It's basically a Wal-Mart or Sam's Club, but they carry Chinglish shirts and hawthorn candies.
And I wasn't kidding about the Snickers.
I enjoyed wandering the Carrefour especially to see the snacks marketed for the Chinese palate; jasmine-flavored Doublemint, cucumber or green tea potato chips, orange/mango Oreos.
Logan was excited to try more baiju, China's stupidstrong booze. Neither he nor I have yet developed a taste for this stuff. Phew. Turpentiney.
Turns out if you look interested enough in the baiju section one (or two or three) young ladies will materialize and start pouring random samples. I deferred but Logan soldiered through a dozen or so mumbling "one of these will be good, blech, surely one of them..." He eventually admitted defeat.
Shanghai's markets are a great tourist attraction in their own right, and I'm glad we got to see such a range! Still working on my jasmine Doublemint mints... don't know if I prefer them or the lemon mint. Decisions.