diehappy: A great sparkling wine like Champagne paired with battered cod and chips is unbeatable. The palate cleansing acidity is like a dip in ocean for my mouth, rejuvenating after each sip and preparing it for the next succulent bite of fish to enter.
chiefnaidu: I went to college near California wine country and I hate to say it, but one of my favorite memories were the late nights when we would jump into someone's car to get something to eat. Being college students the only things we could afford at that time of night was fast food and being wine country, someone with connections always had a cabinet full of wine in the dorm. That meant it was time for pairing wine with burgers and fries! My favorite "combo" (using the fast food lingo) was sparking wine with french fries and a red zinfandel with an In-n-Out hamburger. A valuable lesson I learned in college was that some of the greatest wines in the world don't have to drunk at a snobby restaurant, but can be best enjoyed while laughing with life long friends, junk food, and sitting cross legged on the floor of a college dorm room. No one can tell you how to enjoy wine ... and life for that matter ... except yourself. :)
kablamy: Someone who's lived in a remote village/ island with population <500 all their life and who has never seen buildings higher than 1 or 2 floors... would just be interesting to see their reaction and thoughts of the 'iconic' buildings that have become my local, and reaffirm my gratitude for being able to live in this wondrous city!
diehappy: My best fine dining experience was with a friend recently at Mr. and Mrs. Bund. I'm still a student and was apprehensive about going to an expensive dinner with my significantly wealthier friend but caved in after he heavily insisted. There’s no way to aptly describe the experience of having eaten at your school’s cafeteria for months and then going to a place like Mr. and Mrs. Bund. Everything- the ribs, the raw oysters, and even the water?- tasted and looked as good as you would expect the stuff in commercials to taste like. After eating, he surprised me by saying that he had already paid for the meal and was glad to give me an unforgettable fine dining experience. The most important thing I learned from this experience isn't that Mr. and Mrs. Bund has great food and it isn't that I need work harder and be rich to be able to eat at these restaurants more often.
I just need to make friends with more rich people to take me to these places more often.
rikanachi: I’ve been blessed to have witnessed once the arrival of our Great Leader, The Great Successor, Comrade Kim Jong Un! He rode his flaming steed and descended upon Shanghai at night during the last summer solstice whilst at the height of his virility. Upon his arrival, his Holiness declared his interest in eating sparrows and proceeded to command all the sparrows within shouting distance to become his meal. Similar to the last “Great Sparrow Feast”, sparrows from all directions flew up and stood in concentric circles awaiting their sealed fate. Although having not eaten for five days, I immediately felt satiated after watching our Great Leader eat his fill, savoring the taste of Chinese sparrows. Gazing upon his Holiness’s ferocious appetite, I felt both awe at his power, which seemed to know no bounds, and also fright for his enemies, should his appetite turn towards them. After having eaten his full, his Holiness called upon the spiritual power of the sparrows he consumed and with it, sprouted magnificent auburn wings and gloriously returned home to his Northern kingdom. He left as swiftly as he had arrived, graciously letting the sun rise after his departure, leaving only the pang of loneliness in our hearts. I am humbled to have experienced this fine dining in the presence of our Great Leader.
rikanachi: I like pairing a not too expensive Cabernet Sauvignon with buttermilk pancakes for brunch.
Buttermilk pancakes because they’re delicious. And Cabernet Sauvignon so while eating, I can make jokes like these: “I like my women like I like my wine: perfectly aged and full-bodied with hints of sophistication, all at an affordable price.”
eddie10: :) I believe those are not "kangaroos", but they are the relatives call wallaby (ies).
" watch me wallaby's feed. They're a dangerous breed, mate, so watch me wallaby's feed".
I won't go up against a full grown Red roo meself. Wicked "claw" similar to velociraptor.
eddie10: :) I found that phrases like this works for me: 你很急吗？那你先来吧。Something like, if you are in a hurry, you can go first. Let this laowai's magnanimous-ness allow you to do so. Go ahead, step in front of me.
:) Unless of course when one _is_ in a hurry.