— Another Week in Shanghai —
2009 – Two weeks in Shanghai with two more to go! Last
week I showed photos of the yummy street food, but unfortunately I haven't
tasted any of it. Although it is perfectly safe to eat food from Shanghai's thousands
of street stalls, for me such food is off-limits. That's because I was diagnosed
Disease about 18 months ago. Most
Meniere's patients, myself included, must strictly limit their daily sodium intake
in order to minimize their symptoms. That's not so hard to do when you're cooking
for yourself, but eating out is another story, and eating out in China — well,
you can forget that!
Sick in (but not of) Shanghai...
Chinese cuisine, while truly
delicious, contains a lot of sodium in the form of soy, salt and/or MSG. Almost
immediately, I began to feel the negative effects of increased sodium in my diet.
Within a week —
in fact shortly after I posted last week's installment — I was knocked
flat on my back by a severe (and I do mean severe) rotational vertigo attack.
Violently dizzy and horribly nauseated, I literally couldn't lift my head off
the pillow for 7 hours. Thank goodness I was still in the hotel room when it
As soon as our Chinese hosts
realized the seriousness of my "food
arrangements were made. They moved usto the Jin
Sha Hotel where the nice
hotel manager (he's really great!) called a meeting with the kitchen staff. At
Jin Sha we can now eat without worry, ordering whatever we want from the hotel
restaurant's extensive menu, confident that the food is carefully prepared to
exclude any and all sodium products. My condition has improved and I'm feeling
Shanghai's park scene...
I've spent a good bit of time in
several of the lovely parks scattered around Shanghai. People-watching
is great fun and I find the younger children particularly captivating. Equally
captivating are the older folks who show up early in the morning to practice
Tai Chi. Their movements are slow and graceful; their concentration intense.
As the day wears on I usually see several scattered groups of adults "ballroom
dancing" to music from a portable boom box. It's a very popular pastime
here. Games are also common in the parks, everything from Mahjong to Xiangqi
(Chinese chess). Occasionally I'll stumble upon a group of fan-dancers, and
more rarely, a sword dancer. There's always something to see.
My Shanghai park
I compiled a "slide show" of park photographs for you
to look at. (I think it's pretty nice!) Just click
here or click on the photo below:
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