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Oct 18, 2006 06:54 PM

Where to get a Philly Cheese Steak in Shanghai

And maybe shrimp etoufee and a slice of pumpkin pie, too...

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    1. Gary, the Philly Cheese Steak Spring Roll link is hysterical! Thanks.
      We have a family joke that started almost 2 decades ago when I was dragging my 2 young daughter around Europe for a summer. They're great about eating any and all things but their faces lit up when, on a whim, I suggested the McD's on the Champs Elysees. We found fresh water, a clean bathroom and a few French menu changes. Since then we've all visited McD's in every country we've visited around the world to see the local menu additions - or if only for a clean bathroom.
      Recently, I got an urgent Blackberry text msg from my older daughter who was standing on a street corner in Shanghai with a funny traveler's tummy. She'd been hiking in the Yellow Mountains and had eaten at Jean-George the night before. "What should I do, Mom?" I sent her to the McD's for noodle soup because I knew it was bland and safe. Problem solved with a lot of laughs from the other side of the world.

      No one is exempt for the urge for the taste of home.
      A few years ago, I was escorting a delegation of high ranking Asian government officials in the US. They surrounded me on a Sunday night in Milwaukee and demanded noodles. They said if they didn't get them they would refuse to do the meetings the next day or until they got noodles. They were tired of American food. I found a place after some effort and fortunately the staff spoke Chinese. Some of the delegation went into the kitchen and negotiated the off-the-menu meal. I didn't care what it cost because they were completely happy.

      They don't call it comfort food for nothing. I always enjoy your posts. Thanks so much for the pleasure.

      BTW, one of the Asians took fortune cookies home to his kids who had grown to love them when the family had lived in California.