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1. Who are you?
Hi, I’m Alice! After living in Shanghai, China for five years, I moved back to Washington, D.C. last year. During my time in China, I worked in digital marketing, started a digital newsletter about Shanghai and gave food tours. Now, I work at an e-commerce company where we make consumer goods with rapid production tools. Some products include 3D printed cookie cutters and laser cut wooden accessories.
2. What is your site ‘Lemonsquash’ about?
My blog, Lemonsquash, is mostly about my travels throughout Asia and some recipes I’ve tried out at home. I’ve started to add posts about my adventures in the US! I’m an organized person who likes to create itineraries for all my trips. Preplanning is one of the most challenging things about travel. That’s why I like to include transportation info as well as key activities/foods to try in easy-to-read lists. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.
3. What is one food tip you would give about Shanghai, China?
Try all the dumplings!! Especially the soup dumplings which are famous in Shanghai. When I lived in Shanghai, I gave dumpling tours at my friend’s company: UnTour. After living in Asia for so long, it’s hard to find something that tastes authentic back in the US. In Washington, D.C., I really like Panda Gourmet… authentic Chinese food!
4. What is one travel tip you would give about Shanghai in China?
This is actually a great tip for any city you’re going to visit: go on a walking tour or food tour the first day you get there. You’ll get your bearings in the city and receive amazing advice from locals about what to see and where to eat. Sometimes, I leave empty days in my itinerary just to be able to explore places that are recommended to me.
5. What is the best thing to eat in Shanghai, China?
The best thing to eat in Shanghai…so many things, but now that I’m back in America, I really miss the Chinese breakfast crepe (煎饼). It’s a big rolled up crepe filled with an egg, cilantro, scallions, chili paste, hoisin sauce and a fried wonton wrapper. It’s a staple street eat! D.C. also has some amazing Ethiopian restaurants. Keren Restaurant is cheap and delicious.