Burgers and Sunshine – In-N-Out Opens a Franchise in China!!!! YES!!!

In N Out in China!!!!!!   Woot Woot! HELL YES! Double-Double Animal Style please…

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Okay okay okay… So it isn’t actually In N’ Out. However, what I found is pretty close.   It is called Caliburger. God bless the Chinese for their ability to reverse engineer a product and replicate it for a SERIOUSLY HUGE market that is craving for authentic and unique Western culinary options.   Yea. Dig this. It is almost as good as In-N-Out.

Speaking of burgers and although we are out here in the Far East, there are some decent burgers in Shanghai.   Beef and Liberty is my go-to top end burger.   You also have Gourmet Burger. Malone’s was decent, depending on the chef on shift, but it is closed now actually. Blue Dog is alright. There are a plethora that cater to the expat crowd and the culinary challenged Chinese. On the lower end of the spectrum you have Carl’s Jr. locations throughout Shanghai.   I’m not a huge fan of American fast-food (except In N Out and handful of other exceptional experiences).   However, I do admit I have caved into the ease of Carl’s Jr. a few times during my Shanghai residency thus-far.   It’s quick, it is easy and it is much better than that McD and BK.   Both of these are extremely common in Shanghai (sadly) and I don’t go to these chains.

Getting back to Caliburger, they seriously just lifted the entire In-N-Out package.  Right down to the logo.

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What they DON’T have is John 3:16 on the bottom of the cups!

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They replicate the style of delivery,  the hats, the sauce,  the bobby pins, the cook after you order it approach,  logos, everything.   Really crazy.   I’m totally curious what In-N-Outs take is on this.   Maybe they have an operation in this….   I doubt it but the thought does cross my mind.

Walking is important after a good meal.  Spring is a great time for exploring the city.   The sound of heels.   The skirts are getting shorter.   Layers of clothes are coming off.   I love this town in the spring.   Sometimes we have nice cool weather, sometimes sunshine.   Sometimes rain.  I have to say in the last week, we have had some of the most spectacular days that I have experienced for over a year in Shanghai.  WE ARE GRATEFUL!   20150512_11042420150512_125320_resized

It is a fine time to hike the city and find new foods to try.

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Check out this delicious Hong Kong snack.   It is like a waffle we might eat back in the States but exceptionally sweeter batter.   Yummy afternoon delight.  Goes well with ice cream.

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Dogs are getting out there too…  Love the dogs of Shanghai.  DSC07269 (1280x853)DSC07268 (1280x853)DSC07274 (1280x853)DSC07312 (1280x853)

Look, after burgers and sunshine we actually found live music in the park.  I am sure the setlist was properly approved by the CCP.

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Parks… just have to love Chinese Parks and the crazy art installations.   Good stuff.

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Look at this huge guy I found perched in front of the Shanghai Museum of Natural History.   This things is made of straw.  Bird made it into their own habitat.   How cool.

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Let’s get back to corporate chains.   Here is how I feel about one of them.   Who drinks this overpriced piss-water anyway????  Let’s just say Ross hasn’t lost a bit of touch and class…..  even in China.      Until next time.   Safe travels.  Stay vigilant.  DSC07262 (853x1280)

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