Baby, it’s cold outside. The bitter Iowa winter has wrapped me up in its frigid embrace and I have to say, there’s no place like…anywhere but here. With the Tundra-like weather and no holidays on the horizon, I find myself looking for excitement, looking for a change. Sadly, my credit card, weary from holiday shopping, doesn’t allow for adventures every time the thermometer hits zero, so this winter I’m opting to travel in an easier, cheaper way – via my stomach. This month, for instance, I went all the way to Shanghai…Chinese.
I found myself dining at Shanghai Chinese in Waukee on a late Sunday afternoon. Settled with my husband in a comfy booth amongst authentic décor, the atmosphere managed to transport us to Shanghai for under $30. While the restaurant was quiet and peaceful, the large number of tables and well-stocked bar held the promise that this place could heat up in a second, transforming from quiet dinner spot to the perfect party with just a few turns of the door.
Immediately upon entering, we were seated by a friendly staff member and left to explore the expansive menu. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the restaurant recently expanded their menu, now offering Vietnamese fare in addition to the usual Chinese favorites. My husband dined on the Governor’s Beef, an entrée that came with steamed white rice, an egg roll, Crab Rangoon and his choice of soup. I opted to order from the new Vietnamese menu and enjoyed a steaming bowl of Pho, the perfect meal to warm me up on a cold winter afternoon.
We enjoyed attentive service throughout the meal and walked back out into the blustery Iowa weather satisfied, the memories of temporarily being transported to another place just enough to distract us from the icy wind cutting through our jackets.
It may not be in the budget for you to travel the world this year either, so join me in making a resolution you know will stick. Commit to traveling the world the best way you can – through food. You may never organize that file cabinet or learn to fold fitted sheets, but a resolution to eat good food? You know you’ll check that of the list.
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
33 N.E. Carefree Lane
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tues. – Thur.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.