Date registered: August 12, 2012
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Leanna's Baker has excellent food. Pretty much anywhere that has a good Christmas menu, though, things will be pricy. And for the record, the Lazy Pug does always have great food. The Spot is doing a great three-day special (23 through 25) with some amazing treats in store for its patrons. Shamrock is also serving delicious meals on the 24th and 25th. And I'm sure the Bookworm has something going on as well. All the usual Western spots should be serving terrific menus, although I'm not sure which one will be the best deal!
Much to my chagrin, I recently misplaced my last box of contact lenses during a move to my new place. I'm getting by with glasses for now, but I definitely have to replenish my contact supply ASAP and won't be going home to the US for some time!
Can anyone tell me where they've gone for contact lenses? I'd rather not consult Global Doctor—they're great and all, but 1) I don't know if they have the facilities for optometry and 2) they tend to order and charge for a lot of needless, extraneous things. So any other places that you thought provided good quality lenses? And how long it would take to fill the order? ... Even if I have to bring a translator, so be it!
Ha, Shamrock's on a Sunday is where you went wrong, although I like going there on Sundays for dinner and a bit more relaxed atmosphere! Much better to go on a Friday or Saturday, though, if you're looking for a crowd.
Aside from Sham, there's Bookworm pretty much any night of the weekdays for a quiet dinner, and then for clubbing, etc., there's the trusty (if trite) Paname/Jellyfish/Spot blend for very late night Fridays and Saturdays. We're at the Spot almost every night of the week, it seems—we love the burgers there.
Also, I agree with FrozeInferno, the Lazy Pug has amazing food and great company. The menu is pricier (by Chengdu standards, that is), but I also agree wholeheartedly that owners, Danny and Dana, are terrific, wonderful, lovable people who really know their stuff.
Mooney's at Shangri La used to be good on Thursday nights, but that hasn't been true for the past year since they changed management, so I can't vouch for them any more.
And although Mondays aren't usually the time to hit up Shamrock, my band and I will probably be jamming at open mic tonight, so you're welcome to stop by if you want to get introduced to any of that crowd!
Welcome to the 'du, Cap'n. How long have you been here? What places have you already patronized, so I don't give you any redundant information? There are tons of places where my friends and I go, and I'm sure everyone will be happy to welcome you! All you really need is to make one friend to start, and the rest will follow like dominoes. It's a very warm and welcoming expat community we have here.
I've been getting blonde highlights from Lain for a few months now, and he's truly the best in Chengdu, if you're a foreign client. His salon is modest in appearance, and the location is a bit sequestered, but his expertise with Caucasian hair is far and away the best you'll find in this city. No one else here even comes close to his expertise (and I've tried to patronize some of the high-end salons in expensive locations that claim they cater to foreign clientele. Don't believe them!) Truly, Lain is a great find. Moreover, he's very kind, accommodating, patient, and conscientious about his work. Plus, his English is terrific—and as other posters have mentioned, he's perfectly conversant in French and Mandarin as well!
I recommend him to all my friends, especially the blondes! ;)
My only warning is time: If you're getting your hair colored by him, be sure to plan to spend 3 to 4+ hours in the salon. He's very meticulous with the coloration process, and his assistants tend to take their time with the washing and drying process as well!