...dumplings, but none was a Shanghai dumpling. I might add that the St. Regis here has the best toilet system in the world, better than even Japan:
The options to clean your bottom are extraordinary. Plus the seat is warm. In Australia, must be the material used, but there is a shock to your system every time you sit down.
I took the following photo today from my room:
There were no clouds nor fog, only air pollution. Here is the Beijing real-time air quality:
Updated on Monday 10:00
|Last 2 days||Current||Min||Max|
What does that 219 index mean?
|0 - 50||Excellent||No health implications|
|51 -100||Good||No health implications|
|101-150||Slightly Polluted||Slight irritations may occur, individuals with breathing or heart problems should reduce outdoor exercise.|
|151-200||Lightly Polluted||Slight irritations may occur, individuals with breathing or heart problems should reduce outdoor exercise.|
|201-250||Moderately Polluted||Healthy people will be noticeably affected. People with breathing or heart problems will experience reduced endurance in activities. These individuals and elders should remain indoors and restrict activities.|
So 219 is not good. Well, I do need to have lunch at Maison Boloud, but do I dare walk around?
There was the usual first amusement, followed by foie gras courtesy of Jarrod:
An impressive start, with French Rose and Rhone. Next, the best pesto soup I've ever had in my life:
The Caesar salad was exquisite, with the anchovy almost fresh and a nice avocado touch:
The pasta was perfectly prepared:
Interesting that this was mostly an Italian meal. Staci Chen, the Manager, dropped by a couple of times, but didn't want her photo taken unless I was also in it:
Unfortunately, this was not the end, for they served petit fours and a special baked mini something:
I then went over to the Press Club for a champagne and cigar, which is allowed in this section of the bar:
The sandwich and beer cost less than $4. The fruits came with the room.