A Bear-y Cute Date 我和泰迪有个约会

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Meet my dinner partner in Shanghai, Teddy.

介绍一下昨晚与我共进晚餐的伴侣 - 泰迪。

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Spent the afternoon yesterday at Tian Zi Fang. That place is totally my cup of tea, awesome enough to deserve a dedicated post later on. Made friends with the owner of an accessory shop, who provided dinner recommendation at the Teddy’s House, a teddy-bear-themed restaurant. I was forewarned, though – not to habour too high an expectation on the quality of its food. Ok, got it.

昨天整个下午泡在了上海田子坊,那里好多宝藏!而且整个小文艺的情调也正是我的那杯茶。在田子坊角落的一个饰品小店,我结识了一个很友善的年轻老板,虫虫 (我在稍后的博文再多加介绍)。经她推荐,我的晚餐地点选在这个号称集泰迪熊博物馆、DIY泰迪玩偶、泰式餐馆、与意式咖啡厅为一体的 “泰迪之家“。

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Ambitiously claimed to be a teddy bear museum, a DIY toy maker, a Thai restaurant, and an Italian cafe, I concluded this place as a disastrous concoction of unfocused efforts. But admittedly interesting.

I was profusely perplexed when the waiter handed me an Italian menu without any drinks or desserts selection, and a Thai menu with sections comprising western desserts, coffee, and… Chinese beers. However, the lasagne ordered turned out to be delightful surprise! I guess the trick here is to not expect too much ;)

在一堆杂七杂八的菜单选项里,我点了意式牛肉千层饼。口味竟然出其不意地不错!

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Cappuccino with 3D milk form, bear-y interesting.

小熊卡普奇诺。上面的立体奶泡好特别。

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Did you Know:

The name “Teddy Bear” was inspired by an outdoor hunting story of Theodore Roosevelt, the former US president, who was commonly known as “Teddy”. During a bear hunting trip in 1902, several hunting companions of the then president clubbed and tied an American Black Bear to a tree so that the president would not come home empty-handed. However, Roosevelt did not shoot the bear for he deemed it unsportsmanlike. This incident was later depicted as a political cartoon on The Washington Post and triggered the business-mindedness in fruit sellers Morris Michtom and his wife. They made a stuffed bear cub and named it Teddy, with the president’s consent!

A hunting trip, a cartoon drawing, and a stuffed toy for sale – what seemed to be 3 unrelated and uninteresting episodes,  led to a century-long development of one of the world’s most beloved toys.

小熊趣事:

1902年,美国总统西奥多·罗斯福参加了一次狩猎活动。由于一路下来毫无收获,同行的人为了安抚和讨好总统,就把事先捕获的一只黑熊绑在树上,好让总统射杀。罗斯福看到已受伤的黑熊的无辜模样, 不忍下手。他放下枪说:”这不是一场公平的竞争!”此事后来被政治漫画家贝利曼作为蓝本,为报纸画了一幅漫画。漫画中的大黑熊经过修改,被塑造成了可爱又可怜的无辜小熊崽。在纽约经营杂货水果铺的米德姆夫妇依照这幅漫画制作了一只绒毛小熊,并将它放在铺里作装饰。意外的是,小熊很快就被买走。在得到罗斯福总统的允许后,这种小熊被正式以总统的小名Teddy来命名。

一个故事催生了一幅漫画,一幅漫画启发了一对夫妇的灵感。没有人能想到,这看似平常的三件小事,竟能引出泰迪熊的百年辉煌。

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Bear paw chocolate cake. Very bad. I struggled to finish half of it.

熊掌巧克力蛋糕,好看不好吃。

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A post-meal heart-to-heart talk.

餐后的促膝长谈。呵呵。

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So heavy! Time to slim down, Teddy.

好重哦!泰迪,你该减肥了。

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Teddy’s House (泰迪之家)

  • Price of my meal: RMB 154
  • Address: Shanghai Taikang Road, No. 23, Lane 248. (Tian Zi Fang)
  • Tel: +86-21-64730645
  • 地址:上海泰康路248弄23号(田子坊)
  • 电话:+86-21-64730645
  • 我的晚餐价钱:人民币154元
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