Lunch Discovery │Mondays with Mari. On Monday morning, after checking out ZhanQiao Pier, Mariska and I took a long stroll along the Qingdao coastal road. We passed the Sea Palace, which we found out we could not enter, so we decided to look for a place to sit down and eat. It was definitely time for some coffee! One road up from the coastal area, we found a little cafe that looked interesting. The guy working there, presumably the owner, was very sweet. We drank an ice coffee and mused over a map that we had bought at this very cafe. They had all kinds of interesting postcards, maps and pictures available for purchase here.
The owner kept running outside to get things each time we ordered or asked for something. At first this seemed a little odd, but later we learned that outside was a van from which this cafe serves food and drinks. This should be quite a happening little spot as the warmer months settle in. In fact, there was even a panini grill outside, and as you can see, behind us in the image below, there was quite the set up at this little cafe. Whether or not this cafe is literally mobile, I have no idea. This is China, after all, so things aren’t always as you presume they will be… and a name often doesn’t mean too much.
Mariska has only been in China for a few months, compared to my four years, but she showed me a few handy apps on her phone. Justin and I are definitely behind when it comes to smart phones. Until Elijah was five months old, we didn’t even have smart phones, so for the most part we still just figure out how to get on without apps. Amazingly enough, as soon as we learn about a useful app, we wonder how we ever got around without it. That’s just the way that it goes, doesn’t it?!
Mariska looked up the nearest restaurants, and we decided on Pizza Hut since everything else sounded too foreign to us. Sometimes you just want a salad and some side dishes that you know how to identify. Funny enough, even though there are various Pizza Hut branches around Qingdao, we have never been to one since we assumed that they were primarily focused on pizza. When it comes to pizza, Papa Johns is definitely our go-to pizza spot. Nevertheless, on Mariska’s recommendation, we went to Pizza Hut, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they didn’t have menu consisting mainly of pizza. There were side dishes, nice salads, desserts and even a kids menu. Big plus – they had high chairs, and the interior decor was really nice. It wasn’t at all what I thought Pizza Hut would be like. What a great discovery! My salad was large, fresh and delicious, and yet half the price that it would be at many other western restaurants.
We had a great view of the surrounding area from our table. The restaurant wrapped around the one side of a building, so they view was nice from all sides. We ordered a couple of Tsingtao Beers, soup, calamari, and salads, and then relaxed for a while. Elijah had fallen asleep before we had even reached the cafe for ice coffees, and he ended up sleeping all the way through lunch too.
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon Mariska!