Misadventures in Shanghai, China: Setting Trip Goals

From January 18 – February 8, 2012, I will be in Shanghai, China tasting every delicacy I can find, participating in the Spring Festival/Chinese New Year celebrations and trying to not get hit by a car while crossing the street.

Whenever I travel, I set goals for myself, things I must do in order to feel like my trip was complete. These aren’t wishes, nor are they desires, they’re more like must-do accomplishments.

For my Shanghai trip, I’ve set one single goal, the tastiest goal I could ever set:

  • Learn to make Shanghai dumplings, aka soup dumplings, aka xiaolongbao.

Soup Dumplings from Frank's Noodle House in Portland, OR


I became obsessed with these delicious dumplings that squirt savory soup in your mouth following my first trip to Frank’s Noodle House in Portland, Oregon and have ordered them whenever possible since. Sure, I want to also find a great teapot and maybe meditate in a Buddhist temple, but really this trip all comes down to the soup dumplings for me.

If only every goal in life could be this tasty.

About Queerie Bradshaw

Lauren Marie Fleming is a writer, speaker and motivator known for her intimate, informative and often hilarious look at sex, relationships and body-image. Lauren runs the critically-acclaimed QueerieBradshaw.com blog, writes for major news sources including VICE, Nerve, Huffington Post and Curve, and is the author of her memoir Losing It: My Life as a Sex Blogger. In 2013, Lauren founded Frisky Feminist Press (FriskyFeminist.com) as a way to enhance conversations about sexuality through educational guides, online classes and entertaining publications. A law school graduate, Lauren has spoken all over the United States and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, engaging style. In everything she does, Lauren’s goal is to educate, remove stigmas and encourage people to achieve their desires.
This entry was posted in Dining In, Gluttony, Sinful Misadventures, Travel and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Misadventures in Shanghai, China: Setting Trip Goals

  1. Simone says:

    Oooh, those look yummy! If you need a taste-tester for your dumplings, I’m your gal! You’re already a great cook, so I’m sure you’ll master these in no time.

We'd love to hear what you think... Leave a comment!