Format: 2014-04-19
Format: 2014-04-19
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  • Have you heard the news yet? Haiku, Shanghai’s standard for high-quality sushi and Japanese cuisine, has just added many new selections to their already impressive menu of tried-and-true classics. I was delighted to be invited to sample some of these new menu items and to re-visit some of my old favorites.

    As we settled into our comfortably deep, cushiony booth table, the meal started with a refreshing Sunomono of vinegared Shitake mushrooms. The semi-sweet and sour vinegar, mixing with exploding fresh mushroom juices, got my mouth watering and my appetite roaring.

  • Recipes: Easter Mazurek 2014-04-14 11:00

    Easter as an expat can be hard: Shanghai is hardly awash with Easter adornments at this time of year. So, why not try making yourself some traditional European Easter treats? Mazurek is a kind of short crust pastry traditionally baked in Poland. A generous layer of icing (usually chocolate) is spread over it, which is then decorated with chocolate eggs, dried fruits, walnuts, almonds.

  • Since 1929, the ninth floor of the Fairmont Peace Hotel, formerly the Cathay Hotel, has been home to an exclusive escape from the often claustrophobic streets along Nanjing East Road.

    Overlooking Shanghai’s scenic Pudong skyline (make sure to request a table near the window or outside on the terrace), The Cathay Room offers an exquisite dining experience for both lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Menus are prepared by Executive Chef Nicholas Blair, an Australian native coming from a long line of chefs dating back four generations.

  • It’s obvious to everyone, even people on the other side of the world, that China is changing. Though it isn’t the most talked about of China’s progressions, one of the ways in which the country is undergoing significant shifts is in its eating habits.

    This has already been relatively well documented in terms of the Chinese people’s continuing love affair with hamburgers and the attendant weight and nutrition issues. But the consequences are much further reaching than that. When a country of over 1 billion quite suddenly changes its diet, the whole world will at some point have to take notice.

  • Open since December 28, 2013, Helen Nail Spa’s newest salon is smaller than its other two on Nan Chang Road and Julu Road, but has the same natural, comforting vibe as the other two locations. Customers looking for a relaxing escape from the everyday hustle of Shanghai can find solace through Helen’s variety of services, from the classic French manicure (130 RMB) to the more special SPA gold therapy treatment (1180 RMB). Cloth couches fill the first floor, while leather couches and massage rooms occupy the second. The décor—complete with wooden floors, tables and trays—is dimly lit, adding to the calm, nature-themed atmosphere.

  • SHEX Reviews: Dos Locos 2014-03-06 10:49

    Under the management of Chinese-American Charles Zeng, who also owns Piro Restaurant and Bar and Captain Rooster, Dos Locos opened in January 2014 with the slogan ‘Crazy Good Burritos.’ From burgers at Piro to burritos at Dos Locos, Zeng says he likes running restaurants which serve simple food that he can cook, as well. Zeng didn't deny the influence of American chain Chipotle in helping him conceive the idea behind Dos Locos.

    The ceiling is covered with the message ‘Be Amazing,’ in glittering bright red lights. Quotes from Apple’s Steve Jobs and rapper Jay Z, among others, line one wall, while posters displaying slogans such as ‘Made By People, Not Machines’ line another. The music, mostly American pop, might be played a little loud for some tastes.

  • You could be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Shanghai Shangri-La this year. Sherpa’s is offering the chance to win a table for ten at the hotel's exclusive St. Patrick’s Day Ball. Tickets for this event are very difficult to get hold of, and a table for 10 is worth 15,000 RMB. Entering is easy. All you have to do is head to the Sherpa’s website here and guess how many people will be attending the ball.

  • Intro: This is an easy recipe for delicious homemade Chocolate Cookies with a Vanilla Twist. The cookies taste best served warm with strawberry mousse.

  • After just a few months of living in China you’d be forgiven for getting sick and tired of talk about food safety. It is everywhere, and has been covered pretty extensively by most publications in Shanghai. But it is kind of understandable; food safety here is, of course, a legitimate concern.

    What many people might not realize is that it isn’t just the shifty street vendors that are the problem. Nor is it only those local restaurants that display signs showing a less than stellar rating after a recent safety inspection. From time to time, Western brands that you would think were more worthy of your trust also get caught with their hands in some pretty dodgy dealings.

  • Brothers Kebab is the brainchild of three friends, two of whom are actually brothers. Arnaud, an energetic 27 year old from Denmark, worked with his friends Ulrich and Alexander to set up the shop. Altogether, there are three partners in the business. ‘That’s why there are three kebab grills on the logo,’ Arnaud told me.

    The idea for the kebab store came to Arnaud in March 2013 when he was studying for his MBA in Shanghai. He was out partying at night but couldn't get a decent kebab the next morning. It wasn’t long before Arnaud and his partners decided to open the kebab shop.