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2017, Wed



Don’t get your hopes up Stranger Things fans, today’s post doesn’t really have anything to do with Netflix’s third-most watched original series of 2016. We’re just buzzing after seeing the brand new trailer for season 2 and couldn’t help but unleash our excitement. Seriously though, wouldn’t the world be a much nicer place if synthesizers were still trendy and kids rode their bikes to the arcade rather than playing World of Warcraft in their underwear?


Not too sure about the Demogorgon and the upside-down parallel universe it hails from, but beggars can’t be choosers as they say.


Anyway, today’s post is a combination of two of our favourite things in life: food and the inexplicable. How people can actually eat the following 11 dishes is beyond us, but they’ll certainly leave you feeling intrigued. See fans, we did at least include your favourite number.


1) Hákarl – Iceland


Many great things have come out of Iceland. There’s Bjork, that dude who plays the Mountain in Game of Thrones and the Viking thunder-clap, but nothing is as wacky as this rotting carcass of a shark that’s buried underground, pressed with stones and hung out to dry before being consumed. That’s right, not even Bjork.

2) Fugu – Japan


Many people know Fugu from that one Simpsons episode where Homer consumes a poisonous Fugu fish at a sushi restaurant and is told he has only 24 hours to live. It’s actually not that farfetched seeing as Fugu has the potential to be deadly if prepared incorrectly and the chef in charge got his apprentice to slice the fish in order to make out with Edna. Urgh.

3) Rocky Mountain Oysters – USA (West)


Considering they’re also known as swinging beef, you can probably guess what part of the bull this is. Apparently they’re commonly referred to as oysters due to their slimy appearance, in case you needed another reason to grab a bucket.

4) Fried Tarantulas – Cambodia


Some will say there’s nothing weird about eating fried Tarantulas. They’re crunchy and marinated in sugar and salt beforehand. Ok we get that, but they also contain a brown sludge in their abdomen that’s filled with innards, eggs and excrement. Pass!

5) Maggot Cheese (or Casu Marzu) – Italy (Sardinia)

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Often called the world’s most dangerous cheese, Casu Marzu is an illegal cheese made from sheep’s milk and infested with live maggots. Some people suffocate them in the fridge before consuming, but we way prefer the live version. In certain cases, the maggots manage to survive and subsequently burrow into your intestines, yummy!

6) Cow Urine – India

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Ok, technically urine isn’t a type of food. But to be honest, most people wouldn’t consider it to be a beverage either. Yet some Hindu worshippers in India claim that drinking fresh cow urine helps fight certain diseases, including cancer! Others just bathe in it to get rid of their spots and skin impurities. As you do.

7) Smalahove – Norway


Smalahove basically means sheep head in Norwegian but as opposed to rocky mountain oysters, it “does exactly what is says on the tin”. (British idiomatic phrase that was originally an advertising slogan for those asking). Smalahove is made by torching the fleece and skin, removing the brain, and boiling the head for about 3 hours. But we’re sure it’s worth the wait…

8) Stinkheads – USA (Alaska)


A traditional dish of the Yupik people of southwest Alaska, stinkheads, also known as “tepa”, is a dish of fermented whitefish heads that are buried underground for a few weeks and consumed as mush. Sounds absolutely, flabbergastingly, quite incredibly disgusting.

9) Wasp Crackers – Japan


You know what crackers are right? And wasps? Well, imagine gobbling down a few crackers while tongue-catching wasps frog-style. That’s basically what this dish is all about. Crackers and wasps. Wasps and crackers. Period.

10) Witchetty Grub – Australia

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While Brits may love watching B-list celebs eat Witchetty Grubs during bushtucker trials on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Outta Here, we highly doubt anyone’s actually ever considered serving them for dinner at home. Who can blame them?

11) Marmite – UK


Marmite’s advertising slogan back in the UK is quite literally “You either love it or hate it”. Now, either they’re extremely confident in the appeal of their product or they realize it’s actually gross. Either way, count us out. Actually, we’ve only ever met Brits who hate Marmite. Any genuine lovers out there? (Don’t fret, we won’t turn you in…)

So, there you go. 11 disgustingly weird dishes that we’re sure you can’t wait to try. Has anyone out there already given one of them a shot?

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2017, Wed



Greetings fellow foodies!

There’s still time to collect our 6 global foodie bookmarks and be entered into the iPhone 8 draw, but the first 3 spots have been taken!

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Congrats to Mr Marius, Brit and Bill Singh, you’ve each won a night for two at the Grand Kempinski Hotel and will be part of the grand iPhone 8 draw!

But don’t let that discourage you if you’re not quite there yet..

There are still 50 x 500rmb Sherpa’s vouchers to be won and those of you who’ve got the 6 bookmarks by the end of the campaign (23rd October) will also be entered into the lucky draw.

PS: Don’t forget that you can also send us your own customized bookmarks to get a 50rmb Sherpa’s voucher! Here’s a great one we received earlier today…

You’ve only got 10 more days to collect them all and give yourself a chance of winning an iPhone 8!!!!

*If you contact us via WeChat and don’t get an answer in the first 48 hours, please let us know.

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2017, Thu



Expats in Shanghai and Beijing have long had a friendly rivalry about which city is better to live in. Hands down, Shanghai is the winner.  But we’ve been missing something pretty awesome that those pesky northerners have had. That is, until now….

Beijing-born healthy fast-casual restaurant MOKA Bros (by award-winning chefs Daniel Urdaneta & Alex Molina) is finally coming to Shanghai!


This Friday, October 13th, Beijing restaurateurs Daniel Urdaneta and Alex Molina are opening MOKA Bros Shanghai in the K.Wah Centre on XiangYang Road.

MOKA Bros is a funky 150 square meter restaurant with an epic 200 square meter Latin inspired terrace where you and your comrades can sip away on cocktails and smoothies all year round. To take advantage of such an awesome space, there are heaps of upcoming events in store for you and your crew; from pop ups with the popular Beijing Colombian bar and arepa, La Social, intense workout sessions with the Australian power team at F45, and there might even be something in the works with The Shanghai Supperclub… #StayTuned

Moka Bros will be your office away from office; a place to have your early morning meetings as they start juicing and cooking from 7am. Hang around until 10:30am for a chilled breakfast. Invite friends, colleagues, and future lovers to enjoy a lazy lunch, boozy brunch, or simply a delicious dinner listening to great music. Whatever the company or the time of day, Moka Bros can be your space to chill, chat and eat & drink.

Head over to Moka Bros Shanghai this weekend to see their fresh new home; post a picture of them on your moments and get a free baked good to enjoy with your coffee. Join them on Saturdays and Sundays for their free flow brunch; two hours of never-ending mimosas, bloody marys, and house wine pours.

Moka Bros Shanghai juices and cooks all day, everyday from 7am to 10:30pm.

Breakfast runs everyday, 7am – 10:30am | Weekend brunch, Sat & Sun 10:30am – 4pm

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The wholesome menu revolves around eating well and feeling good.

“We understand that leading a healthier lifestyle means
different things to different people. We believe in a
balanced approach to eating well, with healthy dishes
and menus that focus on taste, variety and freshness. MOKA is not about diet food. It is about the fresh produce that we carefully craft upon order,

without any additives or preservatives, without any deep-frying, and with reduced salt and sugar,” says award-winning Chef Daniel.

The menu is based on Daniel’s fine-dining

background and deep knowledge of global cuisines. It comprises wraps, sandwiches, salads, and rice and noodle

bowls, known as the “Power Bowls!” – with the choice of alternative staple bases, such as red, brown and black rice, quinoa or noodles.

The beverage list offers a wide range of drinks to accompany dining and snacking, from breakfast until late dinner.


They offer their own Colombian coffee roast, Papp’s funky tea blend, healthy smoothies, unique milkshakes, wines and cocktails. The service is designed to be fast thanks to the dynamic counter ordering. A large and central open counter will display house-made cakes and stage juicers in action.

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 Architect Coro Urdaneta is the mastermind behind MOKA’s fast-casual

construction. The mission behind MOKA’s interior is to build a smart, modern and hip interior within the framework of a fast-casual restaurant. The 150-seat indoor-outdoor space combines modern and vintage materials such as white subway tiles, ply wood, concrete and metal. It’s a fresh, young and bright feel, yet retro and comfy, too.

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MOKA’s central location makes it a convenient

morning stop for an early breakfast meeting, a quick lunch outing, a shopping break, or a dinner date after the movies. Filled with comfortable sofa chairs, high-speed Internet and reinvigorating coffee concoctions, MOKA Bros also makes for an ideal place to work in comfort when needing an escape from the

drudgery of the office.

MOKA Bros will be open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, happy hour, dinner and late drinks; from 7am to 10.30pm Monday to Sunday.

MOKA Bro’s, 101C K.Wah Centre, 108 Xiang Yang North Road, XuHui District, Shanghai

– About the Bros –


Daniel Urdaneta, Executive Chef, Mosto Restaurant Group, was taught in the Caracas Culinary School and the Hoffman Institute of Culinary Arts in Barcelona. He has cooked his way through Venezuela, Miami (as chef Edgar Leal’s sous-chef) and Barcelona, before being invited to China on the same consulting project as his business partner Alex (see below).

Daniel’s inspiration is South American and Mediterranean and he believes that “the real ability of a modern chef should consist of translating his own skills and influences into his own style — a style that defies categories.” Daniel has been awarded chef of the year by a variety of magazines for seven consecutive years since the Beijing opening of his restaurant Mosto in 2008.


Alex Molina, General Manager, Mosto Restaurant Group, has been in the restaurant business for the past 20 years and has experience in managing restaurants and bars in his hometown of Bogota; Miami, where he met Daniel; plus New York, too. He came to China in 2005 to consult on the opening and running of a Western fine-dining restaurant. Alex is the visionary arm of the team and, together with Daniel, created the

Mosto Restaurant group with a mission to offer casual, stylish and wholesome – yet affordable – dining.

– About the Family –
Mosto Group Restaurants – Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou & Shanghai

“Restaurants should never intimidate. They are for savoring, enjoying; a place to unwind.”

Mosto opened in the summer of 2008 at the time of the Beijing Olympics. The concept introduced casual-fine dining with a chic yet laid-back approach. Mosto’s cuisine is global with a South American twist. Try signature dish Seared Foie Gras on Saffron Risotto with Plum-Balsamic Coulis.

MOKA Bros is an urban neighborhood joint designed for lounging, socializing and eating fresh. MOKA uses superfoods, vitamin and protein- rich whole-grains and anti-oxidant veggies for its signature smoothies and Power Bowls. Try the Red Rice Crunch with the green Activate smoothie.

La Social, the newest kid on the block, a Colombian inspired, Beijing born arepa and cocktail bar set in an always maxed-out 60 capacity space. La Social is the first South-American street food digs in China’s capital; our arepa is freshly made to order, and is great for dinner or a light cocktail accompaniment.

Together, the restaurants have been honored with 70 awards, listed in the “Top 500 Finest Restaurants in Asia” Miele Guide 2012 and 2013 and Tatler’s Restaurants Guide China 2013 and 2014.

Follow the family:

Mosto & MOKA Bros WeChat

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La Social WeChat

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Instagram @mokabros @mostobj @lasocialbj

Facebook @mostomodo


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2017, Thu



Two famous Shanghai institutions, Spread the Bagel and Mr. Waffle, are joining forces on Sunday, October 15th from 10am-6pm to throw down the WAGEL, a hybrid of delicious waffles meets bagelwich fillings. Expect huge portions and tasty ingredients like sunny side up eggs and crispy bacon, smoked salmon, grilled chicken, and Nutella. What’s not to love? Mr. Waffle will be on the decks, and Vedett beer will be flowing from the tap – good times are guaranteed!



 Take a look at the delicacies awaiting you….


Monkey Business: French toasted wagels with Nutella, banana, cream, and icing sugar.

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Bacon, Egg & Cheese Wagel: Fried eggs, crispy bacon, cheese, and tomato on an EVERYTHING WAGEL!


Foxy “Salmon” Loxy: Smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, dill, onion, lemon juice, salt & pepper on an EVERYTHING WAGEL.


Grilled Chicken:  House spiced grilled chicken, bacon, cheese, tomato, and arugula on an EVERYTHING WAGEL.

We can’t wait!

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