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2017, Sat

Dec

09

Unbelievable. Sherpa’s three week long Tastebuds campaign is in the home stretch! And so is our Pizza Week. Have you checked out deals on Shanghai’s best pies yet? Do it now, and get up to 50% off on your next order!

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As you can imagine, Sherpa’s HQ has been buzzing with all things pepperoni this week. But there’s also another celebration that has stolen our attention – Christmas. And you can’t hide from it. Trust us, our Grinch of an editor has tried.

Whether you like the holiday cheer or not, one can always make use of gift ideas, right? Well, here are our 5 favourite pizza-themed goodies from, not Rovaniemi, but Taobao. Happy shopping!

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You can finally wrap yourself in pizza. A dream come true!

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When you want to impress with your housewarming gift… This gigantic plastic pie is 100% customisable. Just stay away from pineapple, ok?

pizza sweater

Reminiscent of Chinese designer Sankuanz’s SS17, this sweater might even get you past security at ALL Club.

pizza phone

Pusheen Cat knows what’s good. Order a pizza = success!!!

home alone pizza

Do you remember The Pizza Delivery Trick scene in Home Alone? Iconic.

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2017, Fri

Dec

08

Wait, what? Pizza wasn’t created together with the birth of the universe during the Big Bang?

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Consider our minds blown. 

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The history of pizza begins in the mysts of antiquity. The word ‘pizza’ was first documented in 997AD in Gaeta (now part of central Italy) and was successively mentioned in other parts of central and southern Italy. But it certainly didn’t resemble what we know and love today.

Focaccia was most likely the precursor to pizza. Known to the Romans of the time as panis focacius, this delicious flatbread was topped with a variety of different ingredients.

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However, a legendary story exists suggesting that Marco Polo inadvertently brought back pizza to Europe from China when he was trying to recreate a 葱油饼 ‘cong you bing,’ a savoury scallion pancake that’s still common today across the country. In fact, maybe you ate one of these bad boys for breakfast this morning.

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Considering though that the word pizza had already been documented in Europe for a few hundred years before Marco’s birth, that story’s probably not true.

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Sorry, Marco.

Pizza, as we know and love it today, came about thanks to the tomato. First brought back to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, it was commonly believed to be poisonous, and many Europeans avoided it! It wasn’t until the late 18th century that the poor people in Naples began to add tomato to their yeast-based flatbread.

Two tasty pizzas quickly emerged, and purists today still call them the only two real pizzas.

Marinara

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tomato, oregano, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil

Margherita

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tomato, basil, and mozzarella

Pizza slowly started to spread across the world, accompanying Italian immigrants to new lands, but the real international breakthrough came after World War II.  Allied forces stationed in Italy loved pizza and would start to search it out in their homelands after hostilities ended.

In this and dozens of other, similar pictures made at New York's Penn Station in 1944, LIFE's Alfred Eisenstaedt captured a private moment repeated in public millions of times over the course of the war: a guy, a girl, a goodbye Ñ and no assurance that he'll make it back. By war's end, more than 400,000 American troops had been killed.

Pictured: Historically accurate representation of the sentiment for pizza at the time.

Entrepeneurs started to study recipes and import ovens while the first pizza chains like Pizza Hut (1958) would soon follow.

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Chefs experimented with different recipes and toppings for pizza which is how a Greek immigrant to Canada invented the Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple and ham in 1962…

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…and increasingly crazy items would follow as the humble pizza was further tweaked and adapted to local tastes as the world underwent increasing globalization.

We’ll pass on Papa John’s Japanese shrimp, tuna, and wasabi-mayo pizza, anything with durian on it, and whatever the heck the following picture is, thank you very much.

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We want exactly none of this.

The story of pizza’s rise and spread across the world is exactly why you guys now have the opportunity to devour deals on a ton of different styles of awesome pizza right here in China.

Come taste the history today with Sherpa’s and one of your favourite pizza joints!

Sherpa’s Shanghai Pizza Week: Slice Slice Baby!

Sherpa’s Beijing Pizza Week: Slice Slice Baby

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2017, Fri

Dec

08

For your chance to win: What’s the ditziest thing you’ve ever done?

Head over to our WeChat account by scanning the following QR code and leave a comment on the WeChat post to enter the contest.

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1 lucky winner will receive 2 tickets worth ¥1000 each to Legally Blonde: The Musical premiering on December 14 at 7:30PM. Get your comments in before noon on Friday – whoever gets the most likes is the champ! The 2nd place entry will take home a ¥300 Sherpa’s voucher.

Based on the 2001 hit comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde: The Musical is a fabulously fun internationally-acclaimed musical that showcases the transformation of ditzy blonde Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her law school dreams. This hilarious film comes to life on stage with catchy tunes and dynamic dances while also carrying a valuable message: Be true to yourself. 

Equally hilarious and heart-warming, it’s so much fun, you’ll lose your right to remain silent.

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The box office success of the first movie led to the 2003 sequel Red, White & Blonde, a direct-to-DVD spin-off in 2009 called Legally Blondes, and a live musical adapation!

Legally Blonde: The Musical premeried on January 23, 2007 in San Francisco and opened on Broadway later that year in April. It went on to win the Oliver Best Musical Award and received seven Tony Award nominations.

Now it’s Shanghai’s turn to catch this awesome play.

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Starring Maris Lea Fernandes, Lauren Alexandra Monteleone, Emily Rose Lyons, and Ilda Mariana Mason Barrios, plus an adorable chihuahua and a bulldog, this smash hit is landing at the SAIC Shanghai Culture Square from December 14th through the 24th. 

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You don’t need an advanced degree to catch this show, but you might need a little bit of luck to see it for free!

Enter now and see if you can nab tickets for you and your bestie.

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2017, Wed

Dec

06

THANK YOU for joining us at Tastebuds Food Festival last Saturday! We’re still in a slight daze from all the eating and drinking. A weekend done right, do you agree?

Warm hugs to our partner restaurants that made the effort to set up shop at 800 Show and feed the hungry guests. We saw some pretty content faces sampling everything from Artichoke Pizza to Sichuan Pepper Mules. What was your favourite festival bite – let us know in the comments!

Presenting the best of Tastebuds 2017:

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See you next time!

PS: You can still buy the Tastebuds tote bag and support Heart to Heart charity foundation. We’re just a couple of kuai away from our big goal!

Give back this holiday season with Sherpa’s and place your order today.

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