beer

2017, Sat

Sep

30

Have the holidays got you in the mood for a party? Do you want to get out and make some new friends after another week of hard work? Up for the idea of letting go and enjoying some sweet funk music? Then come on over to Sherpa’s funky beer party at Hatchery and get chugging!

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jing 1The party will be hosted on Hatchery’s Dongsi-based open roof, meaning you’ll have a beautiful view to take in while sipping on our Australian and Jing-A craft brews.

We’ll even be organizing a lucky draw as well as a few games to ensure you’re fully entertained.

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The party will take place on Saturday the 14th of October and will be starting around 12:00. Oh and don’t worry about going hungry as there’ll be all sorts of delicacies and snacks to choose from on the 1st floor!

If you’d like to join us, please send a private message with your name and address to our Beijing WeChat account and we’ll prepare a name tag for you.

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 We hope to see you there!

No admission fee

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Address – 88 Dongsi 9th Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing

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usa foods

2017, Sat

Sep

30

As much as we love to socialize on Facebook and read “you know who’s” ridiculous tweets, the most devastating thing about China’s VPN crackdown has to be the possibility of no longer being able to use Google.

Not only because it’s the only search engine that actually finds the results you’re looking for (no offence Bing), but also because there are so many interesting insights to be taken from its search data.

Moreover, Google’s autocomplete search suggestions can be quite revealing to say the least…

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Anyway, rather than be absorbed in our own misery, we’re going to make the most of Google while we still can. After last week’s post on Europe’s most searched-for dishes, this week we’re going to be taking a look at the top trending foods in the USA, according to Google’s 2016 Food Trends report.

Functional foods & ingredients

Nowadays, everyone seems to pay special attention to the health benefits of the ingredients they consume. Home-made wholesome grain bowls are more popular than ever and blue jeans are being increasingly replaced by yoga pants!

In line with this evolution, Americans are turning to food to fill needs beyond hunger or cravings and want to know how to optimize their diet in order to look and feel their best. Here are the top 5 functional foods that Americans search for, in reverse order:

 5) Kefir

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A fermented milk drink that’s made with kefir grains, kefir contains beneficial yeast and the friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria that’s found in yogurt.

4) Manuka Honey

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Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, manuka honey is commonly sold as an alternative medicine and boasts many antibacterial-fighting properties.

3) Jackfruit

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Nutritious and plentiful in hot climates, jackfruit is believed to contain nutrients that can regulate or avert different diseases such as high blood pressure and cancer. Some vegans even say it tastes like pulled pork!

2) Apple Cider Vinegar

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Seeing as it has potent biological effects, can kill bacteria, lower blood sugar levels and help you lose weight, it’s hardly surprising that apple cider vinegar is so popular in America and the rest of the world.

1) Turmeric

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As well as being a significant ingredient in most commercial curry powders, turmeric is used as a spice in South East Asian and Middle Eastern cooking and has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various diseases.

Exotic dishes

 One of the best ways to experience a different culture, without burning a hole in your pocket and getting on a long-haul flight, is through food. Here are the top 5 foreign foods that Americans search for, in reverse order:

 5) Taquitos

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Literally Spanish for “small taco”, a taquito is a Mexican food dish that typically consists of a small rolled-up tortilla, usually containing a meaty filling, that’s crisp-fried.

4) Bibimbap

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Probably South Korea’s most well-known dish on the international stage, Bibimbap is the champion of comfort foods. Served as a bowl of white rice topped with namul and gochujang, soy sauce, or doenjang, bibimbap literally means “mixed rice”.

3) Mexican Candy

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Generally doused in hot sauce, salt and tamarind, Mexican sweets can be a bit baffling to outsiders. Pulparindos are particularly popular!

2) Ramen

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Chinese-style white noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavoured with soy sauce or miso, ramen is one of Japan’s most popular creations! Along with Mario and Pokemon of course…

1) Phở

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A Vietnamese noodle soup that consists of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat, phở has become hugely popular among Americans. According to Google’s data, people living in Denver and Seattle are particularly obsessed with it.

Bite-sized snacks

As mentioned earlier, Americans are increasingly wanting food to be healthier and that’s led them to look for snacks that fit into a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s for portion control or convenience, they’re looking to indulge in bite sizes. Here are the top 5 bite-sized snacks that Americans search for, in reverse order:

5) Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Hot and spicy cauliflower bites that are battered, baked and smothered with hot sauce, anyone?

4) Edible Cookie Dough

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We’re not really convinced that this is much of a healthy snack, but hey, YOLO and all that.

3) Mochi Ice Cream

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A confection made from Japanese mochi with an ice cream filling, mochi ice cream was invented by a Japanese-American businesswoman and is popular in Asia, Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.

 2) Cheese Curds

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Solid pieces of curdled milk that can be eaten alone as a snack or used in various regional dishes, cheese curds have a slightly rubbery texture and squeak when you eat them. They can be fresh or fried!

1) Mug Cakes

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No need to overcomplicate things, a mug cake is exactly what you think it is. That’s right, a cake in a mug. Mug cakes are usually cooked in the microwave and can be ready in less than 10 minutes. Most Americans searching for “mug cakes” were actually looking for recipes.

So there you have it fellow foodies, any surprises or other foods you would have expected to see?

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poland

2017, Wed

Sep

27

Do you miss the good old days of collecting Pokemon cards? Have you ever dreamed of finding one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets when unwrapping a chocolate bar? Perhaps you just really want to get your hands on the newly released iPhone 8?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in for a treat!

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From today through the 23rd of October, you’ll receive a mystery packet every time you make an order on Sherpa’s. Each mystery packet will contain either one of our six foodie bookmarks or a 50rmb Sherpa’s coupon, so make sure you don’t throw it in the bin! Oh but wait… There’s more.

If you manage to get all six bookmarks before the 23rd of October, you’ll be entered into a draw to win an iPhone 8 worth 5888rmb!

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On top of that, the first 3 participants to complete the collection in Shanghai will get a one-night stay for two in a Deluxe River View Room at the Grand Kempinski Hotel overlooking the Huangpu River, while the next 50 winners will snap up some snazzy 500rmb Sherpa’s vouchers.

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That’s right, someone out there might just be 6 bookmarks away from winning an iPhone 8 and a one-night stay in one of Shanghai’s most luxurious hotels!

To be in with a chance of claiming these spectacular prizes, you’re going to need to collect the following six bookmarks…

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We’ll also be giving away vouchers through our social media accounts, all you need to do is participate!

  • WeChat: Design and send us your own bookmarks (food background + local sentence) before 23.10 to be included in one of our WeChat posts and get a delivery or dine-in voucher.

Here’s a great example we received from Mr Marius…

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  • Instagram: Take a pic of your Sherpa’s bookmark, send to @sherpasfooddelivery with the #globalfoodiechallenge hashtag and get a voucher.
  • Facebook: Global Foodie Quiz on 02/10. Dine-in vouchers for the Top 5.

Time to get collecting if you want to get your hands on that iPhone!

Send us a photo of all six bookmarks once you have them to be entered into the iPhone 8 draw and get a hotel stay or a 500rmb voucher.

PS: Although we encourage you to trade bookmarks with your friends, you need to make a minimum of 5 orders during the campaign period to win a hotel stay or be eligible for the iPhone draw.

GOOD LUCK!

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google food

2017, Fri

Sep

22

Europe’s Most Googled Dishes!

Ever wondered what dishes most people search for in your country? We’ve used data found on Google Trends to determine once and for all which dishes Europe searches for the most!

Austria – Wiener Schnitzel

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Despite “Wiener” meaning “from Vienna”, there’s actually no proof that the Wiener Schnitzel was invented in Vienna, or in Austria for that matter.

Some say it was brought from Italy by Field Marshal Radetzky, but all we really know is that it has become one of the national dishes of Austria and is a cornerstone of Viennese cuisine.

Belarus – Mochanka

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A thick soup mixed with lard served with steaming hot potato pancakes, called draniki, Mochanka can also be found in other Eastern European countries such as Ukraine.

Belgium – Waffles (Gaufres)

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Waffles, or Gaufres as they’re called in Belgium, were already being sold on the streets of Paris back in the 13th century. Belgian waffle expert Maurice Vermeersch invented the Belgian variant we all know and love during an expo in New York in 1964 and the rest is history!

Cyprus – Halloumi

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A semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk (and sometimes even cow’s milk), Halloumi has been popular among Cyrpiots for 1,600 years.

It’s also commonly eaten in the Levant, Greece and Turkey, but what’s more surprising is that Brits actually eat more Halloumi than all other European countries, apart from Cyprus of course!

Czech Republic – Knedliky

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Steamed and sliced bread-like dumplings, Knedliky are one of the mainstays of Czech cuisine and are typically served as a side dish. They can be either wheat or potato-based and are usually filled with smoked meat and served with spinach or sour cabbage.

France – Boeuf Bourguignon

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A traditional dish that originates from Burgundy (Bourgogne), Boeuf Bourguignon is a stew prepared with beef braised in red Burgundy and beef broth. This sumptuous stew makes a great winter supper.

Germany – Spätzle

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Spätzle, also known as Spätzli or Chnöpfli in Switzerland, are a kind of soft egg noodle found in the cuisines of Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol. Spätzle are associated with the German state of Baden-Württemberg and it’s estimated that approximately 40,000 tons of Spätzle are produced in Germany yearly.

Greece – Gyros

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Meaning turn or revolution in Greek, a Gyro is a Greek dish of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie that’s usually served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita, with tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce.

Hungary – Goulash

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A stew of meat and vegetables that’s seasoned with paprika and other spices, Goulash originates from medieval Hungary but is also popular in other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. There are nine different variations of Hungarian Goulash, one of them being “Fake Goulash”!

Iceland – Hakarl

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Remember that Icelandic dish we once mentioned in a post about the weirdest dishes on the planet? Well, here it is again!

A dish consisting of a sleeper shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for months, Hakarl is said to have a putrid smell! Yummy.

Italy – Pizza

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Well this is hardly surprising, but let’s still take a moment to thank Italy for inventing everyone’s favorite takeaway dish. Some say that pizza was actually first created in Ancient Greece but was commercialized in Italy during the 18th century.

Netherlands – Kapsalon

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A Dutch dish consisting of fries, topped with shawarma meat, grilled with a layer of Gouda cheese and covered with greens, Kapsalon is quite simply our favourite food item on this list.

The ideal dish to munch on after a night out with your friends, Kapsalon was invented in a hair salon (Kapsalon in Dutch) in Rotterdam in 2003.

Spain – Paella

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While most non-Spaniards will say that Paella is one of the national dishes of Spain, Spaniards themselves would probably argue that Paella is actually a regional dish from Valencia.

Paella symbolizes the union and heritage of both Roman and Arab culture and can include different ingredients depending where you are and who’s making it.

U.K – Fish and Chips

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According to the Federation of Fish Friers, the British eat 382 million portions of Fish and Chips a year which works out at over 12 every second. Need we say much more?

Ukraine – Borscht

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A sour soup that’s popular in several Eastern European countries, Borscht has a distinctive red color due to the beets it usually contains. Borscht is made from a whole range of seasonal vegetables, meaning there are different variations of the dish depending if it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter.

So, there you have it. Not too many surprising inclusions but Iceland’s love for Hakarl really has us confused.

Next week we’ll be taking a look at the most googled dishes in the United States!

Oh and ps: Please don’t be offended if we haven’t included your country, we had to make a selection. 😉

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