2020, Thu



Groceries丨A Beef Intro to Cuts

Browsing through the meat section with all the chuck, ribeye, shoulder, brisket, skirt, shanks and whatnot can be somewhat daunting so here we have simplified them for you.


The general rule:

Cuts from parts most frequently used by the cow (legs, belly, neck) produce tougher meats because the muscles and connective tissues from these parts are more developed.  These cuts are tougher but are richer in flavor and more economical.

The area least exercised by the cow is on its mid back so the cuts from this area are the tenderest and also more expensive.

Cooking with tougher cuts:

Tougher cuts are ideal for hearty stews and braises.

The humid heat from braising/simmering (versus roasting, which is cooking in dry heat) breaks down the connective tissues in the beef, weakens the collagen into soft gelatin, making the meat tender.


Cooking with tender cuts:

Tender cuts like sirloin steak, porterhouse steak, T-bone steak, fillet tail, ribeye/entrecôte are perfect for, yes you guessed it, steaks.

These are best enjoyed grilled, broiled, fried, or oven roasted.


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2020, Tue



Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still sip on cocktails, and what better place than from the comfort of your own home?



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We’ve compiled a list of five easy to make cocktails that you can enjoy at home all with spirits you can find on Sherpa’s. Now don’t say that we don’t look after you. Oh, and as always, drink responsibly!


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Moscow Mule 莫斯科之骡

Definitely a favourite of ours and as the name suggests – it’s just as good in the cold weather as it is on those hot summer days, always refreshing!  It’s also super easy to make with only three key ingredients.



Ingredients 原材料

1 part Absolut Vodka 伏特加1份

3 parts ginger beer 姜味啤酒3份

1 generous squeeze of lime juice 1大杯酸橙汁

1 handful of crushed ice 碎冰1份

Mint leaves and a wedge of lime to garnish

Feel free to experiment with the garnish; fresh ginger, pomegranate, berries, or even a slice of chilli to add some extra heat!



Daiquiri 戴吉利

Really simple and very customisable. If you fancy something a bit fruitier you could add flavoured syrup, fruit juice, or even a scoop of fresh passion fruit. To make your own simple syrup you just need need to heat one part water to one part sugar until the sugar is dissolved, then let it cool and save it for all your cocktails!



Ingredients 原材料

1.5 part Bacardi White Rum 1.5份白朗姆酒

1 part Lime juice 1份酸橙汁

0.5 part Simple syrup 0.5份糖浆

A wedge of lime to garnish

Shake the ingredients up in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and serve in a cocktail glass for a touch of sophistication.



Aperol Spritz 阿佩罗

It probably takes you back to a time sitting by the beach in Italy, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a sexy spritz at home. It’s the perfect aperitif before indulging in a big bowl of pasta.



Ingredients 原材料

1 part Aperol 1份阿佩罗

2 parts Prosecco 2份普洛塞克

Top up with soda water and garnish with a slice of fresh orange

Pour ingredients in a wine glass over ice.


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Tequila sunrise 龙舌兰日出

It’s called a sunrise because it looks like a sunrise, not because you drink it at sunrise! To make grenadine syrup just add some pomegranate juice while you’re heating your simple syrup recipe. If you can’t get hold of pomegranate juice then simple syrup will do, but there will be no sunrise!



Ingredients 原材料

1.5 part Olmeca Tequila 1.5份龙舌兰

4 parts orange juice 4份橙汁

0.5 part grenadine syrup 0.5份糖浆

Garnish with a cherry and slice of orange

Pour ingredients in a tall glass over ice.


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Amaretto Sour 杏仁酸酒

This one might require a little bit more work with the beaten egg whites, but it’s definitely worth it! It’s the perfect balance between sweet and sour and definitely one to impress the guests. If you want something a bit stronger (and less sweet) then you can exchange the Disaronno for Jim Beam Bourbon whiskey to make a Whiskey Sour.

这相对操作量较多,需要打散的蛋清,但它绝对值得!甜酸的完美平衡,绝对印象深刻。如果你想要更烈一点(且不那么甜),可以把 Disaronno 换成 Jim Beam 来调制一杯威士忌酸酒。


Ingredients 原材料

4 parts Disaronno 4份Disaronno

2 parts lemon juice 2份柠檬汁

1part egg whites (beaten) 1份打散的蛋清

0.5 part simple syrup (or maraschino cherry syrup)


Garnish with a maraschino cherry (optional)

Dry shake ingredients (without ice) then pour over ice-filled tumbler glass.

不加冰摇晃 饰以樱桃,倒入加冰的酒杯即可。

All base spirits were available on Sherpa’s at time of writing.

Drink responsibly!


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2020, Thu




Second Chance Animal Aid (SCAA) Shanghai’s latest rescued kitten pair earned their highway adventures movie-inspired names. The boys were rescued one week apart on the same stretch of elevated highway by experienced rescuers responding to SCAA’s call for help.

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Smokey, a uniquely-striped charcoal kitten, is the bold leader. His confidence inspires The Bandit to follow.

Smokey is all about playing. His volunteer foster parents patiently managed nice photos of this little whirlwind at rest.


The Bandit

The Bandit is an equally gorgeous guy with subtle black-on-black stripes. The Bandit loves sunshine, fleece blankets, and quiet cuddles. His purring sounds like popcorn popping.

Smokey and The Bandit received parasite control and started their vaccinations at SCAA’s vet partner Shanghai PAW. They’ll be ready for adoption after their second set of injections.

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The active and playful kittens are an ideal pair for animal lovers who enjoy plenty of cat companionship.

If the boys aren’t adopted together, they’re suited to different types of homes. Smokey would be a good single cat in an attentive home, while The Bandit would like a quiet home with another friendly cat to hang out with.


If adopted before they’re ready for neutering (a condition of adoption), SCAA will share half the PAW surgery cost with adopters.

Ready to offer a companion animal a lifetime of companionship? Visit or follow WeChat Official Account [SCAAShanghai] for information on adoption – including keeping cats safely indoors, no de-clawing, and moving your pet to a new house, city, and/or country.

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Smokey and The Bandit will be at SCAA’s Adoption Day, exclusively for their foster cats and dogs, on Sunday 13 September at Shanghai Brewery Donghu (20 Donghu road near Middle Huai Hai road) from 13:00-15:00.

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