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2018, Mon

Apr

30

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Arts in Hospital (AiH) was launched in 2015 at Beijing University Cancer Hospital to bring more laughter, joy and hope to patients and their families. The initiative organizes volunteers from all walks of life to perform songs on musical instruments such as piano, violin and guzheng. While AiH is in effect, touching stories happen in the surgical hall that truly lighten up people’s hearts.

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With the support from That’s Beijing, Sherpa’s took part in AiH’s efforts to deliver happiness to those children suffering from leukemia. On April 19, our team of volunteers surprised the young patients with sweets, books and toys. The excitement on these kids’ faces made our day!

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The best part of this experience, however, was seeing the children singing, dancing and chatting away. For a moment, they seemed to forget about their masks, injections and the grim long corridors of the paediatrics ward. Hopefully, they will treasure this day forever. We most certainly will.

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ban ban logo

2018, Fri

Apr

27

You asked, we listened! Sherpa’s now delivers Asian-inspired bites from ban ban‘s popular lunch spot at IAPM. Office workers, health nuts, startup gurus rejoice!

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If you’re new to the game, let us explain why this is significant to so many of our customers who have been checking in since ban ban opened in May last year. Having won the popular vote with “East meets West” dishes that are nutritious, versatile and reasonably priced, this fast-casual restaurant has a DIY element to it that we LOVE.

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Are you a picky eater? No stress. You can build your own Buddha bowl by choosing a flavour base among the six varieties currently on offer, add grains/noodles/kale and top it all off with protein of your choice! Easy.

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Ranging from Vietnamese, Sichuan, Korean and more, below are all the wholesome bowls you can tweak to your liking. Pro tip: Sawadee Kaa with grains and chicken tastes exactly like Thai curry should, only it’s probably better for you.

ban ban soul in seoul

The Soul in Seoul: shiitake mushrooms, kimchi, spinach, sesame sprouts & kalbi sauce.

ban ban hippie in me

Hippie in Me: pumpkin, avocado, edamame, cranberries, almonds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds & sesame seeds.

ban ban sichuan mama

Sichuan Mama: celtuce, pickled cucumber, shiitake mushrooms & chili peanuts.

ban ban hcmc is my jam

HCMC is My Jam: shrimp cake, egg, pickled radish, pickled carrot & woodear mushrooms.

ban ban sawakeda

Sawadee Kaa: pumpkin, papaya slaw, shallot jam, mixed herbs & red curry sauce.

ban ban nikkei sensation

Nikkei Sensation: avocado, pickled cucumber, edamame, wakame seaweed & creamy sriracha sauce.

Which one do you like best?

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treasury-wine-estates

2018, Wed

Apr

25

Whine

1. a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound.

2. (derogatory) a complaint or criticism.

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Nobody likes it.

Maybe you’ve just made an awesome charcuterie board, but your friend is complaining because you used the expensive 24-month aged iberico ham instead of the absurdly expensive 36-month aged ham.

Or perhaps Arsenal just won their last football match, but the score was 4-3 instead of 4-0.

It’s also possible that your parents booked a ¥5,000 a night resort on the beach, but there’s simply just too much sand and the employees are too friendly.

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It’s a good thing this post isn’t about ‘whine’, but rather about:

Wine

1. an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting the juice of grapes.

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Everybody likes it.

We’ve just added 5 great new bottles from Treasury Wine Estates with prices and flavours that no one can whine about!

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Shiraz

Since its first vintage in 1976, ‘Koonunga Hill’s reputation has been built upon its affordable price, its approachability in its youth, and the potential to develop if carefully cellared. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is very much a reflection of the Penfolds winemaking style and philosophy. Sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, the wine is known for its full-flavoured style with excellent Shiraz and Cabernet fruit, firm yet well-rounded structure and balanced oak. Made as a traditional‘ Australian blend’, the Shiraz component provides fleshy fruit flavour while Cabernet provides a frame of fine-grained tannins.

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Bright crimson red. A youthful Koonunga Hill disposition arises. Dark sour-cherry, blackberry, rhubarb fruits abound. Aromas of malt/oats/wheat germ with a green olive and pomegranate alert. Integrated, supportive oak awoken. Compact, defined. Pomegranate/plum/dark berry fruits. A white chocolate mousse/creamy dairy chocolate flavour/texture amalgam. On the finish, a charry/smokey impression.


Wolf Blass Red Label Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Wolf Blass Wines, established in 1966, has grown from a humble tin shed to become one of the world’s most successful and awarded wineries. Today, Wolf Blass wines are exported to more than 50 countries and are recognized internationally as icons of modern winemaking. The essence of Wolf Blass wines is exemplified through the passion of its custodians, past and present, as they continue to create wines of quality, character, and consistency.

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Vibrant notes of red fruits and cassis are supported by subtle hints of oak. A medium-bodied, fruit-driven wine rich in red berry flavours, with a soft, plush palate. The finish is long, fresh, and juicy with smooth Cabernet tannins.

Wolf Blass Red Label Chardonnay

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Pale gold with green hues. Aromas of white peach and pear skin with hints of flint and subtle, spicy oak. A soft, rounded, textural palate with plenty of juicy stone fruit flavours and a long, creamy finish.

Wolf Blass Red Label Pink Muscato

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Pale petal pink. Rich, enticing aromatics of sun-warmed grapes, citrus blossom, rose-petals, and sweet, spicy musk. An opulent, yet delicate palate bursting with sweet berry fruit and floral flavours carried along by a gentle, effervescent spritz to a refreshing finish of crisp, balanced acidity, and a hint of musk.

Beringer Main & Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

Beringer Main and Vine series is the result of excellent collaboration between viticulture and winemaking in order to choose fruit at optimal flavor and balance. The vineyards are very bright with ample sunshine to provide perfectly ripe berries to create approachable wines full of fruit and finesse.

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Jammy black fruit with balance of vanilla and richness. The fruit is balanced with clove and cookie spices while at the same time being fruit forward and very enjoyable. Grapes were picked at peak maturity to maintain the fruit’s ripe flavors, the winemaking focused on showcasing the rich black fruit flavors and balanced freshness.

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sweet & savoury waffle

2018, Fri

Mar

30

It’s been a long time coming, but we can finally announce that Brut Cake Café’s WeChat-famous Chicken & Waffles is finally available for delivery through Sherpa’s. May all your brunch dreams come true.

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Sweet & Savoury: 6-spice fried chicken, pickled watermelon radish, candied walnuts and organic jujube honey on crispy waffle (¥82)

Not only does this dish look attractive on your social media feed, it’s also one of the most popular mains at Brut. Have you tried this crispy-yet-chewy goodness yet? If the answer is no, you should because:

1. Chicken & waffles is easily the king of all brunch foods. Your editor wasn’t convinced at first due to a lifelong loyalty to pancakes, but this dish changed the game (just don’t tell that to any Eastern European grandmother).

2. The flavour combinations are simply amazing. Picture two generous chunks of chicken fried to perfection, revealing a super juicy interior that is wrapped in a crispy shell. All this salt and spice is beautifully complemented by the slightly sweet and pillowy waffle while the candied walnuts and a drizzle of jujube honey add a nice finishing touch.

3. It’s enough to feed a village. Just joking. Even though you might require some lounging afterwards, this bad boy is too good to be shared between two. Order individually and don’t let that friend of yours who’s always on a cleanse steal half of the plate!

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Having evolved from a namesake furniture store on Anfu Lu, Brut Cake Café sets itself apart from other venues with a more mindful ethos. Both Yuyuan and Zhaojiabang locations are made extra cozy with upcycled chairs, heritage fabrics and hand-painted pottery pieces. Nicole Teng, the artist behind the brand, says it’s the little quirks and imperfections that can truly deliver the spirit of the “maker”.

The same crafty approach extends to Brut’s menu created by California-raised chef Jun Wu. Hisculinary philosophy puts emphasis on the quality of the ingredients that equate to a tasty meal. Jun loves to experiment with his dishes and has mastered both Eastern and Western ways of cooking, hence the inception of:

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Brut Manwich: Australian beef patty topped with cheddar and onion jam on wholewheat mantou bun (¥68)

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Miso Cheesecake: cream cheese with a little bit of miso sauce to enhace the umami flavour (¥30)

Another highlight at Brut Cake Café is of course, coffee. While Nicole and Jun prefer to stay humble about their carefully sourced single origin beans and beautifully polished latte art techniques, the brew at Brut deserves top marks and is a reason enough to visit. Being wary of gimmicky beverages these days, our team was pleasantly surprised to sample newcomers such as Peanut Butter Sea Salt Latte (¥38) and Whiskey Americano Fizz (¥48). We’re definitely going back for the latter on Fridays.

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Who’s hungry? Get your orders in at www.sherpa.com.cn or download our mobile App for iOS and Android.

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