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Reddit Users Reveal Their Favourite “Weird” Food Combinations

Chicken & waffles, salmon & cream cheese, dark chocolate & chili – the usual suspects on our plates. We love classic food combinations, but it’s also fun to step out of the comfort zone once in a while. Uninspired about what to eat next on a grey Tuesday, your editor digs deep into Reddit to highlight some of the best “weird” flavor pairings out there. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

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Peanut Butter & Bacon

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Pepper & Popcorn

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Cup Noodles & Raw Egg

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Pickle Juice & Bourbon

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Pizza & Lemon

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Black Coffee & Diet Coke

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Cheddar Cheese & Apple Pie

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Watermelon & Salt

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Potato Chips & Chocolate

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McFlurry & Fries

Happy experimenting! 

 

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5 Comfort Foods to Keep You Warm This Winter

Shanghai isn’t exactly the winter wonderland that you’ve always dreamed of, with weather just about as consistent as your VPN. However, one thing that’s for sure is that it’s cold and for that reason we’ve decided to provide you with a list of 5 foods that will fill you up and warm those weary bones of yours.

1. Dumplings

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No brainer, really. It’s probably one of the first Chinese dishes you had here and it’s popular especially in the winter for a reason. You can always count on a plate of steaming jiaozi to warm you up and challenge your chopstick-handling skills. Dunk a few of those in a nice mix of lajiao with vinegar and you’ll thaw out pretty fast.

2. Borscht

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If it’s good enough to warm the heart of Putin then it’s got to work for you! This Ukrainian babushka classic is sure to take the edge off any chilly day. Get a solid helping of veggies from this beetroot soup and top it off with a massive dollop of sour cream and dill.

3. Nachos

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This masterpiece of a dish needs no introduction. A beautiful mosaic of toppings and layers upon layers of cheese. Fresh out of the oven, a good batch of nachos will bring the heat of Mexico to your table (or couch more realistically). Add jalapenos for aesthetic purposes and a spicy kick.

4. Goulash

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The pride of Hungary. You’ll often encounter a broad range of variations of this dish but no matter what goulash will keep you toasty and leave you stuffed. Stew and winter go hand in hand.

5. Hot Pot

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Not just a meal, also a fun activity. Throw whatever will fit into a fiery broth and you’ll quickly forget that it’s cold outside. Make hot pot a social activity by inviting some friends and playing a bit of roulette with some questionable ingredients. You may spend some time on the toilet but at least you’re not freezing anymore.

Honourable mentions:

Chicken Noodle Soup, Butter Chicken, Poutine, Plov.

Don’t let this winter get you down, incorporate some of these dishes and you’ll learn to love the season. For best results wash it all down with hot chocolate or perhaps some mulled wine!

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TGIF: **** it, it’s Friday

Dear fellow expat,

You pay way too much for a shared flat that consists of a conspiracy theorist stoner, a struggling musician and the “other one” that you never seem to see or hear. You came to Shanghai so hopeful and ambitious but look at you now. What happened to those plans of speaking perfect Chinese and owning a nice flat with the perfect skyline view.

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Monday to Friday you leave that hell hole of an office, miss the train by just a few seconds most days but finally make it back to the place you call home. You crack open your nightly, lukewarm Qingdao, crash into your bed and prepare your Sherpa’s order.

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Your “fitted” sheet definitely doesn’t fit, revealing a thin but evergrowing layer of Doritos crumbs on the right side of your mattress. Your VPN magically stopped working this week and you’re dying to find out whether Jim and Pam ever end up together.

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HR very well may have jeopardised your soon-to-be expired visa… Woops! But hey, f@&$ it, it’s Friday and there’s a whole lotta year left. A wise Sherpa’s employee once said the key to a happy, prosperous year begins with how you spend your weekends.

Buy a train ticket to a neighbouring province, finish that book that’s collecting dust on your nightstand and seriously, clean up those Doritos. Take advantage of your precious weekends here in Shanghai. Don’t let Mondays win this year

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6 Movies That Will Get You Through Cold and Rainy Days

While 2018 has been kind to us in many aspects so far, we’d like to file a complaint about the weather. Cold rain and drizzle has hit Shanghai for the past few days – and it ain’t gonna stop. Be prepared to bundle up indoors, heaters turned up to the max, as we’re in for rather cool temperatures on the weekend.

If you find yourself stuck at home – just sit back, relax and browse through our list of movies that will keep you entertained and oh so cozy. This selection is best enjoyed with Sherpa’s delivery, of course 

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When Harry Met Sally

Watching Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan fall in love through twelve years of chance encounters in New York City is “just as fresh, witty and warm as it was in 1989”.

Sherpa’s suggests: Brooklyn Pastrami Bagelwich from Spread the Bagel

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The Hateful Eight

Shot in Tarantino’s signature style, this title features nefarious characters, quality humor and over-the-top violence. Fun fact: an actual 1870’s Martin guitar borrowed from the museum was accidentally destroyed on the set.

Sherpa’s suggests: Shredded Pork Burger Set from OH.MY.BURGER!

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Mystery, Alaska

A classic David and Goliath situation in which an amateur ice hockey team from the fictional small-town of Mystery plays an exhibition game against the New York Rangers of NHL.

Sherpa’s suggests: Pepperoni Pizza from Homeslice

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Groundhog Day

How would you cope with living the same day over and over again? Watch Bill Murray tackle this misfortune in 1993’s hit production.

Sherpa’s suggests: Roast Chicken with Sweet Peas & Carrots from DODU

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Grumpy Old Men

The feud between childhood friends, longtime rivals and next-door neighbors in Wabasha, Minnesota intensifies when a love interest for both moves across the road. An oldie but a goodie!

Sherpa’s suggests: Yo Momma Meatloaf from Al’s Diner

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Following the adventures of a legendary concierge and a lobby boy at a a popular European ski resort between the first and second World Wars, The Grand Budapest Hotel is inarguably one of the most visually ornate works of Wes Anderson.

Sherpa’s suggests: Parma Ham Sandwich from MOKA Bros’

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