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Sweep your Sweetheart off their Feet with these Romantic Eats

Ah, do you smell that?

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No, not the car exhaust. The smell of love is in the air!

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You did remember to get your special someone a lovely gift for Valentine’s Day, right?

Well, it’s not too late. You can always prepare them a delicious dish from somewhere in the wide world of love. Better get to cooking, Valentine’ Day is almost here!

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a sugary sweet baked treat, especially if it’s shaped like a heart.

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We’d like to say ‘merci beaucoup’ to the French for this tasty idea.

Now that the sugar has woken up your significant other’s appetite, it’s time to move on to ‘the pizza of love.’

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We think Dean Martin sang it right:

‘When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!’

What to drink on Valentine’s Day? A lukewarm can of Tsingtao doesn’t exactly scream sophistication. Why not whip up a jug of rosewater lemonade? It’s quick, easy, and classy.

Rose Glass Bloom Blossom Water Essential Oils

Sweet sips!

Does your SO understand that it’s Valentine’s Day? Beat the love theme of Valentine’s Day right into their head with some beets. The beets will get their heartbeet beating. Whew, beets. Toss this delightful veggie right in a salad or on some roast pumpkin for great snack that kind of looks like an oozing heart. Perfect symbolism there.

beet salad

Hannibal would be happy.

Want to stay in love forever? Traditionally served at Chinese New Year feasts, longevity noodles are really, well, long. It’s the perfect dish to use to recreate that great scene from ‘Lady and the Tramp’ plus it helps you live to a ripe old age.

longevity noodles

Get ready to slurp.

Last but not least, it’s time to gain the power of love by consuming actual hearts. You don’t have to go full-out Khaleesi by eating a beating horse heart, but you can try munching on Japanese-style chicken heart teriyaki. It’s a lot easier than becoming a Dothraki queen vis-a-vis Game of Thrones.

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You wouldn’t even know they were hearts if we didn’t tell you. We promise.

Alright, alright. Enough with the macabre.

Dessert Sweet Heart Cupcake Valentine's Day Food

Have a sweet Valentine’s Day!

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6 Sexy Foods for Valentine’s Day

Just when you recovered from Spring Festival you’ve already got to start planning your Valentine’s Day evening. In case you’re far too occupied finding a date to spend the evening with, we will help you with the next step by listing some sexy foods you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Planning any other romantic gestures is solely down to you.

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Fondue

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Nothing says sexy like scolding hot cheese fondue dripping down your face (and clothes). It’s the perfect sharing meal, fun to enjoy with a partner and if you’re not fond-ue of a night out, then get your own kit and enjoy a night in.

 

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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It’s a classic meal that symbolizes romance, chivalry, and a street dog trying to woo a pampered cocker spaniel. You wouldn’t be doing it right unless you only ordered one portion and tried your best to reenact the famous Lady and the Tramp scene.

 

Steak

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There’s no better way to express your love for someone than buying them a bit fat juicy piece of meat. Not exactly the typical romantic meal but any excuse to enjoy a steak, right? Of course, if you’re a vegetarian there are plenty of alternatives…tofu steak?

 

Oysters

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Perhaps the most popular edible aphrodisiac, oysters are packed with zinc that is proven to be the start of a great romantic evening, if you catch our drift. Certainly you’ll be in for some bragging rights if you manage an easy shuck before the end of the night.

 

Strawberries

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Low in calories, packed with vitamins, and high in fibre, sexy can be healthy too. Strawberries have been a popular aphrodisiac since Roman times and have only been made even sexier by romantic scenes in some famous blockbuster movies. Add some whipped cream and you’ve got yourself one sexy dessert!

 

Chocolate

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It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some chocolate to indulge in. It increases passion and can boost your mood with serotonin, so if it does end up being a home-alone situation then nothing will cheer you up more than to gorge on an entire box of chocolates.

Wherever your night takes you, food makes everything better.


Open the Sherpa’s app to see how we’re helping you show your love this Valentine’s Day.

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Origin of the Spring Festival

So the last couple of weeks it’s been all about Spring Festival and that sets to continue another two weeks as the nation prepares for their family reunion dinner and celebrations of a new year in China. Throughout the country red dominates streets, cities and homes, outside the big city firecrackers and fireworks will be heard through the night (and day) to welcome Spring, but why so much red and so many firecrackers?

Red Lanterns in Beijing (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
Red Lanterns in Beijing (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

The Chinese meaning of this festival is Guo Nian. Guo means “pass over” and Nian means “year.” The origin of the Chinese New Year Festival can be traced back thousands of years through a continually evolving series of colorful legends and traditions. According to one of the most famous legends, in ancient China there lived a horned monster named Nian who was extremely ferocious. Nian lived deep at the bottom of the sea all the year round and climbed up to the shore only on New Year’s Eve to devour the cattle and kill people.

 

Thereupon on the day of every New Year’s Eve people from all villages would flee, bringing along the old and the young, to the remote mountains so as to avoid the calamity caused by the monster Nian. Then, one New Year’s Eve, the people of Peach Blossom village were getting ready to hide when there came from outside the village an old beggar with a stick in his hand and a bag hanging upon his arm. His eyes twinkled like stars and his beard was silver.

 

Seized with panic, the villagers were in a great hurry to run away. Some were closing the windows and locking the doors, some were packing, and others were urging the cattle and driving the sheep. At a time when the people were shouting and the horses were neighing no one was in the mood to care for the beggar.

 

Only a grandmother living in the east end of the village gave the old man some food and advised him to flee to the mountains to avoid the monster. But the old man stroked his beard and said with a smile, “If you allow me to stay at your home for the night, I’m sure to drive away the monster Nian.”

 

The old woman was surprised to hear this. She looked at him unbelievingly only to find that, with white hair and ruddy complexion, the old man had a bearing out of the ordinary. She went on to persuade him to take flight. But he only smiled without reply. Thereupon the grandmother could not help but leave her home and flee to the mountains.

 

Around midnight the monster Nian rushed into the villages. He found the atmosphere was quite different from that of the previous year. The house of the grandmother in the east end of the village was brilliantly illuminated, with bright red paper stuck on the doors. Greatly shocked, the monster gave a strange loud cry.

 

The monster Nian stared angrily at the house for a moment then, howling furiously, made a charge at it. As he approached the door, there suddenly came the sounds of explosions. Trembling all over, the monster dared not take a step forward.

 

It turned out that the color red, flames, and explosions were what Nian feared the most. And when the door of the grandmother’s house was thrown open and an old man in a red robe burst out laughing in the courtyard, the monster Nian was scared out of his wits and fled helter-skelter.

 

The next day was the 1st of the first lunar month. When people came back from their hideouts and found everything safe and sound, they were quite surprised. The old woman suddenly realized what had happened and told the villagers about the old beggar’s promise.

 

The villagers swarmed into the grandmother’s house, only to find that the doors were covered with red paper, the embers from a pile of bamboo were still giving out exploding sounds in the courtyard, and a few candles were still glowing in the room…

 

The story was soon spread far and wide and everybody was talking about it. They concluded in the end that the old beggar was surely the celestial being who came to expel the calamities and bless the people, and that red paper, red cloth, red candles, and the exploding firecracker were certainly the magic weapons to drive out the monster Nian.

 

To celebrate the arrival of such good luck, the elated villagers put on their clothes and new hats and went one after another to their relatives and friends to send their regards and congratulations. This was soon spread to the surrounding villages, and people all got to know the way to drive away the monster Nian.

 

From then on, on each New Year’s Eve, each family sticks on their doors antithetical couplets written on red paper, blows up firecrackers, keeps their houses brilliantly illuminated and stays up late into the night. Early in the morning of the 1st of the first lunar month they go to their relatives and friends’ homes to send their regards and congratulations. These customs have been passed down through the generations, making it the most ceremonious traditional festival of the Chinese people.

 

Source: China.org.cn

 

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Sherpa’s New DaiGo Service

With Sherpa’s DaiGo service, our couriers will bring you what you need.

Anything you would find in a convenience store or café, can be delivered to you. With a discounted service fee of 10RMB (limited time) and a fixed delivery fee of only 20RMB, you can DaiGo it.

Starting tomorrow the DaiGo service will be available to use through the Sherpa’s app and it’s as easy as 1-2-3-4:

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Open your Sherpa’s app and select ‘DaiGo – Errand Service’ on the home screen

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Select ‘Choose size’ and read the DaiGo ‘Description’ on the next page so you fully understand the service

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Choose a recommended item (optional) and touch ‘Add to Cart’ > ‘Order’

 

On the View Order page select ‘Restaurant Memo’ near the bottom (under ‘Coupon’), this is where you will enter the list of items you want the courier to buy

 Dai, Go! 

One of our couriers will deliver the items to your door as soon as possible, so just sit back, relax and wait for your DaiGo delivery.

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