Hurry Up – Limited Time Offer from Element Fresh!

Ancient Chinese philosphers figured there were five elements in the universe and used them to explain a variety of phenomena, including the properties of medicinal drugs, formation of political regimes, cosmic cycles, and the interactions of internal organs.


However, they left out one very important, some may claim the most imporant, element out.

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That’s right. Wood, fire, water, earth, and metal ain’t got nothing on the delicious sandwiches, wraps, Asian dishes, salads, juices, and smoothies at Element Fresh.

After surviving the Y2K bug, Scott Minoie and Sheldon Habiger first started Element Fresh as a catering service in 2000 and turned it into a health food and juice bar in Shanghai’s first international health club in 2001 before launching their first retail shop in the Shanghai Centre in 2002. Fastforwarding to today, they now have 27 branches across China in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, and Nanjing!

You can taste their passion and dedication to making excellent food in every bite.


To welcome in their new seasonal limited spring and summer 2018 menus, Element Fresh is offering up a hot deal.

You can score their miso-yogurt chicken featuring a seasoned and grilled chicken filet with pita bread, bulgur wheat, tomato, carrot, cucumber, onion, mixed lettuce, green olives, mint, and feta plus a glass of radiance boost juice with dragon fruit, watermelon, and mint, made in collaboration with Jurlique Skin Care for only ¥99 instead of the usual ¥128 from Thursday, March 22nd through Saturday, March 24th. That’s a discount of over 20% off!

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Miso-Yogurt Chicken

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Radiance Boost Juice

Don’t miss out on this hot deal while it lasts.


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Winning Wednesday: Brunch for Free at Raw Plus

For your chance to win: Tell us about an unforgivable brunch faux pas.

Scan the QR Code below to visit our WeChat page and leave your comment on the post. We’ll choose 4 lucky winners on Friday noon to each receive a ¥100 voucher good for dine-in at Raw Plus!

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PS: The voucher can also be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but we have a certain affection towards brunch and Raw’s organic poached eggs 🍳

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Raw Plus, tucked away at 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu, is a fairly new institution in Shanghai’s line-up of healthy eateries. While keeping the prices affordable, Raw uses only the best quality ingredients that are either organic or ecological. And this isn’t just a marketing stunt – the dishes boast flavours that dance in your mouth!

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Aside from progressively delish dishes, the menu also  features long time favourites such as; the carefully presented chicken tacos (¥78) a reliable, yet lovely green kale salad (¥68) and seafood pizza ((¥78) that will have you reconsidering your go-to pizza joint.

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This cozy restaurant is an ideal place for brunch, especially when the windows and doors are cracked wide open, allowing the sunlight to spill right in.


Happy Hour

Daily 3:00 – 8:00PM

BOGO on selected wines 🍷

Are you ready to for some weekend indulgence? All you have to do is share some sage brunch wisdom – tell us about an unforgivable brunch faux pas – before 12PM on Friday and you might get to enjoy a lovely meal at Raw Plus. Good luck!


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Your Top Sources for Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Contrary to popular belief, a slice of pizza plus a bottle of Code Red Mountain Dew don’t actually contain 100% of your body’s daily nutritional needs.

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How to get your fill of essential vitamins and minerals? Putting aside pizza for a moment (perhaps an anti-pizza, organic vegetable farmer group is running a smear campaign against pizza to boost sales of produce), we’ve researched different delicious foods that will help get you feeling great.

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Don’t skip out on this important meal! Get your day started the right way with a light, yet nutritious meal that boosts your energy levels throughout the day.



Oats are rich in complex carbohydrates, vitamin b, potassium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. It’s great for you, helps digestion, and can be customized to your liking. Talk about a win-win-win.

Wheat Germ

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Wheat germ is the embryo of the wheat plant, formed during germination. High in vitamin c, folic acid, zinc, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, fatty acids, and fiber, it’s a great addition to your oatmeal to make things even more healthy.



Bursting with fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, blueberries make for a tasty start to the day. Consumption of blueberries can also help reduce hypertension, prevent cognitive decline, and prevent obesity. Not bad for a humble berry!

Egg Yolk

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Eggs often get an undeserved bad rap because of their cholesterol content, but studies have shown that cholesterol in your diet doesn’t raise bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which leaves you free to enjoy ‘nature’s multivitamin’. The yolk contains the majority of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including great-for-the-brain choline and lutein and zeaxhantine which both serve to protect your vision.



Reduce cholesterol and fight aging with the powerful antioxidants found in the variety of delicious red, yellow, and green apples out there. Research has also shown that the polyphenols found in apples can also help extend your lifespan.


One of the worst ways to accumulate unwanted calories is by snacking on junk food all day long. Substitute your candy bar for one of these nutritious and delicious snacks instead.

Sunflower Seeds

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One of the top foods for vitamin e, sunflower seeds help your immune system, promote healthy blood functions, and fight against aging.

Dark Chocolate

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Rejoice! Chocolate is good for you. Make sure to munch on dark chocolate with high cocoa content to score the best bang for your buck. Eating this tasty snack can lower blood pressure, help blood flow, improve brain functions, and is loaded with free radical fighting antioxidants. (Semi) sweet.



Niacin, also known as vitamin b3, ensures your nervous and digestive systems along with your skin function properly. In addition, it plays a very important role in assisting the body to convert food into energy.



Magnesium is a critical element in maintaining proper body chemistry. It’s used in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body! These important reactions keep bones strong, the heart steady, and maintain muscle and nerve functions. Get your recommended intake with a serving of delicious cashews!



It’s not healthy to simply avoid all fats. Not only do avocados contain healthy fat that’s important to the body, but they also have vitamin k, vitamin b, and tons of fiber. Eat a fresh avocado sliced up or make a simple and quick guacamole.


It’s always a good idea to step back from the computer, get away from the office, and enjoy a nourishing lunch. Chow down on these foods to really get your body right.



Kale might just be the most nutrient dense of all the green leafy vegetables. Enjoy insane amounts of vitamin k1, vitamin c, and vitamin a, and semi-insane levels of vitamin b6, potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. What we’re trying to say is that kale is really freakin’ good for you.



Make your meal taste better while getting a nutrient packed punch to the gut at the same time. Garlic is loaded up with vitamins, and the active ingredient in garlic, allicin, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Garlic also reduces the risk of several common cancers, including colon and stomach cancer. Plus it fights against vampires. How awesome is that?



Your coworkers may not be pleased with your decision to eat these tiny fish, but your body will thank you. They contain bits of pretty much every important nutrient your body needs and are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids to make your heart happy.



Back when you were young, your mom always asked if you ate your broccoli. She did this because it’s incredibly good for you. Even if you always tried to feed it to the dog, there’s still time to catch up now. Broccoli has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in calcium, vitamin c, fiber, phytonutrients, and folate.



Turns out the Irish diet of beef, potatoes, and creamy stout beer has something nutritious going for it after all. Potatoes contain the b complex vitamins, vitamin c, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, and decent amounts of many other nutrients.


You worked hard all day long and your body now needs to replenish and refresh with a hearty final meal. Make sure it’s a healthy one to have you feeling right as rain tomorrow.



Salmon is absolutely delicious and contains the all-mighty omega-3 fatty acids. These are extremely important for you and are linked to a lower risk of many serious diseases and a great overall wellbeing. A good diet should utilize salmon and other fatty fishes at least two times a week.

Sweet Potato

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Want to please your sweet tooth while treating the rest of your body well? Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and rank #1 in vitamin a, vitamin c, iron, calcium, protein, and complex carbohyrdates in comparison to other vegetables.

Sweet Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppersWhen thinking of vitamin c, oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruit usually come to mind, but sweet red bell peppers contain more vitamin c than all of them! Vitamin c is great for helping your body metabolize proteins and synthesize neurotransmitters.



China, Japan, and other Asian culinary giants have already figured out the benefits of seaweed. It provides part of the stock for miso soup, tastes great on its own, and is more nutritious than land-dwelling vegetables. It’s chock full of important minerals and a great source of iodine and bioactive compounds like phycocyanins, carotenoids, and other powerful antioxidants.

Wild Rice

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Upgrade your standard serving of white rice by supplementing with wild rice. It’s slightly higher in proteins than most whole grains and contains lots of fiber, folate, magnesium, and more beneficial nutrients. It can also help stregthen bones, reduce birth defects, and fights aging and cancer while improving the heart due to high levels of antioxidants.

Yum, we’re feeling great and are absolutely stuffed now! We hope this list has gotten you thinking healthy.

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What are your go-to healthy foods? 


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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Comfort of Your Home

While everyone else is painting the town green, why don’t you kick back and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day without leaving the couch? Your liver (and wallet) will thank you later. Did you know that 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Paddy’s Day worldwide?!

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Who are we kidding – of course most of us will be roaming the streets of Shanghai tracking down leprechauns. But before that happens, let’s have a look at a lineup of dishes that will get you in the mood for Saturday. They’re all available through Sherpa’s, of course.

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Irish Pub

Indulge in a yuge bucket of fries, chicken wings and jalapeno poppers for ¥108. Get yours while the promotion lasts!

Blarney Stone

An Irish staple, the Guinness stew (¥100) is a hearty dish featuring slow-cooked beef in the signature brew and red wine jus, served with mashed potatos, wholemeal bread and butter on the side. Boom.


You can never go wrong with a classic smoked turkey & cranberry sandwich (¥49).

Pie Society

We love the proper pie meal (¥85) from Pie Society with options like steak & kidney, steak & Guinness, vegetarian and vegan.

Tock’s Montreal Deli

Excellent for the day after: large plate of poutine (¥50) with extra cheese (¥15) and triple-decker Reuben sandwich (¥80) that’s filled to the brim with smoked beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing.



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