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8 Foods You Should Never Order On A First Date

First dates can be intimidating. You’re not sure whether your outfit is cool enough, or if the other person actually resembles his/her dating profile. At least you can count on some golden rules when ordering dinner. Next time, it’s probably better for your love life to skip on these 8 foods listed below. Unless you willingly volunteer yourself for a disaster!

noodles

We love a hearty plate of Lanzhou lamian, but have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror after chowing it down? Chili oil and sauce splatters everywhere! If you want to show your fascination with local eats, opt for anything else but noodles.

taco

Soft shell. Hard shell. Soft shell wrapped in hard shell. Whatever works best for you, be cautious when ordering tacos on your date as there will be no multitasking. It’s almost impossible to keep your focus on the person sitting across you while keeping the tacos intact.

wing sauce

There are couple of really dank wings deals at bars around the city, but you wouldn’t want to see your date, hands deep, in ranch. Save it for later when you’ve both got accustomed to each others nasty habits.

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Chinese people seem to have superpowers when it comes to eating shellfish neatly. Have you seen how your Shanghai friends eat stuff like prawns? Mad skills. But you, my fellow laowai, forget about it.

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Indian food can be somewhat tricky on a first date. The cuisine is absolutely divine, but it involves a lot of spices, beans and lentils. Probably a lot more than your tummy could handle. Chat over curry and naan when you’ve already gotten past the awkward phase.

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Hot dogs pose an interesting dilemma. Do you bite it just a little? Squish the damn thing in your mouth? Lick the condiments first to stop the dripping? Things might get too graphic, you’ve been warned!

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When sushi is poorly made, it can result in sloppy rolls with all the fillings falling out. Another dreaded scenario – oversized maki rolls that hardly fit in your mouth. Oops!

liquid dinner

Liquid dinner. Need we say more?

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Sherpa’s Highlight: The Bund

The Bund, one of the most iconic features of Shanghai that is near impossible not to fall in love with.

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Do you remember the first time you laid eyes on the ‘snap-shot’ view of Pudong, now boasting some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers? Magical. While most of us have strolled around the waterfront promenade countless times both solo and with visiting friends/family, one thing is for sure – the energy of this place keeps you coming back for more.

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To celebrate the uniqueness of Waitan 外滩 (wài tān), we’ve decided to bring you some sweet deals from some of the best F&B establishments in the area. One of the higlights of Sherpa’s promotion is CASANOVA, an Italian restaurant dedicated to plating up creative renditions of classic flavour combinations.

Located at the top floor of No.6 on the Bund, CASANOVA’s terrace boasts incredible views to both sides of the Huangpu river, offering a truly unique dining experience.

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CASANOVA

Address: 4/F, 6 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu

Tel: 021-63463686

If you’re in the mood for pub grub, our team recommends ordering a Bacon Cheeseburger from Irish Pub, or a 100g Turkey Reuben Sandwich from NYC Deli. Keeping fitness enthusiasts in mind, Holyhigh has Asian Curry Chicken with California Sunshine Juice up for grabs while Tock’s fuels the day with a protein-filled Chef’s Salad!

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Your Culinary Guide to the Royal Wedding

We’ve made it through swelteringly-hot week, so what better way to celebrate than with a right royal knees-up? Saturday 19th May sees Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot at England’s Windsor Castle – our invites may have gotten lost in the post, but there’s plenty going on over here to mark(le) this momentous occasion. Whether you plan to watch it at the pub, hang up the bunting and stream it at home, or attend a glamourous gala ball, we’ve whipped up a short guide to the event and what food and drink to best accompany you through the proceedings.

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4.30pm: Guests arrive

Expect a truly British affair, with copious amounts of queuing, polite “hello’s” and courteous “how do you do’s”. This part of the day will be all about sharing and mingling, so have plenty of prosecco on hand, fancy canapés, and the staple of any posh party – cucumber sandwiches. P.S. don’t forget the tea.

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6.20pm: The Royal Family arrive

Members of the monarchy make their way into Windsor Castle. Prince Harry and big bro Duke of the Cambridge will join the crew at 6.45pm, with Her Royal Majesty the last of the family to arrive. Time to get patriotic, raise a beer or gin and tonic, and get some pre-World Cup practice in with an emphatic rendition of God Save the Queen.

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6.59pm: Meghan Markle arrives

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – finding out what dress the bride-to-be will be wearing. Word on the street is it’s a number by British couture company Ralph & Russo, but whatever the case we’re sure it will have all green with envy – queue the salads. Or, if you’re in need of something a bit heartier to soak up the earlier toasts, burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches are a fitting nod to Ms. Markle’s American roots.

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7pm: The service begins

The Royal Family are all present and seated, family crests and Great British flags drape the walls, and the choir boys’ rendition of Jerusalem fills St George’s Chapel. With so much pomp and circumstance in one room, only staples of British cuisine will do. Whilst the Brits might not exactly be renowned for their food, you can’t go far wrong with a traditional fish ’n’ chips, or pie and mash.

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Order yours from THE ISLES

8.05pm: Carriage procession

Looks of wonderment at the service turn to despair as young girls realise another Prince Charming – and with him the chance to be a princess – has slipped away. Ice cream tubs at the ready. A fine vintage wine or whiskey will be the perfect tipple to accompany the newlyweds’ 25-minute cruise in an 1883-built Ascot Landau carriage.

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Cake.

This is where the schedule gets a bit blurry and TV coverage gets a little restricted – the Queen will be hosting a lunch reception in St. George’s Hall, whilst the happy couple wave to the British public, so we’ll ditch the timings here and fast forward to the good bit. No wedding is complete without cake, and according to Kensington Palace, they’ll be enjoying an “organic lemon and elderflower wedding cake incorporating the bright flavours of spring.” We’ll have what they’re having.

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If you’ve made it this far and still somehow have room for more, the rest is up to you! Have a splendid weekend.

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Enjoy Hot Deals for Italian Food Week!

Italy: the former seat of the Roman Empire, the birthplace of the Renaissance, the home of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Donatello, and loaded with more UNESCO World Heritage sites than anywhere else in the world.

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But perhaps the most important: they make some seriously great food.

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We’re paying homage to the delicious country of Italy from May 14th-20th with a ton of great deals from our partner restaurants.

Check out some of these superb specials below.

Buon Appetito!

Gemma Italian Restaurant

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Photo: TimeOutShanghai

Get a free il buco gelato ice cream with the purchase of a grilled Australian ribeye steak, super slow-cooked pork belly, herbed sauteed lamb chops, or a pan-fried turbot.

Topolino Pizza

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Score a free margherita or pepperoni pizza with the purchase of any other pizza on their menu.

Girasole

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Free just tastes better. You’ll snag a complimentary margarita pizza when you buy a delicious parma ham pizza.

The Terrace

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Dig into superb buy one get one free deals on caesar salad and margarita pizza!

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Make sure to visit our webpage to see even more deals and place your orders!

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