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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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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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Winning Wednesday: Free Entry to I.A Lab’s Love Spaceship Party

For your chance to win: tell us about your best/worst dating experience.

Scan the below QR Code to visit our WeChat post and tap ‘留言’ at the bottom of the post to enter, and we’ll choose three lucky winners on Friday to each receive a free ticket to I.A Lab’s Future Spaceship Party on Saturday, May 19th.

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Have you heard about the significance of 520? It’s a Chinese love word and number to know. 5.20, or May the 20th, is celebrated in China just like Valentine’s Day. Couples go on dates and exchange gifts while singles are encouraged to express their feelings to the one they fancy.

How did all this come about? Well, when you pronounce the numbers “5 2 0” in Chinese (五二零 wǔ èr líng), it sounds similar to “I love you” (我爱你 wǒ ài nǐ). What started as an online slang has evolved into a very romantic day.

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To mark the occasion, I.A Lab is throwing a Space Odyssey-esque party to everyone who loves a bit of dance music, clinking champange glasses and socializing. What’s more, all the guests are encouraged to wear neon bracelets to indicate their relationship status. Meeting new people (and possible matches) has never been easier.

Green 绿色 — Single 单身

Red 红色 — Not Available 有主了

Yellow 黄色 — Complicated 有点复杂

Tapping into the current virtual reality trends, I.A Lab is not your regular bar at The Bund. Although housed in a historical Shanghai building, it plays with the Tron-like concepts of future, space and adventure. I.A Lab’s sci-fi interior is sleek and smart, making it the ideal venue for celebratory drinks.

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What are you waiting for? Tell us about your best/worst dating experiences before Friday noon and you might win a free entry to the party that cannot be missed. “Go flight.”

I.A Lab

Address: Zhongshan East 2nd Rd No.8 ,1F , Room 102

(No.8 On The Bund / Jin Yan Building No.8)

Contact Number: 021-63080577

Hours: 19:00—03:00

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Discover Sherpa’s Family Sets That Kids Will Love

All parents know exactly how important it is to feed their kids healthy meals. That means keeping fruit and vegetable snacks on hand, substituting refined products for whole-grains, and keeping Happy Meals out of sight. Easier said than done. Little humans are all new-food-phobic at some point. Just think back to your own childhood. Peas? Ew. Mushrooms? Never!

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To give a helping hand to the busy parents of Shanghai, we’ve teamed up with our partner businesses to bring you kid friendly meal sets that are perfect for weekday dinners. Instead of spending time on grocery shopping and cooking, why don’t you relax with your loved ones at home while feasting on restaurant-quality food.

Here’s a selection of deals on offer:

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Pizza Street‘s Family Set B: 2 Pizza + 1 Salad + 4 Soft Drinks (¥198)

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DODU‘s Promotion: Whole Chicken + 4 Soft Drinks (¥320)

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The Hop Project / Co. Cheese‘s Family Set: 2 Gourmet Cheese Melts + 2 Classic Grilled Cheese + 750ml Sendero Wine (¥250)

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Southern Barbarian‘s Family Set C: Stir-Fried Spicy Chicken + Braised Pork Rice Noodles + Tofu Sheet + Braised Sweet & Sour Pork Spareribs + Mashed Fava Beans + Stir-Fried Broccoli + 4 Rice (¥198)

To check out the deals near you, click on “Read more” below. Wishing you very satisfying and timely food deliveries!

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