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Culinary Evil Genius! Sliced Chocolate - Only in Japan

Culinary Evil Genius! Sliced Chocolate – Only in Japan

Japanese ingenuity and creativity is always surprising. And most usually because it takes common things and presents them in creative new formats. Take these sushi suitcase covers or reverse eggs where the yellow is on the outside or even wine for cats. Japan’s latest evil genius food innovation is…...
Video - Recipe and Tips for Making Mulled Wine (Gluhwein or Glogg)

Video – Recipe and Tips for Making Mulled Wine (Gluhwein or Glogg)

No matter whether you call it Mulled Wine, Gluhwein (the German version) or Glogg (the Swedish version), it’s still everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Well, it’s my favourite holiday drink! It’s dead easy to make… and if you are adventurous you can adapt the recipe as well adding more...
Video - How to Decant Wine, 2 Ways

Video – How to Decant Wine, 2 Ways

Decanting wine is something that’s not only for that special bottle of 1959 Haut-Whatever… it’s a great technique that can bring the drinkability of any wine up a level, and in some cases is absolutely required for a wine to fully express itself. There are 2 ways to...
Our Five New Favorite, Best Restaurants in Hong Kong

Our Five New Favorite, Best Restaurants in Hong Kong

We’ve been relishing the Hong Kong dining scene for years. It’s full of great old-time favorites, like the Upper House, Hutong, The China Club, Tim’s Kitchen and The Chairman. But there’s also lots of great new restaurants surprising us on every visit. Here are our new favourite, best restaurants...
VIDEO - How to Make ANY Bottle of Wine Taste More Expensive

VIDEO – How to Make ANY Bottle of Wine Taste More Expensive

There’s a great wine hack for how to make ANY bottle of wine taste more expensive. So whether you are talking about a $10 USD bottle of wine or a $50 USD wine, this simple trick is guaranteed to make it taste better.  If you want to see...
Super Simple and Easy Recipe for Chili Oil

Super Simple and Easy Recipe for Chili Oil

I felt a bit silly when I realized how easy chili oil is to make. Living in China, I used to throw a bottle in my cart at the supermarket to put on my homemade dumplings (and well just about everything else too!). But one day I had...
Yang's Fry Dumplings Shanghai  - For Pan-Fried Pork Dumpling Goodness

Yang’s Fry Dumplings Shanghai – For Pan-Fried Pork Dumpling Goodness

As we maintain here at AE, sometimes the best meal isn’t the most expensive. In fact, in Asia, some of the best local food is on the street or in places that might look a bit dodgy to visitors. Enter Yang’s Fry Dumplings. Yang’s is a Shanghai icon for dumplings much...
Japanophiles Delight! - Sushi Suitcase Covers from Japan

Japanophiles Delight! – Sushi Suitcase Covers from Japan

Japanophiles will delight in the newest infusion of kawaii to your travel kit. It’s suitcase covers designed to look like sushi. All designed to look like nigiri sushi – you have salmon, tuna, omelet and more! While I always took pride in a slightly battered bag (means you...
Video - What do People Mean When They Describe "Finish" in Wine?

Video – What do People Mean When They Describe “Finish” in Wine?

Ever wondered what people mean when they use the word “finish” to describe a wine? For example, this wine has a long finish or a short finish? It’s sometimes the lingo that keeps us at arms length in the wine world, but this shouldn’t be the case. Wine...
Visit Zany Zotter Austrian Chocolate Theater in Shanghai, China

Visit Zany Zotter Austrian Chocolate Theater in Shanghai, China

It’s as close to Willy Wonka as one can get in real life… in Shanghai. The Zotter Chocolate Theater is a slightly surreal, zany and irreverent chocolate dreamscape unexpectedly located in the Yangpu district of Shanghai. While there’s not much of note in this district, this is one...
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Fond

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Fond

Fond, pronounced “fahn”, is a French word for “base” and in the culinary sense refers to the brown bits and residue at the bottom of a pan after cooking meats or vegetables. Why should we care about fond? Because fond is flavour country! It’s the base for all the goodness that...
Why is Spanish Tapas all the Rage in Asia?

Why is Spanish Tapas all the Rage in Asia?

I have been in Shanghai for 5 years and Asia overall approaching 10 years now. And one of the things that is starkly apparent is the meteroric rise in the popularity of Spanish tapas, all over Asia, but most notably in China. Why is this? I wondered… so...