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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...
Shanghai, China - Is this the World's Most Exciting City Right Now?

Shanghai, China – Is this the World’s Most Exciting City Right Now?

I have been living in Shanghai China 5 years now. I might be biased, but this city of 23 million people might just be the most exciting city in the world right now. From the burgeoning and innovative food scene spanning across Asian and Western cuisines, to the...
Wine Time - Insider Tips to Drinking Wine Beyond Your Budget

Wine Time – Insider Tips to Drinking Wine Beyond Your Budget

 Ever since I started studying wine more seriously, I realized sometimes my palette has more sophistication than by budget. But the upside of studying wine professionally, is that I have access to all manner of insider secrets. Here’s some tips on how to access and drink wines that...
Never Drink Alone Again - Now There is Wine for Cats (in Japan)

Never Drink Alone Again – Now There is Wine for Cats (in Japan)

Leave it to Japan… we already had Cooking with Dog, Cat Cafes and all manner of pet costumes and cuteness… but our world was incomplete until now. Now you never have to drink alone because you can enjoy wine with your feline. Yes, there’s wine for cats. It is...
Video - Food & Wine Pairing Made Simple with 2 Easy Tips

Video – Food & Wine Pairing Made Simple with 2 Easy Tips

  Pairing food and wine can seem like a daunting task. But not when you remember this brilliant hack for pairing. Two (2) simple principles change everything and will completely demystify this seemingly difficult challenge. Watch Wine Time to see for yourself.
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Japanese Reverse Boiled Egg

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Japanese Reverse Boiled Egg

Leave it to the Japanese to invent a totally new way of thinking about something so standard. I continue to remain a huge fan of Japanese ingenuity and creativity, especially when applied to food and cooking. I must admit, I am not sure I will try this at...
3 Asian Chili Paste / Sauces Never to Buy in the Supermarket

3 Asian Chili Paste / Sauces Never to Buy in the Supermarket

Why? Because honest to goodness, you can make them quickly, easily and more importantly better-tasting versions at home. Before I moved to Asia, I used to regularly buy these items in the supermarket. And actually a bit after I moved as well….until my then Singaporean boyfriend said…what? You...
Video - When can you send wine back in a restaurant?

Video – When can you send wine back in a restaurant?

Ever puzzled as to when it’s appropriate to send wine back in a restaurant? Here’s what to do when wine is poured and you are asked to taste – and of course, when you should send it back! 
Mama's Molasses Christmas Cookie Recipe

Mama’s Molasses Christmas Cookie Recipe

Funny, the longer I am away from the Southern US where I grew up, oddly the more attached I become to food and the culture. For those of you who haven’t spent much time in the US or perhaps only in the big cities, there are distinct regional...
Video - How to Tell if Wine is Bad Without Even Opening

Video – How to Tell if Wine is Bad Without Even Opening

It’s about 10% of wine in the market that becomes “corked” or “off.”  This percentage is often higher in Asia due to transport and unstable heat conditions during shipping. But how can you tell if a wine is bad, even before you buy and / or open the bottle? Watch...