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Coffee Breaks at A Twosome Place

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A vacation in Shanghai meant wandering around a new city, taking in new sights and exploring roads in an unfamiliar environment. Sometimes it was before starting the day, sometimes it was a midday break, right across the street – over the elevated walkway – from the hotel, was Korean coffee shop chain A Twosome Place.

Always a good spot to stop for a Flat White, but also an array of bread and pastries awaited customers when you enter. One of the highlights was a flaky and sugary pastry filled with delicious cream. Beyond the attractive appearance of the pastry, it was prepared so well, biting into it, the crispy and flaky crust lent itself well with the sweet and creamy filling that made for a lovely break in the day.

With new opportunities to travel around Asia, always good to know if A Twosome Place is around, it’s a reliable spot to take a break.

Twosome Place

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 29, 2015 at 7:35 AM

Cream Puffs at Grand Gateway 66

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Walking through Shanghai’s Grand Gateway 66 for the umpteenth time, the upper-level cream puff stand has repeatedly drawn attention with its diverse offerings of delicious sweets. Finally, the day came to approach the counter and order a cream puff. Thinking it was going to be the first of many visits, had to open with the basic cream puff. After some light-hearted back-and-forth, trying to overcome a language barrier, the friendly staff began work on preparing a basic cream puff.

The cream puff pastry is already set, soft and flaky. One of the ladies pulls up a metallic mechanism and sticks the spout of the apparatus into the empty pastry. After a couple pumps, she wraps it in wax paper and hands it over the window. In less than a minute, you have a freshly-stuffed cream puff, available to snack on for a decent price.

The pastry offered both sturdiness and a great consistency, and the cream was delicious. It was everything one would expect from a cream puff, especially one so large and freshly prepared.

Cream Puff

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 3, 2015 at 9:16 PM