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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

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Written by Paulo Loreto

August 29, 2015 at 7:35 AM

Filetto di Manzo con Foie Gras

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Taking a break from the various Shanghai fare, the suggestion to go Italian one night brought forth a visit to Va Bene, in Shanghai’s Xintiandi district. According to their website, “Travel+Leisure” ranked them in the Top 5 restaurants in Shanghai in 2009. After dining there, it is well-earned distinction.

Ordered the filetto di manzo con foie gras (fillet of beef with foie gras) for a main course and it was incredible. A well-prepared fillet is always an amazing experience, but include a beautiful piece of foie gras, it takes the dish to a whole new level.

Clearly, the Chinese food scene throughout Shanghai offers a great variety of cuisine, but those times when one wishes to take a break from local dishes, Va Bene is a great destination for those international cravings.

Gorgeous foie gras at Va Bene Shanghai

Gorgeous foie gras at Va Bene Shanghai

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 10, 2015 at 6:36 AM

Crème Brûlée Tea Ice Cream

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Shanghai’s Grand Gateway 66 is home to a branch of Singapore-based tea company TWG. Besides tea, the shop also offers an array of desserts, various flavors of ice cream, and a full dining menu. Enjoying an afternoon tea service is definitely a must if you find yourself at a TWG location, but taking some ice cream to go is also an opportunity to take advantage of. Their ice cream flavors are all based on their tea, which is extremely diverse, which makes them all unique.

On this particular occasion, opted for the crème brûlée tea ice cream and, as the name suggests, it is just like taking in a rich spoonful of crème brûlée. And because the ice cream is tea-based, the expected sweetness of the crème brûlée is evened out with distinct notes of tea.

Given the assortment of desserts TWG has to offer, on the next visit, will have to take home a sampling of marvelous-looking treats.

Besides tea, TWG offers so much from desserts to a full dining menu.

Besides tea, TWG offers so much from desserts to a full dining menu.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 26, 2015 at 7:08 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

Wontons

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Wandering around Raffles City Shanghai, the pangs of hunger started and seeking food with a multi-lingual menu and/or with illustration began. Not one to frequent fast food establishments on vacation, tried to steer clear for the time being. Walked down a small street and found the place.

Opening the menu pointed to a page featuring a large bowl of dumplings in soup. It looked like just the thing for lunch and it was less than US$5.

The order arrives and it is beyond expectation. Having lived in the US for years, ordering a family sized wonton soup, this was exceptional – especially the price. There had to be, at least, 15 meaty wontons floating around a huge bowl of delicious, hot broth. Everything about it was delicious and satisfying; with the taste amplified because of the amazing deal.

Wontons

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 17, 2015 at 5:12 AM