A Night with the Masters | Drinks at Andaz Hotel’s Chivas Masters Pop-Up

This year’s Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition saw Micheal Chen, head mixologist at the Cannery, take the top title, keeping Shanghai in the winner’s seat a second year in the row despite ample bartenders from other cities and multiple heats across the country leading up to the final showdown on May 22nd. Leading up to this… Read More A Night with the Masters | Drinks at Andaz Hotel’s Chivas Masters Pop-Up

Feasting at FEAST | A Fairly Lucid Account of Shanghai’s Top Food Festival

Food and drink are the two major driving forces in Shanghai. Business, trade and art are up there, but after a long day of business and trading or looking at art, its time to get a drink and bite to eat, and that’s where Shanghai’s extensive F&B scene comes into play. If food and drink… Read More Feasting at FEAST | A Fairly Lucid Account of Shanghai’s Top Food Festival

Pastel Colored Past & Melancholy Present | Different Perspectives Along Suzhou Creek

Every time I used to visit Shanghai while living in Ningbo for the past few years, I’d stay at a cozy hostel along Suzhou Creek near Xinzhua Station on Line 1. The walk to the hostel always took me along a stone-covered road by the river, South Suzhou Road, with a few quiet cafes and… Read More Pastel Colored Past & Melancholy Present | Different Perspectives Along Suzhou Creek

Success with the Craft | A Good Year for Atsushi Suzuki of Sober Company & Speak Low

Photo Credit: Chivas Regal Asia   When it comes to China’s growing cocktail culture, Shanghai is still the country’s undisputed cocktail capital. With an uncalculable number of bars specializing in all kinds of spirits calling the city home, it has been the center of countless articles, industry events, awards, and even a cocktail festival, SIP… Read More Success with the Craft | A Good Year for Atsushi Suzuki of Sober Company & Speak Low

Drawing New Perspectives | Visiting the Xuhui Museum Shanghai Illustration Exhibition

I’ve always had a thing for Asian illustration and design. While this originally was confined to the Japanese interpretation of the art, my time spent in China has exposed me to a vast array of old school publications, pamphlets, books, propaganda and even modern day wall murals (most of which are also propaganda) to discover… Read More Drawing New Perspectives | Visiting the Xuhui Museum Shanghai Illustration Exhibition

Sake & Comfort Food | Lessons in Japan’s Spirit in Ginza

Coming from Narita into Tokyo was quite the experience, riding on the Sky Liner and seeing trees and green fields whizzing by and morphing into small buildings that grew taller and taller. As if responding to the slowly setting sun, the buildings became bright with neon and LED ads and lights all over. I had… Read More Sake & Comfort Food | Lessons in Japan’s Spirit in Ginza