Getting Through Crisis One Order at a Time | An Interview with Phoenix Restaurateur Chris Bianco

The world is in the hands of a pandemic. A novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, originated in December in China. The disease, which began as a regional epidemic has since spread further, changing life as we know it. Hit hardest by lockdown and stay-at-home orders designed to contain the… Read More Getting Through Crisis One Order at a Time | An Interview with Phoenix Restaurateur Chris Bianco

A Deeper Shade of Red | Chinese Art from the Interwar Period

The sight of a giant scarlet “70”, screaming for attention outside the reserved Chinese Deco facade of the museum, signaled to me what could be expected inside. It seemed not even the world of art was safe from this monumental celebration. The 2019 anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, as the… Read More A Deeper Shade of Red | Chinese Art from the Interwar Period

A Journey to the Floating World | Ukiyo-e in Shanghai

Gentle hues and shadows forming twisted figures of individuals juxtaposed with the violence and diversity of nature. Waves and sunsets and mountains and sudden rain. All in a space complimenting the works, with patterns drawing to mind Zen gardens on the ground, more mountains and figures on the wall; all combining to reveal the floating… Read More A Journey to the Floating World | Ukiyo-e in Shanghai

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