Warnings in April 2013

There are e-bike guys, bus guys, taxi guys, walking people, driving dudes, and cycle guys out there, and usually they stick to the same mode of transport all of the time. I have found the adventurous people stick to their own means of transport i.e. e-bike, bicycle, or by foot. Studious types stick to the busses. Those with self control stick to their own cars, and those who like, or are able, to speak Chinese, take taxis. Now this is without a doubt a flawed generalization, but often I find it to be true. I am an exception to the rule because I don’t really like to speak with the taxi drivers. I actually avoid it, but I don’t like to drive my own form of transport because I don’t like to get wet, and because I don’t have enough money to buy a car. So forget about my prejudice about people who take different types of transport, but do know that once you start taking one form of travel, you usually stick to it, and it’s frightening the kind of routines that I follow. For example, I really don’t know how to get anywhere anymore. I simply get into a taxi and tell him where my destination is, and then I space out, without looking at where I am going. 

I found myself lost the other day when I dusted off the bike for the first time in a long while. I wasn’t really lost, but I didn’t know where I was going for quite some time. Then when I finally got where I was going, I was relieved. When I eventually got there, I realized why I don’t go there that often, because the place was totally jammed with loads of “wai di rzen.” Yeah, I spelled that last word right. But the flowers on the trees were so nice, they couldn’t be overlooked. The air was fresh as it came off the water. When I finally got back to the office my coworker was astounded at how quickly I could get back. I told her that I had been away for an hour, and she couldn’t believe me. “No, you’ve only been gone a few minutes.” I felt like I was in the movie Inception (돝촘왕쇌 dào mèng kōng jiān) or something. Was I dreaming or what? Then I realized I have become quite the movie lately. I’ve seen one of my favorites in Lincoln (주완 lín kěn) recently, along with Argo (徑잼돠붚읊 táo lí dé hēi lán), Searching for Sugarman (璣冷鬼鎌훙 xún zhăo xiăo táng rén), Wild Bill (柰찬궐랑 yě mán bĭ ĕr), Beasts of the Southern Wild (켓렘돨柰艱 nán fāng de yĕ shòu), but I have yet to try out Les Miserable (굄꾀各썹 bēi căn shì jiè), for fear of Hugh Jackman singing. Anyway, now that I’ve got some new vocabulary, I might be able to have a nice conversation with my next taxi driver. 

Bloody Mary

Lately, my dealings with the enthusiastic drinkers of Hangzhou have me needing to call up a classic hangover cure to get ready for the next round. Thankfully, warm weather is just around the corner and I believe a lot of us will need to use this recipe to make our woes go away in the mornings. Now it seems like a lot ingredients are needed, but trust me, it’s worth it. After a few times making a Bloody Mary, you’ll feel like a seasoned pro, and soon you’ll be putting your own spin on this morning classic.

Tomato Juice
Olive Juice
Black Pepper
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

1. Before you grab your cocktail shaker, rim a rocks glass with the juice of a lime and dip it into salt and then fill it with ice.
2. Now get that shaker packed full of ice to make it even more refreshing.
3. Add 60ml Vodka, 90ml Tomato Juice, 5ml Olive Juice, 3 dashes of Tabasco, 4 dashes of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, and lastly, some salt & black pepper to taste.
4. You will want to shake everything together nicely till the shaker has a nice frost coating over it letting you know that the drink is truly cold.
5. Next up, strain the ingredients into your lime juice-rimmed rocks glass.
6. Finally, garnish the cocktail with a piece of celery as well as a little more Tabasco and Black Pepper.

A few tips:
1) If you wish to make a pitcher just multiply all the ingredients by 4, but make sure to taste it as you go along to see if you want a little extra of a certain something.
2) If you want to learn how to make a particular drink, just get in touch with the MORE crew and tell us what your taste buds are craving!

Stay thirsty my friends!


Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Allan Scott Family Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Allan Scott Family<br /><br />
Marlborough<br /><br />
Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Allan Scott Family
Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Comedian Robin Williams has said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” As the weather gets warmer, it is time to explore a nice white wine to complement a Spring Party or picnic. Allan Scott Family’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is the perfect spring wine.
In 1990, Allan Scott Family Winemakers was born – a true family affair. Allan and Catherine Scott oversee every aspect of the venture. Son Josh is the winemaker, while daughters Sara and Victoria are, respectively, their viticulturist and marketing manager.
The Scott family has a reputation of producing wines consistent in flavor and quality year after year. The success is due to excellent growing conditions, hard work, and a desire to produce the world’s best wines.
The Allan Scott Family Winery has several vineyards situated in two of the world’s most prestigious growing regions – Marlborough and Central Otago, New ZeAlland. As the owners of their own vineyards and winery they have control of their product, from the growing of the vines to the bottling of the wine.
The Scott family’s Marlborough vineyards are situated close to their winery in the Rapaura area of the Wairau Plains. The gravelly soils that predominate are perfectly suited to the production of Sauvignon Blanc.
The nose of the 2011 Sauvignon is distinctly tropical with an initial sweet passion fruit bouquet that gives way to slightly herbaceous hints of grapefruit and green apple. The body has depth and structure. The palate is smooth and fruit driven with firm lively acidity and a lingering mouth-watering finish.
Allan Scott Family Sauvignon Blanc 2011 can be purchased at Ja-e in the Euro American Center for 145RMB. It’s a wonderful wine to enjoy on its own, as an aperitif, or to accompany seafood, chicken, and salads. Until next time, more wine please.