Sorry for the delayed activity on Brad & Butter! With finals and a nasty cold in the past now, I'm finally able to get back to what I love the most!
Fortunately, with all the time I've had, I was able to do a couple test runs for this post. Unfortunately, none of the test runs were successful. Typically, I shy away from tiered cakes because I am the absolute worst person to go to when it comes to building and decorating cakes. However, I figured that with the increasingly depressing weather outside, I might as well spend my whole day indoors working on my abysmal cake skills.
Three test runs, two batches of goopy ganache, and a plethora of poor piping later, and I still can't make something even mildly presentable. HOWEVER, I have not given up and I can assure everyone that there will be a cake post coming up and it will be presentable and rustic.
In the meantime, I've decided to start another thread about a place very close to my heart: Shanghai. In this thread, I will be posting thoughts and reviews about places I enjoy around the grand city. Given the oh so STRINGENT alcohol laws in the United States, of course the first thing I had to do when I got back was to grab a drink.
Located on Wu Ding Road 1019, Barbarian is a cute Bar/Grill that sits on a restaurant populated street right in the middle of it all. Its pretty suitable for any occasion, whether it be a nice date or a casual get-together. Chill vibes in general. What's special about Barbarian is their drink menu. In addition to standard alcoholic beverages, the restaurants creates drinks based on a customer chosen alcohol and taste preferences. Although pricey (about 60 to 70 RMB), most of the drinks turned out as expected; good, but not great. I do recommend going for a fruity, sweet drink with gin. The drink we got turned out to be kumquat flavored (pictured on the bottom left corner) and blended really well with the alcohol. Overall, given the simple atmosphere, creative drinks, and some very good company, a very pleasant experience.
And last but not least MERRY CHRISTMAS! If this post reveals a little bit more about myself and my upbringing, then I probably did the right thing. If not, then I hope you join me in exploring the city I call home. More so however, I hope everyone will join me in my progression (hopefully) in cake building. I promise you, it will be an adventure worth watching. In the meantime, I wish you and your family a merry, merry Christmas and a happy, happy new year.