Proof that Facebook isn’t all bad: I discovered amazing artist Louise Hill through it!
Thanks to a couple of my friends liking Louise’s work, her Facebook Page popped up on my news feed one day, whereupon I immediately fell in love with her vibrant colourful designs – and now I’m showing them here in the knowledge that you will too!
Many of Louise’s pieces are inspired by her time in Hong Kong and I love the richness of detail that goes into each artwork – I’m forever noticing cool new elements and references in there, all of which transport me to certain memories, places and experiences in HK… which is exactly the idea. The Mister Softee van, the yummy dan tat (egg tarts – my favourite!), the old-school wet market red lamps… something new jumps out at you every time you look.
Posted in Hong Kong, Pretty Things
Tagged art, artwork, Bird Market, design, drawings, Hong Kong, Hong Kong art, Hong Kong artists, Hong Kong wet market, illustration, Louise Hill, Louise Hill Designs, Mong Kok, Sai Kung, Sham Shui Po, Star Ferry
I have real issues spending big bucks on Chinese food. Perhaps it’s because my auntie rustles up amazing Chinese cuisine right in the comfort of my own home (and I don’t even need to change out of my pyjamas) or perhaps it’s because my brain finds it hard to shift gear from my usual diet of el cheapo cha chaan teng prices… but if there’s a place for me to start splashing the cash on siu mai, then it sure as hell is going to be Mott 32.
The first Chinese restaurant from Hong Kong hospitality super group Maximal Concepts (the folks behind Brickhouse, Blue Butcher and Fish & Meat), Mott 32 is the very definition of Asian fine dining… And I’m talking seriously “fiiiiiiiine”!
Posted in Food, Hong Kong
Tagged best char siu in Hong Kong, best Chinese restaurants in Central, best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, best interior design Hong Kong, best Peking duck Hong Kong, best restaurants in Central, best restaurants in Hong Kong, best siu mai in Hong Kong, Chinese fine dining Hong Kong, HK, Hong Kong, Joyce Wang, Maximal Concepts, Mott 32, Mott 32 Hong Kong, review, Standard Chartered Bank Building
I’m not one for Valentine’s Day AT ALL… but when I saw these cute and fun V-Day foodie illustrations by my fabulous blogger friend, Mochachocolatarita (try saying that when you’ve had a few!), I knew I just had to share!
Rita has taken some much-loved matches-made-in-HK-food-heaven and turned them into very sweet, loved-up illustrations for Valentine’s Day. Forget cheesy giant teddy bears and half-dead bouquets of flowers… these pictures are much more fun!
Posted in Hong Kong, Pretty Things, Random
Tagged artists, cute, design, drawings, foodie, funny, Hong Kong, Hong Kong art, Hong Kong artists, Hong Kong food, illustrations, pictures, Pretty Things, Valentine's Day
*NOTE: I’ve since been to LOST Hong Kong and it is loads better – I’d definitely recommend it over Freeing!*
“Can anybody see the crystal?”
Hands up if your formative years involved lots of screaming at the telly while watching The Crystal Maze? Well, if it did, perhaps like me, one of your lifelong ambitions might have been to be a contestant on The Crystal Maze (when Richard O’ Brien was hosting, obviously, not that funny Ed bloke that came after), get locked in rooms and use your smarts to figure out how to get out.
Sadly, The Crystal Maze ended almost 20 years ago (God, I’m old!) so there’s zero chance of me actually achieving that dream. However, I may have just found the next best thing to help me live out my 90s gameshow fantasies – Freeing HK.
Posted in Hong Kong, Random
Tagged Around The World, Causeway Bay, escape the room games, Freeing HK, fun, fun things to do in Hong Kong, HK, HK Escape, Hong Kong, locked room games, Lost HK, Mong Kok, personal, quirky stuff, real-life room escape games, review, stuff to do in Causeway Bay, stuff to do in Hong Kong, stuff to do in Mong Kok, stuff to do in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui
I just wanted to write a short post about one of my favourite places in Hong Kong – Teakha.
Tucked away on oh-so-trendy Tai Ping Shan Street in Sheung Wan, Teakha is the very definition of small but perfectly formed. It’s one of those places where you can just step in and feel the love – the cosy neighbourhood vibe, the jars of homemade scones perched on the counter, the pot of tea brewing on a stove and most importantly, the feeling of genuine heart and passion that has been poured into the place from start to finish.
Even better for non-coffee drinkers like me, there’s not one dreaded cocoa bean to be found inside! Teakha is all about the tea! Well… and some totally scrummy desserts too.
Posted in Food, Hong Kong
Tagged afternoon tea, best cafes in Hong Kong, best cafes Sheung Wan, best dessert hong kong, best scones in Hong Kong, best tea in Hong Kong, café, dessert, dessert hong kong, Hong Kong, masala chai, Nana Chan, review, sheung wan, Tai Ping Shan Street, tea, Teaka, where to eat in Sheung Wan
Anyone who knows me should already know about my sweet tooth. Well, it ain’t just the one tooth, I tell you! Dessert queen, pudding princess, sweet treat sucker – call it what you will, but I’m an addict… and top of the (cake) pops is my love for chocolate! So as soon as I heard about Harbour City’s Chocolate Trail, I knew I had to get in on the cocoa action.
Having read and drooled over That Food Cray’s chocoholic tour of the mall, I was lucky enough to be offered a similar whistle-stop walk-through from Harbour City’s awesome PR, Season. On emailing Season, I declared that my 90-minute window should offer us ‘plenty of time’ to look around The Chocolate Trail – turns out that Nicole (That Food Cray) spent three hours there! And having seen and sampled just a few of the dessert delights on offer, I can totally see why!
Posted in Food, Hong Kong
Tagged Baruzzo, best chocolate in Hong Kong, best chocolate in the world, best chocolatiers in the world, best dessert hong kong, Chapon, chocolate sea salt, chocolate sea salt caramel, ChocoYOU, Christophe Roussel, dessert, dessert hong kong, Food, Gateway, Gerhard Petzl, Godiva, Harbour City Chocolate Trail 2013, HK, Hong Kong, Kapok, La Madeleine de Proust, macarons, Ocean Terminal, Prestat, Rannou Metivier, smoke salt praline domes, Thierry Mulphart, truffles, Tsim Sha Tsui, where to buy chocolate in Hong Kong
It has been a long-time dream of mine to go see Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the world ever, in the West End. Given I have now upped sticks and moved to Hong Kong, this ambition was seeming ever more unlikely… but luckily for me, a production decided to come over here to the HKAPA instead!
I say ‘luckily’ but actually I’m now not too sure. This 60 Year Diamond Anniversary touring show by Lunchbox Productions (the chief stagers of global productions in Hong Kong, including Grease and Chicago) turned out to be rather average with precious little West End sparkle – and now I know ‘whodunit’, if I should ever make it back to the British original in St Martin’s Theatre, it just wouldn’t be quite the same as seeing it for the first time.
Posted in Culture, Hong Kong, Theatre
Tagged 60 Year Diamond Anniversary, Agatha Christie, Claire Marshall, HK, HKAPA, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Lunchbox Productions, Mark Rayment, Matthew Lotter, murder mystery, review, Sarah Richard, show, The Mousetrap, theatre, whodunit, whodunnit
UPDATE: Fiat Caffè has now moved to Shop B1018 & B1023, B1, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2808 4777
My friend Mirander and I are engaged in on-going quest to check out every café in Hong Kong… and latest to make it on our radar was the Fiat Caffè in Causeway Bay. And yes, that is Fiat as in cars.
Cunningly disguised as a car showroom in Leighton Centre, I must have walked past countless times before realising that there was actually a menu pinned outside… and not just a basic café menu of perfunctory espressos and sad-looking sandwiches, but a mouth-watering menu stuffed with interesting Italian dishes.
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Tagged best cafes Causeway Bay, best cafes in Hong Kong, best lunch spots Causeway Bay, bruschetta, café, Causeway Bay, Fiat Café, Fiat Caffè, HK, Hong Kong, Italian restaurants in Hong Kong, Leighton Centre, lunch Causeway Bay, panini, restaurant, review, where to eat in Causeway Bay
Mid-Autumn Festival is rolling round again (four day weekend, hollaaaa!), so what better time to bring you… a full year late… the gorgeous lanterns from last year’s festivities?!
My advice is to bypass the crowds at Victoria Park and instead head to Tsim Sha Tsui’s Cultural Centre Piazza, where every year they have an awesome thematic lantern exhibition. It stays on display for a full month (much longer than the ones at Victoria Park), is less crowded (especially if you hit it when everyone else is having their dinner or when they are otherwise occupied with the Symphony Of Lights show), provides almost an hour’s worth of photo opportunities and intense study of all the amazing close-up details of each lantern, plus you can then get the Star Ferry home and admire HK’s amazing skyline… its very own modern cityscape of a lantern show.
Posted in Culture, Exhibitions, Hong Kong, Pretty Things
Tagged 2011, HK, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, lanterns, light installation, Mid-Autumn Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival Hong Kong, Moon Festival, Moon Fun Playground lantern exhibition, photos, pictures, thematic lantern exhibition, tourist spots, Tsim Sha Tsui
UPDATE: Brasserie De L’ile is now closed.
I may have mentioned on just a couple of occasions (like here… and here… and errr… here too) that my boyfriend is a bit of a chip connoisseur. For him, fries are one of the main food groups and golden chip fat probably runs through his veins. So when I heard about a new joint in town, Brasserie de L’ile, that was serving all you can eat fries, I knew it wasn’t a matter of if we would go, but WHEN!
Luckily for Brasserie de L’ile, it is located on Arbuthnot Road – and Central not being one of our frequent hang-outs, I felt slightly less nervous that my boyfriend would manage to put them out of business in just one visit!
Posted in Food, Hong Kong
Tagged best moules in hong kong, best mussels in hong kong, Brasserie De L'ile, crepes, eating out, F&B, fine dining, fleur de sel, French cuisine, frites, HK, Hong Kong, Moules Mariniere, restaurant, review, salted caramel