Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong Launches New Mooncake with the Precious Flavour of Six-Decade Dried Tangerine Peel

For this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong presents the brand-new Deluxe Mini Mooncake with Red Bean Paste and 60-year Dried Tangerine Peel, as well as the ever-popular signature Seven-Star Mooncake, in addition to the Heep Hong Charity Mooncake and a variety of premium goodies for guests to celebrate the Moon Festival.

The newly launched Deluxe Mini Mooncake is made with red bean paste and the extremely precious 60-year dried tangerine peel. Also known as chen pi, dried tangerine peel is a Chinese herb commonly used in traditional recipes for its distinctive aroma and subtle citrusy flavour. Older dried tangerine peel is believed to boast more refined fragrance and better medicinal value and, hence, is also more valuable. Tangerine peel aged for 60 years is among the finest grades that are exceptionally rare on the market.


A bestseller since 2012, the Seven-Star Mooncake is the ultimate indulgence for mooncake lovers. Inside its elegant crimson-coloured box is one large White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with six egg yolks, surrounded by seven mini mooncakes. The mini mooncake flavours include milk custard; white lotus seed paste with egg yolk; white lotus seed paste with pine nuts; vanilla bean custard; red bean paste with egg yolk; red bean paste with dried tangerine peel and chestnut with sweet potato. Other Mid-Autumn goodies on offer at the hotel include the Deluxe Vanilla Bean Custard Mooncake – a sophisticated twist to the all-time favourite creamy custard filling – as well as the classic lotus seed paste and egg yolk mooncakes. Please refer to the appendix for details about the selection of mooncakes and Mid-Autumn hampers.

COMO The Treasury Introduces Helicopter Day Trips to Western Australia’s Wine Country

COMO The Treasury has launched a new wine immersion experience in partnership with Millbrook Winery in Western Australia. This is designed for visitors to Perth who want to experience Western Australia’s famous food and wine, but don’t have time to make the six-hour drive to the Margaret River wine region.

The experience starts in the early morning, with a helicopter tour over Perth that takes in iconic vistas of the Swan River and Cottesloe Beach, before flying to the Millbrook Winery. The estate is surrounded by the forests of Jarrahdale, with undulating hills and large lakes, making it feel a world away from the bustle of Perth’s city centre.

At Millbrook, guests will experience a wine blending session — with their own blended wine to take home — as well as a tour of the grounds, discovering what it takes to run one of the largest vineyards in Western Australia.

The Millbrook restaurant, where lunch is served, has sweeping views of the surrounding Jarrah forest. The meal will be prepared by Head Chef Guy Jeffreys, named 2017 Chef of the Year by the West Australian Good Food Guide. Jeffreys’ innovative menu changes seasonally, with much of the cuisine sourced from the winery’s own garden, with over 100 varieties of hand-grown heirloom vegetables, as well as stone fruit, citrus, figs, apples, herbs, free-range eggs, olives and honey sourced from the estate. The food is always designed to complement Millbrook’s award-winning vintages, which are expertly paired with the meal.

The Millbrook Winery Experience includes:

  • Two nights at COMO The Treasury in a Heritage Room
  • Return transfers to and from the Rotorvation helicopter base
  • Return helicopter flights to Millbrook Winery
  • Wine blending and a bottle of unique wine to take home
  • Chef’s menu for lunch at the Millbrook Winery with matched wines
  • A tour of the Millbrook Winery gardens with one of the chefs

 

The Millbrook Winery Experience is priced at Priced at AUD 3,995 for two people.

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MICHELIN GUIDE HONG KONG MACAU TO KICK OFF SECOND ANNUAL STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

Asia’s best street food stalls are coming together under one roof for the second annual MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival Macau. From Saturday, 29 September – Tuesday, 2 October, the world’s biggest Asian street food festival with Michelin-acclaimed food stalls and eateries will be serving their famed signature creations on site. Entry to the festival is free of charge for all guests, with access to a world-class selection of dishes priced between MOP40-MOP60 and redeemed via cash coupons.

Taking place at Studio City’s Macau Gourmet Walk, the festival will once again feature some of the biggest names in street food, as well as one of the only Michelin-starred hawker stalls in the world. One such eatery is Liao Fan Hawker Chan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice 油鸡饭from Singapore led by Chef Chan Hon Meng, the first in the world to earn a coveted Michelin star for street food. His iconic Soya Chicken dish is raved throughout the world as the most affordable Michelin-star meal, and will once again be available in Macau this year.

 The Song of India, also from Singapore, has upheld its one Michelin star and will be coming to Macau for the second year in a row with Chef Manjunath Mural at the helm.

From Taipei’s Nanjichang Night Market, A Nan Sesame Chicken specializes in a Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup developed over 13 years that made it a deserved recipient of the MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand award.

From Bangkok, Thailand, Huen Lamphun (Suan Phak) is a local eatery serving prized versions of dishes from its regional cuisine, and will be serving its famous northern Thai Khao Soi Kai at the festival.

 Soul Food Mahanakorn, also from Bangkok, will be presenting its Penang Curry with Beef Brisket, Bharred Pineapple and Peanuts, alongside a trove of other critically acclaimed dishes.

Keng Eng Kee Seafood, returning for the second year in MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival, is known for serving the best tze char in Singapore, with Chef Wayne Liew specializing in wok-fried dishes and a mish mash of Hainanese and Cantonese cuisines.

Pearl Dragon, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Lam Yuk Ming, is a one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant (2017-18) that offers an exquisite dining experience at Studio City. With a dedication to perfection, Pearl Dragon offers a menu showcasing refined provincial Chinese flavors, innovative culinary creations and the finest delicacies to tempt your palate. Chef Lam Yuk Ming will be showcasing a Deep-Fried King Prawn stuffed with Minced Bamboo Shrimp in Sweet & Sour Sauce as well as a sweet dish, a Chilled Bird Nest with Red Bean Paste in Organic Pumpkin.

Departing slightly from the style of hawker street food, Bi Ying is one of the signature restaurants in Studio City that offers a delectable culinary journey around Northern and Southern China, highlighting provincial favorites including wood-roasted dishes.

The MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival Macau 2018 is organised by Michelin and Robert Parker Wine Advocate, with full support from Official Title Partner Melco Resorts and Entertainment.

The full line-up of chefs and restaurants/eateries appearing at the MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival are as follows:

 

Celebrating the distinctiveness and individuality of the Bohème Lady: Montblanc reveals new pieces from the latest Bohème collection

At their 1881 Heritage & Flagship store, Montblanc held an exclusive press preview of the latest Bohème collection at which guests were invited to the “Bohème Secret Garden” to discover the attributes that make a Montblanc Bohème lady.

The Bohèmespirit codes today’s intelligent and independent ladies, who each possess a distinctive personality and innate glamour that exudes confidence. Her free personality and rich life experience allow her to establish her personal style. With enthusiasm, determination, courage and inspiration, the Bohème lady is always ready to light up the world.

During the event, the Maison’s flagship was transformed into a secret garden, where guests could experience the Bohème spirit in a number of different zones. The “Glamorous Zone”,lushly bedecked with hanging vinesand flowers, is designed to bring versatility to style while the “Writing Zone”allows guests to express their thoughts. In the spirit of the Bohème Lady, Montblanc also invited guests to join a floral lamp decoration workshopat the “Stylish Zone”, where guests could design and personalize their own initialed lamp with floral motifs and delicate ornamentation.

The Bohème Collection enriches the codes of fine watchmaking with sophisticated femininity, combining exquisite craftsmanship with tasteful expertise. Traditional decorations dance upon every dial, with guilloché, gem-setting, miniature gold-work or hand-painting, leaving their distinctive marks on every piece. Additionally, the excellent craftsmanship continues across the sophisticated cases which feature slightly curved faceted horns, sculpted onion crowns, and bezels set with sparkling diamonds, which serve to enhance the refined finish of each timepiece. Leaf-shaped hands and floral Arabic numerals hark back to the natural beauty of the Bohème Lady, while an even closer look reveals the little touches – such as the minute scales with raised red gold-plated dots, and the internal hour rings – which reveal the artistry that is integral to the creation of every Bohème timepiece.

The contemporary Bohème Lady is one who knows herself best – something which Montblanc readily appreciates, having fitted its new Bohème timepieces with an interchangeable strap mechanism that allows one to easily change straps with a simple release button. In doing so, Montblanc offers women the choice to define their own distinctive style: from black alligator straps to stylish coloured calfskin wristbands, switching straps is as simple as changing outfits – an acknowledgement of the characteristic sense of style and personality that makes the Bohème Lady so unique.

The Bohème Automatic Date model in stainless steel comes in a new shade of blue in two dimensions and the silvery-white mother-of-pearl dials feature a shell guilloché pattern. To complete the overall blue aesthetic, the Bohème Automatic Date is equipped with new blue-jeans-coloured straps fitted with an interchangeable strap mechanism. The new Montblanc Bohème Exo Tourbillon Slim Limited Editions 28 comes in two new distinctive colours; beige mother-of-pearl for the red gold version and slate grey mother-of-pearl for the white gold version. Each dial features 146 sparkling diamonds that plays in the light brilliantly. The 38mm 18K red or white gold slim cases feature 58 Top Wesselton diamonds on the bezel and the crown is adorned with the patented Montblanc diamond. As the new pieces show, Montblanc continues to launch new collections preserving their original aesthetics with beautiful new and contemporary designs.

 

RIMOWA Celebrates 120 Years of Purposeful Travel

Today, in celebration of their 120th anniversary, RIMOWA unveils its first-ever global integrated campaign, complete with a star-studded cast, strong storytelling and cinematic sensibility.

A select cast of renown global cultural icons, all of whom are long-time RIMOWA owners and advocates, celebrate the collective mindset that has made them who they are – a fundamental belief that mastery is a never-ending journey and that no one builds a legacy by standing still. The campaign is a celebratory declaration of RIMOWA’s ethos and its role as the resilient companion for a lifetime of purposeful journeys.

Twenty-time grand slam winning athlete, Roger Federer; Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton & Founder & Creative Director of Off-White, Virgil Abloh; model, spokesperson and activist, Adwoa Aboah; international chef, businessman and restaurateur, Nobu Matsuhisa; and Dior Men’s jewellery designer & Founder and Creative Director of AMBUSH, Yoon Ahn all take part in marking the occasion by sharing their personal interpretations of what travel has meant for their lives.

The campaign also marks the beginning of an exclusive partnership between Roger Federer and RIMOWA that will extend to various projects over the next two years.

Shot on three continents by five different directors, every director worked closely with each cultural icon to create an emotionally insightful and visually distinct expression of their personal journey.

Roger Federer’s film is directed by Karim Huu Do and features a real-life childhood conversation with his father at the moment of young Roger’s first trip to Zurich.

Adwoa Aboah’s film is directed by Jonas Lindstroem and it’s a powerful metaphor for how the model and activist overcame depression by pushing herself to travel.

Virgil Abloh’s film is directed by Dexter Navy and presents an artful visualization of a recorded phone conversation with Abloh’s aphorisms on travel.

Nobu Matsuhisa’s film is directed by Jared Knecht and features an ancient Japanese travel tale that mirrors Nobu’s own life.

Yoon Ahn’s film is directed by I AM HERE and documents Yoon’s antagonistic sources of inspiration while featuring quotes from her private travel diary.

The five films have been combined into an anthem film. In addition to the films, the campaign also features photography by Brett Lloyd.

The global integrated campaign will be featured across paid and owned social and digital channels, Air France in-flight entertainment, selected cinemas in the US and Europe, airports in NY, LA, London, Paris, and Nice, and OOH in key cities like New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  The campaign will also feature events, retail activations and an exclusive limited-edition sticker.

Created in partnership between Anomaly in Berlin and RIMOWA’s internal creative team, the campaign will be activated globally with special emphasis on RIMOWA’s seven key markets – USA, China, HK, Japan, Germany, UK, and France.

Frank Hahn, Executive Creative Director at Anomaly Berlin, comments:

“Why settle on one director if you can work with five? ‘Never standing still’ as the core of this campaign demands exciting films and storytelling. We decided to work with five film directors to bring the genuine stories of five famous individuals to life. From Nobu’s Japanese tale to Adwoa’s story of transformation to Virgil’s experimental travel journey. A production maze and marvel on all levels. The campaign culminates in a collected anthem film with the contribution of all five directors. A powerful manifestation to keep moving.”

Hector Muelas, Chief Brand Officer at RIMOWA, comments:

“The campaign’s narrative is inspired by RIMOWA’s own history and its relentless commitment to creating the essential tools for purposeful travellers. From the beginning, we knew we had to leverage the brand’s strongest equity: its community. We selected a group of like-minded travellers that have embarked on ambitious, lifelong journeys, and that happen to be authentic RIMOWA customers. Despite the differences between each of those personal stories, there’s a shared belief that mastery is a never-ending process, and that travel is a powerful vehicle to make a mark in the world.“

Alexandre Arnault, CEO at RIMOWA, comments:

“For 120 years, RIMOWA has been a leader in quality, innovation and craftsmanship, creating a product that’s loved cross-generationally for its ability to aid in the pursuit of inspiration and discovery through travel. As we look to the future with our heritage in mind, we want to celebrate that mission of relentlessly seeking perfection through action. It’s the shared mindset that both RIMOWA and its most iconic travellers demonstrate in our pursuits.”

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“God of Cookery” Chef Dai Lung Joins Launch of Modern Siu Mei Restaurant Brand CHOP CHOP

CHOP CHOP, a traditional Cantonese ‘siu mei’ restaurant with a fun and modern setting, officially launches the first outlet in Fortress Hill, in consultation with “Hong Kong God of Cookery” Chef Dai Lung.

The master chef portrayed in the movie ‘God of Cookery’, is widely regarded as one of Hong Kong’s top four Cantonese chefs. The refreshed new image of classic barbecue meat is headlined by his famous signature dish, ‘Roasted Pork Belly Char Siew Rice’.

At CHOP CHOP, the combination of ‘char siew’, fried egg and fragrant rice is a simple recipe distinguished by top quality ingredients.  Fresh pork belly is used for its delicate texture.  Marinated with high-proofed Chinese rose wine and Chef Dai’s unique recipe, the succulent meat colors naturally from caramelization through prolonged roasting in lower temperatures.  The resultant meat is lightly charred on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, offering a natural pork ‘sweetness’.  No artificial coloring is added.

The rice is of premium quality, a variety farmed in Wuchang City, Heilongjiang Province where long winters allow just one harvest a year, making it famously precious with clear grains with a delicate fragrance. Chef Dai finally selects locally-produced ‘firstborn eggs’, or ‘smart eggs’, which are laid by young hens and smaller than ordinary eggs, correspondingly higher protein and nutritional value, richer yolks, and transparently clear egg white. Finally, the sauce is made from only natural soy sauce, with no MSG or artificial additives, fermented for two years for a rich, aromatic soybean flavor.

In spite of his jovial and comical nature, Chef Dai is meticulous with quality, he adds,” Even the best Char Siew has to be consumed within two hours after roasting”. He insists to roast the meats in five separate batches every day to ensure freshness and succulence.  CHOP CHOP’s ‘char siew’ is out to overwhelm diners with its distinctive flavor and freshness, just like in the movie!

The fun and modern restaurant at 18 Wang On Road, Fortress Hill – across King’s Road from the MTR near the tramline – is styled as nostalgic yet contemporary, where “modern chic meets traditional nostalgia”, according to acclaimed interior designer Enrique Moya.

Overall tone is ‘Mahjong Green’, typical of old buildings in Hong Kong, with conventional ornamental iron gates and terrazzo floor tiles alike traditional ‘siu mei’ shops. The restaurant’s “rooster bowl”, widely used in households during the 1960s, introduce a hint of nostalgia, paying homage to Cantonese cuisine’s humble beginnings.

“CHOP CHOP is a Char Siew specialist.  We hope every guest of ours come in to try our signature pork belly Char Siew. We aspire to serve high quality Cantonese roasts in an affordable and clean setting along with a nice glass of Burgundy red!” said Randy See, Brand Founder and Director of the PICCOLO Group.

CHOP CHOP features options of dine in, take-away, or, as traditional Siu Mei shops do, chopped meats-to-order.

CHOP CHOP

Address: Shop 3, G/F, 18 Wang On Road, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong
Takeaway hotline: (852) 3618 7718
Opening Hours: 11a.m. – 9p.m
Credit Cards: Octopus, Visa, Master and
Union Pay credit cards accepted

 

INTRODUCING THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER LIMITED EDITION

When the OMEGA Speedmaster “Day-Date” was created more than 20 years ago, it featured an intriguing dial design and colour coding that has made a lasting impression on watch fans ever since.

In tribute to that unique Speedmaster, OMEGA is now releasing a special Limited Edition model that reimagines the same classic look.

The new 39.70 mm chronograph is being launched in partnership with the leading watch magazine and tastemaker HODINKEE, which is celebrating its 10thanniversary this year. HODINKEE founder, Ben Clymer, has a particularly strong connection to the original Speedmaster “Day-Date”, as it was a meaningful gift from his grandfather and the very model that ignited his passion for watches.

Speedmaster fans will notice that this is not an exact re-creation. While the triple calendar complication is no longer featured, there are many other familiar touches that recall the original design.

Firstly, the grey/blue dial includes a distinctive minute track as well as luminous Arabic numerals. The black and blue subdial at 9 o’clock is perhaps the most essential part of the “Day-Date” tribute. Originally featured as a day/night indicator, it has now been transformed into a useful function indicator with a propeller-shaped hand.

As well as including black and white hour/minute hands, the central seconds hand is varnished red and includes a yellow airplane tip (a recognisable feature from the “Day-Date” model that has been seen on several Speedmaster designs since the 1970s).

The watch is presented on a grey/blue leather strap, with a stainless steel case that includes a black aluminium bezel and the Speedmaster’s famous tachymeter scale. On the caseback, OMEGA has embossed its Seahorse medallion and added a number of engravings, including “HODINKEE” and “10thAnniversary.” Inside, the watch is driven by the legendary OMEGA Calibre 1861.

The new Speedmaster is limited to just 500 pieces and all models will be sold exclusively through the HODINKEE website and in OMEGA Boutiques within the USA.

Customers who secure their model will receive the watch in a special presentation box with an additional grey NATO strap and changing tool.

Five Amazing Gastronomic Activities in Catalonia

1. Lunch at the mussel beds

Visitors can embark on a relaxing cruise across the Alfacs Bay in Sant Carles de la Ràpita and Fangar Bay in L’Ametlla de Mar and gain an insight into seafood farming before enjoying shellfi sh tasti ng and spotti ng flocks of flamingos.

2. Drink wine aged in the depths of the ocean

No experience is as unique as drinking wine aged under the sea at a depth of 27 metres, with the bott les having beencarefully selected to those that are best adapted to the submerged conditi ons. On the seabed, the wine is aff ected by varying factors, such as the water pressure, the lack of oxygenation through the cork, the movement of the bottle due to the currents, the light level and the exchange of salinities with the wine. Travellers can enjoy this truly unique experience at Hotel Cala Jòncols in Costa Brava.

3. Vinegar tasting at Avgvstvs Forvm winery

The Avgvstvs Forvm vineyard is located where once was the Roman road that connected Rome with the most important cities in the Mediterranean. Avgustvs Forvm is recognised for both its wines and vinegars. What makes it very special, is that it is the only winery in Catalonia specialised in vinegar. Here, visitors can fi nd wine and vinegars tasting, food pairing and family activities.

4. Olive Oil experiences – millenary olive trees

There are fi ve protected designati ons of origin of extra-virgin olive oil in Catalonia: Les Garrigues, Siurana, Terra Alta, Baix Ebre-Montsià and Empordà, each off ering a product with very different body and aroma thanks to the diversity in climate, soil and olive varieties. Visitors can enjoy olive oil experiences all over Catalonia but one of the most special and unique ones is to visit the ancient olive trees fields of Ulldecona. The tour takes visitors through an area that boasts almost two thousand trees aged between one thousand and two thousand years. These trees have 8 meters of perimeter and have been catalogued as monumental trees. The visit finishes with an olive tasting of these millenary olive trees.

FALKE Grand Opening of first store in Hong Kong

FALKE, the internationally renowned German hosiery brand founded by Franz Falke-Rohen in 1895, will open its first flagship store in Hong Kong on 6 September, 2018. The store, located at ifc Mall, Central, features a full assortment of FALKE’s clothing collections, including the best-selling socks and hosiery, sports apparel, and the new Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 collection for both men and women.

Stone Nullah Tavern Re-Launches ‘Beat the Clock’ with a Temporary Back-to-School Edition

Popular Wan Chai watering hole Stone Nullah Tavern re-launches its infamous Beat the Clock happy hour for a limited time only.

The revamp, known as the ‘Back-to-School’ edition, brings back the unbelievable bar deal that has all standard drinks starting at just HK$1 at 5pm every Monday through Friday, with the price doubling every 20 minutes until 7pm.

Guests can knock back their choice of house wine, spirit or beer for the full two hours each weekday, or show up 20 minutes before the newly restored Beat the Clock happy hour ends, and still enjoy beverages for only HK$32.

A mouthwatering selection of all-American classics including a plate of lip-smacking Maple BBQ Glazed Ribs(HK$219/399) with gorgonzola slaw and dill pickle, or a signature Stone Nullah Tavern Wood-fired Pizza (from HK$120) keep stomachs lined during a post-work drinking session, or make for a delicious but casual dinner with friends after 7pm.

Stone Nullah Tavern

69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Bar: 12:00pm – 1:00am

Lunch: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Brunch: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Contact

Email: info@stonenullahtavern.com

Phone: (852) 3182 0128

Website: http://www.stonenullahtavern.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoneNullahTavern

Instagram: @stonenullahtavernhk