208 Duecento Otto: New A La Carte Dishes, Pizzas and Bar Snacks

Spring is here at last, and neighbourhood Italian favourite 208 Duecento Otto is unveiling a new à la carte menu, three new pizzas and a special Mother’s Day promotion to keep diners delighted throughout the season.
 
New A La Carte Menu
Under the direction of Head Chef Zeno Bevilacqua, the kitchen at 208 has added an irresistible selection of new dishes with the changing of the season. Ranging from pastas to meaty mains and sweet treats, each new creation represents 208’s devotion to sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients for recipes that are approachable and authentically Italian.
 
With temperatures on the rise, light, refreshing dishes are ideal to order. The new 208 Salad combines iceberg and romaine lettuce with sharp but creamy gorgonzola cheese, raspberries and walnuts. The crunch of the greens and nuts contrasts perfectly with the creaminess of the cheese and the delicate fruit in every mouth-pleasing bite.
 
Carb lovers will find much to love on the menu, with an enticing range of new pasta and risotto dishes to choose from. Chef Zeno’s Risotto Marinara takes the classic Italian recipe of rice cooked with seafood and takes it to the next level with fresh, high-quality scallop, prawn and squid, plus an untraditional twist from the region of Liguria – freshly made basil pesto sauce.
Seafood lovers won’t want to skip the Sea Bass, a reinterpretation of seafood ravioli made with traditional black squid ink pasta and given the surprising addition of salmon roe and sorrel oil to create an elegant combination of classic and new flavours. For a dish that celebrates the best spring ingredients, the Lamb Ragout combines homemade pappardelle pasta, Italian baby lamb, flavourful morel mushrooms and artichokes which are currently at the peak of their season.
 
Moving on to mains, 208’s new offerings have something for everyone this spring. The Atlantic Scottish Squid has a soft and delicate texture that makes it perfect for pan-frying before it’s masterfully enhanced with a herbaceous sauce made of coriander, tarragon, and basil, then served alongside the perfect accompaniment of classic oven-roasted potatoes. For something surprising yet delicious, the Suckling Pig Belly is slow cooked for 17 hours until it’s juicy and perfectly crispy, then paired with aubergines, spinach and smoked eel, an ingredient that’s widely used in Chef Zeno’s home region.
Lamb is a classic choice for spring, and 208’s Italian Spring Lamb Leg Confit is perfect for sharing. This luxurious preparation features 500 grams of succulent meat slowly cooked in duck fat for an unctuou result. To offset the richness of the dish, it’s paired with a fresh, crunchy seasonal salad to achieve the perfect balance. For the ultimate indulgence, the OP Ranger Valley Beef Steak is a huge 1-kg single rib cut from the centre of a full rib of beef. Also known as cowboy steak, this thick piece is the perfect cut for beef lovers and a show-stopping dish that will amaze any table of diners.
 
Any good meal must include dessert, and there are two highlights in particular for diners to enjoy this spring. For a bit of theatricality, Italian Style Mille-feuille for 2 persons is prepared at the table with Chantilly cream and fruit. Though not an Italian dessert, Chef Zeno’s grandmother often made it for him and he wanted to pay homage to her with this rendition. Of course, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic like the 208 Tiramisu which, in addition to being made with high-quality mascarpone cheese, gets a special touch with the use of sugared almonds and pistachios from the town of Bronte in Sicily.
 
New Bar Snacks and Pizzas at the G/F House of Aperitivo
Overseen by Bar/Floor Manager Matteo Stefani, an industry veteran and expert in Italian drinks, The House of Aperitivo is 208’s exciting new ground floor concept specialising in vermouth. Widely enjoyed throughout Italy, vermouth is a category of fortified wines which have been flavoured with various herbs and botanicals. In a first for Hong Kong, The House of Aperitivo features 45 different brands of vermouth, making it the city’s only true vermuteria where guests can enjoy an interactive experience and learn about the traditions of Italian drinking culture.
 
In addition to highlighting small-batch vermouths, Matteo and his team pour a wide selection of Italian wines from different regions from a wine list which has been sourced by specialist Italian consultants through New Food Project, in addition to modern interpretations of classic cocktails. Aperitivo is all about the pairing of food and drink, and the inspiration for the snacks menu comes from Italian aperitivo culture, where light bites like mixed cold cuts and bruschetta topped with fresh tomato and basil are commonly served with drinks before dinner.
 
Highlights of the new bar snacks menu include classic Deep Fried Squid, perfect with a squeeze of lemon over the top, and the Norwegian Smoked Salmon and Cantabrico Anchovies in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, both served with homemade panini and butter from Italy’s Trentino region. With the weather getting hotter, these refreshing snacks are perfect for pairing with special cocktails on 208’s patio in the heart of Sheung Wan.
 
For something a little more substantial, the must-order dish is Carrozza, an indulgent bit of deep-fried mozzarella cheese, a traditional dish from Lazio that Chef Zeno fell in love with during one of his trips to Rome. At 208, his version is enriched with black truffle and a high-quality cow’s milk cheese, plus anchovies and green peas to add complexity. Similarly indulgent but just the right size is the Small Beef Tartare, made with Parmesan, egg yolk and button mushrooms to create a rich bite that won’t weigh you down.
208 has always been famous for its pizzas, and diners have three delicious new options to enjoy this Spring. The Tonno features Italian tuna, red onions from Cannara, imported buffalo mozzarella and a bright sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes. With a white base instead of a red sauce, the Salsiccia combines pork sausage with pecorino and buffalo mozzarella cheeses as well as the seasonal taste of fresh fava beans.
 
Last but not least, 208’s new seasonal pizza is the Porchetta, which features thin slices of succulent roast pork, roasted bell peppers, wild fennel, buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, and bagna cauda, a traditional Italian sauce made from anchovies, garlic and olive oil.
 
208 Duecento Otto is located at 208 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2549 0208. For more information and updates, you can join 208 Duecento Otto on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/208do/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/208do/)

Tiffany & Co. Taps BLACKPINK’S ROSÉ

Tiffany & Co. 宣佈 BLACKPINK 成員 ROSÉ 成為全球品牌代言人

並首於Tiffany HardWear 系列廣告隆重登場

Tiffany & Co. 宣佈韓國女子組合 BLACKPINK 成員兼歌手 ROSÉ 成為全球品牌代言人。這位紅遍全球樂壇和時尚界的新一代女神將於 2021 Tiffany HardWear 系列廣告閃亮登場,而廣告並將於 4 23 日星期五在各 Tiffany & Co. 網絡頻道全球首播。

ROSÉ 說:「我一向喜愛佩戴 Tiffany 珠寶,這個經典品牌早已成為我生活的一部分,現在有幸成為品牌的一分子,對我來說意義非凡。能參與 HardWear 系列的全新廣告,我亦感到十分榮幸,熱切期待在廣告中跟大家見面。」

Tiffany HardWear 系列以 1971 年面世的手鍊為靈感,透過重塑 Tiffany Archive 典藏傑作,體現紐約市的前衛魅力與朝氣。廣告聚焦於系列的經典鉸鍊和工業風造型,大膽設計實驗對比、比例與平衡。

Tiffany & Co. Taps BLACKPINK’S ROSÉ

As Its New Global Ambassador

Fronting The 2021 Tiffany HardWear Campaign

Tiffany & Co. announces member of girl group BLACKPINK and solo artist, ROSÉ, as its new global ambassador. ROSÉ, who has become one of the most idolized young women in music and fashion, will debut her new role in the 2021 Tiffany HardWear digital campaign. The campaign makes its global debut across Tiffany’s channels on Friday, April 23.

“I’ve always loved wearing Tiffany jewelry. To be part of an iconic brand that has been part of my life for a long time makes it that much more special to me,” says ROSÉ. “I am very honored and excited to be a part of the HardWear campaign and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

Based on a 1971 bracelet from The Tiffany Archive and having debuted in 2017, Tiffany HardWear is inspired by the edge and energy of New York City. The campaign highlights the collection’s gauge links and industrial shapes—bold designs that play with tension, proportion and balance.

Emanating strength and confidence, ROSÉ wears the collection’s graphic 18k yellow and rose gold links accented with pavé diamonds. Tiffany chose ROSÉ to star in the new campaign for her bold personality and modern style influence—as someone who embodies the attitude and identity of the collection.

Jamie and CHANMINA

K-pop’s vocal prowess Jamie and an eccentric rapper/singer-songwriter CHANMINA from Japan join forces and power up on a remix version of multi-platinum artist  Saweetie’s chart-burning, global smash hit “Best Friend (feat. Doja Cat).” The eagerly-anticipated remix is set to drop on April 23.

I am overwhelmed to be on a track with the two international artists that I listen to and party with my besties, along with CHANMINA. It is my biggest dream and my fans for sure will feel the same as me. So please enjoy it as much as I do!,” Jamie says about her ambitious new project.

Thank you for letting me be a part of this fun and amazing project. It feels like we’ve all become best friends in real life and the thought of that makes me happy. I hope you enjoy this song with all of your best friends around the world,” CHANMINA adds.

Saweetie’s “Best Friend” featuring Grammy-nominated rapper Doja Cat is an empowering, uplifting fun track that celebrate women’s success, beauty, and independence. The song peaked at No. 14 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and its accompanying music video has earned a staggering 110 million views on YouTube since its release.

Regarding the remix project, Saweetie explains, “All of my fans around the world are so important to me, I wanted to give them a special treat with my girls  Jamie & CHANMINA. I can’t wait for everything to open back up so I can fly out and perform this remix for my Icy Gang!”

K-pop star Jamie has built an unparalleled repertoire, showcasing her chameleonic musical abilities and maturity in EPs like the coming-of-age 19to20 and genre-hopping jiminxjamie. With buoyant charisma, mischievous charms, and inimitable vocal talent, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter continues to enchant her growing international fanbase (under Warner Music Korea), as she currently boasts 1.5 million followers on Instagram and millions of streams on multiple platforms.

CHANMINA, who is a Korean-Japanese multi-talented singer-songwriter from Warner Music Japan, has gained a large worldwide following through her talent-stacked projects, over-the-top confidence, and flamboyant aesthetics. Her hit 2019 single, Never Grow Up, has collected more than 20 million views on YouTube, while her latest hard-hitting single, “BIJIN,” which dropped on March 19, is already gaining massive traction with over 3.6 million views on YouTube.

The project, Remix EP Extended, is to arrive after the success of its first remix pack that included guest verses from popular artists like Stefflon Don from UK, Vava from China, Jess B & Okenvo from Australia.

Jolin Cai (蔡依林) wears Versace

Jolin Cai (蔡依林) chose to wear Versace in ‘Stars Align’ music video

 

JOYCE SPOT: WEEKLY HANDPICKED ICONIC & EMERGING DESIGNERS

JOYCE SPOT presents a weekly spotlight. Handpicked pieces hot off the virtual runway. Selected from our global network of designer talents, this is the best of JOYCE distilled down to its core. Stay tuned for the latest additions from iconic and emerging designers – such as ROKH, A.W.A.K.E MODE, CASABLANCA,  MOLLY GODDARD, PHIPPS, JORDAN DALAH STUDIO, A-COLD-WALL, KOLOR, WOOYOUNGMI, ALESSANDRA RICH,  GEOFFREY B. SMALL, JAN JAN VAN ESSCHE, FETICO.

Menswear

 

CHANEL | FW 2021/22 RTW collection

THE FALL-WINTER 2021/22 READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION PRESS KIT PHOTOGRAPHED BY INEZ & VINOODH

For the press kit for the Fall-Winter 2021/22 Ready-to-Wear collection imagined by Virginie Viard, the duo Inez & Vinoodh photographed the models Lola Nicon, Vivienne Rohner, Mahany Pery, Louise de Chevigny, Abby Champion, Malika Louback and Rebecca Leigh Longendyke, on the rue Princesse in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood in Paris.

The film of the show will be unveiled on Tuesday March 9th from 10.30am (Paris time) on chanel.com.

GEM DIOR

GEM DIOR

我是一個別致的八角形小盒子。 我亦擁有一枚呈不對稱造型的手鐲,鑲嵌其中的寶石綻放出層次豐富的色彩。 我同時是一套配色和諧的珠寶。
最後一個提示:我是大自然 (Nature) 和高訂時裝 (Couture) 的當代化身,象徵著 Dior 先生兩個鍾愛的設計元素。
我是誰?

Gem Dior…… 由 Dior Joaillerie 珠寶系列藝術總監 Victoire de Castellane 設計的 原創系列,薈萃七枚腕錶及十一款珠寶。

GemDior與兩年前推出的高級珠寶系列同名。英語「Gem」(寶石) 與法語「J’aime」 (我喜愛) 同音。Victoire de Castellane 解釋道:「我構思的這一系列珠寶及腕錶造型 抽象,洋溢現代格調,我會將之形容為『有機抽象』風格,透過細心考量的設計顛覆既 定的桎梏,為工匠帶來一次真正的技術考驗。」

在這創作精神主導下,造型獨特的腕錶錶殼呈現出礦石的天然形態,猶如一片碧璽原晶。 Victoire de Castellane 構思的錶帶,造型呼應 Dior 先生籌備高訂時裝展時,將布料 樣品釘在紙張上的手法。

融會大自然和高訂時裝的 Gem Dior 是一闋美學風格的宣言,兼具創意巧思與獨特個 性,設計充滿意想不到的驚喜;當中以黃金鑲嵌寶石的腕錶尤其富代表性。其八角形錶 殼邊緣採鏤空設計,孔雀石錶盤以綠松石及美鑽圍攏。

呈不規則造型的無扣錶帶以裝飾寶石 (孔雀石、青金石、紅玉髓、粉紅色蛋白石及虎眼 石) 疊層鑲嵌而成,綻放層層遞進的鮮明色彩。

全鉸接設計令這款珠寶腕錶可作開口手鐲配戴,為纖纖素手妝點獨特創意,優雅而饒富 個性。Gem Dior 另有六個版本 (包括精鋼配襯黑色珍珠貝母;全鋪鑲鑽石玫瑰金;及 金、鋼襯青金石等款式),每枚均附有一條可替換的黑色皮革錶帶。

Gem Dior 別出心裁的幾何設計同樣在珠寶作品上大放異彩。當中的主打款式包括黃金 戒指及手鐲,刻意設計成不規則狀的鍊節鑲嵌寶石和美鑽,如波浪般完美綻放出起伏有 致的藍綠色調。

系列另有色彩較素淨的戒指、手鐲及耳環,以黃金、玫瑰金及白金鑄造,飾以全鋪鑲或 半鋪鑲鑽石,璀璨的炫彩與精巧的金工構成細緻的對比,彰顯 Gem Dior 獨特的設計, 教人愛不釋手……

 

GEM DIOR

My first clue is a quirky case in an irregular octagonal shape.
My second is an asymmetrical bracelet in a variety of colors, in stratified layers of gemstones. My third is an ensemble of color-coordinated jewels.
And, lastly, I’m the contemporary symbiosis of Nature and Couture that Monsieur Dior so loved. Who am I?

Gem Dior… An original collection of seven watches and eleven pieces of jewellery designed by Victoire de Castellane, Artistic Director of Dior Joaillerie.

Gem Dior takes its name from the eponymous high jewellery collection launched two years ago. “Gem” is a euphonious nod to ‘J’aime’ (French for ‘I love’). “I designed a collection of watches and jewellery that’s not figurative,” explains Victoire de Castellane. “The spirit of this collection is modern, it’s a style that I would describe as abstract-organic, an organized disruption that turned out to be a true technical challenge for our ateliers.”

In that spirit, the watch’s unique case was designed after the natural formations of minerals, in this case slices of rough tourmaline. Meanwhile, for the bracelet, Victoire de Castellane drew inspiration from Monsieur Dior’s way of pinning fabric swatches from his haute couture shows onto sheets of paper.

From this union of Nature and Couture was born Gem Dior, a statement as creative as it is singular, with a design that never fails to surprise. A case in point is the collection’s emblematic piece in yellow gold and gemstones. Its octagonal case with cut-out sides is set with turquoise and diamonds around a malachite dial.

The asymmetrical and clasp-less bracelet is made of strata of ornamental gems (malachite, lapis lazuli, carnelian, pink opal, tiger’s eye) forming an intense commotion of hues.

Fully articulated, this timekeeping jewel is designed to be worn as an open cuff, creating a unique look for the wrist. Elegant, with a strong temperament. Gem Dior is available in six other versions (in steel and black mother-of-pearl, in pink gold with full diamond pavé, in gold and steel and lapis lazuli, etc.), each presented with an interchangeable black leather strap.

The atypical geometry of Gem Dior’s design carries over to an irresistible range of jewellery. The star styles are a yellow gold ring and bracelet with perfectly, deliberately misaligned links in gemstones and diamonds to create an undulating impression of blues and greens.

In a more monochrome register, the jewellery collection is completed by rings, bangles and earrings in yellow, pink and white gold, fully or semi-paved with diamonds. The play of contrast on the refined metalwork brings out the distinctive design of Gem Dior. And just begs to be touched…

Balenciaga 2021 年春夏 Bridge 眼鏡

BALENCIAGA SPRING-SUMMER 21 EYEWEAR

BRIDGE

The ultra-slim Bridge sunglass and optical frame line features a metal bridge that runs continuously across the tops or along the bottoms of half-rimmed lenses, connecting them to lightweight metal arms featuring BALENCIAGA logos at the tip or temple.

BALENCIAGA 21春夏眼鏡系列

BRIDGE

特薄的Bridge太陽眼鏡及光學眼鏡採用了半框設計,金屬橫樑橫越上半框或下半框,貫 穿了左右兩塊鏡片,連接起綴以BALENCIAGA標誌的輕金屬鏡臂及耳套。

 

The Future of Yachting: Benetti Yachts

The Future of Yachting: Benetti Yachts Commits to Reduce Carbon Footprint

across Family-Owned Business

From shipyard investment to innovative yachts, Benetti has been an industry leader in sustainably-minded innovation since 2002 with the introduction of the first hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, “65-metre Ambrosia yacht”. One of the world’s leading superyacht builders, Benetti is part of a forward-thinking, family-owned business that understands that yachts are a family activity to enjoy one of nature’s greatest treasures: the open sea. With this mindset, Benetti commits to navigate how to limit or reduce carbon footprint across construction, design and protection so that yacht owners have options.

“At Benetti, we deliver our enduring passion for the sea and for sailing by combining Italian craftsmanship and innovation into every yacht we design and build. Following the pandemic, we’ve accelerated our commitment to reduce carbon footprint. It’s time, money and resources that we feel are worth it,” says  Peter Mahony, General Manager at Benetti Yachts Asia. He continues, “Fortunately, the Benetti company mission is supported by a growing trend across Asia for innovative and forward-thinking options. With a Benetti yacht, we have the sweet spot where green awareness technology meets the utmost quality and comfort, which is possible through constant innovation and research.”

Sustainable Shipyard Improvements

Benetti Yachts has been implementing improvements at the Livorno and Viareggio Italian shipyards to enhance energy efficiency and reduce both pollution and waste at the source. Benetti looks at every possible way to improve the production cycle including reducing water waste, reducing fuel consumption with new high-power stations for moored Giga yachts of over 100 metres, replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED lamps to reduce 70% of energy consumption, installing a photovoltaic plant and a sophisticated solar thermal system to reduce 50% of methane greenhouse gases and insulating the Livorno shipyard sheds with cladding to enhance energy efficiency at thermal and acoustic levels.

Improving Yacht Energy Efficiency

Benetti’s design efforts are primarily focused on the hybrid engines to reduce fuel consumption and  harmful CO2 emissions. Most of the yachts have the option to be equipped with innovative propulsion systems and carefully-chosen materials while advancing propulsion systems and improving onboard energy efficiency.

Both the 107-metre giga yacht Benetti FB272 Luminosity gigayacht and Asia market-favourite, the Benetti B.Yond 37M, are equipped with hybrid propulsion systems to reduce environmental impact and fuel consumption. Luminosity, the biggest hybrid in the world features an intelligent propulsion system developed by top industry experts co-ordinated by Benetti’s Technical Department. While B.Yond 37M is a popular yacht in the Asian market due to its reduced environmental impact with the hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system developed by the Siemens Marine Global Competence Centre in Italy. The many optimized hybrid engines integrations available from Benetti  don’t sacrifice comfort or style.

Another key design is FAST125, a 38-metre yacht with an innovative D2P – Displacement to Planing® hull designed by Pierluigi Ausonio architects in conjunction with the Azimut|Benetti Research and Development Centre. It allow for reduced energy consumption at low speeds and planing mode at higher speeds while always maintaining maximum comfort on board. The Rolls Royce propulsion system significantly reduces disruptive noise and vibration. FAST125 is also built with a lightweight, high performance, steerable thruster made entirely from carbon fiber for a streamlined layout and weight reduction for reduced fuel consumption.

In addition to shipyard investment and product innovation, Benetti Yachts also supports efforts to bring awareness, drive support and protect the ocean and marine ecology as much as possible. Benetti will continue as gold sponsor of the 2021 New Zealand Millennium Cup regatta, which is a certified clean regatta empowering sailors with tips and resources to implement sustainability initiatives. Benetti will also sponsor the 2021 Superyacht Gathering in New Zealand to bring awareness and action for ocean protection.

A long-time supporter of the Water Revolution Foundation and the Blue Marine Foundation, both of which aim to protect marine ecology, Benetti hopes to be part of the yacht industry that considers future impact.

In 2021 Benetti plans to continue seeking options that allow for consumers to discover yachts with a future mindset by bringing cutting-edge technology options to yacht owners around the world.

https://www.benettiyachts.it/

 

 

NAN BEI | ROSEWOOD BANGKOK

NAN BEI LAUNCHES SPECIAL MENU THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO SICHUAN CUISINE

Chinese Executive Chef Matthew Geng of Nan Bei restaurant at Rosewood Bangkok pays homage to the much-loved Sichaun cuisine with “A Taste of Sichuan” special menu, available from March 3 to April 30, 2021.

One of China’s best-loved regional specialties, Sichuan cooking packs a fiery and bold punch of flavors. In addition to its spiciness, this Southwestern Chinese cuisine is known for its fragrant aromas that are guaranteed to bring out the best of the ingredients used.

“A Taste of Sichuan” features six new dishes to tantalize the palate:  White Prawn with Fish Fragrant Sweet & Sour Sauce and Phuket Pineapple; Organic Chicken Popcorn with Dried Chilies, Crispy Rice and Roasted Peanuts; Kurobuta Pork Fillet with Japanese Scallops, Prawns and Sichuan Chili Paste; Braised Cherry Duck with Daikon and Sichuan Pickled Peppers; Snow Fish with Nan Bei Chili Sauce; and Seabass with Sichuan Peppers.

“There’s much more to Sichaun dishes than just its well-known, numbing peppercorns and it’s one of my favorite China regional cuisines,” says Executive Chef Geng.  “These handpicked six dishes not only pay tribute to authentic Sichuan cooking but also highlight the pristine ingredients available here in Thailand.”

For more information and reservations, please contact +66 2 080 0080 or bangkok.nanbei@rosewoodhotels.com. Nan Bei operates from Wednesdays to Sundays. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 9 p.m.