Everyone loves cheesecake, but there’s no escaping the fact that it’s far from healthy. I allow myself a forkful here, a slice there every so often, but never do I eat it without feeling at least a little bit guilty. I’ve always been a bit against the idea of desserts that claim to be something they’re not. Vegan ‘cheesecake’ for example – there’s no cheese in it, so how can it call itself a cheesecake? As I learnt when I ...
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At only an hour and a half flight from Hong Kong, Hanoi is easy to get to for a weekend trip and far cheaper than flying to Thailand or Bali. If time was on our side, I would have liked to have travelled to one of the beaches, but since it was a short trip, we made it all about the food! Vietnamese food has got to be up there amongst my favourites. The flavours are so fresh and it ...
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The Woods

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When looking for a place to go for drinks, I often struggle to find somewhere new and exciting that isn’t just the same as any other bar. Any of the Wyndham Street bars is pretty interchangeable with the next. Before you get that far, however, look out for a slightly hidden entrance that leads down some stairs to the hottest new bar in town, The Woods. This gorgeous new spot, so-called for not only its Hollywood Road location, but also the ...
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This is a lovely summery recipe that’s tasty as well as pretty healthy. Although it requires a few hours to marinate and seal in all the flavours, it is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients that are hard to find in HK supermarkets. If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space and therefore a barbecue, then these would be awesome thrown on there, but if not, our Le Creuset griddle pan did the trick very nicely. You can ...
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KEE Club

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The term ‘private members club’ is often met with displeasure, since it denies a large majority of being able to access it. In Hong Kong, however, there are always ways around this. KEE Club, which was founded in 2001 on Wellington Street by a Hong Kong-based Austrian couple and later expanded into Shanghai, is one such club. Combining art, music, food and wine, KEE Club is a place for people who appreciate all these things and more. The dining room ...
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SEPA

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As Soho’s restaurant scene becomes more and more saturated, it’s only natural for restaurateurs to creep further up the escalator, knowing they will benefit from both Soho visitors and Mid-Levels dwellers. The space on Caine Road that was formerly a very popular Café O has been completely gutted and transformed into an ornate Venetian ‘bacaro’ called SEPA. SEPA, which means cuttlefish in the Venetian dialect, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, serving wine by the glass and ...
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The Diner

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We’ve all seen hundreds of American movies. Think, particularly, of those that are based in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and you’ll know what a typical American diner looks like. Now, squash all those images together so you have one really, really stereotypical American diner. Move that image to Hong Kong and you’ve got The Diner, a newly opened diner (obvs) on Arbuthnot Road. With an abundance of red leather stools and booth seating, a black and ...
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There’s something wonderfully charming about Tai Hang, with its little streets of tiny restaurants and cafés and a sort of sleepy yet cool vibe. It’s the kind of place where you can just casually stroll along and decide on a restaurant when you happen to stumble upon it. Such was the case last weekend, when a little stroll through this lovely village led us to No. 5 Italian, a cute little spot on Brown Street. Much like most of the ...
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On a rainy Friday evening, I had it in my head that I wanted to try an Ottolenghi turkey meatball recipe that had caught my eye. When it came down to it, however, I simply couldn’t be bothered to trek to any overpriced supermarket that might be likely to have minced turkey and have to battle with the Friday night shoppers. So, instead, I ended up buying minced beef on my way home. I didn’t just want to make any ...
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As I mentioned in my post about M Bar, Mandarin Oriental is offering a series of pop-ups throughout the year, the latest of which is a special Lobster and Bubbles menu at Café Causette, available until the end of August. I was invited to check this out and unsurprisingly found it impossible to resist. Café Causette is a perfect balance between casual and elegant. It isn’t overly pretentious, yet still has that element of luxury that you can expect from ...
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