Knowing how much I eat, many people often wonder why I’m not the size of a house. The reason for this is that, in order to be able to eat as much as I do, I insist on maintaining a pretty rigorous exercise regime, getting up every morning before 6am to get at least an hour’s intense workout in before facing the day (and all the delicious meals that come with it!). One company that I swear by is ApeFit, ...
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Brew Bros

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Given that breakfast during the week consists of Greek yoghurt and muesli, on weekends, we tend to go in search of something a little heartier, particularly if we’ve just done a decent workout. Brew Bros, on Sheung Wan’s Hillier Street, had been on the hit list for some time, and we finally managed to get round to trying it. This tiny coffee shop is inspired by both Japan and Melbourne, since Japanese co-owner and head barista Hikaru Ono spent a ...
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Nestled high up on the 49th floor of trendy hotel The Upper House, with stunning views of the city (at least on a clear night), you might think that Café Gray Deluxe would be snobbish and pretentious, and yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. The moment you enter the lobby of the hotel, as well as upon entering the restaurant itself, you’ll be greeted in a way that makes you feel like you’ve returned home, even if you’ve ...
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If there’s one thing I’ve learnt through my many dining experiences in Hong Kong, it’s that you should never judge a restaurant based on its appearance. I had walked past new Staunton Street eatery Flaming Frango a number of times and never once considered going in. There’s just something about the garish red leather seating and bright red walls that didn’t really appeal to me. Having now been and sampled the piri-piri chicken, however, I take it all back and ...
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Djiboutii

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As you are well aware, I am always on the lookout for exciting new places to eat and drink. When, one day, I passed a banner announcing that a place called Djiboutii was opening soon, this immediately caught my attention, as my father had lived in Djibouti for a couple of years during the ‘70s. I mentioned it to him and he immediately started dreaming about the Ethiopian-style food he assumed it would serve. Djiboutii, tucked down a little side ...
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Crafty Cow

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Although it continues to be used very frequently, people in the restaurant industry hate the word ‘fusion.’ That’s why the newly opened Crafty Cow on Sheung Wan’s Upper Station Street is attempting to get rid of it by introducing the term ‘third culture dining.' What this means is that the cuisine does not belong to one particular culture, but to multiple cultures. It is the coming together and melding of ideas and identities from all over the world, represented by ...
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I’m generally not really into gadgets…unless they live in the kitchen. I recently bought a spiralizer and keep finding myself transfixed on watching different vegetables turn into thin noodle-like ribbons when passed through this very simple gadget. This delicious salad recipe comes from my trusty Hemsley + Hemsley cookbook, although I added in the baby corn, just to give it a little extra crunch. It would probably also work with adding sliced mushrooms or some nuts (pine nuts, almonds or ...
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SAMA

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The ability to tolerate (and enjoy) spicy food inevitably brings with it a fair bit of arrogance. We all know that if we’re able to scoff an entire chilli without wincing, whilst our friend sweats buckets and cries, we’re bound to feel just a tad smug. Let us welcome Gough Street’s new curry joint, SAMA, which makes it easy to quantify spice tolerance and therefore make the competition a whole lot more real. SAMA is not just any old curry ...
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Crazes come and go in this city. Yet there is one craze that doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, and that is the burger craze. Whether you’re young, old, male, female, rich or poor, everyone loves a good burger. I once witnessed an Indonesian boat driver eating his first ever burger, and, although his only description of it was that it was “funny food,” the smile on this face is one I will never forget. Naturally, therefore, restaurateurs here in ...
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As I’m sure many of you are aware, yesterday was Pancake Day. I hope you all indulged in delicious pancakes with all sorts of crazy fillings. We had crepes with mozzarella, cheddar, sausage and Parma ham, followed by fluffy pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, dulce de leche and peanut butter. It was a very good day. If you’re English and/or Christian, you’ll also know that the day that follows Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is Ash Wednesday, which marks ...
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