Sassy Social: A Murder Mystery Dinner Party

An evening to DIE for

 

Breaking News: On 26 July, 2017, tragedy struck within the Sassy community – someone was murdered! But don’t worry, that tends to happen at a murder mystery party. Team Sassy gathered on Bonham Road at Crafted 852 (formerly Umami Concepts) to investigate the ruthless crime (and have dinner and a couple drinks it is called the Sassy Social, after all).

Sassy Social Murder Mystery

Led by Harbour Secrets, an entertainment events company specialising in murder mystery parties and themed events, we embarked on our journey to the past. (Harbour Secrets offers packages from as low as $3,300 for a minimum of 10 people.) Before the big night, each Sassy girl received a top-secret email explaining their character’s background story and the role they played in the murder. Characters ranged from British nobility, to ladies of the night (who knew Simran, Surmayee and Bea were so scandalous?), and members of the triad (trust us you definitely don’t want to mess with Roxanne, or should we say, ‘Mr. See’?)

Sassy Social Murder Mystery reading

The minute we walked through the doorway of Crafted 852 we entered the world of Suzie Wong. The summer of 1966 was both hot and humid for Hong Kong. The Lomax’s, of British nobility, were hosting a cocktail party at the Mandarin Oriental when they heard the news of their daughter’s kidnapping (and, later, death). Mrs. Lomax (our host from Harbour Secrets) was seated on the sofa, clearly distraught. Arriving in character, we headed for the dining table where we spent the remainder of the evening investigating between bites and sips.

Sassy Social Murder Mystery Maura

Crafted 852 provided us with a delicious three-course meal – and a dessert than was essentially whipped cream with maple syrup (how could you go wrong?). We had the pleasure of sipping on some Teeling Spiced Tea, made from the leading Irish Whisky brand – Teeling Whisky, vanilla liqueur, lemon juice, apple & cinnamon syrup, and chamomile tea which we all enjoyed throughouly.

Sassy Social Murder Mystery Surmayee and Tania

Over the course of two hours, we wined, dined and solved a murder. It was a great bonding experience for the team, and definitely gets the Sassy stamp of approval!

Sassy Social Murder Mystery Shaneli and Katie

Sassy tip: make sure to allow plenty of time book your murder mystery in advance so the good folks at Harbour Secrets can prepare a night to remember. Dinner costs are not included, but Harbour Secrets partners with a variety of private dining groups and can arrange the dinner on behalf of its guests.

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Custom-Made Clothing: Hong Kong’s Best Tailors to Personalise Your Wardrobe

If you can’t find what you want, have it made

 

Today’s obsession with fast fashion has created a world where we wear what we want right now until we found the next hot piece and then move on. Of course, we all enjoy being on trend and having that “it item,” but if you’re looking for longevity and one-of-a-kind pieces then perhaps it’s time to delve into the world of custom tailoring. And because we believe in helping each other out, we’ve created a list of some of Hong Kong’s most notable players in the game. There are tons of hole-in-the-wall ‘tailors’ that are there to assist in alterations and fixing (which can lend a hand when your old clothes just need a new lease on life). But if you’re looking to truly invest in bespoke garments that will last a lifetime, check out our list of the city’s best and most established tailors in the 852.

Before embarking on this new venture, here are some general tips for your trip to the tailor:

  • Have one yard more fabric than you think you need if you’re supplying your own
  • Avoid wearing heavy or baggy clothing to fittings
  • Be realistic with your expectations (know the difference between what something looks like on a model’s body versus your own proportions)
  • Make sure to wear the underwear you would wear with that particular piece to ensure that it fits and looks right
  • Wear the shoes you would wear with that garment so that your length measurements are accurate
  • Be honest during fittings! It is much harder to change later on once garments have been stitched together and completed
  • Give yourself time for two or three fittings
  • Know what you want and stand by it, but be open to expert advice

It might seem crazy in the world of fashion, but in the world of custom tailoring, Hong Kong has more to offer for men than women. We try to highlight both options in this guide.

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Sassy Tastes: Peel Street

Our picks for Peel

 

We’ve already let you know some of our favourite Wan Chai spots for any time of the day, so it’s time to head to one of our other favourite streets in the 852. Peel Street may be one treacherous hill to climb (especially once summer hits!), but we promise that the trek is worth it. With our roundup of breakfast and coffee spots, where to stop for lunch and the perfect places for dinner and drinks, no matter when you find yourself around the SoHo streets, we’ll have you covered…

Breakfast + Coffee

Any good day has got to start with coffee, and Peel Street has an array of great options. Whether you’re just passing through, or live and work in the area, Fineprint is the perfect pit stop to start your day. Serving up Redback Specialty Coffee, you know you’re going to get your morning buzz in the tastiest form possible. Couple that with the delicious selection of baked goods and pastries, avo toast, sweet treats and other breakfast delights. The major draw here is also the Sugar Sister’s cookies, though (devastatingly), as of the end of August, they have closed. Fineprint is sure to be getting a new cookie provider soon, though, so you’ll still be able to get your sugar rush. Along with serving up great coffee, Fineprint also has a curated menu of wine, beer and liquors. With a buy-one-get-one happy hour from 4pm to 8pm daily, and a new sommelier who seriously knows his wines, there’s nothing stopping you from hitting this cool and chic coffee house-cum-bar any time of day.

Fineprint, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, fineprint.hk

Wander further up Peel and you’ll come across the boutique coffee shop, Hazel and Hershey, along with newcomer The Quad. Along with serving up gourmet coffee, H&H is also a great go-to destination for any coffee aficionado, with its stock of coffee tools, selling everything from beans to cups.

If you’re looking for a healthier option to kick-start your morning (or a tasty afternoon snack), Be-Juiced selection of juices, smoothies and acai bowls taste just as good as they look. We topped our bowl off with granola, raw honey and goji berries, but there are options to suit any gym bunnies’ tastes. The healthy salads here make it perfect for a quick lunch stop.

Be-Juiced, 45 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Bejuiced

Lunch

brunch club peel street

Not just for brunch, Brunch Club is open from 8am to 10:30pm daily and serves up a very tempting lunch deal from Monday to Friday, between 12pm and 2:30pm. The menu changes daily (and has three options each day!), with your choice of starter, main course and dessert for between $70 and $100. Along with the set lunch, you can get your hands on classic brunch dishes such as Eggs Benedict and a range of other eggs, waffles, pancakes, club sarnies and more! We delved into the smoked salmon Eggs Benedict, as well as trying the famed “Marie’s Home Burger.” Consisting of a beef burger, topped with a sunny side up egg ‘n’ cheese, and served on a homemade donut, you’ll want to bring your appetite before tucking into this beast. A colleague of mine also claims that Brunch Clubs pasta carbonara is the best in the city (I personally haven’t sampled it yet, but will take her word for it!), and you can’t eat at this cosy café without trying out one of the home-made desserts – we enjoyed the carrot cake, but also saw a range of other sweet treats behind the counter.

Brunch Club, 70 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.brunch-club.org

If you can’t face walking far up Peel to reach Brunch Club (we understand, the struggle is real), have no fear as Cochin Deli’s French fare is more than satisfying. Not just to enjoy whilst you’re waiting for the ferry, White Beard Fish and Chips also has a branch on Peel Street, just what you need for a casual, cheap ‘n’ cheerful lunch.

Read more: Cochin Delicatessen: French Fare on Peel Street

Dinner

For a special occasion, a fun group dinner, or just a casual date night, La Vache! is always a good choice. With only one item on the menu, there’s no fear of food envy here (until it comes to the desserts!), so round up your steak loving friends and get ready to enjoy a lavish night out.  The classic trimmed entrecote steak, comes loving prepared and cooked perfectly to your liking (medium rare for me, please), alongside unlimited fries, “special” house béarnaise sauce, and a simple yet elegant green salad with walnuts – all priced at just $298 per person, you can’t go too far wrong. Wash your steak down with a glass of house red, or a classic cocktail, and get ready for the arrival of La Vache’s epic dessert trolley. Laden with a plethora of Parisian patisserie delights, the sweet toothed amongst you will want to save room for this! We love the silky-smooth crème brûlée and the indulgent chocolate cake – a fitting end to any dinner.

La Vache!, 48 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, lavache.com.hk

Situated at the very beginning of Peel is Uma Nota. Serving up Brazilian street food with a Japanese twist, head here with a crowd and make sure to try a selection of its sharing plates, along with a caipirinha or two. In the mood for Korean? Edition offers up an eclectic mix of Korean fusion (did we mention the Bulgogi duck sliders?), along with a kimchi fries, fried chicken and a happy hour from 12pm to 8pm on weekdays. Also ever popular on Peel is Vietnamese resto Chôm Chôm, known for its lively atmosphere, tasty drinks and authentic food. Although this spot does often have a wait list to get a table, we reckon it’s worth it, and can’t complain about having to enjoy a pre-dinner beer on the stoop – the perfect spot to people watch.

Read more: Uma Nota: A Taste of São Paulo on Peel Street

Drinks

chi chi cham peel street

Peel Street isn’t exactly short on drinks options, and with the streets of Soho so close by, you never need to travel far for your tipple of choice. Open for just over a year now, Japanese Izakaya inspired Chi Chi Cham is a great option for pre-or post-dinner drinks. Open until 1am every Monday to Saturday, and with a great happy hour from 3pm to 8pm, this cute and lively bar and restaurant keeps tempting us back for more. The happy hour features bottled beers for $30, and red and white wine, bubbles and house spirits from just $35, though if you’re feeling like a cocktail you only need to flip through the “Holy Drinking Bible” that is the menu, to find page after page of options. We loved the Fuji Spring ($115), made with Bombay Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, Japanese Yuzu Juice, Mint and Freshness. The menu itself notes that it’ll “casts a spell to make you feel young again,” so it definitely promises to put a spring in your step.  After one or two of these, you’ll be in need of some of Chi Chi Chams delicious small bites, including yakitori skewers, sashimi and fried soft shell crab. In keeping with its quirky décor of emperor’s robes, hanging umbrellas and old-school Japanese films projected onto the walls, the bar also has a selection of traditional emperor hats (for want of a better word), so make sure to try one on and snap a pic for Insta whilst you’re there! 

Chi Chi Cham, 53 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.chichicham.com

Close by to Chi Chi Cham is also 65 Peel, which serves up a mean gin cocktail, along with a long list of local craft brews – sure to sate any beers lover’s appetite. Another one-stop-shop for a decent brew is 99 Bottles. The bottle-shop and bar proudly boasts that “happy hours are not needed,” and with pints of beer for just $45, it has most definitely won our vote. If you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall bar with a relaxed vibe, head to Bobby’s Rabble. Whether you’re after a classic cocktail, a craft brew or a just a whiskey, Bobby’s neighbourhood feel and friendly staff is a refreshing and unpretentious antidote in our city full of rooftop bars.

With plenty of other options for drinks along this lively street, all you’ll need to worry about after one or two at these bars is navigating the steep stairs and slope that is Peel Street…

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5 Reasons Why We Love Hoboken in {September}

We’re here to cure your summertime sadness! Although the summer days are coming to an end, September marks the beginning of fall and many things to do back in Hoboken!

1. Labor Day Weekend 

pier 13 crowd birthday_wm

Sadly, Labor Day Weekend usually marks one of the last weekends of DTS, and summertime sadness follows. However, this also means a long weekend and one of the last to party and really make your summer one to remember. Although many people spend their long weekends at the beach or maybe flying to another destination, there is still plenty to do in Hoboken for a staycation. Check out the weekend guide to see what’s going on in the Mile Square!

2. HHH’s Back to Hoboken Bar Crawl

back to hoboken bar crawl
It’s time to cure your summertime sadness by keeping the party going! Join us on Saturday, September 9th to be guaranteed a good time and forget you’re not still boozing on the beach. Get tickets for our bar crawl and find out more information and details here!

3. Italian Fest

st ann's italian festival

This year, Hoboken’s Italian Festival is from September 7th – 10th. The Procession is held on Saturday, September 9th. Come out all four days for live entertainment, fireworks, and of course – the food!

4. Football is Back

black bear football
Sundays have meaning again: football season is back! The perfect excuse to grab your friends and go to happy hours and Sunday Funday. Hoboken has tons of options for the perfect spot to watch the game, so be sure to check out the best spots to catch the game and what specials bars will have.

5. Fall Arts & Music Festival Spring Arts Festival

If you missed it in the spring, don’t worry, because the Arts & Music Festival is back for fall! On Sunday, September 24th, check out over 300 artists, crafters, food vendors & local business participating. There will be 2 stages of live music!

Written by Rachel Willson

When she’s not throwing elbows to get a seat on the PATH first (but failing 9 out of 10 times), Rachel can be found at brunch with a pitcher of mimosas in front of her. Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken a little over a year ago when she started working for an ad agency in Manhattan. Being still somewhat new to the area, Rachel makes it her goal to try every restaurant and bar at least once. In her free time, when Scandal isn’t being binged watched, Rachel is typically finding joy in things out of her budget, speaking fluently in sarcasm, and crawling her way down Washington St. because yesterday was leg day.

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