Sassy’s Island Series: Your Guide to Cheung Chau

Hop on over to this little island gem

 

One of the best parts about living in the 852 is the proximity to nature and beauty, and the islands that surround our city are just one example of its gorgeous landscape. One of our favourite spots to spend a day is Cheung Chau, a sleepy little island only a ferry ride away from Central Pier 5. Take either the slow (55 minutes) or fast boat (35 minutes), and marvel at this sweet, little town, that is vibrant with street vendors, restaurants and beaches. Best of all, there are no cars on the island!

Sassy tip: Get to the ferry terminal early and queue up because it gets crowded. We recommend doing this both directions.

What To Do:

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Bike Rental

Rent a bike (for as cheap as $50 for the day) and ride around the island. Turn left when you get off the ferry, and stroll along the waterfront until you get to a bike shop. You may be asked to leave a deposit, but it’s refundable when you return the bikes. From there, you can head to the beach, visit the caves or just explore where you like. Bikes come with baskets for your bag and locks so you can keep them safe while you explore. The island is small enough to bike around, so we suggest getting there early, having a seafood lunch and then enjoying an afternoon at the beach. Sorted!

Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Explore the Cheung Po Tsai cave, rumoured to be a hiding spot for infamous pirate Cheung Po Tsai. It gets dark inside, so remember to either bring a small handheld torch or (if you trust yourself not to drop it), use your phone torch. To get there, make a right after you get off the ferry, and walk for about 20 minutes toward Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple. When you get to the temple, walk up the hill for about 10 minutes and you will find the cave.

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Cheung Chau Family Trail

If you have time, go for a quick hike around the island and see if you can find the “Mini Great Wall” – with amazing views from many parts of the island. This hiking trail was made in 1997 by the Home Affairs Department, and is part of the Cheung Chau Family Trail. It’s a 1.2 kilometre walk from the ferry pier. Be sure to look for the oddly named rocks along the path, such as Human Head Rock and Vase Rock. The entire island can be walked in about two hours.

Tung Wan Beach

Not feeling very adventurous? Not a problem. The beach here is easy to get to and very pleasant. There are vendors who can rent you umbrellas, chairs, and just about anything you need to make your day at the beach a good one. There are rafts a few metres from shore to lay out on, or, despite the written warnings, to jump off into the sea.

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Shop

There are loads of local shops, boutiques and stores selling everything from trinkets, to sarongs, to jewellery and more. Get lost among the rows of vendors and enjoy browsing all they have to offer. I got a unique necklace for $160 that looked a lot like one I found from a designer on HK Island!  Take your time to stroll around and check out the variety of options. It’s a good way to break up the afternoon and burn off those big seafood lunches you will no doubt enjoy!

Where To Eat & Drink:

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Historically a fishing village, the seafood here is the main reason foodies make the trek out to the island. But there are also traditional Cantonese restos, along with western style places, so there is something for everyone. Most offer similar menus (at lower prices than HK Island!), and even if the menu is only in Chinese, most have photos so you can point to what you like.

Sassy tip: Most places are cash only (no credit cards), so hit the ATM before you head out here.

What to get if you’re snacking:

Frozen Watermelon: Slices as big as your head are offered, and on those hot summer days, these are definitely a treat!

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Mango Mochi: Famous here on the island. A generous slice of fresh mango wrapped in a glutinous rice casing makes for a light and refreshing (and not overly sweet) dessert.

Fishballs:  If you’re a fan of fishballs, this is your go-to spot. Get them steamed, boiled in stock, or served with a curry sauce. Options here include a square version, which is made from bean curd. Gan Yongtai is located in the square across from the ferry pier and is said to be one of the favourites. One of the Sassy girls says to go for the giant ones – they’re a must try!

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Restaurants:

Slow Life Cafe

This little restaurant also serves up organic fruits and veggies, as well as fair trade local ingredients. The menu is Italian fare, but if you need a cup of joe, some have boasted about the rose latte being very aromatic.

Slow Life Café, G/F, 83 San Hing St, Cheung Chau (note: at time of publication it was under renovation)

New Baccarat

This longtime Cheung Chau staple has been serving up fresh seafood for 20 years, and patrons seem to keep going back for more. The staff here is said to be friendly and helpful, and speak English and Cantonese. So, if you’re looking for an authentic place to enjoy some fresh food, look no further.

New Baccarat, 9A Pak She Praya Rd, Cheung Chau

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真味海鮮菜館長洲 Delicious Seafood Restaurant Cheung Chau

Pick your selection from tanks and get fresh seafood, including prawns, fish and more. Service here is meant to be friendly and efficient, and food is said to be, well, delicious.

真味海鮮菜館長洲 Delicious Seafood Restaurant Cheung Chau, Pak She Praya Rd G/F., 9C Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

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Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition ghd Nocturne Styling Tools

Style, style and style again with ghd Platinum®

 

It’s crazy how much of a difference just a few degrees can make; we’re no longer dripping with sweat and the curls in our hair are actually holding. It won’t be long before we’re bombarded with Michael Bublé and the city is decked out in tinsel! Christmas is coming, girls.

Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition Styling Tools

It might only be October but we’re already pencilling in festive feasts, swanky soirées and starting to put together our Christmas wish lists (don’t judge us!).  At the top of ours? ghd’s Nocturne Collection! Only just launched, these award-winning styling tools have been inspired by our needs, specially designed to easily transition your look from day to night as we welcome in the festive season (mulled wine in hand, naturally!). Whether you’re buying for your bestie or treating yourself (we definitely deserve it) this year, these stylish black and purple gift sets will allow you to create unlimited hairstyles without harming your hair. Not only are we suckers for pretty packaging, but we’re huge fans of styling tools that aren’t going to wreak havoc on our tresses and these tools are the right for the job as we curl, straighten and crimp our way through the holidays. There’s even a super cute travel hair dryer gift set ($675) for jet-setters too!

Need a little inspo? We’ve put together three of our favourite looks that can be recreated using the new collection…

Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition Styling Tools

The Look: Cool Girl Waves
The Tools: Nocturne Collection ghd Platinum® Styler Gift Set ($2,580)

Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition Styling Tools

Expect flawless results backed by cutting-edge, tri-zone technology®, which will keep the optimum styling temperature 180°C. The ghd platinum® styler promises 50% less breakage and 20% more shine, is kind to coloured hair and has been designed with smooth plates and a wishbone-shaped hinge to make straightening all hair types super quick and easy. The contoured edges help create the gorgeous curls and waves – the perfect Christmas Day do.

Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition Styling Tools

The Look: Freestyle Feather
The Tools: Nocturne Collection ghd Contour™ Gift Set ($995) – Available from Tuesday, 14 November

Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition Styling Tools

Autumn/Winter trends this year are big on texture and 80s-inspired looks, which means the ghd Contour™ is the tool for the job! Using ‘advanced ceramic heat technology and multi-dimensional plates,’ you can instantly add heaps of depth and texture to your locks.

Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition Styling Tools

The Look: Modern Straight
The Tools:Nocturne Collection ghd air® Professional Hairdryer Gift Set ($1,390)

Get Perfect Party Hair with These Limited-Edition Styling Tools

What we love about ghd is that you don’t need hundreds of tools to achieve a salon-worthy look! Quickly prep your hair with the ghd air® hairdryer and voila! You’ll be the belle of the (snow) ball.

In celebration of the collection, ghd is also hosting a ‘House of ghd’ pop up where you can recreate some of your favourite festive looks using the Nocturne Collection in a complimentary styling session. And for being so good this year, you’ll also be in with a chance to win over $50,000 worth of prizes, as ghd will be playing the role of Santa and giving out prizes every day!

All the deets:

When: Saturday, 28 October to Wednesday 1 November, 11am-6pm
Where: 26 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry! Click here for more info.

www.ghdhair.com/hk

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WEEKENDER: The Best Of Hong Kong Pop-Up, Butchers Club Craft Beer Festival and more

What’s on this weekend…

 

With a plethora of Halloween events dominating the scene this weekend, it’s time to get your costume ready and get spooky! If you prefer shopping to trick or treating, head to the Best of Hong Kong pop-up and street party tonight, and get set for the new season with Reiss…

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Hong Kong Arts Centre Fantastic SWISSEND

Get your tickets now for Hong Kong Arts Centre’s unmissable showcase of dance and theatre performances. Taking place on Friday, 10 November and Saturday, 11 November, relax, unwind and have a chilled out night, with a taste of Swiss arts and culture (and some tasty local Hong Kong food!), with three unique performances, staged at different venues across the HKAC. The weekend will feature “Komplizen RELOADED” – a dance theatre performance filled with surprising twists; “FIGHT! Palast” – a performance inspired by the novel Fight Club and followed by an immersive workshop; and “Full Service” – a one-to-one intimate and free performance pop up.

When: Friday, 10 November and Saturday, 11 November
Where: Shouson Theatre, HKAC and Lobby, HKAC, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets for “FIGHT! Palast” and “Komplizen RELOADED” are priced at $290 and $220 per person – get your tickets here! Performance of “Full Service” is free to attend.

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Fashion and Accessories Pop-Up Shop – The Best Of Hong Kong

The weather’s getting cooler and it’s time to refresh our wardrobes for autumn/winter! So, step into the new season and shop a selection of unique finds and local gems at the second instalment of The Best of Hong Kong pop-up this weekend. The co-curated, multi-brand fashion and lifestyle pop-up shop will feature independent brands such as A.C.F Clothing, Lucie Locket, French Allure, Ika Butoni, Ril Creed, Rising Lotus, Adruzy, Unfold, Alps, Twisted Sis and La French Cut, along with exclusive discounts of up to 50% off! What’s more, there will be street parties (with complimentary goodie bags, drinks and nibbles for RSVP’s!) on both Friday and Saturday evenings to kick off your weekend.

When: Friday, 27 October, 12pm to 9pm and Saturday, 28 October, 11am to 8pm
Where: Gallery No.1, 15 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry! RSVP via Facebook, Eventbrite or email hello@acfclothing.com to receive a complimentary gift bag, drinks and nibbles on arrival at the Friday night street party.

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Reiss Annual Autumn Winter Shopping Event

With the start of the new season in sight we can’t wait to fill our closets with berry tonnes, party season outfits, and a whole lot of velvet. So, what better time is there than now to attend Reiss’ Annual Autumn Winter Shopping Event? With a live DJ, free-flow drinks and even a lucky draw (with a $10k gift card as the prize!), this is one date you need in your diary. Can’t stick around for the party? Don’t worry as for one day only, Reiss will be offering an in store only discount of 10%, along with goodie bags from benefit and Pherform for those making purchases of $2,000 and over. Make sure to click the link below to RSVP and reserve your spot!

When: Wednesday, 8 November, 6pm to 9:30pm
Where: Reiss, Shop 1098A, Podium Level One, IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend, just make sure to RSVP via the link below, and bring your purse to pick up some of the new season collection!

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Butchers Club Craft Beer Festival

Meet and great local brewers and get the chance to taste some of their latest creations at the Butchers Club Craft Beer Festival this weekend. Featuring 50 kinds of craft beer, a live Beatles tribute band, beer pong competition and a barbecue by The Butchers Club Burger.

When: Saturday, 28 October, 6pm to 11:30pm
Where: The Butchers Club, 16/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: $500 (includes five food or drink items, additional drinks coupons are available on the night for $400 for five items) – get your tickets here!

weekender Nike X Genie Juicery– World Vegan Day at Tivo

Nike X Genie Juicery– World Vegan Day at Tivo

Celebrate World Vegan Day this week with a yoga class, fresh juices and a delicious three-course meal at tivo! A perfect rejuvenating treat for a Wednesday night, the special yoga and dining experience will give your health kick a well-deserved boost.

When: Wednesday, 1 November, 6pm to 10pm
Where: tivo, G/F, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $300 (includes one-hour yoga session, refreshments from Genie Juicery and a 3-course vegan dinner at tivo) – get your tickets here!

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Sponge First Anniversary

Hong Kong’s on-demand beauty service, is celebrating its first anniversary in a big way this week! Sponge is teaming up with Caelum Greene to host a night to remember. Enjoy gifts from Benefit Cosmetics and Amika, along with complimentary treats from Bakes by Tania, bubbles from Maison Sassy and body art from Anoush. And that’s not all… enjoy a $100 Caelum Greene gift voucher and a surprise gift with any purchase on the night of the party!

When: Thursday, 2 November, 7pm to 9pm
Where: Caelum Greene, 90-92 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend! RSVP by emailing hello@gosponge.com

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Escape the City Bustle at the Tranquil Maison ES

Bask in the serenity of this lovely French bistro

 

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and dine in a luxurious setting, look no further than Maison ES. Tucked away off Star Street in Wan Chai, this restaurant oasis is the ideal setting for a quiet dinner with friends, a celebration, Christmas gathering or any a special occasion. Its vintage-inspired venue has a tranquil garden atmosphere that will transport you back in time and treat you to a night you won’t forget. Specially curated by Chef Esther Sham, Maison ES’s menus are meticulously prepared, and diners are treated to a indelible experience with the evolving nuances and flavours of every dish.

maison es restaurant interior

Maison ES was launched a few years following Chef Sham’s successful private kitchen, Ta Pantry. The sun-filled, 2,300 square-foot restaurant is the ideal place to host lavish, elegant meals far away from the chaotic HK streets. She has recently unveiled a new Autumn/Winter Menu to highlight the traditional flavours of Asia and capture the essence of green eating. Featuring delicious ingredients such as Szechuan peppercorn, Zhenjiang vinegar and Tai O shrimp paste sauce, dishes will range from fresh seafood to delicious vegetables and more, so there is really something for everyone here.

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Kick back and relax as you sip fine wine and enjoy the beautiful garden inspired setting, both of which complement the incredibly tasty food on offer here. Take your pick from the a la carte menu, which has stand-out dishes including the Foie Gras, pan-fried and served on a Toasted Brioche and adorned with Ginger, Apricot Chutney and Szechuan Peppercorn; or the Crispy and Charred Brussel Sprouts tossed with Cremini, Truffle and Fontina and topped with Onsen Organic Egg.

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If you’re a seafood lover, don’t miss out on the Glazed Black Cod Chiu Chow served in a Steamy Fish Broth with Soybean Sauce and Crispy Yam, Sugar Snap Peas and Cockles. It also has a four-course and six-course tasting menu ($588 and $888), where guests can choose from the a la carte menu.

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Starting today, show this article to the staff at Maison ES and receive one glass of champagne for free! Expires 27 November, 2017.

Maison ES, No. 1A Star Street, Wanchai (entrance on Electric Street), Hong Kong, www.maison-es.com

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How to Recycle in Hong Kong: Hassle-Free Tips for Reducing Waste

Reduce, reuse, recycle

 

How many times have you been to the beach and had to sweep away old plastic bottles and bits of fishing net to make room for your towel, or been swimming in the sea only to have a heart attack as a bag wraps around your ankle? It’s a question that’s asked time and time again, “how do we recycle effectively in Hong Kong?” The answer? Well, it’s not easy, but it is doable. According to the BBC, “If Hong Kong continues in this way, we will reach breaking point by 2020,” with all three landfills in the New Territories said to “be full by 2019. So, if there is ever a time to act, it’s now!

Between oil and microbead spills, Hong Kong has had a rough time recently, and we’re constantly striving to make positive changes, despite the statistics. We spoke with founder of Plastic Free HK, Lisa Odell who shares her hassle-free tips for recycling in the city…

Learn about Recycling Resources in Hong Kong

Hong Kong throws away 5.2 million bottles every single day,” imagine the difference we could make if everybody made an effort to recycle? “The main issue is that Hong Kongers don’t have access to recycling collection points or do not know where they are” admits Lisa. “Even more so, many people who do know where the recycling bins are don’t trust the system, so they end up not bothering,” which is a huge part of the problem! “Read through the government’s recycling regulations” she urges, “for example, everything should be thoroughly washed out.” We were shocked to learn that even the smallest mix-up – a cigarette butt that ends up in the plastic compartment – contaminates the entire bin to the point that the whole collection is unfit for recycling in HK. Educating yourself is key – “the best information you can find about where to locate collection points is probably here.”

Read more: Conscious Couture: Hong Kong’s Eco-Friendly Designers

One of our favourite ways to get into the recycling habit is to designate one day to doing to your “recycling chores.” Fridays could be your day to bring your weeks’ worth of (rinsed out) plastic bottles to the collection bin. Start simple: if you drink a lot of bottled beverages, make an effort to rinse them out and put them in a separate trash bag throughout the week. One: you might just be shocked at how many single-use plastic bottles you’re collecting and two: it’ll take no time at all to walk these over to a ‘Litter Cum Recyclables Collection Bin’ nearby. Move on to doing the same with paper and cardboard items as well as metal tins. We’ve seen compartmented recycling bins available to buy on TaoBao, which if you’re lacking in space, is a good way to keep things in order each week.

“I think the most powerful thing we could do on a personal level, first and foremost, is to avoid using any plastic packaging whatsoever.” Although Lisa sets the bar quite high, we left our conversation feeling optimistic that Hong Kongers really can make the changes needed to drastically decrease the amount of recyclables that are thrown away.

Make Small, Habitual Changes

To coin Bea Johnson, founder of ‘Zero Waste Home,’ “following the ‘Five R’s’ is a good first step to take; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot,” says Lisa. “Refusing wasteful things should be the very first option we go for. Then if you can’t refuse it (like produce wrapped in plastic), then reduce it as much as possible. And so on…”

Read more: Top 5 Eco-Conscious Cafés in Hong Kong

“Last year, Green Earth estimated that the amount of plastic bottles dumped in Hong Kong every day, was more than enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool” [Source: SCMP], so what can you do to help reduce this statistic? In the Sassy office we’re consciously trying to cut down the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis, and actually have a cupboard for reusable tupperware and metal cutlery which the team use when they pop down for lunch. Suggest that your office follow suit or bring in your own container and ask restaurants to use this rather than its plastic option – we have found that the majority of places happily oblige! We’re also constantly sipping out of stainless-steel water bottles and straws, as well as ordering coffees ‘to go’ in thermal tumblers.

We all know to carry around a reusable bag with us so that we can nip into supermarkets without leaving with a fist full of plastic, but how often do you come home with plastic bags full of lemons or allow the cashier to bag your meat and dairy products as it swipes through the till? Buy a produce bag, or start re-using the hundreds you have stashed away!

More food for thought: “the average woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of  “pads, plugs (tampons), and applicators” in her lifetime” [source: Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation]. Consider using a menstrual cup or purchasing OB Tampons which are applicator free and are available in both Watsons and Mannings. Make small changes to your beauty regime like optioning for ‘nude’, plastic-free products such as shampoo and conditioner bars, silk dental floss and use a flannel to remove makeup rather than buying makeup wipes. Most importantly, ensure that your facial products don’t contain microbeads!

Read more: Go Green: 5 Eco-Conscious Hobbies to Try in 2017

FACT: According to a study from Plymouth University, plastic pollution affects at least 700 marine species, while some estimates suggest that at least 100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution. [Source: One Green Planet]

Take Action 

Reach out within your community! Organise an outing to one of Hong Kong’s many plastic-strewn beaches and, with the guidance of organisations such as Hong Kong Cleanup, actively start cleaning up the problem.  You can also make a donation to organisations like ‘Plastic Free Seas‘ which help “fund education programs offered free of charge to schools.” Request a ‘take action’ postcard that can help you to “engage easily and effectively with businesses to let them know that their customers would like some waste saving changes to be implemented.”

Read more: Top 10 Cruelty-Free Makeup and Skincare Products

There will always be days where you have to take a plastic bag or accept a meal that’s given to you in polystyrene, but it’s the little changes you make that spark a habit. Only positive things can come of implementing some of these changes day to day.

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#TBT {30 Photos}: Highlights From Hoboken Pizza Fest 2017

On October 15th, the Hoboken Happy Hours squad teamed up with TRUE Mentors to bring you the first ever Hoboken Pizza Fest! We were so excited to raise a bunch of money for Hoboken’s own, TRUE Mentors, Hoboken’s only non-profit offering a one-to-one mentoring program matching children ages 7-17 with adult mentors in the same community. While we hope those who attended had a lot of fun and enjoyed some great pizza, we understand there were some areas we can improve upon for next year’s event, and we’re already taking action to ensure Hoboken Pizza Fest 2018 will be bigger and better! It was an awesome day all around, and we’re excited to share some solid pizza-loving moments!

 

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 The ZA

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Pizza + Ice Cream Fans

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Live Music

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Pizza Eating Contest

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Three cheese for our participating pizzerias!

 

And another three cheese for our amazing sponsors!


Written by Krista Stucchio

Krista moved to Hoboken in January 2016 and works in social media for a marketing company in Manhattan. She is a social media enthusiast and food fiend with a passion for photography and fashion. You can typically find her scrolling through her (two) Instagram feeds or sifting through the racks of a funky thrift store. She is inspired by anyone who can whip up a great dish or style a killer outfit. See what she’s spooning on Insta: @hashtagfoodpic.

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Hoboken Weekend {Drinking} Guide: 10/26/17 – 10/29/17

Thursday 10/26/17

2-for-1 Apps @ Green Rock

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From 5pm – close, get double the apps for the same price as one! Also $1 Domestic Mugs from 5-8pm and $3.50 Corona & Corona Lights from 8pm – close.

Hoboken Halloween Parties

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Halloweekend has begun! Find out what bars are already celebrating in our Complete Hoboken Halloweekend 2017 Party Guide!

 

Friday 10/27/17

4th Annual HHH Halloween SPOOKtacular @ The Ale House

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Kick off your Halloweekend with Hoboken Happy Hours and RSVLTS at The Ale House on Friday for the 4th Annual Halloween SPOOKtacular!

This is a FREE EVENT, but there are ONLY 100 TICKETS AVAILABLE!

RSVP NOW to Enjoy:

  • No Cover
  • Drink Specials including $3 Domestic Drafts, $3 Spooky Shots, & $5 VDKA 6100 Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • DJ all night
  • Prizes for Best Costumes

October Birthday Bash @ Wicked Wolf

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If you’re an October baby, grab your crew and party the night away at Wicked Wolf! Must register here.

Hoboken Halloween Parties

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Who has the best costume prizes for your crew tonight? Check out our Complete Hoboken Halloweekend 2017 Party Guide and find out!

 

Saturday 10/28/17

$3 Beers and Brunch @ Northern Soul

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Cure that hangover with a little hair of the dog and some brunch! Brunch is at 11am, and for $3 enjoy:

  • Narragansett Draft
  • Miller High Life Bottle
  • PBR Can
  • Coors Original Can

Hoboken Halloween Parties

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Going out tonight dressed up with all your friends? Check out our Complete Hoboken Halloweekend 2017 Party Guide to see the best bar for you and your crew to end up at!

 

Sunday 10/29/17

Brunch @ The Shepherd & the Knucklehead

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If you went out and celebrated Halloween every night this weekend, treat yourself to some brunch! From 11am-3pm:

  • $5 Bloody Marys
  • $15 Sangria Pitchers
  • $25 Buckets of Prosecco Splits (4)

Sunday Funday @ The Dubliner

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What floor will you end up on to root for your team?

1st Floor:

  • Buffalo Bills Viewing Party
  • Sunday Night NFL Party

2nd Floor:

  • Giants / Jets Viewing Party
  • $2 Jameson Shots

Rooftop:

  • NFL Tailgate Party @ 10am
  • $3 Burgers & $3 Hot Dogs

Written by Rachel Willson

Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken two years ago to pursue her passion for all things marketing and fashion. Rachel lives for her weekends and takes pride in making sure all her friends social calendars are full. In her free time, when she isn’t crossing off items on her Hoboken bucket list, 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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Where To Buy Your Christmas Tree In Hong Kong

Whether it’s a real or fake fir you’re looking for…

 

We totally forgive you for not thinking it’s coming towards ‘that’ time of year again. We skipped into the office today in a summer dress and sunglasses! But, it’s happening, Christmas IS coming  and we all know what that means; presents, champagne, parties and Christmas trees! A Christmas tree is guaranteed to make your home or office feel more Christmassy and quite frankly, the festive season doesn’t officially begin until you hang your first bauble.

Here at Sassy we believe your homes and office should be as fabulous as you are, so we’ve found the best places for you to buy your Christmas trees here in Hong KongHappy tinsel-ling…

Read more: Sassy’s Favourite Christmas Décor Shops

Where to Buy Your Christmas Tree in Hong Kong

Maven & DaSilva’s Creations

Looking for a fuss-free Christmas? Achieve the “wow” factor simply and easily, with Maven & DaSilva’s Creations Christmas trees and wreaths! With five themes available, ranging from traditional to contemporary, all of the trees come complete and beautifully decorated with ornaments, textured ribbons, bead garlands, crystals, a star topper and warm, white LED lights. Don’t have space for a six-foot tree? Maven even offer the cutest eighteen-inch mini trees, perfect for our cosy HK apartments.

Sassy perk: Use the code “Sassy2017” at the checkout for 5% off online orders

Maven, G/F, 37 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 6388 4398, www.mavenhk.com, www.dasilvacreations.com,6ft tree prices range
from $4,280 to $5,480; 24-inch wreaths cost $1,200; 18-inch mini trees cost
$388. All prices include cost of delivery. 

Chun Hing Garden

Chun Hing Garden is a family-run business with over 20 years experience. Tree-wise, they specialise in sourcing Noble Firs (all imported from the US) and have a range of different styles within that variety. They also do seasonal decorations like poinsettias and wreaths as well as your basic plants and pots. Home delivery can also be arranged.

Chun Hing Garden, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2572 6430, www.chunhinggarden.comch@ChunHingGarden.com 

Anglo Chinese Florist

With sixty years experience, Anglo Chinese Florists have become one of the most trusted and reliable plant and Christmas tree suppliers in Hong Kong. Prices are reasonable, and they also offer delivery AND removal of your tree! Check out their other Christmas decorations too!

Anglo Chinese Florist, 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2921 2986

Anglo Chinese Florist, 71-73 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2918 1718 www.anglochinese.com, $1,275  for 5-6′Noble Fir and $1,020 for 5-6′ Douglas Fir

Where To Buy Your Christmas Tree In Hong Kong

Xmastreeonline.hk

Want to save time and avoid carrying a tree on your back up the HK hills? Order online from xmastreeonline.hk and get your tree delivered straight to your door. All its trees are sourced from one of the most environmentally responsible farms in the US guaranteeing you quality and authenticity.

www.xmastreeonline.hk, info@xmastreeonline.hk, $1,188 for 5-6′ Noble Fir, $1,188 for 5-6′ Nordmann Fir

Francfranc 

Japanese home furnishing store, Francfranc, has comfortable designs and stylish products that will decorate your home for any occasion. This Christmas, pick out a 1.5 metre tall Christmas tree that comes with a box of 50 ornaments and accessories. It saves you half the hassle and you’ll get all your Christmas baubles from one place! We love that the trees also come in two different colour options: lady pink and Christmas green. While you’re there, check out the wreaths, garlands and trinkets! The glitter snow domes will add just the perfect little touch. 

Francfranc, various locations across Hong Kong, www.francfranc.com

Sophie’s Christmas Trees

With over 20 years of experience in the field, Sophie’s guarantee that you and your family will have the best Christmas tree from Oregon in the United States. Its well-trained staff are sent abroad every year to ensure the trees that are transported are in top-notch condition. They have wreaths, poinsettias and three different types of Christmas trees available, so it won’t take you long before you have everything you need to get your house ready for the festivities!

www.sophieshk.com

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Ellermann Flower Boutique

Ok, so you might not immediately think of the sophisticated Ellermann when you’re on the hunt for a big, bushy tree, but don’t forget to check them out for simply stunning wreaths and festive floral arrangements. They’re one of our favourite florists in Hong Kong and are the creme de la creme of flowers here so if you’re looking for the highest quality, then treat yourself to their lush Christmas offerings.

Ellermann Flower Boutique, Shop 109, Level One, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong, www.ellermanndesign.com

Read more: The Best Florists in Hong Kong

Ikea

Good old Ikea hey, love it or hate it, you can rely on it to provide you with plenty of Christmas cheer (and if that’s not what you are looking for just head straight to the pick ‘n’ mix candy at the end!). Choose from either a 4’-5’ or 6’-7’ real Scandinavian Fir (which are grown in sustainable eco-environments), all at well under $1,000. They also offer some artificial trees in-store.

Various locations, see the full list of stores here, www.ikea.com/hk/en

Japan Home Centre

A great choice if you are looking for artificial trees to avoid any mess and hassle (and that you can re-use every year). Prices are super low and decorations are plentiful.

Japan Home Centre, various locations, see the full list of stores here, www.japanhome.com.hk

The Flower Market

Spend hours walking around many Christmas trees, festive decorations, holiday plants, and more. Prices are more reasonable than some places on the island, and it’s a day out in itself!

Flower Market, Flower Market Road, Mongkok, Hong Kong, Open 7 -7pm daily

Read more: Sassy’s Guide to the Flower Market

Brighten Floriculture 

Brighten Floriculture is the shop to visit whenever you’re in the Flower Market! At Christmas time, it’s especially festive. If you live in an apartment, then one of the small potted Christmas trees is just what you need! It doesn’t take up a lot of space, but you can still decorate the branches with fairy lights and baubles. The poinsettias are also breathtaking and come in a range of sizes. Pick out a few Christmas gnomes to take home with you – they make for very adorable decorations!

www.brighten.hk

P&F Garden

This local nursery has many years experience in the gardening game. Selling Christmas trees and poinsettias, plus all sorts of other festive plants and flowers.

P&F Garden, 50 Shui Choi Tin Village, Victoria Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, 2812 0948, www.pnfgarden.silver.yp.com.hk

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Sarah Richard published on 16 November 2016, and was updated by Crystal Lau on 15 September 2017.

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Happy tree shopping, girls! Don’t forget to check out all the local markets for trees too (Wan Chai market has some reasonably priced ones). And if you know of any other awesome spots to snap up trees, let us know at editorial@sassyhongkong.com.

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HOT NEW TABLES, November 2017: New Restaurants in Hong Kong

Sassy scopes out the newest eateries

 

Because Hong Kong’s dining scene is ever changing, we want to give you a head’s up on all the latest restaurants that have opened in our beloved city this month. From Italian fare (with a whole lotta wine!), to tapas, sangria, and meat-filled menus, here’s what’s new in the 852.

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Food Vibes Only At Pacific Place

Don’t miss this exclusive chance to try great meals at special prices!

 

From now until Sunday, 5 November, FeedMe Guru, the ultimate dining concierge, is partnering with selected restaurants in Pacific Place for an exclusive event you won’t want to miss! Announcing “Food Vibes Only,” a campaign for foodies everywhere who want try tasting menus at some of HK’s finest restaurants at very special prices. You can only reserve through FeedMe Guru, so book now and enjoy delicious starters, mains and desserts for amazing deals! During the campaign take advantage of full menus (ranging between $250 and $450 per person) and be privy to an array of exclusive privileges and rewards. Restaurants participating in the event include Apinara, Bizou, Caviar House & Prunier, Commissary, Dim Sum Library, Le Pain Quotidien, Peking Garden, Plat du Jour, Shiro, Tea WG Salon & Boutique, The Continental and Tien Yi Chinese Restaurant.

There will be other cool offers as well: every tasting menu reservation attended at participating restaurants will receive one complimentary pastry from DALLOYAU; the first 250 tasting menu reservations attended will receive one complimentary Olive Oil & Vinegar gift set from I.T.; and diners with an accumulated spend of $1500 or more on meals after 6pm at participating restaurants will receive a $250 Gift Card from AMC Pacific Place. Spend $300 or more on the same day in a single transaction to receive three hours of free parking at Pacific Place.

What are you waiting for? Click here to reserve your spot now!

www.feedmeguru.com

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