Sassy’s Neighbourhood Guide to Ho Man Tin

Anyone up for some local and cheap food?

 

Right beside noisy Mong Kok is a quiet area called Ho Man Tin, which is primarily residential and also home to the largest public housing estate in the Kowloon City district. The central part of Ho Man Tin lies between Argyle Street and Waterloo Road; whereas the Ho Man Tin MTR station is technically not located in Ho Man Tin, but in an area called Lo Lung Hang. The central part of Ho Man Tin, ironically, is actually closer to the Mong Kok East or Mong Kok MTR Station, and is actually a good 20-minute walk from the Ho Man Tin MTR station. So, make sure you look up your location prior to your travels!

The Ho Man Tin area is very residential and is not frequented by tourists at all, unlike the very close neighbouring area of Mong Kok. Therefore, a lot of stores here will not have English proficiency or English menus, so it may be worthwhile to take a friend that can speak Cantonese with you during your explorations of this area (or be prepared to gesticulate and point!).

What to Eat:

Top Blade Steak Lab

This relatively new restaurant is gaining a lot of hype for its very reasonably priced flat iron steaks. Priced between $150 and $188, the steaks even come with bottom-less fries. Yes, you read that right! Similar to La Vache!, but at an even cheaper price point, our steaks were perfectly cooked (and not overcooked, which is usually the downfall for most steak houses). The restaurant is small, so try to avoid rush hour, or be prepared to queue. The quality was decent for the price we paid, and yes, we would come back again.

Find it at G/F, Wing Ying Mansion, 4A Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/topbladesteaklab

德國熱狗Hot Dog Link

As mentioned before in our Guide to Whampoa, Hongkees like their hot dogs, but with slight variations. Hot Dog Link is a beloved little hole-in-the-wall that serves up Hong Kong style hot dogs to the locals. It is famous for its bolognese hot dog and potato/hash wedges.

Find it at Shop C, No. 67D Waterloo Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Hot-Dog-Link

Black Sugar Coffee & Lifestyle

Black Sugar Coffee & Lifestyle

A coffee shop with personality. Black Sugar has great décor and ambience, with its mascot’s face (a cute Shiba Inu) adorning the decorations. Only full cream is offered in the lattes and cappuccinos, as they believe skim milk ruins a cup of coffee. Talk about insistence and personality, huh? After a long deliberation between ingesting extra calories for the full cream latte or not, we decided to try the Americano instead. We thought the coffee was on the slightly more acidic side, but still had a smooth finish to it. It’s the perfect little place to take a quick break and do some people watching.

Find it at G/F, 8 Peace Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/blacksugarcoffeehk

天馬快餐 (No English name on storefront)

This is one of the hidden gems in Ho Man Tin. It’s firmly nestled in the middle of the Oi Man Plaza so it can be a bit confusing trying to find it. We love little fast food joints like this. The best seller is the hamburger, but we decided to be different and tried the fish burger, which was excellent. The fish filet was fried upon order, our bun was toasted, and our fries came crispy and piping hot – absolutely amazing. The patron next to us was eating beef stir fried with rice noodles and it looked delish as well.

Find it Shop G6C, G/F, Oi Man Plaza, 60 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

海幸壽司Sushi Miyuki

I don’t know what it is about Japanese bento lunch sets, but we love them and can’t get enough of them! We would recommend this place for its lunch sets, which are amazing value for money. Usually, you will get your main with a soup, rice, a chawanmushi (steamed egg), along with a salad, all for around $60. Amazing, right?

Find it at Shop A, 6-8 Liberty Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

明利油器粥品 congee ho man tin

明利油器粥品 (No English sign on storefront)

If you’ve never dined under a mushroom pavilion, then you have definitely got to give it a try in Ho Man Tin. In the past, it was a very common sight to see a mushroom pavilion nearby to a public housing estate. They would have pointed roofs (like a mushroom!), and cooked food stalls would reside underneath, providing cheap eats to the local residents.

Under this mushroom pavilion is a congee place, and it’s an oldie but a goodie. We recommend the sampan congee (various bits of seafood with congee) with the fried noodles and a fried Chinese donut. Use the scissors found at the side of the table and cut up the fried Chinese donut into bite sized pieces. Dunk it quickly into the congee and consume!

Tip: Fried Chinese donuts are long pieces of fried dough thatare savoury. The other fried Chinese donuts that can be found are oval shaped, and are called an “ox tongue” donut that is sweet.

Find it at Cooked Food Market, Oi Man Estate, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

丸茶手作 (No English name on store front)

You can never go wrong with a small and independently owned shop – this one being a bubble teashop. We tried the lychee green tea and the milk tea with pearls and we preferred the latter. The tea was fragrant and nice, not at all overbearing, and the pearls had just the right amount of bounce and chew to them.

Find it at Shop 1B, G/F, 12 Victory Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

甜品工房 The Dessert Kitchen

甜品工房 The Dessert Kitchen

Probably one of the only dessert places around Oi Man Estate, we tried the waffle with brownie pieces and vanilla ice cream, as well as the lava cake. The lava cake was unfortunately overcooked, but we really enjoyed the waffle, which was made fresh to order, and the brownie bits were a good complement to it.

Find it at Shop G37C, Oi Man Plaza, 60 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.dessertkitchen.com.hk

超羣麵包西餅 Maria’s Bakery

We’re going to reveal a shocking revelation here. We actually prefer the egg tarts at Maria’s Bakery than the ones at Tai Cheong’s. Crazy, right? Maria’s Bakery has more than one location in Hong Kong, but why not get an egg tart whilst you’re in Ho Man Tin? If you’re looking to save a few bucks, join the long queue of locals trying to get their hands on some discounted buns an hour before closing.

Find it at Shop G04, G/F, Oi Man Plaza, 60 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Marias.Bakery

陳記自家製豆腐花美食店(No English sign on storefront)

We like to come here for the tofu pudding and soy milk. We like the black bean tofu pudding (which is served hot) and then we like to spoon heaps of sugar on it as well. If you like things less sweet, you can also customise the level of sweetness for your soy milk.

Find it at 5A, Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/chankeebeancurd

愛民茶餐廳 Oi Man Tea Restaurant

The absolute best things about a local neighbourhood are the cha chaan tengs! The number one thing to get here is the pineapple buns (so tasty) and a cup of milk tea to wash it down. How’s that for the perfect Hong Kong styled afternoon tea?

Find it at Shop 7-8, G/F, Chiu Man House, Oi Man Estate, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Read more: Sassy’s Favourite Cha Chaan Tengs in Hong Kong

華園餃子館 dumplings

華園餃子館 (No English sign on storefront)

The must try here is the dumpling special. Called the “13 yao”, which is a special hand/set in mah-jong (Chinese dominoes game), you will get 14 dumplings in total, and each one will be a different flavour, with one repeat. It’s always great fun to grab a menu and some of your friends so that you can try to decipher which of the different dumplings you’re eating. You’ll soon realise that you’ll always have one friend that has weaker taste buds than the rest of the group…

Tip: If you’re adventurous, try the marinated jellyfish with cucumber, which is a common and popular snack or starter dish. 

Find it at Shop 14, Victory Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

緬甸招牌湯米線 Mohinga

This place is the highlight of Ho Man Tin for us! This little unassuming restaurant serves Burmese food. We recommend going when it has its afternoon tea specials, as you’ll get to try the signature fish soup noodle, with either a Burmese coffee or milk tea for just $45. The signature fish soup noodle was absolutely divine! The cooks add a bit of lemon juice and spice to the broth so it’s very tasty yet full of fish flavour, and the soup is so thick that it eats like a stew.

In addition to fishcakes, you also get bean crackers and other crispy bits as toppings, and everything together makes for a really scrumptious bowl of noodles. There is extra lemon juice and chilli peppers on the table as well if you’re a serious spice lover. This store was an absolute gem and a must try if you’re in the Ho Man Tin area.

Find it at G/F, Victory Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

新奇香冰室 (New Kei Heung Café)

Formerly known as, Kei Heung Café, the restaurant has switched hands and is now called New Kei Heung Café. The good news is that the quality continues to be the same, and the dish to order is the beef and tomato spaghetti. We recommend that you also add in the sunny side up for an extra $7. This is a local favourite dish, and the tomato sauce is usually quite sweet, tart and ketchup-esque, with the pasta usually two-minutes past al dente – just the way we like it.

日日鮮豆漿美食店 snack food

日日鮮豆漿美食店 (No English name on storefront)

Selling the common snacks that you see around Hong Kong, this is a great little kiosk for a quick bite to eat if you’re in the area. We really liked the hua diao (Chinese wine) chicken wings, though foreigners may find the texture a bit too gelatinous for their liking. It’s all about the dark meat in Hong Kong, so we love our drumsticks! The soy sauce drumsticks here are pretty yummy.

Find it at Stall no. W37, Oi Man Estate Market, Oi Man Estate, 60 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

J’aime Pain

We first stumbled across this bakery via our noses – we literally smelt it before we saw it. With fresh baked goods baking in the back throughout the day, this bakery is the real deal. We particularly liked that they made miniature versions of a lot of the breads, cakes and cookies, so you can buy a little bit of everything to sample.

Find it at Fu Tao Building, 98 Argyle St, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Naruto Ramen Shop ho man tin

鳴門魚湯麵亭Naruto Ramen Shop

A very popular lunch place for workers and students alike, people love the fish soup udon in a stone pot here. We recommend that you go for the udon and not the ramen here, even though the store name says ramen shop. Whilst tasty, the restaurant does tend to be heavy handed with salt, so be prepared to buy a drink afterwards (perhaps a bubble tea?).

Find it at G/F, 4 Victory Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

What to Drink:

Sip Sip Bar

We’re going to be honest and say it is slim pickin’s when it comes to bars in Ho Man Tin. It may be in your best interest to walk a few more blocks down to Mong Kok for a bigger variety of nightlife. But if you are in dire need of a drink in Ho Man Tin, the Metropark Hotel Kowloon does have the Sip Sip Bar inside, which is open until 1am.

Find it Metropark Hotel Kowloon, 75 Waterloo Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hongkonghotel.metroparkhotelkowloon.com

What to Do:

Jocky Club Life Journey Centre

Here, you’ll be able to partake in a 60-minute interactive experience for participants to re-think what is meant by “young” and “old”, when all of us are going through the same journey of life. The mission of the centre is to “enlighten, encourage and engage”, and through the interactive experience, aims to inspire participants to treasure the time and care for the people around them, to develop a positive perception towards ageing and to respect the elderly. For booking, visit its Facebook page for more details.

Find it at F42, 1/F, Oi Man Shopping Centre, Oi Man Estate, 60 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pg/LJC.hk

Challenge Ho Man Tin MTR’s Exit A3

When the Ho Man Tin MTR station first opened, lots of local media outlets were most amused by exit A3. If you decide to take the stairs from exit A3, be warned as it has 562 steps – said to be the equivalent to climbing up 25 floors – and takes around 20 minutes on average to complete. Have an extra 20 minutes on hand and want a good challenge? We’ll wait for you outside of Ho Man Tin’s exit A3.

Find it at Ho Man Tin MTR station, Exit A3, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Housing Authority Exhibition Centre

Did you know that Oi Man Estate is the largest public housing estate in the Kowloon City District? In addition, Oi Man Estate’s construction marked a vast improvement in the standards of public housing estates in Hong Kong, so much so, that both Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II visited, in 1977 and 1975, respectively.

With that being said, it probably makes sense that the public housing headquarters are located in Ho Man Tin and so is the museum. The Hong Kong Housing Authority Exhibition Centre is a showcase of public housing development in Hong Kong, as well as their work and achievements over the years. In this exhibit, you’ll be able to see the timeline and history of Hong Kong’s public housing over the years. The centre is free of charge, and guided group tours are available upon booking.

Find it at 4/F, Block 3, Housing Authority Headquarters. 80 Fat Kwong Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.housingauthority.gov.hk

Insta-famous photo at Oi Man Estate

Public housing estates are great places to take photos and Oi Man Estate is no exception. Oi Man Estate’s courtyard is the location to take one of Hong Kong’s most Insta-famous photos. Just look up. Remember to bring a tripod to help with getting the most exposure possible for your photo.

Find it at Oi Man Estate, No. 12 Hill, Kowloon City District, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Where to Shop:

犬奴(No English name on store front)

Around the vicinity of this pet-grooming store is a plethora of other pet groomers, pet supply stores, and vets. If you’re looking to do your one stop shop on your precious fur baby, then this might be the area for you. This store has some super cute dog beds that caught our attention, but they also have day care, spa and pet grooming services available.

Find it at 106 Argyle Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/dddogdog

蒓豚Ulvapig

A specialty store that sells ulva pork that has been raised in Hong Kong. Perfect for those that love to experiment in the kitchen and especially of interest to those looking to make a good ramen broth. Newly reopened in March of this year, the meats look amazingly fresh and there is a good variety of cuts.

Find it at 8 Liberty Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ulvapig

Umeshu ho man tin

Little Cellar

Specialising in Umeshu, a type of Japanese plum wine liqueur that is made by steeping ume fruits in alcohol and sugar, this store is so new that it hasn’t even made it onto Google View or the Internet yet. Delivery is available when you buy over a certain amount, and sample tastings are available in store. A neat little find!

Find it at Shop B1, G/F, Sunland Court, 6-8 Liberty Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/littlecellarhk

雅博茶坊(No English name on storefront)

A Chinese tea specialty store that also has numerous different tea workshops and tastings available for both adults and children. Unfortunately, no English courses are available and very little English is spoken here, but it is a great little place if you’re into tea and just want to come in for a browse.

Find it at 73C Argyle Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

If you’re interested in trying other local delights but with the comforts of an English speaking guide, then come join Virginia’s Off the Eaten Path Food Tour that leads you through Whampoa devouring all her favourite local eats, all whilst learning about the local restaurants, their stories and the neighbourhood.

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Overheard in Hoboken {Before a Workout Class}

How do you work off that late-night pizza you shouldn’t have eaten last weekend? Whether it’s spin, yoga, pilates or kick boxing, I think we can all agree that many things about taking a workout class are terrible, but usually you feel pretty damn good after. If you are like me though and have a little bit of staring problem and a lotta bit of a eavesdropping problem, you could feel pretty damn good before the workout too! Pop out those headphones you put on for the walk over and put your listening cap on, and I guarantee that you will get yourself a laugh.

So here you have it, some of the best people I have seen and the best things I have Overheard in Hoboken, before a workout class!  

The girl sneaking a snack. 

As I was locking my bike before a 9am Workout Class, I watched as a girl ate an everything bagel outside the door— which for a Saturday morning is not unusual. What’s funny is what happened next. I heard another girl come around the corner and shout “Hi!!” At which point the girl quickly shoved the bagel into her tote bag. Her friend then said “Day 21, were so close!!” Apparently they were doing the ‘Whole 30’ diet “together”…well at least one of them was.

Bagel

The new Whole30 diet!

 

The guy who needed zen for his hangover. 

If you have ever taken a yoga class, you know there’s that time before class starts when everyone lays out their mats and makes awkward eye contact across the room or engages in hushed convos with their Swolemates. Or in the case of this guy, having inappropriately loud conversations about his “Wild night out last night” and how “Only ‘getting zen’ could fix his hangover.” Hey dude, get zen quietly.

aerial yoga

Image: honoryoga.com Getting Zen

 

The girl whose head was not in the game.  

In every gym locker room, there’s that ridiculously small bench that everyone fights over when it is time to put your shoes back on. And on one particular Friday morning, the bench grew even smaller when a girl fell asleep taking her shoes off…literally. Like, head knocked back, resting on the lockers. When we finally got up the nerve to give her a polite nudge, she woke up and said, “I am sorry, I was up late binging Stranger Things, and I only came today so I could wear my new workout outfit.”

Workout Outfit

Making working out easier, one dope outfit at a time.

 

The guy who was working for his “Vitos” 

During a recent spin class, I took my typical seat in back-middle (the glory seat, for all my fellow slackers who are constantly coasting a gear or two behind the group), and just as I clipped in, I heard something that kept me laughing through all those long hill songs. The guy in the bike next to me was pumping himself up under his breath with the phrase…”Only 40 minutes…only 40 minutes between you and the Mutz…once you finish this class…you get your Vito’s.”  I dig your pump up method AND your food choice!!

@hastagfoodpic

@hastagfoodpic Vito’s Sub

 

Another set of adventures in Hoboken and another group of people with lots to say. I will never get tired of the things I’ve Overheard in Hoboken, and encourage you to ditch your headphones on your next day out and about.


Written by Tabi Krier 

Tabi is Jersey-born, but took a brief stint as a “Hey y’all”-saying, hair bow-wearing southern girl while attending the University of Kentucky! Finally landing back in the north, she can be found in her preferred color wheel (black, grey & white), with sneakers on her feet and an aggressively long walking stride. Tabi is constantly trying to balance equal but conflicting obsessions with mac & cheese, bourbon and bathing suits, but mac & cheese and bourbon always win.

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Gift Flowers HK: Beautiful Blooms That Won’t Break the Bank this Christmas

Fresh florals

 

There’s nothing that stresses us out more than rushing to the shops as Christmas Day looms, searching the bottom of the pile for gifts (that have no doubt been bumped in price), while we wish that we had been more organised (for the third year running!). Same goes for our jam-packed social calendars, we’ve gifted the same host a bottle of wine every Christmas since we can remember, but we can’t turn up empty handed over the holidays! Lucky for us, Gift Flowers HK has our back

Nothing puts a smile on your face like a fresh bouquet of flowers, and trust us when we say that these pretty petals would warm any scrooge’s heart. Offering same day delivery across Hong Kong (when you order before 1pm), the specially curated bouquet options are available at the click of a button and, for a small fee, can even be rushed to you in just three hours – perfect for when you’re in a pinch! A gorgeous gift for someone who has everything, Gift Flowers HK’s range of boxed blooms are packaged beautifully and ready to send to friends and family across the city. On trend and above all, affordable, we’re huge fans of its seasonal, giant bouquets (the bigger the better we say!) that give us more than red roses – although, they are definitely an option too!

This enormous arrangement of Baby’s Breath is an explosion of colour that’s perfect for the festive season, but if you’re on a budget (we hear you!) it also offers a vast selection of mini bouquets that start from $359, and which can be delivered to your door, free of charge. We love that these minis offer thoughtful additions such as bottles of bubbly, indulgent choccies, candles and sweet smelling facial steams, which means we’re never stuck for choice!

sassy perk

In the spirit of giving this Christmas, Gift Flowers HK are treating Sassy readers to 10% off all blooms using the code “SASSY10OFF” upon checkout. The best bit? This code won’t expire! Merry Christmas, girls…

www.giftflowers.com.hk

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Igloo, the pulse’s Magical Winter Wonderland Dining Experience

Make holiday spirits bright with a dinner at Igloo!

 

Although temperatures in Hong Kong often don’t dip below 20 degrees, it’s now just a short cab ride away to get into the festive spirit. Head to the pulse’s Winter Wonderland beginning Friday, 1 December, and witness as the rooftop is transformed into the magical restaurant, Igloo. Complete with igloo-inspired spherical dining enclosures, Christmas decorations and – you guessed it – snow (artificial, as we’re in HK after all!), as well as exquisite Christmas decorations. And although the holiday spirit is the main attraction, you can’t help but notice the stunning view of Repulse Bay beach.

Indoor the pulse

Be sure to book in advance so you can secure an ocean-view seat for you and your family and friends this Christmas season, as it’s a reservation only dining space, and capacity is limited to only 60 people to ensure a private and premium dining experience for all.

Igloo is just a 15-minute ride away from Admiralty, Central or Wan Chai, but once inside, you’ll feel like you slipped away from the hustle and bustle and will be treated to a serene, beautiful experience. Atop the roof of the pulse is the perfect scenic backdrop to a special night with a loved one or an epic night out with friends.

the pulse featured image

Guests who dine at Igloo will be treated to secret menus specially crafted by top chefs who will be periodically flown in to prepare mouth-watering meals (guests can choose the course when they make a reservation). There will also be an afternoon tea set available prepared by Chef Jimmy Yu, founder of Royal Catering. But if it’s dinner that you’re after, Chef Roni will whip up her awe-inspiring fusion dishes sure to please the pickiest eaters!

Best of all, if you reserve now, you’ll enjoy a limited offer of a complimentary movie pass for the newly opened Emperor Cinemas in Central (complete with free valet parking!).

the pulse is the best of all worlds during the holiday season. Enjoy a holiday meal for dinner, then take a stroll along the gorgeous beach and watch a breathtaking sunset. Christmas at the beach is just what the spirits need!

When: Friday, 1 December to 28 February, 2018; Afternoon tea from 2:30pm to 5:30pm; Dinner from 6pm to 10pm (reservation only)
Where: Igloo, Sunset Beach Club, the pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Reserve: Make your booking by clicking here

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Sassy’s Gift Guide 2017: Christmas Gift Ideas for Wellness Warriors

Make mindful memories

 

Perfect for all wellness warriors out there, we’ve put together a cheeky little wish list full of all our favourite things. From a brew with a history (which also gives back to the community!) to retreats and wearable reminders of how awesome you are, read on for all the inspo you need

Read more: Sassy’s Gift Guide 2017: Christmas Gift Ideas for Fitness Fanatics

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New York Bar PDT To Find a Permanent Home in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in 2018

NYC meets HKG

 

As if we’re not spoiled for choice when it comes to bars in this city, we have just heard that the Landmark Mandarin Oriental are about to add another to the mix. Following a successful pop-up back in 2016, PDT (Please Don’t Tell) has announced that it will be opening its doors in Hong Kong for good come 2018. For those that don’t know, PDT is an iconic New York cocktail bar (regularly voted amongst the world’s best), known for its distinctive interiors and creative drinks (along with its famous hot dogs!).

New York Bar PDT To Find a Permanent Home in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in 2018

Staying true to its roots, and fitting right in with Hong Kong’s speakeasy scene, customers will enter PDQ through a faux phone booth at the top of the staircase in MO Bar, leading though into a space that is sure to be a playful mix of vintage and modern interiors. Founder of PDT, Jim Meehan, says that “The cocktail menu will change frequently throughout the year to take advantage of hyper-seasonal produce and limited-edition wines, beers and spirits”, along with featuring a handful of the house classics from the NYC location.

New York Bar PDT To Find a Permanent Home in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in 2018

As well as the expertly made cocktails, Chef Ekkebus of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental has also worked to create free-range pork, chicken and beef hotdogs, taking inspiration from the PDT New York’s Crif Dogs hotdog stand, with the promise of more American comfort foods offerings to come. We know that the New Year normally brings with it a certain level of January blues, but with this news we say bring on 2018! Be sure to check back with us for more details to come.

www.mandarinoriental.com

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Casa Rinaldi Creates Three Special Holiday Hampers

Impress with these hand-selected gift hampers

 

Just in time for the holiday season, Casa Rinaldi has expertly created three special gift hampers featuring traditional Italian Christmas panettone. Each gift is filled with special items and delights sure to please the lucky recipient!

The Christmas Sparkle ($988) is full of shiny goodness to make the season bright. It arrives beautifully gift wrapped, and tucked inside are 11 surprises, including the mini panettone ‘Casa Rinaldi.’ There are also tasty assorted nougats, tangy giant green olives and a fruity, well-balanced, soft and velvety bottle of ‘Prosecco Miol.’

The Christmas Delight ($1,388) hamper is a sweet and savoury display, and is complemented by a bottle of Merlot and a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Included is an exquisite panettone ‘Muzzi,’ a pheasant paté, its special “Terra di Bari” extra virgin olive oil, and a selection of irresistible cookies.

And to impress the best, why not consider The Christmas Royal ($1,988), a luxurious gourmet delight bursting with 15 hand-picked Italian gourmet items. Featuring a stunning ‘Locorotondo’ white wine and the renowned ‘Primitivo from Salento’ red wine, two elegant bottles of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, black truffle paté, a foie gras mousse, a variety of nougats and sweets, along with its best panettone ‘Muzzi.’

If any of these fab hampers still don’t suit your fancy, no worries! Casa Rinaldi will tailor make any hamper to suit both your wants and your budget. Sorted!

This year, from Saturday, 2 December to Sunday, 10 December, Casa Rinaldi organises a  “Christmas Bazaar” with a selection of Panettoni, hampers and other Christmas items with discounts of up to 20% off.

What: Christmas Bazaar
When: 2 through 10 December
Where: il Bel Paese – 3/F Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 5498 9756
Contact: marketing@casarinaldi.hk

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5 New Shows to Watch on Netflix this December

New on Netflix

 

Life in Hong Kong can be an absolute whirlwind; so when we actually have the time to chill and snuggle in for the night, there’s no way we’re turning it down! Admittedly the selection of shows on Netflix isn’t as vast as in the US, but there are still some seriously awesome series and movies to choose from. Grab the popcorn and get cosy, as fantasy and feel-good films take us in to the festive season this month

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Lemme Upgrade U: 7 {Underrated Menu Items in Hoboken}

As I’ve learned from most of my ex-boyfriends, it’s very hard for some people to admit they’re wrong. You may think you already know the best menu item at every place in Hoboken, but how can you be so sure? Sometimes, we need to be reminded to expand our horizons and try something new. Here are some dishes that I bet you didn’t even know existed from your favorite restaurants. Next time you’re at one of these places, skip “the usual” and go for one of these underrated menu items.

1. Pizza Republic: Mac and Cheese

pizza republic mac and cheese

Pizza Republic should seriously consider changing their name to Mac and Cheese Republic. From the classic Four Cheese to Bacon Cheeseburger Mac, this place has 20 mouth-watering mac and cheese options for you to pick from. I didn’t even think it was possible to want something more than pizza until taking a closer look at this menu.

 

2. Tony Boloney’s: Hot Submarine Sandwiches

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It’s extremely difficult to pass up the ridiculous assortment of pizzas displayed in the front of Tony Boloney’s, but if you’re able to look beyond the surface, the outcome is extremely rewarding. I’m talking giant subs with homemade mutz, beer battered chicken, and even Fritos. My personal fav is the Sh*tfaced 3000 – the name speaks for itself.

 

3. 10th and Willow: Chicken Cutlet Sandwich

10th and willow chicken cutlet

I know what you’re thinking… there’s like 29830948 Italian delis in Hoboken where you can buy an authentic chicken cutlet sandwich. Why wouldn’t you just order your typical bar food? Think again. The Chicken Cutlet Sandwich from 10th and Willow is an authentic Italian recipe passed down for generations, and I guarantee that you’ll be able to tell when you take your first bite.

 

4. Willie McBride’s: Tacos

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Tacos at an Irish pub? Yes. Believe me, I was just as surprised as you are when I tried them for the first time. Go for the Chipotle Chicken, or if you’re still trying to embrace the Irish culture, try out the Corned Beef tacos. Either way, you can’t go wrong. 

 

5. Moran’s: Moran’s Burger  

Morans burger

There’s a lot of bars in Hoboken. Inevitably, that means there’s a lot of burgers in Hoboken. Thankfully, there is one that stands out from the rest, making your next burger craving an easy one to solve. Served with bacon, cheddar cheese, arugula, crispy onions, and truffle mayo on a brioche bun, Moran’s Burger is the perfect twist on a classic.

 

6. Farside: Wings

Farside WingsHere’s another menu item that you see a lot in Hoboken; buffalo chicken wings. However, there’s a lot of components that go into the perfect wing. You have to have the right heat level, amount of sauce, and of course, crispiness. Farside nailed all three.

 

7. La Isla Uptown: Camarones al Ajillo

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La Isla has been featured on Food Network multiple times for its french toast and a deep-fried stuffed potato called Papa Rellena. But if you’re looking to dive deeper into their extensive, authentic Cuban menu, you’ll find the Camarones al Ajillo. Don’t let the name intimidate you – it’s a simple shrimp dish made with lots of garlic and white wine. What’s not to love? 


Written by Gab Cerami

Gab is a full-time desk jockey, but fuller time foodie. Born and raised in New Jersey, Gab made her way to Hoboken a year ago and has been on the hunt for the trendiest food scenes in the NYC area ever since. You can find her cooking her way through Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook (#gabandchrissy) and spending too much time capturing the right light to photograph a plate. Follow @brbcookingdinner on Instagram to check out all of her food pics and captions that include rap lyrics that replace the word “Yeezy” with “cheesy”.

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Thoughtful and Practical Gifts to Bring Your Host

Hostess with the Mostest

 

You’ve been invited over for a nice home-cooked meal by a friend. So to show your appreciation of their hospitality, you would like to bring a gift. But what should you bring? While there are plenty of gift options to choose from, the hard part is coming up with something that the host doesn’t already have and something they will use. After all, we want it to be meaningful (even if it may be slightly last minute!). We’ve come up with a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts that your host will love and be able to use time and time again!

Read more: Personalised Gifts: The Ultimate Guide

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