Rekindle the Romance

According to feminist author and academic Carolyn Gold Geilbrun, “romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.” That’s deep. Whether you’re a poet or a scientist, there's no debating the powers of the heart, but even the most intense romance needs fuel, and few things get the pupils dilating, the lips licked or the hair played with quite like a romantic picnic under a canopy of stars (just pretend they’re not in-bound Cathay flights). Yes, we hear you: it’s a lot of work putting together a picnic fit for a queen, and that’s where your saving grace comes in.

Down in Kennedy Town, Picnic on Forbes, the third eatery by moody culinary genius Philippe Orrico (he of Upper Modern Bistro success), has opened. In addition to a spacious, vibrant neighbourhood bistro designed by Tim Shepherd of Two Men in Hats, Picnic on Forbes creates bespoke picnic baskets for Lotharios on the go. You can choose one of the restaurant’s picnic basket packages, which start from HK$298, or pick your own wicker wonder and choose from a selection of amour-inspired accoutrement, from traditional crudité and French roasterie chickens to sumptuous cheeses from Jeremy Evrard, a wine list by Nicolas Deneux, and a collection of seductive desserts guaranteed to have the same effect on your lady love as snorting flibanserin (it’s worth a Google). You can even order a signature highball by mixology guru Giancarlo Mancino while you wait for your picnic to be constructed by the culinary team. Then all you have to do is pick a secluded spot, exaggerate how difficult it was to compile such a feast, and reap the many, many rewards of a job well done.

After all, there are many paths to ecstasy.


 

Picnic on Forbes
Picnic baskets from HK$298

38 Forbes Street,
Kennedy Town;
Tel: 2855 0810;
www.picnic-forbes.com


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Just brilliant.


 

Wine Bags by Joy Vino
HK$250

2142 5233;
joyvino.com


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