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,
Tel: 2855 0810;
Time for Some Southern Innovation
Southern cuisine sometimes gets a bad rap. Sure, it’s not always the healthiest, but it’s wholesome, simplistic home cooking that’s ideal for fending off winter’s last passata sotto.
Indecisiveness is an attribute we often identify with the fairer sex; we’ve all done dressing room jury duty; we’ve all walked at a snail’s pace down Pottinger Lane thanks to a pair of 15-inch Louboutins; and most of us have spent the first part of a night on the couch channel surfing and waiting for our significant others to pick an outfit.
Ok, so we’ve collectively come to the realization that not all coolers are created equal.
Here We Go Again
It’s that time of year again, when you get bent over the barrel by consumerism in the name of romance. But let’s face it, home-made cards and pop-tart breakfasts in bed only work in the movies; there are expectations to manage and El Nino-sized sexual droughts to avoid, so gently, gently gents. Fortunately, NecesCity, your digital wingman, has done some of the thinking for you.
So you’re rebuilding your home bar after it was violated by those you hold dearest over the festive season.
Bringing Floats Back
This might have slipped the nets of your passion for trivia but did you know the ice cream float was created by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia in 1874?
Time to Clean Up
For those of you who might not have spent much time in the Land of the Rising Sun, an onsen is a Japanese hot spring.
Cool Has a New Home
Japanese cuisine has come a long way in Hong Kong, which is just as well.
Keep Your Cool
Man has longed for warm nights and cold drinks for as long as we’ve had fire and rivers within proximity. The irony is that the hotter the weather the harder it is to keep your beverages cool, which is why some of mankind’s greatest minds have tasked themselves through history, not with curing cancer or exploring the cosmos, but with innovating on the eskie and other chilling appareil. Wine buckets were the obvious choice as far back as the 1700s – there is even a priceless antique item from 1753 in the MET – but they weren’t particularly portable and you still needed ice in the first place.
The wine bags by Hong Kong’s own Joy Vino are just the ticket for keeping your wine, or any other liquid, cool on those first-of-the-season junk jaunts. Fill the disposal bags with your wine or perhaps a craft cocktail, and stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to make for Pier 9. Then wedge it into its own cooler cover, which is akin to a wetsuit, and it will stay chilled all day long. It even comes with a handy hook so mother gravity is always at hand to help that health-giving nectar reach from in-built tap to your waiting palate, and afterwards simply fold and toss it into your waiting beach bag.
Wine Bags by Joy Vino