When Worlds Collide

In case you haven’t scrubbed up on your Peruvian immigration history recently, 7,000 Japanese workers descended on Peru in 1889 with the promise of gainful employment.


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Fresh Pasta, Done Right

You may not know this, but pasta has its origins in Asia. Although many countries have their versions, from German spaetzli and Greek orzo to Polish pierogi, we usually associate pasta with Italy, where it was introduced from China by that wandering vagabond Marco Polo during the 13th century.


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Bringing Style to a Mountainside Near You

So you fancy yourself as an outdoorsman, but you have a certain style to maintain, so the last thing you want to do is sport the type of psychedelic hiking pack usually found on the backs of sunburnt cash-strapped backpackers.


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Time to Treat Your Mouth Right

While the rest of the world – including Hong Kong – is steadily catching up, there’s little doubt that the contemporary craft beer movement has its origins in North America, where rather unimpressive, mass-produced lagers have ruled supreme since the 1950s, leading to a consolidation of breweries and a homogenization of product.


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California Dreamin’

You may not have thought about it much but the bag you carry can define you as much as those expensive shoes, that vintage watch, or that flashy haircut. You may have just stepped out of a Thai boxing session but if you’re sporting a backpack with that pinstripe suit, you might as well be wearing trainers and a pocket protector.


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California Dreamin’

It’s easy to dismiss Californian cuisine as health-conscious, salad-driven hippy fare that’s become a favourite with LA tai tais and San Francisco hipsters, but you might be surprised how many influences Californian cuisine – a term only created in the past decade or so – has, and just how satisfying it might be for lads with an appetite.

You can delve into the contemporary Southern California foodie scene at Commissary, which has opened at Pacific Place. JIA’s Yenn Wong has teamed up with Aussie chef Morgan McGlone and Cali culinary guru Adam Shoebridge to bring the zesty and vibrant dishes of the Golden State, many with touches of Latin America and the Southern US, to the Fragrant Harbour. Heralding the state’s move towards farm-to-table dining and its dedication to fresh locally-grown produce, Commissary’s menu is packed with light and fragrant Southern California favourites, from tuna poke tostada and kingfish crudo, to fried chicken burgers with spiced fries, and moreish, Baja fish tacos. Open three squares a day (as well as doing a mean brunch menu), look out for highlights like house-smoked meats, pickle platters, and killer homemade BBQ and fermented hot sauces, all served amidst rustic retro interiors by Siew Hui Lim that expands out to al fresco seating that’s the perfect spot for after work Cali-concoctions or a glass of wine from the Artur Aronov-curated wine list.

Almost worth singing about.
 


 

Commissary
Shop 405, L4, Pacific Place, Admiralty; +852 2602 0707 
www.jiagroup.co


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Time to Set Hearts Aflutter

It’s that time of the year again, when you strive to fill the brownie points coffers with your significant other, stashing away that credit for the numerous times you’ll mess up in 2017. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard yards for you with our seven picks for an uncliched Valentine’s Day that won’t break the bank.

 



Want to avoid packed restaurants but aren’t confident in the home cooking department? InterContinental Hong Kong’s Culinary Stars Class for couples, on February 18 (we know, it’s a bit late) will be taught by NOBU executive sushi chef Kazunari Araki, who will empower you with the skills you need to please her palate every time. The class will include a light breakfast and lunch with wine or champagne.

www.intercontinental.com

 

InterContinental


 


Named for the prize offered by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, an acclaimed general but also famous lover, to anyone that could devise a method to preserve food for his armies, 12,000 Francs offers the convenience of SoHo, combined with innovative cuisine from the couple that brought you Madame Sixty Ate. The innovative Valentine’s Day menu includes king salmon tartine served with horseradish, complete with a barrel-aged cocktail. You can opt for a special wine matching package, which include Janisson and Fils champagne, a brand recently made available in the city, for a more tasteful meal.

www.12000francs.com.hk

12000 Francs


 

If your woman’s the whole package, get her the Suite Escape Package from The Peninsula Hong Kong, which will extend your short Tuesday date with a three-hour night-time tour in a chauffeured Mini Clubman and a staycation in one of the acclaimed hotel’s Superior or Deluxe suites. After a romantic night complemented, get your energy levels back with a breakfast buffet at The Verandah; recharge at the Fitness Centre; or take a dip in the Roman-style swimming pool with its harbour views.

www.hongkong.peninsula.com

Soul Train


 


If you’re looking for an elegant dinner served amidst modern Art Deco-inspired interiors, head to The Continental at Pacific Place, which will offer a sophisitcated Valentine’s Day menu that kicks off with two dedicated cocktails, For Him and For Her, followed by an indulgent four-course meal featuring Hokkaido scallops and yellowfin tuna crudo. End the romantic meal with a luxurious dessert: strawberry tart matched with champagne coulis.

www.thecontinentalhongkong.com

The Continental


 

Fancy some privacy? This Valentine’s Day, Conrad Macao will offer the ultimate romantic dinner, served in an individual, flower-filled cabana next to the hotel’s pool. Musicians will serenade couples as they sip on rosé champagne, and enjoy a six-course meal, including a special Valentine's themed dessert. The great thing is, if you’re feeling frisky, the guest rooms are within sprinting distance.

conradhotels3.hilton.com


Macao


 

For a true escape from Hong Kong, W Singapore - Sentosa Cove’s imaginative Valentine’s Day Programme “I Lawn for You” offers lovers the ultimate glamping dining experience. The eclectic menu of seafood dishes includes Fine de Claire oysters and Alaskan crab, which are served inside a tent located on the urban resort’s extensive lawns. This luxurious evening meal is exclusive to only eight couples.

www.wsingaporesentosacove.com

Singapore


 


Couples can dance the night away at St. Regis Bali’s Cloud Nine Chapel, after enjoying a Moonlight Romantic Dinner backdropped by the pristine Indian Ocean. Limited to 10 passionate pairs, this meal includes a La Boutique present for her, a bottle of champagne, and live music.

www.stregisbali.com

St Regis


 

 

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A Lullaby for Your Face

You know, sleep is a hell of a lot more important than you may think. Sure, we can conjure up a few good reasons for a late night (and even an early morning escape) but you may not be doing your body any favours burning the candle at both ends, especially when that late night is spent in a foreign time zone (as the best always are). The lads in white coats have found that a lack of sleep leads to a reduction in memory retention (not always a bad thing); an increase in your waist line as your metabolism goes haywire; and an increased risk of illness. Anyone who’s lain in bed at 3am, wide awake thanks to the Jetlag Fairy, will also testify that good sleep is one of the most important components of successful international travel. Fortunately, there’s a solution that will have you sleeping soundly in no time.

Neuroon isn’t your average sleep mask. Laced with sensors, computer chips, and LED lights, Neuroon is a ‘wearable technology system’ that not only tracks your sleep thanks to advanced software that links to your smartphone via Bluetooth, but gives you tips on how to get to sleep quicker, sleep better, and wake easier. Personalised light therapy sessions while you sleep can help boost energy levels when you wake or ensure you sleep in enough to wake refreshed, and insomniacs can learn when they wake in the night and why. If you’re passing through time zones Neuroon helps you fight drowsiness and exhaustion thanks to its Jet Lag Blocker and Light Boost features, and uses its Biorythm Adjuster to get you in step, wherever in the world you might be slipping under the covers.

You’ll be counting sheep in no time.


 

Neuroon
US$299
https://neuroon.com


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Madness in Madrid

Once in a generation, a hotel comes along that helps define a city; that puts a destination on (or sometimes back on) the map for trend-driven travellers looking for the sharpest point of the cutting edge.


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Keep the Good Stuff for Yourself

So the silly season is over and you managed, through a series of perfectly-executed smoke screens, bluffs and slights-of-hand, to hide that really good bottle of wine from thirsty visiting friends and relatives, pawing off instead the bottles left over from the company Christmas party.


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Look Aging in the Eye

So, you’ve decided that in 2017 you’re going to be a little more adventurous, a little more daring, a little more inspiring.


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Look Aging in the Eye

Sure, it may not have happened yet, and we’re not saying it will any time soon, but eventually, there’s going to be a morning when you look in the mirror and realize that age is catching up with you.


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An Entertainment System for Your Face

Ah, the modern jet age, an era when the seats are smaller, the cabin crew snarlier, the delays longer, the screaming children louder.


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A Touch of Real Mexico

Unless you’ve toured the country, you could be forgiven for thinking Mexico’s culinary heritage is steeped in taco shells and guacamole.


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A Gentleman’s Guide to NYE

Looking to farewell 2016 in style? We look at the top New Year’s Eve parties in Hong Kong and Macau and find there’s a solution for every New Year’s Eve dilemma.

 



The Bunny Solution

You know it’s time for a party when bunnies get bouncing. Dress to impress as LKF’s favourite steakhouse becomes the Playboy Mansion with the Porterhouse by Laris and Playboy New Year’s soiree. Arrive for dinner or come later for the lounge party, with Veuve Clicquot and cocktails served by playboy bunnies, and music from renowned DJ Aldo.
HK$988 includes dinner, countdown and late night lounge;
HK$300 per person for Lounge from 9pm;
HK$6,000 per VIP table.
7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong;
www.porterhousebylaris.com.hk

 

Porterhouse


 


The Burlesque Solution

Armani/Prive will transform itself into a seductive burlesque boudoir this New Year’s Eve for its NYE en Rouge party, complete with sensual dance, captivating cocktails, and beats spun by DJ P. Grant. Don’t forget a dash of red to really look the part.
Tickets at the door from HK$550 including two glasses of champagne, from 10pm;
Landmark Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central;
armaniprive-hk.com

Armani


 


The Black Tie Solution

Don your slim-cut tailcoat for Namo’s Great Gatsby Glam NYE Ball, where you’ll enjoy front-row views of the fireworks from the terrace lounge, free flowing champagne, and sumptuous Thai cuisine. If you don’t find your own Daisy Buchanan for the night, there’s an anti-hangover breakfast kicking off at 2am to ensure you start the year right.
Premium Ticket with Dinner for HK$998; 8pm – 3am;
Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East;
www.mayfare.com.hk

Namo


 


The Polynesian Solution

For Hong Kong’s best tiki experience this New Year’s, head to Mahalo Tiki Lounge in the heart of Wan Chai. Soul Train, a tiki-esque disco party filled with flair jeans, platforms, tie-dye shirts, and diminished inhibitions, will bring the 1970s back to this South Seas hideaway thanks to tracks spun by DJ FuFu.
Advanced tickets for HK$350 include 1 drink;
on the door for HK$500 includes 2 drinks; 8pm – 4am;
29/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai;
www.mahalotikibar.com

Soul Train


 


The Carnivoric Solution

If your perfect New Year’s Eve is good steaks, red wine, and the chance of meeting alluring Latino women, then we suggest you head for Gaucho, which will be hosting a five-course dinner that includes Argentinian slow braised short ribs and Aberdeen Angus fillets, a couple of glasses of champagne, and sultry Latino tunes. Opt for the free flow package and toast the new year in style.
HK$1200 per person includes 5-course meal, a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival and a second to toast the New Year;
5th Floor, LHT Tower, 31 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong;
www.gauchorestaurants.com

Gaucho


 


The High Flier Solution

Duddell’s will host soaring aerial acrobats at its Cirque! New Year’s Eve party. Expect free flowing champagne and signature cocktails by mixology maverick Marek Wo Vojcarcik, stunning performances over the terrace, and a performance by Hong Kong's premier ska band The Red Stripes.
Entry for HK$700 includes free flow champagne and cocktails; 9.30pm onwards;
3/F Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central;
duddells.co


Duddells


 


The Rio Solution

Get your samba on with the Kee Club Copacabana NYE Party, complete with Latin American-influenced dinner menu, live performances by Brazilian dancers, and sets by DJ Rork and DJ Kenji.
Advanced tickets for HK$400, $ 500 At Door includes 1 glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne; 10pm onwards;
KEE Club, 32 Wellington Street, Central;
www.keeclub.com

Kee Club


 


The Retro Solution

Bored of LKF? Hop on a ferry to Macau in time for Starworld Hotel’s Reminiscence Party, held at its chic Whisky Bar, where the live band will rock you with music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Plan your acceptance speech in advance for the best dressed award and be sure to stretch before tackling the dance battle.
MOP$350 includes two standard drinks and one glass of Moët & Chandon champagne; 9:30pm – 4:30am;
16/F Starworld Hotel, Avenida da Amizade, Macau;
www.starworldmacau.com

Whisky Bar


 


The Electro Solution

One of the hottest nights in Macau will at the Ministry of Sound NYE Countdown After Party, at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiExpo Hall, complete with sets from DJ and producer Shaun Frank, and vocalist Delaney Jane.
MOP$288 includes 1 standard drink; 11pm onwards;
Cotai Expo Hall F, The Venetian Macao, Macau;
www.sandsmacao.com

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The Vegas Solution

Turn a new page in the most decadent way at Club Cubic’s New Year’s Eve Party. The most prestigious club in the Vegas of Asia will make sure you experience the craziest of a countdown parties with music by Polish DJ Tom Swoon. Get in before midnight for complimentary entry.
MOP$350 includes 1 standard drink, midnight onwards;
Level 2, The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau;
www.cubic-cod.com

Club Cubic


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Two Hands, Two Feet, Four Wheels

Few destinations lend themselves to a driving holiday quite like Scotland. With its more than 10,000 kilometers of ruggedly-beautiful coastline, historic castles, pristine scenery and friendly (if not intelligible) locals, Scotland has long been a favourite for classic car lovers looking to hit the open road sans crowds and pesky police traps.


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Satisfy Your…Curiosity

There are a few things you must do if you’re visiting Amsterdam, the global city of free love (or not so free as the case may be). Sure, you should walk the canals of Jordan; knock back a few cold ones in Dam Square; or even visit some of the city’s world-famous coffee shops (while non-residents still can).


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Singapore’s Newest Hideaway

You may not have thought about it much but the bag you carry can define you as much as those expensive shoes, that vintage watch, or that flashy haircut. You may have just stepped out of a Thai boxing session but if you’re sporting a backpack with that pinstripe suit, you might as well be wearing trainers and a pocket protector.


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Prepared to be Judged by Thy Purchases

It’s almost the silly season again and you know what that means – you’re about to be judged on what you buy the women in your life for Christmas. To help you ease your way into the season we’ve done some of the thinking for you with our 2017 What to Buy Her Gift Guide.

 



Keep your lady silky smooth with Jo Malone’s new Geranium and Walnut Hand Cream, which soothes and softens hands with a lightweight formula comprising apricot kernel oil that allows for quick absorption without a greasy residue. Developed to complement the brand’s fragrances, the hand cream also boasts aromatic geranium layered with walnut that nourishes skin cells for younger looking skin.
www.jomalone.com

 

GeraniumWalnut HandCream 100ml LR copy

 


 


Treat your other half to a bespoke pampering experience at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui’s The Secret Garden Spa, where a new suite of indulgent treatments inspired by Thailand’s ancient wellness techniques are now on offer. A new signature treatment for couples, Siam Lovers, combines a nourishing coconut oil and jasmine rice scrub with a four hand massage, followed by a rose bath in an al-fresco tub (far from prying eyes), ensuring you both a happy ending to the year.
www.fourseasons.com

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As the age-old adage goes, diamonds are a woman’s best friend, and we’re sure your lady love will have a lasting friendship with the Galanterie De Cartier Necklace by Cartier, which features a brilliant-cut 1.69-carat diamond encased in 18k white gold in a design that’s sure to turn heads and win you brownie points to last a lifetime.
www.en.cartier.com

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What to buy that femme du jour that’s new on the scene without setting some sort of weird relationship precedent? Tom Ford’s new Velvet Orchid Lumière is pretty much perfect; the fragrance opens with Italian bergamot and mandarin, as well as luminous honey, while succan absolute, a hyper-purified rum extraction, lends a caramelized, lacquered sugar cane note. After all, who doesn’t like their woman smelling like a Cuba Libre?
www.tomford.com

Tom Ford

 


 


For when you’re far from home, the Gigi 2 Rechargeable Vibrator is powerful sensual massager that will make her journey to Pleasuretown all the smoother, thanks to a curved and flattened tip that’s designed to stimulate the G-spot, and a long battery life for when she likes the pleasure to linger.
www.lelo.com

LELO Femme-Homme GIGI-2 mood

 


 


If you’re going to get lipstick on your…collar, you might as well choose the colour, and you can’t go wrong with the new Vernis À Lèvres Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipstick by YSL, which combines lip stain, lipstick and high-shine lip gloss. With a soothing undercoat and a vinyl shine overcoat that dresses the lips with a bright, daredevil colour for a sharp contour, this little purse addition will enhancing those pouty lips for up to ten hours.
www.yslbeauty.co.uk


ysl

 


 


An ideal gift for the ladies in your life you’re not pursuing but want to appreciate, Bollinger Rosé Champagne Brut is a special blend of a red grapes from the Grand Cru vineyards of Champagne that offers a layered structure and a complexity with touches of red berries that make it ideal for the festive season. www.champagne-bollinger.com

Rose

 


 


A gift as much for her as it is for you, Victoria’s Secret’s Supersoft Crochet-trim Sleep Romper makes every woman feel like a Victoria’s Secret Angel. With a crochet lace-framed plunge front and a cute, edible (just joking) centre front bow, this extra soft and silky sleepwear reveals the curves of her body, while making sure she feels comfortable and sexy in the sack. You’ll enjoy her putting it on just as much as she will enjoy you taking it off.
www.victoriassecret.com

VS

 


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Singapore’s Newest Hideaway

There’s something magical about giving an old building a new lease on life. It’s something that we don’t do as often as we should in Hong Kong, and those few times we do, it seems to take a generation to actually make the change.


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And You’ll Never Believe Where

You’d have to live under a rock not to know about chef James Sharman and his innovative monthly pop-up restaurants, held in Sheung Wan.


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Embrace the Power of the Sun

Did you know man has been worshipping the sun for millennia? The sun, or Ra, was pretty important to the ancient Egyptians, with a whole solar dynasty of gods created over centuries.


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Part Restaurant, Part History Lesson

Being a soldier in Napoleon's army was a tough business. Not only did you have to risk bullets and cannon fire far from home, but you didn't even get a decent meal afterwards.


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Taking Your Wine to the Next Level

So you might not know why we decant wine, and even if you do, you might not be 100 percent sure when to do it, and that’s ok because let’s be honest, even if it makes the wine taste better, the whole process can look a little wanky.


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Groom to Win

Today’s gents looking to maintain their debonair persona should count themselves lucky. The men of the past didn’t have the raft of grooming options we now take for granted. In the late 1700s Pierre Fauchard, known as the father of modern dentistry, recommended rising with one’s own urine to kill germs and maintain good oral health.


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Your Next Great Adventure

List off the countries in Africa you’d associate with the classic safari and you’d be forgiven for leaving out Zimbabwe. The former colonial territory of Rhodesia has had a rough time over the past decade or two;


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Tech Meets Style

When Steven Sasson, an employee of Kodak, invented the first digital camera in 1975, it consisted of several off-the-shelf devices jerry-rigged together. Of course the company wasn’t all that impressed with the idea of digital photography


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Time to Brazilanese

Fusion cuisine may have become the culinary craze of the 1990s (and the cocktail equivalent of Midori by the Noughties) but it’s been around a lot longer than that.


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Your Own Robotic Stalker

Few concepts bridge the divide between science fiction and reality quite like Artificial Intelligence, and you might be surprised how old a concept it really is.


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It’s What Your Wet Bar’s Been Waiting For

The cocktail shaker is a fundamental component to any cocktail set up. The first shakers could be traced back to 7,000BCE, where jars were used in pre-Hispanic Mexico and South America. Even the Eqyptians blended spices and fermented grain spirit in containers before serving.


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