Saturday, 21.10.2017

Chill Out or Chilli?

We’ve all been there – one gent starts talking conquests and the others can’t help but up the ante.


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Time Your Tried Tequila’s ‘Ugly Sister’

You may have already heard of the story of mezcal, the ugly sister of tequila. With a strong, quirky personality, this Mexican distilled spirit, once consumed by the blue collar, hasn’t, until recently, enjoyed the limelight and infamy of its libacious sister.


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Going Back to the City’s Roots

When we hear about Hong Kong as a global gastronomy destination you might smirk, but it’s not only the flash-in-a-pan restaurants that give the city its foodie credentials.


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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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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’

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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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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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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Is it Date Night Already?

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants in Hong Kong, of that there is no doubt. But it can still be tricky to find just the right spot for a first date – too loud, it looks like a pick up joint, too quiet and she’ll think you’re reaching for chloroform every time you pick up your napkin.


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Change for the Good

Change. You may love it or hate it. You may even suffer from metathesiophobia (it’s worth a Google), but change, as the saying goes, is inevitable. Change is about making things more relevant, more attractive, more efficient, and more effective. Change is about keeping up with the times, about replacing old norms with new trends.


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Fine Dining Done Right

You might have noticed that the ladies like a gent who knows a thing or two about the finer things in life. Knowing which wine goes with your main is all well and good but have you thought about taking it to the next level?


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Take Steak Seriously

The relationship between a man and his butcher is, in our humble option, akin to his relationship with his priest, his wife, and her sister – it’s something special.


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Make the most of these lingering summer weekends with these innovative free-flow he-brunches, perfect for a spot of male bonding or perhaps some day-time romancing.


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Creature Comforts

Here’s a handy fact. The term ‘comfort food’ can be traced back to 1966 when that sturdy foundation of the Fourth Estate, the Palm Beach Post, spoke of the foods we turn to when we’re stressed.


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The West is the Best

You might have noticed that the journey west on the Hong Kong Island tramline is becoming increasingly interesting. Perhaps you too have stopped in at the cafes of High Street, the galleries of lower Sai Ying Pun, or even popped down to Kennedy Town for brunch on the waterfront.


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Good Things Come to Those Who Seek

You’d have to live in a remote village on the Chinese border not to notice the leaps and bounds the Hong Kong cocktail scene has made these past few years.


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Know Thy Rum

Hong Kong is a city that doesn’t like to do things by halves and the result is we can come across a little showy, a little arrogant, a little cliché. Look at the wine scene for example; you’ve got guys peddling very average drops at sky-rocket prices, and sommeliers and chefs making up the pairings as they go along, so long as the bottom line keeps the investors happy.


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Know Thy Rum

You might have noticed Hong Kong is in the midst of a newly-forged love affair with rum. This year’s RumFest, held at Mahalo, was packed with bartenders and barflies alike, looking to hone their knowledge on this timeless spirit and the many soul-soothing concoctions it can complement.


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Food Finds Balance

Our feelings on Hong Kong’s dining scene – we’re talking the reality, far from the glitzy opening parties and flowery press releases – have been well documented here.


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Pass the Pastrami

We’ve all seen them, those television shows that follow “celebrity chefs” around the streets of Manhattan looking for the most iconic, the most monstrous, the most endearing culinary classics.


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Coastal Cruising

There’s just something about summer that draws us to the water, to the coast, to the beach. We love the sand between our feet, the sun in our hair, the lack of clothing worn by the fairer sexy – it all just comes together perfectly.


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Top Six Summer Cocktails

 

Summer Antidotes

It’s that time of the year again to hydrate yourself with loads of liquids. These breezy summer-themed cocktails by some of the acclaimed bars in Hong Kong would be the perfect elixir to get you through the sizzling summer months in vogue.


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Sexy Has a New Home

We all like to indulge in a little fantasy from time to time. Whether you’re day dreaming about being a pro-motocross rider whilst riding the MTR, or acting out a multi-scene homage to Caligula in your living room, it’s fun to leave the real world behind and let your imagination take you on a journey.


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Variety is the Spice of Life

We all like a bit of variety in life; whether it’s a martini with a twist instead of an olive, a different route home, or the introduction of organic, edible body paints in the bedroom, variety is an essential element of a life well-lived.


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Cuisine with Staying Power

Restaurants, they come and go, especially here in Hong Kong where big names and flush PR budgets ensure you hear about every opening but very few closures.


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Good Things Come Together

Now, we wouldn’t want to stereotype but we think it’s safe to say most guys can count among their passions two easy picks: burgers and live music.


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Time to be Schooled

According to Sir Francis Bacon, “knowledge is power”, and we couldn’t agree more. Today’s gentleman needs to be on his A game at all times, especially when it comes to passions we share with the fairer sex.


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Sake for the Club

This might be news to you, but sake has been enjoyed in Japan for over 2,000 years (although rice wine has been distilled by the Chinese for twice that long).


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Late Night Revelry

Hong Kong’s nocturnal offerings are region-leading – we’re sure you’ll agree there’s never a shortage of new restaurants, clubs or watering holes – but one thing we’ve never really grasped as a city intent on heading out after dark, is the supper club.


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