As If There Was Any Other Way

So you’ve fancied learning to surf ever since you watched Point Break for the first time. Don’t worry, we get it too. Being one with the ocean; the adrenalin of catching the perfect break; the bikini-clad lovelies that seem to congregate at every great surfing beach - there’s a lot to like about boarding.


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Live Life Wirelessly

It’s amazing, when you think about it, what you once thought you couldn’t live without, and now do, happily. There was that first big crush, the succubus that deflowered you, devoured your innocence, and turned you into a sobbing poet (and a real drag for your mates). There was your first Walkman (man you thought you were cool); your first ten-speed; your first Converse kicks; and of course, that old Run DMC ball cap. But that’s how it is with life – things come, and things go. Including wires.

Live life unhindered by wires with the Jabra Elite Sports, tiny techy noise-reduction wireless Bluetooth earphones that will blow you away with their sound capabilities. Don’t be put off by the name; they don’t come in fluro; they won’t monitor your heart rate (unless you want them to, because they can you know); and they look just as good with a suit and tie as they do with your gym ensemble. A selection of tips and gels ensure the perfect custom fit, while a pair of microphones in each bud filters out the rest of the world, ensuring nothing but great music and crystal clear calls. There are dedicated apps for fitness monitoring and music tweaking, and the three-hour battery time is bolstered by a case that doubles as a back-up charger, offering a total of nine hours on the go.

Now that’s worth writing a sonnet about.


 

Jabra Elite Sport
From HK$2,500
www.jabra.com

 


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Time to Sex up Your Hotel Bathroom

Here’s a spot of trivia for your afternoon coffee break: the term Dopp Kit derives from the early 20th century, when leather craftsman Charles Doppelt (with help from his intrepid nephew Jerome Harris) created the first men’s leather hygiene case in 1919.


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Time to Pack Your Dopp Kit

With greater complexity and a spicy, quirky profile, mezcal, tequila’s ‘ugly sister’, is making waves in Asia’s top cocktail hotspots. Here’s what you need to know to get onboard this summer.

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First it was tequila’s turn. The tipple that turns up noses and finishes nights has enjoyed a renaissance, going from sleazy shots to sipping spirit. And now likely lads looking for their next libation are reaching for tequila’s ‘ugly sister’, mezcal, a blue-collar sibling that packs a spicy punch that lends itself to a raft of traditional tequila cocktails.

So, what is mezcal? Made only in Mexico, mezcal is a distilled spirit produced by roasting the heart of a Mexican agave plant, most commonly espadín agave, in a pit oven, grinding the plant’s fleshy center and extracting the juice, which is then fermented and distilled. It is this roasting process that contributes to the distinctive smoky, spicy notes of mezcal. So you know your stuff when you pull up your next bar stool, tequila is a similar spirit that’s only made in the Mexican state of Jalisco, and only from the blue weber agave, which produces a fruitier, more herbal flavour profile.

Mexcal’s move into the limelight has been slow and steady in Asia. Japan welcomed Asia’s largest mezcal bar, La Mezcaleria Jicara Bar and Grill, two years ago; the Mexican house of mixology offers more than 200 varieties of Mezcal from producers across Mexico. Hong Kong embraced this gritty spirit with the recently opening of On Lan Street’s Mezcalito, which serves more than 60 types of mezcal and tequila, both for sipping and in a list of innovative cocktails.

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“We're seeing more and more people in Asia showing an interest and wanting to sample this spirit,” says Leo Gutkowski, an F&B stalwart, self-confessed tequilaphile, and one of three founders of Mezcalito. “People are naturally curious creatures and when something comes along that they don't know much about they are inquisitive and want to know more. This is certainly the case at Mezcalito.” Gutkowski feels his new concept is just the tip of the spear. “Mezcal is huge in some parts of North America, in Europe and even in Japan. I think over the next 3-4 years mezcal will really blow up in Hong Kong too.”

With different flavour profiles, mexcal and tequila are also served differently at Mezcalito. While both spirits are often drunk neat in Mexico, tequila is most commonly consumed as a shot with lime in many parts of the world, while mezcal is served with a slice of orange sprinkled with rock salt, chili, and sal de gusano, or ‘worm salt’, essentially ground up moth larve that live in and on the agave plants (you’ll also find moth ‘worms’ in cheaper bottles of mezcal). These condiments help to prepare the palate for the smoky characteristics of the spirit.

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For cocktail lovers in Hong Kong, some mezcal-based concoctions available at Mezcalito include the Mint Floyd, a blend of mezcal, pomegranate, fresh lime, fresh mint and agave nectar; Mezcal Paloma, a refreshing mezcal and grapefruit cocktail, usually made with tequila; and the summer cooler, Grilled Pineapple & Mezcal Margarita, which brings the humble margarita to a new level with a mix of grilled pineapple and spicy mezcal.

If you’re looking to add a bottle of mezcal to your home can, there are a few choice drops we recommend. These include Mezcal Rufian; Ilegal Mezcal, which has taken North America by storm; Clase Azul; Bruxo; and El Tinieblo, all of which are available at Mezcalito.


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Cause You Never Know When You’ll Need a Fix

By the time you read this, we’re figuring you’re probably on your second, maybe even third cup of coffee for the day. Caffeine is the most used psychoactive drug in the world.


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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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Because You’re Worth It

It’s official: the last throws of winter are behind us and the steam room that is summer in Hong Kong quickly approaches. In our book that means there’s no better time for a tropical escape, far from the frenzy of the city, to a place where the air is warm and dry, the beaches as soft as talcum powder, the drinks generously measured, and the house reef as colourful and diverse as Lan Kwai Fong at New Years. One of the most anticipated openings in the Indian Ocean archipelago in years, Hurawalhi Island Resort just might be the paradise you pursue – nay, deserve.

The perfect balance between a tiny boutique resort that’s a little lack luster on leisure activities, and the mega-resorts where you spend most of your vacation queuing, the new private adults-only island retreat of Hurawalhi is home to sumptuous villas, world-class restaurants, and captivating coral gardens just steps from the nearest Dark n Stormy. Sand bunnies should opt for one of the cavernous Beach Villas, which offer cathedral-esque bathrooms and direct access to the island’s power white fringe, while the romantically inclined might prefer the privacy of an Ocean Pool Villa, with its infinity pool and direct lagoon access.

If you can drag yourself from your villa (and we’re not saying you have to) you’ll dine well, with contemporary cuisine at the 5.8 Underwater Restaurant; the best of Reims’ wine heritage at the Champagne Pavilion, a regular for resident dolphins and manta rays; and haute mixology at Coco Bar, the perfect spot of tiki-inspired sundowners. There’s also plenty to keep your mind from city living, from coconut-laced massages at the Duniya Spa; guided snorkeling excursions on the resort’s own reefs; and matches on the all-weather tennis courts; to scuba diving escapes to some of the archipelago’s finest walls and caves; luxury sailing and deep-sea fishing trips; and even a games room packed with vintage distractions.

Think of it as a steamy summer precursor.
 


 

Hurawalhi Island Resort
From US$300 per night, twin share
www.hurawalhi.com


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Breaking the Ice in Style

If there is one word that sums up our modern culture, it’s convenience. If we don’t have immediate and ceaseless access to food deliveries, travel itineraries, car services, global mapping, restaurant choices, the whereabouts of our closest consorts, and even suitable mates (and we don’t mean the kind you play rugby with) we tend to get a bit stroppy.


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Breaking the Ice in Style

Dating can be stressful for both parties. Whether you met the organic way, or simply swiped right one a special lady who didn’t fancy your late-night invite to your man den as a first meeting, there’s a lot of expectations in the air, a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of investigation taking place.


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Time to Pack Your Dopp Kit

It’s that lovely time of year again, when the mercury sky rockets and we start planning weekends away to Asia’s top beach havens. But as a modern gent it’s important to maintain your grooming regime on the road and these savvy new products will keep you looking sharp under foreign skies.

 



Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash

Keep your lady catcher cleansed and refreshed with this multi-action wash solution. Designed to exfoliate away dead skin cells with a soothing ‘multi-action’ foam, this savvy soap is laced with purifying beads that wash away impurities, leaving you fresh and looking your best.
www.labseries.com

 

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Hawkins & Brimble Elemi & Ginseng Shaving Cream

An all-natural and lovingly rich shaving cream, this silky shaving soap quickly creates a thick, luscious lather, sans parabens, colourants or mineral oils, and leaves the skin moisturized and supple, especially when used in conjunction with the brand’s Shaving Cream Brush, a traditional essential with impeccably soft bristles that helps soften the skin while you shave.
www.hawkinsandbrimble.co.uk

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Susanne Kaufmann Deostick Line M

Bet your mother always told you to never leave home without deodorant so the Deostick Line M from Susanne Kaufmann is an organic essential. Free of aluminum salts (that’s a relief), this lightweight deodorant has a refreshing scent and active mineral ingredients that neutralize odor-forming bacteria without closing pores, as well as witch-hazel, known for its skin-friendly and calming properties.
Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East;
www.susannekaufmann.com

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Scent of Life Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo

Now that you’re de-oderized and moisturized, ensure you sent the senses into overdrive with the new fragrance from Italian luxury goods company Salvatore Ferragamo. A fresh, light new fragrance for discerning gentlemem, Scent of Life Uomo features touches of oriental wood and black pepper spice, with a finish of orange blossom and ambrox.
parfums.ferragamo.com

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Stache Bomb Stache Wax

Even if you’re on holiday or simply scouring the streets of Sheung Wan looking for a latte, you need to keep that fu Manchu or handlebar looking as crisp as the rest of your look. Made in Maine, where real men wax their mustaches daily, this lightly pine scented wax makes mustache grooming dead easy and comes with Original; Wicked Good, which has scents of the sea; Stiff; and even bacon-scented (yes, really).
www.stachebomb.com

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