Month: March 2016

5 Italian Restaurants in Hong Kong that Do Stand Out

The thing about Italian food in Hong Kong is that it’s abundant. So it’s not often you come across an Italian restaurant that really stands out. I mean we live in a city already saturated with good eateries, many of which serve Italian-ish dishes. So when it comes to the “best Italian food” I find it impossible to pick one out, but I definitely have a short list of favourites that I’d visit again and again. Here are five Italian spots I’d definitely recommend: Carbone – Hip vibes and a perfect lemon cheesecake Carbone is my safest choice to recommend in most cases because it’s a restaurant that most people would find cool, comfortable and yum. The Black Sheep Restaurant group definitely knows what it takes to set up new spots with good vibes (like the Vietnamese Le Garcon Saigon). So Carbone would be my go-to for a social gathering, since it has a lively ambience and a good selection of drinks too. The food: I love the fact that you’re always greeted with a basket of really delicious garlic bread, …

FINDS: Nordic Restaurant featuring Healthy Omega 3 Pork

I’m with the meat-eating camp who believe that fat meat=yummy meat. It’s not exactly the most health-conscious choice, but fattier cuts tend to be more flavourful, juicy and tender, which is why I always order ribeye steak and why Hong Kong-ers love chicken thighs so much. So although pork is rarely my first choice of meat, I was curious to learn about the Flodins “Omega-3 Pork” because it is extremely tasty and tender, yet has a healthier composition to regular pork, i.e. lower percentage of saturated fat, four times the Omega 3 of normal pork and the perfect ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. They say, you are what you eat, and no doubt the same would be true for pigs – this healthier composition is resultant of a special diet. This type of pork was innovated by leading Nordic meat expert, HKScan, after 5 years of research and after a very porky tasting menu, I’d agree it’s pretty revolutionary. Tasting menu with Flodins Omega 3 Pork at FINDS The Flodins Omega 3 pork is available at FINDS …

Tartine: More than just Open-faced Sandwiches

The only reason I procrastinated a visit to the relatively newly opened Tartine was because I wasn’t sure when I’d be up for such a carb-intense meal… since I Google-d that tartines are these French-style open-faced sandwiches (photos below). It did indeed turn out to be as carb-y as expected, but once we tried their truffle sandwiches, no one cared anymore. Plus, they do have much more delicious items on offer in addition to the tartines – which I think are equally a highlight. Cold cuts, Cheese and Starters We started with a cold cuts (HK$168) and a cheese platter (HK$168) – the quality of both were excellent. Then I found out this place is actually opened by the same guys behind ON Dining… no wonder. The truffle sandwiches is a dish you’re guaranteed to want encores of. Creamy truffle filling was wrapped with a super buttery and toasted yet soft brioche – the truffle taste was not super intense, but it was still a crowd pleaser. The Tartines We sampled three different tartines and the Lobster & Homemade Bechamel Tartine …

Recipe: Sugar-free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I often encounter phases in my life where one cookie ingested leads to a continuous daily craving for more, usually at 4pm in the office. But anyone who’s actually watched cookies being made, will know how bad it is to give in to that craving everyday. There is so much sugar involved. Sugar-free Natvia So when I found out that Natvia‘s 100% natural sweetener, made of Stevia, had a “baking” version, I was excited to see if making delicious “guilt free” cookies was at all possible. I’m aware of the other healthy sugar replacements such as coconut palm sugar. But it definitely seems to be marketed as way more “healthy” than it actually is. According to this article, coconut sugar is still 78% sugar, so it seems to me we really shouldn’t be using it as liberally as its marketing suggests… I’ve still got a pack at home I haven’t opened for precisely this reason. On the other hand, Natvia is not only derived from 100% natural sources, it’s also totally sugar free and almost …