Category Archives: Hong Kong Life

South China Sea toe dip.

While my inlaws were in town we rented a junk and went out to Laama Island for a change of scenery. If you live in HK and are interested in a junk rental, I do recommend Jubliee as they’re reliable and the least expensive I’ve found.

I was really excited to dip Francis’s big toe in his first body of water: the South China Sea. He was a pretty good sport about the whole ordeal.

We also saw some pretty cool boats, which I imagine FX will be excited about pretty soon!

It is so relaxing to get out on the water and just cruise.

And here we are after the swim –unplanned!!– all in stripes!

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Pop-Up Shopping: Cameo launches.

I’m as straight as they come, but around beautiful women I honestly feel like the cat has my tongue!! And when I met Pernille, I honestly could barely introduce myself!

So it came as a bit of a relief actually when I found out she was a big model back in her native Norway.

See how amazing she looks even eating Yo-Mama fro yo? (Sidenote: how does one look that hot while still eating dessert!?)

And it’s not just that she’s stunning, she has incredible style. (AND by the way, two just as beautiful children.)

So I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to hear that she was channeling all of that into her own clothing line. It’s just now launched in English and in Hong Kong, although it’s already a big hit back in her native Sweden.

I will definitely be stopping by her pop-up shop tomorrow, on the hunt for some post-baby new clothes! Hope to see you there. If you’re not in HK, you can still check out her new English site here. And for more pics of Pernille looking amazing (I can’t read Norwegian, but maybe you can!) check out her blog here.

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Yuan Heng Spice Co.

While the summer is all about fresh herbs, I am now getting excited about the spices of fall. And Yuan Heng Spice Co. is the perfect place to do that.

It’s somewhat rare in Hong Kong that you actually find a screaming deal…

So I’m pretty excited about what I can do with all of these delicious and super cheap spices. I’m thinking about cider and mulled wine sachets? Any other great ideas for me?

Have you ever seen such large cinnamon?! It could flavor a GIANT bowl of cider. And I mean giant!!

The shop wholesales to many restaurants in town, but will also sell to individuals. I got a screaming deal on some saffron.

Here they are bagging up fried garlic… maybe this is where Under Bridge Spicy Crab gets all the garlic they bury their crab in?

And I love that they still use an old school abacus… or at least have it out for show!

The shop is right by Pantry Magic. Yuan Heng Spice Co. G/F Tung St., Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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Mandarin cake shop.

Sometimes I really do marvel at Hong Kong. I think the city really has some of the finest offerings, the world over. Like when it comes to pastries. The only folks who can compete with the Mandarin Cake Shop are probably the French. We were given this box of treats when Francis was born… and although I will always take flowers, I relished having one of these masterpieces for a little pick-me-up every afternoon. They also deliver… you can download their order forms here.

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Fathom and Kate Spade city guides.

Have you seen the new city guides put out by Fathom for Kate Spade?

Their Shanghai and Tokyo guides look pretty decent.

I’m excited for them to do a Hong Kong guide, but in the meantime their ‘Best of the Web: Hong Kong’ round-up is an awesome resource. And I love their quote from Prince Charles: “Hong Kong has created one of the most successful societies on Earth.”

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