Thursday, 24 April 2014

mark



dinner with mark @ pizzeria jacomax

They had the smartest portion of Spaghetti Carbonara ($70) I have ever seen in my life. I bet it cannot even suffice a girl, let alone shared by two gentlemen. I then wrongly put all my hope to the bruschetta ($48). It was to my astonishment that they used tomato mash instead of freshly chopped tomato. The pizza ($160) was only so-so. For this amount of money, I would rather go Pizza Express. On a side note, I am now proud to say I make pretty good bruschetta.

/ Shop C, 88 Commercial Building, 38-42 Wing lok Street, Sheung Wan

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

kinson burger & bar




Only $48 for a combo set. They have some really good hotdogs. You may wanna visit if you live nearby. Plus, only 10 minutes walk from Mong Kok.

Shop G27, G/F, OC3, Olympin City

Sunday, 20 April 2014

konzepp 3









happy birthday, konzepp


Saturday, 19 April 2014

hermes


The joy of dressing is an art. — John Galliano

constance belt + cufflinks


Monday, 14 April 2014

nostalgia




「運籌帷幄之中,決勝千里之外」《史記.卷​八.高祖本紀》


Saturday, 12 April 2014

st.francis.st / {sfs}


The promising 28-year-old duo Mark and Wing aim to bring the British vibe with a contemporary twist to the old British colony - Hong Kong. They now own a petite cafe named {sfs} in St.Francis street. I interviewed Mark yesterday to know more about the project.


Their concept:
Aspired to providing a space for idea exchanges and a hang-out place for the neighbourhood, the shop is open and transparent, modern and timeless, consistent with St Francis’ business philosophy and the lifestyle we advocate.


"You see Wan Chai is a cute small place. It's pretty much like a mixture of new culture and traditions. You have expats living in old Chinese-style building. As an architect, the urban life here is so different from other places in Hong Kong. Granted, Sheung Wan shares some of the features. However, if we are to make some profit to sustain our business, Wan Chai is apparently better, mainly from a business concern.", Mark says.


This is the view you get to rejoice from the porch. I love having random conversations with strangers. Picking a book you love reading, sipping a cup of creamy coffee with rich foams, listening to indie bands on Spotify - nothing else makes a Saturday better. 


The pouch is relatively tiny to be honest but can still fit two people. And of course, enough space for taking a selfie. #NAILED #likeaboss #asianproblems #neverenoughforselfie #nevertoolatetotakeaselfie #haveyoutakenaselfietoday


It is kinda awkward to interview Mark because {sfs} specializes in doing coffee and I do not drink coffee at all, though I always order Green Tea Latte in size Venti to go from Starbucks. But that's because of the 30% off student concession in HKU and it's sweet. It's so nice of Mark to order me a cup of hot chocolate. I do not really have a thing for chocolate but this one is pretty creamy and by no means ubiquitous.


Bahen & Co. founder, Josh Bahen, has a decade of experience in the making of fine wine and a wine-makers attention to craftsmanship. Using vintage chocolate making equipment and only 2 ingredients, cacao and cane sugar, Bahen & Co. strives to make chocolate in a traditional way that pre-dates the mass production of the industrial revolution. Chocolate that exhibits ancient aromas and flavours and carries the senses back to the times of the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.

The well-designed package reminds me of Mast Brothers Chocolate. You can get this from Lane Crawford HK.

{sfs} x plum8 gallery opening: 一味 / Yi.Wei  /// *Details of this exhibition, click me.
*I once thought these cards are freebies ... It turns out to be $50 for 4 postcards. So do not take any of these away without paying. Not freebies.

On a side note, I hope to see more artworks in {sfs} as {sfs} calls itself a gallery. As a former creative consultant in an international gallery, I hope to see different media of art in such a lovely cafe as {sfs}, not only mediocre oil on canvas but new media or multi-media artworks. I am curious to see how Mark can marry the traditional UK vibe with new media art. I WILL KEEP AN EYE ON YOU.

*from left to right: Mark (Thanks for squatting a bit.), Yuki (A lovely barista who makes good coffee. Thank you so much for the plasters), Me

The cafe is relatively small to be honest. It, however, is this tiny space which allows meaningful interactions between barristers and customers. Say, having quality check on food and beverages, troubleshooting, introducing products or basically having a chat with old customers. "Starbucks and {sfs} work differently. The former one is pretty robotic, you place an order and you leave. We want to keep our customers coming back. We want to maintain a good relationship with them simply by being a friend of them. We are not that business-oriented compared to big cafes", Mark says.

The neighboring areas around St. Francis Street in Wan Chai house a countless of independent stores which you do not want to miss if you are into art and culture. Also, if you happen to be one frequent traveler to Hong Kong and are fed up with the common hustle and bustle side of Central, you should pin Wan Chai on your map now.


{sfs} 
streetside cafe 
lifestyle gallery 
https://www.facebook.com/st.francis.st 
(852) 2527-7898 
9-11 St. Francis Street, Wanchai 


Thursday, 10 April 2014

pomellato press preview







Loving their new collection and am amazed by the brand's long history. What a lovely afternoon spent with an elegant Italian lady. I appreciate every woman who pays as much as a Hermes bag for one Nudo ring not because of showing off (as there's only a tiny logo on Pomellato's designs and hardly can people see it) but appreciation of the impeccable craftsmanship.

Sometimes it's not always about the social status you aspire to achieve but the priceless inner beauty which let you outshine the others - your temperament, the books you read, the places you go, the music you listen to and whatnot. 
Pomellato 
Shop 2039, ifc mall, HK 
(852) 2234 7283 


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Food | Pepper Power


I am a huge fan for Thai food and I especially love Pad Thai amid all the Thai cuisines. Pepper Power has some of the best Pad Thai in Hong Kong. With the amazing services, I am coming back soon again for sure.

♡     Shop 3, 1/F., V City, 83 Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun 
✍     屯門屯門鄉事會路83 V City 13號舖
☎    2476 9268