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The Madam and Royce

Among the Foreign Service Officers that we have in Hong Kong, only two have wives: the Consul General and Mr. Diplomat. The wife of the Consul General though is based in New York, leaving me as the only diplomat’s wife based here. Learning that the Madam will be visiting Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year sent me the shivers. What is she like? What should I wear? What should I say? Needless to say, I started to do my research. Nobody seemed to know anything else about the Madam besides her chosen career and where she is based. Asking the Consul General for more information is out of the question, we can only rely on the snippets that we picked up from our previous conversations. I searched Google with the hope of finding a photo of the Consul General with the Madam but to no avail. Without much information at hand, I planned to just wear a basic dress and low-heeled shoes to match, fingers crossed! We anticipated that the dinner at the Official …

Ca phe

Both of us are coffee connoisseurs. Arabica, robusta, liberica, Colombian, Brazilian, Guatemalan, Philippine, French, Italian, Indonesian, Dutch, Starbucks, Country Style, McCafe, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Gloria Jean’s, Seattle’s Best, Dunkin Donuts, Ya Kun Kaya Toast, Krispy Kreme, Figaro, UCC, Pacific Coffee Company, Caffe Cova…we try any kind that comes our way, four of which are sitting in our kitchen at this very moment. Mr. Diplomat raved about Vietnamese coffee from one of his trips, but it was not until I have tried it myself in Nha Trang in Central that I was able to understand what he really meant. Its rich flavor has an oomph that I cannot put a finger on. It’s simply the best for me. So when I met Vietnamese Mrs. Diplomat, I just had to throw a compliment. She gave me three boxes of her favorite one, G7, after that! G7 is the gourmet instant coffee line of Trung Nguyen, a major player in the coffee industry of Vietnam, which is the next top coffee supplier after Brazil (en.wikipedia.org). The …

Michelin-starred Amber

I was geared to jump to the list of 2 Michelin stars in 2011, but Mr. Diplomat had another plan. He took the lady in me to a mid-December dinner date to another French restaurant, the swank 2-Michelin-starred Amber. Location Get to The Landmark from Central Station Exit G. Then, take the lift to the 7th floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, where you will be greeted by a receptionist. Queue It is almost impossible to dine here without reservations as the restaurant will only accommodate one seating per table for dinners and hence is more often than not fully booked. We went there knowing that we were on the waiting list, no. 2 on the list to be exact. But Mr. Diplomat handed his name card, and the receptionist said somebody suddenly cancelled! And just like that, we were in ssshhh. Food We had their eight-course degustation menu, which took us three and a half hours to finish. Hokkaido sea urchin, Tasmanian salmon, Normandy diver scallop, langoustine and Kagoshima Wagyu beef were served one …

Food under HKD25

For backpackers bound for or already in Hong Kong for the holidays, here is a list of where you can find meals within HKD25: 1. Cafe de Coral offers a taste of Hong Kong with a branch at every corner. Do not leave Hong Kong without eating at this fast food joint. 2. Fairwood is another fast food chain spread across Hong Kong. It has a similar menu as Cafe de Coral. 3. Pret A Manger offers healthy sandwiches and wraps if you are not into food additives. Two of its branches are conveniently located at Central Station and Admiralty Station. 4. McDonald’s has Amazing Value Meals for less than HKD15. 5. Ikea Bistro at Causeway Bay offers Swedish meatballs for HKD9 and a hotdog sandwich with a refillable drink for only HKD10! Of course, there will always be 7-Eleven and Circle K for their instant meals, hotdog sandwiches, chha siu baaus, garlic noodles and cervelats. If you are travelling on a really tight budget, bring your own water as drinks usually cost HKD10 to …