All posts tagged: diplomat’s spouse

Amazing baby race

I have been scouring the city for things for Little Miss Ha Gaau. Being in the final league of my pregnancy, I found my self wishing I was back home, where huge malls serve as one-stop shops for everything I need. The closest thing I got here is the Kid’s Wear and Maternity section in Harbour City. If you are into Armani Junior, Baby Dior, Burberry Kids, DKNY Kids, Fendi Kids, Gucci Kids, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear and Tommy Hilfiger Childrenswear, then you will definitely find everything here. I specifically go here for 0/3 baby and Babies R Us for Peg Perego and Graco products, respectively. For most other items, I have been dragging Mr. Diplomat to each of the following shops for the past couple of Fridays. Each shop is located in a different building or district, a fact of life we have come to accept in Hong Kong. Mothercare 305-307 Prince’s Building Central For bath mats, cotton balls, cotton buds, Moses baskets, and reasonably priced Avent bottles, bottle brushes, bottle warmers, cardigans, hats, maternity …

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Pussy Foot

I would not have survived an alcohol-free pregnancy without this mocktail. Get this: even Mr. Diplomat orders it! Ingredients 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup 2 ounces pineapple juice 2 ounces orange juice 2 ounces grapefruit juice Instructions Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker/stirrer and pour into an unusually shaped glass. Add crushed ice and decorations to create a great speciality drink from an easy to make recipe! From http://www.drink-recipes.org.uk

Hong Kong Travel Tips 21-30

21. Crocs and their escalators are not the best of friends. The shoe material seems to melt on prolonged contact with the metal sides of escalators. The good thing is that Crocs come at a cheaper price here, especially if you buy them from Citygate Outlets. 22. There is a Hong Kong-wide sale every January and July. 23. The Symphony of Lights is not for everyone. It is better to combine watching the show with another activity in your itinerary such as dining in a restaurant with a view of the Victoria Harbour, having drinks on a junk, or riding the Star Ferry. 24. Most cabs along Canton Road will ask for a minimum of HKD100 flag down rate at night. To avoid this illegal practice, take a cab from Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel along this road or from the bus terminal at its harbor end. 25. As a guide to the best bespoke tailors of Hong Kong, refer to forums instead of ads. 26. Save time by knowing the real-time ferry schedules to outlying …

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Martha Stewart’s Carrot Cake

This recipe will not fail any baking rookie. We prefer to use just half of the confectioner’s sugar for the cream cheese frosting though. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans 1 cup packed light-brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup water 1 pound carrots (8 to 10 medium carrots), peeled and shredded on a box grater or in a food processor (about 2 3/4 cups) 2 cups pecans (1 cup finely chopped for batter, 1 cup coarsely chopped for decorating sides of cake) Cream Cheese Frosting Directions 1. Make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper, and butter parchment. Dust with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, …