A Little European Flaire and Hygge

European flaire and the Denmark’s popular lifestyle – hygge (“cozy” or “enjoyment”) can be found in an unexpected part of Hong Kong called Wan Chai, which is famous for its night clubs, restaurants, and markets.

This is Lee Tung Avenue, which used to be the famous street of book/news publishing and wedding cards printing in Hong Kong. It has been redeveloped into a shopping arcade with plenty of European pleasure, shopping, eating, and sweet indulgence in the midst of busy Wan Chai.

  
  


Courtesy of Mipim Asia – the project won the 2016 Gold Award for Retail Development

Arranging Flowers Like a Pro

To all flowers lovers including yours truly, here is a short and sweet video to how to arrange flowers like a pro from Food52 for your parties and just pure bliss at home.  Play around with your glass containers, bud vase, egg vase, canning jars, etc. for beautiful arrangements on your tabletops, shelves, and fireplaces!

Courtesy of Food52.com

2 recipes (sweet) I am dying to make

As you can see I love to record what I cherish on my blog; these are often simple and pleasant sceneries, activities, objects, food, drinks or tips that I love to always come back to.

Here are 2 sweet recipes I am eager to make:

1. Sweet potato kale ball from Ricki Heller’s blog.

Mix coconut milk, cumin, onion bits, granulated garlic, sea salt, chopped kale into the steamed and mashed sweet potato, and then mold into little balls.  Sprinkle some grounded flax seeds on top.  Then bake for 20-25 minutes.  Sounds delicious and healthy!

2.  Chocolate on Baguette from Allrecipes.

Cut slices from the baguette, drizzle some olive oil and put them in the oven for about 2 minutes. Then put a piece of dark, bittersweet chocolate on top and then bake for another 2 minutes (6 inches away from heat source.) Alternatively, melt the dark chocolate with olive oil in a pot and then put the sauce onto the baguette.  Sprinkle some sea salt, add some orange zest (optional) and enjoy! If you are gluten-free, there is a recipe to make Gluten-free and egg-free baguette!

Chocolate on baguette

Gallery

Pretty to your heart and eyes

A fellow blogger Nia (photographofnia.com) shared a delightful painting of this Denmark artist, Iwona Lifsches, and I immediately fell in love with her work. Now I have her painting in my home screen in my big and nice iPhone 6 plus.

Her paintings are the melting pot of naive art, bright colours, idiosyncratic scale, child-like perspective, daily experience and emotions, wry humor, love, and affection for her countryside. You can find more of her work here.

Isn’t it a cheerful way to start your week?

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Merry Christmas – Images from Hong Kong

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!  Enjoy the spirit of Christmas from Hong Kong!

Paris in Hong Kong!  Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Paris in Hong Kong! Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Parisian Cafe - looks real?
Parisian Cafe – looks cute?
Church I was baptized - The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Church where I was baptized – The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
My Dream Cottage - at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
My Dream Cottage – at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
Graffiti - local flavour
Graffiti – local flavour
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes - called PMQ!
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes – called PMQ!
Hong Kong's latest attraction - Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District
Hong Kong’s latest attraction – Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District (courtesy of timetable.com)

Part of a Historic (Food) Movement

Got your attention, right?  I was heading to the Farmer’s Market this morning but was mesmerized by a Filipino Food Movement with food booths and entertainment on the way.   In San Francisco today, the Filipino Food Movement launched the first food event in the whole of the U.S. to bring the Filipino food to the main stream.  We eat Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and of course Indian and Chinese food, but it is true that we rarely talk about or eat Filipino food.  So I was part of this historic movement today.  The Filipino culture is  family-oriented, warm and fun, great at singing, and extremely food-loving (especially rice and meat).  I have many Filipino friends, and I believe you have quite a few as well; but this food movement really gets me interested to learn more about their food and culture.  Here are a little something of what I have found:

Adobo Chicken or Pork – one of their most well-known national dishes.

– meat marinated/cooked with the Adobo sauce: vinegar, salt, peppercorn, salt, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and oil; also popular in Spain and Latin America.

adobo - chicken

Courtesy of http://salu-salo.com/chicken-adobo/

Lumpia

– better than Chinese Spring Rolls

Lumpia - shrimp

Courtesy of http://www.potatochipsarenotdinner.com/blog/2013/2/13/shrimp-lumpia, and they look even better than the Chinese Spring Roll; also try this recipe from Steamy Kitchen.

Sizzling Pork Sisig

– cooked with pork parts (head, cheek, liver, belly, etc etc ) that’s been braised in vinegar before being grilled, diced and served on a sizzling hot plate; served with chilli, calamansi and an egg in the middle.

sisig

Courtesy of the Hungry Excavator

Kare Kare – their famous oxtail stew – an appetizing recipe here.

– their famous oxtail stew, often served with tripe and pig or cow feet – an appetizing recipe here.

Kare Kare 2

 

Courtesy of The Domestic Man

Delightful Ube Ice-cream (purple-yam ice-cream, also used in their famous Halo Halo dessert.)

– everyone I saw had a cup in her hand, and so here is a nice recipe.

Ube icecream

Beautiful picture courtesy of Ang Sarap