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
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Happy New Year and Favourite Recipes (Simple)

Wishing you all a blessed, happy, and healthy New Year.

How about some healthy and simple recipes to kick off the New Year?

Here are some gluten-free and gut-healing recipes from one of my favourite functional doctors, Dr. Axe – his best ones from 2016!

No-bake coconut cookies with cacao nibs – yum!!  From: Dr. Axe

Total Time: 20 minutesServes: 18 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

2–1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut

2-3 tablespoons cacao nibs

1 tablespoon flax seed (whole or ground), optional*

2/3 cup honey

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup almond butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 tablespoons cacao powder or dark cocoa powder

coconut sugar to sprinkle on top

Himalayan pink salt to sprinkle on top

DIRECTIONS:

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the oats and coconut flakes well and set aside.

In a medium pot over medium heat, combine the honey, coconut oil and almond butter, cocoa or cacao power and stir continuously until the mixture is melted and mixed evenly.

Remove from heat and add in the oats, cacao nibs and coconut flakes stirring continuously. Add the vanilla extract and continue stirring until mixture becomes thick.

Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the cookie sheets. Lightly sprinkle coconut sugar and sea salt on top of each cookie. Place the cookie sheets in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, or until you’re ready to serve.

Take the cookies out of the freezer and allow them to thaw for 5 minutes before serving. Store any leftover cookies in a sealed container in the freezer.

Tram ride in Hong Kong at night

One of my favourite forms of transportation in Hong Kong is tram ride. It is a great way to observe the life in Hong Kong, especially from the train’s I pper deck, as the train moves slowly and steadily around the urban areas in the Hong Kong Island.  Here was a short trip from the Wan Chai area to the Central business district in Hong Kong, arriving at the Landmark, with its colourful Christmas decorations.  

     

  

3 Museums Worth Visiting in San Francisco (amongst many others)

Recently I have received invitations to exhibitions in museums, and one of which, despite my having lived over 20 years in San Francisco, I have never known its existence!

Here is a little tour:

Tian Tian is a comic character created by international artist Danny Yung originally from Hong Kong. In Chinese, the phrase “Tian Tian Xiang Shang”means working hard daily to achieve your goals. His Blank Boy Canvas collection is a cross cultural collaboration to create an individual approach of art on a blank canvas and was exhibited in the nostalgic Chinese Historical Society of America Museum in the San Francisco Chinatown (this was my new discovery) and many other metropolitan cities.Tian Tian

  
Another favourite San Francisco museum of mine is the Asian Art Museum located near the City Hall. Recently it has been exhibiting the beautiful lacquerware of historical Korea, a country that uses beautiful sea shells for many of their artworks. 

  The recently expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is another flagship museum here showcasing many American artists’ works; with their highly interactive self-guided tour, you can hear and see the artwork coming alive.

   

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

The first completed road in British Hong Kong

When I was travelling in Hong Kong in February, I took a good look at the road I stepped on almost daily every time I was in HK (but usually no stopping), the Hollywood Road.  This road was the second road to be built after the British took over Hong Kong, but the first to be completed. Embark.org describes the Hollywood Road vividly:

A popular street for travelers in central Hong Kong, Hollywood Road is known for it’s many local shops and open-air vendors, where you can purchase a wide range of curios, include pro-Maoist memorabilia, to bring back home to the weekday warriors that couldn’t make the trip. The first road to be completed in the original British settlement in Hong Kong, this is also the best place to find a resurgence of contemporary art, with a number of fine galleries from one end of the street to the other. Also of interest is Hong Kong’s oldest temple, Man Mo, a bounty of culture amongst the “antique” stores of the area. For those who need to escape the traffic and gawking, there is Hollywood Road Park at the western end of the thoroughfare [editor: this park is peaceful and gorgeous!]

Here are some pictures to feed your imaginations:

    
    
    
    
     

Even the chairs and the screen at Starbucks (last 2 photos) go with the antique theme – fun in a combination of the modern and old worlds.