Tuesday, 7 April 2015

You don't win friends with salad

Is there anything more anti-social than being vegetarian?

The upside is that I'm cooking more and experimenting with non-meat based cooking!

Mushroom, Barley and Quinoa Risotto

Kale Pesto Pasta with Cheddar

 Pumpkin and Carrot soup

Spinach, Pear, Ginger smoothie 

 Preparing Frozen Kale for smoothies

 Lunch boxes

Zucchini and white bean minestrone

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The holiday formerly known as the wedding

It comes as no surprise that a significant portion of my travel is dictated by weddings. It's a lovely excuse to travel and meet up with friends and family at sometimes new and exciting destinations. The Easter Long weekend was to be the celebration of a friend tying the knot to his partner of eight years. Alas, this was not to be the case. Months before the wedding, the bride called it off leaving the groom with a wedding reservation and a whole lot of questions and what ifs.

Overcoming the initial disappointment, he rallied those who had booked flights and accommodation and hosted a reunion party gathering friends from London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. Dragon Air recently introduced a direct flight to Da Nang from Hong Kong, the upside was that there would be no brutal layover in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, the downside was that it departed at 7:50 Hong Kong time. It would only be fitting that a red eye flight be taken in order to see London friends. The Visa process in Da Nang was something that could only be described as chaos. No system, no procedure, but 45 USD later we each had a Vietnam Visa and were soon speeding off to the Intercontinental to see the groom.

The groom was in high spirits, the honeymoon suite was (as you expect) exquisite and he had ordered a huge spread of food for our arrival. We would make three trips to Hoi An, each time feasting on the delicious Banh Mi and sampling the delicious local food. New and old faces and an epic night on the evening that was supposed to be...













Saturday, 21 March 2015

Cure me










Finally found some decent pork belly in Hong Kong. Which means it's time to dry cure the belly for some DIY Bacon. Dry rub some Pink Salt #2, Salt, Fennel, Brown Sugar and wait. Currently reading "Drunkard Walk".

Monday, 26 January 2015

Commute

Life in Hong Kong will never be the same! Gone is the 10 minute stroll to work. Our office has moved from Exchange Square out to Taikoo Place. I'll let that settle in, that's an additional 25 minute commute to work. You know you live in a bubble of convenience when a 35 minute, door-to-door commute provokes a new blog entry.

I still reminisce those times when weeks, nay, months that would pass without me leaving the 1 km radius of my comfort zone.



Sunday, 14 December 2014

A&W

It's definitely the season for weddings, and this time the destination of choice is Koh Samui. It has been almost ten years since I last traveled to this part of the world and other than the upgrade in accommodation, the island of Koh Samui still has all the charm from the last visit. Cheap street food, suit peddlers, massage stores and the constant Muay Thai advertising.





The weather threatened all weekend and despite being the wettest wedding that I've attended it did little to dampen the festivities. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

'Sometimes'

The bubble has burst - My impression of Hong Kong being filled with debaucherous marrow where true love only exists between the hours of midnight and 6 am has finally been repudiated. Sure, I know married couples in Hong Kong, but, like the yeti or big foot finding true love IN HONG KONG is something that I have not witnessed. Call it sardonic, but up until now I have been unconvinced. In any case, I've been invited to my first Hong Kong wedding! The disclaimer being that the couple are both from Australia, but the real flesh of the story is that they met in Levels (one of Hong Kong's most popular nightclubs).

Funnily enough, I met the bride out one night and have honestly only seen her between the hours of midnight and 6 am. To say that I was surprised (and honoured) to be invited to their special day would be an understatement. My biggest concern? Which table I would be seated on? I could count the number of people I knew on one hand so the real excitement would be whether I ended up on random "Chinese Uncles" table or "Random LKF dude" table. The answer, I would soon find out would be "Table 27". A table consisting of Alcoholic Anonymous members and the very epitome of wonton, reckless abandon; affectionately known to the bride as "the fun table".



Despite my initial apprehension it turns out there were quite a few familiar faces. On table 27 was Tinder Girl. The MC of the event was an old Engineering classmate from USYD. In attendance was my parent's friend's daughter from Sydney. Plus a slew of random Australians and LKF-denizens. The world is sometimes a very small place.