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  1. Fashion people love autumn and winter because that’s when they get to wear all the clothes they’ve saved for when it’s cool enough. When it’s 32 degrees Celsius and 98 per cent humidity, sashay quickly turns into sweaty, even in a loose linen dress. When it’s colder, you can layer different tops, accessorise with hats and scarfs, drape a jacket over your shoulder and generally mix and match your way through the whole closet. Food people feel a similar affinity for colder weather because they…
  2. Greetings American friends, from Richmond, British Columbia, aka The Most Chinese City in North America™!Regular readers of the Hongcouver blog will be familiar with this remarkable Canadian community, the only city outside Asia that has a majority ethnic Chinese population, representing 53 per cent of its population, according to the 2016 census.To put that in perspective, San Francisco – widely regarded as the most Chinese city in the US (various communities within Los Angeles County…
  3. “You’ll delete my number won’t you? After we hang up, you’ll delete that, right?” said the protester, who asked that I identify her only as “Jessica”.Jessica lives in Vancouver, where she attends protests about Hong Kong – waving the same black flag that resulted this month in the first charge of inciting secession under new national security laws in her former home city.The charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.“Liberate Hong Kong; Revolution of Our Times,” the allegedly…
  4. You can find recipes for practically anything now, even dishes you don’t think would exist. They are on the web. Try it – make up something and type it into Google. Cheeseburger salad? There are pages and pages of them, including variations like a low-carb, gluten-free Big Mac salad. Goat’s cheese dessert? You bet. Now refine your search to be more specific. Do you want goat’s cheese cheesecake, brownie, pudding or mousse? Interest in home cooking has exploded while much of the world has been…
  5. Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry has been the calm, reassuring and authoritative voice of the Covid-19 pandemic in British Columbia.Her near-daily press conferences (with BC health minister Adrian Dix) have become essential viewing, and have earned her a Twitter fan club with more than 7,000 followers, and supporters who literally sing her praises online.“Dear Dr Bonnie” (based on “Dear Theodosia” from Broadway’s Hamilton) includes lyrics such as “you will lead us through self…
  6. On my way home from work on March 11, I received a WhatsApp message from a friend in the hotel industry telling me she had heard that Rech by Alain Ducasse in the InterContinental Hong Kong was closing that evening, and that all the kitchen staff and servers would be laid off. It was shocking news. A big name like Ducasse and a Michelin star retained for three consecutive years was not enough to keep the restaurant going. I checked the hotel’s website and the fine dining contemporary French…
  7. The main problem for Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre food court, in the heart of the most Chinese city outside Asia, used to be a lack of seats.It heaved around meal times, with tray-toting diners pouncing on tables as soon as an incumbent so much as dabbed their lips with a napkin.Not any more. The crowds are gone. Most tables are empty. It looks like someone pulled a fire alarm.In the Aberdeen Centre, and at Chinese restaurants and other businesses in the Vancouver region and across Canada, trade…
  8. When I met Ian Gillespie a few years ago, he gave me a book of his thoughts and reflections on a career that has made him Vancouver’s most prominent and polarising real estate developer.It weighs 2.8 kilograms (6.2lb).The dashing founder and boss of Westbank Corp is not a man overburdened by self-doubt.Long regarded as one of the city’s most powerful people, Gillespie has been downright ubiquitous this past month, dominating discussions about art, affordability and city-building.The first…
  9. The newest kid on the block in Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan is Crit Room, an Italian restaurant. What does Crit Room mean? I’ll get to that later. Sleek-looking with shiny black walls and tableware to match, the restaurant is diagonally opposite Nordic restaurant Frantzen’s Kitchen in the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood towards the western end of Hong Kong Island. The food, at least that which we tried, needs some work, but owner Barrie Ho Chow-lai says he isn’t concerned about making money…
  10. The decor is still decades old – for now – at Petrus, but the menu has gone from multi-page to minimalist at the Island Shangri-la hotel’s 56th floor fine-dining restaurant under new executive chef Uwe Opocensky. A single sheet is enough to contain its new lunchtime menu, for example. There are four appetisers (two cold, two warm), two meat and two seafood options for main course, and two desserts. There are no descriptions of the dishes, just a short list of ingredients – reminiscent of the…