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2016-05-28

THE WAVE

If 10 minutes can save your lives, all you have to do is run and escape to a higher point and waiting to be rescued. <The Wave> or BOLGEN is the gripping disaster movie that makes uncommonly smart use of disaster film clichés that set in a Norwegian fjord. The premise is a simple one, but one that foreigners may not even be aware is even possible, yet it is. The film centres on a tight knit family begins with the experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible, including his own family of course.


Nowegian Film Director Roar Uthaug has made it an official entry for the Acamedy Awards by creating a taut action drama that does not outstay its welcome. Starring Kristoffer Joner (Kristian), Ane Dahl Torp (Idun), Jonas Hoff Oftebro (Sondre), Edith Haagenrud (Julia), Fridtjov Såheim (Arvid), plus a small supporting cast that work of other key characters. You will be mesmerized and so focused on the beautiful Norwegian’s Fjords’ scenery that you do not think too much about what is lurking under the magnificent mountain that dominates the fjord town of Geiranger. It all comes down to Kristian’s instincts and determination to dig deep when looking for answers to the sudden changes in the water table, but by the time he pieces all the information together, things are going downhill very fast and a whole town is in danger of being obliterated.


The movie is based on a real story when a similar rock slide produced a tsunami that took many lives in 1934, plus there were similar incidents in 1905 and later again, so what is on the screen could happen again, even before the end credit rolling with a message delivered. Uthaug had all the actors do their own stunts, hence there is a lot of realism to what you see on the screen. A refreshing humanistic focus and well acted. Despite the ending is a tad predictable yet it is a still an enjoyable film to watch and able to sustain tension with a pure formula.


Opening Citywide: 26th May 2016
Review: 3.5/5

2016-05-27

SOHOFAMA @ Urban Mini Farm Modern Chinese Comfort Food

With lesser carbon foot print, a modern Chinese organic comfort food restaurant collaborated by GOD aka Goods of Desire (Quintessential Hong Kong collector store inspired by the vibrant culture & heritage of energetic Hong Kong’s tradition meet cutting-edge technology with humor and creativity by turning everyday subjects into extraordinary objects & fun), SOHOFAMA in PMQ (Police Married Quarter – a local art precinct) tout themselves as health conscious by delivering organic bites and dishes all day to your table with a heart of desire. By mylifestylenews.


The buzz word for restaurants these days is “organic” and the good news is that SOHOFAMAO works with Hong Kong’s local farms to source “clean” fruits and vegetables free of pesticides and chemicals as well as brought the table to the farm from their mini farm right outside of the restaurant garden area by growing their very own vegetables in pots, along walls, on trolleys…whenever they can.


 When they can’t source the right “clean” produce in Hong Kong, they import it to maintain their mission of offering food that is at its nutritional and palatable peak. To ensure that not only the food is loved by all and sundry, they also provide a pretty cool vibe with the whole ambience for the internal dining rooms.


With two large communal tables with high stools, a few booths and regular tables setting in one room as well as an adjacent small room next door, the small bar is the main focus with its industrial design playing with the lighting to create a “feel good” ambience.


The Chinese calligraphy of top of the bar literally translated as “Pick the best from Wine & Dine with the knowhow” contrasting the nostalgic mood with the modern sophistication. There is also a large al fresco terrace for a mood change or some fresh air, the artistic décor is very intimate when you arrive and get seated inside, but they can cater for up to 140 diners at any given time with both spaces, so looks can be deceiving.


The menu is designed with a healthy dose of options for everyone, including vegan, dairy-free, nut-free and carb-free for those following a paleo diet. The menu is extensive and sometimes we wonder if the consistency is in control and somehow also having hard time deciding what to order. There are many delicious full-flavoured bites by just browsing through the menu and it is best to get some recommendation from the wait staff if you have problem deciding. Jeremy, the new Restaurant Manager helped us to narrow down with some of the house’s signature dishes.


Take it from us, the cocktail making and shaking is non-stop the whole night during our recent visit, they must be doing something right. We tried a Loco <Ginger Passion>  cocktail  with fresh lemon mint, organic ginger, passion fruit, organic local ginger infused in triple-distilled rice wine, apple and lemon juice and local honey. The Soho <Natural> cocktail with Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain Elderflower, apple and lemon juice, organic cucumber and basil. We were impressed with what we tasted and the ingredients used says it all. It is highly recommended to start your evening with a cocktail or two before you hit the Chinese food.


We kicked off proceedings with the seasonal special <Drunken Chicken>, beautiful tender meat was well marinated with the Chinese wine to give the kick. It is a love or hate dish as the strong alcohol content can really put of off if you are not often in contact with intense Chinese intense. We expect a little bit more flavor from the free-range bird for a more well-balance palate instead of tasting just the strong alcohol alone.


 At the opposite end of the spectrum, next we tucked into some <Slow Cooked 48 Hours Natural US Beef Short Rib Pancake Sliders> A Chinese Bao Steam Bun seemingly coming back into hot seller even in many other Western eat-outs. A new version of East-meets-West gastronomy and wins everyone’s heart. A superb texture and so damn yummy and remember, less is more!  Back to ground zero with China we had to test the <Shanghai Xiao Long Bao> with organic US pork and this was one of the best we have had in ages, with plenty clean clear broth inside with not so over steamed juicy meat wrapped with the right thinness paste, it is absolutely blooming lovely!


<Grandma’s Organic Ma Po Tofu> It is hard to find some real good Ma Po Tofu in this city, they just don’t have the know-how to handle this dish well. It can be very simple to get it right but also very easy to turn it into a disaster with the wrong ingredients used. Despites extra chili was requested when placing the order, yet it was quite mild when presented. Tofu selection delivered a silken texture to the last mouthful.


When was the last time you could rave about fried rice? SOHOFAMA’s <Fried Rice With Conpoy> delivers the right texture and flavor in perfect moist that comes with a healthy dose of diced scallop to boot.


We didn’t want to over dose on too much meat that was still to come, so <Stir-Fried Local Green Beans with Organic Minced Pork> gave us that vegetable quotient we needed, with perfectly cooked beans and the pork adding a greater depth to the flavor. A classic Chinese comfort food.


The <Stir-Fried Australian Grass Fed Organic Beef with Leeks and Chilies> is a dish we always want to try and the chef did this one proud. The thinly sliced beef was so juicy and tasty and the chili gave just the right heat to spice up the dish. A must order.


The <Fried Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk> is a textbook cooking that could not be faulted. The prawns were coated well in egg yolk and deep fried to get the right crispiness but to remain the moist and juicy tender flesh of the prawn but note that this is a very rich dish.


The <Barbecue Spring Chicken with Homemade Sweet Sauce> is what most would call crispy skin chicken, half barbecue chicken and the skin was in crispy perfection. The meat underneath more than meeting our expectations and do not dip too much of the sauce to avoid overpowering this beautifully cooked free range chicken.


For what one would term Chinese comfort food, the food was an absolute joy to eat. The place was packed and yet the food came rather quickly and at the right temperature. The portions are generally very good even with the up market pricing as this makes sense with a more premium and quality produce used. SOHOFAMA would be another place to “show-off” your guests on your list of restaurants/bars recommendation to entertain with a great night out.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverage: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Highlights:
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao
Slow Cooked 48 Hours Natural US Beef Short Rib Pancake Sliders
Stir-Fried Australian Grass Fed Organic Beef with Leeks and Chilies

Unit SG09-SG14, G/F Block A,
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street 
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2697 8500

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Ulysse Nardin Unveils 2016 New Timepieces

Ulysse Nardin unveiled a series of prestigious new timepieces in 2016 over an exclusive media luncheon recently. Renowned for its cutting-edge technology and innovative mechanisms, Ulysse Nardin is inspired by the motion of the sea to perpetually innovate in Haute Horlogerie and has been one of the pioneers in the watchmaking industry since 1846. Remaining steadfast in the pioneering precision that combines daring ingenuity with undeniable style.


Andreas Boesch, Managing Director Asia Pacific of Ulysse Nardin presented the novelties and gave an introduction of the attractive selection of watches included Marina Chronograph Annual Calendar, Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon, Freakwing, SuperCat, Diver Chronograph Hammerhead Shark, Classico Cloisonné America, Jade, Classico Manufacture, Dual Time Manufacture Lady 2016, Lady Diver, Lady Marine Chronometer and Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Diamonds.


Mr. Andreas Boesch, Managing Director Asia Pacific of Ulysse Nardin, remarked, “Exploration and discovery are the spirit behind every exquisite mechanical timepiece by Ulysse Nardin. Uniting exquisite craftsmanship with innovative technology and modern design, each timepiece is a new expression of the art of watchmaking in line with the identity and its undeniable connection to the sea.”


Celebrities In Prada @ The Vogue 100 Festival Gala

Alexa Chung wore a Prada strapless gold brocade dress and black python bag at the Vogue 100 Festival Gala.

Lily Donalson wore a Prada red silk gown, embellished by fringes and original embroideries at the Vogue 100 Festival Gala.

KENZO x H&M 2016 Collaboration


KENZO x H&M are introducing a new world of creativity, playful energy and love of fashion. The vibrant and playful Parisian house that captures the energy of global culture to create its unique, youthful spirit. Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim will bring the spirit of KENZO to H&M, creating collections for women and men as well as accessories. Since joining the house in 2011, Humberto and Carol have set their own fashion agenda with collections full of bold colours and vivid prints, revealed through high-impact shows, artist collaborations and creative digital campaigns. Global influences and traditions are remixed and fused with the energy of the street, resulting in collections that are both inspirational and accessible to their fans around the world. At KENZO, fashion expresses freedom, joy and individuality for all. “We can’t wait to share with everyone the world of KENZO x H&M, with all of its creativity, fun and love of fashion,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M. “With this collaboration with H&M we want to think big, push the boundaries and bring the new energy of KENZO to everyone around the world,” say Humberto and Carol, Creative Directors at KENZO. KENZO x H&M will be available from November 3, 2016.

2016-05-26

BVLGARI Heritage Of Excellence The Master of Colours


BVLGARI brought an exquisite mélange of Italian excellence to Hong Kong with “The Master of Colours” High Jewellery and Grande Complication Watch exclusive collection recently. The special event was joined by High Jewellery Creative Director of Bvlgari, Mr. Giampaolo Della Croce, who shared with guests the significance and history of the coloured stones, and more importantly the role of Bvlgari as a pioneer of contemporary jewellery design with coloured gemstones.


Greeted by the famed Bulgari Eight Point Star, not only a universal symbol of balance, harmony and cosmic order, the Star is part of the original flooring inside Bulgari’s historical Via dei Condotti store in Rome. The eight lines of the Star are symbolic of the four cardinal points (North, South, East, West) and time (two solstices and two equinoxes). Legend has it that the Star stands for “Roma Caput Mundi", meaning all routes lead to Rome - an apt reference for a House that exudes Italian excellence.


The fully transformed venue also highlighted 3 separate zones with distinct colour schemes of Amethyst purple and Emerald green which housed the High Jewellery Collection, and the Cream-coloured area that showcased the Grande Complication Watches.


These colours were cherry-picked to accentuate bright and exuberant coloured gemstones which have become an icon of Bulgari design, creating a strikingly harmonious visual appeal. It was the perfect setting for the “Scuola Bulgari”, “The Master of Colours” workshop conducted by Creative Director, Mr. Della Croce, where guests were enlightened by the wonders of Bulgari gemstones.

  
Internationally renowned as the "Master of Coloured Gemstones," Bulgari’s most distinctive characteristic is its penchant for colour and stylistic audacity in colour coordination. Colour is its soul and passionately embodies the brand’s Italian bloodline, continuing the legacy of its classics while boldly innovating the future of design.


Since it was founded in 1884, Bvlgari has constantly left a legacy in the history of jewellery while establishing a distinct brand style. The brand’s world-class technique of combining high quality multicoloured gemstones began in the late 1950’s, and was further refined to perfection in the 1960’s.


From well-known stones such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, Bulgari was a pioneer in escaping the rigid Paris-based jewellery design “principles,” which constrained designers to producing jewellery of only a few certain colors. The brand has evolved much from the rigid formula for the better. Today, Bulgari’s professional jewellery buyers constantly collect precious jewels from markets all over the world. From New York to Jaipur, from Colombo to Geneva, they travel all corners of the globe just to locate the rarest coloured gemstones of the highest quality.


Through the exploration of Bulgari’s high jewellery and intricate watches also showcased the mystery of coloured gemstones and the brand’s unique use of colour and unparalleled aesthetics which has been in place since the 1960’s. This heritage was reflected in the showcasing concept that was inspired by the 1950's and 1960's, the Golden Age of Rome or the Dolce Vita era, named after the iconic Federico Fellini movie.


During this period, prominent movie directors and stars were there to film in the Cinecittà Studio. In their free time they shopped in Rome’s famous Alta Moda Ateliers and jewellery boutiques, and Bvlgari jewels were adored by divas such as Elizabeth Taylor, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Magnani, Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni of the Dolce Vita movie. Hence, the venue was decorated to mirror the Rome Condotti Bulgari boutique with its vintage 1950’s and 1960’s designed sofas and coffee tables from Italy.