GET INTO THE SPIRIT(S) OF CHRISTMAS
How better to start the countdown to Christmas Day than with a whisky advent calendar ($1,988)? Why have we been bothering with chocolate ones when we could’ve had little windows of whisky each day? Each advent calendar includes 24 tiny whisky or gin bottles from Tiffany’s New York Bar at InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong. There is a more tailored version showcasing independent bottlers ($2,988) or, if you’re feeling really flush, you can opt for the limited Deluxe Edition 2019 ($15,888), featuring old and rare whisky bottles of 30 years or more.
To order a daily dram for the whisky lover in your life, buy online
FESTIVE BLESSINGS AT CITY’SUPER
No matter the time of year, city’super makes for a great one-stop shop for foodie gifting, but this holiday season, the gastromarket is offering festive hampers that make our heart sing. There are 23 hamper
options available to suit all styles and budgets. We particularly like the Daylesford Afternoon Tea hamper ($1,680), bursting with teas, honey, jam, biscuits and sparkling rosé, and the Healthy Lifestyle hamper ($1,880), which comes complete with a massager and exercise mat! Or, for a really fun gift for a little
one in your life (or a child a heart), we love this adorable vintage-inspired mini popcorn maker ($289).
For city’super’s festive hamper options, click here
In a galaxy no one imagined would ever exist, Le Creuset has revealed a new limited-edition range of Star Wars cookware. From the R2-D2 mini cocotte ($780) to the Darth Vader Dutch oven ($3,388), your favourite cult movie from the late 70s could now invade your kitchen like a Clone army. Our favourite item in the collection has to be the roaster complete with Han Solo frozen in carbonite on the lid ($3,688). If you want to go a bit more low key, they’ve also released a Death Star trivet ($218) to place your pans on.
Buy online at Le Creuset
TEA FOR THOUGHT
The perfect gift for a tea connoisseur friend, or anyone who enjoys sipping a fine cup of tea, the newest book by ManMo Media, the publisher who brought us Hong Kong Food & Culture: From Dim Sum to Dried Abalone, is all about the delicate art of Chinese tea. Inclusively titled Tea is for Everyone: Making Chinese Tea Accessible ($128), the compact 128-pager demystifies the complicated world of Chinese tea. Learn about the history of tea making, the various growing regions, brewing etiquette and tea pairings. What a good book to browse while sipping a soothing cup of tea!
Available at good bookshops around Hong Kong or buy online at ManMo Media
A GREAT PRESSIE (AND A GREAT WAY TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY EATING YOUR WAY AROUND HK)
If you’re looking to reconnect with your roots or discover new flavours, why not book in for an edition of Humid with a Chance of Fishballs Tours? This Michelin-recommended food tour company was founded by Virginia Chan, who specialises in going off the beaten path, preserving and showcasing old Hong Kong craftsmanship and providing an insider look at Hong Kong daily life. The tour heads out to the lesser-known parts of the 852, including Kowloon City and Sham Shui Po, for authentic flair and flavours.
Book online with discount code XMAS2019
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