Thank goodness for technology – that’s what we’ve been saying since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. From online learning and working remotely to Zoom catch-ups, at-home workouts and even Netflix, technology has helped us to maintain our sanity throughout this trying time.
Businesses all over the world are having to adapt quickly and embrace technology. The times certainly are changing, and restaurants and bars have taken notice. By offering fun and creative virtual initiatives, you can still support your favourite spots while staying at home and practicing social distancing.
Taqueria Super Macho
Taqueria Super Macho encourages you to stay connected with your friends while remaining apart. They’ve recently introduced the La Casa Loca virtual happy hour, delivering drinks and snacks to you and your pals (up to five people) daily from 3:30–6pm. For $198 for two, you’ll get two margarita mix kits along with tortilla chips, guacamole and pico de gallo. They deliver anywhere from Cyberport to Quarry Bay.
Popular Wyndham Street watering hole Bobby’s Rabble is hosting Zoom dial-in party packages featuring live online DJs and shout-outs ingeniously titled “Out of Bobby’s Experience”. Each OOBE package will be delivered to your door by the bar manager with a thank-you letter including instructions on how to join them online for an exclusive three-hour Zoom party as well as a $500 voucher to use when the bar reopens. Their Tu Pac package ($1,000 for 2) includes a variety of spirits, mixers and even ice and biodegradable cups and straws. WhatsApp Dave on 9160 6207 to order. Deliveries are only on HK Island for the time being.
They will also shortly be adding dial-in video quiz nights and cocktail classes whereby customers can buy a complete cocktail kit and link to the interactive video class in a bid to continue to serve their clients and provide some respite from the monotony of staying in.
Online spirit workshops with Victoria Chow
Mixologist extraordinaire of cocktail bar The Woods, which closed just about a year ago, is back with www.sipstraight.com, a website specialising in online classes and other drink-related content. You can now book a regularly occurring 1.5-hour session of Spirits 101 ($348) with Victoria herself. Each session includes an online Zoom workshop and a tasting kit containing eight spirit samples by artisanal brands. Book 48 hours before your session in order to receive the kit in time.
Motorino has long hosted pizza-making parties, and on the back of the success of their first virtual party earlier this month, they’re now hosting virtual pizza-making parties on alternate Saturdays starting on 25 April (and then 9 and 23 May). Chef Luca Marinelli will demonstrate how to make the perfect pizza over Instagram Live, answering questions in the comments. Choose between margherita ($208) and soppressata piccante ($228) pizzas, and pre-made dough, sauce and toppings will be delivered straight to your door. Deliveries are available between Cyberport and Quarry Bay.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Five-star The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has launched its Blue Apron Series, a cooking show featuring 13 chefs from the hotel’s culinary team (including Amber’s two-Michelin-starred Richard Ekkebus with beer-cooked mussels from his home nation) whipping up recipes that should be pretty easy for us non-pros to replicate at home using just basic ingredients and equipment, with each video clocking in at under five minutes. Follow The Landmark MO’s Facebook page and/or Instagram page to stay up to date on the latest instalments.
Gaggenau Home Chefs Culinary Series 2020
In similar fashion, luxury German home appliance brand Gaggenau is getting in on the home-cooking act with this masterclass video series led by 13 top chefs from around Hong Kong such as Nate Green from Henry at Rosewood Hong Kong (first up with his homey shepherd’ pie), David Lai of Neighborhood and Ricardo Chaneton of MONO. Each month from May until December, selected chefs will each demonstrate two recipes on separate videos. Click here for the online class schedule and to watch the chefs in action.
Lazy Baking Studio
Laky Baking Studio in Kwun Tong has moved to the virtual world with its bake-at-home packs (from $200), which come with step-by-step recipes and all the ingredients – in perfectly portioned amounts – to make the likes of peanut butter oatmeal cookies, cranberry scones and chocolate lava cake at home.
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