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Slow Sunday

We woke up late and decided to have a lazy, slow Sunday sans exercise except, of course, the 3 Buddy Pee + Pooh walks. It is good to be the StudBud 

Food was simple with Japanese shrimp/crab dumplings lightly steamed, Yuen Long special Chinese meatballs, three-day sesame oil marinated cucumbers and baked carrots/potatoes/onions flavoured with cumin highlighted the day. The evening was even simpler with M’s homemade dumplings and a Chinese noodle. A fair bit of starch to handle the upcoming sipping 

M decided we should focus on the wonderful town of Paso Robles. Our visit to this sleepy village in 2013 was nothing short of spectacular as we discovered a wine region well-positioned to compete with anything the Napa area has to offer…and at a fraction of a price .

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A Star is Born

Tipsy Wo , with whom we often enjoy “Play Dates”, was chosen to be interviewed by one of Hong Kong’s leading, Chinese language dailies. Basically, his talents in the kitchen and the cellar, along with his extraordinary PhD in BSing, positioned him perfectly for this event. An honour that he performed in our house 

He prepared some succulent Tiger Prawns drizzled with fish oil and chorizo bits that was worthy of any Michelin star restaurant…seriously 

The Beef Cheek with Carrots in a brown reduction sauce was as tender as a sexy young (of legal majority, of course) gal’s bottom…well, I feel quite comfortable imagining that sort of analogy given nearly 40 years of experience  Let’s just say a knife, hardly even a spoon, was necessary to “cut” the cheek.

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A little love from Saint-Émilion

Our good friends, Bruno and Max, from our favourite Saint-Émilion wine merchant, Vignobles & Chateaux, visited us for a wonderful wine dinner.

To make it even more fun for the assembled guests of sipping and snacking, Bruno and Max organised a blind tasting. The story, including menu and wine list, unravels – rather quickly as you might imagine – below.

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Coravin makes us happy…

IMG_8507We had finished, equally happy and sad, our Pares Balta Brut Nature Cava NV, but it was only 8:30pm and I was still keen to watch a few more episodes of “Person of Interest”…and sip something because, well, because…

A bottle, albeit desired, would have not been in my best interests…according to my cardiologist.

Thus, Coravin to the rescue.

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Play Date Weekend with Party Marty

Our good friend, Party Marty, parachuted into Hong Kong for a relatively late night Saturday, all day Sunday and recuperative Monday visit. Despite being well out of practice with The Noble Grape, Party Marty lived up to his moniker.

We, on the other hand, find ourselves still recovering on Tuesday, albeit I anticipate something lascivious to sip this evening. Continue reading Play Date Weekend with Party Marty

Babysitting G

Oh my ears and whiskers, our good friend G was abandoned by his wife, who had booked a girls’ night.  If only we were in our 30s, nay, even 40s, this evening could get ugly.  The advantage of age, of course, is the opportunity to enjoy some spectacular wines one would not find in “gentlemen’s clubs”.

We – happily – offered to “babysit” our needy, little fella…well, he is more than ten years my senior, but a friend in need….

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