Our On The Sassy Radar is back for September – a bite-sized scoop on our top ten finds in the world of fashion, food, music, books… you get the idea! This month, we’ve got a some fab French chic, Mist Ramen’s hot new restaurants, Jimmy Choo sunglasses, liquid nitrogen ice-cream and much more…
Hot on the heels of Spain’s Uterque hitting ifc, more fab European fashion is heading HK’s way! Bringing effortless Parisian style to our shores (thanks to Rue Madame for paving the way!), French favourites Sandro and Maje are both opening their very first HK flagships in ifc too. Prepare yourself for cool chic contemporary looks that will make great additions to any wardrobe, at prices that won’t break the bank either.
Lab Made, Hong Kong’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour, opened last month and the queues are out the door. By blending fresh ingredients and freezing it with liquid nitrogen at -196°C, this is the smoothest ice cream in the city. With four flavours that change every two weeks and no preservatives, the only downside is that it melts fast, so this is an eat on the spot experience. Sassy’s flavour? Purple rice. Look out for the full review here soon!
Lab Made G/F, 6 Brown Street, Tai Hang
2670 0071 www.facebook.com/LabMadeHK
Sad about Mist in Causeway Bay biting the dust? Never fear, the folks behind the Michelin-starred ramen house are back… with not one, but two new eateries to tempt your tastebuds! They’ve transplanted everything you loved about Mist to their new quirky Rasupermen resto in Hysan Place, plus they’ve also hopped onto the pizza bandwagon with cool neighbourhood hang-out Mist Pizzeria. Can their more artisanal pizzas give Paisano’s and Pizzeria Pubblico a run for their money? We can’t wait to find out!
Rasupermen Shop 1203, 12/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
2881 5006 www.facebook.com/rasupermen
Mist Pizzeria 7 Wun Sha Street Tai Hang
Vanished Years, Rupert Everett’s follow up to his hilariously gossipy memoir Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins is published on September 27th. Pre order from Bookazine and expect more tart comments on his fabulous friends including Piers Morgan and Anita Pallenberg.
One of the most annoying things about toting a clutch bag for anything other than evening, is that it’s impossible to get all your fashion essentials inside. But now with the fabulous foldaway Lana Sunglasses from Jimmy Choo, there is no excuse for squinting into the sun.
Jimmy Choo Shop G8, G/F, The Landmark, Central
2525 6068 www.jimmychoo.com
If you’ve already hit up the Cle de Peau inspired tea set at Café Gray Deluxe, the next stop on your fashionable high tea list should be the Marc Jacobs afternoon tea at The Landmark Oriental Hong Kong. Themed around the shape, colour, print and texture of the designer’s iconic handbags, these sweet treats look almost too good to eat! Available until the end of September, it costs $200 between Monday to Saturday and $240 (including the dessert buffet) on Sunday – plus you’ll get a special Marc Jacobs gift set too.
MO Bar G/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 15 Queen’s Road, Central
2132 0077 www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark/dining
Unreal Candy recreates our favourite sweet treats like peanut butter cups with natural sustainably produced alternatives that exclude corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial colours and all the junk. They’re sold in the States in RiteAid, CVS, Walgreens and Ralphs, with sugar content reduced by an average of over 40%. Someone bring these to Hong Kong please!
Out Of Print Clothing seek to solve the dilemma of those lamenting the loss of proper books when they convert to the Kindle or other e-readers. Their eBook covers (launching in autumn) wrap over the plastic aluminium with gorgeous covers of literary classics made from real book board and cloth.
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Gift sets are such great value, so instead of just treating others, how about treating yourself?! Our latest fave for a bit of self-gifting is the limited edition Elemis Revitalising Skincare Anniversary Collection ($680). Including four luxurious skincare goodies like their signature Melting Cleansing Gel and scrummy-smelling Papaya Enzyme Peel, it’s all packed in a super-convenient stylish washbag perfect for toting about on your travels. What’s more, each purchase helps fund life-saving vaccinations for children in Africa thanks to the charity SOCO.
Available from Elemis counters at Canton Road and Times Square Lane Crawford
Hunted, a BBC/HBO co production about a Bourne-style female operative picks up the pace for must-watch TV this year. The eight part series sees Melissa George in the lead role; if you are a fan of Homeland and The Killing, this show with its suspenseful thrills is for you.