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Second trip and second serving of chocolate cultivated and made in Vietnam! After travelling to Vietnam, I tested the different chocolates in several recipes, including this (very smooth) chocolate cheesecake that I glazed with an olive oil and chocolate glaze. The base of the cake (or tart) is made of sweet dough and black olive … Read more

The Harbourfront Feast

April 24th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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May 2, 2015 will witness a rare occurrence in Hong Kong. Rare because you get to be fed by 13 talented chefs from 13 different kitchens in one go!  All the chefs met over few days to taste each other’s dishes and to make sure we were all not serving the same thing as well as discussing portion … Read more

The wooden table controversy

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (5 Comments)
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Seldom are the days where the sun bathes a wooden bakery table nowadays… He might be playing hide and seek with the clouds, but that’s not really the culprit here. Hong Kong rental prices would rather be one of the reasons, pushing operators to hide kitchens and bakeries below ground, away from the expensive limelight. … Read more

Inside the Banh mi

November 21st, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (7 Comments)
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Another great trip to Ho Chi Minh City had me finally taking a much closer look at the infamous Bánh mì, the quintessential Vietnamese sandwich born from the French colonial occupation. A simple preparation in which all sorts of meat, pate, melted “butter”, spring onion and other vegetables are stuffed in a thin-crusted pillow-like baguette. … Read more

We all need Young Masters

June 3rd, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (2 Comments)
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In a not so far past, beer was called “liquid bread”, the reason being that beer was a simple fermented cereal beverage, and it was never filtered, thus there was solid residue of the cereal left in the liquid, where the name liquid bread. And when I visited Young Masters Ales, a new start-up where Rohit and Ulrich … Read more

A Taste of the Seven

March 12th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Charity | Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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In support to Feeding Hong Kong and The School of Rugby, together with Peggy and Anthony, I will have the pleasure to prepare the dessert at A Taste of the Sevens on the 28th of March, right next to the Hong Kong Stadium on the first day of the spectacular and upcoming 2014 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens! … Read more

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The team at Zen Organic Farm must be doing something right as I keep being amazed at every visit. I can’t put myself together to organize birthday gathering for our son in some function rooms with a sad clown, a jumping castle, balloons and the odd HAPPY BIRTHDAY sign on the wall (in case people … Read more

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For the past several years, I had a blast pretending to be a fortune teller for the Food and Beverage industry, predicting pseudo trends and dreaming of what would be our industry a year later. It was never meant to be taken to the first degree nor I intended it to be; it was just … Read more

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Foodie Magazine has it spot on with their first edition of 2014! No detox, no diet, no low-carb, it’s full on indulgence with no less than 6 awesome recipes I am sharing!  Among other recipes, my signature candied ginger pan d’oro stuffed with vanilla cream, black truffle croissant and shaved parmesan, porcini … Read more

All hail the Quince!

December 19th, 2013 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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Hong Kong is an amazing place for chefs.  We can get virtually anything we want from the fresh produce markets around the world at almost any time of the year.  Yet, it appears like 90% of the imported fresh produce is dictated by our suppliers.  Convenience? Lack of creativity? Laziness from either party? Or simply … Read more

Layers of Thanksgiving Love

November 28th, 2013 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (4 Comments)
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Pumpkin pie: A concept unknown to my palate until I first moved to the United States of America to work back in 1998, in Colorado Springs. (yes!) And not far behind the unknown pie, there was Thanksgiving, of which I had never heard of. To put things into context, yes, I was literally coming down … Read more

The Icons 2014

November 22nd, 2013 | Posted by greg in Books | Charity - (7 Comments)
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The first question Jason Black, mastermind behind the calendar, asked me was “Do you want to be part of a calendar?” I laughed. And me being me thought about those calendars you receive at Christmas from every other companies with random photos of coconuts and tropical islands, and where having your computer desktop calendar synchronized … Read more

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“I’m FINinshed with fins”, the campaign launched by National Geographic and other WWF organism rides the wave right on its edge. Gordon Ramsay, followed by Joel Robuchon are them “finished with goose liver”,riding another wave of massively media exposed animal welfare, but what about other animals? Vegetables? Flour? Making delicious mille-feuille and eclairs brought me to … Read more

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