The persimmon secret

December 14th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (0 Comments)

Without a doubt, I have always misunderstood persimmon. It probably comes from my stay in some nice hotel in South East Asia where unripe persimmon were placed in my room as an amenity many years ago. Not knowing what these were and dressed with the same immaculate color as the well known orange, I sliced … Read more

Best moments of 2012

December 31st, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (2 Comments)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!! 2012 has been the year of all superlatives. It seems the stars had their eyes on me at all time… I even won a prize at a Christmas lucky draw! Can you imagine? This never happened to me, ever… To wrap up the year, here is a little recap of what … Read more

To WOM it may concern: It was Stollen!

December 20th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (9 Comments)

Like with most things in life, there are moments where you feel the passion within and the genuine interest in matters. At times, when writers come to visit us to learn about a certain topic, I feel like it almost turns to boredom for them, no matter how exciting we try to make it, maybe … Read more

Usually, I am not the greatest fan of macerated fruits/jam/brandy sort of recipes, but we gave some thoughts to that one; made with fresh poached pears has a nice fruity side to it that fits every festive occasion. Happy days! :) I shared the recipe in a video for Tatler’s Epicurean Express here, take a … Read more

Gold & White Christmas Media Party 2012

December 12th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (0 Comments)

Christmas is the time where we also thank our friends from the media world for their support all year long. Similarly to last year, we held our party by the pool where we served miniature main courses, canapes and a foie gras station pairing with a tasting of our Sauternes. From the sweet side, this … Read more

There are traditions that tend to become boring, but others, like the Christmas tree or the Gingerbread House that tend to make our inner child come out with jellyfish eyes every year!   It took our team about 2 weeks to build the actual house but many more days to think it through.    

Friday 30th of December, just after the news at one, I’ll have the honor to be the guest of star host Crystal Kwok for her live show “Kwok Talk” on RTHK3 – and let me tell you, I’d better be ready to talk! Whilst a more visual broadcast (hint hint) is on its way, I … Read more

Welcome to Gingerbread Town

December 16th, 2011 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (19 Comments)

Right on time, and after countless hours of swimming in gingerbread spices, icing sugar and marzipan, our very own gingerbread town is now on display!

Sunday morning, as I walk down to the plaza, the sun is shining. Yet the strong northerly wind blowing on my face reminds me that the thermometer doesn’t go much higher than a shy 8 degrees on that day. I thought it couldn’t be possible with our Christmas media party coming up the next day! … Read more

Exclusive sneak preview: Christmas 2011

November 29th, 2011 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (2 Comments)

I wouldn’t know what’s the smell in Santa Klaus’s house, but I think it’s not far from the smell we have in our pastry at the moment. The air is filled with spices scent, chefs have gingerbread dough sticking everywhere on their hands… The apple cider is boiling and the orange skin for the mulled … Read more

Like turkey for Thanksgiving, gingerbread houses are some sort of lurking tradition, kind of a must have somewhere in a hotel during Christmas… nor at least if you are not adhering to the concept, (at least) 85 other people will remind you about it! :)   Mark, our passionate Head Baker, spent fruitful efforts on … Read more

Christmas cinnamon leaves

November 29th, 2010 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (0 Comments)

This is how cinnamon leaves look in real life: And this is how they look in our pastry :) Here is the recipe. Straightforward and easy to bake at home, the main point of success would be the quality of the hazelnut and the cinnamon powder… This recipe was featured on Asia Tatler Dining as … Read more

Help!!! Santa is stuck in the chimney!

November 19th, 2010 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (3 Comments)

Ok… it’s probably a classic by now and yes, Christmas is ‘always’ the same… so how about making it more fun? Below are some of our Christmas cupcakes we will do starting next month – those are Red Velvet cakes – and no, Santa wasn’t hurt or mistreated in the making of those cupcakes :)

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