Afternoon Tea with Jimmy Choo in Hong Kong

MO Bar Jimmy Choo Shereen Shabnam

First let me clarify that I still have mixed feelings about Jimmy Choo….my sexy red heels remain uncomfortable the last I felt it but I still love the white bag, which for Choo, is NOT BAD since I normally use Luis Vuitton as a benchmark. However, I am delighted with the look of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental and the MO Bar at the hotel, which also looks beautiful in photos, has organised its latest fashion tea in collaboration with Jimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo shoes and handbags are often worn by style icons around the world, from celebrities to royalty, and from musicians to heads of state.  Until 5 May, MO Bar’s Jimmy Choo afternoon tea will take inspiration from Jimmy Choo’s Spring/Summer 2013 collections, which will highlight the haute gypsy glamour of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and feature rich and vibrant colors and embossed leather, fringes and tassels, to reveal the fun-loving side of women.

Sidney Schutte, Executive Chef at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental says, “When creating this afternoon tea, we wanted to showcase Jimmy Choo’s Spring/Summer shoe wardrobe that is filled with bold and feminine shades. We have crafted edible miniature high heels and also took inspiration from the colours of the handbags and clutches, and have created some of the most fashionable-looking and delectable savoury and sweet items to convey their style.

Tea items include smoked salmon cucumber sandwiches made to resemble the design of the CAYLA clutch decorated with brightly coloured cream cheese pyramid studs; and the white chocolate bag based on one of Jimmy Choo’s signature leopard print designs.  “We are excited by this collaboration, which allows our guests to touch and feel the ‘Choo’s in a completely new way!” added Schutte.

MO Bar’s Jimmy Choo tea set will feature mouth-watering savoury bites such as Foie Gras High Heels on Crispy Brioche Bread, Ham Mousse Sandwiches with Savora Mustard, and Smoked Salmon Sandwiches with Cucumber and Cream Cheese.  Sweet temptations include Milk Chocolate High Heels filled with Lemon and Chocolate Biscuits, White Chocolate Bag filled with Lychee, Rose and Raspberry Mousse, Chupa Chup Macaroon filled with Passion Fruit and Mango Cream, and Green Tea, Strawberry, and Yuzu Mousse Shooter, as well as MO Bar’s signature light-as-a-feather Ginger and Raisin Scones.

Intimate, contemporary and ideally placed in the vortex of Hong Kong’s financial and luxury shopping districts, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong sets the standard for personal service and stylish sophistication.

Black Truffles return to Pregos

Yummy Truffle dish at Pregos
Yummy Truffle dish at Pregos

A few weeks ago I spent a decent hour reading about one man’s journey on cultivating truffles and how much of a cavorted commodity it has become amongst the world’s foodies who scramble to get the premium and crème of the crop…usually from Italy. Then I get news from Anita that the Black Truffle season is returned to Prego’s, coming all the way from Italy…Pregos (at Media Rotana) is of course my dining house of choice when I have skipped lunch and have a chance to eat on the way home post my workout….its one of few nice places that open at 6.00pm.

Divas…and others of course others.. can celebrate the legendary Black Truffle Festival of Norcia closer to home, as the Italian chefs prepare a limited edition Norcia Truffle menu, featuring a variety of signature truffle creations from fresh goodness of homemade ravioli to a juicy portion of lamb rack, choose from an exclusive pick of Italian truffle delicacies made from the secret recipes of Umbria. 

For those not in the know, Black Truffle is a unique type of mushroom, available only for a short period in the month of February and is considered a highly appetizing and luxurious treat….if you have never tried it, my suggestion is that you try it at Pregos first.