Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
As you can imagine, we had a lot of moving boxes marked "Kitchen". When the movers here in HK started to bring our air shipment to our apartment, they were scratching their heads with the amount of boxes destined for the kitchen. Dear friends, HK is one of the most populated cities in the world...something to the tune of 60,000/sq ft or sq m...can't recall but something ridiculous. Hence space is a premium in this very, very vertical city. With space as a premium, my oven in out apartment here is probably just 1/4 the size of my LG in NY. This is no joke, some of my baking pans won't fit the oven. Very different...maybe this is an opportunity for me to create "mini-me's" of my work in NY...hahaha. I will post a picture of the oven so you can see what I am talking about.
Given the pregnancy, everything for me is sensory overload. HK Island is like Manhattan but with A LOT LOT LOT more people...this is no joke. If you think it is a jungle walking the streets of Manhattan during rush hour...you haven't seen anything yet like HK. It is ridiculous the amount of people specially in Central & Causeway Bay...I am not even talking about the tourist spots on the Kowloon side but more so the place where Hong Kongers live.
Oh well, a lot of things going on. As much as I want to work, our OB here advised me to take it easy. I will try to test out my oven and see what I can do out of it. I will also blog about my adventures in Hong Kong Island - both personally and from a culinary perspective.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
As a baker, I was very happy and pleased with the wide selection of pastry/baking stuff (who doesn't want Silpats, metal cutters, flexipan molds and every size and shape of ice cream scoops) and the gamut of kitchen necessities that you would want in your kitchen cabinet. As these gadgets are precision tools, I must warn you that prices are rather steep, but remember they're long-term investments.
Also, it's worth pointing out that JB Prince is not visibly located along the street. The store is located inside a nondescirpt Midtown office building, on the 11th floor and behold JB Prince. Even if you don't have any intentions of buying something, you'll find yourself carrying a loot bag!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Lauren is one of the most fabulous, fun, generous and down to earth person I've met. To those who don't know her, she is a Food Network Gold Medalist and known for muppetizing the judges at the Sesame Street Cake Challenge. I've watched that episode so many times and it never fails to amuse me. She guided us through the construction of the internal structure of the muppets, gave us tips on handling the temperemental modeling chocolate and shared techniques on how to form the body parts. They made all the students - professional decorators or not- feel comfortable with what they are working with.
Here is the wonderful line-up of the muppets cake designs. Each one has its own personal touch as you could see the different facial features, expressions and accesories attached to the muppet. My cake stands on the far left and the photo below. It was such a wonderful experience to be in a room with people who have the same passion as I do. One minute everyone is chatting and the next minute, there is complete silence as we are all focusing on putting the details and the finishing touches on our muppets. I loved the fact that I was in my element.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
cake cutting ceremony