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Caviar, truffles, saffron, abalone, bird’s nest, wagyu beef. These highly prized – and highly priced – ingredients entice and intoxicate with seductive scents and intriguing flavours. And they are so much in demand that some are worth more than their weight in gold.
After years of simple Scandinavian design and decor, the pendulum is swinging to a more colourful, expressive and individual style. Decoration is experiencing a revival, with signs of a new-found appreciation for materials, personality and even a touch of frivolous fantasy ñ and it is all adding a welcome luxury and warmth to contemporary design.
Think of minimalist design and what might spring to mind are the sterile, white-on-white interiors in glossy magazines. More recently, however, minimalism has evolved into a kinder, gentler form that does not necessarily mean an absence of design or comfort.
Despite the speed of Hong Kong life, sometimes it pays to dawdle not dash, to savour rather than scurry ñ especially when it comes to great food. Preparation and longer cooking times can add layers of flavour and complexity to dishes.