Tasting Notes

United We Dine Campaign Brings Life to Hong Kong’s Dining Scene

The campaign aimed at assisting the hard-hit hospitality industry has extended its offer until May 31st, encouraging Hong Kongers to dine out and enjoy specially curated menus by some of the city’s most-loved restaurants.  

The past few months have seen restaurants in Hong Kong - and around the world - be dealt with a difficult hand, where once-thriving dining locales are struggling to stay in business and support their staff. Experiencing the first extensive loss in annual revenue since 2004, Hong Kong’s restaurants are now in need of the community's aid. In response, Hong Kong’s leading F&B experts The Forks & Spoons, Tatler Dining Hong Kong and On Air Collective, along with supporting media Tasting Kitchen (TK), Time Out Hong Kong, Foodie, The Loop, and WOM Guide joined...

May 19, 2020

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Trendsetting Tradition: AJK Textile Introduces KUTNİA Line

KUTNİA takes inspiration from the traditional Kutnu fabric of Gaziantep, which AJK Textile has adapted to the modern world. The almost-forgotten national treasure has been revitalized and transformed into a new stylish brand, paving its way into the future. 

Kutnu is identified as a silky fabric with colored, floss silk wraps and cotton woofs. It is also known as the oldest silken fabric. The colorful wraps and woofs create delicate stripes, which are the signature Kutnu characteristic. Kutnu was used for both men and women’s clothing during the Ottoman period, as well as for furnishings in large cities like Istanbul. If you trace back Kutnu's history, you will find its name as part of trade agreements signed between the Ottoman Empire and the US in the early 1900s. However, today, there are only a handful of craftsmen...

May 18, 2020

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Celebrate World Cocktail Day with these Delectable Drinks

The cocktail maestro himself, Salvatore Calabrese, along with the barmen at a host of our favorite hotels have shared the secrets to their most tantalizing tipples in honor of World Cocktail Day on 13 May. Grab some glasses, raid your liquor cabinet and let’s celebrate in style with a toast from home… 

Brown’s Hotel London – Calabrese’s Trio of Classics Salvatore Calabrese gives his recipes to three classic cocktails that can be mastered at home. Created exclusively by ‘the Maestro’, and his team, Maurizio Palermo, and Federico Pavan, these lip-smacking concoctions will transport you straight back to The Donovan Bar at Rocco Forte Hotels’ London outpost, Brown’s Hotel. The Breakfast Martini As Calabrese says, “‘The dream for any bartender is to immortalize themselves with a drink. More than any of my other creations, the Breakfast Martini is the...

May 14, 2020

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Taste Sensation | AKI Caviar

Caviar, the little jewels of flavor that melt so delicately in the mouth, are one of life’s greatest foodie delights and one of the oldest family-owned caviar importers worldwide, Altonaer Kaviar Import Haus (AKI), has spent almost a century procuring the highest-quality caviar for people’s enjoyment across the globe. AKI’s Owner & Managing Director Markus Rüsch tells us more…

Can you tell us a bit about AKI’s history, heritage and family ties – when and how it was founded? Our company was founded by the uncle of my father – Mr. Max Schuldt - in 1925 in a district of Hamburg called Altona, nearby the fish market. At the beginning, Max Schuldt bought his caviar from sailors heading with their ships to the port of Hamburg and delivered it all through Germany. In the course of this time, the business developed well. My father, Gustav Rüsch, took over the business in 1959, while he started to work for AKI some years before. Mr and Mrs....

May 08, 2020

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