Lantern Festival — Last Chance to Chinese New Year Toast

The festival was Chinese. But the dinner table was decorated with produce from Iberian Peninsula, perfectly well suited to the wine list, in our last change to Chinese New Year toast! Among the delicacies from Spain, we had Iberico Jamon (the spanish ham on the black serving board), freshly carved from a whole back leg; Tio Pepe sherry vinegar (the bottle of dark vinegar in the middle) of Jerez de La Frontera; Queso de Cabrales (Cabrales cheese, behind the sherry). A little further east to the Peninsula, from the province of Reggio Emilia, northern Italy, we were spoiled by the king of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese — the Vacche Rosse (the middle block of cheese on the… Read More

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Feast -“ful” Malaysia Chinese New Year 2012 part 1

Malaysia Chinese New Year in Butterworth, Penang Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) has always been our families’ yearly highlight. It is the spiritual as well as customary moments of family reunion, for both me and my wife. We also wish to cultivate our family values to our daughter, by always making ourselves available to going back to Malaysia, to our home towns on this special occasion. Living in Hong Kong, despite numerous challenges all these years, we have managed to keep this culture except once when my homecoming was impossible due to work travel. Malaysia Chinese New Year (CNY), the time my daughter looks forward to each year, is… Read More

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Christmas Eve Dinner with Bubbly and Port

Dangling blue and silver ornaments on the Christmas tree. . . Santa Claus is coming to town. . . This year finally saw a real Christmas tree in our house. Paying HK$399 for the real thing justified our daughter’s persistent request since last year. Of course, her request wasn’t just the pine tree, but a whole Christmas eve dinner at home as well. Searching for ideas for the big dinner online kept us busy for weeks. Fortunately, the “wine department” was under my care, and my last encounter to the quest for season bubbly came handy. 1995 Fleury Champagne it would be, for the Christmas eve dinner! We didn’t go for the… Read More

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Toast to Our Turkey Dinner Wine Pairing

The weather is getting colder, Christmas around the corner. The big bird on the dinner table, accompanied by homemade gravy or the ready-made urban substitute nowadays, is usually not complete without the uncorking of some worthy wines. Yes, the wine lover will never miss any opportunity to instill the beloved beverage to an occasion. Naturally, Christmas dinner will never escape this passion. After all, the spirits will always rejoice with this magic potion! Turkey Dinner Wine Pairing Okay, back to the gobble gobble turkey. I have put together some recommendations on the wines that may go well with the big bird on your dinner table, and more importantly, won’t burn a big… Read More

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