Monthly Archives: February 2014

All about organics

Word spreads fast when a new delicatessen enters the organic vegan scene. In a no-through road in Sai Ying Pun, right next door to Peggy Chan’s restaurant Grassroots Pantry, is Chan’s latest venture Prune Organic Deli and Workshop. Chan’s delicious vegetarian menu is nourishing and yummy, and now devotees of Grassroots Pantry can learn a lot about cooking vegetables with maximum taste and style. It was just as much the need for more space to hold the increasing demand on their food products, as well as to allow a flow of casual foot traffic through the neighbourhood that saw Prune eventuate. “We are now able to serve an incredibly nourishing breakfast menu which is personally my favourite meal of the day,” Peggy says.

Prune is a warm and earthy environment which is packed most mornings of the week with people devouring all sorts of healthy things such as home-made oats, raw Bircher muesli, and invigorating juices and smoothies with reassuring names like The Enricher and The Cleanse. There’s always bags of smoked tahini kale chips, seasonal jams, gluten-free and vegan fresh baked goods plus home-made tomato sauce, and there are workshops here that involve many dishes with a vegetarian twist, preparation of raw food and its benefits, plus practical household kitchen advice. Peggy also invites guest chefs and hosts gardening and holistic workshops.

Prune Organic Deli and Workshop, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. Tel: (+852) 2873 3353.

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Stocking up on enamel

Enamel ware in Hong Kong is enchanting. It’s brand-less and simple, and the fine floral designs add a little romance to the everyday kitchen set. The blue tiffin tins and little coffee cups first caught my eye at this store on Hollywood Road in the late-nineties. Inside was a beautiful mess with all these metal and enamel pieces stacked together. That store’s now closed but here’s the address of one below so you’ll know where to start if you’re searching for enamel plates, cups, bowls, trays, vases, thermoses, or some lovely trinkets in Hong Kong.

See the enamel and metal wares at Chu Wing Kee, 26 Possession Street, Sheung Wan, + 852 2545 3560.

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Catherine Preston Jewellery Design

We love warm-natured Cat Preston of Catherine Preston Jewellery Design. And her striking hand-made pieces inlaid with colourful semiprecious stones are within reach – think elegant, perfect for every day jewels in silver and gold that can go into edgy evening parties and big events. The designer settled in Hong Kong 18 months ago after 10 years in Singapore and a two-year stint in Chicago. Cat is also masterful at giving old pieces new shape (she meticulously re-worked a pair of antique garnet and enamel clip-ons, which Belinda’s grandmother had brought back from India in the 1940s), into wearable pierced ones. 

DONT MISS OUT: Looking for something special for Valentine’s Day? Then be one of the first 10 stylebrief readers to tell Cat you saw her interview here and she will take 15 percent off the price of a piece in the collection at her atelier on The Peak. 


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