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Last week I spent my days darting in and out of high rises, so this week I'm taking the opportunity to red line loads of my to dos at home. First, a cuppa coffee (or maybe two -- who am I kidding all day long).  Before September arrives here's several tidbits to share...

  • The Kong's heat and humidity are finally dropping a bit, but I still find myself always sporting a top knot (hey, it is still 90+). So I am always on the look out for another way to stay cool. Here's a cute and easy change to the basic ponytail. 
  • Sometimes in the era of helicopter parents, I feel we've forgotten that we are preparing our children for life. I can feel the mom's eyes singeing the hair on my head when I stand by and don't get involved. So it was with great relief I heard of Jessica Lahey's book, The gift of Failure. Maybe its not such a bad thing when I sit by and watch my daughter stay in at recess when I know she did not do her homework. She'll learn if she wants to play with her friends she'll get her homework done. Sooner or later...
  • I know you were wondering what does Shakespeare sound like in Cantonese? Well, London's Globe theatre is performing Macbeth in Cantonese. Check it out
  • Ever wonder what a Hong Kong high rise apartment looks like? Here's a minimalist one listed by Sotheby's for eight million. (PS My house does not like anything like this.) 

Well, I'm onto my third cuppa joe and crossing off items left and right. Have a good Monday!

xox,
Christine




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You know that saying the more you need to do to the more you can get done? I hope it's true as I have  too much to do this week! To the point of planning on returning emails on the mtr and Google mapping stores that are on the way of my priority to dos to run multiple errands in one trip! Crossing my fingers it all works out! Without further ado here's some snippets I thought you'd like..

  • If you need a break between red lining all your Monday morning to dos, check out the panda cam at the National Zoo. The awww factor is huge with rare twin pandas only a couple of days old! 
  • Remember the Crazy, Rich Asians book? Well, good news Mr. Kwan is out with his next book- China Rich Girlfriend. And rumor has it Crazy Rich Asians is being made into a movie. Bad news- Mr. Kwan was here in The Kong and I didn't know it and I missed him. 
  • The flights back and forth between Hong Kong and the states are some of the longest  in the world. The resulting jet lag can be miserable. So it's great news that there is a new three minute cure! But seriously, it requires almost freezing! It think I'll take my chances with melatonin. 
  • I made the decision that we must get out of our regular dinner meal rut. I'm sick of spaghetti, tuna and the normals. This Sunday I printed out several recipes I had pinned and we're going to give them a try. Starting with a red pepper pasta sauce over homemade gnocchi (all vegan and gluten free!). How about you? Any new dinners you'd like to share? 
xox, 
Christine


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From farm to table...

For our stay in Cambodia, we chose to stay at the Park Hyatt downtown Siem Reap within walking distance to all the shops. Chef  Pisith was wonderful. He prepared all my celiac sons meals personally. And then he guided us on a farm to table foodie tour. Chef Pisith began the tour at the local markets. Below are the local farmers selling their produce and seafood. Their selling needs to be wrapped up by noon. These poor ladies sit crouched for hours selling their wares. Makes my back hurt just thinking about it. 




The hubs is obsessed with the different types of fish in each country. He's always quizzing the vendors about the names of fish and where they came from. In English! 


These are separate vendors who I assume probably lease the space in the market.


After touring the markets, we drove out to a remote village. This is one of the last area villages that still make homemade rice noodles without electricity. Stella took her turn milling the rice into rice milk. 



After the rice is milled into milk and mush, the mush is wrapped in cheesecloth and ferments for several days. The lady above then places the fermented mush on a metal plate. (How does the dowel strike the plate? There are three people on the other end operating like a see saw.) The large wooden dowel pounds it into a dough. And yes, she kept moving the dough around while the dowel was striking. I could barely watch - for fear she'd lose a finger (or two. or a hand.). The dough is then placed into a metal tube with a sieve on the bottom and the dough gets pushed through the tube into boiling water. And whoa la- rice noodles!















This is the restaurant that purchases the rice noodles and sells the noodle dish, nam banchock. 



And finally, nam ban chok  prahal - a khmer noodle fish curry with long beans, cucumber, green papaya, yellow pear flower and water lilly stems. We could not indulge in the village final dish, but instead Chef Pisith made the same curry with safer sourced ingredients for us. It was delicious. I have been trying to find the recipe, but having trouble sourcing Cambodian recipes. Anyone have any leads?


xox,
Christine





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