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January 3, 2008

Best of 2007

Still nursing an almighty hangover from New Year’s Eve?  Maybe you didn’t quite start 2008 as the holistic health goddess you’d hoped to. That’s ok, there’s always next week!  Before you sit down to dutifully contemplate how you’re going to make the world a better place with your New Year’s resolutions, let’s take a moment to reflect on the fabulously fun times we had in ‘07…

Eat & Drink
Our tummies never went hungry with an array of stylish dining hotspots opening up all over town.  The highly anticipated arrival of NOBU was worth the wait with its mouth-watering dishes and unparalleled views of the skyline.  Soon to follow was the chic and stunning Zuma, which not only tempted us with delectable dishes but was also the hottest spot to see and be seen.  Then came an outpost of New York’s famed Megu alluring us to cross the harbour for even more innovative Japanese cuisine.   Bringing brasserie-style dining to Hong Kong, The Press Room made brunch our new favourite meal of the day along with tantalizing our taste buds with the best Onion Soup Gratinee in town. Based in the heart of the city with a decadent dining room and equally sinful cocktails, Azure was destined to be a sure thing.  And the resurgence of Star Street including the opening of Ingredients and the new Chez Patrick turned this quaint compound into one of the city’s culinary gems.

Shop
Get ready to queue! H&M landed in Asia with its first store opening on our very own Queen’s Road Central, offering the latest trends from celebrity designers at unbeatable prices.  We also saw the opening of the fabulous Club Monaco, which has made our wardrobes a happier (and more stylish!) place with luxury cashmere selections and dresses that have become absolute must-haves among glamour girls about town. The global “green shopping” trend came to Hong Kong as the city’s shoppers snapped up must have green items like Stella McCartney’s CARE organic skincare line and Anya Hindmarch’s “I Am Not a Plastic Bag.”  The first ever MasterCard Luxury Week strutted into town in September featuring fashion shows of renowned international designers like Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta, which made us all conjure up our inner style divas.  The opening of Elements put West Kowloon on the “must visit” destination map, and this marvelous-in-every-way shopping mall soon became our second home.

Relax & Revitalize
The opening of ThreeSixty, HK’s first ever environmentally friendly grocery and lifestyle store had us turning over a new leaf as we happily became wholesome and organic (anything to counterbalance our LKF habits!).
We took our healthy living a step further with Evolution, Asia’s first ever large scale yoga conference held in Hong Kong, as we ommed and posed with renowned gurus from around the world.  And brought our luxury spa-going to new levels of excess at the newly opened Peninsula Spa by ESPA, whose opulence has to be seen to be believed.

Play
Oh how we played!  The complete transformation of Wyndham Street had us going out every night in an attempt to try out every new bar and restaurant on the block.  Wagyu and Tivo and Prive, oh my! And just when we finally thought we were done, The Venetian in Macau opened its ornate doors to a world of fun and entertainment that had us crossing over almost weekly to catch the latest shows, events and openings in this thriving hotbed of indulgence.

2007 certainly kept us busy! But what else can you expect in the world’s most exciting city? You’d better put your feet up and rest while you can, as something tells us 2008 is going to be even hotter!



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