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January 2, 2009

Best of 2008

If you made it through 2008 without your life savings heisted by Madoff, Melamine in your milk, and with your Mortgage payments up to date, you’ve fared better than many. But despite all of the doom and gloom of last year, there were some bright points to remember (think Britney Spears shocking comeback!). Here’s a look back at 2008 through Dim Sum coloured glasses…

Art + Culture
Last year brought an infusion of art into our lives with the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February and the first ever ARTHK08 International Art Fair in April. Not to mention the Art Walk in May and lots of fabulous gallery events that added some serious culture to our evenings. Enough international talent came into town to keep us singing and dancing all year long, from Wyclef Jean bringing down the house at MOBar to Billy Joel putting us in a NY state of mind to Batman taking his stunning silver screen leap off the top of IFC. With our artistic sides well fed, it was time to indulge our other passions. From cooking, to history to languages, we brushed up on our extracurricular skills and even managed a few nights a week away from Wyndham Street. Who said Hong Kong was all party, all the time?

Eat + Drink
For the foodie in us, there was no shortage of inspiration last year. From the opening of Sevva and the Pawn in the spring to the introduction of gourmet burgers and authentic Mexican into our lives, to the influx of new Japanese hotspots to satiate our cravings for sushi, teppanyaki, robatayaki and more, each dinner was filled with new and exciting surprises. And just when we were ready to begin our diets, Duke’s Deli and Classified opened their doors to tempt us with every cheesy dish on the planet, and top notch restaurants with international specialties from around the world lured us with everything from dumplings to tapas. This barely left any room for dessert, but we couldn’t resist the chocolates and cakes that were popping up, hot and fresh, on almost every corner of the city.

Relax, Revitalize + Travel
When it came time for a holiday, there were so many exciting new options it was impossible to choose, from sunning in Thailand to trekking in Bhutan to snorkeling in Australia. And just when we were feeling guilty about all those days at the beach, we learned more about voluntourism and give back getaways, and how could we feel anything but amazing about that? Summer brought the long awaited Olympics and Beijing beckoned with its wide array of newly opened restaurants and nightlife outlets, giving us even more reason to go to the games. After all that jet-setting we needed some serious R+R and luckily our favourite spas had just the treatments to keep us feeling great and looking more youthful than ever.

In 2008, Dim Sum & Then Some readers partied like never before, kicking off on a high-heeled note with our burlesque themed 1st Anniversary Party at KEE Club. We broke out the stilettos again for our sizzling Sex and the City party at M1NT where our Absolut Hunks gave Smith Jared a run for his money. Macau became one of our favourite new party destinations this year with a blow-out opening bash for DFS Galleria at the Four Seasons in August and the unforgettable Oktoberfest at the Mandarin Oriental in November. Our champagne glasses were filled and our wardrobes much improved after in-store soirees at both Club Monaco and Karen Millen. And our skin will never be the same after our fabulous spa-rty at Asia’s first Bliss Spa at the W Hong Kong. DSTS readers danced the night away at a pre-opening party for stunning new hotspot Salon de Ning, tried their luck at ladies racing nights at Adrenaline and celebrated the festive season at the first anniversary party for Cucina, rounding out a full year of fabulous fun!

To make sure every year is as colourful as this one was, tune in to Dim Sum & Then Some to keep up with what’s new, what’s next and what’s best for 2009!

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