Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets on the 17th anniversary of the establishment of the HK SAR to express their dissatisfaction with incompetent local politicians and chief executive CY Leung. The biggest protest march in a decade lasted over 8 hours and culminated in a peaceful sit-down protest in Central. #hongkong #689 #freedom
Over five thousand fans rocked to the the sounds of the Imagine Dragons at the World Premiere of Transformers 4: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong. The set list: Tip Toe, Hear Me, It’s Time, Demons, On Top Of The World, Radioactive, Battle Cry
Something new and different – Just Mayo, a ‘plant based mayonnaise’ that is egg-free contains zero cholesterol and is gluten and soy free… Sounds a little too good to be true. Well oddly in this case it’s not. Hampton Creek a US company has spent over two years researching a replacement for the egg-based emulsifiers found in traditional mayonnaise. After screening over 1500 plants they found it was possible to use a specific variety of the Canadian yellow pea (a type of split pea) to replicate the binding properties of the eggs to create a ‘plant-based’ mayonnaise.
Just Mayo is exclusively available in four flavors: Original, Chipotle, Sriracha and Garlic at Great in Pacific Place (although expect to find it in PARKnSHOP, Fusion, Taste, International , Gourmet and SU-PA-DE-PA stores soon). At the recent product launch Great’s Tim Broderick demonstrated by preparing a range of dishes that beyond the ‘plant-based’ hype Just Mayo is a tasty option for all.
Boutique importer Tai Pan Beer Company showcased its range of Australian craft beers and ciders at Ozu. The impressive range of beers includes Angry Man, Moon Boy, Rudeboy, Whale Ale, Dark Knight and Punch & Judy’s Amber Ale from Australia’s Brewer of the Year Murray’s Craft Brewing Company. Other fine ales from the Balmain Brewing Company and Bridge Road Brewers will have beer aficionados comparing notes, flavours and hops… In a notable coup Tai Pan have secured the first overseas distribution of Batlow Cider – made from the famous Batlow apples: the Premium is a dry golden cider, the Cloudy has a fresh medium sweet, and both are gluten free. www.taipanbeer.com
The annual Tiananmen Anniversary vigil in Victoria Park remembers those who died in 1989. Beyond the sentiment though there’s a solid practical reason for the political parties involved, it’s good business. All those wanting to honour the memory of the deceased are funnelled through two entrances into Victoria Park. Outside and in, are a plethora of earnest activists hard-selling books, t-shirts, flyers, flowers, models, fans, umbrellas… or just straight out guilt-asking for donations.