Megabites: Enjoy US Beef and Pork at Wine and Dine 2016

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This year’s Wine & Dine Festival has over 400 booths split across 5 sections, where to start? How about the Tasty Bites section where, sponsored by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), you can find premium US pork and US beef served up by two local restaurants Frites (Booth C311) and Crft-Pit (Booth C317).

crft-pit-wine-and-dine-2016Located in Ap Lei Chau Crft-Pit specialises in American BBQ and their booth features a four item menu. The Texas Brisket Beef Dip ($60) is oak smoked USDA brisket with a peppercorn rub served with creole mustard in a baguette. The Pulled Pork Slider with Pickles ($55) has hickory smoked USDA pork served in a brioche bun withcrft bbq sauce and shredded cabbage. They also have Mini Burger Sliders ($55) and Jalapeno Mac and Cheese ($30). Add a drink to create a combo for $80

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frites-wine-and-dine-2016Frites the Belgian bar with four outlets locally will be serving mini versions of two of it’s popular menu items. The palm sized “US Pork Mini Good Wife Sausage with Mash Potato’ $60 is very tasty. Or get healthy with a ‘US Beef Protein Salad’ $80.

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Momotaro First Anniversary Party – 26 October, 2016

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Japanese restaurant Momotaro on Wellington Street celebrated it’s first anniversary with a party. Guests, regulars and friends enjoyed sushi and sake to celebrate the occasion.
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Elaine Chow, Gone But Never Forgotten!

Elaine ChowIn the early hours of the 27 October 2005 our friend and colleague Elaine Chow committed suicide by stepping off a building.

Elaine was a wonderful, vibrant young woman, who brought joy to everyone she met. Her smile could and would brighten both the sunniest and dreariest of days.

When I asked if she’d like to turn her internship into a job she replied, amidst a beaming smile and joyful disbelief “You mean, you want to pay me to eat…” The memory of her beaming smiling face of disbelief as replied still brings a big smile to my face.

And while tears run down my cheeks, and my heart breaks as my mind replays the scream erupting from my phone, looking up and seeing Elaine falling – so fast, yet in slow motion – to her death. My brain cannot process the truth of what it sees and my legs will never be moving fast enough to reach her… The pain of those images never seems to fade, but nor thankfully do the memories of her smile and the joy she infused to all around her. RIP Elaine you are deeply missed.

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Tragically almost 3 people a day, on average, commit suicide in Hong Kong. It’s the unseen killer across all ages, if you know someone who’s talking (even jokingly) about suicide get them help/talk to them. If you’re thinking of suicide, please please talk to someone first.

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Kinchit Shah Smashes Century to Continue Prolific Form

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A run-feast at Kowloon Cricket Club was headlined by a blazing century from 20 year old Hong Kong international Kinchit Shah, who continued his dominant start to the season in the Elite League.

Shah smashed 132 off 79 balls in an innings that included 12 fours and 9 sixes. The knock helped KCC Templars post 306-8 from 49 overs against Hong Kong Cricket Club Scorpions who made a valiant chase but fell short on 287-6. James Redmayne starred for the Scorpions scoring 108 off 99 balls in a losing effort.

But for Shah, the century continued a stellar start to the season, which has seen him score 271 runs in five innings at an average of 90. Those runs have helped him regain a place in the Hong Kong team for the upcoming series against Papua New Guinea.

“Honestly, it’s the hunger to get runs,” Shah said. “I’ve always been told that I would get a nice 30-40 and never get a big score. Yesterday I was in a similar situation where I saw myself getting a quick 35-40, and that’s where I started fighting against myself to ensure I put on a big score and help my team get to 300+.

“It was one of my best innings I’ve played so far in domestic cricket so far but I have also previously scored a 100 in premier league against HKCC at their home ground while chasing 300+ and we won the game!”

Shah’s form surge is no coincidence, during the off-season in India, Shah pushed himself through a brutal training regime, which involved strength sessions in the morning and two hours of cardio at night after work.

“Since the Asia Cup in February, I’ve lost 10 Kilos. I feel as if my feet are moving faster and I am able to push myself better in difficult situations,” Shah said. “After the World Cup, I took some time to reflect upon things. One of the biggest worries I had was my weight and I felt as if I was too heavy. So I knew I didn’t have any more international matches in the next 5-6 months and decided to lose weight. ”

“I am now more confident before going into the PNG series with some runs behind me. But I feel it is important to not let myself relax and I need to start from 0 in every innings I play,” Shah added.

Additional reporting and image: HK Cricket

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Match Report: HK Scottish Kukris 45-5 HKCC @ KG V – 22nd October 2016

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The HK Scottish Kukris are having a rollercoaster start to the season, a good win over Valley, either side of loses to Gai Wu and Tai Po. The Kukris were looking for a strong performance against HK Cricket Club. And they started brightly, as after only four minutes Lo-Ho Yau sprinted from the halfway line to score under the posts. Karis Cheng converted; 7-0.

Cricket Club came back strongly and worked their way into the Kukris twenty-two. But a penalty for offside gave Kukris the ball. Karis Cheng was able to able to evade several tackles for another 50-metre dash to score under the posts, although she missed her own conversion; 12-0.

Unfortunately at this point the game was halted due to an injury to one of the Cricketers. After the enforced break it was agreed the first half would be completed and the second half consist of the remaining time available. It was the Cricketers who came back strongest and put Kukris under continued pressure. The pressure increased further when Lo-Ho Yau was given a yellow card for offside and spent 10 minutes in the bin.

In spite of repeated assaults on their try line by HKCC, it was the Kukris who scored next, with Nieve Heskin making another long run to score under the posts. Karis Cheng converted. Man-ling Hui and Hau-yi Chung combined well on the right wing, allowing Chung to score, with another conversion from Karis Cheng. The Cricketers immediately responded, shrugging off some soft tackles to open their scoring. Halftime 24 -5.

In the shortened second half any thoughts of a Cricket Club fightback were quickly extinguished. First Sze-ting Li ran an incredible mazy run to touch down. Man-ling Hui quickly followed this up with two fine tries of her own. Karis Cheng converted the latter two. Final score 45-5 to Kukris, with an impressive team performance from the girls.

Next week Hong Kong Scottish Kukris take on USRC Tigers in second v third clash, with both teams on ten points. Cricket Club, still looking for their first win, take on table topping Tai Po Dragons, also on ten points.

Hong Kong Scottish Kukris
Neon Chau, Tiffany Tse, Tung-Hoi Jim, Crystal Lee Oi-Yan, Emily So, Nicola Yip, Nieve Heskin, Sze Ting Li, Karis Cheng, Hau-Yi Chung, Lo-Ho Yau, Andie Ma, Ket Robinson, Man-Ling Hui, Lo-Ho Yau, Yumi Fan Sau-Yi, Angle Leung, Yuen-Ting Fung, Yumi Sau Yu Fan, Po-Ki Chan
Tries: Nieve Heskin, Karis Cheng, Hau-Yi Chung, Man-Ling Hui (2), Lo-Ho Yau, Sze-ting Li
Conversions: Karis Cheng (5)

Edited 30 October to update the try scorers

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American Cheese and Wine Evening – 24 October, 2016

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An evening of sublime flavours as the US Consul General hosted an evening of American wine and US cheese.

America is well known for it’s wine, but it might surprise you to know that the US is now the world’s biggest cheese exporter. And we’re not talking those synonymous processed cheese slices. A thriving quality artisanal cheese industry offers everything from award wining cheddars to sublime blue cheeses, ‘Parmesan’ wheels and ‘French’ bries and much more – there’s something for everyone to enjoy and explore. And soon to be, if the US Dairy Export Council  and Schuman Cheese are successful, available in a shop near you.

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Gai Wu Falcons Flying Start Continues

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Gai Wu Falcons continued their perfect start to the Women’s Premiership season beating City Sparkle 58-0 in round four. In the other matches HKFC Ice beat CWB Phoenix 22-14 at King’s Park while the USRC Tigers beat Kowloon 49-0.

The return of Gai Wu’s sevens stars proved too much for Premiership debutants City as Chong Ka-yan ran in four tries alone. Coach Lai Yiu-pang also credited Melody Li Nim-yan for her commitment and work rate and welcomed sevens captain Christy Cheng Ka-chi back for her first fifteens action this season.

“It was really good to get the sevens girls back. Christy played about 30 minutes and she looked really good and Melody was all over the park today. Ka-yan [Chong] may have even had a fifth try it was hard to keep track,” said Lai.

Gai Wu prevented their opponents from scoring for a third consecutive game this season and have now posted 145 points for to zero against over just three matches.

Despite this prodigious strike rate, the Falcons still trail Valley Black – who were on bye this weekend – on points differential. Valley are on +154 after three wins to start the season, keeping the Falcons nestled in second place on the table behind last year’s double-winners.

In other Premiership action, USRC Tigers mauled Kowloon 49-0. It was a disappointing set-back for a Kowloon side that had come within a minute of claiming their first win of the season last week against HKFC and were looking to string together another strong performance. But the Tigers proved too strong.

Tigers coach Liu Kwok-leung was pleased the way his side stuck to their desired structure saying, “This result is what we planned for. We followed our game plan all the way, kept our intensity high and used our width and attacking space well. Everyone played their part well. It was very smooth.”

Liu was also pleased to have his own sevens players back, none more so than the influential Natasha Olson-Thorne. “Natasha was a key player for us tonight. At times when we struggled with our decision-making and the ball was getting messy, she always showed the leadership to rebuild momentum.”

HKFC Ice had the best of its second tight encounter in as many weeks beating CWB Phoenix 22-14. Ice’s forward pack proved the difference in a strong opening half, keeping Causeway Bay under near constant pressure with the first try coming midway through the half.

The pressure led to penalties for Causeway Bay and a succession of yellow cards enabled Football Club to add a second try on a 13-strong Causeway Bay shortly before halftime. Football Club added a buffer-try in the third quarter but Causeway Bay fought back with two successive tries to close the gap to 17-14 before Club collected a bonus point try for the 22-14.

“It was a ding-dong forwards battle,” said HKFC coach David Wigley. “Causeway Bay really upped their game in the second half and had us worried. They have some big strong forwards, and as we got a bit lazy in defence, we were struggling to control their pack.”

Wigley singled out Rosie Fong for her masterful control of the match and scrumhalf Henrietta Wong for solid display.

Full women’s rugby results for 22 October, 2016 here

Woman's Premiership table - 24 October, 2016

Additional reporting and image: HKRU

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Women’s Rugby Results – 22 October, 2016

Premiership

City Sparkle 0-59 Gai Wu Falcons
@ Shek Kip Mei, Kick-off: 18:00

USRC Tigers 49-0 Kowloon
@ Kings Park, Kick-off: 18:00

CWB Phoenix 14-22 HKFC Ice
@ So Kon Po, Kick-off: 18:00

Woman's Premiership table - 24 October, 2016

National League 1

Gai Wu Fawkes v Tai Po Dragons
@ Tai Hung Tang, Kick-off: 15:00

USRC Tigers 17-19 Valley Red
@ King’s Park, Kick-off: 16:30

HK Scottish Kukris 45-5 HKCC
@ KGV, Kick-off: 18:00

Woman's National League 1 table - 24 October, 2016

National League 2

City 15-21 Gai Wu Hawks
@ Shek Kip Mei, Kick-off: 16:30

HKFC Fire v CWB Lammergeier
@ So Kon Po, Kick-off: 16:30

Police 12-0 Tai Po Dragons
@ Police Boundary Street, Kick-off: 18:00

Tin Shui Wai 0-12 Kowloon
@ Tin Shui Wai, Kick-off: 18:00

Woman's National League 2 table - 24 October, 2016

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