Singers and models drop in at Gin Sai for upmarket barbecue and fusion dessert

Janice Man

Peter Lam Kin-ngok understands the benefits of investing in a diverse range of businesses. So it was hardly a surprise when singer-actress Janice Man Wing-shan turned up at the opening of Gin Sai Japanese restaurant last week.

Friday, 15 February, 2013, 3:18am

Year of the Snake festivities charm Sha Tin race-goers

Liza Wang

The Lunar New Year race meeting at the Sha Tin Racecourse on Tuesday was not short of festive elements.

Actors Liza Wang Ming-chuen and Wayne Lai Yiu-cheung - who said they had spent most of the Lunar New Year working - entertained guests with their singing.

15 Feb 2013 - 3:16am

Lara Genovese brings Accidental Death of an Anarchist to the Fringe

The cast of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, playing at the Fringe next month. Photo: Lorenza Mazzucco

Lara Genovese has always loved theatre, although she studied architecture in Italy. When she came to Hong Kong in 2010 and started to take part in community theatre shows, she took the opportunity to further her "learning path".

15 Feb 2013 - 3:06am

Mooning after romance? Mingle with other singles in the Ozone of soul-mate seekers

Photo: SCMP

The most romantic day of the year can be hellish for those alone or newly single. So perhaps this is the year to take charge, go out there and find that special someone. Easier said than done, but this Valentine's Day, Hip Hong Kong is here to help.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:30am

Dragon dance at Harbour City mall was spectacle not to be missed

Dozens of performers gave tenants and shoppers at Harbour City mall one of the standout dragon and lion dances of the holiday period yesterday. Photo: SCMP

Valentine's Day this year comes hot on the heels of the Lunar New Year, and amid the candlelit dinners and champagne brunches are traditional festivities and family reunions.

For many, one of the best parts of the Lunar New Year is the dragon and lion dances. There are many to see, but the one yesterday at the Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui was not to be missed.

14 Feb 2013 - 11:25am

The way to a Valentine's heart is through St Betty's chocolate cherry mousse …

This dessert is one of many culinary delights the Central eatery has for food lovers on February 14. Photo: SCMP

In Hong Kong, lovers tend to celebrate Valentine's Day by eating. In response, restaurants across town roll out special romantic set meals for two. These range from boozy brunches to over-the-top love fests - think pink candles and heart-shaped slabs of foie gras.

14 Feb 2013 - 2:38am

Elisabetta Rogai brings fresh Côtes of paint to canvas at Art Supermarket

Divine Senses‚ by Elisabetta Rogai. Wine on Canvas.

It seems some artists were meant for Hong Kong. Florentine painter Elisabetta Rogai is one such artist. The city is in the throes of the Arts Festival, but one thing it is crazier about is the pleasures of the grape.

Rogai combines both passions in her paintings, which are large portraits of women in dark red tones that are painted using wine.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:09am

Stars catch A Good Day To Die Hard premiere

Crystal Kwok and son

The stars turned out for the Hong Kong premiere of A Good Day to Die Hard at the Pacific Place AMC cinema in Admiralty.

The fifth in the series of Die Hard films takes place in Russia, with its star Bruce Willis once more fighting off the bad guys with a new sidekick, his son.

8 Feb 2013 - 1:33am

Fashion fanatics hop, pop, hoodie and trough at Gutter's inner-city bodega

(From left) Vlad and Russ Karablin from SSUR, Edison Chen and Kevin Poon from CLOT, and Jerry Meng from SSUR. Photo: SCMP

The party power of urban fashion was put to the test on Wednesday evening at the opening of Gutter, a street-fashion pop-up store conceived by lifestyle brand Clot.

8 Feb 2013 - 1:37am

30-Hour Famine celebrates 30 years of hunger for change

(From left) Celebrities Khalil Fong, Endy Chow and Maria Tang.

The number of hungry people in the world declined from a billion in 1990 to 870 million last year.

It's no small accomplishment, but obviously we still have a long way to go to eradicate hunger and poverty.

7 Feb 2013 - 2:51am

NY celebrity chef Michael White brings some Italian love to HK

Scallop with braised potato, porcini and balsamic vinegar.

Hong Kong has more than its fair share of visiting celebrity chefs, but people still take notice when Michael White comes to town. White is a titan of Italian cooking and owner of three of the most buzzed about restaurants in New York: Osteria Morini, Ai Fiori and Marea. Even a mention of Marea gets foodies' mouths watering, with images of lardo-wrapped sea urchin dancing in their heads.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:41am

Basketball court party venue for charity that catches kids at risk of slipping through net

The School of Hip Hop turns heads

Youth Outreach, an organisation that assists at-risk youngsters, celebrated its 21st anniversary on the basketball court of its centre in Sai Wan Ho.

The event, which featured a performance by its very own School of Hip Hop, was also a time to look back at the youth service's triumphs and forward to its challenges ahead.

7 Feb 2013 - 2:47am

Avant-garde fashion brand Liger opens new outlet in Causeway Bay

Johanna Ho, Wyman Wong, Zhou Xun, Hilary Tsui, Dorothy Hui.

It's going to be a big year for Liger, the avant-garde clothing store started by fashion "it" girls Hilary Tsui Ho-ying and Dorothy Hui.

The stylish duo has expanded their brand to a third outlet - a sleek, modern flagship store on Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, far from the industrial chic of their subterranean walk-up showrooms elsewhere.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:03am

La Prairie reopens Harbour City store

Sharon Luk

Swiss skincare brand La Prairie's doing very well in Hong Kong. So well that it has renovated its Harbour City store just in time for the hordes of self-pamperers sure to descend on it over the Lunar New Year.

And it celebrated its renovation with a star-studded reopening ceremony on Tuesday last week.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:39am

Shoe designer uses engineering with a twist to come up with this mojito

Julian Hakes with some of his happy customers.

Cocktails and high-heeled shoes can often be a dangerous combination. Other times, they can be life-changing. Such was the case for London-based engineer and bridge design specialist turned women's shoe designer Julian Hakes.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:40am