Surfing has moved from the couch to the kitchen as Californians translate their television habits to the food they eat. 'Ethnic surfing' takes traditional foods from specific regions and infuses them with herbs, spices and tastes from elsewhere. The best example is the flavour of the month, trendy oils, which mix quality olive oils with such delicacies as roasted seeds from special Austrian-grown pumpkins. The pumpkin seed oil is surfing everywhere from salads to Chinese cuisine, in place of the more traditional sesame oil. Book for Mum Next Sunday is Mother's Day. If you to celebrate with the flowers, perfume, pianist, and the Polaroid, book ahead for The Park Lane hotel's rooftop restaurant, Parc 27 (Tel: 2890-3355). For $388, she can enjoy a five-course set dinner, or the regular a la carte. A lunch buffet is also laid on for $348 for adults and $228 for children. But if you want to go back to the drawing board, you will have to go to Harry Ramsden's (Tel: 2832-9626), where pencils will be provided along with the fish and chips. A prize goes to the child who draws the closest likeness of Mum. If the weather holds, lunch outside may be a fine idea, especially at The Repulse Bay's The Garden (Tel: 2812-2722), where the lunch buffet costs $198 for adults and $168 for children. Indoors, the complex is serving special meals for lunch and dinner. Expect to pay anything from $198 to $320, depending on which restaurant you choose. In characteristic fashion, every hotel worth its bread basket will be keeping Mum in one way or another next Sunday. Eight kilogram heart-shaped cakes lead the way at the Furama's Cake Shop, while the Tai Pan Grill at Omni The Hong Kong Hotel ends the evening with chocolates and perfume. Environmental bags await mothers at the Regal Kowloon's Le Restaurant de France, La Brasserie, or the Regal Seafood Restaurant. A class above Donaldo Soviero is pounding the pasta again in preparation for his next six-week cooking course. The courses, run by Trattoria at The Landmark's Il Padrone, are on Wednesday afternoons from 3 pm to 7 pm beginning on May 17. The six sessions costs $2,700, which also includes a copy of Soviero's book, La Vera Cucina Italiana - The True Cooking Of Italy, and a graduation banquet. Pupils will also be given recipes for the more than 60 dishes taught during the classes. Call 2524-0111 for reservations. COMPETITION Kebab skewers and eastern Mediterranean tastes take it easy in the patterned European decor of the Regal Hong Kong Hotel's premier restaurant, Riviera. Executive chef Wolfgang Meistes' new a la carte menu takes the restaurant's Mediterranean flavours in another direction while diners have a choice of views: Victoria Park or the harbour. We have a voucher worth $500 towards a meal at Riviera (Tel: 2890-6633) for the person who correctly tells us on which Riviera the rich and the famous are known to gather. Fax your answers to 2564-1244 by Friday together with your name and daytime contact number.