In one of the territory's rare low-key makeovers, JW's California at the five-star JW Marriott hotel is headed for a new look. Key elements are a new chef and a sushi bar. Out with the old decor is long-time executive chef, Barry Schneider, who, after seven years, is said to be looking for pastures new. Details of the renovation plans have not been released, although the hotel has confirmed the name will remain unchanged. The restaurant, which closed last week, is scheduled to open before Easter. Culinary care of husbands The latest cookbook doing the rounds has added household hints for would-be chefs tired of cooking for one. In addition to its vast collection of dishes, The International Baptist Church of Hong Kong recipe book includes entries like 'How to preserve a husband' and 'How to cook husbands'. In the latter section, the book suggests many mates are spoiled by mismanagement. 'Some women keep them in hot water, others let them freeze by their indifference. Some keep them in a stew, others roast them and keep them in a pickle. No husband will be good and tender if managed this way, but they are delicious when properly treated.' Bananas that keep the doctors away Last week tomatoes were in the spotlight as the new generation of vegetables genetically engineered to carry the hepatitis B vaccine. In the same wave of research, bananas have been catapulted into the sci-fi age as the carriers of vaccines against diseases such as measles. Feasibility studies into carrier-bananas are being carried out in the United States, according to a report in the journal New Scientist. When drinking is a class act Your choice of poison says a lot about your age and social status if research by British group Taylor Nelson AGB is an indicator. Gin, according to their report, is the classic older upmarket drink. Stout, on the other hand, is the most downmarket drink. The drinks that cross all class barriers are premium canned lagers such as Heineken. Fired up over 'saucy' charge Diners at the Golden Elephant restaurant in Times Square were flabbergasted recently when presented with their bill. Included in the total was $8 for 'sauce'. 'We didn't have any nuts or sauce. There was nothing on the table,' one irate former patron complained. The bill for two people was $347. When she challenged the waiter about the charge, she was told it was standard on every bill and shown receipts from customers who had happily - if unwittingly - paid up.