Once Upon A Time In Mexico Friends, last week I went to drug-wild Mexico (its Congress approved a bill last Friday decriminalizing possession of marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin “for personal use”). However, I resisted all temptations and turned my chef’s eye to sampling some damned delicious food while burning my eyes with a frikkin’ nuclear hot pepper. Wouldn’t you know it, this coming September is Mexico month in Hong Kong? But you don’t have to wait that long: There’s a great new Mexican dish on the menu at Lumiere at 2 IFC. Yes, the huge place with the theme of Sichuan-South American – the only one in town, and the only one that really gets the “fusion” concept. Try the tostada de concha de peregrino y camarone, which is a signature Mexican dish featuring grilled scallops, prawn tostadas with guacamole, lettuce, tomato and pineapple salsa. On the Chinese side, if you’re a fan of the hot stuff look no further than the awesome crispy-dried chung king fried chicken with an avalanche of Sichuan peppers. Oh my god, did my mouth go numb, but you just can’t stop munching on that delicious chicken. The recipe was brought over from distant sister restaurant Yunyan Sichuan in Tsim Sha Tsui, where I recently tried the five-story chili challenge. Lumiere is a great place for after-work drinks with its fiery chili caprihina, something to blow your head off after a hard day. 3101 Podium L/3, IFC mall, Central, 2393-3933. Illy No More Lan Kwai Fong Tower has lost its first victim: Illy Italian restaurant, which will be replaced by what else - a Japanese joint! Look for more details next week. The New Pink? I dare you to try my and new deputy editor Angie Wong's new creation the “Rosétini”: a vodka martini with a splash of Rose wine – the hottest thing in Los Angeles right now, a great way to beat the summer heat. I was in LA last week on my culinary travels and bumped into Paris Hilton sipping on this groovy cocktail, so figured if it’s hip enough for a Hilton.... Which leads me onto our new recruit, New York girl Angie Wong, who is from this moment my new deputy food and drink editor – she tells me that in Brooklyn, Rose is the ultimate bling thing for the cool set. Check out her new column coming soon in these pages. A New Case of Crabs? Oh, I'm awful, aren't I? Stormies has a new menu reflective of New England crab shacks of classic seafaring joints lining the East Coast, with plenty of king crab, shrimp and a crab appetizer that was amazing, braised in butter and garlic and sinfully crunchy and delicious. G/F 48 D'Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, 2845-5533. I Got Malay’d Malay cuisine is now featured at the Kowloon Shangri-La’s Café Kool, crafted by guest chef Raymond Yin of the Traders Hotel in Singapore. So who the hell is Yin? Only the winner of the Gold Excellence in Asian Cuisine, that’s who. He does laksa, kut te (pork rib herbal soup) and soto ayam (spicy chicken soup with vermicelli noodles) as well as a mean crab curry and lontang (rice cake with vegetable coconut gravy) or beef rendang simmered in coconut milk. My lady friends tell me the sweet, rich taste really makes these dishes sing. 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2733-8753. Why I Love TV My crazy old pal and Canadian restaurateur Yianni Psalios has a new series on the Asian Food Channel about the opening of his third Greek restaurant in the frozen North. He’s quite the character, with plenty of table dancing, plate throwing and temperamental outbursts to entertain and educate along the way. Broadband channel 527.