Private dining has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong over the last few years as more people in the city are opting for private kitchens to celebrate an event or to have a more intimate dining experience (no doubt thanks to the size of most flats in the city, making hosting near impossible). While there are a few private kitchens that have been around for a number of years, I went to a newer raw, plant-based private dinner the other week at Masalas and Olives. I’ve never been into the whole vegan/raw eating, but I’ll admit I was really impressed with the food and atmosphere.
For those living in Shek Tong Tsui (otherwise known as the dead zone between Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town), there’s not nearly as many healthy food options as its two neighbouring districts. The Elephas is tucked inside The Warrior Academy fitness studio, but thankfully the cafe is not just for members. Anyone is welcome to navigate their way through a local shopping mall to find The Elephas and enjoy a wide range of nutritious smoothies, healthy salads, and gluten-free and raw desserts all at a reasonable price.
If the thought of spending 6+ hours out in Hong Kong’s vast greenery and rolling hills with little shade and no going back sounds like an adventure you’re willing to tackle, then Plover Cove is perfect for you. This hike starts in Tai Po and takes you in a circle(ish) to Tai Mei Tuk, making for a long and sometimes grueling hike to the finish line if you go in the summer. Despite the length of this hike (approx. 17 km), the route itself isn’t too difficult if you’re relatively fit. Be sure to bring plenty of water, and leave early in the morning to fully enjoy and appreciate the stunning views along the Plover Cove hike.
Hong Kong is a city that’s teeming with restaurants of every cuisine imaginable, and where many people eat out almost every day of the week. Since eating a burger and fries every day isn’t exactly healthy (although it is certainly delicious), having restaurants that offer healthy dishes that still taste great are a must. The Reinventing Salads movement is meant to get you thinking about salads differently; as more than just a barely-edible bowl of boring greens you struggle to eat. During this month-long campaign, seven restaurants have come together, each creating a salad of epic proportions to help shake up the way we view salads.
Given the fact that I’m gorging down delicious (but ultimately unhealthy) meals far too often, I’m always on the prowl for quick and hearty food that’s also good for you. As health trends continue to rise; cold-pressed juices, salads galore, and organic everything, Supafood seems to have found a good balance of offering healthy food that is oh-so satisfying. Serving up salads to rice bowls, and chia pudding to smoothies, Supafood has their healthy eats down to a T.
With almost too much choice when it comes to dining out in Hong Kong, the one thing this city is still working on are restaurants that serve food that is good for you, without sacrificing taste. While the city offers a few healthy take-away options, The Restaurant by The Kinnet is a much more relaxing and open restaurant for those looking to satisfy good-food cravings any meal of the day.
Getting a gym membership in Hong Kong can be an absolute nightmare; from trying to find the right gym with the right price in the right area. Thankfully, GuavaPass, a completely new way to go about becoming more healthy and fit, has come to Hong Kong to make working out easier and more fun (and without those frustrating contracts). I was able to do a two-week trial with GuavaPass and I honestly loved every second of it. Being an avid gym-goer for well over five years, I wasn’t sure if GuavaPass would be able to actually leave me wanting to switch gyms after the two weeks. I was – you guessed it – very wrong.
Swire is on a roll as they open yet another restaurant (after The Continental in Admiralty and Public in Taikoo) in the heart of Hong Kong Island’s Eastern business district; Quarry Bay. Mr & Mrs Fox caters to a wide audience, offering three floors with distinct dining differences. Their food has a refined simplicity to it that leaves you wanting to try every dish on the menu, and their service is some of the best we’ve had at a modern restaurant that is still able to exude a sense of casual. Needless to say, Mr & Mrs Fox gets two thumbs way up for their all-around fantastic dining experience.
Finding a good spot for lunch in Hong Kong, especially in Central, can be overwhelming (what’s up with these $200 + for a three course executive set lunch.. C’mon now people, this is lunch during the work week we’re talking about!). Since I’m basically a fat kid at heart, I’m a sucker for a good buffet and have thankfully stumbled upon another (check out my review of 208 Duecento Otto and Lily & Bloom‘s weekday semi-buffet lunch) great find in Central for a weekday lunch pick-me-up: Libertine.
Given that living in Hong Kong as an expat isn’t that difficult to adapt to thanks to the city’s magical convenience and western influence, one would think that getting a gym membership and going to the gym wouldn’t be such a struggle.. Wrong. If you have ever frequented the popular gym chains throughout the city, this list will be all too familiar (and just might bring back some haunting memories). For those that have yet to experience the frustrating and downright bizarre antics that occur at one of these gyms, here’s a peek into what you can expect before joining a gym in Hong Kong.