While Charlotte is soaking up the Sydney sun, the switch has been flicked from ‘cold’ to ‘very cold’ in Hong Kong and I’m freezing my socks off! If you’re a winter wuss like me, here are a few bits and pieces I swear by to make the chilly months slightly more bearable…
Not all tea is created equal and Teapigs is proof of that. This cult UK brand landed on HK shores a while ago (available online, select health food shops and international supermarkets) and totally transformed my tea game. My brew of choice: liquorice & peppermint. Served in biodegradable tea temples (not tea bags), this worship-worthy herbal infusion is naturally sweet, making it a perfect pick-me-up. While on the slightly pricy side, the Teapigs range is totally worth it (and a tea bag is good for at least three cups – not that I’m counting).
Cute, compact and delicious-smelling, EOS hand lotion is an absolute must-have for winter. The nifty (can’t remember the last time I described something as ‘nifty’) tube is easy to carry in your purse or pocket. The formula is quickly absorbed and paraben-free.
The cooler air can often wreak havoc with your immune system (and that is not cool). To help stay feeling well (and hopefully sickness-free), upping your fresh juice and smoothie intake is worth doing. I recently discovered Super Food Lab’s Super Red Antiox and am hooked. Made with nutrient-dense pomegranate, goji berries, blueberries and cranberries, this is a supplement powder that actually tastes as good as it sounds. If you’re on the green juice bandwagon, try giving their Super Green version (made with wheat grass, barley, spirulina and chlorella) a go instead. I especially love the fact both these powders are available in travel sachets (packs of 10) – it makes them super handy to have at work or on the go.
I’ve made no secret about my love of Lanolips – it is, without a doubt, the best lip balm I’ve ever used. Morning, noon and night, I keep my pout plastered with this stuff and it works a dream. I’m currently burning through the Apple 101 Ointment which is also doubles as an awesome cuticle balm.
Homemade soup is one of the very few things I genuinely love about winter. While there is no shortage of places that sell soup around HK, finding a decent one (delicious, healthy and well-priced) can be tricky. I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled across Tallore – an artisan soup joint – in Wanchai. Along with serving amazing gourmet soup (five flavours available daily), this Belgian eatery also has hearty sandwiches and fresh salads on offer. If you don’t live or work near Wanchai, Tallore is on the books with Food Panda (whoop whoop).
Noodles are always a good idea but especially during winter. Because Hong Kong is a bit of a wonderland on the noodle front there are limitless options. One place worth specifically scoping out, however, is Foxtail & Broomcorn. This modern little noodle bar in Sheung Wan has only been open a few months and already has a loyal following with queues out the door daily. With a focus on wholesome food, the menu includes eight MSG-free noodle dishes and an array of low-carb mains. In terms of noodles, the ‘Tokyo’ (fresh ramen noodles, onzen egg and harissa beef ribs in chicken broth) gets my vote. Slurp-tastic.