Archive for May, 2010

Midtown Rejuvenation of Times Square Declared a Success – NYC

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Times Square

With the closing of one of the last seedy remnants of the “old” Times Square, Bare Elegance, a new chapter is about to be played out. Pedestrian plazas have been made permanent by order of Mayor Bloomberg and the midtown project is declared a success as Times Square receives a “face-lift”.

Hong Kong Food Expo, Aug 12-16 2010 – Hong Kong

Sunday, May 30th, 2010


Hong Kong Food Expo

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
Hong Kong, China (Hong Kong S.A.R.)
Start Date:
End Date:

Coverage Area:
25,820 Square Meter

Hong Kong Food Expo is the leading part of this technology forum. It showcases all kinds of food processing and packaging machines, materials, systems and products under one roof. This is the unique opportunity to meet senior buyers & decision makers from all facets of the user industry.

General Enquiry

The Hong Kong International Tea Fair and International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products shows will be held concurrently with this exhibition.
Sponsorship Enquiry

Show is for bakers, snacks & sweet manufacturers & person belongs to food industry, Consultants, Convenience Retailers, Departmental Stores Managers, Dieticians, Nutritionists, Food Technologists, Architects, Designers, Engineers, E-Retailers. Restaurant Management, Bakery, Confectionery Manufacturers, Airline, Institutional Catering Management etc. are targeted visitors.
Visitor Registration

Profile include – Bakery Products, Beverage (alcoholic), Beverage (non-alcoholic), health drink, coffee, Biscuits, Snacks & Confectionery, Canned, Frozen & Preserved Food, Convenient & Instant Food, Dairy Products, Fruit & Vegetables, Health, Green & Organic Food, Meat & Poultry, Rice, Noodle & Pasta, Sauces & Seasonings, Seafood, Sugar & Sweets, Trade Associations & Services, Food Processing Machinery & Equipment are targeted exhibit.

Show Opening Hours:
10:00am – 10:00pm
10:00am – 06:00pm
Public Timing:
10:00am – 10:00pm
10:00am – 06:00pm

Four Seasons Hotel Re-Opens, After Closure for Two Months Due to Protests – Bangkok

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010


I dropped by the Four Seasons Hotel for an afternoon tea and was greeted by many employees that I have known for years. The customer base was sparse, though it will increase as time goes on, if things remain stable.

Owner of Chicken Restaurant Faces Charges for Cock-Fighting – Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

roosters fighting

The owner of El Pollo Fino, a chicken restaurant located in Anaheim, a suburb of Los Angeles, faces charges for owning 800 roosters bred for fighting, along with a few hundred fighting knives & spurs. Cock-fighting is illegal in the United States. The big question is: were the losers put on the menu?

Morus alba Pakistani “The King of the Mulberry Trees”

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Mulberry PkMorus alba Pakistani “the king of the mulberry trees”

This type of mulberry tree grows to a height of 50′ or more, and their 4″ long fruit is spectacular. Make sure to eat only ripe fruit unless you want a seriously puckered mouth, it ripens and is ready in early summer. The fruit blends sweet with tart in a complex berry flavor that reminds some of a “super” raspberry. The tree requires full sun, moderate summer water. Does not stain to the extent of other mulberries. Some reports of successful growth in zone 6, but a reliable grower for zones 7-10.

Bangkok’s Largest Mall, Central World, Destroyed by Protesters – Bangkok

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Fire-Central-WorldIn a protracted battle between “red shirt” protesters, backed by ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and military troops along with police; the Central World mall, which has been shut for more than six weeks has been destroyed by a fire, which was set by a faction within the protesters, who became enraged by their leaders surrender to police. Previously known as the World Trade Center, Central Pattana agreed to purchase it for 9 billion baht in December 2002 including 5 billion baht of debt incurred by the previous owners. A complicated 5 billion baht expansion & renovation of the mall took over a year and a half to complete, while existing tenants stayed on through the inconvenience of construction. Unfortunately, the building has been on fire for many hours and has collapsed; and with it the remnants of many restaurants and shops, markets and theaters. It has now been confirmed, that the opposite end of the building where Isetan Department Store is located, survived the fire.

Central-Fireimage credits: Reuters

Central World Burning Video: This video shows the burning of Central World mall and is very graphic and quite shocking in its detail.

Asean Prepares New Shrimp Farming Standards

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Shrimp Farming South East Asia
Tighter Rules to Deal with non-tariff Barriers are on the Agenda

At long last, the Asean Shrimp Alliance (ASA) has stepped forward to establish regional production standards, aimed at heading off pressure from importing countries.
A draft of the Asean Shrimp GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) was discussed recently in Bangkok by officials of some of Asean’s leading shrimp-producing countries, which include: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. Together they produce 1 million tons of shrimp, about half of the entire global production.
The main concerns are: shrimp farming’s effect on the environment, barriers relating to farming processes, residues and price dumping. Asean standards fall below requirements of the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC) of the US. Standards imposed by individual foreign buyers could also eventually add to production costs and weaken export competitiveness.
The recent meeting was conspicuously not attended by Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, which have been working on the issue since last year with assistance from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific.
ASA was formed in 2007 by Asean members, led by Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. These three countries controlled 42% of the world shrimp trade last year with combined production of 1.53 million tons.
The major markets for shrimp products are the US, the European Union and Japan. Thailand exported 395,000 tons of shrimp last year. Indonesia shipped 137,600 tons and Vietnam 100,000 tons.
In the first quarter of this year, Thailand exported 87,998 tons of shrimp products, worth 20 billion baht, a rise of 21% in volume and of 26% in value, from the same period of 2009.

Gala Dinner by Chef Davide Care, at Taboo Restaurant, Disciples Escoffier Greater China – Shanghai

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Chef CareChef Davide Care, Disciples Escoffier Dinner, Taboo Restaurant

Event 1

Dear Epicurean Friends,

Despite a rainy spring, we all could enjoy the talents of Star Chef Emile Jung at our Gala Dinner. The next Epicurean Dinner will be held at Taboo restaurant. It will be hosted by Chef Davide Care. His ideas to prepare fish might surprise us. Don’t miss this date: 29th of May. Book soon as the number of seats will be limited.

Event 2

Chef Davide Care’s interest in the culinary began inside his own family which inspirited his creativity for the contemporary Italian Cuisine. Chef Care started is professional culinary journey, in Turin where he learned the traditional Italian cuisine. After few years in Berlin, Davide returned to Turin where he worked for top Italian celebrities. Since 2003, Chef Care worked in Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, and in 2006 moved to Singapore under the supervision of Chef Roberto Galetti. In 2008 Davide started his work in Shanghai. Davide likes to combine World Cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean touches.


Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Raw Langoustine & Salmon Caviar

Poached Alaskan Cod with Kombu, Chives, Wasabi-Mashed Potatoes


Sautéed Asparagus in Fennel Sauce


Matcha Tea Parfait, White Chocolate Jelly, Mango Caviar

Event 3

Event 4

Where: Taboo Restaurant & Lounge, 23F, Want Want Building , 211 Shimen Yi Road, Shanghai Price (wine included):RMB400 (Escoffier member) RMB500 (non-Escoffier member)* Reservation: Call Angela at  8621 64478739*101 Email:

Food-Pack Malaysia Exhibition, July 23rd-26th, 2010 – Kuala Lumpur

Friday, May 14th, 2010


Food processing industry in Malaysia is largely dominated by small and medium industries, catering, mainly for the domestic market. Small and medium scale food enterprises have played a very important role in the Malaysian economy, particularly in terms of employment generation, better income distribution and as training ground for entrepreneurs before they invest in large enterprises.
The Largest Food Packaging & Processing Exhibition in Malaysia.
Sponsorship Enquiry
Trade Visitors – Professionals related to the field of Packaging Material, Packaging Machine, Food Catering Services, Pharmaceutical Producing, Departmental Stores Managers & General Public are the target audience.
Visitor Registration
Profile for exhibit include Packaging Material, Packaging Machine, Plastic Container, Paper Box, Bakery Equipment & Material, Packaging Tools, Food Catering Services, Pharmaceutical Producing & Packaging Machine, Packaging Tools etc.
Stall Booking
20th MIMF – Food-Pack 2009-[2009]
Venue: Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 Date: Jul 23, 2009 – Jul 26, 2009 
Industry Focus: Packaging

Plaza Athénée Hotel, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Three Shows May 20, 21, 22 – Bangkok

Monday, May 10th, 2010