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Friday 8 March 2013

This Week The Mice Have Mostly Been...

It's Friday!

Another week has zoomed on by and now we're just a few short hours from the weekend! To help while away the rest of the work-bound day, we bring you a brisk jog through this week in Mice world... This week the Mice have mostly been...

Devouring the last few pages of our beach reads! What with one thing and another, reading seems to be a luxury we now only really have time for on holiday. So when we get a nice big chunk of time to laze in a hammock with no bigger decisions to make than magazine or Kindle, we make sure that we have some juicy reading material all lined up and ready to go... For me, this holiday's literature list was a mixed bag of escapist trash and a couple of books I've had on my must-read radar for a while, here's my round-up.

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Bought on a dash through an airport Smiths last year, I've been meaning to read this book for months and have heard anyone and everyone raving about it. With good cause it turns out... Whimsical, magical and incredibly evocative, The Night Circus tells the tale of a pair of duelling magicians who create the ultimate circus which arrives without warning, opens each evening as the night draws in and disappears without a trace as stealthily as it arrived. It's the kind of beautiful book that you can get completely lost in and feel very incredibly sad when you've finished - top of my best reads of 2013 so far.

The Strip - J.J. Salem

Out and out trash but lots of fun! I raced through J.J. Salem's debut novel, Tanlines, a couple of years ago and have been waiting for the follow-up ever since. This is a glamourous bonkbuster with a little light murder mystery, not as compulsively readable as Tanlines, but still a pretty good way to while away a few hours on your sunlounger.

The Afterparty - Leo Benedictus

I read a review on this novel a couple of years ago and intrigued, I put it straight on my Amazon wishlist, where it's somehow languished until our Sri Lanka trip... The Afterparty is a satire on celebrity, a book within a book which is based on a true story (well, a true story in the book), confused yet? Don't be, the writing's face-paced, funny and is guaranteed to have you awake at 1am unravelling the mysteries of what happened one evening after a High Grant-esque celebrity's Birthday party... 

Stuffing our faces with all you can eat deliciousness at the the relaunched Lily & Bloom brunch. Eggs, Bloody Marys and a good gossip about the antics of the night before, who doesn't love brunch?! But make that a free-flow, all you can eat brunch and we suddenly have a new found enthusiasm for dragging ourselves out of bed pre-noon on a Sunday... So it was with great greedy excitement that we piled into a brand new gem on the Hong Kong brunch scene that we happened to stumble across on a wander around Central last Sunday.

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Having spent many a tipsy, cocktail-fuelled evening in Lily upstairs, we're not quite sure how we'd never discovered the delights of downstairs restaurant Bloom before. But thankfully last weekend after working up a good appetite with a jaunt out to Chai Wan, we decided to give Bloom a go for brunch. And what a discovery! Bloom's interior is art deco Brasserie meets gentleman's club with a gritty NY twist - lots of leather banquettes, exposed brick walls and a huge swirling chandelier. We perched at the bar right next to the raw bar and ordered in our first round of bellinis. Discovering that bellinis were free flow (add an extra HK$100 to the brunch package and you get free flow bellinis or Bloody Marys), we gulped the first down and placed our orders for round two... 

While we waited for our next champagne hit we decided to hit the buffet. Bloom's brunch kicks off and ends with buffet courses - think antipasti and seafood to start and ice your own cupcakes and a chocolate fountain to finish - with a never ending procession of family style main dishes brought round in between. Maincourses vary from week to week but we tucked into a mouthwatering array of Mediterranean flavours from lamb koftas to rabbit risotto. Oh and did we mention the egg station?! Our absolute favourite part of the whole brunch was the chef standing by to whip up the most delicious omelettes that you've ever tasted. With a selection of eggs from duck to quail and a variety of unusual ingredients to add to your eggs, I'm still dreaming of the incredible bone marrow and rosemary omelette that I devoured seconds after it left the pan! At just HK$400, brunch is also much better value than a lot of its other all you can eat stable mates, next time we'll be arriving at dot on 11am to make the very most of it... 

Lily & Bloom
5/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong
+852 2810 6166
Brunch every Sunday from 11am - 4pm 
Three course brunch with dessert HK$400 + free flow Bellini/ Bloody Mary HK$100

Mourning the end of fashion month as Paris Fashion Week draws to a close. After four weeks of fashion fabness, we're very sad to wave adieu to our daily sessions and manic A/W 13 Inspiration pinning. But Paris brought the month to a close with a bang. From a 50ft high revolving globe at Chanel to Alexander Wang's stellar debut for Balenciaga. From Marc Jacobs' Hitchcock-esque, sleepover chic for Luis Vuitton to puritanical verging on Amish simplicity at Valentino with a bit of McQueen bonkers in between, we've loved every last second. 



Louis Vuitton


Alexander McQueen

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Roll on September and our next fashion month fix...

That's all for this week!

Happy Weekend!

The Mice

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