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BBITES Mini-Post #9 x snack time @ Genie

Page_1 copyHappy Easter!

Went to IFC the other day and stopped by Genie Juicery for the first time. I was following a friend who goes regularly, and decided to pick up a juice and snack as well.

Page_2 copyOf course, I’d heard of Genie before; one of the founders (Cara G. McIlroy) is a fellow model in Hong Kong – and their PR machine is quite effective. The prices (each bottle costs around $70) are a far cry from the fresh orange juice I pick up from local vendors in my neighbourhood ($12), but it’s not for no reason: the recipes are complex and everything is cold-pressed.

Among the many juices on display was the Life Blood juice, a “blood cleansing uplifter“. Sounded like exactly what I needed, since I’d had alcohol the night before.ababThe juice was delicious from the first sip with a consistency somewhere between water and a smoothie. The recipe was well-balanced: wholesome beetroot; apple and carrot, which always go well together; and lemon – the perfect citrus touch to round things up.

Page_2To pair with the juice, I also picked up a Pana Chocolate wild fig and orange bar. This brand makes chocolate by hand with no heat – and the result is an intense cocoa flavour, and an incredibly velvety, truffle-like texture. You have to keep these refrigerated as they melt once you start handling them, but that shouldn’t be a problem since I finished mine in under a minute. I eat orange-infused chocolates often, and this one was really great.

While I may not be ready for a 6-day cleanse just yet, I was certainly very pleased with my first taste of what Genie has to offer…

Bakker x

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Bakker’s Bites – 2nd Birthday!

1Today, Bakker’s Bites turns TWO years old! Who knew time would fly so fast…

A lot has happened in the last year for BBITES: a lot of ‘firsts’, including my first invites to blogger events, and more readers than ever!

Last year, I published the Bakker’s Bites 1st Birthday Photo Shootand since then I’ve decided to make a birthday photo shoot for my blog an annual tradition.

With the help and talents of friends, my vision has come to life and I’m very proud to share Bakker’s Bites 2nd Birthday Photo Shoot with you, right now!
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Keep reading for behind-the-scenes photos, video and food-bios on the team who helped me create these shots…2My original concept for the shoot was a Vanity Fair-esque shot, with myself and models wearing a variety of props and glamorous outfits.

The idea evolved into a shot where the models would be animals (wearing animal hats) and I would be the taster (with a giant fork).3At first, I thought I’d be able to buy the hats ready-made from Wan Chai Toy Market, or Pottinger Street… but in the end I couldn’t find anything that I liked.

It was a setback, but the ultimate decision to create the hats myself, from scratch, turned out to be the best decision I could have made!

One trip to the Art Supplies Professional store in Mong Kok, and over 5 hours of assembling by hand later, my four animal hats (fish, lobster, cow and chicken) and extra props (lips, giant fork and vegetables) were complete! 4The day of the photo shoot was a blast! I brought cupcakes, snacks, vino and music to keep everyone entertained, and inbetween shooting we simply had fun!6Our team was made up of four models (Janine, Michelle, Leonard and Natalie) as well as one stylist (Raven Tao) and of course, a photographer (Earl Wan).7The shooting location was the studio of a local Hong Kong painter (Simon Birch), who kindly let us use his space, which was perfect for the concept!5Before signing out, I’d like to introduce the AMAZING and team (and friends), who I couldn’t have done this without… Thank you all so much!12

Earl

Earl Wan
Photographer
www.earlwan.com

Q: Your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: Right now, I’m dying for a Shepherd’s Pie.

Q: Butter or olive oil?
A: Olive Oil.

Q: One funny food fact that you know?
A: Apparently sweet potatoes’ nutritional value is 20x higher than your average veg. Also, it makes you fart a lot.

Raven

Raven Tao
Stylist – using items from Pearls & Arsenic
www.raventao.com
www.pearlsandarsenic.com

Q: Ingredient you hate the most?
A: Wasabi!!!!!!!!!!!

Q: Your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: Poached salmon on a bed of baby spinach, covered in golden caviar and followed by Amadei Chuao chocolate.

Q: Butter or olive oil?
A:
Butter. As much as possible please!

Natalie
Natalie
Model – Lobster

Q: Favourite restaurant in HK?
A: A toss up between Liberty Private Works (French private kitchen) and Yard Bird.

Q: Favourite cooking style?
A:
 Baked. Logistically very easy, and everything that is baked is scrumptious. Pizza brownies, etc.

Q: Ingredient you hate the most?
A: 
Cinnamon.

Janine

Janine
Model – Cow

Q: One funny food fact that you know?
A:
 Tomato is a fruit.

Q: Last meal on earth, what would it be? 
A: Red Wine. For starters: freshly baked warm bread with butter and home-made strawberry jam, and a cheese/cold cuts platter. Main course: spinach ravioli in cream sauce and the biggest, juiciest steak you can find, smothered in garlic. Dessert: malva pudding with custard and vanilla ice cream.

Q: Butter or olive oil?
A: Butter.

Michelle

Michelle
Model – Chicken

Q: Ingredient you hate the most?
A: Gluten (but only because I’m intolerant)

Q: Last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: Everything with gluten… haha!

Q: One funny food fact you know?
A: Ginger is a great digetsive aid, painkiller and anti-inflammatory that can also prevent motion-sickness.

Leonard

Leonard
Model – Fish

Q: Favourite style of cooking?
A: So hard to choose but I’d have to say oven-roasted.

Q: Last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: One made with love.

Q: Ingredient you hate the most?
A: Capsicum – used in Sichuan dishes – can’t stand them! Or black pepper.

 

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The final pics have been used to update the banner on www.bakkersbites.com as well as my blog’s official facebook page and twitter – every year will have a new look!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this foodie fashion shoot. Thank you for reading my blog for these two years, and I hope you keep coming back to ‘BBITE’ into more 🙂

Please check out the MAKING-OF video here:

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x Bakker

BBITES in Japan: A Photo Diary

A few weeks and many bites later, Bakker’s Bites is back in Hong Kong and in the swing of things. If I had to describe Japan in a couple of words? Foodie Heaven.

I’m in the midst of preparing my non-BBITES Japan story, but in the mean time, I’ll let the photos do the talking (for the most part!) for my promised Japan post.

My first meal in Tokyo was memorable in that it caught me totally unawares. I really wasn’t expecting it to be that fresh and incredibly delicious… after all, we were just at a casual, neighbourhood restaurant.

This surprise at the sheer quality of virtually every meal was to become simple expectation; Japan has some seriously good food, all along the price spectrum.

Each bite of this first dinner was accompanied by ecstatic/eye-closing enjoyment. My host, Mattia, and I washed down our seafood meal with hearty jugs of Yebisu beer. Yebisu, as far as I know, isn’t exported to Hong Kong… 😦

The supermarket pictured above was in a rural area. Nevertheless, attention to detail and pristine presentation is clearly a nation-wide phenomenon.

Fruit in Japan are stunningly uniform; they’re so perfect they often look like they’ve been plucked from children’s alphabet cards (e.g. A for Apple; B for Banana…)

While in Narai, a preserved post-town, I enjoyed a steaming hot red-bean bun to ward off the evening chill. Yummy!

“Soft Cream” ice-creams are very popular in Japan. They come in a variety of interesting flavours in addition to the usual roster, including soba, macha (green tea), wasabi and more…

The last two days of my trip, spent in Tokyo, reminded me that although foreign, novel and often surprising to the visitor, Japan can be as metropolitan and familiar as Hong Kong.

Halloween parties all over Shinjuku caught me by surprise as I ventured out costume-less, but still enjoyed the sights, sounds and shots (of tequila!) with the rest of Tokyo’s party-goers.

As a guest of Japanese inns or hotels, you’ll often be given a light kimono (known as yukata) to wear after your hot bath.

My silly expressions (ranging from Samurai warrior to Smiley-face) can mostly be explained by the copious consumption of beer and sake at each night’s dinner. 😉

Thanks for reading 🙂 – Arigatou gozaimasu ありがとうございます。!!

Bakker x