Sins for X’mas

It’s been a tough year for all of us. But luckily, Christmas is around the corner, and there’s no greater joy than receiving gifts.

This time of year is the perfect occasion for a little something sweet. Rosewood Hong Kong’s Christmas season features an array of sinful Yuletide specialties from Butterfly Patisserie for unique gifting, designed and crafted by the hotel’s pastry team led by executive pastry chef Holger Deh.

The signature mille feuille (HK$520) gets reinvented for the holidays with Tahitian vanilla pastry cream filling. Others options to satisfy sweet tooths range from filled chocolate Christmas balls (HK$78) that resemble holiday ornaments and a winter edition individual Mont Blanc cake (HK$78) to holiday staples like the three different Yule logs (HK$680) and iced gingerbread cookies (from HK$48).

Rosewood has also come out with two luxurious Christmas hampers (from HK$2,288). Online ordering has begun, with in-store pick up available until December 26.

Iconic London chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker arrived in Hong Kong last month – just in time to offer its stunning range of truffles. Available at The Landmark Christmas Market and through its online shop, its Winter House Selection Gift Box (HK$528) comes with a range of fine, milk and dark chocolate and truffle treats.

Some holiday-exclusive flavors (HK$228) are also available. The gingerbread Christmas truffles feature milk chocolate truffles infused with ginger, and the peppermint cookie Christmas truffles are a delectable combination of cookie and peppermint covered in dark chocolate and cookie pieces.

Feather & Bone’s bundles and hampers make Christmas cooking a piece of meat. Orders can be made for pickup or delivery until December 25 via its online store.

Guests can build their own bundles on the butcher’s website, which features options including traditional turkeys, honey-glazed hams, bacon and other festive treats to fire up at home. There are also selections from ready-cooked centerpieces, stuffings and sides. A variety of meats, cheese, wine and more are also available.

Three luxury hampers (from HK$788) containing cooking necessities won’t disappoint. The Jingle Bell Rock (HK$2,288) hamper, comprising Philizot et Fils Champagne Brut, duck foie gras, cranberry sauce, custard pudding sauce and a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, takes center stage.

Vegetarians have not been forgotten. At Green Common, a wide range of vegan products is available in hampers and snack packs. You won’t need to break the bank for the brownie crunch boxset, with original, coffee and cranberry flavors (HK$88). Or go one step further with the Love from Green Santa snack pack (HK$128) for an additional two cans of Nitro draft latte cold brew.

Three hampers (from HK$298) are filled with vegan treats and drinks, while the Celebration Hamper (HK$1,188) features more sauces, tea and sparkling wine.

For wine lovers, Etc wine shop has created four holiday-tailored wine packages. The Pont des Arts Collection Bordeaux 2010 (HK$7,680) is definitely a standout. Featuring three magnums from Bordeaux and Burgundy, each label is printed with the work of renowned Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-ki.

(This article was published at The Standard on December 11, 2020: Weekend Glitz: Sins for X’mas )

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