Sunday, November 20, 2011

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS AT INTERCONTINENTAL GRAND STANDFORD HONG KONG

KEE@FSWMAG.COM

ANYTIME IS A GREAT TIME TO VISIT HONG KONG BUT NONE MORE SO DURING NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER WHEN THE LIGHTS TURN HING KONG INTO A MAGICAL WONDERLAND AND THE SHOPS ALL SPORT THE MAGIC WORDS 'SALE'!

I STOP EVERYTHING AND DROP EVERYONE (EVEN MY STRING OF LOVERS) IF THERE IS A TRIP TO HONG KONG. I MUST HAVE VISITED HONG KONG MAYBE 50 TIMES BUT STILL LOVE IT! SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A FLAT ON MY FIRST VISIT AS I WOULD BE A MILLIONAIRE NOW BUT NO POINT WEEPING OVER SPILLED MILK!

I LOVE INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG---BOTH OF THEM!

THE FLAGSHIP INERCONTINENTAL IS 3 MINUTES WALK FROM THE PENINSULA BUT THE GRAND STANFORD IS ALSO A MAGNIFICENT INTERCONTINENTAL. IT IS ALSO ROUND THE CORNER AT MODY ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST AND ALSO OFFERS MAGNIFUCENT HARBOUR VIEWS ACROSS THE HARBOUR ALL THE WAY TO THE WORLD FAMOUS PANORAMA OF CENTRAL. YOU REALLY SHOULD STAY ON KOWLOON SIDE RATHER THAN ON HING KONG ISLAND AKA CENTRAL AS THE BEST VIEWS OF CENTRAL ARE FROM KOWLOON.

BOTH INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS ARE SUPER 5 STARS AND WILL COST THOUSANDS OF RINGGIT PER NIGHT BUT IF THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO CELEBRATE WHAT A GOOD YEAR 2011 HAS BEEN, THEN WHEN?

EVEN IF 2011 HAS BEEN A LOUSY YEAR, TAKE REVENGE BY PAMPERING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY OR LOVER TO THE HILT!

The best way to treat the ills and slings of outrageous fortune is to live well. I think William Shakespeare says it better but I am not the Bard of Gombak river so don't snipe or make snide remarks about me.

So contact Intercontinental Grand Standord Hong Kong right this instant!
Email and book your room at reservations@grandstanford.com
or call +852 2731 2882

The Harbour View Suite I recommend costs RM 4,100 per night but they have cheaper rooms at around RM 1500 but don't be a Scrooge as you know what happened to him though of course there is a happy ending but why go through all the trauma and drama when you can use yoru credit card and live it up?

Glittering Festive Celebrations

at InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

There’s nothing more enjoyable than celebrating the Christmas holiday and welcoming the New Year at InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong with their sumptuous selections of festive dishes, delightful desserts, joyful Christmas choir and enchanting adornments in every corner of the hotel. You better watch out as Santa Claus will give you surprise gifts!

Italian Indulgence at The Mistral

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The Mistral is one of Hong Kong's top Italian restaurants

Enjoy this festive season in an authentic Italian way! Pamper your loved ones at The Mistral for a romantic dinner featuring Chef Eugenio Iraci’s hearty fare and an extensive collection of premium wines, definitely the perfect choice for this festive celebration.

Chef Eugenio also serves up a sparkling festive brunch for family gathering on the cosy Christmas Sunday. At the fun-filled Kids' Playground, children will enjoy the exciting magic and balloon twisting performance by the clown and share endless joy and laughter.


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Christmas Eve Set Dinner of scallop, caviar, monk fish liver and crispy oysters
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New Year Eve's Set Dinner of goose liver terrine, on pumpkin cream with toasted amaretto brioche bread
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Christmas Brunch with traditional Italian Xmas dessert Panettone

Festive Cantonese Delicacies at Hoi King Heen

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Glamorous Hoi King Heen


Michelin-starred Chef Leung Fai Hung brings this festive holiday a collection of Christmas-inspired specialties with a creative touch, available throughout December.

Christmas season also marks the perfect occasion for gourmet and wine lovers to indulge themselves in an exquisite wine pairing degustation dinner! Chef Leung and the hotel’s sommelier James Wong present a superb menu featuring award-winning Cantonese dishes and the finest Italian wines which will certainly brighten up your seasonal celebration.

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Turkey rolls stuffed with Goose Liver and Bacon

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Braised pigeon

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Braised duck breast with pumpkin


Lavish Festive Buffet at Café on M

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Cafe on M is one of Hong Kong's top casual restaurants

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Rudolph the reindeer and his friends have arrived at Cafe on M

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Xmas Yule log

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Dark chocolate Xmas nougatine log

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Delightful gingerbread men!

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Santa Claus pastries

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Santa Claus pastries

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US Black Angus prime rib roasted on the bone with black pepper sauce and horse radish cream served with brussels sprouts. Yummy!

Celebrate the festival with a host of tantalising festive treats and international culinary delights. Indulge in their extravagant seafood selection including Alaska king crab legs, blue mussels, freshly shucked oysters and blue crabs; a meat carving station serving Australian prime rib, roasted turkey and glazed gammon ham; and end on a sweet note with our sensational Christmas desserts.

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Whole roasted turkey stuffed with chestnuts, bread, and apple, served with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce

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Whole glazed gammon ham on the bone with apple compote and natural gravy

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Yummy Christmas Stollen, traditional German cake


ENDLESS CELEBRATIONS AT TIFFANYS NEW YORK BAR

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Tiffanys New York Bar is all about the Big Apple
of the 1930s

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German mulled wine

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Nothing beats Moet & Chandon Brut Imperiale champagne when it comes to Christmas and New Year's Eve!

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Snowball Fizz

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Exotic Xmas tipple

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Festive Christmas Cocktail




Celebrate the holiday season with a delectable Christmas Roast Dinner from December 24 to 26. Dazzle your palate with the original roasted turkey or Australian prime rib, in addition to Moët & Chandon Champagne to create a sparkling evening.

Welcome 2012 in the best countdown party in town with bubbly Champagne and festive cocktails, while rocking your night with the live music performance by 5th Dimension!

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The 5th Dimension



Exquisite Festive Cakes 

Make your holiday extra special with alluring Christmas sweets!

Executive Pastry Chef Kevin Chiu prepares some delicious yet beautiful festive desserts, including dark chocolate nougatine log cake, chestnut chocolate mousse log cake, and mixed berries white chocolate mousse log cake for you to share the Christmas blessing with friends and family. Available at Café on M.

For those who are looking for sweets in an Italian way, the special festive Mistral chocolate cake with a touch of cinnamon, candied ginger and gingerbread spices will definitely suit your taste profile. Elegantly presented in a hand-crafted wooden gift box, this most beloved dessert with a divine taste is the ideal holiday gift.

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Chestnut chocolate mousse log cake

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Festive Mistral chocolate cake



Christmas Hampers

Share Christmas blessings with friends and family with our overflowing festive hampers, brimming with the finest selection of seasonal and luxury treats.

  • Italian Collection Hamper
  • Chocolate Collection Hamper
  • InterContinental Grand Stanford Collection Hamper

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Christmas hamper loaded with goodies!


Christmas Holiday Getaway

Spend the holiday in style and bring a perfect treat for your beloved ones! Enjoy a pampering stay at our newly-appointed luxurious Harbour View Suite and indulge in the magnificent dining options at our restaurants. What’s more, embrace the spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the fascinating Christmas display in the comfort of your room – truly a memorable sight to behold!

Special Christmas Package is available from RM 4,000 per night and includes the following treats:

  • One-night stay in newly-appointed Premier Harbour View Suite
  • Welcome Champagne with strawberries
  • Christmas brunch for two on December 25 with free-flowing Prosecco at The Mistral or breakfast buffet for two at Café on M
  • Christmas set dinner for two at The Mistral
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre and outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Late check-out at 4:00pm (subject to availability)

Please call (852) 2731 2882, fax to (852) 2723 5121 or email at reservations@grandstanford.com for reservations.

*The package is valid for December 24 and 25, 2011 and subject to a 10% service charge per room per night | The package cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers | Advance reservation is required | Confirmation is subject to availability and changes without prior notice | Cancellation must be made 72 hours prior to the date of arrival otherwise a one-night cancellation charge will be levied

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Bedroom of Premier Harbour View Suite with magnificent view
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Lounge and dining area of your Premier Harbour View Suite


About InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong is a five-star hotel that offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. The hotel features 573 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites and the finest selection of world-class dining outlets from authentic Italian to contemporary international buffet and Michelin-starred Cantonese cuisine. The state-of-the-art meeting facilities in a comfortable and stylish setting are complemented by a fully equipped business centre. Located within easy reach of the world-famous Star Ferry and the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), the award-winning hotel offers refined service and facilities for the savvy business and leisure travellers.

For more information on InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, please visit: www.hongkong.intercontinental.com

December 24, 2011 Christmas Eve

À la carte lunch

/

12:00noon – 2:30pm

Christmas Eve 6-course set dinner #

  • Santa Claus visit
  • Christmas choir performance

RM 544

7:00pm – 10:30pm

December 25, 2011 Christmas Day

Christmas brunch #

  • Santa Claus visit
  • Magic and balloon twisting

Adult RM 294

Child RM 184

11:30am – 2:30pm

À la carte dinner

  • Santa Claus visit
  • Christmas choir performance

/

7:00pm – 10:30pm

December 26, 2011 Boxing Day

À la carte lunch

/

12:00noon – 2:30pm

À la carte dinner

/

7:00pm – 10:30pm

December 31, 2011 New Years Eve

À la carte lunch

/

12:00noon – 2:30pm

New Year’s Eve 6-course set dinner #

  • Live music entertainment

RM 494

7:00pm – 1:00am

January 1, 2012  New Years Day

New Year brunch

  • Magic and balloon twisting

Adult RM 294

Child RM 184

11:30am – 2:30pm

À la carte dinner

/

7:00pm – 10:30pm

# Advance ticket sale is required and tickets can be purchased at the festive booking desk located in the hotel lobby from December 1.

* All prices are per person and subject to a 10% service charge.

1.2 The Mistral – Christmas Eve 6-course Set Dinner

Organic egg custard with sea urchin

Sea scallop carpaccio with avruga caviar, monkfish liver pâté and crispy oysters

Smoked potato foam on mushroom essence, caramelised savoy cabbage and black truffle

Handmade traditional veal tortellini in guinea fowl consommé

Pan-roasted swordfish loin in Sicilian crust, sautéed puntarelle and Buffalo Mozzarella sauce

OR

Roasted duck liver with date sauce and mille-feuille of potatoes and leeks

Nougat flavoured soufflé with Bronte’s pistachio ice cream

Coffee or tea

1.3 The Mistral – New Year’s Eve 6-course Set Dinner

Smoked goose liver terrine on mustard-scented pumpkin cream

with toasted amaretto brioche bread

Marjoram scented artichoke cream with Burrata cheese and roasted Mediterranean red prawns

Handmade ravioli with cotechino on Castelluccio’s lentil cream,

braised savoy cabbage and black truffle

Grapefruit and Campari sherbet

Butter poached Boston lobster on leek and potato cake in saffron scented crustacean sauce

OR

Pan-roasted prime US Black Angus beef tenderloin with crispy bone marrow,

Barolo wine sauce and soufflé potatoes

Chestnut cannolo on persimmon and bitter chocolate soup

Coffee or tea


2.1 Hoi King Heen – Cantonese Christmas menu

  • Braised pigeon stuffed with minced duck in homemade sauce
  • Braised boneless goose stuffed with chicken and pigeon, served with assorted mushrooms
  • Roasted turkey ballotine in Char Sui style
  • Stir-fried minced turkey served with crispy iceberg lettuce
  • Bread-crusted pan-fried turkey and chestnuts
  • Braised duck in red wine sauce with black glutinous rice
  • Braised duck breast with pumpkin
  • Stewed duck with mushrooms and shallots
  • Stir-fried prawns with salty egg yolks
  • Turkey rolls stuffed with goose liver and bacon

3.1 Café on M – Festive Programme

December 18, 2011 

Christmas cookie and chocolate cooking class

Child $488 (can be accompanied by one adult at no cost)

3:00pm – 5:00pm

December 24, 2011 Christmas Eve



Christmas Eve lunch buffet

Adult $428

Child $298

12:00noon – 2:30pm

Christmas Eve dinner buffet #

  • Santa Claus visit
  • Christmas choir performance

Adult $648

Child $468

5:30pm – 8:00pm (1st seating)

Adult $798

Child $548

8:30pm – 11:00pm (2nd seating)

December 25, 2011 Christmas Day


Christmas lunch buffet #

Adult $498

Child $348

12:00noon – 2:30pm

Christmas dinner buffet #

  • Santa Claus visit
  • Christmas choir performance

Adult $648

Child $468

5:30pm – 8:00pm (1st seating)

Adult $748

Child $528

8:30pm – 11:00pm (2nd seating)

December 26, 2011 Boxing Day


Boxing Day lunch buffet

Adult $448

Child $328

12:00noon – 2:30pm

Boxing Day dinner buffet

Adult $588

Child $408

6:30pm – 10:00pm

December 31, 2011 New Years Eve


New Year’s Eve lunch buffet

Adult $328

Child $258

12:00noon – 2:30pm

New Year’s Eve dinner buffet #

Adult $648

Child $468

5:30pm – 8:30pm

New Year countdown buffet #

Adult $748

Child $528

9:00pm – 12:00 midnight

January 1, 2012  New Years Day


New Year lunch buffet

Adult $328

Child $258

12:00noon – 2:30pm

New Year dinner buffet

Adult $498

Child $348

6:30pm – 10:00pm

# Advance ticket sale is required and tickets can be purchased at the festive booking desk located in the hotel lobby from December 1.

* All prices are per person and subject to a 10% service charge.


4.1 Tiffany’s New York Bar – Festive Programme

Date

Festive Promotions

Dec 1 - 31

Glühwein

Traditional German Christmas drink: Mulled wine

Happy Bubbles

Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne

Festive Champagne Cocktails

Four selections including Winter Berry Bellini, Snow Ball Fizz, X’mas and Poinsettia

Dec 24 - 26

Christmas Roast Dinner

Original roasted turkey or Australian prime rib

Available from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Dec 31

Countdown party with live music performance by 5th Dimension

** Buy-one-get-one-free is available during happy hour from 5:00pm to 8:30pm daily.

5.1 Italian Collection Hamper $1,988

Chef Teddy bear

Balsamic vinegar of Modena

Panettone (100g)

Aziende Stasi extra virgin olive oil

Mistral chocolate cake

Chitarra handmade spaghetti

Marinated Amarena cherries

Illy coffee

Piazza Castello chocolate selection

Italian Prosecco

Crunchy nougat bar

Ornellaia le Volte 2009, Toscana (red wine)

5.2 Chocolate Collection Hamper $2,988

Chef Teddy bear

Mistral chocolate cake

Dark chocolate

Christmas cookies in a treasure box

Valrhona cocoa powder

Chocolate box

Homemade chocolate Santa Claus

Fancy dusted truffles

Supremo flakes with pistachios

Orange and cranberry Christmas marmalade

Chocolate coins

Fruit marbles

Chocolate caramel

Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne

Dark chocolate with almonds and hazelnuts

Ornellaia le Volte 2009, Toscana (red wine)

Panettone (750g)

Hotel wine stopper

5.3 InterContinental Grand Stanford Collection Hamper $3,988

Chef Teddy bear

English fruit bonbon

Dark chocolate with almonds and hazelnuts

Madras curry powder

Chocolate caramel

Rougie foie gras

Homemade chocolate Santa Claus

Ponti hot wasabi mustard spread

Christmas cookies in a treasure box

Ponti onion relish

Mistral chocolate cake

Lobster bisque

Homemade stollen

Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne

Panettone (750g)

Ornellaia le Volte 2009, Toscana (red wine)

Italian Calze della befana with nougat

Illy coffee

Orange and cranberry Christmas marmalade