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    Green Queen Foodie: Mavericks – Sustainability with a Beach V..

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    Chef Austin Fry- well known in the F&B community for current foodie hangouts The Roundhouse Taproom, Salon 10, and formerly of Brickhouse fame- has created what may be the most socially-conscious restaurant in all of Hong Kong, and certainly on Lantau Island. Welcome to Mavericks!   Mavericks is located on beautiful Pui O Beach in South […]

    Eco Insights: A Handy Guide Of The Most Eco-Friendly Home Building ..

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    There is really no excuse not to source eco friendly materials when it comes to furniture and other home furnishings. There are so many sustainable options to choose from. Below we give you the 411 on three plants to consider when updating your home décor. Remember to reuse where possible and recycle what you no […]

    Green Queen Foodie: Kee Club launches a new dim sum menu with organ..

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    Chef Roland Schuller has a lot to feel good about these days.  The Michelin-star chef has recently become Executive Chef for KEE, where he has the rare treat of preparing two different cuisines every day: Chinese for lunch and modern European for dinner. He has also turned a new leaf- so to speak (!)- in the […]

    Green Queen Giving: Child Welfare Scheme (CWS)

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    How was Child Welfare Scheme (CWS) started? Douglas Maclagan, a tourist at the time and now the founder of CWS, was 28 when he had a life-changing experience in the mountains of Nepal. He was handed a sick baby girl, just one year old, by her distraught mother who was desperate for help.  The girl did […]

    Eco Inisghts: Soya- Superfood or Serious Syndrome Part II

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    If you have been following this series and have read Part 1, you now are better informed about soya and its derivative products. Today you will learn that raw soya actually contains substances that are toxic to the human body. Below we are cover the health controversies that surround soya.   Soya and The Thyroid Consuming too […]

    Green Queen Foodie: Restaurant NUR- Nourishing Gastronomy, Haute Cu..

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    Background Restaurant NUR, a new feather in the Prive group’s cap, brings innovation and sustainability to the gastronomic world of Hong Kong. Chef Nurdin Topham, a British import by way of Copenhagen (he did R&D at NOMA’s Nordic Food Lab) spent years honing his culinary skills at the various outposts of Michelin-starred Chef Raymond Blanc, a world-renowned […]

    Green Queen Heroes: Punam Chopra of Spicebox Organics

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    Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have been in the health and fitness industry for most of my life. I started one of the first women’s health and fitness centers in New Delhi, India 20 years ago and hosted my own fitness show on television. Following this experience, I went to Canada to […]

    Eco Insights: Soya – Superfood or Serious Syndrome Part I

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    The Great Debate   First came the war on dairy. Then came the universal acceptance as soya milk as the smart dairy alternative. Everyone hailed the Asian pod as a wonder bean, full of amazing health benefits. How could Western consumers assimilate soya in their daily lives? From soya sauce to edamame (young green soya […]

    Green Queen Loves: The Greentest Device – Why You Need One In..

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    As consumers, we are constantly overwhelmed with information about what is healthy, what is not healthy, what we should eat, what we should avoid eating. The nutrition noise that now permeates all types of media can leave one feeling powerless and confused. Not to mention doctors, trainers and therapists giving us there two cents too!  One of […]

    Green Living: Eco Habits Tried & Tested by Caroline Roy

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    An earlier version of this post was published on Apronto’s Blog.    A full year after embarking on my 100 days of self study, here are the habits that worked for me and that I stuck with: truly tested every day behaviors. They include, without wanting to belabor these points: saving energy & water at home, refraining from […]

    Eco Insights: The Farce of Free Range

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    When it comes to sheer marketing genius, you can’t beat the term ‘free range’. Just the very words conjure up wonderful images of pastoral landscapes where cheerful, healthy farm animals roam freely on large expanses of apple-green grass. The free range branding gurus – make no mistake, free range is now a very well managed […]

    Green Queen Loves: Apronto Organic Cotton Aprons

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    Apronto‘s founder Caroline Roy is not your average eco-mom. Not content with simply doing the usual daily green chores like recycling or making sure to switch off the lights, she embarked on a half year long period of ‘eco-examination’ during which time she meticulously recorded everything her family did on a day to day basis […]

    Eco Insights: The Diaper Dilemna

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    Aren’t those Pampers commercials cute? Who doesn’t love the image of a cherubic baby toddling around in nothing but diapers with colourful little rainbows all over them? Only a monster wouldn’t get all warm and fuzzy when presented with a depiction of all that is innocent and magical about babies. What could possibly be wrong with […]

    Green Queen Living: Asia’s Top Detox Destinations by spas+bey..

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     An earlier version of this article previously appeared on spas+beyond.   Ananda in the Himalayas, India Up on a mountain top overlooking the sacred Ganges and Rishikesh, spending time in Ananda feels like coming home, albeit with a hint of Indian maharajah aristocracy. Nurturing staff, beautiful grounds and spectacular food keep you happy between Ayurvedic treatments, yoga […]

    Green Queen Loves: SOTE Gourmet Artisanal Popcorn

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    SOTE‘s founders Chelsea and Kate have the kind of faces that makes you think of fairytales. Turns out they met working at Hong Kong Disneyland. Their job? Being Disney princesses! Whilst living across the hall from each other (and making little girls swoon) , they discovered their mutual popcorn obsession. They also realized that Hong […]

    Green Queen Giving: Hong Kong Cleanup

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    In this month’s Green Queen Giving series, we feature Hong Kong Cleanup by Ecovision and the amazing work that they do with their various Cleanup Challenges across the city. How was Hong Kong Cleanup started? The Hong Kong Coastal Cleanup Challenge was started by Lisa Christensen 14 years ago when she decided to clean up trash with a few […]

    Green Queen Living: Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products

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    All this talk of chemicals and toxins in home cleaning products makes one just want to run out screaming from the supermarket and never come back. It’s gotten to the point where we have no idea what is actually in these products. Feels like you need a special degree in chemistry to decipher ingredient labels. […]

    Green Queen Foodie: Homegrown Foods’ Harvest Feast 2014

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    The angry rain clouds finally parted and the sun came out in full swing this past Saturday, no doubt to shine bright on this most gorgeous of occasions, Homegrown Foods‘ Harvest Feast. What began four years ago as mere 50 person gathering has transformed into a mega foodie event with 500 hungry Hong Kongers showing […]

    Green Queen Heroes: Anita Cheung of i-Detox

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    Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I come from a background in the fashion industry. After 13 years, I wanted a change and retrained. In 2005, I completed the program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and became a holistic health practitioner and wellness coach and advocate. I’ve since been trained in […]

    Eco Insights: The Very Scary Truth About Agave

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    Sweetener Story  First came the war on sugar. White sugar = Very Bad.  While many of us still consume it, we know we shouldn’t. It’s almost embarrassing to add it to your morning coffee, especially when your colleague proudly affirms: “Coffee? I take it black.” Then came the attack on artificial sweeteners. Sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin […]

    Green Queen Recommends: 5 Amazing Raw Vegan Resources in Hong Kong

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    Greenwoods Raw Cafe - Hong Kong’s Only 100% Gourmet Raw Cuisine Restaurant   Only mere months ago, the idea of a completely raw restaurant in Hong Kong seemed extremely unlikely. Along came Greenwoods Raw Cafe. Opened by Dr Simon Chau, the founder of the Hong Kong Vegetarian Society , and tucked away in a building in Kowloon, […]

    Eco Insights: Bamboozled – The Greenest Grass of The Land

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    In this post, we explore the many amazing qualities of bamboo as a resource for the health of our planet and ourselves as human beings. Bamboo and The Environment Bamboo doesn’t require herbicides and pesticides to grow. It also needs far less water than trees. As a grass, it can grow 1 to 2 metres […]

    Green Queen Loves: Aberdeen Street – Family & Vegetarian..

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    The owner of Aberdeen Street, a charming and friendly cafe that opened its doors last August, Sophie Lamacq, wanted to create a restaurant that she herself wanted to hang out at- relaxed environment, comfortable decor and an easy ambience with  good homey food for the whole family. She has succeeded in doing just that, and on weekends […]

    Save the World: Start Cycling or 8 Reasons to Be a Bike Cult Conver..

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    Save the World: Start Cycling or 8 Reasons to Be a Bike Cult Convert Advocating urban cycling is hardly revolutionary. It’s common sense for most of us that cycling is environmentally friendly and just plain good for Planet Mother Earth. For argument’s sake, and because we love any sustainable movement and because we wanted to […]

    Green Queen Foodie: A Soup, A Salad & A Sweet, 3 Healthy Easy ..

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    It’s hard to find time to cook at home so it’s important to be armed with easy-to-follow healthy and delicious recipes. Blogger Nicole Lana Lee from uber healthy food site Ola Huna has designed a complete meal from appetizer to dessert that takes an hour or less to prepare! Each dish contains superfood ingredients that […]

    Green Queen Recommends: Hong Kong’s Top Indie Beauty Brands

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    A version of this post was previously published on Sassy Hong Kong.    Satisfy your inner beauty junkie urges with the finest of the city’s local and handmade beauty products. Below the best in class on all matters beauty & body so you can make the most sustainable choices. Better for the planet, better for you! […]

    Green Queen Giving: Synergy Social Ventures

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    How was Synergy Social Ventures started? Abbie Jung and Jana Svedova started Synergy in 2011 to help early stage socially-driven social entrepreneurs in Asia who are solving major social, economic and environmental challenges with revenue-generating business models.  We created Synergy to support these young, passionate, driven and resourceful social entrepreneurs grow their organizations into sustainable and financially […]

    Eco Insights: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Green Wine P..

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    In Part 1 of this series, we covered what it means for a wine to be organic, what sulfites are and why they can be harmful. In Part 2 below, we explain how biodynamic wine is different from organic wine and what exactly is vegan wine.  What is biodynamic wine? A biodynamic winery is philosophically […]

    Green Queen Loves: Think Chocolate’s Artisanal Cacao Mission

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    Anyone who doesn’t know that Brooklyn is where it’s at when it comes to fabulous artisanal food products is obviously taking a vow of media silence. Hip foodie brands are literally pouring out of New York’s hipster borough where craftsmanship and farm to table values are celebrated above all else. Artisan chocolate epitomizes this trend […]

    Green Queen Foodie Series Part 3: Top 5 Sustainable Seafood Shops

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    Green Queen has given you the lowdown on how to buy seafood sustainably and you now have a guide to seafood ecolabels- all that’s left is to actually buy the seafood. Looking to make a delicious seafood feast that is as sustainable as it is delectable but not sure where to find what you need? […]

    Green Queen Loves: Eat Fresh Organic e-GreenGrocery Delivery

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    If you haven’t heard of Eat Fresh yet, you must be living under a (proverbial) organic rock. Originally a mom trio who wanted to organize local & organic veggie deliveries, Eat Fresh is now a powerhouse of organic grocery shopping run by Mia Man, a Certified Plant-based Food Chef and Board Certified Health Coach, and Martina […]

    Green Queen Ayurveda Series Part 3: Know Your Dosha, Know Yourself

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    What is a Dosha?  The Ayurvedic concept of prakruti, which translates literally from Sanskrit as “nature,” refers to our natural mind-body constitution – the unique characteristics that each of us is born with, perceptible through emotions, behavior, body type, metabolism, and health tendencies.  The overall nature of a persons constitution is largely determined by which […]