Mimi’s Dream Race

When Filipina-American Melody “Mimi Miyagi” Damayo used the fame she gained as a porn star to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for governor of the US state of Nevada, she could hardly have expected to win. And, of course, she didn’t. She garnered just 1,651 votes in the 15 November primary race, finishing…

Total Impact

Let the games begin -- again. Sitting in a Hong Kong newsroom reading Bangkok-based wire stories screaming that a man in Bangkok has confessed to one of America's most famous murders-- the 1996 slaying of the child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey -- is a surreal experience for me, a one-time resident of the city where…

Dwindling Tribes

The girl at the cash register in McDonalds in Hualien struggles to understand the Mandarin-speaking customer. She is slightly darker (and more beautiful) than the other Taiwanese teens flipping burgers and making fries. If it weren’t for her non-standard Chinese, you would have no way of knowing that she is a member of the Ami,…

The Melody and Mimi show

  Melody Damayo, a/k/a: Mimi Miyagi Melody Damayo is a forceful, well- spoken Filipino-American, a Republican and candidate for state governor, who favors getting tough on crime, upgrading schools and improving the state's infrastructure to battle terrorism. Mimi Miyagi is a dolled up anime creature whose fire red lips, Jessica Rabbit body, long black hair…

A Down Under Baedeker for Pinot Noir

In terms of production, Marlborough is by far the most substantial region where large-scale grape growers and bigger wineries coexist with small vineyards. The complex and powerful wines from Fromm Winery and Foxes Island demonstrate the region's capabilities well, that is not to say the larger producers are less important or dedicated, indeed they have…

The Wandering Palate: Pinot Noir Doesn’t Fight Back

As the legions grow of Asians who are abandoning centuries of rice-wine-based reasons to enjoy themselves, I am running into increasing numbers of people complaining that red wines give them headaches. Without entertaining the possibility that they simply drink too much, they inevitably link the problem to the higher levels of tannins found in varieties…

Touch of Glass

So. You have a choice between the jelly glasses your Aunt Melba gave you for Christmas 10 years ago and a set of fragile, hand-blown Riedels costing HK$220 each. Which is going to deliver the nuances you want from that Te Mata Sauvignon Blanc 2003? Which is going to deliver a tactile, textual sense? How…

Those Blue Tights Look Awfully Familiar

I admit proprietary feelings toward Superman. I knew him in older days, the 1960s, when a normal American boy couldn't afford not to buy the monthly edition of each of the Superman titles—Action, Adventure,  Superman, Superboy—and, for domestic peace,  share them with his siblings. In my case, I also had to share with my mother,…

What Next, Rolando?

Roland Schuller, one of Hong Kong's most exciting chefs, abandoned the city suddenly about five years ago, citing what he felt was the overwhelming pressure of trying to keep two top-ranked restaurants operating at the level of quality he demanded.  Now he’s back, running what he considers to be a far more satisfying business, and…

Better Than Inedible

A McDonald's restaurant is not something that would normally fall into the Deveaux omniverse. But a number of events have changed that. First, Hong Kong shouldn't be proud of the fact that, especially in October and November, along one of the most spectacular seascapes in the world, there is no place to dine outside except…