Francisco Mattos   CORNERS OF HONG KONG  



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The first road built in Kowloon was in 1904 by governor Sir Matthew Nathan. Beginning harborside at Tsim Sar Tsui, the boulevard ran just over two miles north to Sum Sui Po and Boundary St, where the New Territories begin.

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HK residents can travel to the portuguese port by ferryboat, hydrofoil or amhibian plane; the former takes an hour, the others are faster. In 20th-c. Macao, the only means for its residence to catch an airplane was first travel to HK. Both ways, the traveler crosses the Pearl river delta while skirting the South China sea.

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A commercial venture next to Ma Tau Gok went bust when entrepreneurs Mr Kai and Mr Tak could not develop the land they had reclaimed from Kowloon Bay. This prompted the HK government to purchase the waterfront property and, in 1912, build an airfield.  |- -|  Decommissioned in 1998, Kai Tak Airport will no longer offer arriving airplanes a careening welcome onto a harbor runway when pilots need to perform demanding and exacting maneuvers each and every time. (Photo by Christian Hanuise)

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The english bridge connects the isle of Shameen (left) w/ Canton on the right. There is also a french bridge. A sandbar in the Pearl river was reclaimed and built upon by british and french merchants wanting residences in town.

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The 1958 cha-cha-cha champions of HK Bruce Lee and his dance partner. A dance craze emanating from Cuba in the early 1950s, swept HK youth into dance classes to learn how to execute two consecutive quick steps.

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When the british government conducted the first census, Sek Pei Wan (Aberdeen) had zero population; at the time it was just a pirate’s cove. Graced w/ a tiny yet excellent harbor. Tanka (boat people) eventually made it a homeport, an important one among many dotted along the coastline.





  KITCHENETTE



Smoked Salmon
ala Hee
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Lemon Rice Soup
ala Peterson
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INGREDIENTS
  • |- onion |- cabbage |- chicken broth, 1 can |- olive oil |- lemon pepper |- rice |- garbanzoes, 1 can |- lemon
PREPARATION
  • |- Start by chopping some onion & cabbage. Place these in the cooking pot along with ½ of the can of chicken broth. Save the remaining ½ can for the next meal. Add 2-½ cups water & bring to a simmer. Also add lemon pepper. Trader Joe’s sells a very good one that is inexpensive. I use 9 twists of the grinder. Also add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. The olive oil is expensive, but one jar lasts a long time at only 1 tablespoon per batch.
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    When the onions & cabbage are nearly cooked, add ½ can of the garbanzoes; save the remaining ½ can for the next meal. At this point I also add about 1 cup of pre-cooked rice. When the rice and vegetables are ready, add some lemon juice one teaspoon at a time. This is the tricky part: you have to stir & taste as you go, until you get just the right amount of lemon flavor.
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    Pre-cooking the rice can be a hassle, so you might try putting uncooked rice into the soup at the very beginning. I would start with no more than ¼ cup of uncooked rice, otherwise you may end up with congee rather than soup.




Lunch
  • “Please pass the cream – yes – that’s enough (“I knew her years before the war”)

    “I’d love some of that sugary stuff” (“She must be at least fifty-four”)

    “I can’t believe your dress is true” (“He said his lines in an appalling way”)

    “It’s almost a delphinium blue” (“To me he ruined the entire play”)

    “The whole thing’s such a terrible disgrace” (“Surely he was the Duke’s adopted son!”)

    “If I were in Winston Churchill’s place...” (“My dear, you’re thinking of another one”)

    “I always loathed the girl, she drinks and swears.” And everyone was thinking – “Christ! Who cares.


Sacrapantina
“Holy Smokes”
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San Francisco magazine food writer Jack Shelton, “I would no sooner serve a great portion of this delicacy than I would fresh caviar.”:
| In 1990, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors honored baker and owner of Stella Pastry in North Beach, Franco Santucci, as the best baker in the world. Sacrapantina | His prized creation is the Sacripantina, born long ago and in Genoa, where a feast was given by a king in which a dessert was to be the centerpiece. | Conceived by the queen, it stunned the assembled when they tasted this confection of “cream, air and magic”, conjured w/ Almond Powder, Butter Cake, Cream Frosting, Meringue, Simple Syrup, and Zabaglione. | Here is a similar recipe to a North Beach classic.




Watercress Salad
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  • |- 1-½ cup Watercress (leaves only). |- 1 cup chopped and pitted cured Italian Black Olives. |- Peel and dice 1 Fuji Apple per person, and toss w/ Lemon Juice. |- Combine well the 3 ingredients and serve in chilled bowls. |- No dressing needed. No S-&-P. |- Goes well w/ Homemade Croutons (chopped semi-stale Bread tossed in a skillet using 1 tbsp Butter, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, Garlic (1 clove per person), and Black Pepper). |-




Andy Warhol Cocktail
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  • |- 1-½ ounce Cognac. |- ½ oz. Benedictine. |- ⅓ oz. Lillet Blanc. |- 2 dashes Orange Bitters.




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  ANTONIO AGOSTINHO



| Motorist

 | |  After the Second World War, Hong Kong took pains to rebuild its transportation infrastructure. Roads were widened and new routes were created.

(Motorist)  | |  An integrated transportation system came into play, w/ single and double-decker bus service. A tramway running the length of HK island on the harbor side and a second one just for the Peak. Two passenger ferry routes btw. HK and Kowloon and one ferry route dedicated to vehicles.

(Motorist)  | |  User-friendly driving calmed grateful trucks, taxis and private cars, heeding traffic cops and easy-to-spot stop signs and signals.

(Motorist)  | |  My father Tony got his driver license when he was 35 years old. The war had ended seven years ago, and having to drive on bald tires became a thing of the past.

(Motorist)  | |  Tony’s first and only car was a Simca, a Fiat built in France, and he drove it to work every day. He took his wife grocery shopping and his family on regular Sunday drives to every nook and cranny of HK, Kowloon and the New Territories that was accessible by car.

(1910 Queens Road)



| Heir

(birth-certificate)

 | |  Baby Tony was baptized a week later in the Catholic Cathedral. Two days after that he received registration papers stating that he was a HK citizen. He went to school at 9 and graduated in 1932.


▶ Tony’s Father (Jose)  | |  Tony’s father José was born on February 21 1892 in the parish of Freguesia de São Lourenço, Macau, to Filomena Russurreição da Silva Oliveira (b.1864) and Pedro de Alcantara de Oliveira Mattos (b.1864).  | |  He was 21 when he married Cristalina Cristiana Collaço, at that time a minor, at the ­Cathedral in Canton. Their first child Maria Lucia was born, and five years later my father. They had five more: Regina, Victor, Teresa, Adelina, and Gloria Cristina.  | |  José supported his family as a clerk w/ the Asiatic Petroleum Co., a joint venture of Royal Dutch and Shell Oil in China.


Ocean Liner  | |  Then, around 1929, he abandoned everyone, boarded a ship and disappeared.



| Graduate

(visa)


▶ HK Portuguese (1960-happy-valley)  | |  “The Portuguese in Hong Kong”
by Cyril Neves, 2003
 | |  When the British Fleet dropped anchor and raised the flag at Possession Point [in HK] on a January morning in 1841, the first people ashore were clerical staff from the British trading companies in Macau. Ever since, the Portuguese have woven a rich and splendid thread through the history of Hong Kong. ... Everyone knew what a Portuguese was, but after centuries in Africa, India, the Malay Islands of the Indies, Goa, Japan and China, it was sometimes difficult to explain. Intermarriage over the generations had blurred the lines. ... There were no Portuguese who were not Catholics. ...


Manila poster
▶ Air Travel  | |  “China Cycle” by Richard P. Dobson, 1946  | |  I filled in forms and collected the necessary visa in a hurry, and by the following dawn was at Kai Tak aerodrome embarking in a Pan-American Clipper. The Clipper was a mighty machine. I reclined in a bunk, and they brought me tea, then sandwiches, then beer. When I arose there were light refereshments and buffet lunch in the lounge, so the passengers were kept happy until after about five hours the distant blue sparkle of the sea gave way to the vivid green of forest and jungle and soon we hissed smoothly in to the naval anchorage at Cavite. ... Everything was expensive. Manila is one of the most costly places to live in that I know—



| Adult

(gendarme-collage)

|  When the Second World War reached Asia, Tony and his family left British HK for neutral ­Macau. He and his brother became gendarmes -- armed guards on patrol. He left service w/ a tattoo.

(map and border) |  One of Tony’s duties was to stand watch at the border w/ China. Daily he watched as people fled from bullets and bayonets. One day he caught the eye of someone, who must have also locked eyes w/ him because they most certainly began a love affair.

▶ Macau Falls (macau-postcard)  | |  “Birdless Summer” by Han Suyin, 1938  | |  The offensive of the Japanese against Canton started on October 12 1938; on the 21st Canton was taken, even though there were 200 Chinese troops there. On the order of Chiang Kaishek there was no resistance, they were withdrawn. The Japanese attacked both by land and sea, 30 warships sailed up the Bocca Tigris, 20,000 men landed. 43,000 Canton Volunteers put down their names to fight for their city, but the officials were fleeing, no one would give them weapons. The bridge which spanned the Pearl River and the city was bombed; on the afternoon of the 21st, Japanese motorized units entered Canton. By this action Japan placed her military power in position for a thrust, three years later, upon the British colony of Hong Kong.



| Witness

(portuguese-map)

 | |  During the war, Tony read history and learned about the world by collecting stamps. (bachelor)

▶ HK Surrenders (War 1)  | |  “Tales of Hong Kong” by Gene Gleason, 1967  | |  Two Japanese divisions invaded [HK] from China on December 8 1941, conquered the New Territories and Kowloon in ten days, and crossed to the north side of HK Island at several points btw. Lei Yue Mun Pass and North Point. Outnumbered and w/out air cover, the British, Canadian and Indian defence forces took their main stand at Wong Nei Chong Gap to prevent the Japanese from driving south to cut the island defences in half. The Japanese defeated the ­defenders decisively at the Gap and pushed forward to complete the cuf-off at Repulse Bay.

▶ Aftermath (War 2)  | |  “Fragrant Harbour: A Short History of Hong Kong”
by G.B. Endacott and A. Hinton
1968
 | |  For nearly four years [HK] remained under Japanese military occupation. British civilians were interned at Stanley in the St. Stephen’s College and Prison area. Under war conditions the Japanese were unable to feed a large population in HK or to maintain health and other public services, so a large number of people returned to the mainland and the population shrank to some 600,000. The war ended in August 1945, and on August 30 1945, British warships entered the harbour and accepted the surrender of the Japanese garrison of 21,000 men. The British once again took control of the government.


| Fighter

(woke)


 | |  In his late twenties Tony was paying attention to the buzz on a free Angola. He was careless and for his troubles a letter arrived from the British Consulate in Macau:


13th January, 1945. Sir, I feel I must draw to your attention that certain of your associations may in future draw the unfavourable attention of British Authorities. I feel I need specify no further since you will be able to know to what I refer. I suggest that for your own good you sever these associations as soon as possible. I am, Sir, Your obedient servant, (H.B.M. Consul.)

(map-angola)



| Spouse


 | |  In 1943, police guard Tony married domestic Patsy at St Anthony in Macau, according to and conforming to the Rite of Saint Mother Church Catholic Apostolic Roman. He signed but she did not, “because she could not write.” (groom)


 | |  Tony took a photo of his first-born and captioned it on the back: rooftop-foto

▶ Tony’s wife (Patsy 31 y.o.)  | |  Tony’s wife was born on July 7 1918 in Nam-Hoi, Canton. When war reached her village she left w/ two sisters for the coast and never saw her family again. (4 & 6 sisters)  | |  Eldest sister rests her hand on youngest sister. The eldest would open a tucks shop and die in HK, the youngest would return to China to live. Patsy, the middle sister, went to America.

(johnston rd)




| Husband

(passport)

 | |  His 1946 passport (no. 241) listed Tony as a British subject by birth. Five feet nine inches, dark brown eyes and hair. (driver-license) (Simca)
 | |  By 1958 Tony was a father to five children. He sent a postcard to his eldest, living then in Manila: (botanic-garden)
 | |  Tony was living at 51E Wyndham Street in 1936 when he found a job w/ the Hongkong Electric Company to work in its showrooms. Salary was HK$60 per month and hours were weekdays 7 to 5 + Saturdays 7 to 1.




| Electrician

(jumbo)

 | |  After the war, he was rehired and by 1957 was a second assistant engineer. Eight years later he was a testing assistant and was issued a War Department Pass. (war pass)


|  Petitioner

 | |  By 1966, the Cultural Revolution had spilled over to HK. Red Guards marched to Government House for redressing of past behavior.

(riot police)  | |  Tony had gone through one war w/ Patsy they did not want to again, not w/ a family. He sought to immigrate and wrote to his mother and older sister in America.

(stamp-purple-queen)
 | |  On May 6 1969, Tony handed in his resignation and was granted early retirement so that he could take up residence in the United States.




| Emigré

 | |  In 1969, Tony brought Patsy and their three youngest aboard the President Cleveland, docked in HK. After a stopover in Yokohama, they arrived in Honolulu on June 13, where he declared his intention to immigrate w/ his family to the United States of America. (Honolulu)
 | |  Patsy passed away suddenly in 1973 from cancer. Widowed, Tony filled out a statement of facts for a petition to become a naturalized citizen. He was 56. (GGP photo)


| Widower

 | |  Tony worked in a mailroom in San Francisco, happy to be among stamps. Then his work performance suffered, and in 1980 he was let go. After deductions, his last paycheck came to 301.74. (mail-clerk)
 | |  Lost in thought, Tony is comforted by his mother. (son)
 | |  Falling into despondency, Tony moved to the Tenderloin, signing in as “Antonio O. Mattos” and taking Room 303 at the Marlton Manor. (driver-license)


| Paterfamilias

(grandpa)

 | |  Tony was 67 when he passed away. Thirty-seven people went to his funeral, incl. siblings Adele and Victor, and all his children. He liked to go night fishing by himself, and was a member of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society (POB 446) from 1950 until he left his hometown.

(love-stamp)


TONY’S PHONE BOOK

All his children get listed (incl. their old addreses, employers, roommates), his sisters and their families, his ex sister-in-law in Toronto, and his mother.

Tony joined UMA Inc and stayed in contact w/ his HK friends, incl. the Alvareses, Browns, Carneiros, Carvalhos, Collaços, Gregorios, Ribeiros, Rochas, Rozas, Silvas, and Xaviers. He had many Chinese friends back home, new ones in America; there are at least eight New York addresses.

His primary physician was Dr Gerald Roberts and the secretary’s name was Marilyn. How to contact Medicare, Medi-Cal, Neighborhood Legal Assistance, Mt Zion Hospital, and the Radiation Oncology Tumor Institute.

SF’s Arrow Stamp Co. and Sunrise Stamp Co. Library hours. Bus info. Where to get bait. Two bank accounts. Nearby restaurants serving Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, satay, fish-&-chip. Japanese words daijobu, gohan, ichi ban, ofura, sashimi and what they mean.


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 PSYCHEDELIC PARK

 | |  Built in 1932 next to be a Hong Kong tycoon’s mansion, Tiger Balm Gardens is an over-the-top folly.


 | |  On the steepest hillside imaginable, inhospitable to real estate development, Aw Boon Haw envisioned a human-size depiction of a moral Chinese universe. The land was his, and he lived w/ his family next door.

 | |  The “gentle tiger”’s idea of his garden was a retreat containing sculpted scenarios from daoist practices, w/ a dollop of buddhist thinking spritzed w/ confucist incense. At the apex of Aw Boon Haw’s cosmology perched a seven-storey functioning pagoda where he would ascend to see his cartoon creations.


 | |  A visitor to this psychedelic park can count on being ambused by deities and demons; also, phoenix, unicorn, gorilla, kangaroo, others. Historical tableaux seemingly trot out: Journey to the west; fairy scattering flowers on Buddha.


 | |  Staircases multiply and are passageways btw. locales; they melt any sense of bearing.

 | |  Natural ledges and spurs were leveraged for bridges, lookout points, nooks. Vistas start to appear then vanish; shortcuts and forks accrue. Destinations take on labyrinthean lengths.

 | |  This garden of steep and narrow steps enhances mystical states of ascension and descension. The cloud caves of heaen above, below the stockades of hell. Both are bound to make your acquaintance.
 | |  The garden is built from several applications of plaster-of-paris shaped w/ chicken wire in wet cement. Cement staircases were created from buildouts and brackets over existing rock. Covered w/ paint, the Tiger Balm Gardens became incarnate – finished forms found only dreams.

 | |  The gardens are from the imagination of Mr Aw Boon Haw; there were no plan drawings. Concocted by master craftsmen Kwek Hoon Sua and Kwek Choon Sua, bros from Swatow, directing a crew of workers.

██  Entrance to the gardens, where the first steps already beguile.



 WHAT HE SAID


W.H. Auden  
▶ Wartime Hong Kong Excerpt from “Hongkong” by W.H. Auden, Collected Shorter Poems 1927-57. In 1939, W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood traveled to China and wrote a book together about it.




 GREEN GODDESS


| |  As Government House was being built, on a large parcel 500 feet above Hong Kong harbor, governor John Bowring and Lady Bowring began to putter in their backyard, a slope rising steeply up to meet the Peak.  | |  What is now Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (兵頭花園) was in the beginning a living victorian laboratory on a barren rock off the South China coast.

Botanical Gardens

Pondering the young science of botany, men and women from a bygone age re-imagined Eden. These eminent victorians set up classifications, devised cages, designed a system for the edification of humankind.


 | |  In 1871, a victorian botanical garden, beginning life as the governor's backyard, was opened to the public. Taming the unfriendly slope sweeping upwards to meet the Peak were gardeners, masons and laborers.

 | |  Indigenous plants met their tropical and sub-tropical selves.
 | |  Banyans were tucked in to create backdrops.

 | |  The only india rubber tree for miles around can be found only within this garden. Botanical Gardens
 | |  Into the ground went palm trees from near and far. Ferns sheltered sensitive plants.

Botanical Gardens


 | |  The original garden had shady boulevards and flowerbeds, an aviary and a green house filled w/ ferns, bromeliads, orchids, and climbers.

 | |  The fountain terrace has a fifty-feet wide ciruclar pond, raised just so to allow sitting, and home to water lilies and a spout.
Botanical Gardens
 | |  Nearby a first-gen children’s playground.

Botanical Gardens
Botanic Garden



British botanist Charles Ford was the first superintendent of gardens, and he began the documentation of local flora and fauna.

- gingsengs on a botany print
- drawing of chinese cloves
- sprig of dawn redwood
- branch of chinese elm on a plate.
- framed drawing of chinese lantern

 | |  It was deemed safe enough that late into the evening, dating couples took to strolling between gas-lit paths and shadows, safe in nature and holding hands.

 | |  White jade orchid trees, mock lime, orange-jessamine, sweet osmanthus, mingle w/ the scent of “kwai-fah” to swirl the air.
 | |  Ferns took to the site very well and produced profusely, offering shade and, more importantly, privacy.

Botanical Gardens
Botanic Garden  | |  This open air conservatory turned into a paradise for Adamses wanting somewhere to take their eager Eves.


 | |  In 1876, an animal house was added to the new garden. Its inmates have rotated over the years.

 | |  After a hundred years of shame major renovations were begun in 1976, and beleaguered beasts given new digs and more modern practises.
 | |  Reptiles and mammals had separation.

Botanical Gardens
 | |  Birds were moved to another area altogether.

 | |  Twin programs were established to study captive- as well as conservation-breeding techniques.

 | |  Today 900 species live side by side and learn how how to get along in a very crowded city.
200 Feet Under Hong Kong Harbour
Botanical Gardens

At the invitation of the first superintendent of gardens, Jules Verne came in 1865 to help document the life aquatic.

The author was doing research on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and spent six months learning the local language and taking down oral history. Going to the best sources for authentic information on the underwater world of Hong Kong didn’t make it into the final manuscript.

An article on his time in the Far East appeared in the June 15 1884 issue of L’Algerie magazine, featuring artwork by Alphonse de Neuville, Édouard Riou, and Macau-based George Chinnery.




 TEA TIME





The Teapot

That morning I heard water being poured into a teapot. The sound was an ordinary, daily, cluffy sound. But all at once, I knew you loved me. An unheard-of-thing, love audible in water falling.
Robert Bly b.1926

One Lump or Two

The must-dos for brewing a proper pot of tea, and how a constitutional drinking game, made palatable w/ sugar and milk, calmed a nation’s nerves.






  Cream or Lemon   A steadfastness in dutiful habiting is a core definition of Britishness in all matters related to tea, and in 2013 was due for a review: ❝ … the official six-page specification for how to make a cup of tea, is officially “under review”. But don’t panic. It is standard procedure for the British Standards Institution (BSI) to do a “systematic periodic review” of each of its many specifications which, piecemeal, define nearly everything British.
 |- -|  Belying stereotypes of peremptory rigidity in anyone or anything that officially tells the populace what’s what, the BSI is nice about what it does”. British Standards are voluntary in that there is no obligation to apply them or comply with them, it says. The standards are “devised for the convenience of those who wish to use them”. That sentiment appears in the 44-page specification, copies of which are available free of charge.❞


In 2013, Christopher Hitchens gave an account of George Orwell making tea:

Just after World War II, during a period of acute food rationing in England, George Orwell wrote an article on the making of a decent cup of tea that insisted on the observing of eleven different “golden” rules. Some of these (always use Indian or Ceylonese—i.e., Sri Lankan—tea; make tea only in small quantities; avoid silverware pots) may be considered optional or outmoded. But the essential ones are easily committed to memory, and they are simple to put into practice.

If you use a pot at all, make sure it is pre-warmed. (I would add that you should do the same thing even if you are only using a cup or a mug.) Stir the tea before letting it steep. But this above all: “ [O]ne should take the teapot to the kettle, and not the other way about. The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact, which means that one should keep it on the flame while one pours.”
This isn’t hard to do, even if you are using electricity rather than gas, once you have brought all the makings to the same scene of operations right next to the kettle. It’s not quite over yet. If you use milk, use the least creamy type or the tea will acquire a sickly taste.

George Orwell

And do not put the milk in the cup first – family feuds have lasted generations over this – because you will almost certainly put in too much. Add it later, and be very careful when you pour.

Finally, a decent cylindrical mug will preserve the needful heat and flavor for longer than will a shallow and wide-mouthed – how often those attributes seem to go together – teacup.

Orwell thought that sugar overwhelmed the taste, but brown sugar or honey are, I believe, permissible and sometimes necessary.

  Manchester, England – November 13 2015

Middleton officer Andy Richardson: “Just dealt w/ a 95 year old couple, called and said they were lonely. What else could we do?”

He and a fellow offer ended up going over to the couple’s house and sharing a cup of tea over a 30 minute visit, and later tweeted about the call.

“We’ve got to look after people as well. It’s not just fighting crime, it’s protecting people in whatever situation they find themselves.”

Fred Thompson, the elderly man who made the call: “You feel somebody cares and oh that does matter … simple things they talk about, nothing very special but they showed that they cared by being there and talking to you.”


Francisco Mattos


In the 1935 movie Ruggles of Red Gap, Charles Laughton is a British butler transplanted to America, where he instructs the town spinster on the importance of making tea properly:

She: (looking at water) It’s hot! ... He: Can I be of any assistance?

Oh no. Men are so helpless in the kitchen. (Picks up kettle, proceeds to pour into teapot.) Oh no. Always bring pot to the kettle, never bring the kettle to the pot.
Charles Laughton Well listen –I’ve been making tea for longer than I can remember– Don’t let’s get into difficulties about this. But you must listen to an Englishman about tea. When making tea, always bring the pot to the kettle and never the kettle to the pot. Oh, your knowledge is surprising. ... Don’t see why you should say surprising.
The best cooks have always been men. I myself have pronounced views on the preparations and servings of food. Have you? ... Oh yes. You know something nice that would go w/ tea? ... Eh yes, yes. The ingredients are quite simple. Do you have a little flour? Oh would you? ... Flour, butter, milk and salt. Oh you seem so at home in the kitchen. ... Ah it would be difficult to describe the intense satisfaction that I’ve always derived from cooking.


In 1997, Morrissey was asked in a sit-down interview: Do you ever get sick of drinking tea? Given the moment, the former singer for The Smiths expounded on how this custom is practised in his home: ... I absolutely never get sick of drinking tea. It’s a psychological thing really, it’s just very composing and makes me relax. It’s just so much a part of your culture. ... ‘Oh yes yes, I’m very avid, I have to have at least four pots a day. For those of us who don’t know how to make a pot of tea, what do you do?
Morrissey Well I would do that without even thinking about it. ... Right and also you have to use real milk you can’t use the UHT fake stuff, you have to use proper milk. ... Well you really have to put the milk in first which many people don’t. Put the milk in with the water, before you boil the water? ... No, you’re confused already no, you put the milk in before you pour the water in or the tea, whichever.
Okay, so what about the actual brewing of the tea? ... The brewing of the tea, it’s very important that you heat the pot before you put the water in, if you use a pot. I know most people who just throw a teabag into a cup but in England of course you have to make a pot of tea and you have to heat the pot first w/ hot water and then put the teabags in – I can’t believe I’m saying this – and then put the hot water in and then just throw it all over yourself, rush to Out Patients and write a really good song.





Francisco Mattos


❝The popularity of tea in England ... was due to a Portuguese infante, Queen Catherine, whose predilection for that beverage rendered it fashionable. In an ode to her, Waller sings: The best of queens and best of herbs we owe  /  To that bold nation who the way did show  /  To the fair region where the sun doth rise,  /  Whose rich productions we so justly prize.
Historic Macao by C. A. Montalto de Jesus 1984. Oxford University Press.




 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE RECIPIENT

2013 UNESCO Archaeological Site Recipient Al-Zubarah, Qatar

Buried under sand for hundreds of years, slowly being dug up going on years now, is Qatar’s largest archaeological dig, and a very fine example, preserved, of a merchant town c.1800s. This site is the ruined coastal port famous for its walls and known as Al-Zubarah. Founded by merchants in the late 1700s, this settlement had thrived as a pearl-fishery industry and also as a trading post — it is centrally positioned on the main sea route in the Persian Gulf.

2013 UNESCO Archaeological Site Recipient In 1811 there was a successful siege and what remained was abandoned and eventually was covered by sand. The property Al Zubarah Archaeological Site which comprises the 2013 UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fortified town, built w/ traditional Arab technqiues, that faces a harbor, w/ an original sea wall (exists still in part). A second, inner wall came later. The original fort still stands, there is another fort, two more walls, and a canal to the sea.

The largest domestic structure dug up gives a sense of the wealth enjoyed by the town’s richest, and why so coveted by its attackers: Nine inter-connected courtyards inside a building complex, surrounded by a high wall and having corner defense towers. Water fountain features are to be found, incl. ponds where a game played by children, called turtles-&-pearls, takes place underwater. Using a pet turtle, each player attempts to shoot a colored pearl into a row of different-colored pearls, w/ an aim of hitting out another pearl of the same color, all the while not disturbing the rest. 2013 UNESCO Archaeological Site Recipient








  WONDER WHEELS +




“Our last arrow! We’ll fire it to stop the getaway car – then end our careers as Green Arrow and Speedy!” “Yes, with our secret identities exposed, we’re uselss against criminals!” (World’s Finest #98, December 1958)

Francisco Mattos

Francisco Mattos Immortal Dane Whitman brought his time-tested skills as the Black Knight to the early days of filmmaking, creating a phantasmagorical chariot race for Fritz Lang’s 1929 silent scifi Woman in the Moon. These days, he still does stunts for Hollywood.

Francisco Mattos Although he owns a Legion flight ring from the 30th century, when not in a hurry to get somewhere Michael Jon Carter prefers to drive. He comes from the future, sheathed in a super-suit boasting futuristic tech, but the feel of rubber on road gives Booster Gold a jolt unlike any other.

Francisco Mattos Little is known about this shapeshifting foe of Batman Beyond. Her fluid body allows Inque to seep into and out of her liquid limo.
Francisco Mattos Jimon Kwan’s car is parked behind the world’s first eco-fire station. She’s there to give a demonstration – in her capacity as Silver of China Force – on her mutant ability to drain heat and then convert it into light.

Francisco Mattos Before he went to war as the Fighting American, Nelson Flagg’s father gave him a 1915 Ford Speedster – it later crashed and burned. The original is also shown, fresh off the assembly line.

Francisco Mattos It takes two of Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man, to control this wide jeep because it’s sure-as-hell gonna be a bumpy ride.
Francisco Mattos The grandfather and great-grandfather of James Jesse were from the world of vaudeville, which is why their spawn continued their forays into self-powered locomotion and built a portable air-cooled engine, hooked up to an accelerator switch, an engine cut-off switch, and single-horsepowered roller skates, and later tormenting the Flash w/ weaponized toys as the Trickster.

Francisco Mattos An inside-out refrigerated truck driven by Leonard Snart, commiting crime as Captain Cold using an experimental gun based on stolen science and shooting absolute-zero blasts that solidify as ice.

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H.G. Wells jumped at the chance to take a spin in an experimental contraption that his American friend and fellow futurist, the head of Stark Industries, brought over to London. The author of The Invisible Man is photographed sitting in the back seat as the self-driving car crosses Tower Bridge.

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This tasty USSR-era Trabant was on display in a Belgrade art gallery when Harlequin, the “merry menace”, happened by, took one look, and promptly brought it home.

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This rarely seen Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic belongs to Arthur Curry (Aquaman) and is nicknamed the Drop because he almost never has need for it.

Francisco Mattos Imperator Furiosa’s go-to wheels when she’s off the clock.
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Even super-heroes driving sports cars have to stop and pay toll, as the Thing heckles Johnny Storm’s tossing chops. “Let’s get going, Torchy! Hey! Ya missed the coin bucket!” “But I threw it okay! It wasn’t my fault! The bucket moved!”

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After punching Hitler in his debut, the city of Manhattan awarded Steve Rogers w/ a spanking red 1937 Ford, and he promptly took off to drive cross-country. Then he made up for lost years w/ a Corvette. These days, his ride is a 1960 Chevrolet, always parked on the street; repeatedly stolen then returned because it was a badge of honor to leave the keys in the ignition.
 Before his life was imbued w/ Bahdnisian powers and he took control of the human thunderbolt, Johnny Thunder was in Europe, having won a music scholarship while in high school. With some of his prize money he bought a second-hand Minor Morris convertible.

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Bentley Wittman, narrowly escaping the Human Torch, is chauffeured back to his mansion on Long Island and his life as the Wizard. “Fire is a powerful weapon! But I possess the greatest weapon of all – the world’s greatest brain!”

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No way is the mysterious Dolphin a landlubber, so whenever adventures take her ashore she always rides in her 1962 Shark roadster, w/ its aquarium pod and other aquatic must-haves allowing her safe passage.

Retiring as the Sorcerer Supreme sometime in 1950, Steven Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, master of mystic arts, drove home to Kamar-Taj in Tibet, crossing rivers w/ the aid of local villagers, ever grateful for deliverance from the evil Kaluu.

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Francisco Mattos Suddenly, the hovering air-car is jolted by a fantastic wave of force … and that is when Nick Fury sees an awesome figure who stands waiting to confront the dynamic director of SHIELD … Francisco Mattos A surreal episode of the Knights of the Galaxy is just starting. “For King Arthur and Britain.” (Mystery In Space #8 (June-July 1952))

Francisco Mattos To have a bit of fun while Superman is recovering from their latest encounter, Mr Mxyzptlk, the imp from elsewhere, uses fifth-dimensional science to rearrange this car and proceeds to demonstrate how to operate it.

Francisco Mattos Vic Sage blends into his camouflage car, ephemeral behind a pseudoderm mask, during the time he joined Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and Nightshade as the Question in the original Sentinels of Justice.
Francisco Mattos When insect-female hybrid Queen Zazzala of planet Korll returned for a rematch w/ the Justic League, she went first to the Citroen museum in Aulnay-sous-Bois near Paris, and took possesion of an experimental 1940s light-weight hovercar which she used as a beehive-nest. Badly damaged and abandoned, it still oscillates when touched, awaiting new instructions from the Queen Bee.

Francisco Mattos The nomadic Roy Harper, leaving behind his Speedy persona, took to the road in an oft-vandalized therefore oft-disguised van. When he landed in England, the former battling bowman persuaded Banksy to let him take the famous SWAT van for an extended spin as Arsenal.

Francisco Mattos Random page from the mid-century portfolio of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark: 1958 Nucleon, Norman Bel Geddes prototype, 1949 Tabot Iago, 1959 Firebird.

Francisco Mattos Sue Richards fetched Agatha Harkness, her boy Franklin’s new governess, in a custom-built Hispano-Suiza, previously owned by an heir to the Dubonnet fortune. It was a regal ride befitting the lead-witch of New Salem, who has brought along a mystical rocking seahorse as a baby present. Francisco Mattos
Francisco Mattos An early electric car prototype from the morbid mind of Oswald Hubert Loomis, aka the Prankster.
Francisco Mattos When her mom asked if her new car was safe, Jennifer Walters sent this blurry pix of her unusual find while in college. It proved ideal for camping, and that was when she got into an accident, needed a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce, and began a new existence as the ravishing rough She-Hulk.

Francisco Mattos In 1923, Tony Stark’s dad visited the Fiat Factory in Turin and openly admired their roof treatment. When what later became the Avengers Mansion was built, he put a race-car track on the roof.

Francisco Mattos Besides lending his occult skills to combat evil, Giovanni Zatara performs as a stage magician, and is the reason he drives a 1959 Lincoln, which has a sturdy trunk to fit all his stage props.

Francisco Mattos Tony Stark awarded his executive assistant Pepper Potts w/ this pink 1954 Ford in recognition for her aid in their first caper together, battling “The Mad Pharaoh”.
Francisco Mattos Kent Allard’s elusive 1957 Lincoln Premiere, which he drove as the Shadow, caught on a U.S. postage stamp.

Francisco Mattos Blackhawk’s 1949 Hudson, later owned by Jack Kerouac when he was doing a lot of driving. Restored and no longer driven.

Francisco Mattos Carter Hall was so smitten when Hal Jordan drove up in a Phantom Corsair that the test-pilot promptly gifted this one-off automobile to the extraterrestrial detective, known to Earth as the Hawkman, for a planet-warming present.

Francisco Mattos An experimental floating fortress from the malevolent minds at Advanced Idea Mechanics.

Francisco Mattos Although a haunted horse accompanies his cursed existence, the ghost of highwayman James Craddock also owns a train, breaking the law as the Gentleman Ghost, and traveling the world w/ out a home.

Francisco Mattos Long after the owner of Gotham Broadcasting Co. Alan Welling Scott, was visited by the Green Flame of Life (“Three times shall I flame green! First to bring death! Second to bring life! Third to bring power!”) and fought evildoers as the Green Lantern, he would continue to tool around in his trusted 1939 Chevrolet clunker.

Francisco Mattos Prof. X’s band of super-human teenagers are driven to the airport in a specially-built Rolls Royce w/ dark-tinted windows. “Boy! It musta taken a heap of green stamps to buy a chariot like this!” “No joking, please! Concentrate on your mission! Review your powers! Our foe is certain to be highly dangerous!”

Francisco Mattos Brainiac 5 retooled an antique and created the “frisbee”, armed w/ repel-rays, as a combat suit for Chuck Taine, the Bouncing Boy.

Francisco Mattos Hooking up to his Plymouth Barracuda’s batteries to recharge his pyro-costume, Garfield Lynns unleashes a color crimewave based on rainbow rays as the Human Firefly.
Francisco Mattos Ted Grant’s ride when he’s fighting crime as Wildcat, immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp.

Francisco Mattos Brainiac 5 constructed this bi-cycle for Luornu Durgo Taine (Duo Damsel) to augment her super-power.

Francisco Mattos With wealth to spare, socialite Wesley Dodds had a taste for danger and cars. Which is why he could imperil his 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe by taking it out to strike terror among wrongdoers as the Sandman, declaring “There is no land beyond the law, where tyrants rule w/ unshakable power! It’s but a dream from which the evil wake to face their fate … their terrifying hour!”

Francisco Mattos A gift from Brainiac 5, this experimental bike allowed Lana Lang to apply 30th-century technology to her 20th-century life. While fiddling around w/ the teleportation button during a ride in the countryside, she managed to trade bodies w/ all the insects in a nearby field, becoming for a spell the Insect Queen.
Francisco Mattos Socialite Kathy Kane, in her first appearance as a masked crimefighter, leading the Batmobile into the fray on her Bat Bike. “Hurry, Batman – the Batwoman is beating us on this mission!” (Detective Comics #233 July 1956)

Francisco Mattos The keys to this experimental car from Stark Industries were handed to Matt Murdock, giving added comfort to his forays as Daredevil into existential evil.

Francisco Mattos Samuel Joseph Scudder drove this solar laboratory on wheels in his first appearance in Flash #105, “The Master of Mirrors”.

Francisco Mattos This innocuous van offers storage for Rory Regan’s collection of mystical rags, allowing Ragman, the tatterdemalion of justice, to find respite after a jolt of electricity ran into his body and which by all accounts hasn’t exited yet.

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The second Shield, Lancelot Strong, drove a 1970 AMC Rebel for a short period until its color scheme gave him away to every bad actor on every city block.

Francisco Mattos Model kit from Aurora for Britt Reid’s special-built 1965 Chrysler, featuring a 413 engine. Bruce Lee as Kato drove the Black Beauty to fight crime w/ the Green Hornet, ever ready to deploy a pair of hood-mounted machine guns, a flame thrower, and stinger missles.

Francisco Mattos Sowing feline felony in Gotham City w/ her Cat Mobile, Selina Kyle leads a lawless life as theCatwoman.

Francisco Mattos Winslow Schott, the terrible Toyman, had his fully functional dwarf Cadillac surrounded by indignant townfolk hoping to save Doll Man and Doll Girl from a threat they were not yet aware of.
Francisco Mattos The seldom driven Joker Mobile is deployed to track down a double-crossing mobster. “The whole job – the safe-cracking, the getaway - all bear the stamp of Dink Devers! The cops think he died – but he’s right here in town, at the Blake Hotel! Ha-HA-HA!” “Gosh, Joker – I bet you’re right!”

Francisco Mattos A proficiency in auto mechanics as well as miniaturization landed Ray Palmer a plum position as a team member rehabilitating a Ferrari 375 Plus. Palmer kept tinkering some more on the racing car, giving it a capability of being shrunk, and constitutes the first step in his quest, as the Atom, to jump into, then out of, the quantum realm at will.
Francisco Mattos While parked on a cloud, the Ghost Patrol are actively bored ... “Ho Hum! Another quiet day. Nothing doing on our sector of earth lately.” “Strange! This is usually the most troublesome of the planets!” “What’s that ahead? Why – it’s a horse!”

Francisco Mattos King T’challa of Wakanda’s elusive jeep parked in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where he was on a secret mission as the Black Panther.

Francisco Mattos This “fire” truck, designed by Stark Industries, later patented by General Motors as the Futurliner, was used to house JIm Hammond, an android spawned in the mind of Prof. Phineas T. Horton. This lab-on wheels is remotely controlledd, insulated inside to withstand the intense fire generated by the golden age Human Torch.







Francisco Mattos   CORNERS OF HONG KONG  

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The first road built in Kowloon was in 1904 by governor Sir Matthew Nathan. Beginning harborside at Tsim Sar Tsui, the boulevard ran just over two miles north to Sum Sui Po and Boundary St, where the New Territories begin.

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HK residents can travel to the portuguese port by ferryboat, hydrofoil or amhibian plane; the former takes an hour, the others are faster. In 20th-c. Macao, the only means for its residence to catch an airplane was first travel to HK. Both ways, the traveler crosses the Pearl river delta while skirting the South China sea.

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A commercial venture next to Ma Tau Gok went bust when entrepreneurs Mr Kai and Mr Tak could not develop the land they had reclaimed from Kowloon Bay. This prompted the HK government to purchase the waterfront property and, in 1912, build an airfield.  |- -|  Decommissioned in 1998, Kai Tak Airport will no longer offer arriving airplanes a careening welcome onto a harbor runway when pilots need to perform demanding and exacting maneuvers each and every time. (Photo by Christian Hanuise)

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The english bridge connects the isle of Shameen (left) w/ Canton on the right. There is also a french bridge. A sandbar in the Pearl river was reclaimed and built upon by british and french merchants wanting residences in town.

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The 1958 cha-cha-cha champions of HK Bruce Lee and his dance partner. A dance craze emanating from Cuba in the early 1950s, swept HK youth into dance classes to learn how to execute two consecutive quick steps.

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When the british government conducted the first census, Sek Pei Wan (Aberdeen) had zero population; at the time it was just a pirate’s cove. Graced w/ a tiny yet excellent harbor. Tanka (boat people) eventually made it a homeport, an important one among many dotted along the coastline.





  KITCHENETTE



Keylime Tart
ala Nomi
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  • A STORY OF TWO OVENS |- I met Klaus Nomi outside CBGBs and asked him how he could support himself as an artist in mid-80s Manhattan. Having training as a pastry chef before he left Europe, he would make small-batches of sweets in his kitchen to sell to restaurants. Then, when demand grew, he bought a second stove-top oven. |- Watch a video of how to make Keylime Tart.





Potted Crab
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  • |- Simmer equal amounts Sherry and Wine, together w/ 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar, 4 Shallots sliced, quarter stick Cinnamon. Let simmer and reduce to one-third volume. |- Add quarter stick of Unsalted Butter and simmer 10 minutes. Turn off fire. |- Add ½ pound Crab Meat, 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter, Salt. |- Serve room temperature w/ Hot Toast.|-




Jook
(Anonymous)
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|- Chatting with my wife in time free, a rare case that we both agree |- With the same amount of rice, one meal stretches by twice. |- When friends come unexpectedly, just add more water accordingly. |- Don’t you ever complain the taste is bland and unexciting. |- Remember, my dear friend, blandness is a taste everlasting.





Lemon Rice Soup
ala Peterson
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INGREDIENTS
  • |- onion |- cabbage |- chicken broth, 1 can |- olive oil |- lemon pepper |- rice |- garbanzoes, 1 can |- lemon
PREPARATION
  • |- Start by chopping some onion & cabbage. Place these in the cooking pot along with ½ of the can of chicken broth. Save the remaining ½ can for the next meal. Add 2-½ cups water & bring to a simmer. Also add lemon pepper. Trader Joe’s sells a very good one that is inexpensive. I use 9 twists of the grinder. Also add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. The olive oil is expensive, but one jar lasts a long time at only 1 tablespoon per batch.
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    When the onions & cabbage are nearly cooked, add ½ can of the garbanzoes; save the remaining ½ can for the next meal. At this point I also add about 1 cup of pre-cooked rice. When the rice and vegetables are ready, add some lemon juice one teaspoon at a time. This is the tricky part: you have to stir & taste as you go, until you get just the right amount of lemon flavor.
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    Pre-cooking the rice can be a hassle, so you might try putting uncooked rice into the soup at the very beginning. I would start with no more than ¼ cup of uncooked rice, otherwise you may end up with congee rather than soup.




Smoked Salmon
ala Hee
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Fuzzy Melon, Shitake Mushrooms, Dried Tofu
3-Ingredient Soup
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Sacrapantina
“Holy Smokes”
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San Francisco magazine food writer Jack Shelton, “I would no sooner serve a great portion of this delicacy than I would fresh caviar.”:
| In 1990, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors honored baker and owner of Stella Pastry in North Beach, Franco Santucci, as the best baker in the world. Sacrapantina | His prized creation is the Sacripantina, born long ago and in Genoa, where a feast was given by a king in which a dessert was to be the centerpiece. | Conceived by the queen, it stunned the assembled when they tasted this confection of “cream, air and magic”, conjured w/ Almond Powder, Butter Cake, Cream Frosting, Meringue, Simple Syrup, and Zabaglione. | Here is a similar recipe to a North Beach classic.




Garum
Traditional Roman Fish Sauce
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storage jar for garum
❝ … As a result of its popularity, the production, consumption, importing and exporting of garum (aka allec, muria, liquamen) was a not insignificant aspect of the Roman economy. Surviving records tell us that citizens complained about the thick stench of fish parts being liquefied and fermented in a potent brew of salt and spices; as a result, fish sauce factories were moved to the outskirts of town – and outsourced to places like Spain.… ❞

RECIPE
  • Mackerel Entrails
  • Anchovies
  • Oysters
  • Sea Urchins
  • Sea Nettles
  • Crabfishes
  • Lobsters
  • Livers of Sea Barbles
|- Add salt to various combinations of above. Mix well. Store until fermented.



Century Egg
Pidan
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|- The crown of Chinese cuisine (pidan) has many names: century egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, millennium egg and a pine-patterned egg. Salvador Dali has his own recipe:
  • 1 dozen Eggs
  • 1-½ quarts of Water
  • 5 whole Cloves
  • 4 Tea-Bags
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 Lemons, cut in 8 pieces
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon Thyme
  • Tabasco sauce
  1. First, boil the eggs for ten minutes in salted boiling water. Then take them out, put them under cold running water which will make it easier to shell them. In the same water in which the eggs had boiled, add the cloves, sugar, vinegar, a lot of Tabasco sauce, the lemons (cut in eighths) and thyme. Boil for 15 minutes. Shut off the flame, dip in the tea-bag and let them steep for 10 minutes.

  2. In a jar, put the diced onions and garlic. Add the shelled eggs, and pour the broth so that the eggs are completely immersed. Close the jar and keep it on the lower shelf of your refrigerator.

  3. Be patient for 3 weeks before opening the jar and serving. These eggs go well with cold meats and fish.”




Watercress Salad
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  • |- 1-½ cup Watercress (leaves only). |- 1 cup chopped and pitted cured Italian Black Olives. |- Peel and dice 1 Fuji Apple per person, and toss w/ Lemon Juice. |- Combine well the 3 ingredients and serve in chilled bowls. |- No dressing needed. No S-&-P. |- Goes well w/ Homemade Croutons (chopped semi-stale Bread tossed in a skillet using 1 tbsp Butter, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, Garlic (1 clove per person), and Black Pepper). |-




Empada
Fish Pie
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|- The only pie stuffed w/ fish. Savory and sweet. Spices w/ spirits.

DOUGH
  • 2-½-lb Flour
  • 1-½ cup Sugar
  • 16 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 13 oz. Shortening
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup of Chinese Cooking Wine (Sheung Jing)
  • 5 chopped Olives
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese
Knead to make dough. Shape dough in pie pan and leave enough for top.

METHOD
  1. Fry quarter pound of Cod (or Sea Bass) w/ Cumin, Coriander, Saffron Powder, S-&-P. When done, let it cool. Then knead into pastry dough.
  2. Let cool when done. Knead into pastry dough, and leave enough for a filling.
  3. Cover w/ dough top and bake in 350° oven for 45 minutes or until brown.
  4. Serve at room temperature. Known colloquially in Macao as Empada de Peixe or just Empada. The version in Fat Rice by Abraham, Adrienne and Hugh substitutes Chinese wine w/ brandy and port, and gives the top a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.




Andy Warhol Cocktail
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  • |- 1-½ ounce Cognac. |- ½ oz. Benedictine. |- ⅓ oz. Lillet Blanc. |- 2 dashes Orange Bitters.






  OBIT   Francisco Mattos

76 | Pamela Rita de Oliveira Mattos Zauberer

Pamela Rita Zauberer


❝Great cook, talented at crochet, creative, child-like, excruciatingly honest, tenacious, compassionate and sensitive; my mother was all these things.❞
— Jasmine


▶ 5.2.1940 – 5.3.2016 |-  Pam led a glamorous life as a 1960s airline stewardessfor Cathay Pacific Airways, based in Hong Kong, where she was born and raised. At work she would be pulled into photo shoots when film and television stars flew in.  |  Chosen to represent the airline, she participated in fashion shows, ad campaigns, and public relations as the face of flight. She traveled around the world, accruing trinkets from all cultures and a lifelong admiration of all cuisines. She traveled to all the airports in Asia, and in her suitcase out would pop magazines from everywhere else.  |  After landing in America, she struck out to be on her own and moved to New York, abandoning us all here in California. She dated the house photographer at Mad magazine, and lived a stone’s throw from Maxwell’s Plum, a “…flamboyant restaurant and singles bar that, more than any place of its kind, symbolized two social revolutions of the 1960s — sex and food,” located at 64th and First Avenue in Manhattan. Her walk up had a bathtub in the kitchen, sharing a hot faucet w/ the sink.  |  While helping a friend (wo)man a street fair booth, Pam met many people, including a man who immediately offered some helpful advice. Pam shot back and challenged him to come around to the other side and manage the booth himself, since he “...clearly knew what to do.” Laszlo disappeared and came back w/ two hot dogs and a lemonade, walked around the booth, and sat down next to her; two weeks later they were married.  |  Laszlo Zauberer, native of Hungary, was driving a cab in NYC when he met Pam on his one day off. An accomplished painter of the school of naive art, and the love of her life, they remained inseparable for the next 40 years.  |  After the birth of their daughter, Pam and Laszlo made the move to upstate New York. Never one to shy away from conflict, her generosity, thoughts and sometimes vengeance were doled out as she saw fit to those who crossed her path. Whether it was redeeming a raincheck at a grocery store or haggling over an item at a yard sale, her sense of fairness and authority got her into heated debates.  |  On the night of May 3 2016, Pamela Rita de Oliveira Mattos Zauberer passed away at home and in her bed w/ Laszlo and Jasmine by her side. In true stoic fashion, she had no complaints of pain. She had just celebrated her birthday the day before, and ate carrot cake, her favorite. She was 76 years old.  -|



69 | Benjamin Leung Gok Wing

Benjamin Leung Gok Wing

▶ 2.7.1944 – 9.4.2013 |-  Ben visited Hong Kong at the beginning of 2013. What he must have thought about his hometown he is not aorund to tell me, but I know it’s the first vacation he’s had in a while.  |  It was there that Ben met my sister Sylvia, when they were both young and working in the same office. At that time my sister was learning to drive a stick-shift car and for hours and hours after dinner she would be out taking driving lessons w/ an instructor to god knows where.  |  Ben would also go off on his own as a young man, but where he went you can always find on a map: a local swimming pool, or the nearby basketball court. He left these pursuits behind when he came to San Francisco, and eventually took up gardening: on 44th Avenue, and later out on Bay Farm Island. Both had sandy soil, hard to take care of.  |  On Bay Farm he had a wisteria in ground next to a loquat tree in a pot. Ben was fearless and grew everything. And those that took to his care, he made green.  -|



93 | Regina Maria de Oliveira Mattos DaSilva

Regina Maria DaSilva

▶ 2.28.1921 – 11.28.2013 |-  My father’s youngest sister. She ran the concession stand on the Peak, and took the Peak Tram to work everyday, after crossing the harbour by ferry from Kowloon side.  -|



87 | Renee Lym Robertson

Renee Lym Robertson

▶ 8.4.1928 – 1.4.2015 ❝I bowed 3 times at the casket of Renée Lym Robertson. Auntie Renée died at the age of 87 in her stunning Nob Hill apartment. She was the daughter of Art Lym, the founder and head of the Chinese Air Force under the Nationalist government. She was born in Shanghai and fled to Hong Kong in 1949 as a refugee after the Communist Revolution. She was a noted beauty in her day and was a fixture in the international Hong Kong society that centered on the Peninsula Hotel; where she caught the eye of Clark Gable and became his girlfriend and lover. I will miss her beauty, her style, those jungle red nails and lips, the jade and diamonds, her stories and her wicked wit and wisdom. Auntie Renée was my Auntie Mame.❞ – Wylie Wong



33 | George Choy

George Choy

▶ 2.6.1960 – 9.10.1993 |-  George was rocking a mohawk, so I took a pix, to remember our Passage through a rather brief moment in time. He now has one of the many plaques lining Castro Street.  -|





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 PSYCHEDELIC PARK

 | |  Built in 1932 next to be a Hong Kong tycoon’s mansion, Tiger Balm Gardens is an over-the-top folly.


 | |  On the steepest hillside imaginable, inhospitable to real estate development, Aw Boon Haw envisioned a human-size depiction of a moral Chinese universe. The land was his, and he lived w/ his family next door.

 | |  The “gentle tiger”’s idea of his garden was a retreat containing sculpted scenarios from daoist practices, w/ a dollop of buddhist thinking spritzed w/ confucist incense. At the apex of Aw Boon Haw’s cosmology perched a seven-storey functioning pagoda where he would ascend to see his cartoon creations.


 | |  A visitor to this psychedelic park can count on being ambused by deities and demons; also, phoenix, unicorn, gorilla, kangaroo, others. Historical tableaux seemingly trot out: Journey to the west; fairy scattering flowers on Buddha.


 | |  Staircases multiply and are passageways btw. locales; they melt any sense of bearing.

 | |  Natural ledges and spurs were leveraged for bridges, lookout points, nooks. Vistas start to appear then vanish; shortcuts and forks accrue. Destinations take on labyrinthean lengths.

 | |  This garden of steep and narrow steps enhances mystical states of ascension and descension. The cloud caves of heaen above, below the stockades of hell. Both are bound to make your acquaintance.
 | |  The garden is built from several applications of plaster-of-paris shaped w/ chicken wire in wet cement. Cement staircases were created from buildouts and brackets over existing rock. Covered w/ paint, the Tiger Balm Gardens became incarnate – finished forms found only dreams.

 | |  The gardens are from the imagination of Mr Aw Boon Haw; there were no plan drawings. Concocted by master craftsmen Kwek Hoon Sua and Kwek Choon Sua, bros from Swatow, directing a crew of workers.

██  Entrance to the gardens, where the first steps already beguile.



 WHAT HE SAID


Guillermo del Toro title=  




 GREEN GODDESS


| |  As Government House was being built, on a large parcel 500 feet above Hong Kong harbor, governor John Bowring and Lady Bowring began to putter in their backyard, a slope rising steeply up to meet the Peak.  | |  What is now Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (兵頭花園) was in the beginning a living victorian laboratory on a barren rock off the South China coast.

Botanical Gardens

Pondering the young science of botany, men and women from a bygone age re-imagined Eden. These eminent victorians set up classifications, devised cages, designed a system for the edification of humankind.


 | |  In 1871, a victorian botanical garden, beginning life as the governor's backyard, was opened to the public. Taming the unfriendly slope sweeping upwards to meet the Peak were gardeners, masons and laborers.

 | |  Indigenous plants met their tropical and sub-tropical selves.
 | |  Banyans were tucked in to create backdrops.

 | |  The only india rubber tree for miles around can be found only within this garden. Botanical Gardens
 | |  Into the ground went palm trees from near and far. Ferns sheltered sensitive plants.

Botanical Gardens


 | |  The original garden had shady boulevards and flowerbeds, an aviary and a green house filled w/ ferns, bromeliads, orchids, and climbers.

 | |  The fountain terrace has a fifty-feet wide ciruclar pond, raised just so to allow sitting, and home to water lilies and a spout.
Botanical Gardens
 | |  Nearby a first-gen children’s playground.

Botanical Gardens
Botanic Garden



British botanist Charles Ford was the first superintendent of gardens, and he began the documentation of local flora and fauna.

- gingsengs on a botany print
- drawing of chinese cloves
- sprig of dawn redwood
- branch of chinese elm on a plate.
- framed drawing of chinese lantern

 | |  It was deemed safe enough that late into the evening, dating couples took to strolling between gas-lit paths and shadows, safe in nature and holding hands.

 | |  White jade orchid trees, mock lime, orange-jessamine, sweet osmanthus, mingle w/ the scent of “kwai-fah” to swirl the air.
 | |  Ferns took to the site very well and produced profusely, offering shade and, more importantly, privacy.

Botanical Gardens
Botanic Garden  | |  This open air conservatory turned into a paradise for Adamses wanting somewhere to take their eager Eves.


 | |  In 1876, an animal house was added to the new garden. Its inmates have rotated over the years.

 | |  After a hundred years of shame major renovations were begun in 1976, and beleaguered beasts given new digs and more modern practises.
 | |  Reptiles and mammals had separation.

Botanical Gardens
 | |  Birds were moved to another area altogether.

 | |  Twin programs were established to study captive- as well as conservation-breeding techniques.

 | |  Today 900 species live side by side and learn how how to get along in a very crowded city.
200 Feet Under Hong Kong Harbour
Botanical Gardens

At the invitation of the first superintendent of gardens, Jules Verne came in 1865 to help document the life aquatic.

The author was doing research on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and spent six months learning the local language and taking down oral history. Going to the best sources for authentic information on the underwater world of Hong Kong didn’t make it into the final manuscript.

An article on his time in the Far East appeared in the June 15 1884 issue of L’Algerie magazine, featuring artwork by Alphonse de Neuville, Édouard Riou, and Macau-based George Chinnery.




 TEA TIME





The Teapot

That morning I heard water being poured into a teapot. The sound was an ordinary, daily, cluffy sound. But all at once, I knew you loved me. An unheard-of-thing, love audible in water falling.
Robert Bly b.1926

One Lump or Two

The must-dos for brewing a proper pot of tea, and how a constitutional drinking game, made palatable w/ sugar and milk, calmed a nation’s nerves.






  Cream or Lemon   A steadfastness in dutiful habiting is a core definition of Britishness in all matters related to tea, and in 2013 was due for a review: ❝ … the official six-page specification for how to make a cup of tea, is officially “under review”. But don’t panic. It is standard procedure for the British Standards Institution (BSI) to do a “systematic periodic review” of each of its many specifications which, piecemeal, define nearly everything British.
 |- -|  Belying stereotypes of peremptory rigidity in anyone or anything that officially tells the populace what’s what, the BSI is nice about what it does”. British Standards are voluntary in that there is no obligation to apply them or comply with them, it says. The standards are “devised for the convenience of those who wish to use them”. That sentiment appears in the 44-page specification, copies of which are available free of charge.❞


In 2013, Christopher Hitchens gave an account of George Orwell making tea:

Just after World War II, during a period of acute food rationing in England, George Orwell wrote an article on the making of a decent cup of tea that insisted on the observing of eleven different “golden” rules. Some of these (always use Indian or Ceylonese—i.e., Sri Lankan—tea; make tea only in small quantities; avoid silverware pots) may be considered optional or outmoded. But the essential ones are easily committed to memory, and they are simple to put into practice.

If you use a pot at all, make sure it is pre-warmed. (I would add that you should do the same thing even if you are only using a cup or a mug.) Stir the tea before letting it steep. But this above all: “ [O]ne should take the teapot to the kettle, and not the other way about. The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact, which means that one should keep it on the flame while one pours.”
This isn’t hard to do, even if you are using electricity rather than gas, once you have brought all the makings to the same scene of operations right next to the kettle. It’s not quite over yet. If you use milk, use the least creamy type or the tea will acquire a sickly taste.

George Orwell

And do not put the milk in the cup first – family feuds have lasted generations over this – because you will almost certainly put in too much. Add it later, and be very careful when you pour.

Finally, a decent cylindrical mug will preserve the needful heat and flavor for longer than will a shallow and wide-mouthed – how often those attributes seem to go together – teacup.

Orwell thought that sugar overwhelmed the taste, but brown sugar or honey are, I believe, permissible and sometimes necessary.

  Manchester, England – November 13 2015

Middleton officer Andy Richardson: “Just dealt w/ a 95 year old couple, called and said they were lonely. What else could we do?”

He and a fellow offer ended up going over to the couple’s house and sharing a cup of tea over a 30 minute visit, and later tweeted about the call.

“We’ve got to look after people as well. It’s not just fighting crime, it’s protecting people in whatever situation they find themselves.”

Fred Thompson, the elderly man who made the call: “You feel somebody cares and oh that does matter … simple things they talk about, nothing very special but they showed that they cared by being there and talking to you.”


Francisco Mattos


In the 1935 movie Ruggles of Red Gap, Charles Laughton is a British butler transplanted to America, where he instructs the town spinster on the importance of making tea properly:

She: (looking at water) It’s hot! ... He: Can I be of any assistance?

Oh no. Men are so helpless in the kitchen. (Picks up kettle, proceeds to pour into teapot.) Oh no. Always bring pot to the kettle, never bring the kettle to the pot.
Charles Laughton Well listen –I’ve been making tea for longer than I can remember– Don’t let’s get into difficulties about this. But you must listen to an Englishman about tea. When making tea, always bring the pot to the kettle and never the kettle to the pot. Oh, your knowledge is surprising. ... Don’t see why you should say surprising.
The best cooks have always been men. I myself have pronounced views on the preparations and servings of food. Have you? ... Oh yes. You know something nice that would go w/ tea? ... Eh yes, yes. The ingredients are quite simple. Do you have a little flour? Oh would you? ... Flour, butter, milk and salt. Oh you seem so at home in the kitchen. ... Ah it would be difficult to describe the intense satisfaction that I’ve always derived from cooking.


In 1997, Morrissey was asked in a sit-down interview: Do you ever get sick of drinking tea? Given the moment, the former singer for The Smiths expounded on how this custom is practised in his home: ... I absolutely never get sick of drinking tea. It’s a psychological thing really, it’s just very composing and makes me relax. It’s just so much a part of your culture. ... ‘Oh yes yes, I’m very avid, I have to have at least four pots a day. For those of us who don’t know how to make a pot of tea, what do you do?
Morrissey Well I would do that without even thinking about it. ... Right and also you have to use real milk you can’t use the UHT fake stuff, you have to use proper milk. ... Well you really have to put the milk in first which many people don’t. Put the milk in with the water, before you boil the water? ... No, you’re confused already no, you put the milk in before you pour the water in or the tea, whichever.
Okay, so what about the actual brewing of the tea? ... The brewing of the tea, it’s very important that you heat the pot before you put the water in, if you use a pot. I know most people who just throw a teabag into a cup but in England of course you have to make a pot of tea and you have to heat the pot first w/ hot water and then put the teabags in – I can’t believe I’m saying this – and then put the hot water in and then just throw it all over yourself, rush to Out Patients and write a really good song.





Francisco Mattos


❝The popularity of tea in England ... was due to a Portuguese infante, Queen Catherine, whose predilection for that beverage rendered it fashionable. In an ode to her, Waller sings: The best of queens and best of herbs we owe  /  To that bold nation who the way did show  /  To the fair region where the sun doth rise,  /  Whose rich productions we so justly prize.
Historic Macao by C. A. Montalto de Jesus 1984. Oxford University Press.




 UNESCO ::: 2013 SACRED SPACE RECIPIENT

Mount Fuji

Blessed by superb symmetry, taking on its shape five thousand years ago, locus for ascetic buddhism of the shinto blend, standing alone in the center of the country, source of artistic inspiration since the 11th century, Mount Fuji’s conic silhouette has been copied by Japanese potters down through history and in due course has left blueprints on mid-century kitchen gadget design, chockful with its ergonomic effortlessness and sensuous surfaces. The designation by UNESCO of this mountain as the 2013 World Heritage Site Sacred Space Recipient consists of 25 properties including the mountain itself, shinto shrines, five lakes, and a haunted forest.

Shinto has been practised in Japan since at least the 7th century, and its cosmos is populated by a kami (diety) living in every imaginable natural formation unto a blade of grass. Mount Fuji’s kami is the Princess Konohana-sakuya, the shinto embodiment of nature, and you will know of her presence by the sight of cherry blossoms on the way up a very attractive mountain. The fujiko school of shinto adds a soul and believes the mountain to be a being. While all this bonding is going on, the buddhists sit back and regard the mountain as a gateway to another world. The crater is ringed w/ eight peaks and a walk all around takes a couple of hours, could this be what the buddhists had in mind?

The area around Fujisan-konohana-sakuahime (“Fuji causing the blossom to brightly bloom”) also contains other mystical marvels. Five lakes, the Fuji-goko, ring the mountain.

The northwest quadrant is a 14-square mile pine forest, the Aoki-ga-hara-jukai (Sea of Trees), which can be alarmingly dark during the day, forming a half moon around the base. This forest is home to goblins, demons, ghosts, and has been a destination suicide spot for many years.

It has come to pass and for as long as anyone can remember, there is and always has been a choice of only four trails leading pilgrims to the summit. All things here being of a magical quality, these four paths might very well allude to the Four Elements in a cosmic setting: rarefied Air at the summit, plentiful fresh Water within reach, Earth in its proudest seasonal garbs are all visited by the fire goddess Fuchi once a year, taking off her buddhist beads for a powwow w/ the princess. This takes place end of summer at a trail stop in the village of Yoshida, rife w/ rustic rumors insisting on a peculiar religiousity shared by fire festivals everywhere including the most famous, Burning Man,
although it must be noted that the Yoshida Fire Festival is done and over with in a night and the following day, involving ceremonies to conclude the climbing season.

Sunrise as seen at the summit by all-night climbers has its own dedicated name, goraiko, as in “my goraiko was obscured by clouds with rain blotting out the horizon.” For the fortunate ones, though, words like "awesome" and "bright red" and "a figure" readily roll off their tongues when recalling the alpine sight of the sun peeking over a watery horizon, the shedding of darkness around the self, the wonderment that immortals are hovering nearby, a palpable sense of alignment with gravity again, maybe even new eyes for the descent. It has been likened to something we all know happens regularly and “see” but not see; kind of shinto. It is one of Japan’s three Holy Mountains, together with Mount Haku and Mount Tate, and is on the island of Honshu.

Fuji is an active and relatively young volcano 62 miles south-west of Tokyo. It sits on a “triple junction” radiating techtonically down to the Filipino Plate, west to the Eurasian Plate, and east towards the North American Plate, the Okhotsk. It has erupted 21 times, the last was on October 26, 1707 (an 8.4), and destroyed 72 houses and three buddhist temples. It was powerful enough to blow a scoop out at the tip, becoming an actual new crater on the eastern flank. On February 4, 2013, a metereological ticker tape came through the wires:

The volcano remains calm. However, an increased number of small quakes near and under Mt Fuji are visible on our latest data plot of nearby earthquakes (within 30 km radius). While all of these are very small and the number is certainly not alarming, the volcano remains interesting to watch….



|  MT FUJI NOTES: [1] Four views of Mt. Fuji. [2] The Princess Konohana-sakuya is patiently gazing around wondering what is taking so long for her date Fuchi forever to arrive. [3] (top left) The Sea of Trees. [4] Four photographs taken from the summit at sunrise – a goraiko; anime of a sun goddess by Jayne Aw. [5] Mt Fuji in fact and fiction. | Fujisan (富士山). Names of the five lakes: Kawaguchi, Motosu, Sai, Shoji, Yamanaka. The four trails are Yoshidaguchi, Subashiri, Gotemba, Fujinomiya. Photos by Brian Chu, Daisaku Ikeda + screen captures.