Bon­nae Gok­son

Founder and cre­ative force be­hind Sevva, Ms B’s Cak­ery and C’est La B

Prestige Hong Kong - As Told: The Very Best In Life - - As Told: The Very Best In Life Contents -

I like beau­ti­ful places with good ser­vice. A savvy concierge for me is a must. Taj Lake Palace in In­dia, Birken­head House in South Africa or even Siam Ho­tel in Bangkok, Thai­land.

There have been many unique trips for me. Maybe the best was the time when my fam­ily and I were pri­vately sail­ing for 10 days on a su­pery­acht from Is­tan­bul to Greece, and stop­ping wher­ever or when­ever we wanted on dif­fer­ent is­lands with a crew of 15. The ex­pe­ri­ence of sun­sets and is­lands like San­torini was just great.

Eat­ing raw prawn cov­ered with raw wood ants at Noma in Tokyo is prob­a­bly one of my most mem­o­rable dishes. That or drink­ing fresh tur­tle blood mixed with cold sake, also in Tokyo!

I en­joy a very chilled Ves­per Mar­tini, at Sevva or the Chin­nery Bar in Hong Kong.

Salt is an un­der­rated in­gre­di­ent in cakes. It wakes up flavours and plays a cru­cial role in the art and sci­ence of bak­ing.

I love New York for shop­ping; it has so much va­ri­ety from up­town to down­town stores. It’s too dif­fi­cult to pin­point just one des­ti­na­tion. To stay, I’m an up­town gal, but to shop, I go all over and all the way to Brook­lyn. Some of my favourite stores re­main, like Bergdorf Good­man, Norma Ka­mali and ABC Home. In New York I meet up with my dear friends like Vera Wang, Re­becca Moses, Pas­cal Dan­gin, Iris Apfel and Vivi­enne Tam and they may bring me to vin­tage an­tique mar­kets for a real shop­ping treat.

On a smaller scale, yet al­ways with very good cu­rated art, are The Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria in Mel­bourne and The Leeum Mu­seum in Seoul, in which I find the se­lec­tion is im­pec­ca­bly cho­sen.

My last great spa ex­pe­ri­ence was at Bev­erly Wil­shire spa in Los An­ge­les. I had the top masseuse, who’s the favourite of top movie stars in Hol­ly­wood, for three hours. He was awe­some! Lon­don is great too, for top cal­i­bre masseuses trained by Miche­line Arcier. They use the best essen­tial oils ever.

Try this: A lit­tle Ep­som salt on your palm with Eve Lom’s cleans­ing cream. Rub gently all over the face and rinse. Then fol­low with Dr Hauschka’s hy­drat­ing mois­tur­is­ing mask and see the dif­fer­ence.

I have been prac­tis­ing al­ter­na­tive and holis­tic medicine with my Ger­man doc­tor for as long as I know, and read­ing The Ger­son Ther­apy [ by Char­lotte Ger­son] con­firmed that this surely is the way to go. Liv­ing in Hong Kong, es­pe­cially with so much hurry and stress, I find it a most in­ter­est­ing read.

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