Using hydroponic technology, the greens will grow in-store so that consumers know exactly where their food is coming from - they can actually see their vegetables as they grow. The pilot mobile farm will be launched in mid-August at the organic convenience store JustGreen in Sai Kung. "They want to first roll it out at the Sai Kung store because there's more room and they have a good relationship with clients who are open to trying new things and are more demanding about sustainability and freshness," says Mak. We are in the firm's hydroponics farm in Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, a 200 sq ft space with two glass walls that allow the curious a peek at the herbs, microgreens, and edible flowers growing in their shallow blue tubs. There's no air-conditioning in here - the plants like it warm - and just a fan to cool things down a bit if necessary. At 11 am it's time to turn on the lights and "wake up" the greens. "They need eight hours sleep, just like humans," says Mak. Hydroponic … [Read more...] about How Hong Kong is catching up to Singapore in urban farming tech
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Would it surprise you to know that it isn't local favourites like nasi lemak and roti canai, or even just bread and butter or jam, that are the most popular breakfast choices for Malaysians? Instead, a survey reveals that the most popular choices are coffee and eggs (30 per cent), followed by tea and rice, and coffee and rice (both 22 per cent). However, popularity does not equal quality. "It's interesting that all of these options stated don't really provide a complete healthy breakfast," says Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board chairman Dr Kent Bradley. The Asia Pacific Healthy Breakfast Survey 2019 was commissioned by Herbalife Nutrition and included 11 countries in the region, including Malaysia. Coffee and eggs could be healthier than nasi lemak, for instance, but it's important to note that the recommended proportion of nutrients in a healthy breakfast is 40 per cent carbohydrates, 30 per cent protein and 30 per cent fibre. "Eggs have essential amino acids, but they also have a … [Read more...] about This is what Malaysians think about their breakfast
MANILA, Philippines — The rains may pour, but even that could not stop a true foodie to explore! From hole-in-the-wall to watering holes, here are some new hangouts and flavors to try for those looking for comfort food (and not just mere “comfort”) for the rainy season. Calabarzon food tour For those who only have a weekend to spare and do not want to go far from Metro Manila, the Department of Tourism’s Region IV-A recommends the following Calabarzon Culinary Tour itinerary: Day 1 7:30-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast at Asiong’s Cavite with “Pansit Pusit” demo 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Tour Casa De Segunda Katigbak Ancestral House in Lipa, Batangas (Reliving Jose Rizal’s love story when coffee bloomed in Lipa) 11:30-1:00 p.m.: Boodle lunch at San Juan Boodle House 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Snack in Earthkeepers Garden Day 2 6:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch in Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas City 2:30-4:00 pm: … [Read more...] about LIST: New food, drinks to try in July
Now he sits atop the company that runs the vast network of McDonald’s restaurants in Thailand. Chew, who is chairman of the executive committee and chief executive of McThai, has been a local pioneer in what is known as the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry. Chew says he clocked up a wealth of diverse experiences in his engagement with QSR. Among them are the benefits from networking with people, including friends and other professionals - and that opportunity to pursue lifelong learning. These experiences have helped him to apply what he has learned in business training. The knowledge he has learned from many developed markets around the world has been put to work, and these insights have helped in the creation of products relevant to the local market. Hester Chew He can say with confidence that his joining the QSR business became a central part of his life-long learning process. Chew began his career in the fast-food business in the early 1980s, when in Singapore … [Read more...] about Why LEARNING is never off the menu
As we worriedly watch our children navigate the ever-changing digital landscape, there’s a great deal of talk these days about “digital addiction”. But several experts say we should teach kids to think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like meth or heroin.Children’s use of devices ranges along a continuum from healthy to compulsive to addictive, said Dr Dimitri A Christakis, the director of the Center for Child Health, Behaviour and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. “I think the phenomenon of tech addiction is quite real,” he said.In a commentary published last week in JAMA, Christakis suggested that the relationship between media exposure and health in adolescents might turn out to follow an “inverted U” pattern, that is, that very high exposure and very low exposure … [Read more...] about Is ‘digital addiction’ a real threat to kids?