Author Archives: Amanda

Market Tour: Bowrington Road Market, Hong Kong

Market Tour: Bowrington Road Market, Hong Kong

Oh Hong Kong, why do I love thee?  Since my first visit to Hong Kong as a tourist 5 years ago, I was struck by the contrasts in this city.  Or like a recent friend visiting said: “It’s like visiting 4 places at once!”  One minute, you feel like you could be in midtown Manhattan, andContinue reading

All Change.

All Change.

Since arriving in Hong Kong almost five months ago, it feels like all of the pieces of my daily life have been thrown up in the air – and they’re slowly coming back down to earth – just not fitting together the same as before. Moving countries is a major change.  (That’s an understatement!)  I’veContinue readingContinue reading

Thanaka Wood the Burmese Beauty Secret

Thanaka Wood the Burmese Beauty Secret

I smiled at the woman sweeping the sidewalk.  What WAS that yellow stuff on her face?  Trying not to stare, and unable to communicate, but also ridiculously curious, I pointed at my cheeks and gave a questioning shrug. She pointed at her yellow-swirled cheeks and then pointed at the sun.  Aha!  Sun protection?  From beautiful swirlsContinue readingContinue reading

Finding My Center (again) in Hong Kong

Finding My Center (again) in Hong Kong

Humidity. People. Noodles. So. Much. Tea. More people, above and below and around.  Everywhere. Markets.  So many markets!  Bursting with fruits I don’t recognize, endless green leafy veggies, and dried herbs that pique my curiosity and desire to learn some Cantonese. I’m in Hong Kong.  And the VintageAmanda adventure continues, here on the other side ofContinue readingContinue reading

coconut oil

coconut oil

Over the past couple of years, coconut oil has transformed from a saturated fat laden demon to a must-have ingredient in every health-conscious foodie’s pantry. But long before the recent coconut oil obsession, it was used for health and beauty in tropical regions around the world. If you’ve ever used coconut oil, you’ve probably noticed one unique property: itContinue readingContinue reading

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar and beauty don’t really seem to go together, do they? But apple cider vinegar has a long history of being used for health and beauty.  Even today there are books (and numerous websites) devoted to extolling the virtues of this common kitchen cupboard ingredient. So why would you, the modern woman, want to addContinue readingContinue reading

Kitchen science experiments: Violets and pH

Kitchen science experiments: Violets and pH

Let me tell you a story about a sunny afternoon walk… that turned into a major research project. Oh what a sunny, gorgeous day in early March.  Dragging myself away from the computer, I headed outside, only to stumble across what can only be described as a carpet of violets in the grass.  Immediately inspired, I thoughtContinue readingContinue reading

Violet Syrup

Violet Syrup

That gentle, spring, powdery scent of fresh violets.  It’s an old-fashioned smell.  It reminds me of powdery old-lady kisses and victorian valentines and heavily-curtained, doily-covered sitting rooms. But violets also remind me of spring.  That first burst of gentle spring, where you can’t quite believe that these delicate flowers are actually pushing up through the so-recently-frozenContinue readingContinue reading

An early spring forage in London

An early spring forage in London

If you live in chillier climes (say, the North Eastern United States) where you’re still fully in winter’s grasp, let me apologize in advance for this overly optimistic, springy, green post. Despite my regular comments about the gray English weather – Spring is officially underway here in London.  It’s such a relief after months of grayContinue readingContinue reading

Beeswax

Beeswax

“That’s none of your beeswax.” – English idiom Simple truth: beeswax rocks. How do you transform an oil into a lip balm, salve or ointment?  Beeswax. How do you thicken an emulsion of water and oil to make a luxurious face or body cream?  Beeswax. How do you make those fantastically curly and elaborate moustachesContinue readingContinue reading