Go back to the e-newsletter >This holiday season, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong and Hugo’s head chef, Marco Mehr, will present his first festive menus to Hong Kong diners.Silent Night A dinner party with live music on Christmas Eve features an extensive six-course European gourmet menu starting with blue lobster and scallop tartar with compressed beetroot, horseradish and champagne vinaigrette; followed by pan-fried Bresse pigeon with French foie gras, persimmon, brioche and Cassis pigeon jus.For the mains, diners can feast on poached French sea bass with Oscietra caviar, sous vide fennel and sea urchin foam and crispy roasted US beef tenderloin with Bayonne ham wrapped black truffle mashed potatoes, arugula and pumpkin. A finale of European Christmas dessert, chocolate and Morello cherry mille-feuille with eggnog ice cream, complete the experience.New Year’s EveGourmands can usher in 2016 with a six-course New Year’s Eve set dinner at Hugo’s, starting with a French foie gras variation with passion fruit, mango and christstollen. Then, Hokkaido scallop confit with Oscietra caviar, endive, persimmon and sea urchin foam as well as cepe velouté which is served with poached quail egg, crispy enoki mushroom and hazelnut oil. For the mains, seared Spanish wild turbot with brioche thyme crust, champagne risotto and garden herbs;and slow roasted US beef tenderloin with braised beef short rib croquette, cauliflower truffle mousseline, braised onion and natural beef jus. A vanilla bean and saffron cream served with red currant and yuzu apricot sauce is served for dessert.Festive BrunchOn Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, Hugo’s festive-licious brunch offers diners seafood-on-ice including oysters, lobsters and crab legs, and signature hors d’oeuvres. Made-to-order main courses include roasted US beef ribs, roasted French guinea fowl with foie gras, slow braised Australian lamb shank, herb roasted French monkfish, as well as egg specialities such as scrambled eggs with black truffle, European seasonal mushroom omelette or egg benedict cardinal. To complete the culinary experience, a selection of hand-crafted desserts will be offered; while free-flowing champagne, white wine and red wine will be available for guests seeking premium indulgence during the festive season.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and former GOP presidential nominee, rejected President Barack Obama’s efforts to draw parallels between the Massachusetts measure that Romney signed into law and Obama’s health overhaul.Los Angeles Times: Obama: GOP Critics Of Obamacare Should Follow Romney ExamplePresident Obama said the buck stops with him on the failures of healthcare.gov but accused Republican governors of working against the success of the Affordable Care Act. Speaking to a crowd in Boston, at the historic hall where onetime Republican Gov. Mitt Romney signed that state’s 2006 healthcare reform into law, Obama pointed to his former rival as an example of bipartisan cooperation (Parsons, 10/30). Politico: Obama Can’t Quit MittPresident Barack Obama just can’t leave Mitt Romney alone. The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee serves as a perpetual foil for the White House – and he’s one who can’t effectively fight back, has no base of support among Republicans and just happened to be the only other American politician to sign a universal health care law (Epstein, 10/30).Fox News: Romney Rejects White House Effort To Compare Mass. Health Law Rollout To ObamaCareRomney, who as the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee ran in part on repealing ObamaCare, emerged from his post-election private life to counter the White House message. “In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country,” he tweeted (10/30).The Boston Globe: In Boston Speech, Obama Defends National Health LawBefore a boisterous crowd of health care executives, former Massachusetts legislators, and families that had been invited, Obama acted part salesman (“The deal is good, the prices are low”) and part as an angry defender (“We are going to see this through!”). Obama spoke in the same room where Romney signed the state’s groundbreaking law in 2006 with the late senator Edward M. Kennedy, a Democrat, watching on. “Mitt Romney and I ran a long and spirited campaign against one another,” Obama said. “But I always believed that when he was governor here in Massachusetts he did the right thing on health care” (Viser, 10/30). WBUR: In Defense Of Health Care Law, Obama Cites Mass. SuccessThe criticism that the president broke a promise will likely continue, and there will be new problems. Health care is complicated, Obama said, and trying to fix a broken system is difficult. “It’s hard but it’s worth it. It is the right thing to do and we’re going to move forward,” Obama said. “We are going to keep working to improve the law just like you did here in Massachusetts.” But Massachusetts had something the Affordable Care Act does not: unified support. That unity is something many states can’t replicate, or at least that’s been the perception. Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Andrew Dreyfus said that perception isn’t quite right (Bebinger, 10/31). Speaking In Massachusetts, Obama Cites Success Of State Health Reforms, Credits Romney This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.