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Nothing beats a simple fruit plate – above, Girlahead’s breakfast platter this very morning.  And fruit, especially a banana, makes the ideal pick-you up, 24/7. The first mention of the word ‘snack’ seems to be about 1400, when it was used as alternative to ‘snatch’ or ‘snap’.

Whatever, it’s snack time.  In London, THE BERKELEY’s Blue Bar adds steak tartare crumpets, topped with confit egg yolk and pickled shallot. In Dubai, fabulous female snack and soak up the sun at regular Thursday Pink Ladies’ Days at THE ADDRESS SKY VIEW’s chic poolside hangout spot.

In Hongkong, THE PENINSULA HONG KONG takes snacks, or rather afternoon tea, to sea. In celebration of significant anniversaries of the 95-year old hotel as well as the 125th birthday of Star Ferry, The Peninsula afternoon tea is being served aboard the World Star. And on 14, 15, 16, 21 and 23 June, there’s an extended route, between Tsim Sha Tsui and Tseung Kwan O Cross Bay Link, with stop off Tamar Park in Central, offering up-close photo opportunities to capture the special moments with the Double Ducks art installation by renowned artist Florentijn Hofman.

No afternoon tea is possible without sandwiches on the menu. The ultimate bread, as connoisseurs know, is Poilâne.  Girlahead is thrilled that Jeremiah Tower – Netflix’s The Last Magnificent and now a substack star with his regular Out of the Oven articles  reminds us that in 1992 Lionel Poilâne celebrated the bicentennial of John, Earl of Sandwich with a celeb chef sandwich cookbook. There was also  a somewhat over-the-top party at the Poilâne circular bakery near Charles de Gaulle. Tower believes that Lord Sandwich would have approved of all the fuss. Tragically, Lionel Poilâne and his wife Ibu, who designed the bakery, and the family dog died a couple of years later when a helicopter he was piloting went town near the Ile de Ré.