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  1. Trip planning could be tiring and stressful especially for a family travelling with kids. For those in need for a short break and wanna save the hassle of planning a trip, it’s not necessary to fly off as Hong Kong has quite a few brilliant getaway choices to offer. Some popular ones are the rented houses and hotels in Cheung Chau, Mui Wo and Lamma Island, but rarely do people talk about Discovery Bay. 

    Here we came to Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong and enjoyed a night of staycation for the weekend. The hotel is located in Discovery Bay, a tranquil residential area on the Lantau Island, and is easily accessible by MTR with the free hotel shuttle bus pick-up at Sunny Bay station. It was a beautiful sunny day and when we stepped out from Sunny Bay station, we felt so relax as if we’re in another tropical country going on a sun’n beach trip! It’s so different from the “Hong Kong” we used to know!


    Hotel shuttle bus stop is outside Sunny Bay station Exit A. It is available at around every 30 mins and only for hotel guests, so get your booking confirmation ready before getting on the bus. Alternatively, non-hotel guests may take public bus DB03P from Sunny Bay station as well. 



    After a brief ride of 15-20mins, we arrived at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong!




    It's still plenty of time before standard check-in time, why not treating ourselves a feast to kickstart our getaway? Had a lunch buffet (HK$298/adult, HK$198/child) at the hotel's restaurant, Café bord de Mer & Lounge, which offers daily breakfast buffet, lunch & dinner buffets on every Friday - Sunday, and nightly dinner buffet throughout entire month of August. The current buffet is featuring dishes cooked with fruit ingredients and unlimited glasses of Red Bean Ice (紅荳冰) to beat the summer heat! 















    Had some soothing Cantonese soup to wash away inner heat.


    A wide range of colourful sweet treats is available for the sweet tooth and the little ones. Look at that marshmallow cake, rainbow cake and those mini mousse cones! Kids must love them all!








    Self-made Affogato with the Haagen-dazs ice-cream & freshly brewed coffee from the coffee machine. Yum~


    Portuguese egg tarts were also available!!


    Restaurant interior filled with plenty sunlight.


    Time to get our room after we're done with the lunch buffet. It was an Ocean Front Panoramic View Room on high floor. Wow wow wow!!! We were so astonished by the 180 degrees ocean view of South China Sea and the spacious room!! It's a genuine escape from the city life while falling asleep in a king-sized bed with such an ocean view!





    Hotel room with contemporary design in a tone of ocean blue.




    We could see some Discovery Bay residential buildings from afar as well as the hotel's White Chapel and European tall ship The Bounty, which were just downstairs.



    Enjoyed stunning ocean view even in the bath! 




    A little mention about the welcome basket that we really appreciated. It's not ordinary welcome fruits but a basket full of sweet & savoury snacks! Best for kids and adults who are not on diet! 


    "You've arrived at another side of Hong Kong" printed on the key card sleeve, couldn't agree more.


    Let's get out and explore the hotel and places nearby. The hotel offers a full range of recreational facilities for all ages. Spacious gym room with essential equipments for the sporty ones, playroom for family guests with kids, and the leisure hotel's must-have, swimming pool!






    If you're kind of adventurous, drop by the recreation counter in the lobby to rent a bike and cycling around the neighbourhood.


    The hotel is also renowned for its one-of-a-kind wedding venue with the sleek triangle White Chapel and the exquisite European tall ship The Bounty that are hardly found elsewhere in Hong Kong. The ship and the blue sky resembled a beautiful and classic scene like the picture we used to see on puzzles and postcard!





    These are all Ocean Front Panoramic View Rooms located.


    As the hotel is situated in a residential community, there are shops, restaurants and a supermarket just around the corner so don't panic if you forgot to bring something essential for your stay. Only if you remember to bring enough cash, haha...




    Same stunning ocean view can also be viewed from the town square right beside the hotel.


    It's dinner time when the sun went down. We again visited the Café bord de Mer & Lounge for the dinner buffet (HK$338/adult, HK$198/child) featuring BBQ skewers. 




    Different sauces to season the skewers to your liking.






    Alaskan Crab Legs were only available during dinner time~





    Stayed awhile at the restaurant even we've finished our dinner just for the 9pm fireworks at Disneyland. Yes, we could see a little fireworks from outside the restaurant!


    Hotel lobby at night. When everyone has gone back to room, it shows another undisturbed charm.



    Good morning world!! Life would be perfect if we could wake up with such a breathtaking ocean view everyday... 


    Breakfast buffet is always the best way to start a day and that's why we usually prefer to book accommodation with breakfast buffet included. :D The restaurant has a good spread of breakfast buffet with both Oriental and Western dishes. 

    You may DIY a set of Hong Kong styled breakie with congee, stir-fried noodles, a few pieces of Siu Mai and a Cha Siu Bao.


    Plus a bowl of made-to-order soup noodle from the noodle station. There are choices of noodle like rice vermicelli, egg noodle and silver needle noodle (銀針粉) to choose from, and choices of ingredients like different types of mushroom, veggie, fish/beef/cuttlefish balls, and bean curd to custom make your perfect soup noodle. 



    And/Or have a set of American or Continental breakfast with eggs, sausages, hash brown, different kinds of bread and pancakes.



    I've never seen pancakes made by such a pancake machine!! What a great idea for the restaurant to provide fresh hot pancake without employing an extra staff at a pancake station! Haha... 


    A breakfast could never be perfect (and not healthy enough) without fruits. And the satisfying breakfast put a beautiful end to our staycation.


    Last but not least, don't forget to book your seats 1 day before check-out for the free hotel shuttle bus bringing you back to the Sunny Bay station as the buses around check-out time are always full! Huge thanks to all friendly staff in the hotel who have taken care of us and it was truly a great place to unwind ourselves. If you're interested in taking a break or just spending a day with scrumptious buffet at Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, take a look at their website where you will find different promotions and room packages on offer: http://www.aubergediscoverybay.com

  2. 這夜,相約了友人來到了十里洋場品嚐淮揚盛宴,淮揚菜是煣合了淮安、揚州、蘇州和上海等地的美食,食物十分的精緻。餐廳除了食物精緻外,裝潢方面亦非常的講究;以上海為藍本,將昔日的十里洋場帶到來現代。

    閉月羞花 $70

    十里香蔥雞 $198/半隻

    黑松露珍珠燻溏心蛋 $68/2隻

    蘇式燻魚 $98

    花雕醉紅蟹 $252/隻 

    松茸蟹鉗燉繡球 $108

    蟹粉炒江蘇河蝦仁 $328

    東坡千層寶塔 $288

    薺菜煨原條星斑 $668

    濃雞汁蘿蔔 $152
    蘿蔔有甚麼特別? 這是來自日本的蘿蔔,入口超軟,沒有半點渣滓;而雞湯的鮮味全都滲進蘿蔔中,味道非常的鮮,這可是我吃過最棒的蘿蔔煮法呢。

    招牌糯米炒大青蟹 $748

    脆煎灌湯小籠包 $68

    最後,便到甜品時間;看著這兔兔,不禁令我想起某電影中的對白: 不要吃兔兔。我依然覺得會撒嬌的女人是比較吃香的。

    原桶黑豆腐花 $78


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    說明是大年初二,各處食店當然是繼續休息,未有營業啦,難得D.PARK內有數個選擇,不外出"冒險"了,最終決定在今助落腳,晚上8時需要取票輪候呀~ 大約15分鐘後我們進座,同行家人喜歡烏冬鍋物,尤其冬天食用最佳。








     切合商場以兒童為主題,這裡有兩款Kid's menu




    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳 HK$140元






    北海丼內容包括熟三文魚肉、爽甜生帶子粒和油美三文魚籽,顏色亮麗,味道豐富, 最重要還是材料夠新鮮吧,配合溫熱的珍珠米,太滋味幸福了!


    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳 HK$140元


    另外一款讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳 HK$140元, 配菜大致與北海丼無異,只是主食轉成迷你鰻魚丼,鰻魚肉質爽彈,不算肥美,份量亦小,幸好飯粒圓潤分明,拌勻甘甜醬油,香氣四溢,挽回分數。



    讚岐風溫泉蛋撈烏冬天婦羅壽司御膳HK$135元,大顆溫泉蛋 最為精彩,烏冬選用較粗身的種類,同樣彈牙爽滑,面層鋪滿天婦羅,芝麻 和紫菜條,戳穿黏滑的蛋黃呈鮮橙色,蛋味濃郁,烏冬底部墊有醬油,拌勻所有食材同吃, 口感和味道都好豐富,美味程度是可以幻想到的。



    御膳還附有天婦羅拼盤,包括蝦兩隻, 體積很大,蝦肉爽彈,惟蝦鮮味欠奉,冬菇,小青椒和番薯片各一件,外層炸漿若可薄一點更好,沾些加入白蘿蔔蓉的天婦羅汁,幸福呀!



    這兒食物價格偏高,定食或御膳大致由135元至170元,額外加一收費。欣賞是食材豐富新鮮,質素平穩,給予顧客「吃得飽」的滿足,服務是正常水平,店員會定時為客人添熱茶,加上和風格局夠光猛,食客大多是年青家庭或情侶,未見高談闊論的嘈雜感,餐桌與餐桌之間保留充足空間, 若再來這個商場,應該會再度光顧哦。


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  4. Whenever you go to have Chinese roast, you will always hear chop chop [Chopping] in the background!!
    The chop chop noise is meat being chopped up on the chopping board so I guess this is why they called Chop Chop!!
    Chop chop also means hurry up or to be quick in English.



    The joint is located on the corner with two entrances and meats are displayed nicely at the counter.


    There is an English Menu which make it expat friendly.

    Chop Chop's signature dish is the Roast Pork Belly Rice where it first debuted in Stephen Chows God of cookery film aka Sorrowful Rice (#黯然銷魂飯).
    It comes with egg and soup as a set.
    The rice is a little different as they use premium rice which is harvested once a year at Wuchang city along with some wild rice.
    As for the eggs, these come from young hens which produce smaller but nutritious eggs.

    It was definitely a fulfilling meal as the meat was lightly charred on the edges but perfectly tender and moist.
    Also tried the Chop Chop Char Siew which was leaner compared to the belly.

    It really depends on which cut you like, for me I preferred the leaner cut as it was meatier and the charred edges were crispy with a slight stickiness.

    To go with drinks, the the Crispy pork belly was just the treat.


    The chef definitely had perfect chopping skills as you can see the pork is uniformly square with clean cuts and sharp 90 degree edges !!!!!
    The meat and fat was evenly defined so each piece was moreish with a nice crispy texture. The roast was so good that I got some takeaway.


    I like the way they use paper boxes like GoodBBQ as you won't get any CFC odour in the food.
    It is always good to see Chinese roast going to the next level by becoming modern and presentable.

    [Chop Chop 食神叉燒]
    Shop 3, G/F, 18 Wang On Road, North Point
    Near the Petrol Station


  5. 說起德國,大家想到的有甚麼?世界盃,足球名星或是benz?如果說’德國菜’,浮現的應該不外烤腸仔,燒豬手和大杯啤酒.德國菜在很多人心目中都是份量又大又膩又肉淋淋的almost primitive cuisine,但事實並不如想像般單調.

    crave for more...


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  7. Renault - Captur

    Renault – Captur

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome back :) I can’t describe how much it means to me! I’m trying to do one blog post a week and eventually get back to posting 2-3 times a week, but please be patient with me! Got some bad news that my new manager is leaving and moving on soon…which is really sad because I only just started in the team. However, I am so happy for him to be spending more time with his young children and the next stage of his career.

    Renault Captur

    If you follow me on Instagram you will know, I have been very spoilt by Renault Australia and Soda Communications this year. Every time they have an event we will always be picked up by a Chauffeur in a Renault car, it started from the launch party this year for the new Renault Captur (SUV – Sports Utility Vehicle). The next event was high tea at Fancy Nance with Adriano Zumbo and recently I was also then given the car for 2 weeks to test drive (separate blog post to come about this :)

    Fleurage - Create your own signature scent

    Fleurage – Create your own signature scent

    However, the event that I enjoyed the most would be the ‘Create Your Own Perfume’ held at the hidden but gorgeous Mon Bijiou on Flinders Lane. The day started at around 9:20am when our lovely driver picked us up in a Ivory White and Diamond Black Captur, I’ve been in this car many times and it always surprises me how spacious it is both in the front and back. We then arrived at the venue at around 10am and all settled in with a glass of champagne in hand and took time to enjoy the great scenery Melbourne has to offer.


    Once all the guests had arrived, we sat down in our seats and was introduced to Emma the owner and perfumer of Fleurage based in Williamstown. She explained to use how we were going to create our own personal scent and that perfumes consist of a base, heart and top notes. Which made sense because when I spray perfume, I can smell the different layers of scents. It was very interesting the first thing we were asked to do was to fill out a short questionnaire and Emma would then give us indication of what colour of scents we should focus on smelling. For instance, one of the question was which season do you like the most and I chose Spring because I’ve always like floral sweet scents and rest assure I was asked to smell and focus on the scents in the ‘pink’ section. While Mr Bao (yes I dragged him along with me :P) much prefers Autumn and one of his favourite food is sushi…he was asked to focus not the ‘green’ and ‘black’ which had scents like seaweed!!!

    Flerauge perfume making

    The next step was to choose 4 base notes, 7 heart notes and 2 top notes. You start from the bottom of the tray and move your way to the top. I thought it was going to be a lot harder to choose from 80 scents but I think I know myself very well, because it only took me a couple of minutes to choose everything. I chose scents like Gardenia, Jasmine, Honey Suckle, Fig and Vanilla all those sweet girly scents. While Mr Bao had a lot of trouble choosing between the woody or fresh grassy scents, he ended up with Fernwood, Sandalwood, Lime and Citrus huge contrast from mine.

    Fleaurage Perfume making

    So glad they had coffee beans for us to refresh our noses because honestly after a while my nose was getting desensitised and I couldn’t distinguish the different scents. That’s why I have so much respect for Emma, she didn’t have any trouble with the scents and was able to quickly formulate each and everyone of our perfumes! That’s about 20 in only 10 minutes or so.


    Once we got our ‘formula’ from Emma, it’s actually quite easy to ‘make our own perfume’ we grabbed our bottles from the bag which had I believe distilled water and we started added drops of scents. You would add more droplets of those that you want to have a stronger presence in the perfume, like mine I had more drops of rose and jasmine.

    Renault Fleaurage

    Thanks Mr Bao for capturing this photo! It’s my favourite from the day!


    He didn’t do so badly himself, but he was much more particular than me. He was counting every drop again and again and was worried he would add too many or little. It must be the scientist in him haha

    Never Too Sweet Own Scent!

    Never Too Sweet Own Scent!

    Ta da!!! Here it is! My very own Never Too Sweet perfume! Staying true to my brand it’s a very sweet florally perfume with strong musk, jasmine and apple notes haha. While Mr Bao’s was very citrusy and refreshing with grass, sandalwood, lime, mint and orange.


    Mr Bao was very skeptical at first when I told him we were going to a perfume making class, but he thoroughly enjoyed himself and has been using his own cologne since then. I’ve been joking once he’s used up his bottle he wont have his own signature scent anymore but not to worry because Emma offers a refilling service for $2.5 a ml which works out to be around $125 for 50mls. For more information about Creating Your Own Perfume please visit the Fleaurage website :D I think its a great idea for a birthday party or a bridal shower, I highly recommend it and would love to do it again.

    Renault Captur event

    Now let’s move onto the FOOD because at the end of the day I am a food blogger and eating takes precedent over every if not most things :D And don’t forget camera eats first hehe I’m glad the waitress was so patient and would come to me first with the food, because she knew I wanted to take a photo. The catering was done by Om Nom from the Adelphi Hotel which means we were in for a treat because food is always great. I still remember when we stayed at the hotel last year for my birthday and I really enjoyed the room service.

    Grilled halloumi with pesto and eggplant

    Grilled halloumi with pesto and eggplant

    Pork meatball with ice berg lettuce

    Pork meatball with ice berg lettuce

    Poached chicken with shiitake mushroom

    Poached chicken with shiitake mushroom

    All the savoury canapés were presented so nicely with a heart shape skewer and all tasted delicious! I was impressed with how much flavour such small items had. They were also a great size not too big or small and no mess when eating them.

    Soft shell crab with aioli

    Soft shell crab with aioli

    My favourite was definitely the soft shell crab with aioli, deep fried but not greasy. Wish I grabbed another one! I really love how soft shell crab is such a trendy food item now it appears on most menus, I remember when it use to be limited to Japanese restaurants.

    Mini Churros with chocolate sauce

    Mini Churros with chocolate sauce

    Rapsberry sorbet with fresh berries and meringue

    Rapsberry sorbet with fresh berries and meringue

    As for sweets they had mini Churros with chocolate sauce and also Rapsberry sorbet with fresh berries and meringue pieces. Another smart way of serving sorbet no spoons required, as they are made into little discs very refreshing.


    Huge thank you to Renault Australia and Soda Communications for hosting another fantastic event and for inviting us. What more could I ask for delicious food, great fun and even better company!

    And for those who are interested in learning more about the Captur now is a great time, because Renault Australia and French skincare brand Nuxe have teamed up and the first 50 people who book in a test drive by the 31st December 2015 will receive a limited-edition pack worth more than $100 :D



    I’ve also entered in a competition and the more people who book a test drive and mentioned from Never Too Sweet the higher chance for me to win and the prize is to drive the Captur for 3 months at our own leisure.

    If you would like to help me, please following simple steps:

    1. Book in for a test drive
    2. Take a selfie in the Captur and email this to renault@sodacommunications.com.au
      Include the following information:
      – First name
      – Surname
      – Phone Number
      – How they heard about this promotion – Never Too Sweet ;)
    3. You will then receive your Nuxe gift pack

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao was invited as a guest of Renault Australia and Soda Communications all opinions are based from our own experience. 

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  8. The last birthday celebration for J was at Bibo where we had a tour of its art installations before our dinner! We had been to Bibo before when it first opened two years ago and decided to revisit after we had a great chat with the restaurant group's sommelier about champagne when we dined at The Ocean a few months ago. J wanted to try more kinds of champagne and his birthday coincided with the last week of the month which is when the Art Tours are offered, so we decided to sign up for it. The Art Tours occurs every last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm with no costs and it was definitely interesting to learn about the many different artists on display in the restaurant. It lasted about an hour and we walked all around the restaurant (even up to the private dining room) before making our way back to main dining for the start of our meal.






    Coincidentally, we sat at the same table as last time right by the Invader wall.

    The Bernardaud plates designed by Prune Nourry and JR are still a prominent part of the table decor at Bibo. 

    After J chatted with the sommelier Wallace on what he was looking for, Wallace recommended the Franck Bonville Prestige Avize Grand Cru Brut NV Blanc de Blancs ($1370) for us to try. He recommended the use of wine glass instead of the usual champagne flute to maximize the aroma and taste of the champagne. 

    Food-wise, Bibo offers a 5 course tasting menu for $1100 but we decided to order a la carte instead for more flexibility. After placing our orders, a refreshing amuse bouche with apricot jelly and almond mousse arrived along with bread and butter (one of which was a seaweed butter!). 


    We were treated to this off-the-menu house smoked salmon which had a subtle smoky flavor and deliciously chewy texture to go with our champagne. 

    For appetizers, J went for the Le Pate En Croute ($290) with homemade terrine, foie gras from Les Landes, pistachio and pork belly. As opposed to the soft pate spread, the pate is baked in a crust and is a very "French" dish that may not be for everyone (the people next to us only took a few bites). 

    My Le Calamar ($250) with pan-fried squid, Hokkaido scallop, chorizo, bok choy and lemon dice was solid with very safe flavors but I thought the scallops could have been more raw while the dish could have used more acidity to make the tastes more interesting. 

    Moving onto mains, the Le Bar ($480) with pan-fried sea bass, cherry tomatoes, white asparagus and Jerusalem artichoke puree was nicely executed but again the flavors were pretty safe and tasted as expected. 

    I preferred the Le Homard Bleu Roti ($730) with roasted blue lobster and seaweed butter better which was served with seasonal vegetables, salted butter sauce and triple cooked fries as the flavors were on point and the portion can easily be shared between 2 people!





    Lastly, we had the La Fraise ($180) with fresh berries, yuzu cream, strawberry and ginger sauce, sesame tuiles and lychee sorbet to round off our meal and birthday celebration for J!

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    It has been a while since my last visit at the iconic, contemporary Chinese restaurant, Above and Beyond. But recently, I was informed that their menu had some new changes and I was invited to try their new items including Wok-Fried Prawn with Tangerine Peel and Luoding fermented Soy Bean as well as my favourite Steamed Minced Pork with Tai O Salted Fish. I went for lunch and we were 4 people, so apart from the a la carte courses we also ordered a few dim sum dishes on the side.

    After we placed our orders, the dim sum arrived shortly. The serving of the food was very efficient, perhaps a bit too efficient in our opinion because soon there were a lot of food on our table and it was a challenge to finish eating the food before it got cold. You know dim sum is best when eaten hot so we asked them to slow down a little bit, and the a la carte courses were served after we finished with the dim sum

    One of our favourite dim sum that we had was the Steamed Lobster and Scallop Dumpling (48HKD per person). The dumpling skin was perfectly translucent and smooth packing juicy scallop and sweet lobster meat. This moreish bite was also topped with a dash of bird's nest


    On the other side the Steamed Flour Roll with Minced Beef and Tangerine Peel (68HKD) was less impressive as the flour roll was a bit too soft and thick. The minced beef also lacked a bit of flavour


    I also ordered my favourite Chinese soup; Almond Pork Lung Soup with Fish Maw (428HKD for 4) and I thought it was one of the best that I had in Hong Kong with generous, big chunks of fish maw and perfectly cooked pork lung. The soup was rich and they managed to balance out the flavours between the fish maw, almond and pork lung very well


    In general, I think they do pretty well with their steamed dumplings so the Steamed Mushroom Dumplings with Bamboo Piths (48HKD) was another likable item among the table


    We also ordered the classic Steamed Pork Dumplings with Shrimp and Sea Moss (58HKD) with tender meat and a slightly bounciness in the texture


    Another favourite was actually the Shrimp and Pork Wontons in Soup (88HKD). The wontons were extremely smooth and silky with delicious shrimp and pork paste inside their pockets. This one is definitely a must order next time we come back


    The last dimsum we had was the Cantonese Style Steamed Brown Sugar Sponge Cake (48HKD). It was served before we even had the main courses so the staff took it away and gave it to us at the end of the meal. Nevertheless, the sponge cake was utmost legitimate with a consistent fluffy and airy texture


    Moving on to the new dishes in the a la carte menu

    Crispy Claw with Shrimp Mousse - This was overdone and the claw was too firm in texture. The aroma of the shrimp and the crab didn't come out quite well, and it almost resembled like a meatball


    Steamed Garoupa Fillet with Egg White and Yellow Broth - The fish was very nice and the small pearl-like egg white added an interesting texture to the dish with a light flavour that didn't overwhelm the fish


    Wok-Fried Prawns with Tangerine Peel and Luoding Fermented Soy Bean - The prawn was succulent with a distinct taste of tangerine peel and fermented soy bean


    Wok-Fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Chiu Chow-Style Soy-Marinated Goose Liver - The beef cubes were overcooked and rough, and the combination with the gooseliver was a bit oily as the whole dish had too much oiliness which made it it very heavy


    Steamed Minced Pork with Tao O Salted Fish - This was probably my favourite among the new dishes. The meat had an appropriate balance between lean meat and fat giving it the right texture and taste


    Marinated Chicken in Shaoxine Wine - The chicken wasn't tender enough, perhaps the cooking time was a bit too long and the Shaoxine wine aroma was actually quite weak


    Northern Chinese Style Crispy Sliced Potato with Dried Chili Pepper - Surprisingly good with a crunchy outer texture and a soft inner center releasing out an earty potato taste with a kick of spiciness


    Baked Sago Pudding, EggYolk Sponge cake, Sesame Puff Bird's Nest - All three dessert didn't fare very well as the sago pudding was too thick, sweet and heavy while the egg yolk sponge cake wasn't soft at all. The best thing was probably the sesame puff


    Above and Beyond is a great place to take family and relatives for something different for dim sum and dinner, but I reckoned that their contemporary dim sum dishes had a stronger edge than their creative a la carte courses. 

    Where: Above and Beyond, 28/F, Hotel Icon, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong (+852 34001490)
    When: Oct 11, 2015
    Highlight: The Lobster and Scallop Dumpling and the Shrimp Wontons
    Downside: The dessert and the Marinated Chicken in Shaoxine wine


  10. 說到倫敦很有名的餐廳,Burger & Lobster肯定榜上有名,不過它在脫歐後價錢升得不可思議,所以完全不划算。除了Burger & Lobster外,Big Easy都是同類的餐廳,價錢亦比較低,自然是要轉場囉。


    Big Easy有每日的不同優惠,這個是當天的無限量Bar.B.Q肉,如果想吃優惠龍蝦,星期四是龍蝦跟牛扒餐,這還真夠罪惡感…




    Big Easy比Burger & Lobster好的地方,絕對是這裡的餐是包括飲品,像Burger & Lobster原價已經貴幾鎊,叫一杯飲品又幾鎊,這就差十幾鎊可以在這裡吃半個餐了。朋友選了這裡的沙冰Cocktail,而我就貪多選啤酒,這自家品牌啤酒有2Pint,即是超過1公升﹗汽水我也沒一晚喝1公升耶﹗


    要說Big Easy比較差的地方,可能是賣相吧?那有人將兩邊龍蝦分開擺的…正常人也不會亂擺一通吧?撇除賣相不談,Big Easy跟Burger & Lobster的Pounder龍蝦,好像Burger & Lobster稍大一點,或者是我剛好遇到大隻的吧。不過這裡的龍蝦因為有加上細蔥調味油,比Burger & Lobster的蒸或燒龍蝦都來得惹味,而且還有粗身薯條吃,完勝﹗


    然後是星期一優惠無限肉祭unlimited meat works,同樣地賣相真的很抱歉,Brown Sauce的深啡色加上大量肉的關係,視覺上毫無觀賞性可言。材料有北卡羅萊納豬肉、燻燒雞肉、聖路易斯豬肋骨、燻焗豆、粟米鬆餅,未食已飽還能夠無限添食,難怪外國人都這麼肥了。


    至於好不好吃?我覺得燻雞是最好吃的,除了有煙燻香外,雞肉沒有被Brown Sauce淹沒,所以味道最純粹。當然豬肋骨等等都不錯,但大量醬汁有點分不清是醬好吃還是肉好吃了。鬆餅就有點抱歉,根本不鬆又乾身,雖然這東西我沒有預期過會好吃,不過一直吃肉會很膩,吃一口鬆餅稍稍能去掉油膩感也還好,不過始終是澱粉質很容易飽。


    在這裡飲不飽也食醉你,廿幾鎊就有交易,連龍蝦也吃得到,實在划算,忽然覺得Burger & Lobster價錢好貴啊…


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    Hi everyone, thanks a lot for being with me and my little blog through these years. I have a bad news and a good news for you all!

    This blog will be shut down. I will keep all the posts here, but there will be no update and no maintenance since now.

    Good news is, I have already started a new blog which have a new and nicer layout. The new blog is no longer about food. I have too many stories from my trips around the world to be shared with you! Of course, food and drink will be one part of my personal journey, but you will find a fresher and more interesting site there.

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  12. While we stepped into the new page of 2016, I believe it was still worthwhile to do a little throw-back to one of the biggest musical event last year by Hennessy because it's coming along this year!

    Since its founding in 1765, Hennessy has been driven to create the world's best cognacs. In this continuing quest for excellence, seven generations of the Fillioux family have been Master Blenders at Hennessy, thereby ensuring the transmission of this precious savoir-faire from one generation to another.

    Hennessy was celebrating its 250th anniversary celebration last year. Despite plans to celebrate this anniversary, its annual music-fest “Hennessy Artistry” – an innovative musical platform- was set to be a more unique celebration of the relationship between Music and the Hennessy brand as it took a new turn to re-emphasize Hennessy’s love for music hence, the theme for last year’s celebration; “Hennessy loves Music”. The event was star-studded and attended by Peter Okoye, Falz, Toni Tones, Ehiz, DJ Lambo, Saeon, Emmanuel Ikubese and more.

    The creation of Hennessy Artistry Halo is based on the philosophy of “The Global Art of Mixing”; essentially the seamless blending of East & West. This is exemplified not only through the varied genres of music and the synthesis of top talents and emerging artistes.

    Previous Hennessy Artistry headliners include Jesse Jagz, Nneka, Cobhams, Kas, Jude “MI” Abaga, Banky W, Sir Shina Peters, Tiwa Savage, Ice Prince, El Dee, Bez, Wizkid, 2Face and other notable Nigerian acts.

    Hennessy Artistry is an innovative musical platform, launched worldwide by Hennessy in 2006 to celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism of different genres.

    This post has been sponsored by Hennessy Artistry


  13. I didn't know that you could get crisps and cup noodles in India so when I found out, I managed to get some crisps from the local store.
    I got Magic Masala by Lay's.


    Inside, you get crinkle cut crisp and they were extremely spicy.
    They tasted like spring onion crisps with a fiery kick but after you get used to the spiciness, they were quite good.

    From the packet, it says they manufactured by Pepsico India Holdings.



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    Where am I? The MTR Lei Tung station is also on the tiny island of Ap Lei Chau in Hong Kong. This MTR station is on the new South Island Line.

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  15. Hi everyone!

    Thanks for being supportive on Spot The Food.

    From today onwards, I will start on my own website so please check it out for more updates!

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    The CNY aside, February is always a busy yet rewarding month for men and women alike. We plan what to buy, where to dine, and how to spend the romantic night together. Everwhere you have special treats and menu for Valetine…

    As I can hardly resist a nice afternoon tea, I was excited to try the Island Shangri-la’s recent special that is only available for a short while. As if a decent cuppa and fine little sweets are not enough, this afternoon tea came with Pierre Jouet’s Rose. Having afternoon tea in a Harbour-side hotel with your loved ones sounds, I know, cliché, but you do have a decent Champange here to brighten things up. It was foggy day when I was there for a media event; that glass of champagne was particularly helpful.
    The scone here is commendable; it is difficult to find a nice piece of scone these days, even in London, let alone in Hong Kong. I was still haunted by my recent experience in one of the big name hotels in London, but the scone here was a pleasant surprise, though it is by no means perfect. It got a nice fluffy texture; it would be better if it is more buttery. The flavour needs some more work. I had much worse but I indeed had better ones.


    The menu was, I presume, tailored to suit the champagne. I found the lobster sandwich, Alaskan crabmeat sandwich and foie gras terrine went particularly well with the champagne. The champagne marinated Gravlax was very refreshing; could be a good appetizer for my dinner.

    Many of the sweets are worth trying. I would recommend the cherry and champagne cheesecake and the mascarpone and champagne rollcake. I am not a big fan of cheesecake but I did like this one. It was not heavy at all and actually quite balanced between the cheesy and sweet flavours. The rollcake was very moist and filled with creamy mascarpone. Shangri-La should consider keeping these items in their cake shop. But it was the Amour cake that won the day. It was beautifully constructed sponge cake with champagne infused cream layers, with shiny bubbles on top, possibly a tribute to the champagne. I could easily finish my slice.


    Apart from the tiny glitches here and there, this thematic afternoon tea was beautiful. The chef’s effort in pairing the food with the champagne was particularly commendable. There was no “tea” per se here; this French interpretation of tea works just fine for me.

    Island Shangri-La

    Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong
    Food: wwwwwww
    Environment: wwwwwww1/2w


  17. 今天是中秋節,先祝大家佳節愉快、喜慶團圓!雖然今個中秋天色只是一般,但也無損兩兄妹的歡樂心情,特別是中秋一連放5天假的Chloe,每天都安排了不同活動,今天先分享過去週六日的豐富美食 + 玩樂行程!^o^




    8月尾一聚後,Chloe對啓明萬分掛念,就趁中秋前夕約在 YOHO Mall 吃飯了!佳節在即 + 上週日打風,場內的中菜嚴重爆滿,我們靈機一轉決定再訪 B. Duck Cafe,反正三小無猜在暑期前後腳去了黃金海岸酒店參加 B.Duck 住宿計劃,再見黃鴨一定很高興!




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    這裡要自己找位,幸運是來到不久就有位;三位小朋友對著一系列的 B. Duck 美食,愛不釋手呢!這裡的食物不算太貴,如三色飯糰 $45、B. Duck 牛肉漢堡 $86、連飲品通粉套餐 $86,其中個人認為通粉味道不錯,所以這晚點了兩份~




    刻意了留了肚吃甜品,士多啤梨窩夫 ($53) 及巨大的 朱古力珍寶芭菲 ($99) 賣相及味道都不錯,後者尤其得到朱古力妹妹歡心,追著吃了好多好多啊!連同早上的跆拳道班、下午的游水,好充實的一天~~~






    而週日上完教會後,我們就到 康怡廣場,參加由康怡學林 Little Cosmos Language & Art Centre 的「樂滿中秋:創意燈籠工作坊」,讓兩兄妹學習製作傳統紙燈籠!不知大家有否同感,紙燈籠除了比膠燈籠環保,也更漂亮好看一些,尤其是發揮創意將之變身成動物後~




    大概是在中秋前夕,當日創意燈籠工作坊的反應非常熱鬧,不少家庭都在 shopping 後憑單據參加 workshop,場內熱鬧不得了!還好導師人士充足,可以好好照顧每一位學員需要。




    兩兄妹參加的是 Dinosaur 燈籠製作班,其實就是為燈籠加上恐龍裝飾!導師會派發不同顏色的龍身、龍翼、龍眼(不是水果啦!XD)、龍牙及龍腳趾,讓小朋友自己配搭襯色,並發掉創意填上顏色/畫上花紋~






    過程中,導師會以示範、合作等方法,協助年齡較小的小朋友完成燈籠。媽媽在一邊細心觀察,明顯Chloe是比較傳統守規,她的龍與 Sample 照片有九成相似,不過燈籠則換上了自己喜愛的粉紅色,可見她也不是一成不變。




    Matthew就創意無邊了,除了大膽撞色選用同色系的龍眼(對不起,我又笑了 XD)及龍身,又將龍牙反轉成暴 (怒) 龍,這位左撇子小朋友真是特別不一樣!要多花心思了解及教導。






    當龍都畫好組裝好後,就可以貼上紙燈籠,之後就算大功告成啦!如是年齡較大的小朋友,在45分鐘的 Workshop 內,甚至可以為燈籠紙面加上佈置;總之,每個燈籠都是獨一無二的成品,其實小朋友又何嚐不是呢?




    兩兄妹的合照後,同時也送上兩兄妹合照時戲弄爸爸,故意以燈籠擋著爸媽的趣怪照片;又,這次康怡及 Little Cosmos 的工作坊真心好棒,希望來年都要繼續啊!




    完成燈籠 Workshop 後,爸爸與Matthew要去練鼓,媽媽則帶同 Chloe,重訪美美的金鐘星街 Maison ES 嘆下午茶,因為另一位的親愛的日本友人也訪港啦~




    充滿法式風情的小餐館與法式設計珠寶品牌 Didier Dubot 合作,推出了以電影 “Midnight in Paris” 爲設計靈感的 "The Raining Paris" Afternoon Tea ($350位/$688兩位),自然成了我們目標!




    下午茶先有兩杯 Charles de Fere, Réserve Rosé Dry 當 Welcome Drink, 讓人一來就沉醉在美好的粉紅氣泡中;Chloe就清純的喝著果汁,不久後其他食物及飲品也上檯了~




    下午茶另外包括自選咖啡/茶,友人選的 Grand Earl Grey 是我的心水最愛,不過喝了多次,這天換成 Rose Latte (+$18),成品十分漂亮,味道香醇細緻、芳香討好,會推介給啡迷的~




    食物方面有四款鹹點、四款甜點,加上 Rose Petal & Plain Scones 各二。其中鬆餅份量不小,以平日胃口不可能吃完,但這裡的鬆餅十分香脆又富牛油香,配上 Maison ES 玫瑰果醬及濃縮忌廉,太好了,結果很難得全部4件都吃光!




    先介紹鹹點,首先是 Purple Potato Frites served with Mayo,外脆內軟糯、香口微甜不油的紫薯條,配上蛋黃醬,理所當然成為 Chloe 最愛,看妹妹的表情就知她有多喜歡這組合!






    接著 Smoked Salmon Gougère 煙熏三文魚法式芝士球、Jam Bun & Camembert Crepe 果醬包卡蒙伯爾芝士薄煎餅,以及杯裝的 Foie Gras Mousse & Cassis Cup 鵝肝慕斯黑醋栗杯,都很好吃兼有著濃濃法式風情,邊吃邊喝下玫瑰氣酒,感覺曼妙。




    甜點則有 Lavender & Dark Chocolate Mille Feuille 薰衣草黑巧克力法式千層酥、Pink Frosted Earl Grey Madeleine 粉紅色糖霜馬德蓮貝殼蛋糕、Sesame Macaroon with Strawberry Ganache Creme 黑芝麻草莓甘納許奶油馬卡龍,以及 Oreo & Coconut Tart 奧利奧椰子餡餅,全部都輕甜不膩,配上帶玫瑰香的 Rose Latte 十分完美。




    凡享用此下午茶的客人,均可獲贈 DIDIER DUBOT Mon Paris 手鏈一條,絕對值回票價!然而禮品數量有限,送完即止,所以想吃最好趁早啊~




    上週日打風關係,很多的約會都擠在一起,所以下午茶後雖然不餓,但又要趕回元朗與中同一起聚餐。中菜是不作考慮了,這晚去了 Chef's Stage Cafe,這間餐廳最初在 樓下 開業,後來發揚光大搬到 富達廣場變大舖,最近又搬了回來,親切倍添。






    吃完下午茶的媽媽及妹妹根本不餓,所以吃甚麼都是次要(但也強力推介一下這裡的青口,非常好吃!);這晚兩母女的焦點,都落在為食 Dum B 身上,之後還忍不住帶他上樓玩/分享月餅,其超級為食樣笑壞了一眾叔叔姨姨,也讓Chloe念念不忘,直吵要假期再探他!







    B.Duck Cafe



    Facebook:B.Duck Cafe Hong Kong


    Kornhill Plaza 康怡廣場


    電話:2879 1346

    Facebook:Kornhill Plaza 康怡廣場


    Maison ES

    地址:灣仔星街1A號地舖 (入口位於電氣街)

    電話:2521 8011

    Facebook:Maison ES


    Chef's Stage Cafe


    電話:2799 9880

    Facebook:Chef's Stage Kitchen


    ** 想得知最新飲食情報,可追蹤 甜魔媽媽;欲得知甜魔一家消息,就追蹤 Matthew and Chloe 吧~~

  18. Right, I am a morning person who can't skip breakfast for a day and in Dubai, I was so much looked forward to the breakfast time everyday 'coz there were just too many nice places around to enjoy a lovely brekkie to kick start a day. My friend brought us to this cafe & restaurant, Shakespeare and Co. to have a Full English Breakfast in a truly English atmosphere.


    The crafted glass cake cabinet has instantly unveiled the vintage feel.


    Once I stepped inside, whoa! I was like being brought into the imaginative world of Shakespeare!! Look at all those photos below, do they look like in the fairy tale? They are all sweet and colourful!






    Toasts and butter, served along with a tray of cute mini Bonne Maman jam & honey.


    The set includes a glass of fresh pressed juice and a cup of tea or coffee. Here came my grapefruit juice, which wasn't too sour nor bitter but just refreshing!


    My friend's cup of Earl Grey, nothing much special about it indeed...


    My own Caffe Latte. Not too bad but a bit too much milk to my liking.


    My friend's English Breakfast (AED50) with grilled beef bacon, turkey sausage, roasted potato, scrambled egg & baked beans. Their scrambled egg was generally too dry and not fluffy enough, while the beef bacon and turkey sausage were quite nice and tasted special as I never tried a bacon made of beef and sausage made of turkey before!


    My American Breakfast (AED50) with same dry & stiff scramble egg, sauteed mushrooms, beef bacon and hash brown. Everything on the plate was not remarkably good or surprising, except the hash brown that wasn't the ordinary frozen type but made from freshly shredded potato! I was impressed indeed!


    My hubby's American set was almost similar with mine, only with the scrambled egg being replaced by egg benedict. Another disaster on the egg benedict as the pouched eggs were overcooked and wait, where is the Hollandaise sauce for it??


    This additional order, Savory Crepes with Smoked Salmon (AED33), should be the most delicious dish in our breakfast that day... The mixed greens was fresh & crisp and the crepe rolls were creamy with good dollop of lightly seasoned sour cream and fresh smoked salmon. Yummy!


    Basically, the dining experience was great given such a dreamy atmosphere. Food quality was on average, which was more towards the positive side. Besides, indoor, alfresco dining is available too but the Sun was just too strong for me at that time. Yeah, I do recommend those who are visiting Dubai to spend a breakfast there.

    Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/Shakespeareuae

    Address : G/F, Dubai Marina Mall, Exit 32 directly off Sheikh Zayed Road,Dubai, UAE

    Google Map

  19. 仲記得好耐之前係澳門試過「婆仔屋」之後,一直都好懷念佢地既 “杏仁朱古力心太軟”。原來佢地既姊妹店最近已經開咗係時代廣場食通天喇~ 今次帶埋我姨甥仔一齊黎試下新推出既西班牙小紅蝦 Brunch,其中包括 12 道 以紅蝦為主題既 tapas,輪流送上任食既 3 款主菜,同甜品;至於兒童餐,其實就係減去咗生食既部分。


    Club Albergue 1601


    西班牙小紅蝦 Brunch

    十二道 Tapas 分成四份上菜,先由比較清淡既開始。寶石生菜配小紅蝦淋上千島醬;蟹肉同黑魚子放係份外脆身既酥皮盒上;以新鮮青檸汁、日本醬油、黃糖、味醂等等生醃既小紅蝦都好新鮮!







    另外隨上一支 “Bloody Mary”,其實就係 Vodlka、Tabasco、番茄汁調成既 cocktail,入面仲有一隻小紅蝦肉架!












    喇沙汁小紅蝦酥皮撻, 鵝肝慕絲比利時朱古力

    「法式寶雲酥小紅蝦」,「小紅蝦意大利粉」;前者有好香既羅勒味,後者既義大利麵煮得剛剛好 al dente。醬汁更用上紅蝦湯、芝士粉煮成,非常非常濃郁,好好味!









    乳豬, 飯, 洋蔥, 蠶豆, 煙紅椒粉

    「1601 意式海鮮飯」入口 creamy,配料有蠶豆、蝦肉、魷魚;蝦湯味同海鮮味都好香。


    1601 意式海鮮飯




    馬鈴薯, 牛奶, 忌廉, 牛油, 黑胡椒, 洋蔥, Gravy



    朱古力慕絲蛋糕, 芝士蛋糕






    Club Albergue 1601
    Address: 銅鑼灣勿地臣街1號時代廣場食通天11樓1105號舖
    Telephone:2573 3344
    Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00 – 23:00
    Website: http://www.ca1601.com


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  21. I've first read about Soft Creme from people's photo tag on instagram, and this ice-cream shop was so new that it wasn't even posted on OpenRice back then so I googled on it to get the address.  One day Missy Mo and I decided to go chill at Tai Hang, and Soft Creme immediately came into my mind.  We grabbed a quick bite then came here to check it out.  Probably because it was still new and not alot of people knew about it yet, there wasn't too long of a line-up.

    Ice-cream numbers 1-4 were made from Hokkaido milk (uh oh, I sense radiation) and A-D used cereal milk, not really sure what that was though.  I really wanted to try the special of the month which was the Moet champagne flavor but annoying Missy Mo rejected my craving and ordered the Flamed Bacon. sad

    We were watching the food experts preparing the cups behind the counter and thought that we gotta try the Australian honeycomb next time.  Meanwhile, I also kept glimpsing at the cute cashier guy while waiting for our ice-cream... ;P

    They put dry ice at the bottom of the cup underneath the ice-cream to prevent it from melting too quickly since it's "soft" ice-cream and not the usual ones you take out from the Park n shop freezer.  I tried to take picture of the smokey effect (oooo, spooky) but was a tad bit late.  Anyway you get the point, I think the dry ice was just another gimmick but in terms of taste, the ice-cream was indeed very soft and was surprisingly good with the bacon bits.

    I went to Tai Hang again the following weekend but this time there was a long line-up outside the shop, and I'm never a fan of queues PLUS the cute cashier wasn't there this time...I will be back.

    Soft Creme, G/F 6-7 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang, +852 2370 3205
    District:  Tai Hang
    Overall Rating:  4 / 5
    Cost:  $42 per cup


  22. Hey guys! How have you been? A lot of people have been wondering where the eff do I get the money to pay for all the fancy gyms and workouts I go to. Well, here’s what I will tell you – I’m usually not sponsored, and when I am I’ll fully disclose it. I believe in paying for things I deem worthy, and only when I try stuff for myself will I feel the pinch of pros and cons for reals.

    With that said, here’s the reveal – I am self-paid on Guava Pass. (Been on the $1,588/month 3-months unlimited* classes package – you’re tied in for 3 months but you pay per month). Read on if you want the real truth. #livingmytruth


    me @ Warrior Academy

    What is Guava Pass?

    It is an aggregator of gyms around town that lets you pay one price and visit all sorts of fancy gyms. Literally the best ones in town, for less than HK$2000/month – meaning less than HK$200/class. Well what’s the catch? You only get to visit each gym 2 or 3 times a month.

    I think it started out being a way for people to try out gyms, get a taste of what they offer, or for travellers who just need a couple of classes when they’re in town. But for me, it turned into a hack to save some coins.

    Full disclosure of course there are other competitors a la KFIT but I find the selection of gyms on GP is better, and so the price is higher too.

    The Pros

    1. Money saved – Instead of paying $2-3000 per month for a membership at a kickboxing, or rebounding, or pilates gym, you pay almost half the price but get the same quality classes. Some of my haunts include Flex Studios, Pherform, Optimum Performance Studio, and Lemondrop Studio. I DIE for some of the kitted out vanity rooms of some places – and honestly isn’t that half the reason one would keep going back to the same gym? (minus the hot trainers)
    2. Variety – Don’t know about you, but I believe in a balanced workout as much as a balanced diet. That’s why most gyms offer yoga to counter the weight training or cardio. But with GP, I get to go the best classes, studios and instructors of my choosing. Kind of like a gym hit list if you will, that you can create and schedule your week around.
    3. Convenience – As a freelancer, I move around a lot. One week I’m mostly around Kennedy Town, the next week I may be stuck near Mongkok. GP lets me choose gyms that are convenient for me to get to instead of lugging my kit on a journey to the gym. It might not make sense for regular worker bees, but it does for me.

    The Cons

    1. Money wasted – If you don’t use your classes, you’re wasting money. If you cancel a class late, you get hit with $80 penalty. If you don’t go on at least 10 classes per month on an unlimited plan, each class you do go will decrease in value. All in all, you gotta be disciplined, or be prepared to spend some cash.P.S. you can pause your account when you go on holidays or want to take a short break.
    2. Inconsistency – Classes are harder to book than if you were an actual member of the gym. Makes sense for the gym, but probably not so much for you if you’re looking for some routine in your workout life. I probably only get to the same class once a month. Also probably won’t be able to book the same class as your friends – like I said, spots are quite limited.
    3. Discounted experience* – Gyms you visit aren’t designed for people who come and go. In all honesty, it will be harder to get to know the trainers and be a part of the communities. They might not take you seriously because they assume they won’t see you a second time. But if you’re only in for the workouts, then it probably won’t be something you see as a con.*But on the flip side I have made friends from all the different GP gyms just from one visit!
    4. Inconveniences? – There are times, maybe once or twice a month for me, where classes get cancelled because the class didn’t reach the headcount. But there are also times, where I rock up and unbeknowingly joined a personal training session because I was the only student. I’ve honestly had many a valuable lessons in pilates, weight training, functional training and more because of these accidental 1-on-1 sessions. So to me, NBD when a class gets cancelled once in a while. #yolo

    Me @ Feel Fit Factory


    In conclusion… I love GP. If you’re a last minute kinda guy, or moves around town a lot, or want to try out the gyms and workouts before signing up, GP is great for you. If you’re short on cash and want the full experience of boujis gyms around town, GP is probably the only way to go as well. Like of course there are cons, but you take it knowing you are also paying less for the difference.

    IF you found this article helpful and want to try out Guava Pass, please do sign up via my link here and get some discounts.

    Everyone who has an account gets one, I’m not special or sponsored OR affiliated. Just another girl who’s trying to earn a few free classes from referrals. If you do end up signing up through my link, I sincerely thank you in advance 🙂

    Till next time,


  23. craft-beer-150x150.jpg

    A couple of years ago, we would have said the craft beer scene in Hong Kong is starting to explode. Well, we can now safely say it has exploded and is here to stay. There’s even a Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong. It’s not just bars serving craft beer, there are breweries popping up all over the city, from Kwai Chung to Kennedy Town. Many do brewery tours where you can sample a bit of everything that they brew, so make it your mission to check them out over several weekends…or perhaps do a crazy pub crawl and hit a bunch up in one night. Read on for the ultimate guide to craft beer in Hong Kong.

    Second Draft

    On the ground floor of the cool hotel and neighbourhood hangout Little Tai Hang you’ll find Second Draft. The much buzzed about gastropub pours beers from celebrated local brewers Young Master and Carbon Brews, which you can sip alongside award-winning chef May Chow’s Hong Kong-inspired menu. Keep an eye out for their rotating guest tap brews, featuring some of the best international craft beer from New Zealand, Denmark and more.

    Where: G/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
    Contact: 2656 0232


    Little Creatures

    Little Creatures brews craft beer daily in an impressive venue — when you walk in you can’t miss the 5 hectolitre brewery producing various beers served up in front at the bar, or in the large dining area. Their beer, like the signature Pale Ale, have unique key flavours such as citrus, nectarine and burnt toffee. Grab a bottle, along with a Bright Ale, Original Pilsner, IPA or Rogers Beer, as they´re sold to take home too.

    Where:  Shop 1, G/F New Fortune House, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town
    Contact:  2833 5611 or info@littlecreatures.hk


    Craft Brew & Co.

    When the motto is “No Carlsberg. No Stella. No San Miguel.” then you know the bar is serious about craft beer. Craft Brew & Co., with three locations in Hong Kong, know their stuff and pour superb craft beer. If that weren’t enough, they also grill some damn fine gourmet sausages that are lean and made with all-natural casings. It’s the perfect accompaniment to their light and golden Summer Ale, or go for a Bohemian Pale Ale, Liberty IPA or Kung Fu Lager. Don’t know where to start? Book a tasting session (minimum 6 people) and learn the style, flavour and aroma of each beer.

    Where: G/F, 17 Old Bailey Street, Central; 36 High Street, Sai Ying Pun; G/F, 27-31 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town
    Contact: 2885 0821 (Central); 2559 0498 (Sai Ying Pun); 2246 8782 (Kennedy Town) or info@craftbrew.com.hk


    COEDO Taproom

    COEDO, an award-winning brewery from Saitama, Japan, serves craft beer at their Causeway Bay Taproom, the brewery’s first overseas venue. Featuring 12 taps, including all of their year-round beers, plus seasonal, limited and exclusive ones, you’ll happily spend a night here sampling the suds and nibbling on authentic Saitama-style yakitori and other savoury snacks.

    Where: Shop C, G/F, 50-56 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay
    Contact: 2619 9011 or info@thirstybrothers.com.hk


    Pazzeria Italian Brewery

    Who knew a place in Mong Kok would be a prime spot for sampling craft beer, Italian-style?  Pazzeria Italian Brewery has authentic Italian craft beers, bottled and on tap — 16 taps in fact. There’s also a Central location, and both spots pour mainly Italian craft beers, but there’s other European beers to try, and some mean Italian food too. Suggestion, if we may? Keep the focus on the beer and tuck into a cheese board with a variety of cold cuts and cheese, paired with a Birrificio Gaia IPA or a robust Tre Fontane Tripel.

    Where: G/F 19 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon; 5 Elgin Street, Central
    Contact: 2506 0016 (Mong Kok); 2540 7988 (Central)


    K Pub

    Here’s a nice little bar only a hop and a skip away from Kennedy Town MTR station. Great for a chill night catching up with a mate…and getting acquainted with the more than 30 types of craft beer from around the world K Pub pours daily. Decent pizza and burger specials too mean this may become a weekly outing.

    Where: Shop 15, G/F, Sincere Western House, 69 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town
    Contact: 9683 2015 or info@kpub.com.hk


    TAP – The Ale Project

    When a day of haggling at Ladies Market has finally done your head in, seek some respite at nearby TAP – The Ale Project to cool off. Billed as a gastropub, and known for having one of the biggest selections of Hong Kong craft beer on tap, they pair carefully curated beers with a food menu featuring artisanal bread as the centerpiece.

    Where: 15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok
    Contact: 2468 2010 or info@thealeproject.com


    The Globe

    An old favourite with British expats in Hong Kong, everyone should get to know The Globe, not just for some of the best fish and chips this side of England, but an excellent beer selection. They feature rotating guest taps, a great excuse to come often to taste the changing brews, as is the generous happy hour, running  from 9.00am to 8.00pm. Those wanting to know their malts from their ambers can sign up for a tutored beer tasting, tailored for a couple of friends or a large group.

    Where:  Garely Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central
    Contact: 2543 1941 or info@theglobe.com.hk



    One of the trendier ones on the list, with a loyal Instagram following and hip Hong Kongers filling the joint inside and spilling out onto the street, the two-year-old 65Peel serves some of the best local beer from breweries like Young Master Ales to Nine Dragons. When your fingers are free from posting pics and sipping pints, dabble in some of the Asian-inspired cuisine on hand as well.

    Where: G/F, 65 Peel Street, Central
    Contact: 2342 2224 or 65peel@gmail.com


    Cheers The Tap Room

    An unassuming wee spot in Mong Kok with local and international craft beers on tap, where the staff is just as friendly as the clientele. And as it’s mainly a young crowd, there’s a good chance no one will be yelling out “Norm!” when you walk in (older readers will understand). Good for a beer flight to try a bit of everything, and a “craft pizza” to soak it all up.

    Where: G/F, 13 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok
    Contact: 2341 5999


    The Beer Bay – Central Pier 3 & 4

    You probably won’t head here for a night out, as it’s pretty much a small kiosk in the middle of Central piers 3 and 4, but you’ll be thankful for it when you’re waiting to board the ferry on a hot summer day. Despite its size, it has an impressive range of British and American craft beers, and lots of UK crisps to curb those salty cravings that often come with beer drinking.

    Where: Pier 3 and Pier 4, Central Ferry Pier
    Contact: 3481 7290


    Young Master Brewery

    While not set up for dining and drinking, this multi award-winning brewery does allow for sampling their craft beers on Saturday tours, and it’s definitely worth booking as these guys are known for starting the craft brewing movement in Hong Kong. Their Hong Kong-inspired beer is unique and enticing, like the Cha Chaan Teng Gose made with local salted lime.

    Where: G/F, Sungib Industrial Centre, 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
    Contact: 2783 8907 or info@youngmasterales.com


    Black Kite Brewery

    Black Kite Brewery calls Wong Chuk Hang home and lets you taste their product via monthly scheduled tours. Founders Dan and Dave Gallie use fresh ingredients from around the globe to make their beer in a range of signature styles, such as the Southside Ale, a fragrant light ale brewed with jasmine tea. For more daring palates, there’s the Oh, Bacon! Rauchbier smoked ale.

    Where: 11B Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
    Contact: beer@blackkite.hk


    Lion Rock Brewery

    One of the originals, Lion Rock Brewery’s craft beer is made without artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives, brewed with the four premium ingredients all top brewers swear by — water, malts, hops and yeast. The flagship Lion Rock Signature Pale Ale is a lovely introduction, with a silky foam and fruity notes of peach and gooseberries. Grab a glass at The Globe, 65 Peel and many other bars across the city.

    Where: Unit 2, 14/F, Man Shing Industrial Building, 307-311 Castle Peak Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories
    Contact: 6308 0105  or info@lionrockbeers.com


    Carbon Brews

    New on the scene, Carbon Brews’ product can be downed at venues like Second Draft, K Pub and Craftissimo, where you’ll find their debut craft beer, 366BU, a double dry hopped pale ale with fruity aromas of melon, papaya, orange, lime and lemon. Also on tap is the Strawberry 100g/l, a refreshing dry-hopped American pale ale infused with, yup, 100g/L of strawberries.

    Where: Unit A1, G/F, Union Industrial Center, 27-31 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan
    Contact: 2620 0095


    Hong Kong Beer Co.

    Hong Kong Beer Co. was launched in 1995 as Asia’s first craft brewery to sell beer exclusively in bottles and kegs. Fast forward a couple of decades, and their attractively-designed bottles can be found in major supermarkets and specialty booze shops across the city, and ready to pour on tap in hotel bars and pubs. With varieties like Dragon’s Back pale ale and Big Wave Bay IPA, you can’t get more Hong Kong than this beer.

    Where: Unit 5A, Ground Floor, Wah Shing Centre, 5 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan
    Contact: 2580 2360 or info@hkbeerco.com


    Gweilo Beer

    HK expats have certainly heard the term “Gweilo” by now, but here it’s presented in a fun, fresh way — through refreshing beer. Known as “foreign devil”, the term has evolved to gentler definitions over time (plain old “foreigner”), and each bottle of Gweilo beer will too evolve, with the phrase on the label changing meaning over time. The Fo Tan-based brewery makes session-style ales ranging between 4% and 6%, like their IPA, brewed with European malt and a secret blend of South Pacific and American hops. Buy it and others online or in stores across the city.

    Where: Fo Tan
    Contact: info@gweilobeer.com


    Mak´s Beer

    This is beer made for locals by locals — three guys named Ball, Mark and Ken to be exact. They had a dream to bring Hong Kong Cantonese beer to the world, and they’re doing it, brewing exclusive craft beer using ingredients like dried longan and goji berries (Longan Pale Ale) and dried mint leaves and honey (Mint Beer). Sample some at pop-ups and markets in town, or at venues like HK Island Taphouse and Yum Cha.

    Where: 12C, Jing Ho Industrial Building, 78-84 Wang Lung Street, Tsuen Wan
    Contact: 6174 7740 or hey.bro@maksbeer.com


    Heroes Beer Co

    When picking up booze along with your groceries at city’super, you’ll no doubt spot the multi-coloured cans with vibrant illustrations containing Heroes Beer, with eye-catching names like Hangry Donut, an American wheat beer, or Munchy and Poshy fruit beer.  Take home some of their other cool cans from speciality beer shops in town, or throw back a glass at The Globe, The Roundhouse, Shake Shack and other locales.

    Where: Room 1411, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road
    Contact: 3996 9740 or info@heroesbeerco.com


    Yardley Brothers Beer

    You’ll soon recognise the Yardley Brothers label if you’re a bit of a barfly, as it’s poured throughout Hong Kong. The brewery in Kwai Hing where they make their staple brews (like Hong Kong Bastard Imperial IPA or Quit Your Job!, and other amusing names) has a production capacity of more than 5,000 liters, allowing the award-winning brewers to tackle numerous experimental single batch brews. Have a taste Friday evenings on a brewery tour from 5.30pm to 7.30 pm (no booking needed).

    Where: Unit 10, 5th floor, Block A, Wah Tat Industrial Centre, 8 Wah Sing Street, Kwai Hing
    Contact: 9543 4963 or beer@yardleybrothers.hk


    Moonzen Brewery

    Moonzen, “door gods” in Chinese, celebrates Chinese folklore and Hong Kong culture in their craft beer, drawing inspiration from Chinese mythology and using distinct flavours. Their hand-crafted beers can be found in stores and places like Strokes or Cheers The Tap Room, served in beautifully-illustrated bottles or signature golden gourd glasses. Better yet, head to their brewery to see how it’s all done, then hang out in the spacious tap room for a glass of their flagship Thunder God ale or a rich Moon Goddess chocolate stout.

    Where: 2A New East Sun Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong
    Contact: 3709 2829 or beer@moonzen.hk


    HK Island Taphouse

    Beer lovers, a visit to North Point is in order to check out the largest number of taps (40!) in Hong Kong at HK Island Taphouse, where they dole out craft beer favourites from Gweilo, Lucky Dawgs and Heroes Beer, among many others. It’s also where you can try nitro beer, made by adding nitrogen, giving way to much smaller bubbles to create a smoother, creamier beer-drinking experience.

    Where: 1A-1B Tsing Fung Street, North Poin
    Contact: 3705 9901 or info@hkitaphouse.com


    99 Bottles

    This small craft beer bar and shop in Soho is good for popping in for a quick pint and some bottles to take home, or when en route to other drinking spots in the area. There’s a great selection of craft beer from local breweries like Yardley Brothers, along with international brands. It’s often standing-room only, or you can park your butt on the pavement outside, as it’s all very relaxed around there.

    Where: 59A Peel Street, Central
    Contact: 9772 3053 or 9772 3053


    HK Brewcraft

    Locals who like to make their own beer as much as they like drinking it should get acquainted with HK Brewcraft. The homebrew store and bottle shop has all the homebrewing ingredients and equipment you need, and they also offer homebrewing workshops for novice brewers. Or let others do all the work and just stick with drinking by hitting up one of their monthly tasting workshops. Bring home the ones that struck your fancy, with 350+ craft beers to discover online and in-store.

    Where: 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central
    Contact: 5925 2739 or info@hkbrewcraft.com


    The Bottle Shop

    The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung specialises in international boutique beers, with claims to being the first retail store in Hong Kong with the largest variety of craft beers. You’ll take pleasure just strolling around the shop taking in all the foreign and local brands of craft beer, plus select spirits and wines. No worries if you’re not in Sai Kung, as they deliver to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories.

    Where: G/F, 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung
    Contact: 2791 1600 or shop@thebottleshop.hk



    The highly-rated beer shop known for its excellent selection of local and international craft beer sells more than 280 kinds of beer from the best breweries in the world. Knowledgeable staff help guide you through the constantly changing selection, which often includes obscure and limited edition options from the world of craft beer. Join their beer club and they’ll send 12 bottles a month, for 3 months, from a curated selection right to your home.

    Where: Shop D, G/F, 22-24 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
    Contact: 6274 3130 or info@craftissimo.hk

    This article was written by Nancy Matos, The HK HUB.
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    *Feature image by Little Creatures

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  24. Big Wave Bay, Sai Kung

    Wondering where to find a place in HK to really relax and unwind? Love camping or hiking? This is Hong Kong’s little paradise. It’s a bit of a trek to get there, but it’s worth it. The photos below were taken on two separate occasions.

    The first was at the start of November, beginning of winter, the weather was beautiful! The water was cold but not too cold for a quick dip. The second time was at the end of June and not advisable because of the heat. It was more like a beach holiday than a photography outing; the group of people I went with were all part of the Hong Kong Photography Club. Both occasions, we camped over night to capture sunset, night and sunrise.

    Big Wave Bay in Sai Kung is the total opposite of Big Wave Bay on Hong Kong Island. You are more likely to see cows than you are to see crowds of surfers and bikini clad models!


    How to get there? Click here: Big Wave Bay directions