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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!

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    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. 

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

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    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! 

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    Had some soothing Cantonese soup to wash away inner heat.

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    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!

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

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    Portuguese egg tarts were also available!!

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    Restaurant interior filled with plenty sunlight.

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    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!

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

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    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.

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    Enjoyed stunning ocean view even in the bath! 

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    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! 

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

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    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!

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

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    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!

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    These are all Ocean Front Panoramic View Rooms located.

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    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...

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

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    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. 

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    Different sauces to season the skewers to your liking.

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    Alaskan Crab Legs were only available during dinner time~

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    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!

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

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

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    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.

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    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. 

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

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    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... 

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

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    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. 班戟就像魔法一樣,令很多人都著迷,包括我在裡。上年和好友去大阪旅行時,特意品嚐了幸福pancake,吃過之後令人有一種幸福的感覺。想不到一年多後,幸福pancake終於來到了香港,想吃pancake的不用特意去日本都可以吃了。

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    不說不知道,原來幸福pancake在2014才開設其第一間分店,幾年期間,已經紅遍日本,現在更來了香港,可想而知她的魔力有多強勁呢。而裝備方面亦很有日式的味道,差點以為自己飛了去日本呢。


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    在日本吃過了原味,這次在香港,想試試其他味道,來了一份鹹的和一份甜的。
    先說鹹的,用上了全麥粉來做,pancake的口感更加豐富,而且多了一份麥香;起初會以為沒有醬汁會有點乾,但原來與蛋同吃,是半點乾的感覺也沒有。我選的是芝士奄列,多了一份芝士香,味道更加的棒。個人覺得喜歡鹹點的朋友是可以一試的。

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    而甜味的我則選了朱古力香蕉班戟,甜味pancake入口軟軟的,立刻令人有幸福的感覺,名符其實的為幸福pancake呢。本來以為加了朱古力會很膩,但因為這朱古力不會很甜,所以一點膩感也沒有,而且與香蕉十分的相配。而那鮮忌廉亦很香滑,班戟+朱古力+鮮忌廉,令人幸福度大大的提升!

    聽說另一款奶茶班戟配自家製榖麥亦很棒呢,喜歡奶茶的朋友不妨一試喔。

    A Happy Pancake 
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    大年初二吃御膳 @今助日本料理
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    新年伊始,大年初二跟隨家人出外走一趟,到了荃灣的D.PARK,已N年沒有踏足這地,商場翻身成為兒童專區,內裡有專賣小朋友和年青人商品的商舖、小型電動私家車、中庭空間設遊樂區「中央公園」和「鯨魚花園」等都充滿歡樂氣氛,真的很適合家長們帶小朋友來"放電"呀。

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    進座後店員很快就為我們擺放好餐具、熱茶及餐牌

    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。

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    顧客大多是情侶、夫婦或年青家庭

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    和紙燈飾和日系格局,舒服又光猛


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     單點食物,冷熱烏冬和烏冬鍋

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     御膳款式多而精彩

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     愛肉食者有日式炸豬扒、滑蛋豬扒或赤味噌豬扒,
    右手邊更有鍋物御膳,家人很感興趣,可惜年初二那天暫停售賣呀

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     四款熱辣辣的烏冬鍋膳配天婦羅、刺身或壽司,真的好適合寒溫下享用

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     切合商場以兒童為主題,這裡有兩款Kid's menu

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    刺身、丼和壽司,以這個定價,筆者會光顧另外的魚生專門店

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    望著餐牌經過一輪腦交戰,三客心水定食是讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳、讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳及讚岐風溫泉蛋撈烏冬天婦羅壽司御膳,有飯有烏冬,感覺好豐富呀。

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    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳 HK$140元

    每客御膳都包括味噌酒粕湯、茶碗蒸、刺身併盤,先來是讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳HK$140,天氣寒冷先來一碗味噌酒粕湯,先看湯色已知材料份量十足,味噌味加入暖胃酒粕,濃郁而不過鹹,內裡有豆腐皮、蒟蒻、蔥花和豆腐,喝完後全身暖和,好舒服。

    茶碗蒸內傳來陣陣香濃冬菇味道,更有雞肉,蛋夠香滑,個人感覺質地過稀,可以做得紮實一點,鹹度偏重,質素平平。

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    迷你刺身分別是三文魚、鱆紅魚和大甜蝦,前兩者厚度適中,鱆紅魚新鮮軟滑,魚味不弱,三文魚無筋啖啖肥美油潤,甜蝦爽甜舔滑,蝦腦甘香。

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    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!

    冷烏冬一盆份量很多,面頭撒滿紫菜,賣相精美,在旁附設專用汁料,按個人喜好隨意加入柚子皮、蔥花、薑蓉和白芝麻粒,湯汁味道即時變得精彩多層次,選用幼身烏冬,爽滑煙韌又掛汁。

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    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳 HK$140元

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    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。

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    讚岐風溫泉蛋撈烏冬天婦羅壽司御膳HK$135元

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    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。

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    五件壽司分別是三文魚、吞拿魚、帶子、鱆紅魚和鰻魚,喜歡壽司飯緊緻度拿捏得好,飯粒醋味適中,當中帶子厚肉鮮甜,好吃!

    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!

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    最開心還是可以與家人至親一起過節、遊玩和分享啊?

    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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    今助日本料理Imasuke Japanese Restaurant
    地址:荃灣青山公路荃灣段398號愉景新城1樓1019號舖
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  4. Since Tsuta opened, there are now two branches.
    At Causeway Bay, they have just launched the new Teriyaki Chicken Soba and Teriyaki Spicy Chicken Soba along with Deep fried chicken and some gyozas.
    Chicken is much nicer compared to pork so I had to try it and the soba they use is slightly different to ones they use in the Shio Soba as it is thinner.

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    Same as the other sobas, you can choose how many pieces of chicken, egg etc in your soba.
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    IT IS CONFUSING HERE BECAUSE THE CHINESE MENU SAYS RAMEN WHEREAS THE ENGLISH MENU SAYS SOBA.
    ANYWAY FOR THE CHICKEN THE ENGLISH MENU SAYS SOBA.

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    To summarize, the Teriyaki Chicken is quite sweet and the non spicy one has a stronger chicken taste in the broth.
    For the spicy one, this one was interesting, if you eat it just as it is you get the spiciness but after you add the tomato paste in the broth it becomes more appetizing and brings out the chicken!!!!!
    The fried chicken was good for sharing if one ramen isn't too enough for you but then they also have large ramens.

    [蔦 Tsuta]
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  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.

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    家住荃灣市中心,想吃自助餐,但又不想跨區,通常只有兩個選擇,就是到荃灣兩家較大的酒店。兩家酒店中,悅來很久之前試過,另一定如心海景酒店的Café Circles這天終於有機會一試。

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    我在數年前嚐過如心海景酒店七樓的如粵滬中菜廳,超美的海景,遠望藍巴勒海峽,環境非常優美。這天來到更高的九樓餐廳Café Circles,遺憾天色已入黑,無緣重溫那無敵美景。

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    雖不是坐窗邊,不過這晚的「亞太海鮮盛宴自助晚餐」定價真心便宜,成人星期一至四只需$428,平日跨區外出吃自助餐,如再計算車費成本更高,所以不想舟居勞頓,或許留區消費會是更好的選擇。

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    Café Circles位於如心海景酒店九樓,一進餐廳,馬上就被門口那張長木桌吸引眼球。細心一看,原來那是由原木造成的、沒有駁口的長桌,能坐24人以上!若有大型家庭或朋友聚會,會是個不錯的選擇吧。

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    再內進餐廳,就看到正中央的食物區,款式比預期的多,而且鄰近大部份座位,十分方便。

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    先說飲品區,現在很多自助餐都不設飲品、限定一杯又或需另收費用,這裡的果汁奶茶咖啡全部自助任飲,方便貼心。

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    自助沙律吧當然不缺,想健康一點,先來少許清新沙律會是個好選擇。

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    沙律吧旁邊就是冷海鮮區,很多人吃自助餐就是為了吃海鮮,Café Circles的供應的海鮮種類大路,當天就有蟹腳熟蝦青口小龍蝦翡翠螺,個人覺得最好吃的是蟹腳,質素很好,以這價錢來說是有驚喜。

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    在海鮮區旁的是cold cut凍肉區,款式也是比預期的多,有些也是不常見的,例如黑椒吞拿魚燒釀雞卷豬肉啫喱等。

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    日式壽司款式更多,有生的也有熟的,小朋友和老人家也不愁沒有選擇。

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    想吃日式料理,還有對面的刺身冷麵,刺身質素中規中矩,但勝在即叫即切,個人覺得最好是甜蝦,值得encore。

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    熟食熱葷則主要在餐廳的最裡面,香口的煎炸物都放在一起,就連焗釀蟹蓋都有。個人最喜蔗蝦魚餅,肉質彈牙,不比泰式餐廳差。

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    湯品除了常客忌廉湯,還有自助餐少見的酸辣湯

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    熟食中還有很吸引我的自家製明爐燒味叉燒賣相不錯,味道也合格,其他如燒雞燒肉也不差,當然吃肉多難以回本,但美食當前,又是我喜歡的,淺嚐少許也不錯。

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    平心而論,這裡的熟食比冷盤出色,而且款式有驚喜。龍蝦伊麵是這晚的最佳熱葷,龍蝦已切成小件,上湯充滿龍蝦味,讓人忍不住再添。蒜蓉粉絲蒸扇貝是另一亮點,粉絲盡吸精華,拌飯最佳。另外如牛肉咖哩魷魚筒燒羊架也不差,如果和家人長輩同行,應該能滿足他們。

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    餐廳中央有蓋即煮區可說是熟食區的靈魂,長期有數位廚師駐守,確保能第一時間招呼人客。

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    這區大部份供應的都是即煮菜式,其中一款是海鮮窩。不過這晚太飽,這一款就沒試了。

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    即煮粉麵也在這邊,材粉款式頗多,看來十分不錯。

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    烤牛肉就在即煮粉麵旁邊,不過這天我吃到的一塊有點過熟,生一點應該會較好。

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    拐個小彎,竟然看到即煎潮式蠔餅!雖然味道似蛋餅,不是我喜歡的那種酥香炸蠔餅,不過能在自助餐中遇到,我也是非常開心的。

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    最後壓軸出場了!其實坐下不久,侍應已經告訴過我們,大約730左右會有現場芝士燒珍寶蠔,看著師傅把釀好芝士的珍寶蠔一隻一隻放在爐上下火即燒,全場即時興奮!

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    芝士燒珍寶蠔是沒有每人限額的,但每次只可取一隻,取完可再排隊。蠔的大小看來十分驚人,因為蠔殼竟和我的手掌差不多大!不過把芝士翻開後原來內裡是兩隻蠔來的,怪不得那麼大了。雖然芝士和忌廉的味道很不錯,但蠔的味道卻有點腥,淺嚐少許就好。

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    正當我們吃著芝士燒珍寶蠔的時候,侍應卻送來一份芝士焗龍蝦鐵板燒鵝肝!原來這是每份客人一人一份的,鵝肝和龍蝦份量都很大,這個價錢的自助餐有龍蝦、鵝肝和珍寶蠔是很超值!

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    最後,當然要介紹一下甜品區。

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    吃甜品之前,不妨看看這裡的Cheese Platter,四款芝士,可配點葡萄和餅乾。

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    這裡的甜點走小巧路線,而且貫徹款式眾多,綠茶芝士餅芒果椰子慕絲伯爵朱古力奶凍草莓乳酪蛋糕藍莓杏仁金寶等,味道不算太甜,多試幾款也不怕。

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    甜品分散在餐廳每一個角落,個人認為這晚最好的甜品都集中在甜品凍櫃這邊。雪耳冰糖杏仁蛋白燉奶軟滑且奶香十足,上面加添少許燕窩點綴,輕易成為這晚的最佳甜品。其他三款奶凍都非常香滑,總括而言是我這晚流連得最多的地方。

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    甜品凍櫃旁邊還有雪糕車,供應的是港人大愛的Häagen-Dazs,而這晚更有平常只能在超市家庭裝才有的香蕉味雪糕!二話不說馬上拿了一個,開心!

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    對了,這裡還有朱古力噴泉,也是我家小朋友最感興奮的地方!

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    最後,值得一提的是自助晚餐訂座八位或以上可獲贈至尊巨型肉眼扒,而且是由侍應即場在你面前切好奉上。這照片是鄰桌享用是拍的,如果人多來Café Circles,優惠的確很吸引。

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    Café Circles自助餐價目如下:
    每位星期一至四:成人$428,小童/長者$358
    星期五至日及公眾假期:成人$478,小童/長者$388

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    一分錢一分貨,平心而論,這裡的食物款式很多,味道平均,偶爾會有一兩款較為出色的款式。以荃灣這個舊區來說,個人認為這裡十分適合街坊們扶老攜幼一家人吃一頓自助餐,因為這裡的熟食尤其出色,甜品也很不錯,而且更有海景相伴,一定能滿足家中各人的不同要求。

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    Café Circles
    日期:2018/09/07
    地址:荃灣楊屋道8號香港如心海景酒店暨會議中心9樓
    推介:6/10

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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.

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    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.

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    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!!!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.
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    Coincidentally, we sat at the same table as last time right by the Invader wall.
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    The Bernardaud plates designed by Prune Nourry and JR are still a prominent part of the table decor at Bibo. 
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    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. 
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    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!). 
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    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. 
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    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). 
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    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. 
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    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. 
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    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!
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    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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    Bibo
    163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
    Tel: +852 2956 3188
    http://www.bibo.hk/#new-page




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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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




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  10. 初抵德國,第一站不是首都柏林而是科隆,還要下大雨,雖然如此亦無阻我要吃德國鹹豬手的決心,經過搜索後就絕對去這間Haxenhaus,是在舊城區的一間老店。



    既然是在舊城區的老店,環境老舊好像是常識(不對),油漆都剝落了最少也修補一下吧?

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    發現傳說中的大鑼,敲下去是要請客的意思囉?

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    在德國豈能不喝啤酒呢?這個Gaffel是科隆的地道啤酒品牌,科隆啤酒有一個專有名詞叫Kölsch,是上層常溫發酵的啤酒…詳細就查Google吧。這啤酒味道跟顏色一樣很清,酒味不強帶點微酸,夏天喝整個人就是爽。

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    餐具放在很可愛的木桶裡,這個木桶跟插海盜那個玩具有87%相像。

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    豬手以超乎想像的速度上菜,明顯不會是即點即做,這麼大隻豬手如果是現做我想要四十五分鐘吧?這道菜是Pork knuckle Kölner Art,似乎是科隆獨有的做法,其特點是在豬手上鋪有芝士,慶幸這裡是德國,沒有出現邪惡拉絲,但另一方面芝士真的只是鋪在上面,並沒有跟豬手有甚麼關連,頂多就是黏著豬皮而已。芝士的鹹香味頗濃郁,有點像車打芝士。豬皮由於厚度偏厚,焗出來偏向硬身多於脆口了。豬肉的味道就偏鹹,配啤酒可以但更應該減鹽。另外似乎焗豬手的時間太長,肉汁很少肉質也乾柴,我覺得我在捷克吃到的還更好吃。

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    雖然我對這評價不高,但既然是當地名物,吃個一次也不太過份,鹹豬手喎﹗有邊個男人唔想?


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  11. mentyyu
    Latest Entry
    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.

    WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG: www.gustobeats.com
    Please give a LIKE to my Facebook Page !You can also fine me on Weibo/ Twitter/ /Instagram/ Openrice/ Ufood through Home Page links.

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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





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  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.

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    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.
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    From the packet, it says they manufactured by Pepsico India Holdings.
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    Where am I? #mtr #LeiTung #station is also on the tiny island of #ApLeiChau in #HongKong. This #mtrstation is on the new #HK MTR #SouthIslandLine.  #hkig #sign

    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!

    See you all at http://www.spotthefood.com

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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong
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  17. 老饕們可以對德式肉腸、豬手不屑一顧,但絕不能否則德國啤酒的地位。以慕尼黑為首的啤酒節 (Oktoberfest) 最初起源於1810年,至今已有二百多年,在香港/有27年歷史,而在澳門,原來也來到第十屆了!

       

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    得蒙澳門旅遊局邀請,本週四參加了第十屆「美高梅澳門德國啤酒節」(10.18-10.29);以往九屆澳門啤酒節都是在澳門半島的 美高梅 進行,海景雖美,但地方始終不大。今年活動移師本年 2月開幕的 美獅美高梅 舉行,地方更大、氣氛更好,是個不可多得的德式慶典! 

     

     

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    這場盛會改在美獅美高梅一樓平台舉行,在視博廣場內,到處可見啤酒節的清晰指示牌,而在前往啤酒節的途中、盛焰 58 的門外,還可見到傳統德式服裝的女郎在笑臉恭候;而抵達現場後,還有招牌 MGM 獅子與大家打招呼,也可以找牠合照哦~

     

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    新場地比之前大多了,而且今年幾個颱風過去、天氣轉涼後,才迎來氣氛濃厚的啤酒節;在這裡無論是喝酒還是跳舞,都感到特別清爽舒適,是為天公造美也!

     

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    正是因為場地大了,場內新增了不同的攤位遊戲,愛玩的朋友不妨去測試一下自己的技術/手氣,如幸運的話還有機會換領可愛的獅子精品哦!

     

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    偏心的覺得 MGM 獅子超帥氣漂亮;雖然技不如人,贏不到牠回家,但在場內留一張合照總是好的。獅子,我們一起來為第十屆美高梅澳門德國啤酒節 Prost (德文的乾杯)!

     

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    除了傳統德國盧雲堡啤酒 Löwenbräu($170入場門票已包一杯啤酒或飲品),啤酒節當然少不了 Oktoberfest Bretz'n ($80),也即是我們熟悉的 Pretzel 來伴酒;夠多人的話,也十分推介 Bayrische Wurstplate ($200),內容包括德國凍肉、醃熏火腿、肝醬、甘布左拉芝士、酸黃瓜、雞尾洋蔥、小紅蘿蔔、黑稞麥麵包及牛油,每一款都很好吃!

     

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    特別一提,2018年是「美高梅澳門德國啤酒節」的十周年,也是澳門美食年。隨著由慕尼黑遠道而來的 Högl Fun 樂隊再度親臨,並獻上表演,以及主禮嘉賓包括何超瓊女士致詞、剪綵並祝酒後,第十屆澳門啤酒節正式展開!Prost!

     

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    歡樂的啤酒派對,怎可缺少強勁的音樂?啤酒節中 Högl Fun 樂隊會落力為大家演唱,除了多首熟悉的德國歌曲,他們更特別為啤酒節創作主題曲「您好,澳門!」,以廣東話語句配上輕快歡樂的旋律,帶來一陣又一陣的高潮!想感受現場歡樂氣氛,可 按此收看 影片。

     

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    Högl Fun 的音樂太有感染力了,有看影片的話,就會知道場內可愛的啤酒女郎,也會跟著聞歌起舞;見到她們歡慶投入的模樣,甜魔媽媽一顆大媽心,也跟著她們一起舞動起來!XD

     

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    歡樂過後,肚子有點空隙,不如來試試 Schlachtplatte für 2 雙人德國特色併盤 ($400)?內容十分豐富包括燒豬手、燒雞半隻、圖林根香腸、紐倫堡豬肉腸、恰德國牛仔腸、薯蓉、酸椰菜及甜芥末,真的只是二人份量嗎?我抱懷疑態度,但味道無庸置疑是很好的!

     

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    甚麼?甜牙齒未夠滿足?來份美高梅黑森林蛋糕 ($80) 或是焗巴伐琳蘋果批配香草醬 ($80),應該滿足了;尚有更多美酒美食選擇,可參考 酒店網站。啤酒節另設10月28日家庭同樂日,以及酒店從業員同樂日,大家也一起投入這德式慶典吧!

     

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    今篇也順便記錄啤酒節前,在 Coast 濤岸 的午餐;加洲風味的餐廳環境迷人、氣氛又輕鬆;本年七月入住時,曾在這裡吃過 豐盛自助早餐,留下很好的印象,原來午餐也非常出色!

     

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    首先奉上的不是免費麵包籃,而是可口的爆谷;上面加了橄欖油及巴馬臣芝士粉,有特色又好吃。接著品嚐店內招牌推介的 羽衣甘藍沙律配烤南瓜及石榴籽 Kale with Roasted Pumpkin and Pomegranate Seeds ($88),營養豐富的羽衣甘藍口感難得不嚡,拌上又是非常有益的南瓜粒、石榴籽,以及沙律醬後,味道清新怡人,是款集健康與美味於一身的頭盤。

     

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    主菜選了又是招牌的 烤牛脊扒配黑豆、牛油果莎莎 Grilled Skirt Steak with Black Beans and Avocado Salsa ($288);牛脊扒肉質不及西冷、肉腿柔嫩,卻勝在肉味濃厚又有嚼頭,配上牛油果莎莎醬料,滋味豐富迷人,底下還有不少健康黑豆增加飽肚感。


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    甜品選了招牌推介的 菠蘿薄片配椰子雪葩及熱情果 Pineapple Carpaccio with Coconut Sorbet and Passion Fruit ($68),口味清新之極,加上一壺幽香伯爵茶,實在是飽餐後最佳選擇!

     

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    整體十分出色的一頓,下次大家遊澳門想找氣氛輕鬆的高質西餐,懂得怎樣選了吧?

     

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    第十屆美高梅澳門德國啤酒節

    活動                                 日期及時間                                      門票價格* 

    美高梅澳門德國啤酒節 10 月 18 – 20日、22 – 29日               澳門幣170元

                                                     下午6時至凌晨12時

    家庭同樂日                         10 月 28日 上午11時至下午3時        澳門幣170元

    酒店從業員同樂日         10 月 20日 上午11時至下午3時      澳門幣100元

    *入場門票含指定飲品一杯。9歲或以下兒童可免費入場。

     

    美獅美高梅 MGM Cotai

    地址:澳門路氹體育館大馬路

    電話:(853) 8806 8888

    Facebook:MGM 美高梅 (MGM COTAI 美獅美高梅)

     

    濤岸 Coast

    地址:澳門路氹城體育館大馬路美獅美高梅地舖

    電話:(853) 88062328

    Facebook:MGM 美高梅 (Coast 濤岸)

     

    ** 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.

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

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    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!

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

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    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!

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

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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??

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    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!

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    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

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  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。

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    Club Albergue 1601

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    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!

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    千島醬小紅蝦配生菜

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    青檸醬汁醃小紅蝦配珍珠洋蔥及酸瓜

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    蟹肉黑蟹籽酥盒

    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!

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    經典雞尾酒小紅蝦

    一份「小紅蝦海膽多士」,墨汁法包製成,小紅蝦非常鮮甜。另外亦有「香辣小紅蝦墨西哥夾餅」、「小紅蝦濃湯」。

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    小紅蝦海膽多士

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    香辣小紅蝦墨西哥夾餅

    之後有小朋友都啱食既「炸小紅蝦薯波」,薯波炸得金黃脆口,薯蓉綿滑,外脆內軟;個人就比較鍾意「喇沙汁小紅蝦酥皮撻」,喇沙汁好濃好野味,酥皮撻亦都做得好脆身。

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    炸小紅蝦薯波

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    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!

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    法式寶雲酥小紅蝦

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    小紅蝦意大利粉

    食到差唔多飽飽既時候,侍應就捧上三款餐廳招牌菜式。「烤乳豬釀飯」既煙紅椒粉味好特出,乳豬皮脆肉嫩,肥肉均勻,冇豬既腥味,做得好出色!

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    烤乳豬釀飯

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    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。

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    1601 意式海鮮飯

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    黑椒薯蓉

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    馬鈴薯, 牛奶, 忌廉, 牛油, 黑胡椒, 洋蔥, Gravy

    最後以簡單既「迷你甜品拼盤」結束;吉士泡芙、朱古力慕絲蛋糕,芝士蛋糕既檸檬味好清新,餅底保持脆身。

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    朱古力慕絲蛋糕, 芝士蛋糕

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    吉士泡芙

    配埋一杯齋啡就完美了~

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    黑咖啡

    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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    香港便のフライトではなるべく香港映画を観るようにします。
    香港映画は日本で上映しないものが多いですからね。観られるチャンスがあるときは観る!
    今回、私はANAで行きましたが機内で『我的情敵女婿(A Beautiful Moment)』という映画を鑑賞しました。
    2018年のお正月映画だった作品です。お正月映画は「賀歲片」と言います。
    香港では毎年旧正月に合わせて「賀歲片」が上映されます。
    大体はみんなが知っているスターが出演して、笑いあり、恋愛あり、人情ありといった娯楽映画。日本で言うところの寅さん映画みたいな感じかな。

    ストーリーは・・・
    精神科医の鍾嘉寶(カリーナ・ラウ)は2人の娘を持つ母親。下の娘ヤンヤン(ミシェル・ワイ)が結婚したいと連れてきた相手は、かつての恋人、梁華生(サイモン・ヤム)だった・・・。
    という母親と娘と三角関係になる(?)ラブコメディ。
    カリーナとサイモンは25年ぶりの共演だとか!サイモン・ヤム、大好きなんだ!!『PTU』からのファンです!!!

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    私、カリーナのInstagramフォローしてます!この人、どんどん綺麗になってない?
    50歳超えたよね?身体もすごく締まってるし肌も綺麗。美魔女化してる!!

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    サイモン・ヤムもおっちゃんになったなぁと思うけど、やっぱりカッコいい。香港人のカッコいいおっちゃん!

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    二人が昔を思い出しながら一夜だけデートするシーン。トラム120号に乗ってます!香港の街を歩いていると、こういう撮影シーンに出くわすチャンスがあるからワクワクしますね。
    (一度も遭遇したことないけどさ・・・)

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    2人が若い頃によくデートで使っていたお店という設定で出たのが、私がお気に入りの茶餐廳だった!
    思わず「うわっ!あそこじゃんっ!!!」って心の中ではしゃいでしまいました。
    湾仔の『德如茶餐廳』は2年前に偶然見つけたお店ですが、香港式ミルクティーが絶品です!!この前行けばよかったー。行きのフライトでこの映画を観ていたら、滞在中に絶対行ったのに!!
    (鑑賞したのは帰国便でした・・・とほほ)

    ◆湾仔の路地裏で絶品ミルクティー発見!~ 德如茶餐廳(2016/2/29記事)
    https://hongkongunchiku.blogspot.com/2016/02/blog-post_29.html

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    (Record Chinaより引用)
    こんな感じで撮影したんですねぇ・・・。

    そしてお正月映画の醍醐味は出演者。本当にいろんなスターがチョイ出演するんです。何人知っているスターが出演しているでしょうね。

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    私が大好きなニコラス・ツェのお父様、謝賢(パトリック・ツェ)も出演してました!
    もう82歳なんですね。久々の映画出演のようですが、今回はギャンブラー役だよー。

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    これまた私が大好きな女優、羅蘭(ローラン)さんも!上品なおばあちゃんから下町のおばあちゃんまで演じられる、でもとても素敵な女優さん。日本で言うと・・・草笛光子さんのような女優さんだろうか。「桃さんのしあわせ」にも出演していました。

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    歌手の容祖兒(ジョイ・ヨン)も出演!彼女ももうアラフォーなんですねぇ。

    と、これだけではありませんが、あちこちに「あれ?この人観たことある!」なスターがワサワサと出演しています。

    映画の予告編はこちら!


    映画自体はテンポが速くて、笑いが盛りだくさん。ストーリー性よりも娯楽重視なのでそのあたりはご了承を。それでもやっぱり楽しめるのがお正月映画です。
    まだDVD化されていないようですが、またゆっくり観たいなぁ。

    香港映画ってさ、知ってる風景がたくさんでそれだけでも嬉しいのに、行ったことあるお店が映っていたりすると余計にテンションあがりますよね。

    香港便のフライトは香港映画を観るべしべし!


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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
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    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
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    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.
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    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



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    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

     

    65Peel

    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

     

    Craftissimo

    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.
    Nancy writes for
    The HK HUB, the first place you go to find out what’s happening in Hong Kong.

    *Feature image by Little Creatures


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  23. 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

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    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
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    Me @ Feel Fit Factory

    TL;DR

    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,
    xx


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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!

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

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