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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. 相信有不少香港人喜歡吃buffet,而對於我來說,我胃口已經沒從前的大,所以食量已經細了不少(但體重沒有下降=__=)。即使buffet供應的食物的很多,但其實我根本吃不下,所以我寧願貴精不貴多。這天,與加人們來到Forte,品嚐semi-buffet,semi-buffet對我來說是比較吸引的,因為main course的質量一般都不錯,好吃比種類多更重要吧。

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    冷盤方面的選擇都不少,有長腳蟹、麵包蟹、生蠔、蝦、青口和螺等,每款海鮮都很新鮮,大家不要錯過呢。


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    溫泉蛋、凍豆腐

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    另外亦有壽司和刺身,選擇都有不少;喜歡吃刺身和壽司的朋友可以吃多點呢。

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    亦有數款cold cut

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    我很喜歡吃沙律,這裡有超多沙律的配料呢;醬料方面的選擇都不少,怕肥的我當然用油醋呢,雖然都有油,但沒醬肥膩吧。

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    另外亦有越式春卷、魚餅和雞塊。

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    Buffet又怎少得芝士呢,雖然種類不算太多,但吃吃也是不錯的。



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    雖然自助枱沒有熱盤,但亦有一系列的即製熱盤;這份青口十分的惹味呢。

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    最喜歡這種carbonara,一定有足夠的芝士味呢!

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    烤焗加州鱈魚柳 
    吃過一系列的頭盤後,是時候到main course,main course的選擇有超多,無論你喜歡豬牛羊雞或魚都家能滿足你,牛的選擇還要是超多的。先吃這份鱈魚柳,鱈魚魚肉鮮嫩,充滿了油香,亦十分香滑,喜歡吃魚的定會喜歡呢。

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    香草蜜糖火焰烤雞
    另一份主食選了雞,這可不是一般的雞呢,是一隻火焰雞,未上枱已經教人興奮呢;上枱前先燒一燒,味道更香更棒;侍應會幫忙把雞切好才送上來,看似不大的雞,但切開後是超大的! 雞雞皮脆肉嫩,雞味濃郁,還有數款伴菜呢。

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    醬燒美國豚肋骨
    我去到那裡都很喜歡吃豚肋骨,這份有點不一樣之處是肉質比較結實,但亦保留了軟腍的肉質;脂肪度不少,燒烤醬十分美味,帶甜香;而這份肋骨的份量是超大的,雖然是二人享用,但份量大得兩個人根本吃不光呢,而我只吃了一條骨已經很飽了。

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    雖然已經很飽,但都不能不吃甜點呢。甜點的種類很多,大概總有一款你會喜歡吧。而我則喜歡吃奶凍,另外還有Häagen Dazs,味道亦有數款可選,實在吸引呢。

    價錢方面,星期一至買成人每位$428+10%,小童$228+10%;使用信用卡更有85折,折後$400左右,以這樣的質素,算是十分抵食呢!

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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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    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. AMMO - A short form for Asia, Modern, Museum and Original, AMMO is an award-winning, contemporary tapas bar and restaurant located in the stunning heritage site of a former 19th century explosives compound.

    As well as explosives, the name AMMO makes me think of ammunition and soldiers in camouflage.

    If it wasn't for the [AMMO x B.Duck Round the World Afternoon Tea], I wouldn't have visited this lovely spot hidden at the back of Admiralty.

    I knew I was going to like the tea set because it had donuts, scones and burgers.

    The adorable B.Duck has floated to AMMO this summer!

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    From now to 31st Aug, travel around the world with B.Duck at AMMO with sweet & savoury treats that represent the different countries.
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    Sweet Treats:
    Japan - Matcha Tiramisu
    Singapore - Sugar Cane Donuts
    France - B.Duck Macarons
    Korea - Mini Strawberry Ice Cream
    England - Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream

    Savoury Treats:
    United States - Mini USDA Beef Cheese Burgers
    China - Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce
    Mexico - Mini Beef Tacos

    When you arrive, there are some cute B.Duck mugs on table for you to choose when having tea where you also get to choose from the tray of tea forte tea bags.
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    The tea set was just adorable especially the cute burgers and strawberry icecream so the whole thing was easily instaworthy.
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    As always, I always eat the savoury items first and evidently I liked the burgers as they were tasty.
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    In the Sweet selection, I liked the variety as it was all my favourite items such as scones and donuts.
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    The Sugar Cane donuts were yellow inside with golden jam so they were a little different from English donuts which are white inside.

    All the items were not too sweet which was impressive,
    It was just fun placing the burger and macaron side by side.
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    You get to take home the special edition angelic white AMMO x B.Duck floating duck! (first come first served basis while stocks last.)
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    After having the [AMMO x B.Duck Round the World Afternoon Tea], you can join the hunt and win a [Round the World B.Duck Money Bank] worth $268.
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    Only one prize issued each day so be the first to win or be quacked!!
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    The hunt is great way to explore the stunning heritage site of the former 19th century explosives compound.
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     One of the ten ducks that you have to find!
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    By showing the [B.Duck Round the World Afternoon Tea] receipt, you can enjoy 15% discount off B.Duck products at Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
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    Date: From now till 31/08/2018
    Location: Asia Society HK Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, HK

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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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    不經不覺,北角星級中菜廳「粵」已經十週年,更厲害的是當中連續五年「粵」都獲得米芝蓮一星榮譽。

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    為慶祝餐廳十週年,「粵」特意推出了以粵菜十種烹調技巧處理的「粵菜名饌宴」,讓大家好好品嚐粵菜真味。十種技巧分別是煎、炆、蒸、炒、燉、煮、炸、燴、煀、扣,這天受到公關邀請,率先來到「粵」試試其中的幾款,感受一下粵菜的千變萬化。

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    第一道菜式「煎」,濃杏汁煎花膠已經先聲奪人,原片大花膠要煎香但不煎濃,時間和火候非常重要,「粵」的行政總廚賴正成師傅率領的團隊就有這份功力。最驚喜的是伴花膠的特濃雞汁和杏汁,這特濃雞汁之前已經在這裡試過,是以原隻鮮雞煮後只取雞油雞汁而成,和杏汁竟比奇地匹配,絕對色香味俱全,精彩。

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    第二道菜是「炆」的炆鮑魚鵝掌,也是很多香港人喜愛的菜式。鮑魚經四小時炆煮後非常軟腍,和充滿金華火腿香的鵝掌配合得絲絲入扣,是粵菜中的經典菜式。

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    接下來是「炒」,晶瑩剔透的玉簪玻璃蝦球,事前功夫一點都不少。師傅先把蝦背穿上火腿條、冬菇條和幼菜心,讓蝦球看起來像枝玉簪。接下來炒製也是真功夫,師傅要好好控製火候,才能把蝦球炒得晶瑩爽嫩,而又能保持玉簪形狀。爽彈蝦球帶點金華火腿的咸香,讓人不忍這麼快吃光光。

    蝦球旁的是「炸」物酥香燒雲腿,是餐廳特意每人一小片準備給我們試試。雲腿先裹後炸,裹衣香脆,咬開咸香四溢,若喜歡雲腿必定滿意。要注意的是正常點菜一客會有數片,怕太咸的話最好等人多少點此菜吧。

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    這晚的「煮」,是牛肝菌煮和牛面頰,這道菜的精髓個人覺得是以牛肝菌、西芹、洋蔥、紅蘿蔔等煮成的醬汁。牛面頰先稍作炆煮,然後才和醬汁一同慢煮,讓牛面頰慢慢吸收醬汁,也慢慢變得軟腍,和普遍西餐加入紅酒來煮牛面頰的味道截然不同,但同樣好吃。

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    「粵菜名饌宴」的十道菜中,當然少不了一點翠綠。鮮蟹肉燴明珠是「燴」的代表,冬瓜刮成圓球狀的「明珠」,再以蟹肉蟹羔同燴,「明珠」吸引蟹肉湯汁,多吃幾顆也不覺膩。

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    最後甜品是仙翁露,據說流行於五、六十年代的香港壽宴之中。我雖不年輕但也從沒聽過試過,「粵」特意採購相關材料,好讓大家能一同慶祝「粵」的十週年壽宴。仙翁米既黑且小但嚼勁十足,有長壽之意,是好意頭的甜品。

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    「粵菜名饌宴」由即日起至七月底供應,預先訂座更有折扣優惠,想試的話要把握機會了!

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    日期:2018/06/13
    地址:北角城市花園道9號城市花園酒店1樓
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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. 雖然all day breakfast是英國名菜(?),但這種東西集大成的東西真是誰都會做,像葡萄牙就同樣有一種吃一個就超過一天熱量的菜式,甚至比英國的all day breakfast更高卡路里。

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    這個叫Francesinha的食物跟all day breakfast其實沒有半點關係(除了同樣高卡路里),樣子有點像法蘭西多士,葡語Francesinha翻譯出來是法國鬥牛犬,在一九六零年代於Porto誕生。來看看材料,麵包雞蛋芝士是離不開的,然後是肉、肉、還有肉,再加個醬汁和薯條,看圖都已經飽了。

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    既然是大製作,價錢應該會稍高吧?其實只要9.5歐左右,我覺得價錢挺合理啊。

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    如果說流心芝士拉絲很邪惡的話,這個Francesinha A Santiago應該是更強的Boss了。光是薯條份量就比得上麥當勞的中薯條,醬汁又鋪滿整件Francesinha,實在是看得出的罪惡感。Francesinha的醬汁各有做法,但啤酒是必須的材料,另外多數會用到蕃茄,所以這醬汁酸甜中又帶點麥芽香,挺討我歡心。

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    切開裡面一看,都是肉﹗看餐牌包括Salsicha fresca新鮮香腸、 Linguiça煙燻香腸、bife牛肉、mortadela意式肉腸、fiambre冷切,誇張吧﹗由於各種肉類全部重疊在一起,造就成複錯綜複雜的旅程,mortadela的爽脆、牛扒的結實、香腸的香料…令味蕾應接不暇,再加上加熱至融化的芝士,滿足度爆燈。

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    究竟這個Francesinha是否如想像的高熱量?我十二點吃完這個去到七點都沒有餓的感覺,你說呢?


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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. Basically Egg puffs / Eggettes / Egg waffles in Biscuit form.
    As well as this brand, there is a better and cuter version by Calbee which is smaller in size.

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  14. Kay
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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.

    Island Shangri-La

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


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  17. 暑期的生活總是特別充實~上週六甜魔媽媽除了萬豪派對、沙田凱悅住宿計劃,晚上還有一場 house-warming!然而百忙之中,也抽空在中午出席了康怡廣場的家長講座【教育孩子可以不一樣】,勾起不少兩兄妹未來升學發展的反思~

     

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    從來都很感恩這對活寶既愛吃又健壯,而早餐是一天精神動力的來源,這天早上抵達商場、開始活動前,當然要一起吃頓大早餐;這早就成了兩兄妹的假日福利~

     

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    原來 饗和民的早餐 十分抵食又不設加一,就成了我們的選擇,超大的一碗通粉或麵連上兩人愛吃的火腿炒蛋,只是$28,額外加杯果汁也不過$5,兩兄妹都吃得非常飽足!

     

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    不過Matthew始終對邪惡食物情有獨鍾,這天的選擇也是不健康的公仔麵... 媽媽只好教導他:偶一為之不要緊,但同時也要多吃健康食物來平衡,像這天的蔬菜一定要給我吃光!

     

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    兩人吃早餐的速度及份量都十分驚人,早餐後講座前,我們也到M層怒拍巨型八爪魚裝置;另一邊大堂更佈置成潛水艇,宛如帶小朋友及家庭遊歷深海之中,探索有關海洋的小知識。

     

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    這天兩口子也與兩兄妹透過「潛水艇」的「潛望鏡」,分享學習了世上最大的鯊魚及魚類是鯨鯊(我還一直以為是藍鯨呢...),可以長達12.65米;而另一龐然巨物的藍鯨,則是最大的鯨魚和哺乳類動物,單是心臟就有400磅,有5個Matthew那麼重呢!

     

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    商場夏日狂想曲的活動並不限於此,下週六(7月28日)會有「親子靜觀工作坊」,與父母一同製作魔法安靜瓶,學習情緒管理,增進親子關係;8月4日則有『世界另一端』VR生活體驗及『小恩大惠』工作坊,讓小朋友體驗發展中國家的生活狀况,學習珍惜所擁有的東西。最緊張的壓軸活動則是「康怡至叻小明星大賽」,勝出者還有獎學金哦!

     

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    咦,為什麼兩兄妹突然化身小魔怪?原來顧客於康怡廣場消費滿指定金額,「讚好」及「追蹤」康怡廣場 Facebook  Instagram,即可換領特別版狂想小魔怪筆袋。天馬行空的兩兄妹拿到筆袋後,先是放上臉扮魔怪,接著又拉開魔怪「嘴巴」扮被咬,超欣賞他們的創意!

     

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    兩兄妹這份「創意」以及「勇於嘗試」,則與由康怡聯同慈善教育團體「教育燃新」及「教育大同」舉行的講座內容不謀而合:講者藉著芬蘭、德國多個地方的教育制度,說明看見孩子的不同可能,是十分的重要,還有和平世界是始於善養小孩等意念。

     

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    說真的,兩口子從來不同意讀書及成績最重要,但香港傳統學校的氣圍就是這樣子。而讀書要講天分,正好Matthew暫時還算適應小學生活及要求,但Chloe就很令人擔心了;因為相比哥哥甚至同齡小孩,她明顯有閱讀障礙,英文及數學等符號很易倒轉來寫,左右結構的中文字如自己的姓「郭」,有時也會倒轉寫。不難想像,她認字及寫字都超弱,幼稚園的簡單功課尚能勉強完成,去到小學就慘了!其實妹妹一點不笨,中英文聽及講的能力都很強,創意及美感都很出眾,就是閱讀能力差;但就此一點,已經不適合傳統教育制度了...

     

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    當然爸媽都希望兩兄妹可以一同上學,但事實上如果Chloe克服不到閱讀障礙,也要有未來轉學的考慮;又或者,視乎小堂妹一家在澳洲的情況,真的要考慮移民了!一寫到這些,心頭都很重,但為了兩兄妹的發展也沒法子了,最希望一切都由天父恩領~

     

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    最後離開前,兩兄妹還跑到商場外邊的小魔怪木筏上留影~一去到合照環節,Chloe的表現總令人驚艷;到底妳在那裡學會這樣側腰踮腳擺 pose 的?大概天父造人造小孩就是這樣,沒有人可以拿到所有的優點,優點拌隨而來就是另一份缺欠,當父母的就是要去理解及欣賞。

     

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    最後本週五就是「康怡至叻小明星大賽」截止報名日子,冠軍可獲康怡學林獎學金$10,000 +ABC Pathways $2,000 現金券+My Stage Performance Academy $2,000 現金券 + Steps Education $1,000 現金券,所有初賽及決賽入圍者都有獎狀、現金券及精美禮品,還有星媽 Jessica C 擔任評判,非常吸引,可惜我們當時外遊在外!唯有祝家庭及小孩幸運獲獎了~

     

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    康怡至叻小明星大賽

    報名截止日期:7月27日(按此報名

    初賽:8月11日(星期六)

    決賽:8月18日(星期六)

     

    Kornhill Plaza 康怡廣場

    地址:太古康山道1-2號康怡廣場

    電話:2879 1346

    Facebook:Kornhill Plaza 康怡廣場

     

    ** 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. Tucked away in an alley behind Wing Lok Street in Sheung Wan, Mean Noodles is a newly opened noodle place specialised in serving some Malaysian hawker dishes. The vintage setting catches my eye with a stunning design.

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    Mean Noodles
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    The Saturday brunch includes all-you-can-eat appetisers and drinks plus a choice of noodle per person. Started with a combination of Gado gado, aka Indo peanut salad, Vietnamese deep fried tofu salad, crispy laksa battered chicken wings and Thai herbed baby octopus.

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    Gado Gado, Vietnamese Tofu Salad, Laksa Battered Wings, Baby Octopus in Thai Herb Sauce
    印尼花生沙律, 越式豆腐沙律, 香脆叻沙炸雞, 泰式八爪魚

    Coming next is the thick-cut sweet potato fries served with an incredibly addicting Belacan-Aioli.

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    Mean Mix Fries with Belacan-Aioli
    炸蕃薯條伴馬拉盞蛋黃醬

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    Mean Mix Fries with Belacan-Aioli
    炸蕃薯條伴馬拉盞蛋黃醬

    My friends and I each get a bowl of noodle. Such as a signature Nyonya Laksa, it has an aromatic soup base made with chicken broth, a mix of herbs and with a significant coconut milk aftertaste. I loved the richness and creaminess while it is also made with two kinds of noodles (i.e. rice noodle and egg noodle).

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    Nyonya Laksa “Curry Mee”
    馬來西亞叻沙

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    Nyonya Laksa “Curry Mee”
    馬來西亞叻沙

    Another two would be a popular Char Kuey Teow with a strong spiciness and flavor; the char siu lou meen is also impressive because the slow-cooked pork has been sous vide for eight hours which makes it incredibly tender!

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    Char Kuey Teow
    炒粿條

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    Char Siew “Kon Loh” Mee
    馬來叉燒乾撈麵

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    Nyonya Laksa “Curry Mee”, Char Kuey Teow, Char Siew “Kon Loh” Mee
    馬來西亞叻沙, 炒粿條, 馬來叉燒乾撈麵

    Finally, we end with a pandan flan for dessert, which has an intense coconut/pandan flavor. Thumbs up (Y)

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    Pandan Flan
    香蘭蛋布丁

    Mean Noodles 麵佬到
    Address: Shop 4, G/F, Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
    (Entrance at 38 New Market Street)
    Telephone: 3104 0288
    Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 12:00-21:00 ; Fri-Sat 12:00-22:00
    Website: http://meannoodles.com


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  20. 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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    いやー、日本は連日暑くて嫌になりますね・・・。
    先週、香港から遊びに来た香港人の友人が「香港のほうが涼しい」と言っていました(笑)。
    私が香港に住んでいた頃は香港のほうが断然暑かったのですが、ここ数年の日本の夏はどうなっちゃったのでしょうか・・・。
    本当に命に関わる暑さです。こまめな水分補給、塩分補給はしっかり行って、屋外での活動や無理な外出は控えてくださいね。

    さて、香港に行くと元気になるものを求めて彷徨ってしまいませんか?
    私は漢方が好きなのですが、家で煎じたり・・・というのが面倒なのでなるべくお手軽にいただけるものが好きです(めんどくさがりやなんですねww)。
    1月の香港は病み上がりだったので、特にこの願望が強かったかも。
    渡航前にネット検索して気になったものがあったので、上環まで行ってきました。

    【源吉林】は1892年創業、120年以上もの歴史を持つ老舗です。
    開業当時から『甘和茶』を販売しています。これは多くの香港人が一度は飲んだことのある漢方入りのお茶なんですって。香港人の皆さん、おうちにありますか?

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    【源吉林】さんの建物が本当にレトロ!!!!この店構えがたまりません!本当は全貌を綺麗に撮影したかったのですが、お店の前にワゴンが停まっていたので出来ず。

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    わかります?この真ん中にある緑の3階建ての古い建物。周りに綺麗な建物がちらちら増えてるのに、ここだけタイムスリップしたみたい~。

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    お店の入り口は開いてるけど、店内が薄暗くて営業しているのか分かりにくいかもしれませんが・・・。
    大丈夫!元気よく「你好!」と入っていきましょう!
    この店の中も風情あっていいなぁ。天井からぶら下がってるファンとかファンの向こうにある屋号とか格子とか。
    (店内はお店の方の許可をいただいて撮影しました)

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    これこれ!これがお目当ての『甘和茶』。他にお茶の種類はありません。『甘和茶』だけ!
    右の器に入っているものが何か、売り物なのかどうかは不明ですww。

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    とりあえず1箱買ってみました。10包入りで40HKDでした(2018年1月現在)。

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    中にこうして1包ずつ入っています。

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    そして1回分ずつの茶葉が小さな箱に入っていて、その箱を説明書で包んであります。この小さな箱が可愛すぎて捨てられない~。何か用途はあるかしら?

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    説明書によるとこの『甘和茶』は28種類の成分が入っているとのこと。
    藿香、荷葉、布渣葉、甘草、防風、黄芩、梔子、金銀花、葛根、香薷、淡竹葉、青蒿、 紫蘇葉、紫蘇梗、木瓜、苦杏仁、蒼朮、茵陳、烏葯、桑葉、苦丁茶、澤瀉、檳榔、 薄荷、連趐、砂仁、山楂、黄連。
    分かるものもあり、分からないものありますが・・・w。
    効果としては感冒初起(風邪の初期症状)、清熱滞(体内の熱をとる)、解暑渇(暑さを解消する)、醒酒醉(酔い覚まし)だそうです。
    この猛暑で胃腸の調子が悪かったり、暑くてビールを飲みすぎて二日酔いになったり、体に熱がこもっててうまく発汗できなかったり、夏風邪を引いている人・・・にはうってつけ!まさにこの猛暑にぴったりの漢方茶です!!

    使い方ですが私は家にある急須に1箱入れてお湯をたっぷり入れて、温かいうちにいただきました。
    やかんで煮出して飲んでもよいそうですが、どちらも淹れたら1日で飲みきったほうがよいそうです。
    香りも色も味も普洱茶に近いですがカビっぽい香りはあまりしません。どちらかというと普洱茶よりも飲みやすいかも。
    これを飲むと利尿作用がすごいようです。うちの母が飲んだらトイレいきっぱなしだったとか(笑)。

    今の時期はもちろんですが、風邪に効果のあるお茶なので年中ストックしていてもよいのではないかと思います。
    具合が悪ってからより、悪くなりそう・・・って思ったときに淹れて飲むと効果的なのではないかと思います。
    賞味期限が4年くらいあるので、慌てて飲まなくても大丈夫ですが、茶葉なので風通しのよい湿度の低いところで保管したほうがよいと思います。

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    『甘和茶』は上環の【源吉林】さんで販売している他、私はドラッグストアのマニングスでも販売しているのを見かけました。
    上環まで行く用事がなければ、街中のドラッグストアにも置いてあるところはあると思いますので探してみてくださいね。
    小さな箱に入っているのでバラ撒き土産にもなるかも?

    香港に行かれる予定のない方、楊さちこ先生の「アジアンコスメオンライン」や香港雑貨を取り扱う「JUMBO」さんでネット購入出来るようです。

    今、記事を書きながら飲んでます!
    ここ数日、暑さで食欲も落ちるし熱も体内にこもっていてスッキリしなかったのだけど、明日は元気になってるかな?

    【源吉林】
    住所:上環蘇杭街112號
    (112, Javois Street, Sheung Wan)
    営業時間:9:00-17:00 土日休



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  22. Hey guys! ICYMI, Kammie from the amazing The Lesser Evil blog and I got together one Sunday morning and started chatting about the books we adore, humanity’s future and more. Here is the first cut where we dive into Homo Deus – a book about how far humans have come and where we are heading. If you’re interested in free will, the concept of death, robot overlords and all these nihilistic, fun and light topics, JOIN US!

    I have another director’s cut on my IGTV channel (just head to my profile and hit on IGTV – but desktop doesn’t work sorry!), so check it out there for a fuller cut. x x


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    Aside from Dragon’s Back, heading up to The Peak is one of the most popular hikes (or walks) in Hong Kong. The route to the top has various starting points, but is relatively quick and offers fantastic views of the city below. If you’ve walked up The Peak many times and are looking for a change of scenery, I’d recommend trying The Peak to Aberdeen hike. This hike covers the Hong Kong Trail Stage 1 and 2, and Peel Rise. The hike is relatively easy and the stunning views over Aberdeen are well worth your time.

    Starting point of The Peak to Aberdeen hike

    peak-to-aberdeen-hike-1-1024x768.jpgHead down this street – Harlech Road

    This hike starts at The Peak – you can either walk up to The Peak yourself (we did this – it’s only a quick 20-30 minute walk) or catch a cab to the top. From The Peak Galleria, begin walking down Harlech Road.

    Harlech Rd to Hong Kong Trail Section 1

    peak-to-aberdeen-hike-2-1024x768.jpgThe garden area on your leftpeak-to-aberdeen-hike-3-1024x768.jpgGo straight – this takes you onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 1

    Continue walking down Harlech Road until you come across the garden on your left. Harlech Road will then become Hatton Road – instead of going down Hatton, go straight down the unmarked path. This is the start of the Hong Kong Trail Stage 1.

    peak-to-aberdeen-hike-4-1024x768.jpgViews along the waypeak-to-aberdeen-hike-5-1024x768.jpgTurn left and go up the stairs. There is a few benches in this area with a lookout point and a set of stairs leading down – go down those stairs.peak-to-aberdeen-hike-6-768x1024.jpgHeading down towards Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

    Follow the path and at the point where you see the large circular pavement and benches (see photo above), there will be a sign pointing to the “Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road” – head down.

    Hong Kong Trail Section 1 to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

    peak-to-aberdeen-hike-7-1024x768.jpgAlmost at the reservoirpeak-to-aberdeen-hike-8-1024x768.jpgFollow the paved path – the reservoir is just on your right

    As you continue to descend down the stairs, you’ll come across a few forks in the path – continue to follow the signs to the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. Eventually you’ll come out to a very large paved road with the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir on the opposite side. Turn left where the large sign says ‘To Peel Rise via Chi Fu’ and continue walking along the reservoir.

    peak-to-aberdeen-hike-9-1024x768.jpgTurn right to get to Peel Risepeak-to-aberdeen-hike-10-1024x768.jpgHead to the left up the stairs following the signs for “Peel Rise” and “Hong Kong Trail”

    Eventually you’ll come to a fork in the path. Turn right, following the signs that say, ‘Peel Rise’ and ‘Chi Fu’. Continue following the path until you see the stairs leading up to the left – go up these stairs, continuing to follow the signs for ‘Peel Rise’ and ‘Hong Kong Trail’.

    Hong Kong Trail Section 2 to Peel Rise

    peak-to-aberdeen-hike-11-1024x768.jpgGo straightpeak-to-aberdeen-hike-13-1024x768.jpgFollow the pathpeak-to-aberdeen-hike-14-1024x768.jpgContinue along the pathpeak-to-aberdeen-hike-15-1024x768.jpgViews over Aberdeenpeak-to-aberdeen-hike-17-1024x768.jpgThe beginning of the descent down to Aberdeenpeak-to-aberdeen-hike-18-1024x768.jpgViews as you make your way down

    At this point, just follow the path leading you down to Aberdeen. You’ll eventually come out into a clearing where you’ll be privy to some Instagram-worthy views of Aberdeen. Again, continue to follow the path down.

    Ending point: Aberdeen

    peak-to-aberdeen-hike-19-1024x768.jpgTurn right down these stairspeak-to-aberdeen-hike-20-768x1024.jpgThe end of the hike is in this estate building. From here, it’s a short walk into Aberdeen where you can catch a bus or taxi back to wherever you need to go.

    The final turn you need to make is in the photo above – if you stay on the path, you’ll continue along the Hong Kong Trail, so turn right and go down the stairs to get to Aberdeen. After you turn right, you’ll walk past a few benches and then come out to a large walkway going left and right – turn left and head down the road. In a few minutes you’ll end up at the bottom of an estate building. Aberdeen is only a short walk away (I’d suggest just following Google Maps at this point) where you can hop on a bus (I took one to Central) or grab a taxi back.

    Journey Length: 11.5 km
    Total Time: about 2 – 3 hours


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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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