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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. 在別人的眼中,我是一個不太吃中菜的人;其實我不是不吃,只是美味的才會吃。這天相約大家來到了新斗記,品嚐美味的中菜。

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    糖心皮蛋酸薑
    一直都喜歡吃皮蛋,這天人未齊,先來一份皮蛋醫醫肚吧,配上一碗粥會更棒。不過我們選擇最後才來一碗粥。


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    招牌即燒乳豬
    這店有個即燒乳豬房,乳豬都是新鮮即燒的;喜歡這裡的乳豬沒有了那層脂肪,肥膩感大減;乳豬皮則是脆脆的。

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    大澳蝦醬骨
    蝦醬從來都很美味,用來煮骨是特別的惹味;排骨肉質軟腍,外層帶香脆,蝦醬味道剛好。

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    薑蔥美國桶蠔煲
    桶蠔經過炸香,特別的香脆,味道上亦夠鮮;用上了薑蔥來爆香,特別濃郁;用來伴飯應該很棒呢。

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    翡翠生炒大龍躉球
    喜歡吃龍躉,來了份生劏大龍躉兩味,分別是翡翠生炒大龍躉球和生炆大龍躉頭腩。用了蔬菜來炒,雖然是很簡單,但因為龍躉很新鮮,所以簡單的炒香已經鮮味十足;龍躉亦十分幼滑,非常的美味呢。

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    生炆大龍躉頭腩
    另一道龍躉則是味道比較濃郁的,用了醬油來生炆,龍躉頭腩脂香十足,入口肥美,非常的惹味,吃得十分滋味呢。

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    啫啫生菜煲
    吸收了很多蛋白質後,是需要來些蔬菜的,雖想清淡些,但還是吃了再算;來了一份啫啫生菜煲,生菜這樣吃是最棒的,生菜脆脆的,十分的惹味。

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    蛋白薑米蒜香蟹飯
    雖然已經很飽,但總要來些澱粉質吧。來了一份蟹飯,以籠來蒸,再加上荷葉,香氣十足;當中的蒜亦十分香;另外蟹亦十分的鮮甜,肉質亦嫩滑;飯粒亦粒粒分明,值得一吃。

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    金牌拆肉泥鯭粥
    最後,還來了一份金牌拆肉泥鯭粥;泥鯭粥鮮味十足,粥的質感亦很綿,雖然已經很飽,但吃多碗也不過份吧。

    新斗記 
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    最新的資訊在此,請給我一個like :)


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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
    Food: wwwwwww
    Service:wwwwwww1/2w
    Environment: wwwwwww1/2w


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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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  8. 保加利亞首都蘇菲亞南邊的里拉修道院,是保加利亞以至巴爾幹半島最大的東正教修道院,同時亦在巴爾幹半島最高的山上。里拉修道院始建於十世紀,一直受到保加利亞第二帝國的沙皇支持直到奧斯曼帝國入侵為止。在十四世紀時遷到目前的位置,在一九八三年成為世界遺產之一,已故主教若望保祿二世亦曾到訪此地。

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    由於是熱門的旅遊點,所以我的旅館其實可以報一日團去參觀,價錢會比自己去略貴一點但方便得多, 雖然我是自由行但我會推薦跟團去省卻很多煩惱,除非你跟我一樣想在修道院過夜。(?!)

    既然是在深山上交通自然不方便,而且是真的很讓我頭痛,因為車站名有英文跟沒英文是無分別。所以我記錄了我坐電車的位置,最少看到此文的人也較容易去。



    在上址乘坐4號電車直到下址長途巴士站

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    可以看到一天只有一班車直達里拉修道院,10:20千萬不能錯過,後果嚴重。他們的電車走得挺慢,在我寫的位置好像坐了四十五分鐘才到,所以最好多預留一點時間。

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    車站有收費廁所,能夠找贖還有點意外,歐洲多半都沒有找贖啊…

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    車子不算大型,不過還是有行李位,但看樣子就不覺得有廁所,另一要點是排隊的人很多,所以為了確保有位置一定要早到。

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    車程全程是三個多小時,中途會在這裡稍作休息,也可以上廁所,這個位置是連小賣店都沒有,相當荒蕪。中間叫София的,就是蘇菲亞了。

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    再一個多小時終於來到里拉修道院了,看起來有點像圍城

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    先來看看地圖,感覺佔地不是很大

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    入口處的說明指865年保加利亞開始成為基督教國家。此後一位聖人John of Rila創立了隱士修行制。這位聖人曾經經歷過與世隔絕的生活,在冰冷的洞穴在生活了十二年之久,這個行徑當然跟宗教有關,是用來杜絕魔鬼的引誘。

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    魔鬼的引誘是怎樣我不清楚,不過眼前這座就很清楚是參拜的教堂了。

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    教堂牆上有很多繪畫,當然我幾乎一個也不懂,只有中間這幅應該是聖母聖子像

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    也有不少連環圖,相信是聖經裡的章節

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    這風格如果是在博物館裡我可能會當成占星術的文物

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    這裡講述了上帝如何跣阿當…不,是撒旦慫恿夏娃吃禁果的故事

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    也有些很暴力的場面,掃蕩邪惡當然要用武力啊~

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    這幅壁畫是在描述地獄的狀況

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    造工精緻的噴泉,不少人跟它合照

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    是時候進入教堂了,不過裡面不能拍照,只能說跟西歐的教堂很不一樣,沒有花巧的雕琢,一整排的椅子不常見,反而是一格格像懺悔室的模樣。

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    里拉修道院裡最古老的建築是這座塔,而且是戰爭用途的?這Hrelyo塔在14世紀時由一位封建領主Hrelyo興建的,當時的里拉屬於塞爾維亞領土,這位領主是塞爾維亞軍分隊指揮官。除了興建這座塔外亦修葺了修道院的教堂。有人認為這座塔曾經是僧侶的庇護所,亦是藏寶庫、監獄和精神病人隔離所。現在地面是一間賣紀念品的小店,而如果想參觀塔內是要付費。

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    從塔的後方可見到有不少小洞,這些其實是箭孔,所以這也是座箭塔,怎麼跟我想像的不一樣,完全沒有氣勢啊,得個高字﹗

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    來逛逛修道院吧,這一整排其實是修士的寢室,這裡還只是半條邊,已經有不下二十間房,而且還在擴建中﹗

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    這位叫Neofit Rilski的僧侶,同時也是老師和藝術家,他把半生時間都奉獻給里拉修道院,寫了第一本現代保加利亞語文法書,把聖經翻譯成現代保加利亞語,而且也死在里拉修道院,不單是宗教上,甚至對保加利亞有相當大貢獻呢﹗

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    這裡有著泉眼,泉水非常清涼好喝,你看鳥兒都忍不住要大喝幾口

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    雖然是在偏遠山區,這裡依然有郵局(還是因為這裡是偏遠山區才需要放個郵局?),大家可以在這裡買郵票和明信片,我也是這裡做。

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    這個icon gallery裡面有很多跟宗教有關的人像畫,當然我是不懂誰是誰…

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    美術館旁放了少量不太像文物的文物

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    還有一個教會學跟歷史博物館,這個博物館要收費也不能拍照,裡面收藏很多古物包括十四世紀時的木雕、羊皮紙文獻、還有俄羅斯送的絲綢,都是些珍貴的東西。

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    不想花錢看文物的話,他們也有免費參觀的,

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    你會看到不少舊時的工具,真的是當年修士的日常用品

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    很大的一個蜂巢

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    這個是消防水泵,像這工具其實還有不少偏遠地區還在用

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    除了救火,還有另一個意義的救火,沒想到這裡還配備火器

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    如果我不說的話可能會以為是藝術品,其實這個是位於廚房的煙囪。

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    這裝束看起來挺帥氣啊

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    有點肚餓了,先離開修道院找東西吃,從另一側的門口離開會有一些商店。

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    這邊有著獨特的自然生態,所以也見到不少爬山客大包小包的

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    一出門口左邊就見到一間感覺像酒吧的店舖,但沒甚麼人流就pass了。

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    另一邊則有些紀念品店

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    在修道院見到偌大的蜂巢,都猜到會有蜂蜜販售,這些蜂蜜的色澤亦相當通透,可惜不能帶回家。

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    看到有個賣小食的檔口,不能錯過

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    店主會將冬甩再翻炸一下,再加上糖粉和蜜糖

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    製成品就是這樣,味道其實不太特別,不過蜜糖甜而不膩不錯吃,真可惜帶不了回家啊

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    往修道院反方向走,會見到一條很清澈的河,可能修道院的聖水就從這裡來

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    順著走會見到一個十字架出現

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    原來這邊是墓地啊,當然不好意思拍照喇

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    本以為郊野山區花草樹木挺多,結果真的很抱歉只那麼一點點

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    繼續走走看看,沿途都不太看到人,到看到人的時候他們居然在對面岸,而我面前只有一條不穩的獨木橋,走過去都嚇到我出冷汗。

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    因為再走下去也沒意思,就沿路走回修道院。在前面說過這修道院可讓人過夜,當然我也不甘示弱要當個一夜修士,發現也有一些行山客用修道院作中繼點。由於回去蘇菲亞的車次不多,所以要先看清楚班次避免錯過要等太久。如果是住蘇菲亞要即日來回的,就是10.20從蘇菲亞開出,15.00從里拉修道院離開,一天只有這麼一班直達。所以我是從修道院去Dupnica轉車回蘇菲亞的。

    身處在修道院就得守一些院規,九點的門禁過份嗎?反正這邊又沒夜生活,OK啦。

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    拿到鎖匙了,上房吧﹗我的房間在最頂層,樓梯還會吉吉作響。

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    看過去教堂,修繕得不錯呢,都沒有破爛的感覺。

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    房間比我想像的大得多,配套就相當簡單只有一張枱和一張櫈,床當然不是高床軟枕,被鋪亦相當粗糙…這裡畢竟是修道院,其實有點像出家人的地方,當然不會很華麗喇。

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    除了三人間外還有一間獨立房,這間房有洗手盤還有耶穌的照片,看質素比剛才的大房佳,應該是給較高級的修士住。不過這裡貼近走廊,對住耶穌我也睡不著怕他半夜來找我,所以算了。另外這裡是沒有浴室的,廁所也要到走廊盡頭,

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    在休息途中看到有修士出來不知在做甚麼

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    看到他在敲木板,可能是類似報時的作用吧?

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    在建築物裡看到兩間特別的房間,但不能參觀,可惜了。

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    時間不算太晚,不過擔心這邊很早就沒飯吃,所以早一點吃個晚餐,飢寒交迫這樣我可是會死啊。

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    雖然是偏遠山區兼旅遊區,這裡的生活指數始終沒香港的過份,所以價錢其實不比香港的貴。

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    餐牌上寫著Bulgarian national drink,我一定要試呢,選了最便宜叫Burgas muscat的 ,我想有muscat都係甜白酒之類?沒想到香氣竟然是火酒味,原來保加利亞Rakya係烈酒類,用提子即是白蘭地啦,難怪跟vodka whiskey同一頁。Muscat做烈酒係第一次試,第一啖有點嗆喉,但都飲得出有花香,再飲發覺帶少少玫瑰香,配雪糕應該不錯。

    這間餐廳更提供修道院餐單,就點了一個價位同樣相宜的。看到盤口如此大,以前的修士怎可能這麼豐富,少一半就差不多!這菜餚應該是先煎到豬肉半熟再放蔬菜芝士上去焗,豬肉有少少肉膻啦,但係相當爽口係梅頭,夠多汁食得滿意。出家人還吃得真豐足呢﹗

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    吃飽了就回去宿舍休息,宿舍當然是沒WIFI的,在這偏遠山區沒熱水浴也真的很頭痛,即使是炎熱的八月,晚上也是相當清涼,甚至我覺得有點冷,差點要拿其他床的毛氈來用,所以記得多帶一些保暖衣物才去。作為城市人,一夜修士其實不太好當,還好旅程積下不少疲累,即使不怎舒適還是睡得香甜。

    第二天要乘搭九點的車前往Dupnica,所以八點多就必須起床,你會看到不少住客在臨別前拍照留念,難得沒人啊﹗

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     然後就坐上這架大巴出發到Dupnica,今次的巴士就新淨很多了。

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    修道院到Dupnica的路程大約兩小時,這個巴士站看起來光鮮,不過只有看起來光鮮,我相當懷疑這甚麼反差…

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    下圖是巴士時間表,最左上角的就是蘇菲亞,班次幾乎是每小時一班不怕沒車,所以如果有興趣也可以在這個鎮上逛一下才回去,不過我約好了朋友所以就直接回去了。

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    然後我的車呢?是一部十幾座的小巴?﹗沒冷氣不用說,上面還真有夠髒,又是五六十年代那種又破又爛一片污黑的程度,唯一比較先進的,是車上還有一把USB風扇向司機方向吹,時代果然進步了。

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    一小時後就會回到蘇菲亞,至於蘇菲亞的行程就另文再寫吧。

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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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    過去幾年,感謝奇華餅家邀請,讓我家小朋友可以參加一些坊間難尋的傳統糕餅工作坊。在Facebook或Instagram都曾經有朋友問這類工作坊能否報名參加,但可惜大埔廠房地點不太方便。好消息是最近奇華租用了鄰近喜帖街的一楝三級歷史建築物,從此就可以在市區參加奇華工作坊了。

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    位於灣仔皇后大道東188號的這幢陽台長廊式唐樓,於三十年代興建,已獲古物古蹟辦事處列為三級歷史建築物,現在則由奇華餅家租用。唐樓的地面是賣餅的奇華餅家,一樓是奇華茶室,二樓就是奇華工作坊了。

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    這天我們參加的,是迷你臘腸卷及膶腸卷親子班,由專人導師教授,也有工作人員從旁幫忙。奇華工作坊網頁有不少課程可以選擇和報名,詳細可以看看到官網看看。

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    材料由奇華準備好,到達工作室,穿上圍裙,學員就可以開始工作坊了。

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    先把低筋麵粉、生粉、砂糖、酵母、泡打粉、牛奶及水等材料,以攪拌機攪拌成麵團,接著加入豬油,整個過程都有工作人員從旁協助,所以十分安全,不用擔心小朋友處理不來。

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    麵團準備好,還要放在室溫等大約半小時的發酵,才可以用來包臘腸卷和膶腸卷。這半小時可以做甚麼?除了休息,奇華還為大家準備了少許奇華食品,一邊茗茶,一邊享用。奇華產品眾多,相信大家應該有很多想試但又無機會試的食物,就趁這個機會每樣都試試吧。

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    半小時過後,麵團就發酵好,把準備好的奇華臘腸和膶腸,以剪刀一分為二,就可以開始聆聽導師教導如何包臘腸卷了。

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    導師會先示範一次,把麵團切成每件約40克的小塊,壓成長條,包著臘腸膶腸,大約包三圈,便成。相比之前參加過的年糕和月餅等課程,臘腸卷的製作方法相對簡單,所以十分適合親子一起製作呢!

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    拿著切刀,運用電子磅,慢慢把麵團平均分割,這一階段也是讓小朋友自行挑戰發揮的好時機。

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    就像玩泥膠、勞作手工等,小朋友最開心就是這個時候,先把已分割的麵團搓成長條,再圍圈包著臘腸膶腸,準備好後,就可以拿去焗了。

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    麵團份量奇華會預留多一點以備不時之需,所以剩下的,就是小朋友自由發揮創作力的時候,小名和我合力造了小貓樣子,大家看像不像?

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    最後,就是把製成品放進焗爐裡去焗了!臘腸卷和膶腸卷焗好後都香氣迫人,好想馬上吃一口呢!

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    和過去在大埔曾經參加過的幾次工作坊相比,這次臘腸卷和膶腸卷的製作過程相對簡單,但有趣度不減,個人認為十分適合和小朋友一起參加。

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    奇華工作坊還有如菠蘿包、合桃酥、老婆餅和曲奇蛋撻等工作坊課程可以報名,加上地點方便,相信以後會成為各家長們的一處親子玩樂好地方吧。

    參考連結:
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    奇華工作坊
    日期:2017/11/26
    地址:香港灣仔皇后大道東188號2樓
    推介:8/10

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  11. 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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    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.

    The post Where am I? appeared first on Hong Kong Thru My Eyes.


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  13. 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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    If someone could sum up Hong Kong in 3 words, they would be ‘fabulous, fabulous and fabulous’! Hong Kong unfolds itself to the globe as the land where any tripper may feel every single thing here emotionally connecting to them. Its hustle and bustle life will overwhelm you (even though you come prepared) at the very first acquaintance then totally intrigue you onwards. Seems like Hong Kong citizens are really starved for more open space but they content themselves with their glamorous metropolis and that kind of swift pace of life.

    Hong Kong is famed for its image as the home to forests of skyscrapers, its deep worship for "Feng Shui" in housing and furthermore, its status as the heaven among heavens in shopaholics’ hearts. In another dimension, beneath its world-famous magnificently sparkling exterior lies a subtle interior containing numerous things that are off the beaten trails. They await you to get them unveiled.

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    Thinking of Hong Kong, there are several spots which take “must–visit reputation” for granted. Either deliberately or unintentionally, the omission to one or more among them would cause your trip “incomplete”: being in awe of the breath-taking magnificence of Symphony of Lights – the stunning performance of decorative lights and laser displayed from 44 tall buildings in accompaniment of classical music on both sides of the Victoria Harbor, enjoying the splendid panoramic view of the city when going up by tram at 30-45 degree slope and then falling into extreme excitement seeing your lifelike TVB idols’ wax figures at Madame Tussauds at the penultimate floor of The Peak Tram, recalling your childhood in fantastic and colorful cartoon world of Disneyland and so many more. However, your trip will be doubly unforgettable if you take the chances to experience some not-everyone-does things such as relishing Hong Kong’s speciality called ‘Dimsum’ at the culinary Wellington street instead of at any random street vendors or restaurants, visiting the world’s longest mid-level outdoor escalator systems in Soho area, diving in awesome shopping in Tung Chung citigate outlets which offers huge discounts all the time… Hong Kong is such a paradise meeting all your kinds of expectation.

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    An in-advance plan for your Hong Kong trip may be assumed unnecessary. What to do, where to visit, which to eat and how to amuse yourself there - all those excitements will unveil themselves to you once your plane starts landing.

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  15. My friend told me about this place so I had to go and check it out because I love chicken.

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    It is slightly different to Roast chicken and potatoes but they had my favourite chips with chicken salt!
    They use free range chicken that are hormone free according to their website.

    Since this place specializes in chicken, I had to have chicken with chips but they have the Birdy pack which also includes a salad and chips so I got the pack.
    For salads, there were so many choices!
    The chicken was roasted perfectly and fuss free while the chips were so good with that chicken salt sprinkled on it.
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    I purposely paired it with the detox salad which is cabbage and carrots.
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    My friend had the DG's chicken and waffle with additional small Romaine salad.
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    Small romaine salad:
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    Finished with the Iced Tea and Lemonade with Cayenne Pepper.
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    The lemonade was spicier than I imagined.
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    Plastic straws are not used here which is quite good.
    It is good to see another Aussie joint in Hong Kong!

    [Little Birdy]
    15-17 NEW STREET, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG
    OPENING HOURS: 11:00AM-10:00PM (MON-SUN)
    http://littlebirdy.com.hk/


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  16. Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain's earliest chocolatiers. Encouraged by Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), the company first formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Madame. Charbonnel hence the name Charbonnel et Walker.
    They are endorsed by the Royal Warrant as one of the few chocolatiers to Her Majesty The Queen where iconic customers have included Princess Diana and Princess Margaret.
    The chocolates are hand-made to the traditional recipes of Madame Charbonnel.  Their renowned dark chocolate is made from the finest dark couverture which results in a decadently rich taste.

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    Other chocolates in the range are really tempting.
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    www.charbonnel.co.uk

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  17. This is my first time to go to D2 Place and my friend suggests me to try this Japanese restaurant because the decoration is quite special.

    Sushi Geikan really impress me because of the decoration! It uses lots of paper artworks to decorate and it became a ‘feature wall’. It must be a ‘check point’ for this restaurant ; P

    We have chosen to sit ‘Tatami’ this time, such a new experience for me as Hong Kong seldom have these type of restaurant which provide tatami to customers.

    We have ordered a sashimi platter, there will be total 7 types of sashimi, and all of them are fresh!! One of the sashimi (I forgot its name) looks like a flower, beautiful!

    We also ordered two Running Noodles as well because we have never tried that before. After ‘running’ and mixing with the noodle sauce, fantastic! The noodles was so fresh!!

    Probably will go next time with my family J

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

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

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  19. 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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  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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  21. blog-0454422001427819710.jpgTo whom it may concern,

    Forgive me, but I've been having too much fun. I long to tell you all about Hong Kong and how it has stolen my heart, but I just can't find the time.

    I've never felt like this before, I think it might just be the one.

    I can't wait to tell you all about it, but I need to go out, I have a date with the city and I think It will be a late one.

    Don't wait up.

    I promise to write soon.

    In the meantime I've attached some pictures to see if you can feel what I feel.

    Yours sincerely,

    Hong Kong addict.

    P.s. Will you come and visit?

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  22. Hey guys! Today I wanted to share something different, but something that matters to me. I’ll start off by saying that I’m no domestic goddess or green warrior, but I do and have always cared about recycling and not being wasteful. But in recent months, after getting educated about various issues from dairy, to fashion and plastic, I’ve been opening up my life to more changes that reduces waste and stress on the environment in general.

    The second thing that I was to disclaim right now is that I’m not perfect. I’m not “good” enough to not do paper, or never use a single piece of plastic, or eat vegan or 100% organic/sustainable etc. But I think, to me at least, the important thing is to try. Every action we do matters, and every little action leads to a little bit of goodness.

    I used to just “give away” unwanted clothing or item, and by that I mean putting everything in the donation bin and forgetting about it. Then I go on to buy more. But now, I make my purchases more mindfully. But hey – I still taobao or buy from H&M. It’s all about balance after all. So here, I wanted to share with you a few simple ways to start reducing waste and living more mindfully without going full cold turkey.

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    1. Bring your own cup

      I bought a Keep Cup! Like I said in my Instagram post, it was one of my best, if not the best, purchase I’ve made this year or ever. It is so light weight, easy to clean, has a valve seal so you can hoist it around, AND it really helps reduce waste one paper or plastic cup at a time. This is because I watched this video about recycling paper cups – FYI a lot of places don’t have the right process to recycle these coated paper cups so they end up going to the landfill. By bringing your own plastic cup on the other hand, you can even save a few bucks (depending on where you go – Winston’s, Barista Jam and many more cafes have discounts when you BYOC.)

      Side note: My girlfriend also bought me stainless steel straws, I use them at home now because I always forget to bring them out, but they’re absolutely a dream to use.

    2. Minimize takeout waste

      I know, sometimes you can’t plan every meal of your day, and more often than not you have to opt for meals al desko. What I find useful is, if I end up going to some place near the office/home for takeout, I opt out of taking the plastic bag and utensils. Maybe I’m too shy (for now) to bring my own container, but at least I’m saving one plastic bag and one pair of utensils (in another plastic bag). Don’t be lazy and wash the office/home forks instead!

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      Should’ve recycled this… :S

    3. Think before you throw

      Lol I’m starting to sound preachy right? But I’m not going to teach you the basics of recycling, I’m sure (I hope) you already know that. But what I realised was, sometimes I’m quick to throw away something instead of recycling because I wasn’t thinking. For example, some really sturdy takeaway boxes can be cleaned and re-used or then recycled, I do this all the time in the office so everything from my takeout caused no waste. I also recycle groceries packaging and yogurt pots etc. Just make sure you clean everything before recycling.

    4. Refuse packaging

      It’s a very small gesture, but when you see shop keepers wrapping up your goodies in rice paper or extra plastic bags or ribbons and frilly things, just politely say you don’t need it. I know sometimes pretty packaging is great for the ‘gram, but if you’re not going to re-use or gift it, it’s pretty much seconds from going into the trash. Again – it’s better to not be wasteful than to recycle.

    These are just a few of the ways you can reduce waste without making huge changes, but slowly you can amp it up if you feel like it. Rock the bamboo toothbrushes, go sans packaging and shop from wet markets… Everything is a choice and the choice is yours. The key is to be educated, and when you are, you will automatically be aware of the waste you can save.

    I’m gonna run off before sounding too preachy… ?
    But leave me a comment and share your feelings! x

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