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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. 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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  3. Renault - Captur

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

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    進座後店員很快就為我們擺放好餐具、熱茶及餐牌

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

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    顧客大多是情侶、夫婦或年青家庭

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    和紙燈飾和日系格局,舒服又光猛


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     單點食物,冷熱烏冬和烏冬鍋

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     御膳款式多而精彩

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

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     四款熱辣辣的烏冬鍋膳配天婦羅、刺身或壽司,真的好適合寒溫下享用

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     切合商場以兒童為主題,這裡有兩款Kid's menu

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    刺身、丼和壽司,以這個定價,筆者會光顧另外的魚生專門店

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

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    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳 HK$140元

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

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

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

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

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

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    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳 HK$140元

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

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    讚岐風溫泉蛋撈烏冬天婦羅壽司御膳HK$135元

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

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

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

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    最開心還是可以與家人至親一起過節、遊玩和分享啊?

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

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    今助日本料理Imasuke Japanese Restaurant
    地址:荃灣青山公路荃灣段398號愉景新城1樓1019號舖
    電話:2402 8090

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  6. 為咗揀部Notebook出國,少不免要去做高登仔,坐住部神駒去到北河街落車,啱啱好喺呢間舖對出,本來我係想食雲吞麵嘅,又不過呢度有個平日限定嘅午市套餐,時間啱啱好又無謂miss咗佢吖,咁變心快過打針嘅我就入咗去食喇。

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    四款拉麵可以選擇,基於海老湯底喺香港較少人做,就揀佢試試。叉燒都可以揀厚切或火炙,當然火炙比較吸引。配菜可以揀蔥或椰菜,椰菜似乎唔太夾就揀返蔥。麵都係揀返硬身啱我口味。小食除咗炸雞外就唔太吸引我,再加支汽水,$78真係同茶餐廳唔會差太多。

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    汽水估唔到會係用玻璃樽裝,雖然容量少啲但啲汽係比罐裝多,所以我係鍾意樽裝多啲。

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    一個人食就通常會坐吧枱位,可以見到廚房嘅運作,因為我揀咗個煮麵位坐,有女職員問我會唔會覺得熱,幾細心唔錯。

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    炸雞先到,我從來無期望過跟餐嘅炸雞會係即炸,果然一食就知係預先做起,微暖同唔太脆。雖然肉汁唔多但肉厚,感覺似係來貨唔係自家做,沒有期望就沒有失望。

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    拉麵嚟到,估唔到舖到咁滿,仲有預計以外嘅蔥白同肉碎添。

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    叉燒有經過充份火炙程度,亦有一定厚度,但咬落去除咗火炙香外,叉燒嘅調味唔太明顯。由於肥膏唔多,就算火炙咗佢都唔會話好有油香,好睇但又未到好食。

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    湯底就相當濃郁,蝦味極重,以價錢計我好難想像佢會咁濃蝦味,但又唔會話好鹹,飲完又唔會口好乾。櫻花蝦就浸到軟晒唔脆口,可能佢地係放櫻花蝦乾去煮所以咁濃味掛?總之湯底我就好滿意。

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    拉麵顏色比較雪白,食落去好似唔喺硬麵質地,唔通我剔錯?除咗硬度之外個麵就無話太特別,滑係幾滑但唔夠咬口,無咩碱水味算係優點,但佢係全碗麵最大缺陷。

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    價錢而言呢間拉麵店算係偏中下游,湯底質素我都幾欣賞,可惜啲麵整成咁晒咗碗湯啦。

    價錢:$78


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  7. 當大家以為Mr & Mrs Fox主要是吃牛扒,其實餐廳還提供其他不同款式的食物。餐廳最近轉了廚師,新廚來自阿根廷,菜式帶著地中海的味道。

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    Hokkaido Scallop Oyster Ceviche
    第一道菜為ceviche,秘魯必吃的沙律,這個版本的加入了北海道帶子和生蠔,帶子鮮甜,生蠔帶著海水味;用了柚子來調味,味道上更加的清新。


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    Pan Seared Sea Bream
    最近減少了吃肉,愛上了吃魚;這份sea bream煎得不錯,外層非常的香脆,魚肉嫩滑;底下的是蕃茄,蕃茄的酸令魚肉味道更鮮。雖然簡單,但能夠吃到每款材料的味道,不錯呢。

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    Hen of the woods
    吃過魚後,便來了一份燒春雞,春雞細細的,肉質十分的幼嫩,雞皮亦香脆;醬汁汁方面則是用雞煮成的,吃時不妨把蛋黃搗爛,拌著一同進食,味道更豐富。

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    Fruit tart
    最後,便到甜品時間,水果撻用上了新鮮的水果,全都很清甜,配上了不太甜的cream,撻皮亦香脆。


    Mr & Mrs Fox
    鰂魚涌糖廠街23號地舖
    26978500

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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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    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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    家父喜歡吃烤鴨,從少薰陶之下,我也甚喜歡。不過早年香港好吃的烤鴨不多,很多都是只得其形而不得其神,烤鴨烤得美,但放上桌後都不脆了。

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    在香港,曾經吃過最好吃的烤鴨,在沙田18,但位於大學站沙田凱悅酒店之內,地點很不方便,價錢也相對高昂。直至最近認識了古琴雅苑,地點位於交通便利的灣仔鬧市。 古琴雅苑最近更在尖沙咀開了分店,對於家住荃灣的我來說就更方便了。

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    尖沙咀新店位於北京道太子集團中心,在港鐵iSQUARE出口步行五分鐘就到,可說非常方便。和灣仔店一樣,尖沙咀店裡同樣設有烤鴨房和風乾房,能保持特定的溫度、濕度,讓食客能品嚐到最佳品質的風乾烤鴨。

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    古琴雅苑尖沙咀店在6月5日正式營業,這天受邀早一步來試菜,所吃的都是店方的招牌菜,也讓大家知道,尖沙咀店的水準不會比灣仔總店差。

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    未談菜餚,先說茶芥,瑰荔堂煌,既有荔枝味,也有玫瑰香,那獨特的花香,是古琴的小寶藏。

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    第一道菜是蔥油海蜇拌黃瓜,海蜇和黃瓜皆爽口,蔥油和芝麻也下得恰到好處,是這晚的好開始。

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    個人一向喜歡吃黑醋骨,但有些時候不是黑醋太重手,就是排骨不夠腍,古琴的意大利黑醋骨無論醋香和肉質都處理得很好,不花巧但好吃。

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    接下來是這晚的主角烤北京填鴨出場了!只見侍應推出烤鴨,師傅在旁穿上手套,就在我們眼前把香脆的烤鴨一片一片切開。除了視覺的享受,耳朵也傳來清脆的聲音,皮肉分離的一剎,香氣也隨風飄來,這就是吃正宗烤鴨最引人入勝的地方了!

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    手起刀落,師傅會先為人客切出一隻烤鴨只有數片的鴨胸皮,這小小的一碟,是每只烤鴨最珍貴的地方。

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    厚薄適中,晶瑩剔透的鴨胸皮,又名「一口酥」,蘸上少許白砂糖來吃,入口鬆化,且充滿鴨香,就像是吃著整隻烤鴨的精華!

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    在我們還在回味一口酥的同時,師傅已經為我們把整隻烤鴨都切好。這裡的配烤鴨的材料比平常的多,除了吃一口酥用過的砂糖,還有青瓜、京蔥和哈蜜瓜,醬汁也有烤鴨醬和蜂蜜黃梅醬兩款,配搭實在千變萬化。

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    吃烤鴨配青瓜試得多,但哈蜜瓜還是頭一次,還有非常不錯的蜂蜜黃梅醬,這裡的烤鴨,無論口感、層次和味道都非常高水準,是最美好的烤鴨。

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    烤鴨的餘香還在咀巴,蜜汁燒火方配荷葉包已經悄悄地來到。

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    蜜汁火方很多地方都有,但要好吃,當然是金華火腿咸香和香甜蜜汁的平衡,古琴做得非常好之餘,火腿更是毫不吝嗇,原片放在荷葉包之內,就像是中式漢堡包,好吃得沒話說。

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    炸得香口,糖醋汁味道也適中,這客風味松子魚質素也非常不錯。

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    當古琴秘製醬汁遇上這超巨大的肉蟹,就是這重量級的醬炒年糕蟹。別香這醬汁的顏色看似很辣,其實這醬汁以香為主,不會太咸只帶少辣,和年糕同炒,年糕吸收醬汁香,更是一絕。個人覺得如果可以選擇辣度,這客醬炒年糕蟹會更精彩,畢竟炒蟹都是辣好吃,對吧?

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    砂鍋醃篤鮮是家父很喜歡的一道上海菜,這道菜要好吃,靈魂當然是醃肉,也就是咸肉或火腿。古琴兩種醃肉都有,湯自然更鮮,再加上鮮肉、百頁結和竹筍,好吃。值得一提的是這裡的醃篤鮮並沒有入蔬菜,其實李純恩先生也曾經解釋過加了小棠菜的已經不算正宗醃篤鮮,這客醃篤鮮對我來說,是正宗又好吃的醃篤鮮。

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    沒有失手的金腿濃湯津白,吃完些濃郁的菜式,津白也是不可或缺的吧。

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    相比全晚的菜式,最後的木桶包菜飯算是失色了一點,飯粒有點濕,雖然味道是不錯的。

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    甜品杞子桂花糕,晶瑩剔透,也是真材實料。

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    但要數最好的甜品,還是這客自家製的腰果露。濃稠適中,腰果香味也極之誘人,當中還加了少許腰果碎,口感味道同樣兼顧,是完美的結局。

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    一間餐廳是否有心,其實從其招牌菜已經可窺一二。古琴雅苑烤鴨出色之餘,價錢更只是$338一隻,以這質素來說實在不算貴。這晚邊吃已經邊盤算何時帶家父來吃一次這出色的烤鴨,看來我要好好安排一下了。

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    古琴雅苑
    日期:2018/05/31
    地址:尖沙咀北京道12A號太子集團中心15樓
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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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  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. 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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    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. It has been pouring with rain for the past few days and I am so glad the rain stopped for [National Day and Midsummer the longest day of the year in Sweden] as there was a joyous celebration for it in Hong Kong!

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    It was a great event for families with children with a 3.5-meter tall maypole with folk music live performance.
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    There was Swedish treats which were delicious especially the Smörgåstårta, "sandwich cake" which is neither a cake or a sandwich but I loved it because the bread was smothered in creamy mayonnaise topped with shrimp.
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    After filling myself with treats, I hydrated myself with Bluewater (mineral water).
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    It was fun taking part in the flower crown making workshop where I made a lovely crown with pretty pink carnations.
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    This event has definitely enlightened me to travel to Sweden so I plan to make a trip there one day.
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  16. I noticed these cup noodles because of the picture of the egg with a runny yolk.

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    It turns out these cup noodles are sukiyaki flavoured so I am guess adding an onsen egg would make it taste better.
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    When I peeled the lid back, I was amazed to see lots of huge spring onions pieces and bits of beef that looked very dark in colour compared to other Nissin Cup noodles.
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    There was a lovely beef and onion smell when I poured hot water in it and evidently the broth was dark.
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    The Sukiyaki flavour in cup noodle form was definitely delicious as it was like noodles in a strong beef and onion broth.
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    The sachet gives it a more beefy flavour if you squeeze the lard in.


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

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

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

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  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 everyone! I thought I’d find my way back to love blogging by writing a round-up no other publisher would probably take off my hands. June approaches, which means we are well on our way towards the second half of the year. (gasp!) If maybe like me you like to gym-hop or just haven’t found a gym you love yet, here’s a list of places I really enjoyed.

    Full disclaimer: I’m self-paid on guava, #notspon unless specified, and obvs everyone have different preferences so don’t @ me! If you’d like to drink the Guava juice, please do join via this link so I can save an itsy-bitsy amount of dollars for referring you. Thank you in advance!

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    HIT45

    Literally just pain for 45 minutes straight, but you get it over with and you’d be really proud of yourself. Workouts alternate between special powered-by-your-run treadmills and floor exercises, and depending on the day of the week focuses on different parts of your body e.g. arms or abs & booty.

    1/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central

    TORQ

    If you’re a long-time friend/follower, you’ll know I’ve been a day one of TORQ. Being the first spin studio in Hong Kong, TORQ is still killing it with competitive and energetic classes. Your stats will be displayed on the big screen, but don’t worry – you can choose to not do that to yourself. I’m especially a big fan of their spin-off (lol!) HIIT classes off the bike called SWITCH. It’s again just mostly non-stop high intensity floor exercises, but boy is it fun. For half and half action, go for TORQ-SWITCH. Class names do get confusing so make sure you’re booking yourself into the right one.

    3/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central

    Crossfit Cavaliers

    This is for people who are serious about their workouts. Who aren’t afraid to lift weights, or *gasp* run outdoors. I go to their Funfit classes which are women-only, and almost always start with a run around the block. Then it’s crossfit-style WOD (or workout of the day for the uninitiated) with a variation of barbell, kettlebell and other exercises involving some sort of weights. Finally, it ends with another run around the block. YEP. Needless to say, it’s INTENSE but I just love how it pushes me beyond my comfort zone.

    533 Queen’s Rd W, Kennedy Town (near HKU station)

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    Lemon Drop Studio

    Perched right at the end of Kennedy Town, LDS is something of a favourite of mine. I absolutely love the journey there passing the serene harbourfront, and I ADORE the homey feel that the studio has. Fave classes include the relaxing restorative yoga at the end of the day, or the intense Ab Focus class that, you guessed it, works your abs to the core.

    Shop 2, 37B Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town

    Yoga Dimensions

    I stumbled onto this when I was on KFIT for a bit, and I found their yoga classes to be really awesome. The instructor is strict and pays attention to every detail of your posture, but she doesn’t push you too hard or goes too fast of a pace. If you want to get your foundations right or safely hit the next level, I would recommend checking this studio out.

    Wing Lok Mansion, 162 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

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    Similar to Yoga Dimensions, this is another local studio that really doesn’t cut you a lot of slack when it comes to technique. I went to what I thought was a restorative detox class, but ended up getting literally twisted and bent into all sorts of shapes. The result? Genuinely relaxed muscles achievable only through pushing yourself that little bit more. #prettyhurts

    Flat C, 7/F, Kwun Ngan House, No.751 A-C Nathan Road, Mong Kok

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    Anhao Wellness

    Any pilates lovers here? After an accidental 1-on-1 pilates mat class at Anhao (I was the only student who registered), I became a convert. Though it’s no weight lifting or cardio, when done right Pilates easily works you harder than most fitness classes. It practices immense amount of control over tiny and unused muscles, causing you to truly be mindful and get to know yourself. Highly recommend a try.

    5 Ladder Street, Sheung Wan

    Flex Studio

    Xtend Barre is the bomb! It really tests your strength with repeated and small movements inspired by ballet. I took the class first in Flex’s aberdeen studio, then I was hooked and kept going back. Actually I finish Flex’s credit on Guava the fastest every month. Other classes I love include TRX and HIT. It’s just such a calm place… And which other studio brews you coffee in the morning?!

    3&4/F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central
    Shops 308- 310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang

    Barre 2 Barre

    Another favourite of mine in Central. I love Barre bootcamp there when I’m not feeling like I’m up for a workout, though it really works me out without stressing me out with heavy weights and treadmills. Trust me, those weights you’re working in their classes may seem tiny, but you will definitely feel the burn.

    4/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Bldg, 37 Cochrane St, Central

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    Bungee Workout

    You’ve probably seen this on Facebook trending somewhere, but the bungee workout is now in Hong Kong! Though located all the way in San Po Kong, this photogenic and liberating workout is definitely worth a trip. After you learn to fly and fall (it’s a little painful and a lot scary), make sure you finish strong with a Thai dinner in Kowloon City.

    Unit 903, Port 33, 33 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong

    P.S. There is another workout system involving a bungee called 4D Pro Bungee Fitness, now teaching at the more conveniently located and Guava-enabled XP Fitness Hub in Central. I personally haven’t tried it yet, but am stoked to!

    Gymbeginner

    This is definitely my go-to on Kowloon side. Focusing more on perfecting technique than getting the most reps, Gymbeginner is aptly named and made for fitness newbies who want a comfortable environment to get started in. My visits have always been lovely, and if I was feeling extra, I can add more reps or make drills more difficult too.

    Flat 4A, Capri Building, Austin Road, Jordan

    Optimum Performance Studio TST

    I randomly went into a core training class there once, but the experience definitely stuck with me. The space itself is actually half rehabilitation centre and half gym, and my instructor a super experience krav maga fighter. Needless to say, the hour-plus long workout was intense, and involved ONE HUNDRED BURPEES. LOL, to this day I don’t know how I did it. But hey, I did. The training also starts with foam-rolling and ended with a circuit training, so all in all, just a really good and fun workout.

    16/F, 9-11 Hillwood Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui


    Pheew, that’s it! Does this at least make up for my infrequent presence?! I sure hope so. P.S. I do a weekly shout-out to my favourite workout of the week, so if you want more updated info, please do follow me on Instagram!

    Till next time, leave me a comment la!

    xoxo

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