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Alvy’s Kennedy Town

September 27, 2017

Kennedy Town is the neighbourhood recently heard on everyone’s lips, and Alvy’s is the new hangout serving up craft beers, pizzas and wickedly delicious comfort food.

Alvy’s has collaborated with Young Master Ale to bring local brews, imported beers, wine, US craft whiskies and cocktails. The space is inspired by a New York City style pizzeria with neon lights, a long wooden bar, white oval plates and a mirror where the specials of the day are written on. Oh, and the highlight? Towards the back of the restaurant spot the Big Red Bitch AKA. the big pizza oven.

To munch on, we started with the latkes ($78) which is a cantonese-style dish of char is, ginger and onion paste and potato pancake served on a bed of sour cream. The Yu Kwen Yick fried chicken ($88) was tangy, zesty and spicy which excuse the steal ‘FINGER-LICKING’ good. However, the star of the night was the a la Vodka pizza ($108). FYI I have been guilty of now ordering this pizza on a sunday night when I am in my onesie binging on Narcos. It’s been done several times over.

The vodka tomato sauce, melted mozzarella bocconcini (omg yas) and pecorino really makes it worth the carbs. The best part about it, it’s not over the top cheesy.

The fries were not bad, but not worth the mention either.

It’s a homey neighbourhood bar kinda vibe, definitely need to take a few friends there just for a beer and perhaps a slice of a la vodka.

8/F Holland Street, Kennedy Town

Tel: 2312 2996

 

Spoon Rate: P8301YELP8301YELP8301YELP8301YEL/5

Featured, Hong Kong

Praya Waterside Brunch

July 13, 2017

Making my way to K-town, walking fast and faces pass as I’m home-bound to Praya Waterside Eatery. Home of comfort food and epic brunch in Kennedy Town.

The fab view takes away the hustle of Central and of course it’s in my hood as the perfect escape. As Praya Waterside adds to the the hub of trendy restaurants and ventures, it’s definitely a space to grab brunch noshes in a chic space. Originally opening as Kinsale, the owner has rebranded the venue with a revamped concept.

On a Saturday & Sunday morning, Praya Waterside is the space to enjoy the sun and the social scene of K-town. Sometimes feeling understaffed, the food makes up for it.

Me & K went by Praya Waterside and tucked into a la carte dishes that they had. I went for the Lady EgGa which was delicious, truffled scrambled eggs, smoked salmon (which I asked for on the side) beetroot dressing (tasted like a healthy ketchup), and sourdough bread. K went for the Benny and the Eggs which 64 degree poached eggs with sourdough bread and he went for a side of mushrooms.

They also serve great brunch cocktails and fresh OJ so head on over! If you use the entertainer app it’s buy one get one, including house beverages!

Check out the menu here 

Address: New Fortune House, Shop 3, G/F, New Fortune House, 3-, 2-5A New Praya Kennedy Town

Spoon Rate:P8301YELP8301YELP8301YELP8301YEL/5

Featured, Hong Kong, In Focus

My flavour of popcorn vs His

June 2, 2017

I was debating writing this blog post for a little while now, it was a personal conflict on whether I’d just be rambling or if I actually had something to offer that many of us barely talk about. Marriage. Choosing between your flavour of popcorn vs. his.

I’ve only been married for a year and a couple months now so I am no expert (can you actually be one?) but, I have been in a relationship with that same person for 10 years now. Many people ask, is it any different? It’s an interesting question I used to ponder wondering whether it would actually be different. Once the cake was cut, the I do’s were said and we started a home- could it be different? I can honestly say- yes. It’s completely different than just gorgeous dinner dates and days at the beach duh!

 

How so?

 

Marriage is a whole other ballgame. Many hall of famers would agree.

 

Why? Because, everything you knew about each other starts to change once the honeymoon period is over, the 12-month itch, the routine, the danger of becoming a couch potato and packing on a few. The balance between selflessness and selfishness. You’ve been living for yourself and suddenly there’s this whole other person and extended family that you have to link yourself to whilst keeping time to pick up a book on your own.

 

You can blame Cinderella all you want ladies, even I grew up with the idealised version of what marriage is going to be like. The reality is it’s like the wave of the sea, we swell with intimacy, passion, and energy and then naturally wane through periodic episodes of separateness, quietness and space. As much as I may want to scream into a pillow, it’s never lasts forever. There are times when you want to love them and times where you want to be anywhere but here.

 

That’s just the one side of the coin.

 

Flipside. You constantly learn new things about each other. It’s quite fun. Even knowing the same person for 10 years, people change. Are you the same as you were 10 years ago? The answer will possibly be no.

 

I sure as hell have changed. My likes, dislikes, experiences, movies, interests it’s all changed. I can’t party like I am 19. That’s the exciting part. You have a whole new family that brings out different sides to you, it’s an experience I would never trade EVEN with the bumps and the bruises comes the adventure and the closeness.

 

The journey ahead is such a whole new slate, that you are writing a whole new book with experiences you can decide together with the person you love. I am not saying my instagram is filled with me & K declaring we have a perfect life but why live by society’s norms when you have the freedom to do what you want? Being imperfect by your own rules.

 

One of my friends asked me,

‘What do normal married couples do on the weekend?’

I replied saying,

‘What is normal? We only know, what we feel that’s normal. That may require sitting on the couch, it may feel trekking over to Kennedy Town park or doing a puzzle together.’

 

I read somewhere that people should take the first year off in marriage. Does that mean leaving your spouse in the lurch? No. It means take the first year off of your LIFE. ‘Focus on the happiness of your other half, so it makes sense to cut out the things that would draw you away from intentionally seeking your spouse’s happiness.’

 

Me and K didn’t implement this theory until 2-3 months after our wedding. We kept butting heads in so many areas of being partners that we forgot, it takes an effort to actually spend time and bond more. With work, my mnew job, late hours and stress I forgot what it meant to actually have a work/life balance. I had to make a lifestyle choice and take a job change which I did.

 

One of my best friend’s gave me the best advice ever, it happened after mine & K’s first big disagreement. We argued over ‘groceries’ and that we kept running out of things, and one of us would go pick it up which was frustrating and wouldn’t get what the other person needed. It sounds so silly now but at the time I felt so much pressure because I had a full time job, a part time helper and plus worrying about what’s in the fridge, what to put together for dinner and it just wasn’t a priority since I never had to worry about it before. I had to take a breather.

 

I spoke to my best friend who said, ‘sit down, communicate, explain what you’re dealing with and find a routine so that the responsibilities are split 50/50 since you both work long hours and full time.’ It sounds simple now, but at the time to put into action was such an effort although it made such a difference in our communication. We began to sort out grocery days, days to cook, breakfast schedules and gym routines. Things got smoother after that, now we share a joint calendar that reminds us of commitments, date nights and late night work events. It’s about prioritising and being organised – some days it means ordering in a pizza with messy hair and somedays my breath depends on my calendar. It’s how it just works for me and K.

 

This is my no-nonsense advice, go to bed angry! Everything is better after a good night’s sleep and a cup of caffeine. Not everything needs to be resolved every night before bed. Sometimes you need to reset, recharge and get some z’s to think clearly. You can’t be afraid of not liking each other. Then there are days where he’s making me a cup of joe in the morning and I just look at him to think how blessed I truly am.

 

The first year of marriage and the years to come is a constant effort to understand each other and make sure no-one says ‘I quit.’ There are days I wanted to just sit on a beach or hide under my bed till the next day, but he’s empowered me and made me stronger and I try to do the same for him.
It’s not always pretty but hey, sometimes you just have to give in even if you wanted sweet popcorn and he wants butter because the next time around he’ll do the same for you. That’s my two cents.

When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie.. Thats amore ❤️

Featured, Hong Kong, In Focus

Flawless, Central

February 8, 2017

Flawless has been around the block for a while on Wyndham Street, specialising in bespoke facials, nail pampering and make-up services. I have avoided it several times, mainly because I felt the pricing of Flawless was on the higher spectrum, and I could probably get the same service at my local spa in K-town.

I recently purchased the Entertainer app to save on all buy 1-get 1 around HK. You can save on retail, getaways, food, drinks & beauty/fitness. Behold, Flawless had buy 1-get 1 bespoke facial so I decided to go ahead and try it out.

On a Saturday afternoon, it’s quiet as I arrive and decorated in a vintage furniture with a very friendly receptionist. I wait for my therapist for about 3 minutes before I get ushered towards the treatment rooms with a hot pink door. The therapist explains to me that the spa uses three main product lines which are the Medik8, Refinery & Aromatherapy Associated.

The treatment rooms are simple, comfortable, warm and the bed came with a cosy white duvet instead of the usual rough towels. Played with soft spa music to relax me and keep me away from the hustle/bustle outside. The therapist addresses my facial concerns and begins on the treatment. The pros were, she moisturised my face to perfection, tended to my needs and extracted incredibly ‘flawlessly’.

However, the strange thing is I had to pay extra for a facial mask. I usually have a facial mask included in every facial I have, and considering the extravagant price of $1080HKD for the facial… I was a bit taken aback that she said it was $220HKD extra for a facial mask.

Oh wells, I am definitely going back but with the entertainer app for my second FREE facial!

This is one of the few facials that would be great to have before going out that doesn’t leave your face red or puffy. I felt extremely fresh, and I enjoyed the extra massage time she gave me!

Flawless, 4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central, flawless.hk.com

Brunch, Dining Scene, Drinks, Featured, Hong Kong

Ladies who Brunch: Beef & Liberty Brunch LKF

December 12, 2016

Hip, hip, hooray! There’s a new brunch game in town and i’m telling you what it’s all about as part of my ‘Ladies who Brunch’ series or aka LWB!

Three fistpumps for the meal not denting my wallet. Beef & Liberty has the best hamburgers in Hong Kong. Don’t try to dispute it or they will whip out their 3 year streak for being Michelin-recommended in your face.
Alongside with Mandarin Oriental award-winning Group Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky taking the lead in the kitchen, Beef & Liberty has enhanced their menu to a whole other level of deliciousness. (*cough* bring back the CHICKEN)

Beef & Liberty offers an ala carte brunch at their newest space in Lan Kwai Fong California Tower. If you feel like you need a glass of bubbly or three with a side of a strong bloody mary’s, yes you girls that need champagne- simply top up your free-flow options (2 hours) for an additional $178 which includes free flow beer, prosecco, bloody mary & wines.

We (K, Manisha & myself) kicked off our brunch at Beef & Liberty on a Saturday arvo with the infamous Eggs & Soldiers ($48). Now, when I say ‘infamous’ I say that because if you are an ‘instagrammer’ and don’t live in the dark ages… you would see photos of this dish floating around all the foodporn hashtags. The Eggs & Soldiers, is one of Chef Uwe’s specialities served in an egg crate with maple bacon, two crispy eggs and maldon sea salt with buttered bread. The bread is to dip into the crispy egg yolky centre, it’s a fun experience (and a great boomerang viddy) it’s frigging legendary.

The Beef & Liberty Avocado & Ricotta Toast ($78) with smashed avocado, homemade ricotta, parsley, extra virgin olive oil and toasted sourdough is an option for our vegetarian fiends/herbivores who crave a healthier option on a Saturday morning to wash down with prosecco. I absolutely loved this dish (blame the aussie in me), as soon as it arrived I squealed ‘AVO ON TOAST!’

 

The Beans & Liberty ($78) is a quirky dish served in a bean/soup Campbell’s CAN which is customised HtoT with Beef & Liberty branding. Therefore, it included instructions on how to tuck into it whole heartedly with steps 1-4. The dish consists of braised white beans, slow roasted pork shoulder, pork crackling served with a soft poached egg that needs to be mixed in before taking a spoonful.

If you aren’t counting calories, (calling all my Mac N Cheese lovers and skinny mamiis!) The Mac N’ Cheese Sandwich ($68) elbow pasta, Isle of Mull cheddar, Parmesan, chives, tomato, creme fraiche and bacon jam is a must. A twist on the classic Mac N’Cheese dish, Beef & Liberty takes it up on a notch with the crispy Parmesan crust that just gives you a foodgasm in the best kinda’ way.

Beef & Liberty
3/F, California Tower
30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Tel: +852 2450 5778
http://www.beef-liberty.com/hk/

Spoon Rate: P8301YELP8301YELP8301YELP8301YEL/5

Dining Scene, Featured, Hong Kong

Amalfitana, Repulse Bay

August 1, 2016

Despite the typhoon weather today I wanted to write this blog for ages… last weekend I got to spend an amazing night with my two best friends at Repulse Bay. Hearing raving reviews about Amalfitana, we knew we just had to try it out the infamous artisan pizza place which has brought a slice of the Amalfi Coast to Repulse Bay Hong Kong.

Amalfitana is the brainchild of the Roopchand brothers and the Chellaram brothers, they really know what works as their already iconic Rummin’ Tings & Fatty Crab venues hit Hong Kong with a bang.

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The decor of the venue truly pays homage to Italy with a huge pizza oven, outdoor seating and bar seating taking over the space. I was slightly disappointed as we booked a week in advanced but they placed us outside the venue near the escalators so we couldn’t really get the attention of the servers, and when we did my two things that I was so excited to try were sold out (Eggplant Parmigiana & Kale Salad *sad face*). Anyway, putting that aside- after getting the head waitresses’ attention, we told her we made a booking a week ago and we were disappointed things ran out, she was super attentive to our table. So A+ for service absolutely bang on’.

We kicked off with pesto garlic bread, which was great followed by the burrata & avocado appetiser! That was my highlight, it reminded me of a fresh vegetarian tartar that you would find with Salmon. It was brilliant and the balsamic vinegar & marinated tomatoes went well together!

The pizzas were filled with toppings from the Amalfitana parma ham, pepperoni to the quattro formaggio! You really can’t go wrong with the choices they have at Amalfitana, they know what they are doing with pizzas. Not to mention the experience is exciting as you get to cut slices with… SCISSORS! The hubby was taking the lead on this one, next time I want to go back to try the fiorentina which I heard has a perfectly cooked yolky egg on top of spinach and cheese!

Amalfitana

Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse
28 Beach Road
Repulse Bay
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2388 7787

www.amalfitana.hk

 

Spoon Rate: P8301YELP8301YELP8301YELP8301YEL

 

Dining Scene, Featured, Hong Kong

Emack & Bolio’s HK

November 17, 2015

After dinner around 8pm you will start to see a crowd hustling towards Cochrane Street, why? Because the multi-award winning American ice cream store Emack & Bolio’s has opened in Hong Kong.

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With their first flagship store in Hong Kong, it serves up delicious scoops of ice cream, decadent flavors & incredible toppings! You can’t forget Emack & Bolio‘s incredibly vast dessert counter with outrageous dessert bites and nibbles such as their ‘COSMIC BROWNIES’ & ‘RICE KRISPIES BAR!’

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12233229_10153830253926062_721201506_nBorn in Boston 1975, Emack & Bolio’s serves up 31 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbets along with smoothies and more!

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It is a unique dessert bar with cones such as Marshmellows, Oreo, Rice Krispies, Fruit Loops, Milo & my ultimate fav FRUITY PEBBLES!

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Since I can’t indulge too much with 4 months to go till D-DAY, I opted for the yogurt-made Emack & Bolio’s Coffee Oreo Ice Cream! It was filled with CHUNKS and by CHUNKS I mean actually WHOLE cookie pieces of Oreos complimented with coffee espresso flavor, it was in one word ‘DEVINE!!’

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With two 1 scoop ice creams & 2 sugar cones, the total was $90HKD so it’s quite reasonably priced considering it is a gourmet dessert bar imported from America it’s fair.

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The first Hong Kong outlet follows the brand’s entry into Asia last year when it opened in Bangkok Thailand, there is also one store in the UAE.

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http://emackandboliohk.com/

G/F, 26 Cochrane Street Central, Hongkong

SPOON RATE:  P8301YELP8301YELP8301YEL P8301YEL 

 

Dining Scene, Featured, Hong Kong

K-Roll

September 27, 2015

It’s so hard to find the cheap sushi places in Hong Kong island that really get quality sushi out there. I mean we have city super take away sashimi for 60 HKD which is a little outrageous. I heard about K-roll Hong Kong for ages, but lunch appointments on the island when you have a million errands during that sacred 1 hour is tough. Until, I started my own business where I am allowed to have 1-3 cosmos a day, but that’s a different story. Anyways, I remember the first time I met up with my friend Pinks for K-roll FINALLY in Sheung Wan. I was so excited!

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Dining Scene, Featured, French, Hong Kong, Wine & Dine

A Passion by Gérard Dubois

August 25, 2015

I head over to The Pawn a lot in Wanchai for business meetings or for a cocktail but one fine day my friend Claire told me to meet her for lunch at this cafe called ‘Passion‘ before we head for our meeting next door. I thought to myself, oh god is this going to be one of those local dingy places? It should have been obvious as Claire does not eat at dodgy places but I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Located near the up-and-coming Ship Street district, home to places like 21 ships, Passion by Gerard Dubois has been serving lunch, afternoon tea & light dinners since two years. Quaint with a hint of a french rustic ambiance, the wood bean ceilings feel like you are in encased in a fashionable cafe!

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