Into the land of smiles… Thailand greets all with warm embraces. Each time I go to Thailand, the experience is different. Here is a short picture montage of a few days flying solo in the province of Krabi.
The theme of this trip? All good things come in bags; especially my daily craving of Thai milk ice tea…. mmmmmm
There are no words to aptly describe this journey through the mystical northeastern province of Heilongjiang so I shall let the pictures tell the story. We were lucky to go the first week the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opened – so the sculptures were relatively untouched and the people, mighty hospitable.
Huge kudos to the city for hosting us and grand applause to the artists for all their hard work…. Ice, beer and dumplings galore!
Christmas season is upon us and the massive numbers of parties and events have been filling my calendar with much cheer! Here are a few festive pictures to get everyone into the ‘mood’….
Or I would suggest listening to Christmas music 24/7 as I have been for the last six weeks. Waking up to Elvis crooning Christmas carols is a great way to start the day!
The summer sun continues to pound down on us – and what an epic weather cornucopia of fun it has been! Typhoon 10 – record breaking pollution – gorgeous blue skied days.
Well, all this heat has brought on the munchies as Hong Kongers are looking for lighter, more fresh fare in the oppressive heat! In the last two months, I’ve been to many restaurants (new & old) – the two most talked about being Chicha and Blue Butcher.
But first off, let me do a bit of finger wagging at myself. I’ve lost the photos from both nights only because I did not back up my iphone. Note to all readers, please do this tonight and don’t be like a certain someone (me) who had to borrow a few yummy images to go with this yummy post!
Foodies are grateful as Hong Kong welcomes the best ceviche to town. Authentic flavours of Peru in Hong Kong is thanks to Concept Creations who worked together with the Peruvian Consulate General to bring a taste of the multicultural capital of Lima to Hong Kong.
While we raved over the tacos (fish!), the suckling pig and the pork burger – but the winner was by far the ceviche which was a ‘party in the mouth’ balancing an acidic and creamy slice of heaven. Don’t miss out on the king fish sashimi-style ceviche!
Just up the road, the newest restaurant in town opened to much buzz: Blue Butcher. Taking the space which was formerly occupied by trendy two-storey clubs M1NT and Republik, Blue Blutcher has been chocker for weeks. I only got a table with my Wylie wits (and connections with the wait staff!). Chef’s table, yehaw!
So what is “New York Style”? This is a term thrown around a lot by the Hong Kong press which often leaves me scratching my head. Well, Blue Butcher is pretty darn close with its rustic industrial feel and at times, canteen-style seating plan. This is expected when the food takes the front seat.
As the name self proclaims, the restaurant is famed for meat-a-sauraus dining, so I picked friends who were keen on a slab of animal draped over their plates. Myself, I went for the bone marrow to start and the roasted chicken as a main. There is something to be said about bone marrow, roasted to perfection – spread over toasted bread with a sprinkle of sea salt and arugula, only to be interceded by a bite or two of capers on the side. Heaven.
I am not sure if anything can surpass this simplistic and gorgeous starter, but life does move on. The free-range 1/2 roasted chicken served on a skillet was majestic. Succulent and fresh, the chicken was served with a menagerie of baby carrots and pearled onions swimming in an oasis of jus and ‘bits’ scraped from the bottom of the pan. Gorgeous.
Make sure to grab a drink first downstairs at the bar and I do recommend the ‘bar seating’ on the second floor which I have redubbed the chef’s table. There, you can see all the action inside the open kitchen while enjoying some choice cuts of meat. Not a bad night….