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    Hong Kong Food Trip Day 1

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    Some who follow me on my instagram (@maxieissuper) would know that I recently went to Hong Kong. Hong Kong used to be such a popular shopping destination for Filipinos because of brands such as H&M, Pull and Bear being unavailable in the country. But these brands have been setting up shops in Manila over the past few years which is why Hong Kong to me has ceased to be a shopping destination. But since Hong Kong was once a British colony, it has accumulated a wide mix of various cultures. I find that parts of it are so hard core Chinese while other parts are so beautifully influenced by Western culture. I say this because of the endless traditional/local and modern restaurants available all over Hong Kong. I really had a difficult time trying to balance Cantonese food and modern/fusion restaurants but I did my best, given the time constraint. Here’s a photo diary of everything we ate!

    Hing Fat

    This restaurant was actually located right outside our hotel! We had nowhere to eat because we had a very early flight so we went ahead and tried it out. To be honest, this wouldn’t be the best first meal to have in Hong Kong. Everything was just so-so.

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    Salted egg custard bun

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    This was interesting. The only thing I enjoyed.

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    My favorite dimsum in the world, Hakaw. This looks so pretty but it didn’t taste as good as it looked.

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    Asado Roll.. The roll was too thick.

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    Roast duck.. Wasn’t very tasty.. literally! It’s as boring as this description.

    Overall: I wouldn’t return. It was an edible meal but far from satisfying.

    Rating: 2/5

    Reservations: no need

    Adress: G/F, 8 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    How to get there: Exit L5, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station

    Takomaru at City Super Food Court

    Having my favorite takoyaki as the first thing I eat in the City Super food court at Harbour Square has always been a tradition for me. This time, it would be the second thing I ate on my HK trip but it’s fine.

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    Overall: These pretty balls are the reason why the only takoyaki I can eat in MLA is from Hana at Little Tokyo. Because everything else fails in comparison. But, I haven’t actually had my taste of authentic takoyaki so I’ll have to wait for a few weeks ’til my trip to Japan and finally try authentic Takoyaki. My impression on these MIGHT (but hopefully not) change by then.

    Rating: 4/5

    Address: Shop 3001, 3/F, cookedDeli by city’super, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Godiva

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    This Godiva soft serve has graced my Instagram feed more than a million times already, it’s reached Iconic-Instagram-shot level on my books. I knew I had to try it. I can’t remember the exact price but I found it quite expensive for a soft serve. It’s a good thing that it tasted as good as it looked! I went for just dark chocolate soft serve vs the vanilla-dark chocolate soft serve because I wanted to get my money’s worth! Haha. It was very rich and I loved the chocolate on the edge of the cone. It was a delight to nibble on.

    Overall: It was worth the try but it didn’t also change my life so I probably won’t return because I know that there are still a million other places to try in HK! But I think everyone should try it once in their life.

    Rating: 3.5/5

    Address: Shop 3222, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Spring Deer

    I discovered this restaurant from Leslie of Shoot First Eat Later but was convinced to go by my friend, Nats. I asked our hotel receptionist to help us get a reservation and he told me that he thought it would be impossible for us to eat there for dinner but he tried calling anyway. He called around 7:25pm. We were fortunate enough to have had a chance to dine at Spring Deer given that we arrive there before 7:45pm! It was a good thing that it’s only located a few minutes away from our hotel. I was so excited.

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    Some steamed white chicken soaked in Chinese wine served cold. The oldies liked it.

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    Super fresh veggies. Is the bok choi or pechai? I’m not sure…. I’m not the biggest fan of veggies. Hehe.

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    I was told that we absolutely had to order the pecking duck, and so we did!

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    The skin and meat were very succulent and tasty. I approve!!

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    But I did not like the very thick, homemade wrapper. My mom said that I was already used to the Filipino-Cantonese style of pecking duck which used thinner wrappers while Spring Deer uses authentic wrappers. Fine, I’ll take it. The oldies, again, enjoyed it a lot. We also had some lettuce for the minced duck. However, the minced duck had a lot of celery bits which I did not like so I only consumed one lettuce wrap.

    Overall: The dinner was satisfactory for me but the oldies (Mom, Dad, Grandma) all seemed to enjoy it. I would still go back though, to try the different dishes they offer. The place was packed and I was able to see different delicious-looking dishes!

    Rating: 3.5/5

    Address: 1/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    How to get there: 1-min walk from Exit P3, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station

    Some random snaps 

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     Lab Made

    While doing research for my foodtinerary, I came across Lab Made a couple of times but did not get the impression that it was worth trying. But I chanced upon a small store located near The One Mall and I just knew that I had to try it. A lot of the flavors were sold out by the time we arrived (9:45-10:00pm). I tried the most interesting one that was available: Salted Caramel.

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    To be honest, I was already sick of salted caramel but Lab Made was defintely able to make it interesting because of the cinnamon-sugar (oops, I’m not so sure if it was just sugar or cinnamon sugar.. feel free to correct me if I’m mistaken) coated honey stars! The consistency was so silky and creamy. I was going home happy. :)

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    Overall: I was so glad to have tried it! They change flavors regularly so I’m definitely going to try it again, if given the chance!

    Rating: 4/5

    Address: Shop G42, G/F., Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    How to get there: Exit B1/ N5, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station

    That’s all for day 1!

    xoxo,

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    Davao Food Trip

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    Hi everyone!

    I’ve took a mini hiatus from blogging because of my Davao trip. I just got back and I can’t wait to share the photos I’ve accumulated for you! I really love food and I want this blog to feature other things that I love other than makeup. :) This post will be photo heavy and I’ll be throwing in my comments here and there. It was really hard to take photos of all the food I ate because we were travelling in a group of 18 and I would have run out of food to eat if I stopped to take photos of all the food I ate. ha ha!

    tuna from yellow fin restaurant

    Tiny Kitchen

    The restaurant used to be “tiny” but it becamed a full blown restaurant through the years because of its popularity in the city. The owner of the restaurant cooks the dishes himself! :)

    This is supposed to be  penne pasta (they ran out of penne pasta) with tomatoes, chorizo, and a thick cheese sauce. The pasta was a bit too cheesy for me and I couldn’t taste the flavor of the chorizo anymore. It was still enjoyable though! :) 

    *I’m a HUGE fan of parmesan cheese and I was disappointed to have been told that they did not have parmesan cheese when I asked for it.

    Paella Valenciana. the star of the night. it was packed with meat and the rice was very scrumptious. :)

    osso bucco. I wasn’t able to try this out.

    Kalderata.  It’s a straight forward home-cooked meal that will remind you of your mother’s cooking.

    Canelloni Pasta. This dish was quite a disappointment. It lacked flavor and the sauce was very dry.

    They have a wide selection of cakes and pastries! The sight sent me straight to pastry heaven! <3


    Caramel Cheesecake. My pick for the night. It was delicious! I loved the crust. :)

    My mom’s pick: dulce de leche cheesecake. I wish there was more yema in this….

    This was meh. I LOVE anything red velvet so I know my red velvet well. This was a tad bit too dry and it lacked cream cheese icing.

    ooey gooey chocolate oatmeal bars! now this was a delight!

    What I had for breakfast in one sitting:

    We stayed at Marco Polo Hotel by the way and I have to say, my breakfast meals were the best meals I had in Davao! They have such a huuuuuge selection of food to choose from and the service was impeccable.

    i made my own waffles!

    super duper sweet pineapples. <3

    we were able to try out the ice creamery at the crocodile farm! Yes, some of their flavors have actual crocodile meat in them. haha 

    I tried the “banana nuts” flavor and it was really good! I wish it was more creamy though! :)

    our last dinner was at the Outback Grill (completely different one from the Outback we have here in Manila). The ribs were very good. They were served with unlimited rice. I only had one cup of rice because one cup of their rice is like two cups of rice! I wasn’t able to take photos of the other food because the people I was with attacked the food the moment they were placed on our table. hahaha!

    My breakfast on our last day in Davao:

    that’s it for now! I’m back in Manila and in dire need of exercise but I found out from my trainer that the gym will be closed tomorrow. <//3 Oh well papel (HAHAHA I LOVE SAYING THIS RIGHT NOW)! Where are you guys going this summer? :)

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    2013

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    My 2nd day for 2013 was very well spent! I went out with 2 of my girlfriends from my High School barkada and my guy bestie who’s now studying abroad! My high school barkada’s favorite past time is EATING! We don’t go clubbing and bond over yummy food and funny conversations instead! For our mini reunion, my friend Jemimah suggested that we visit the Mind Museum at the Fort.
    I’m glad that I was with good company when I visited the museum. :) My experience was made so much more memorable because I was with my friends! :)

    I look like a giant in this photo!

    MY OOTD:

    Corset from a bazaar, shorts from HnM

    clutch from a friend, shoes from Payless, watch from Michael Kors, leather bracelet from a friend

    Blazer from HnM

    HE HE I kept on trying to create a huge bubble but the wind was too strong. :(

    My friends almost always let me choose where we eat! I was researching on places to eat while I was getting ready to leave and I had Wild Flour in mind! I forgot to take the address down. Good thing The Mind Museum offers free wifi AND their information counter is very helpful! We walked to Wild Flower from the Mind Museum! :)

    Banh Mi Sliders

    Croque Madame

    steak and eggs

    California Burger

    Jem (the slowest eater), Ralph (the bottomless pit), yours truly, Kristine (best photog ever)! :)

    The food was really good! Another thing I love when eating out with my girlfriends is that we always share what we order! I got to try everything and I can’t pick my favorite dish. Everything was soo yummy! For dessert, we walked all the way to High Street for The Cake Club! It was so windy and we wanted to “burn” what we ate. :)

    my fave, Ispahan (raspberrie and lychee macaroon! )

    Vanessa

    HI ;;)

    reacting over something that my friend ralph did with our social netwrok accounts. haha.

     Great food + amaaazing company: YES PLEASE! I can’t wait to make more memories this year! :)


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