OPERA CAKE

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pink-location-iconLocation :: Kowloon, Hong Kong

Although we can officially bid winter adieu, spring has been quite the finicky season this year. In just one week, temperatures dropped from 20 degrees celsius to negative 8 and back to plus 4 in less than 36 hours. Oh yeah, did I also mention there was a 5 cm of snowfall? Not something we Torontonians wanted to wake up to in the morning.

Since I hadn’t stored my winter coats away due to sheer laziness  (I guess it worked in my favour), I was a good sport and dressed up in my favourite winter uniform praying this would be the last time. When the day is cold and gloomy, a head-to-toe black outfit is my go-to, especially when it includes a turtleneck to keep my neck warm and a flare skirt to give me some shape. I topped it off with a fur vest for that extra warmth and texture and a cobalt blue suede bag for that pop of colour to lift the mood and keep things sartorially interesting.

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.: Outfit :.
Fur vest :: Joie
Turtleneck :: Tommy Hilfiger
Skirt :: Anthropologie (love this style here)
Tights :: Uniqlo (have these too)
Bag :: Proenza Schouler
Boots :: Rag & Bone
Sunglasses :: Anthropologie (similar here)

THE CLASSIC :: Lan Fong Yuen, Central

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pink-location-iconLocation :: Central District, Hong Kong

If there is only one thing you must have in Hong Kong, make it the HK-style milk tea.  A stronger and smoother take on the regular old tea with milk and sugar (thanks to the stocking-like filter they use to pour the tea through), HK-style milk tea is somewhat of a tradition for residents to religiously drink everyday, especially for breakfast. While Hong Kong offers a wide variety of places that serve amazing milk tea, I’ve got to say no shop comes close to Lan Fong Yuen. Trust me. I’ve done my research.

 As diners are to America, dai pai dongs (open-air food stall) are to Hong Kong. Breakfast is served around 8 AM, and business goes right through lunch and into afternoon tea hour. While Lan Fong Yuen is no longer a dai pai dong per se (it has evolved and made a home in the restaurant behind its original DPD façade), the restaurant still evokes the same fast-paced and crowded nature of the traditional food stall.

 To make sure our day starts off on the right foot, my sister and I make our way to Central district to our go-to breakfast destination. Although many tourists come to Lan Fong Yuen to try their famous pork chop mini bun and instant noodle lo-mien (only available after 11 PM), you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. But when it comes to ordering breakfast, I’m pretty boring. While my sister goes for the pork chop instant noodles in soup, I alternate between a Hong Kong-styled French toast or a basic condensed milk and butter thick toast with a side of milk tea —simple, cheap and delicious. What more can you ask?

P.S There is a minimum charge of $24HKD per head, which equals an HK-style milk tea and a thick toast. FYI.

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Lan Fong Yuen (map click here)
2 Gage Street, Central
Hong Kong
t: 2544 3895

CANDY-STRIPED

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pink-location-iconLocation :: Tsim Sha Tsui & Central, Hong Kong

With the weather feeling relatively warmer (and about time), my much overdue batch of spring #ootd from my recent Hong Kong trip can finally see the light of day. While Hong Kong residents may argue that 12-15 degrees Celsius is puffy coat weather (I saw a few Canada Goose floating around…no joke), my rebel outfit to Lab Made consisted of a leather jacket, knit sweater and boyfriend jeans. Adding a Canadian winter touch (and a hint of colour), I topped off the outfit with my favourite Hudson’s Bay striped hat, aka the beacon for my family when I get lost in the sea of dark-haired people.

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.: Outfit :.
Leather Jacket :: Mackage (beautiful styles here)
Sweater :: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
Jeans :: Rag & Bone
Bag :: Balenciaga
Boots :: Rag & Bone
Accessories:
Hat: Hudson’s Bay ; Belt: Wilfred (similar style here)

 

 

CHEMICAL ROMANCE :: Lab Made, Tsim Sha Tsui

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pink-location-iconLocation :: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Like I mentioned in my previous post, Hong Kong is forever changing with favourite restaurants closing down and new trendy places popping up. Life goes on. So when we heard Asia’s first nitrogen ice-cream shop, Lab Made, had opened up (and was all the rage), we ice cream fanatics were ecstatic.

What made this place so intriguing (besides the obvious fact that ice cream is made in front of you) are the unique ice-cream flavours they offered, from timeless desserts like strawberry shortbread and Bailey’s chocolate chip to Hong Kong specialties like egg custard bun and HK-style French toast. Classic Hong Kong snacks transformed into ice-cream? Yes, please!

Following them on Facebook, I religiously check to see the flavours of the week. Being there in the month of December, flavours obviously centred on the Christmas theme. We had the gastronomic pleasure of tasting the Winter Wonderland (rocky road) and the North Star (Nutella). To be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything mind-blowing having tasted nitrogen ice-cream once before at a local night market, but after taking a first bite, I was in awe how close it tasted to real ice-cream. If no one had told me, I do not know if I could taste the difference. I might even say I love it more than regular old ice-cream with flavours being so bold and distinct. The North Star literally tasted like a fererro rocher. My favourite chocolate in ice-cream form? What’s not to love!

While there is no seating available, it does make for the ideal dessert to take on the go for any time of the day (lunch, dinner, midnight ice-cream run, anyone?). Although it only comes in one small size, this little treat will satisfy all the taste buds. Trust me, no one will judge if you want to order more than one. #doublefisting #ftw

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Lab Made, Tsim Sha Tsui (Click map here)
Shop G42, G/F., Miramar Shopping Centre
132 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
t: +852.2670.0071
h: Monday to Thursday (12 PM to 12 AM); Friday to Saturday (12 PM to 1 AM)

 

DEAR HONG KONG

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pink-location-iconlocation :: Causeway Bay & Central District, Hong Kong

Oh, Hong Kong. Where do I even start? The vacation destination I have been going to for the past 8 years (there was a 1-year hiatus because mom thought staying home to prep for my university applications was the right thing to do. #longestyearofmylife), you would think anyone would get sick of a city by then. Well, at least that’s what my friends ask me every year. But with new skyscrapers being built and new restaurants popping up every year, every visit ends up being a new adventure with new spots to shop and new places to eat. How could anyone be bored with a city that never stops changing! But before I jump right into sharing my favourite eateries and hole-in-a-wall restaurants (with outfits of the day sprinkled in), I give you my first batch of travel postcards of my home away from home, from old school outdoor markets to futuristic buildings grazing the sky. I don’t blame you if you’re already booking your ticket to Hong Kong for your next vacation spot as you read this sentence. In life, there may be some impulse decisions that you do and will regret, but this ain’t one of them.

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WEEKEND BRUNCH :: Brassaii

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As I mentioned in my previous #ootd post, my friends and I went to Brassaii for a Saturday brunch date. Tucked in an alley on King Street (not far from the popular ping pong club, SpiN), Brassaii may be more known for its night scene, but it also makes for the perfect brunch spot with its rustic design (wooden tables and iron wrought windows) meets glam (leather booths and fancy lighting) interior design.

We had the opportunity to taste test their brunch menu, which was slightly tailored for us. Set up as a three-course meal, we started things off with a butternut squash soup. Garnished with fried parsnips, the savoury soup left a delightful sweet after taste.

Torn between the eggs benedict and the french toast (complete with rice krispies and nutella), the decision was a lot harder to make for my second course. While the more obvious choice (the french toast of course!) may have been the tastier one, I glanced down to see what desserts were offered to help make my final decision. Without batting an eye, I knew I wanted the cinnamon bun. Knowing an over-the-top french toast with a cinnamon treat would be overkill, I opted for the eggs benedict with porchetta on an english muffin in the end, which was super satisfying in every way. But by the time I got to the last bite, my friend (who also ordered the same thing as me) and I telepathically agreed that the pecan tart might indeed be the smarter choice, so we switched. The pecan tart was a sweet (maybe too sweet) way to end the meal, but having zipped through two courses already, our tummies just couldn’t finish it. #firstworldproblems

I definitely recommend this place to go with friends. Judging from the menu, I would love to come again to see what other dishes they offer for brunch and dinner. Also, I heard Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston were actually there later that day for a private dinner to celebrate the actress’s birthday. If my pictures don’t convince you, I know the possibility of a celebrity spotting will definitely do the trick.

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