Month: January 2016

East Bali Cashews: Healthy Snacking with a Cause

Ever since I had a batch of really fresh and crunchy cashews in Sri Lanka, I’ve been searching for some good ones in Hong Kong to (sort of) guiltlessly snack on. But the ones sold in supermarkets were the reason for my lack of enthusiasm for these nuts in the first place. Finally I found a likely cashew contender, accompanied by a lot more flavours: East Bali Cashews. They aren’t available in chain supermarkets, but can be spotted in some boutique health stores such as Nature’s Blessing and Spicebox Organics. I’ve also seen them featured in the healthy snack boxes created by Snacking Bird. They have a range of interesting flavours which all sound extremely tempting. I started off with the Native version which are plain – they’re relatively sizable and super tasty itself. I actually prefer cashews plain or with Sea Salt. But to entertain guests at home, I served the Chili Crunch and it was such a crowd pleaser – addictive to say the least. The Sesame Ginger is also highly recommended! A Social Enterprise Apart from being delicious, there was also an intriguing …

Why 50: New Favourite Coffee Shop in Sheung Wan

Some Friday lunch times, I feel like exploring new places and cafes are my favourite things to discover. Why 50 quickly came to mind because I had seen it on the Foodie website and this new coffee shop discovery phone app, Kawa, also recommended it. It’s located in Sheung Wan, which turned out to be a great location because the vibe was much more chilled out (than the unpleasantly buzzing cafes in Central) and I could enjoy a 15-20 minute walk there from my office. One of my Favourite Coffee Spots The coffee was amazing! And as I posted three snapchats at this place, close friends who had been, were quick to reply and agree with me. The coffee was so good that I also checked if they sell their own coffee beans – since I recently bought an Illy Francis Francis coffee machine at home; they say they may do so in the future. See a list of my other recommended coffee shops in Hong Kong here. Food is an Even Bigger Must The good …

Grand Hyatt Steakhouse: The Ultimate Steak Experience

I always knew Grand Hyatt Steakhouse was one of the most “must-try” steakhouses in Hong Kong. After such roaring reviews, inevitably came the skeptics who felt it didn’t live up to expectations or that it was too expensive. Apart from other people’s disappointment, one reason I procrastinated my visit was because they do two sittings on weekends; I didn’t want to rush a HK$1500 dinner (return the table by 8:30pm) nor dine at an awkwardly late 8:45pm. But I finally gave in. When I compiled the Top Classic Steakhouses in Hong Kong, the “What about Grand Hyatt?” comments were bound to come. Given that I do sometimes disagree with restaurant reviews out there, I needed to give this place a try for myself. Expectedly Excellent Service We came as a big group of 8 on a Saturday. Traffic was unexpectedly smooth and we arrived at 8:15pm… 30 minutes before the start of the second seating at 8:45pm. But the service was great (as maintained throughout the night) and the table was ready. We were sat …

Lolleroll’s Most Popular Articles in 2015

1. 8 Best Lemon Tarts in Hong Kong A good half of my 2015 was spent obsessing over lemon tarts (eating and making them!). My sugar intake was probably soaring for a few months but the addiction at least helped me compile this list! Article here. 2. 7 Reasons Why Every Foodie Should Visit Tasmania There were many reasons why I loved Tasmania and fresh delicious food was a big one, so if you’re into food as much as I am, you should definitely consider a trip here. Article here. 3. Bun Cha Vietnamese: Best Beef Pho in Hong Kong I love Vietnamese beef pho and this bowl in particular… Read more about it here. 4. Scoop on Hong Kong’s Best Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Hong Kong people just can’t stop loving matcha (neither can I)! Here are the three places where you can be guaranteed to get a satisfying swirl of green tea soft serve. 5. Try This: Order LeTao Cheesecake Online from Japan to Hong Kong This cheesecake from Japan is seriously a crowd …

Best of Food, Travel and Lifestyle in 2015

Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year (actually I might be a bit late) to reflect and look ahead… And to give you some inspiration and ideas to add variety to your 2016, here’s some of my best ideas for food, travel and life in general from 2015! Hope everyone had an excellent long weekend and feels refreshed for a new week and new year. Food Best Fine Dining Meal: Wagyu Takumi (Hong Kong) Labelled as the “Best Meal I’ve Had“, the dinner at Wagyu Takumi was hands down the winner of my eventful year of devouring food and gaining 1-2kg despite upping my exercise game. But at HK$2000 per person, I’m eagerly waiting for bonus pay day to visit again! Best Guilty Meal: Annie’s Burger (Nottingham, UK) I’ve had a lot of burgers in 2015. With all the new burger shops opening up in Hong Kong, who hasn’t? But none in Hong Kong were as evil (no doubt delicious) as the ones from Annie’s Burger all the way in Nottingham, UK! With …