Month: February 2016

Cafe Greenprint: New Green-Conscious “Realistically Healthy” Spot

Comfortable light green shades, wooden furniture and quotes dotted on the walls – I was already sensing that this would be a cafe worth writing about when I saw the entrance. Of course the “healthy” concept was the selling point which attracted me here in the first place, but it’s the, I would say “realistically healthy” or “sustainably healthy” food, that left me impressed in the end. What I mean is that, they don’t exactly serve organic-only food, nor do they focus on superfood salads, raw diets or any of those detox fads that have become so popular in magazines and the internet these days. They added a bit of imagination to real food, and made sure every meal is nutritious. And the food was delicious. Set lunch is served from 11:00am-2:30pm and includes an appetiser, main course, quinoa & red rice and hojicha. The price tag of HK$100-140 is definitely not super appealing, but for the quality and taste of the food, this would definitely be my regular lunch spot if I worked near Taikoo. Tofu Coconut …

Infographic on How to Use the Chemex

When I was first served coffee from the Chemex, it looked scarily unfamiliar and even complicated. But the coffee was great and it turns out it’s not as complicated as its name would suggest. It’s essentially a pourover and this infographic from Camano Island Coffee explains how you can do it at home. You can also sample some of Camano Island Roasters’ beans. I loved the Papua New Guinea coffee beans. They were medium roast, well balanced in taste and perfect for all types of coffee drinkers, i.e. not too bitter and not at all acidic/sour. Those who sign up to their coffee club can also try a pound for free (applicable to US residents only). Check out the infographic below and share your experience!

Plat du Jour, Pacific Place: Casual French Bistro and Afternoon Teas

Swire has opened a second Plat du Jour in Pacific Place (replacing the Spanish restaurant Zelos) and this casual French bistro is exactly what this upscale mall is missing: simple and affordable food made with good quality ingredients. It’s no wonder it’s already quickly become popular – I tried making a booking twice but they were full! To be fair, I attempted the reservation on the same day. I enjoyed their first branch in Quarry Bay very much, but the new one is much more location-friendly. Maybe that, along with the fact that they serve Afternoon Tea here, are the reasons I enjoyed it even more this time. Lunch/Dinner They offer the same lunch and dinner set menu for only HK$235/275 for two/three courses. It’s a price that’s hard to beat especially if you’re here for dinner. For starters, the lobster bisque is the biggest must; it’s one of their signatures that has been unforgettable since I tried it at their first Quarry Bay branch close to a year ago. Their house tea-smoked salmon is …

Taipei: 5 Coffee Shops to Visit

I was feeling groggy one Monday afternoon and wanted to escape Hong Kong. The lack of anticipation of a holiday (when you don’t have one planned next) along with some stress had gotten to me. So Taipei I went that Friday night! I chose Taipei for my spontaneous long weekend getaway not only because it’s a short plane ride away but more importantly because of its coffee culture. The owners at Waffling Beans had told me they get their coffee beans roasted in Taiwan. Plus a brief search on the web yielded many hipster-looking cafes. I was sold. Cafe Megane 眼鏡咖啡 *must visit* I read about Cafe Megane on another food blog: Taipei Foodie. The comments were promising. The photos of their matcha latte was even more convincing. Plus, it was located near Daan 大安 station so we headed over after a big local breakfast of soy milks, sticky rice and xiao long baos at Yong He 永和豆漿王. There’s no photo deception, the matcha latte is seriously as good as it looks. It was creamy and …

Kishoku: Omakase Japanese Fine Dining

You can say “omakase” is a type of Japanese fine dining. The concept: diners sit at the bar table with a clear view of the chef preparing your meal, and allow the chef to serve whatever he/she decides. The menu is typically crafted based on what ingredients are in season and fresh on the day. It’s always a luxury because they usually cost at least HK$1000 per person, involves over 10 small dishes (sashimi, sushi, hot dishes) and lots of fresh fish and seafood. All the omakase meals I’ve had to date have been quite different but always impressive. The one at Kishoku was among my favourites though and definitely one I’d recommend. The menu changes all the time but here were some of the dishes I had. Shirako… I’m always opened to trying new food, even if it’s cod sperm. It was apparently prime season for this (January). I remember it tasted really good. It was really fresh and tasted like super fresh fish, but the texture was super soft (in a weird way). …