Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013

Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013

Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013 Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013

Peru 2014

Peru - Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima 2014

Peru 2014 Peru 2014

Cambodia and Burma 2014

Cambodia and Burma July 2014

Cambodia and Burma 2014 Cambodia and Burma 2014

Turkey 2012

Visiting Turkey; Istanbul and Ephesus in 2012

Turkey 2012 Turkey 2012

Vietnam & Bangkok 2009

Vietnam & Bangkok- 17 days July 2009

Vietnam & Bangkok 2009 Vietnam & Bangkok 2009

Morocco 2012

Morocco; Marrakech, Fez, Volubilis, Meknes and Casablanca in October of 2012

Morocco 2012 Morocco 2012

Japan 2011

Sushi, Shrines and Shinkansen; 8 Days in Tokyo and Kyoto in April 2011

Japan 2011 Japan 2011

Rome 2009

Mozzarella, Museums & Macchiato; A Week in Rome, October 2009

Rome 2009 Rome 2009
View from the Hong Kong YMCA

View from the Hong Kong YMCA

We didn’t eat in the Tai O fishing village, but instead returned to Kowloon and had a late lunch at the Sweetheart Cafe on Ashley road. This was my first experience with the culinary delight known as “Hong Kong French Toast” which is not for the faint of heart or stomach. It’s two slices of bread with peanut butter, battered and fried with butter and syrup. This was oh-so-good, but also so very heavy, all for 44 HK$ with iced milk coffee. Mom had udon soup with pork cutlet. Tip: Look for  restaurants offering “Tea” time specials from 2-5pm.

Sweetheart Cafe with Hong Kong French Toast.

Sweetheart Cafe with Hong Kong French Toast.

Before dinner we went to a nearby night market, but did’t really find anything to buy.

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Night market

Still full from “tea”, we had a light dinner at Ah Say Fast Food on Lock Street. We shared an order of stir fried udon noodles with pork garnished with sliced chilies, garlic shoots, and lots of  black pepper, and some Chinese cabbage with lots of garlic. With a glass of milk tea  it was 88 HK$ total. It was surprisingly good for “fast food”.
Tip: Order at the counter, pay, and they give you poker chips with numbers on them for the food. Go pick up food when number (in Chinese) is called. They called our numbers in English for us.
Ah Say Fast Food

Ah Say Fast Food

 To end our last night in Hong Kong we walked over to the fancy hotel and retail center called 1881 Heritage House. There we found a cafe outside in the “mall” area of the hotel that served cocktails. There I had a delicious drink call the Jasmine Dream made with gin, Advocat jasmine liqueur, lemon juice and bitters. Expensive at 100 HK$, but a nice end to the evening.
1881 Heritage House

1881 Heritage House

In the morning we went shopping for food for train; chips, wine, pastries. We also returned our Octopus cards for a 50 HK$ refund minus 9 HK$ fee. At lunch time we walked across the street from the YMCA toward a walkway along the harbor to meet my friend Ray for lunch at the lovely Dim Sum restaurant called Serenade. The view can’t be beat and the food was delicious. We had pork belly, glutenous rice, shui mai, dumplings, egg tarts, rice sheet rolls with shrimp.
Ray lives in Hong Kong and was kind enough to go to the train station and buy our overnight sleeper train tickets to Shanghai for us months before we arrived. This saved us a huge amount of hassle because I just could not figure out how to do it online in advance and we didn’t want to risk having them sold out when we got to Hong Kong. He also went with us back to Guangdong BBQ on Ashley Road to help us order some BBQ pork and duck with rice to take on the train with us (88HK$ for both). Thanks again for all your help Ray!
View from the Serenade

View from the Serenade

Dim Sum at the Serenade

Dim Sum at the Serenade- that pork belly (lower right) was the bomb!

In the mid afternoon we checked out of the YMCA and took a taxi to the Hung Hom train station for our overnight train to Shanghai.
Next up, overnight on the train!

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Hong Kong’s Lantau Island Tai O Fishing Village

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From the Tian Tan Buddha and the monastery, we took bus #21 to Tai O fishing village for about 6 HK$. The ride took about 40 minutes. We explored the narrow alleyways for about an hour or so. Unlike the monastery, there were a lot of cats here. And a lot of dried fish. Perhaps […]

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