28 August 2018

An All-Time Favorite

Yes, my last couple of posts have been about food.  That might have given you an inkling of how much I love food.  I'm usually game to try new places, new food.  This below, though, is  not really new.  We've been to this restaurant over the years and the food is at the top of my family's list of our favorite eats. It's nothing complicated. It's just pasta and mushroom soup, fares which you can get at any respectable Italian restaurant.  But... (finger raised), it's not just any pasta, not just any mushroom soup.  

The pasta is spaghetti with 24-month old parmesan cheese and truffle paste (tossed in a huge wheel of parmesan and cooked/infused with Bacardi rum).

 The soup is wild mushroom soup with generous truffle shavings.

That's truffle heaven!

I am aware of at least two other restaurants that offer the same (they're cheaper, too), but they just don't taste as good as what we get at Palco Ristorante.  They don't scrimp on the good stuff at Palco's. It's so good that every time we go there, all four of us always order the same thing: the pasta and the mushroom soup. Boring, I know, but we all love it so much that we don't want to miss out on them and order other things instead.  What's more is that every single time the yumminess and the satisfaction level is the lick-your-plate-clean kind. A true indulgence.

What's a dish that you've tried that would be at the top of your list of all-time favorite dishes?

21 August 2018


One of the places we had checked out before the kids started school was this place called No Milkshake No Life.  Intriguing name, isn't it?  I wish I had taken pics of the milkshakes, but we were so busy savoring each one of our milkshakes that I'd totally forgotten to take pictures of them.  We each tried a different flavor --mixed berries, taro, peanut butter chocolate, and coffee-Oreo.  They're all pretty good, but I think my favorite was the taro.  I'm not a big fan of milkshakes; I always find them too sweet.  The ones from NMNL, though, were simply divine!  The flavor of each shake comes through really well and best of all, they're not overly sweet at all... just right.  That, in my book, makes the perfect milkshake.

Apart from the milkshakes, they serve gorgeous grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers.  Just looking at the pics of what we had when we were there makes me want to go back and get some more.  Their food has been dubbed "Instagram-worthy" by an online magazine and you can see why.  Not only do they look good, they taste pretty good as well!  That said, my one complaint was that service was rather slow. They have very limited seating inside and we had waited 40 minutes outside just to get a table. Maybe they were short of kitchen staff that day, I don't know.  Food was worth the wait, though.

Bacon grilled cheese

Crazy! Cheers! Cheese! - Melted cheese and pesto sandwiched between slices of pink bread.
Crazy, right?!

Steak fries

Will I go back? Absolutely yes!

14 August 2018


Since we have been back, we've been using up the little time we had before school starts to check out 'new' places to eat.  New to us, that is.  One of most delightful places we'd tried is this small, really local place tucked away in Sheung Wan called Ma Sa Restaurant (孖沙茶餐).  It serves the usual cha chaan teng () fare, but what I was really interested in trying was this humble dish they have --three fried eggs (drizzled with dark soy sauce) over char siu (叉燒) slices, served on a bed of steaming white rice.  Such a simple dish, but really hearty.  What's even greater is that the entire dish costs less than HK$50 (around US$6) --and that's including an icy glass of lemon Coke!

We got there around 11:45 am and got seated right away, but around noon, people started coming in and a line was forming outside (under the blazing summer sun, in really humid conditions no less!).

If ever you are in the neighborhood, do check it out for some really local treats at a remarkable price.  Don't expect anything fancy. You might have to share a table with strangers during peak time.  It's no-frills, humble, but good value for money.

07 August 2018

I'm Back!

Well, sort of.  We've been back from Canada for a couple of weeks now and are over the jet lag.  That said, we're still pretty much in summer / holiday mode.  Taking things easy, chilling, savoring the laid back days with no scheduled activities.  School is starting next week and then we will be thrown back into a whirlwind of activities. 

Canada was lovely, as always. It's great to spend time with family, great to see all the kids having fun with the cousins, great to just chill and go on a few hikes, etc.  We did our annual blueberry-picking and put the kids in summer camp for a week. Oh, the complaints from the boys about having to be in camp! (The girls were pretty happy with their rock-climbing camp, though.)   

I'm trying to make these last few 'free' days count and have been trying to get the kids out --despite the hot and humid summer weather we are having right now.  Bribing them with cool places to eat always helps, haha!  

What have you been up to?

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