China, Hong Kong

[ Up All Night, Day 2 – Hong Kong]

December 18, 2014

Groggy and half awake I opened my eyes and decided it was obviously time for food. Once Ben’s bosses understood we were taking a vacation they decided it would be a good opportunity to save a ticket and send him to a morning Monday meeting. We grabbed some snacks at a bakery (Yamazaki Bakery) and a coffee at Suzuki Cafe on the way to the subway. Hong Kong being a place where you can never bring in outside food or eat on the go, we found a bench and snacked before heading out. Never have I been somewhere that smelled so good on every street, gaining weight here is practically encouraged.

Good morning Hong Kong!

Good morning Hong Kong!

Time for some coffee. Sesame latte, yes please.

Time for some coffee. Sesame latte, yes please.

We are only allowed to eat outside. poor us.

We are only allowed to eat outside. poor us.

I took this as an opportunity to stop by our CNBC office in HK (yes, I do have a day job after all) and had the best time being hosted while Ben finished out his meeting.

Back to work, sort of

Back to work, sort of

Now that we were free we decided to walk from where I was (of course Ben dropped me off and came back) to Wan Chai. On the way we stopped by amazing coffee place 18 grams and my much longed for Honey Creme soft serve. Below is the wonder that is a soft serve affogatto with cotton candy on top. I’ll spare you the boring details but we basically went shopping, popping in and out of stores. Pictures below….

18 grams coffee, in a champagne glass of course

18 grams coffee, in a champagne glass of course

Making our way to the markets in Wan Chai

Making our way to the markets in Wan Chai

so many little boxes, little teeny windows

so many little boxes, little teeny windows

Hard not to pause for street food

Hard not to pause for street food

Delicious affogato soft serve with cotton candy.

Delicious affogato soft serve with cotton candy.

Now it was time to shop. We accidentally wandered into the best clothing market slash food market. At which point things became a blur for yours truly. Here are some pictures…

 

Market time

Market time

Hmmm food or clothes?

Hmmm food or clothes?

Food?

Food?

Yes, food!

Yes, food!

Some more walking and...

Some more walking and…

Back to clothes, definitely clothes.

Back to clothes, definitely clothes.

How did I not go broke?

How did I not go broke?

Oh right...I went into the food market again and lost my appetite

Oh right…I went into the food market again and lost my appetite

I’d like to point out that the hearts of these fish were still beating. Surreal. There were also sometimes fish flopping on the ground. I was put off from fish for a while haha

There's Ben

There’s Ben

More food...

More food…

Last stop was Candies aka a hobby shop…aka just Hello Kitty (ies) I obviously couldn’t hold my breath until Tokyo…

My paparazzi boyfriend

My paparazzi boyfriend

Ben wasn't prepared for the wonders around the corner

Ben wasn’t prepared for the wonders around the corner

But I was!!!!!! MOOOMMINN

But I was!!!!!! MOOOMMINN

We made one last stop for a late lunch at Tim Ho Wan also known as the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world. As are all good things in Asia, it was in a subway station. We had lots of dim sum. How I miss you pork buns and rice rolls….

Dear line, quit it.

Dear line, quit it.

At last.

At last.

All that walking meant it was time for a break. We headed back to the Butterfly and decided to head back out for dinner and of course some famous Hong Kong cocktails.

Ben had so much gear, he looked like he was in Jumanji

Ben had so much gear, he looked like he was in Jumanji

It was so humid but our views from the hotel were beautiful. Considering we got this room for under $100 due to our early planning, we were quite pleased.

It was so humid but our views from the hotel were beautiful. Considering we got this room for under $100 due to our early planning, we were quite pleased.

Back in the street for some late night cocktails

Back in the street for some late night cocktails

It was a toss up for best cocktails. Quinary did these amazing foam cocktails, the bar was a bit more laid back but with really amazing, well thought out cocktails. The drinks there were more simple but perfectly executed. The Wood which we went to next had more creative cocktails with many more ingredients, we both prefered this bar but I think a case could be made for both. Besides they both had great bar snacks.

Best cocktail Quinary: Oolong Tea Collins [Absolut Elyx vodka/ homemade Oolong tea cordial/ soda/ rocks]

Best cocktail(s) The Wood:

PURPLE YAM RUM
Purple yam-infused Plantation Rum, sugar cube, homemade sage tincture

GINGER PEAR
St. George’s Pear Brandy, Umeshu, fresh Bartlett pear juice, ginger, fresh lemon juice

First stop was Quinary, next the woods. Good night friends!

First stop was Quinary, next the woods. Good night friends!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Gene Duffey December 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Deborah, sincerely enjoying your Hong Kong travelogue. It’s my favorite place in the world. The colors are so brilliant every place you look. I could sit by Victoria Harbor all day and watch the boats go by, everything from cruise ships and huge freighters to old Chinese junks. If you have time, take the Star Ferry to Kowloon at night so that you can look back at the Hong Kong skyline lit up. Absolutely spectacular. If they still have the light show at 8 o’clock every night, have a drink at the Intercontinental Hotel for a great view. There’s also a unique area on Kowloon called the Bird Alley. Worth checking out if you have time. Can’t wait for your next installment. BTW, you look prettier than ever Deborah.

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