Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Most of the ardent travellers are also ardent foodies. In addition to visiting the tourist attractions, they find great delight in sampling the local flavours that add to the complete travel experience. In fact, many a times, food is counted to be as much a draw as the historical and cultural attractions of a city. Macau is no different. The city is a popular tourist attraction for its historical attractions as well as its multitude of must try foods that are popularly considered as cuisine signatures.
So, come lets take you on a tour that will treat not your visual senses but your palate and your foodies senses.
Portuguese Egg Tarts: Said to be the most famous food of Macau, the Portuguese Egg Tarts consist of a flaky pastry shell with a rich egg custard filling that is quite similar to a crème bulee with regards to its consistency. A warm caramelized top adds to the whole tasty experience. You can taste this awesome sweet dish anywhere in Macau as everyone from hotels to restaurants to even street vendors sell them.
Pork Chop Bun: Another seasoned yet well known street snack of Macau is pork chop bun. You can find various different versions of this simple dish in various parts of Macau. However, is you still crave to get the best of this dish, go have it at Tai Lei Lok Kei in Taipa that offers the winning combination of fresh baked crisp bun with tender juicy pork chop making it a scrumptious yet satisfying snack. The place starts making them at 3pm everyday and almost all stocks are finished by 5 pm so be sure to get your piece on time!
Mashed Potatoes: For something so simple, it may be considered madness to count it among the best Macau dishes. Yet, if you sample the same at the famous Michelin star winner restaurant Robuchon au Dome, you are sure to feel the temptation. This side dish is beyond imagination at this restaurant where its velvety and rich texture blows your mind away with its flavours and colour. There is a lot of butter and lot of potatoes all stirred together to make this simple yet flavourful dish.
Egg Rolls: Most of you may argue that Egg Rolls are hardly Macau’s speciality. However, due to their huge popularity in the area, they have taken on a unique local flavour specialist of the region . There are a number of stalls and restaurants serving this dish in the city but nothing beats the roadside stall of Taipa off the Rua Direita Caros Eugenio road where the snack is made with the combination of freshness and local color. Run by a local eccentric, the rolls are so sweet, crispy and light that you are sure to eat more than came for. Served hot off the girdle, the rolls are best for those looking for some light snacking of the local cuisine.
Serradura: Translated from the Portuguese word meaning ‘sawdust’, this unappealingly named dish is a much loved dish for most of the locals. Best served as a chilled pudding or as an ice cream, it contains of vanilla, condensed milk, cream, and a layer of sweet biscuits that have been crushed super fine to resemble sawdust. Found in most of the Macanese and Portuguese restaurants of the area, it is a hugely favoured item also sold by many vendors and bakeries. If you would like to get the best of the same, get the ice cream version of the same from Gelatina Mok Yi Kei in Old Taipa.
Almond Cookies and Sweet Pork Jerky: Often found at the same vendor, these two items are found everywhere in Macau. Best brought from the Koi Kee Bakery, branches of whom can be found all over Macau, these almond cookies have a nutty flavour and a gritty texture with a slight saltiness that makes the not too sweet. You can also choose from a huge collection of dried meats that range from wild boar to spicy beef to sweet pork jerky.
Black Garlic Chocolate: Black garlic, also known as fermented garlic, is a super food that has been shown to have high antioxidant content as well as a flavour and complexity that can be taken to its sweet extreme. At McPherson’s Sweet Shoppe, taste a rich treat with dark chocolate sandwiching black garlic gananche bringing a unique flavour to your mouth. There are also some delightfully different options of trying black garlic ice cream, frozen chocolate bananas as well as green tea ice cream.
These are just some of the samplers that we have brought to you. Get around to visiting Macau and you are sure to find some hidden gems in the streets of the city that are sure to take your trip to a completely new level.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Hong Kong, one of the world's most dynamic cities! Hong Kong offers unique experiences to visitors, such as The Peak, Star Ferry, Tramways, dynamic street markets, bustling shopping areas, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park and etc.
Because of its subtropical climate that is ideally characterized through summers that are hot and humid and dry winters. Therefore, it is not a difficult choice to make when would be the best time to visit Hong Kong Macau., Hong Kong's weather is generally mild in winter and uncomfortably hot and humid in summer, with an average annual rainfall. The most pleasant time of year is late September through early December, when skies are clear and sunny. The best times to visit Hong Kong-Macau are the months of October, November and December. January and February tend to cloudy and cold but it’s quite dry and even during these months one can plan a trip to Hong Kong and Macau. March, April and May are quite warm and the humidity level is also extremely high thereby not the ideal months to travel to Hong Kong and Macau. The heat doesn’t get any better and June, July, August can also be extremely bad, when one doesn’t only need to tackle humidity but also plenty of rains. September is the month of typhoon and therefore Hong Kong and Macau experience extremely bad weather during this month
Hence, one can safely say that for good weather, the best months to visit Hong Kong are October,November andDecember. In these months, Hong Kong's weather is warm and sunny. June through September is the months to travel to Hong Kong if you want a good bargain. This is Hong Kong's rainy typhoon season and the weather is hot and humid.
November is one of the excellent months to visit Hong Kong. The typhoon season is over, the weather is warm and skies blue and most importantly of all the humidity has finally been dialed back. It is an excellent time to explore Hong Kong beaches because the humidity finally banished it's the perfect time to walk around the city streets or go hiking in the New Territories.
Hong Kong has a fantasticoutdoors. From the stretch of golden sands on Lamma Island to the hiking trails of the New Territories there's is plenty to explore. The city's oppressive humidity makes this almost impossible in the summer months but whether you want to explore the cityscape of Causeway Bay or stroll a tropical beach November is one of the best months.
Hence, one can safely say that the best time to travel to Hong Kong-Macau are the winter months when the weather is perfect to enjoy all the myriad facets that these two amazing places have to offer. Also, during this season one can think of visiting the numerous beaches, which is not a possibility during the rainy season. However, since this also constitutes the peak season. On the other hand summer months are perfect to enjoy a great holiday and at great discounts because it is the offseason.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Hong Kong is the third most popular destination in the world. A city with not only Chinese, but also English influences. A city with more skyscrapers than New York City and so many shops, that you get the feeling that the whole city is one big shopping mall. And a city where most people would go crazy because of the chaotic lifestyle. Hong Kong have a number of favorite places in this great city; Kowloon Park, Victoria Peak , the Lord Stow’s bakery Portuguese egg starts from Macau that they sell at the Excelsior Hotel’s Espresso shop; perhaps the world’s most romantic and historic boat ride. There are many beautiful places that every tourist must visit. So let’s start with Macau.
Museum of Macau is built into a hill and occupies for Macau’s strongest fort, this fort maid in the 16th century. It describes about the history of the city and the territory of the Portuguese colony in Macau so if you like to know more about such things you must visit this museum. Now a day’s it is a special administrative region for the people of china.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Located at Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest Disneyland in the world. Disneyland is one of the most beautiful place to visit your kids will love to visit it and there are seven themed areas such as adventure land tomorrow land, USA, Main street, Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch. The theme park’s cast members speak in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. While you are there, do not miss the Flight Of Fantasy Parade, which is a scheduled daytime parade of Disney characters, if you are a kid, you will most probably love all the rides! However, I highly recommend the 3D animated film at Mickey's PhilharMagic and the Festival of the Lion King musical - they were pretty awesome! And of course, you have not really visited Disneyland if you did not catch the nightly fireworks display with the Sleeping Beauty Castle as the backdrop.
Lamma is one of the many islands in Hong Kong that can offer you a relaxing day off from the bustling city. It’s about a half hour from Central Hong Kong, passing alongside giant apartment towers on one edge of Hong Kong Island before heading the short distance to Lamma. There are exposed orange-red rocks on the shore and a small pagoda, and then, wham, you’re in the harbour. There’s a ramshackle fishing village and then a small main street that’s filled with lively and extremely casual cafes and small shops selling cans of imported beer for a buck, plus snacks and towels and such. There you can find both Chinese sea food and Western restaurants. The village isn’t that big, but that’s part of the charm. Family Trail can take you between one to two hours, depending your speed and the amount of photographs you want to take along the trail. It’s quite a relaxing route, but does include some work for your legs and butt. Wear comfortable shoes and remember a water bottle.there is plenty of excellent fish and seafood restaurants, with picturesque views of live animals in aquarium. It is also large fish farming site in waters of this quiet bay here, said to be the largest one in Hong Kong.
This is a world class food city, but only recently have they offered world class sausages and poutine. The pig is centre of attention in Hong Kong at the moment, first with the opening and unyielding popularity of The Salted Pig, and now with Yonge Piggies, on the corner of Bonham Strand and Jervois Street. Yonge (pronounced ‘young’) Piggies is a Canadian hotdog joint named after hotdog vendor-lined Yonge Street in Toronto. With its retro neon signs, metal clad decor and open front, complete with high red stools, Yonge Piggies does indeed look like it’s been transported straight from North America, much like its Canadian sausages.
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