FAMILY DINNER AT NOVIKOV MAYFAIR

Saturday, 5 November 2016
It is always such a treat when mum and dad come to London for a visit. 
I do wish sometimes that we would all live in the same country and see more of each other, but for now, we enjoy every little special moments we get together when it happens.

DINING AT OURS RESTAURANT

Friday, 28 October 2016
Ours Restaurant is a hidden little space in the heart of Knightsbridge and it was thanks to instagram that we discovered this little gem of a place and decided to visit.

SUNDAY ROAST AT THE HINDS HEAD

Monday, 3 October 2016
This weekend, we travelled quite the distance (London to Berkshire) to meet some friends and try this much talked about Sunday Roast at Heston Blumenthal's Michelin Star Gastropub and Restaurant, The Hinds Head
Luckily, it was a beautiful sunny day and made a lovely day trip too! 


DIM SUM AT YAUATCHA SOHO

Friday, 23 September 2016
Sundays are for dim sum and today, instead of going to our usual dim sum place in Chinatown, we decided to stop at Yauatcha in Soho to make our day a little extra special. :) 
Collage from our previous visit at Yauatcha

DATE NIGHT AT SOMSAA

Monday, 8 August 2016
If you have not heard of this restaurant yet, then i am pleased to be sharing this with you. Somsaa is a Thai restaurant not like any other Thai place. You will not be getting any pad thai or thai green curry here so be prepared to find a completely different type of Thai menu.
Somsaa started as a pop up kitchen at Climpson's Arch and became so popular that it made sense for them to open their own place located in Spitalfields. The fact that it has been super busy since their launch says it all. To experience what Somsaa has to offer, be ready to wait a bit to get a table!

BEAUTIFUL LAVENDER FIELDS

Tuesday, 26 July 2016
 You don't need to travel all the way to the south of France in the Provence to experience beautiful Lavender fields. Just under 2 hours drive from Central London, the Mayfield Lavender Farm is one sight you must not miss if you are in London during the summer season. This has been on my things to do for a very long time and I'm so happy that we finally made the trip! 

YAYOI KUSAMA

Saturday, 23 July 2016
The exhibition of Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro only has a few weeks left and if you haven't been to see it yet, you have until the 30th July. Here's a little preview of what's to see.

TASTE OF LONDON 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016
A very long due post on my very first visit at Taste of London a few weeks ago. It was not the bright sunny summer day that we were hoping for, but umbrella in hand, we made it and had a wonderful time!

CRAVING NIUK YEN (CHAYOTTE DUMPLINGS)

Thursday, 23 June 2016
When I'm craving Niouk Yen, the place I go to is at Marcel and Sons. Where else? :)

NAPOLITAINES RECIPE

Thursday, 16 June 2016
Ah homemade Napolitaines!!! If you are not Mauritian, you will probably not know what a Napolitaine is, unless you have nice Mauritian friends, who have introduced you to this local delicacy! ;)
A Napolitaine, simply put, is two shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with a good dollop of strawberry jam and topped with a layer of baby pink icing...

MY TOP 10 TV SHOWS TO WATCH

Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Bank holiday long weekend means we get an extra day to the regular weekend to just chill and catch up on some TV series! Who doesn't love Monday now? :p
Let me share with you my top 10 TV series I am currently watching. Thanks to hubby, I am well updated each week as he keeps track of all the series on an app on his phone... If you are interested to know which app this is, just let me know and I'll find out for you. :p ... it is hard enough for me to get Netflix on TV at times with all the options to choose on the remote... lol! 
Let's get started now, in no particular order:
FIRST, of course, Grey's Anatomy.

BEAUTIFUL DAY TRIP FROM LONDON - SEVEN SISTERS WHITE CLIFFS

Monday, 30 May 2016
Looking for a day trip away from London? Why not head towards the south east coast of England and explore the dramatic white chalk cliffs in Seven Sisters? No, not the 'Seven Sisters' in London but the one located just under 2 hours' drive from London. We did that, and it was just Fabulous! 

FINAL DAY IN TOKYO - DAY 3

Wednesday, 25 May 2016
TOKYO STATION - GINZA - SHINJUKU
Right in front of our Hotel entrance in Hibiya was The Imperial Plaza and The Imperial Hotel. :)
We woke up to another beautiful sunny day in Tokyo with blue skies and no clouds in sight! We stayed local this morning, and had a walk around Yurakucho and Tokyo Station area, hunting for food (What else?) :p

EAT WITH ME IN TOKYO - DAY 2

Tuesday, 24 May 2016
SHIBUYA  -  HARAJUKU  -  SHINJUKU

VISIT TOKYO - DAY 1

Monday, 23 May 2016
FOLLOW ME AROUND TOKYO

THE CUTEST YUM CHA IN HONG KONG

Friday, 20 May 2016
Yum Cha serves probably the most instagrammed dim sum in Hong Kong and I had the delight of experiencing it in their brand new branch in Central with hubby and my cousin, one lovely Friday afternoon.

PLANNING A TRIP TO TOKYO

Thursday, 19 May 2016
Planning a trip is one of my favourite things to do. 
Whenever I travel, I always make sure that I know what I want to visit at the destination and of course, being the ultimate foodie, what I want to eat. When we booked and confirmed our short trip to Tokyo this May, I was so excited! I started researching straight away and here I share with you my top 5 tips on planning a trip to Tokyo.

COCONUT OIL PULLING FOR WHITER TEETH

Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Have you heard of Coconut Oil Pulling?
After buying a jar of coconut oil from Borough Market, I wasn't sure how I would use it. Then one day, I asked Google for a few ideas and that's when I came to read all about Coconut Oil Pulling. 
I love everything coconut and I decided to give it a try...

CHECK IN: THE MIRA HONG KONG

Tuesday, 17 May 2016
The Mira is our "home away from home" when in Hong Kong.
Located in busy Tsim Sha Tsui area in the corner of Nathan Road and Kimberley Road, nothing is too far away from The Mira and you are more than looked after when staying here.

MY TRAVEL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

Monday, 16 May 2016
This is a different kind of post from my usual food related ones. 
As I was finishing unpacking this weekend, putting away my travel items, I thought I'd share with you the basic beauty products I use when travelling to Hong Kong or Asia (or to any sunny destination). They are very different from my usual ones for sure, as they have very high SPFs! That's one thing that you don't really need when living in London! :p

EATING IN HONG KONG - DIM SUM AT MOTT32

Saturday, 14 May 2016
MOTT32 is a new restaurant (for us) in Hong Kong that we got to try during this trip. It has been recommended by a friend and having read many bloggers raving about how awesome and mind blowing the food is here, I had to check it out myself! 

A DAY IN SAI KUNG FISHING VILLAGE - HONG KONG

Friday, 13 May 2016
Today, we move away from the busy city of Hong Kong and make our way to Sai Kung Fishing Village, located to the East side of New Territories, for a very different side of Hong Kong. It is my first time in Sai Kung and I am very excited!

VISIT HONG KONG - TOP 3 BREAKFAST SPOTS

Thursday, 12 May 2016
Forget dieting, forget healthy eating rules and just immerse yourself in the local food culture.  Hong Kong is a foodie's paradise and there is no way, one can truly experience Hong Kong without eating your way around the city!

 Let's start with Breakfast. And NO. I am not talking about Eggs Benedict or the fancy brunches buffet you can enjoy at posh hotels. I am talking about local cafés serving typical Hong Kong breakfasts including Po Lo Bao, Noodle soup, Macaroni soup and some of the best Scrambled eggs you will ever eat. :p

Here are my top 3 places to have a typical HK breakfast and I can assure you that you will love it! :) 

1.  Australia Dairy Company
I have read about this place on many food blogs and had to check it out.
We arrive around 10am on a weekday and as expected, there is already a queue at the door. This is normal for popular places in HK. Do not be put off as the queue here moves fairly quickly and for a seating of 2, we are quickly seated within hardly 10 minutes of waiting.
Peak time is during lunch time 12- 2pm, so avoid these times or be ready to queue up for 30-45 minutes.

HONG KONG - TRAVEL TIPS

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Hello Hong Kong! We are back! :)

I have been travelling to Hong Kong pretty much every 2 years since being with hubby as this is where he is from. Yet, for some reasons I have not really blogged about it! Maybe it's because our Hong Kong trips are usually jam-packed with family gatherings and too much eating, and when we come back, it is basically a struggle to get back to our normal routine! 

This time though, I got organised and decided that Hong Kong is such a fantastic destination for a holiday that I had to share my experience! If you know me by now, you will know that what I mean is  I will share with you all of my favourite places to eat and the new restaurants we have tried during our trip and then of course, some other fun stuff to visit and do! 

Hong Kong is a vibrant city and constantly changing with new restaurants and shops popping up everywhere and all the time! This has made no two trips to Hong Kong the same, and we are always so excited to be back. 

On this blog post, let's start with some travel tips for the newbies. If you have never travelled to Hong Kong before, these are some basics I think would be helpful to know before getting there. 

Map of Hong Kong
In my opinion, in order to understand where you are going and how to get to places, you need to understand where you are. Ok, so this is not really a HK map, but this is a map of Hong Kong MTR (the metro), and it is just perfect to explain how Hong Kong is set. 

You will see that Hong Kong really consists of 3 main parts:
1. New Territories and Kowloon, attached to the mainland of China (North part)
2. Lantau Island (to the Left, where the airport is located)
3. Hong Kong Island (the Lower part)

Once you have understood the map, it will be easier for you to locate different stops and know how far or near they are from where you are. Don't worry, getting around in Hong Kong is easy and you will quickly find your way around town for sure! Just find out which MTR station is closest to you and make your way from there. :)

Hong Kong Island - View from the Star Ferry

Arriving in Hong Kong
This is pretty easy. Hong Kong is one of the most efficient countries in the world and once you have landed, if you do not have a limousine and chauffeur waiting for you, there is no need to panic. 
Oh, and NO! Do not take a taxi into town because that will cost you a lot!

All you need to do is to buy your ticket to the Airport Express MTR train, which will take you straight to Kowloon or to Hong Kong Station and from there, you can make your journey to where you need to go. You can now get that cab if you want to! :)

To note: When you travel by Airport Express, there is a complimentary shuttle bus which takes you straight to some hotels. You can find the list by clicking on this link. 
If, like me, you enjoy making the most of complimentary services, try booking a hotel on the list or one that is located near the hotels on the list, and that will be your transportation sorted! This is what we do on every trip and we love how convenient it is.

Single Ticket from Kowloon: HK$90 
Return Ticket from Kowloon: HK$160 (valid for 30 days)

How to get around?
The simplest way to get around is by MTR. Get yourself an Octopus card from any MTR station, which is the equivalent of the Oyster Card in London and you can get on any MTR and buses in town. If you are not sure how much traveling you will be doing, best to keep it as a 'Pay as you go' option and at the end of your trip, if you still have money on it, you can return your card to any Customer Service Centre and you will have your remaining balance and deposit refunded to you. 

Otherwise, taxis are generally cheap (compared to London) so if you're just going a few blocks down the road and can't find any MTR stations nearby, pop into a taxi with your address ready and you will be surprised at how cheap it is. Just be aware though that taxi drivers usually don't like having to cross over between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Some do, but the fares then get a bit more expensive. Just be informed. :)

Where to stay in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong offers lots of options in terms of accommodation and all really depends on your budget. Most people who visit Hong Kong will usually stay around Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, simply because this is where everything happens. Separated by the beautiful Victoria Harbour, it doesn't matter on which side you are looking at, the view is just amazing.  
I find that hotels are usually cheaper on the Kowloon side, although, that doesn't mean that they are less luxurious! Kowloon is considered to be the more traditional and the older side of Hong Kong, while Hong Kong Island is the more westernised and modern side. I personally prefer to stay on the Kowloon side, more specifically in Tsim Sha Tsui, because it has lots of character and feels very authentic. I do admit however that Hong Kong Island also has lots to offer in terms of shopping and restaurants, so I end up travelling a lot across Victoria Harbour by MTR or by the Star Ferry to cover both areas!

Conclusion: Stay in Tsim Sha Tsui area for the more authentic experience, or pick Hong Kong Island for a more trendy and sophisticated one. You will end up having to travel in between these 2 areas anyway! Best to pick one which is near to an MTR for easy travelling and of course, one found on the complimentary shuttle bus service from Airport Express to top it off! :) 

View of Hong Kong Island from Tsim Sha Tsui
Now that we are all settled, it is time for the adventure to begin. Check out my next post to find out more about Hong Kong and what we have been up to!

Thanks for reading!

HAWKER HOUSE NIGHT MARKET

Monday, 18 April 2016
In 3 Words : A Foodie's paradise.
Remember: Bring cash and go hungry! 
Hawker House Night Market has been running for a while now. A big movement in the food industry, especially for the street food traders in London, where every Friday and Saturday night, they are all gathered under a massive warehouse space in Canada Water. 
We reach there just before 7pm to get in free.
After 7pm, a little fee of £3 applies but it's all worth it.
It may still be bright outside at 6.45pm but step in and you are inside a buzzing street food market and it is all toasty inside, perfect for a Friday night! Yes, it's all indoors so don't worry if it's raining or hailing! Once inside, only eating and drinking matters. :) 

CHINESE DESSERT - SAGO / TAPIOCA PEARLS

Wednesday, 6 April 2016
One of my favourite desserts after a good Chinese meal is Mango sago served with pomelo and coconut ice-cream. I have always wanted to try make sago at home and finally, I took the time and did it. Well, ... my version of it. :) 

Here is my version of the dessert - Mango & Coconut Sagoo with mango and grapefruit bits. 

FLUFFY AMERICAN PANCAKES

Monday, 4 April 2016
I woke up dreaming of pancakes and got hungry immediately.
Lovely Sunday morning and I just had to have it! I have been disappointed with breakfast pancakes at different breakfast restaurants before because they would be heavy and dough-y, so I decided to make some myself. 
A quick google on the iPhone and voilà : Jamie Oliver's easy recipe for the perfect American Pancakes. Let's GO!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LISBON

Friday, 1 April 2016

Most visitors going to Portugal usually choose to go for the beautiful sandy coves, rocky coastline and the gold beaches of the Algarve, in the south of Portugal, but we headed to the Capital. LISBON / LISBOA.


Lisbon is such a beautiful city. Located on the Tagus River and facing the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is the most western city in continental Europe.  We had an amazing time discovering the different areas of this city and here I give you my Top 10 things not to be missed when in Lisbon. Let's get started! 


BRUNCHING AT SUNDAY BARNSBURY

Monday, 28 March 2016
Happy Easter Sunday! 
We did not have anything special planned for today but we ended up having a pretty good day.
 We started by driving around Stratford and the Olympic park in the rain and then we discovered this really pretty little studio. The location is called the Sugarhouse Studios and although a bit tricky to find (especially when you are driving...) seeing it in real only brings a smile to your face. 


After clicking away for a good few minutes, we then drove away towards Islington to this beautiful little café called SUNDAY. It is usually a very buzzing and busy place during the weekends but being Easter Sunday, I guess not many people thought it'd still be open. Luckily for us it was open and we had a really lovely late afternoon lunch. 


For such a little café, I was impressed with the rather extensive menu. Mainly brunch dishes but all seemingly as delicious as the other. We chose the following dishes and they were both delicious.

DIM SUM AT A.WONG RESTAURANT

Friday, 25 March 2016

It's Good Friday and it's a beautiful day. 
We are meeting some friends at A.WONG Restaurant in Victoria for what we knew would be an wonderful meal! Funnily enough, it has the same name (initial) as my hubby - Andy Wong :D  so of course it is going to be fab!

This will be my second time at A.Wong Restaurant and I cannot be more excited! The dim sum served here is simply amazing. It is not the traditional dim sum that you know from traditional Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Trust me... Give it a try and you will be blown away.

Here are some of the dishes we ordered for our lunch. 

Shanghai steamed dumpling, ginger infused vinegar

A WINTER DAY AT LAKE COMO

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Travelling to Lake Como in March is a totally different experience compared to a Summer holiday in Lake Como I would imagine. The view however remains amazing, if not, even more beautiful than during the summer days as the Lake is quiet. As part of our Milan Trip, we decided to take a day trip to Lake Como, taking a train from Centrale Milano to the beautiful town of Varenna. 

Here is a Guide to how to make the most of a Day in Lake Como. 


How to get to Lake Como.
There are several ways to visit Lake Como and from Milan, we could choose to take the train either go to Como town (the most popular choice) or to Varenna, a little town further North. I had read on different travel blogs that Varenna was a better choice and so this is where we went. The station is called Varenna - Esino and a return ticket was about Eur13.50 per person from Milano Centrale Station.

Taxi Boat Varenna with Luca.
As we only had one day in Varenna, Lake Como, we wanted to maximise our time and instead of going the traditional route by taking the ferries and wandering around the different stops around the lake, we treated ourselves to a private tour with Luca on his Venetian style taxi boat. 
His website can be found on this link: Taxi Boat - Varenna - An absolute must to make your experience an unforgettable one! 

Family Picture on Lake Como with Varenna in the background
We had the most amazing 3 hours with Luca as he took us around the Lake and we enjoyed the breathtaking 360degrees views from his boat. Included in the tour was also a visit to Villa Balbianello, one of the most beautiful and romantic Villa around Lake Como. It is a tour not to be missed. The Villa is full of history and is also famous as it is featured in different big movies such as  'Casino Royal' and in 'Star Wars: Episode II' for the wedding scene. Loved the Villa tour!

Villa Balbianello on Lake Como 
After the Villa Balbianello tour, we continued our journey around the Lake and stopped at another little town found in the middle part of the Lake, called Bellagio, also known as the 'Pearl of Lake Como'. 

Magnificent view from the centre of Lake Como
Bellagio is a beautiful little village which you must absolutely visit. We took a walk along the century old buildings, on the stone lanes and up the picturesque cobbled stairways and had an enjoyable time just wandering the pretty little streets.



As we reached almost the end of the day,  we relaxed along the edge of the lake waiting to see one of the finest sunset views of the world. On one side, the sun was shining its last rays on beautiful Bellagio and looking towards the West, we could see the sun slowly setting. It was magnificent.

On the West side, a beautiful and magical view of the sunset

Beautiful Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como.

It was now time to head back to Varenna and take the train back to Milan. What a wonderful day!
We had the most beautiful day with the perfect weather and we had, without any doubt, experienced the best of Lake Como in a day. 


Till we meet again Lake Como! Ciao! 

MILANESE FOOD

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Being a foodie, every trip taken has got to have some type of yummy experience where we try out traditional local dishes. In Milan, when searching for the typical milanese dish, we were immediately told to try the Risotto alla Milanese
This version of risotto in Milan is a very rich and creamy risotto with a pinch of saffron which adds fantastic flavour (and a bright yellow colour) to the creamy risotto rice. It can be served in several ways with meat, fish or vegetables. 
To make it as typical as we could get, we had our Risotto alla Milanese served with Osso buco, which is a slice of veal shank, including the bone, cooked in butter. Osso buco was also on the list of food to try so we got the combo in one dish and it was fabulous! 

WEEKEND IN MILAN

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Milan is one of the popular city destination in the northern part of Italy. Even though when researching 'what to do in Milan', the results didn't seem too exciting, when we got there, we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed ourselves. Here is a quick Guide of Milan from my experience. 

The Gothic Duomo Cathedral

How to get to Milan.
You can choose between 2 airports to get to Milan. Linate Airport and the much bigger Malpensa Airport. Linate Airport is smaller and very near to the city. As for Malpensa Airport, it is much further out. Transportation towards the city centre of Milan is very easy from both airports though, so for our first time to Milan, we flew Easyjet over the beautiful snow tops of the Alps to get to Milan Malpensa. Once we arrived, it was a quick ride on the Malpensa Express train to Milan City Centre where our adventure began.


BRUNCHING AT KUROBUTA

Monday, 8 February 2016

Welcome to Kurobuta! Finally, we booked it and decided to give it a go thanks to Emerald Street's 2 for 1 Brunch deals happening now. Click on the image below to get your voucher and then keep reading to see how we got on with the brunch. :) 


WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

I cannot believe that January has already come and gone! Who feels like it's gone too quickly?? I definitely do! I heard before that January was the longest month dragging after all the festivities but looking back ... I don't even know how January has gone ... can I have another go? :p

Well, let's not keep pondering about the past, and rather let's make February a good one! :)

The start of February is always a special one for hubby and I. This year, we are celebrating our 4th Wedding Anniversary. Having had our wedding (the official one) at the registry in London and our Big Wedding Party and Reception in Mauritius on different days of the year, means that each year, we get to celebrate our wedding anniversaries twice! Isn't that great? hehe.

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Our Wedding at the Registry was celebrated in London on the 02 February 2012 at Le Pont de La Tour Restaurant by Shad Thames. Why not go there again to celebrate our anniversary? I booked the restaurant and as usual, we had a lovely meal and a very romantic evening in a superb setting with a beautiful view of Tower Bridge.







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