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瑞典的咖啡店

去過北歐的朋友相信都感受到。。。  飲水真係好貴啊!一支水,閑閑地可能都要HK$20…

所以,不如飲咖啡喇!相同價錢,可以買杯咖啡飲,還可以拿杯“清水”添!買一送一!

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而最常見的一間連鎖式咖啡屋,就係 Espresso House ( www.espressohouse.com ).  總有一間在左近!這間就係頒諾貝爾獎的演奏廳樓下!

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每一間都佈置得好舒服!北歐人,真係好識 interior design!

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一杯大大咖啡 + 個 pie, 係度過一個下午,都唔錯!

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Notting Hill

Hugh Grant…  Julia Roberts…

Ah, the romance of Notting Hill.  For romantics like me, a visit to Notting Hill is a must!  And what better place to soak in the atmosphere, than a nice weekend brunch!

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Link:  Granger & Co

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Though this is set right in the heart of London, this cafe was actually from…  Australia!  Hmm, maybe the Brits are focused on the teas and decided to leave the coffee to the Auussies?

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Doesn’t matter though, cause they did serve up a great English Breakfast!  Love the big slabs of avocados, the slightly burnt toast with eggs on top..  Perfect!

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And with a nice serving of mushrooms as a side…

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And ended off with a just-right-not-too-sweet-but-chocolatey Mocha!

Only thing that’s missing?  Hmm, where’s William Thacker and Anna Scott?

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Oldest dining place in the world

For those of you who are on my Facebook, you’ll know that I spent Easter trotting around good ole England and Scandinavia..  With a holiday comes good food, so for a few blogs that follow, let’s move from Hong Kong to Europe…

Now, what better place to start off, than the oldest eating house in the world.  I give you “Sally Lunn’s”, from 1680.

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Now, this very old eating house is in Bath.  Down a small little alley, and this had been operating for more than 300 years.  Wow, is all that I can say.

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The interior was kept roughly the same for all these years…  Uhh, except for the introduction of Wi-fi, I think.  But hey, the food is what we’re really concerned about, right?

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And here it is!  The Sally Lunn Bun.  Ahh, this is all they serve here.  Buns.  It’s a really good bun!  But I’m so glad I live in this century, where there are lots more choices…

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And hey, here’s the old kitchen.  Down in the basement, where it was originally a bakery + teahouse.

Do go for a bit of living history if you happen to be in Bath!  The feeling of sitting in a centuries old restaurant is worth it!

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In the search for good Singapore Hawker Food

Sounds easy enough???  No….

The author yours truly is writing from Hong Kong.  But I’ve managed to beat the odds to find some great fare at good old Hakwer No. 18!

Link:hawker18.com.hk

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Nice plates!  I’m a sucker for pretty plates and decor….

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But hey, this test is all about food, right?  So, the 1st test dish would be a Char Kuey Teow!

Result:  8/10  (Great authentic taste, the fish cake is all there, together with the mixed noodles.  Ahh, authentic enough.  But wait!  Where’s the sea hump???)

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Next up…  A lamb shank curry…

Result:  9/10 (Right.  Maybe not an authentic dish, but that’s right!  This got 9/10!  Cause the mutton is sooooooo tender, goes sooooooo well with the curry.  I’m so hungry now!)

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Back to authentic dishes.  Carrot cake!

Result:  8/10  (Taste JUST RIGHT!  And hey, why don’t they make big lumps in Singapore / Malaysia, as they do here?  Good improvement and innovation, makes for great satisfying bites!)

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And finally…  Salted prawn paste chicken wings…

Result:  N/A, but yum!  (Yes, this is probably more Hong Kong than Singapore.  But it just tastes good!)

Overall result:  As they would say in Singlish slang:  CAN.  Can go la…

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豬豬!

來這裡食擔心會變肥豬?放心,不會的!

這裡是Tom Aikens 開了大概半年的  thefatpig.hk

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行過銅鑼灣時代廣場的朋友應該有留意到它的大大招牌吧!一睇,就知食咩!

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當然,食 “豬”!這裡出名的,就是每一部份都可以食到!”Leave no part behind….”

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EE?  第一部分,係咩。。  好似有點面善?對啊!就是周圍都會食到的豬頸肉。。  豬頸肉 – 你知係邊到來吧!

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第二味!放心,不是肥糕!這是鋪滿脆脆豬皮的 Mac n Cheese….

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主菜啦!Pork Belly!  Mmmm, 終于有點飽肚!

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最後的甜品,有 Tiramisu 同 cheesecake..  其實,這兩款甜品真係想不到佢同 “豬” 有咩關係。。  除非,用了豬油嗎!?!?!?

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原本以爲會食到好飽好飽,遍成只肥豬。不過,因爲餐廳用細碟 small plates 形式,又真係唔會太膩,可以試到好幾樣野,值得介紹!

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An oasis

係忙碌的中上環食飯,又要同人爭位,坐落又往往備隔離share臺的朋友佔了大半張台。埋單又貴。。。。

那麽辛苦,不妨行多幾步,上中半山食啦!這裡就如沙漠中的 oasis, 這就是 3rd Space!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/3rdspacehk/?fref=ts

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如果天氣好,還可以坐出面。拿起本書睇大半日(午飯一小時的話就來多幾次),多悠閒!

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食物以輕食爲主。。

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有三明治,沙律。

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最後。。  瞪瞪瞪瞪!Apple pancakes, Earl Grey pancakes!  甜甜的結尾,係咪好開心呢!

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McDonald’s – The next Gen

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So after a few months after “Create your Taste” outlets have been popping up all over Hong Kong, I finally got to trying one…

I must say, the new store design is pretty nice!  Yes, it’s still Hong Kong, so there are lots of people and noise, so it’s far from being a quiet little cafe… But it’s one up from a normal McDonald’s, more classy…

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So, basically, you order from a screen…  Quite complicated, actually.  Have to go through 8 / 9 steps before you finish assembling a burger, which you can choose from ingredients like Beef patties, pineapple, veges, sauces, egg, etc, etc…

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And here is my finished product!  It’s worth more than HK$130!  Consisting of 3 beef patties (yes, a bit overboard), brie cheese, egg, tomatoes, sauces…

Is it good?  YES!  Hey, I created this, so there’s a certain proudness factor there.  But it is a teeny bit expensive for McDonald’s though…  So, I think this is good for a try, but hey, Double Quarter Pounder with cheese for me please….