One of the biggest barriers against posting when I’m on the road is time: as in, there’s not enough of it.
Today, while I was in the shower after a day of touring Australia’s Kangaroo Island, I thought, “I really wish I could share this with my readers…”
And then I thought, “Why the hell can’t I?!”
Often, I won’t post if I don’t have the time to do a lengthy write-up alongside it…which will result in me not posting for weeks, or sometimes not posting at all. So, I decided that I’m going to at least attempt to put up photos while I’m on honeymoon, even if the only accompanying text is a mere caption (or no captions, period).
First stop on our honeymoon was Hong Kong, a gorgeous East-meets-West city nestled between water and mountains that has loomed large in my imagination for over a decade.
Below, a mere snapshot of our 4 days in Hong Kong, with a few of the highlights we experienced. If you have a chance to visit the city, I highly recommend!
The Big Buddha on Lantau Island is an absolute must:
Tim Ho Wan, the World’s Cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant. Helmed by Chef Mak Pui Gor, who was formerly at Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons, there are now several outposts of this dim sum palace in Hong Kong. You can’t make reservations and normally have to wait at least 2 hours for a table, but we were lucky enough to get in after only a 5 minute wait. (Thank you Hong Kong Tourism Board!) It’s not fancy and it basically looks like a neighborhood taco joint, but the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD. A few days later, when E. and I were looking back on all the over-the-top meals we’d had, he pronounced the dim sum at Tim Ho Wan his favorite. It’s worth the wait, even if simply for the bragging rights. Make sure you order the Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, since it’s the signature dish. We ordered seconds.
Bo Innovation – Chef Alvin Leung is known as the Demon Chef and is a judge on Canadian Master Chef. His big personality attracts haters, but when we sat at his Chef’s Table at Bo Innovation, which has 3 Michelin stars, we were blown away not only by the food but by how funny and cool he is. Below, a couple of his creations:
We also ate at Yin Yang, Chef Margaret Xu Yuan‘s tiny restaurant. She only locally sourced produce from her organic garden, which results in beautiful treats like this:
Hong Kong has so many awesome bars, and we only drank at a few of them. I can recommend Ozone, which is at the top of the Ritz Carlton on the 118th floor. It’s the highest bar in the world:
Also worth a stop: Wooloomooloo, which has views like this:
One of the must-do things in Hong Kong is to get a suit custom-made from a local tailor. It’s not quite as cheap as I expected (I had visions of $1000 suits costing, like, $75) but you can definitely get something amazing for a song. The in-the-know place frequented by businessmen and royals is Sam’s Tailor.
On the last day of our trip, our tour guide asked me what my favorite activity had been. I answered immediately, with no hesitation: Sevva. It’s a rooftop bar, lounge and restaurant on the top of Prince’s Building in Central, which is Hong Kong’s shopping and banking area. High tea featured champagne and Lanvin fashion cakes, with ludicrously beautiful views and ornate decorations on the walls. Probably my favorite drinking experience ever.
We did some other amazing things I can’t wait to share…but those will have to wait for another post! We’re in Australia now, and wowzers am I exhausted. (I’ve been nursing the world’s worst cold–which has progressed into a hacking cough–for the past 4 days. I pray for health tomorrow!)