The One With Zushi Ana – Traditional Sushi Experience In A Modern Environment

It was quite a late dinner for us right after a movie. I vaguely remembered a recommended Japanese restaurant by a colleague that was newly opened in Times Square. Zushi Ana was located right at the thirteenth floor of the building, where the cinemas were. The restaurant looked rather inviting so we stepped in for some late chows.

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Zushi Ana

Glowing, warm light in a dark, posh environment always arouse my appetite. It is not something for everyone – most will complain about the inability to read the menu properly due to the the dim light – but I’ll say hey, that’s what candles are for! So I tilt my menu to the (electric) flame and read on, while all around a friendly, chatty atmosphere continue on through the night. Definite long time fans, I thought.

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The One With Rock Bar Bali – Watching Sunset In Style

When I first mentioned that I was interested in going to Bali, it seems that a visit to the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort is a must. Almost everyone I have spoken to was waxing lyrical about the amazing sunset from the bar, located right at the cliff with a rather sheer drop into the ocean. It sounded dramatic in a way that I liked, so I put it down onto my itinerary for my Bali-day trip and made a point to visit.

And I did.

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My First Bali-day

The first thing you’ll notice when you arrived at Ayana Resort and Spa was how luxurious everything is. I was staying at some sub-standard place at South Kuta, so the difference was acutely felt. Walking to the bar took us through the resort, and after the third posh restaurant with glamourous fountains, the sheen of awesomeness started to wear off and everything seems to be a little over-the-top. It didn’t feel exclusive, just over-subscribed.

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The One With Balangan Beach – A Total Surfers’ Paradise

When we booked for our hotel accommodation, we were told that it is a 5-minutes walk from a certain Balangan Beach. To be honest, I was barely paying attention that fact – I was busier planning where to have my meals (as a foodie do) instead of researching more about the beach.

My First Bali-day

But I hadn’t had worried. The moments we clapped our eyes on the white sands and endless blue horizon and the blazing sun, I knew in an instance why this is a surfer’s paradise.

My First Bali-day

Balangan is one of Bali’s lesser known beaches, but it is all the better for it. Even though it was notoriously difficult to get to, the beach is never short of visitors and after late morning you will be hard pressed to rent empty chairs.

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The One With Aman Gati Hotel Balangan – A Balanced Review

I had to start off this hotel review on Aman Gati Hotel Balangan in Bali with a pre-empt, if you like, that this is going to be a balanced review. As much as I enjoyed the serenity and service at the hotel (which I booked through Airbnb.com), there was also much to be groused about and I thought I should view the glass both half-empty and half-full, so that you – the potential travelers – know what you are getting yourself into.

My First Bali-day

Getting There

The hotel provides a pick up service (for US$25) so it was pretty much hassle free for us. A uniformed driver waited for us at the airport, and the drive to the hotel was uneventful and as illuminating as it was the fist time to Bali for everyone in my group. We marveled at the stone-breaking sunshine and seemingly endless blue sky.

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The One With Souvla – My First Greek Experience in Hong Kong

It was only when I started to blog this that I realised that Souvla was my first Greek experience in Hong Kong… coz Greek wasn’t on my Food Category list!

Souvla Hong Kong

While I am certainly no stranger to Greek food, my usual encounters were usually restricted to the occasional Greek salad, of which I enjoy the feta cheese a lot. Souvla has been on my radar for some time since it was opened, thanks to its rather active Twitter account @souvlaemp. One wintry night my buddies and I were looking for a different dining experience in Central, so to Souvla we went.

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The One With Kitchen at W Hotel Hong Kong – A Star-Studded Service

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

It was a family-oriented Saturday afternoon, so you’ll have to excuse the lack of an ambiance with that many kids around. A consolation though was the sweeping view of the harbour. It helped that we were seated by the window.

I took one look at the buffet table and decided to go against the crowd mentality of everyone else whom were digging into the buffet line like there’s no tomorrow, and we went ala carte instead.

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The One With So Far, Seoul Good

Winter is now drawing to a close in Hong Kong, and I still remember vividly the bitter and biting cold of Seoul.

So Far, Seoul Good Day 3

It has been some months since that trip to Korea, and also some weeks since I last updated this blog. Over the years I have come accustomed to the various lapses in writing about my life (sorry, meals) that an excuse seems unnecessary to explain my absence. I am sure I have been missed but hey, the Internet is a vast, deep ocean of things to keep your insomniac nights occupied. By the way, have they found MH 570 yet?

It was my second trip to Seoul, this time made different and memorable because of my better half. I found that if I do not commit these memories into writing, they often fade into bits of information and flashes of memories that seldom made sense, so during the trip I force myself onto a chair every day to type these posts of what happened the day before, ready to be edited, beautified and published for all to see.

So Far, Seoul Good Day 2

Which I did, four months later. It’s late, it’s untimely and it’s unbecoming but, well, it happened. So here goes:

That seems like a long pre-amble to write something and flex my blogging muscles after some weeks of inactivity. Without wanting to make false promises, let’s just hope this post heralds another stream of blog posts – mostly food – to come in the upcoming days.

The One With Shun Kee Seafood – Typhoon Shelter Revisited

It has been more than a year since I last visited Shun Kee Seafood. I would have blamed that to my post-appendicitis trauma after the disgusting packed food holiday I had then (which included Shun Kee), but truth to be told I didn’t visit earlier because it was hard to convince friends to try this out. The location is hard to get to, there’s a fixed time slot, one has to book ahead… there are many reasons why the locals are not very enthusiastic about this place.

Shun Kee Seafood

So when some of my dear Singaporean friends came visiting and insisted that they have to give this place a try (they saw my earlier Facebook photos and subsequent blog post), I was only too happy to oblige. And I am happy to report that the menu was exactly the same and the food quality was consistently good. Of particular excellence was the chilli crab, which was stellar and had the entire boat eating in silence… just like the last time.

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The One With TREE Café – Chill Out Spot At Horizon Plaza

Horizon Plaza is a secluded shopping mall famous in Hong Kong for its floor after floor of designer outlets. Located at Ap Lei Chau, which could be quite a challenge to get to if you are not familiar, the mall is home to many famous brands, such as Joyce, Lane Crawford and Hugo Boss. I have heard of much of this place, but didn’t have a chance to visit until new year day, when we visited on a whim to shop for furniture.

If you are the type who gets claustrophobia from too much shopping, perhaps avoiding Horizon Plaza would be a good idea. I was stunned to see the twenty eight floors of shopping, which make the printed directory an indispensable tool as you navigate up and down the building. It was easy to see how people can spend hours here – it was the drop dead discount – and certainly, it would be a good idea to have a couple of decent food places for much needed rest as you give your credit card a rest?

Unfortunately, food isn’t big on the agenda for those whom took the meandering journey to Horizon Plaza, and that’s why when we discovered the Tree Cafe, it was like a God-sent.

TREE café

Tree Cafe is an extension of the designer furniture brand, Tree. You would guessed it – the entire store and cafe was created in a rustic, country-living style, with much homage to environment consciousness and saving-the-planet message. I remember loving brown color as a teenager, but for the adult me, this was close becoming a mild case of wood overdose.

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The One With Something Fresh – Vegetarian Home Cooking

It has been ages since I last caught up with vegetarian food blogger extraordinaire, Adaline Lau of Doufu Mafia. So when an opportunity to have a night of vegetarian home cooking courtesy of Something Fresh, I knew it was the perfect time to indulge myself with a night of vegan knowledge, food stories and delicious anecdotes.

Something Fresh

The ingredients arrived in large boxes. It was almost like I went berserk on ASOS and bought too many pairs of shoes! After the initial shock we dived in with glee at the colourful packaging for the food within.

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