October 25, 2013

Hot Chocolate (Chicago)

Ever since my trip to Chicago three years ago, I've been dying to try Hot Chocolate, best known for their dessert creations, courtesy of celebrated pastry chef Mindy Segal. 
The restaurant is situated in Wicker Park, an area that I've never been to prior to this visit. I was surprised to find that it was super lively and just bustling with people. Hot Chocolate was very busy and reservations are highly recommended. 

October 17, 2013

川善茶居 Sinmei Tea (Hong Kong)

Sinmei Tea is a cute little tea shop near the Sheung Wan MTR station specializing in green tea drinks and desserts. I stopped by a couple times because I stayed in Sheung Wan and absolutely fell in love with everything they had!  
Left: Matcha Caipirinha - green tea, brown sugar, fresh lemonade and lime
Matcha Genmaicha Marone
- green tea, soya milk, roasted rice, and chestnut
Right: Matcha Soul
- green tea powder, soya milk, honey, almond, sultanas and sweet osmanthus flowers
I tried three green tea drinks and all of them were $32 HKD. My mom had a Matcha Caipirinha, which in essence was a lemonade with a touch of green. It was really refreshing for a hot September day. I favoured the hot drinks on both of my visits. Both the Matcha Genmaicha Marone and Matcha Soul were made with soya milk, so they had similar flavour profiles. I liked that both drinks were not overly sweet, and the Matcha Soul was my personal favourite. 

October 11, 2013

Robuchon au Dôme (Macau)

I'm sorry to say that I've been really lazy on the blogging end as I was away for all of September visiting my family in Asia. Now that I'm back, I hope to start catching up with all the backlog! First, I'm going to start off with a spectacular meal that I had at the three Michelin-starred Robuchon au Dôme in Macau. For lunch, the prices are $458 MOP for 2 courses, $558 MOP for 3 courses, or $688 MOP for the full menu (one selection from each section). Note that cheese and dessert are included regardless of the option chosen. Knowing that everything was going to be exceedingly rich, we all chose the 2 courses option. 
The restaurant is situated on top of the Grand Lisboa, featuring a magnificent dome as part of the rooftop. Unfortunately for us, half of the dome was under renovation, so our view was somewhat obstructed. However, my disappointment with the decor dissipated once I saw the bread cart. I cannot say this enough... I... love... bread!!!!


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