The Tai O Fishing Village is a popular tourist destination, known for being one of the oldest fishing villages remaining in Hong Kong. Despite its popularity with tourists and locals alike, it took me five years of living in Hong Kong before I finally made the trek out to Tai O. Honestly, I couldn’t really give you a good reason for why I waited so long. The pictures I saw of the village were beautiful and I had been wanting to go for ages, but just kept putting it off as it was so far away. Finally, the opportunity arose for me to hike to the Tai O Infinity Pool, which is right beside the fishing village, so I managed to squeeze the fishing village into my trip as well.
The Four Seasons hotels are known worldwide for providing high quality accommodation and service and the Four Seasons Toronto is no exception. Located in Yorkville, it’s the perfect spot to spend some time shopping and exploring the city. I was surprised by and quite liked the simplicity of the hotel’s exterior; there were no big signs indicating it was the Four Seasons Toronto, which I think fits in well with the make-up of Yorkville. Upon entering the hotel, you’ll find that the lobby is modest yet sleek and the service is impeccable. Whether you’re here on business, with your family, or are looking for a little staycation, the Four Seasons Toronto is a great, all-encompassing option.
Cabana has been open for quite some time above The Pulse on Repulse Bay Beach, but I could never quite justify paying to lounge on their beach chairs or soak in their onsen baths when a free beach was only steps away. This past Saturday, G.H. Mumm Champagne hosted a “Save Water, Drink Champagne” event that I had the chance to go to and I had a great time. I mean, what’s not to love about a glass of bubbly in hand, a comfy reclining beach lounger, and incredible views of Repulse Bay?!
This is a great hike for people who want something a bit different and challenging (you can only hike Dragon’s Back so many times), but is still relatively easy to get to. You’ll begin this hike at Shing Mun Reservoir, and you’ll go along the trail up to Needle Hill, then move onto Grassy Hill; both of which offer up great views of the surrounding area. From there, you’ll cross Lead Mine Pass, where you’ll likely run into a wild cattle or two, to get to Tai Mo Shan, the tallest peak in Hong Kong. Once at the top, you’ll be able to look down into the Tseun Wan area (here’s to hoping it’s a clear day!). If you’re looking for a tough trail that offers a range of scenery to appreciate along the way, you should try this Tai Mo Shan hike.
If you’re feeling bored of the typical western brunches around Hong Kong, look no further than Jinjuu’s modern-Korean weekend brunch to liven things up. With a large semi-buffet of delicious Korean treats like kimbap and their to-die-for Korean Fried Chicken, there’s something for Korean food-lovers as well as those who are looking for more Western-infused dishes. Enjoy the semi-buffet only, or, if you’re feeling quite ravenous and thirsty, you can opt to add on a main course and a dessert platter, and/or Jinjuu’s free-flow package (you’ll be in LKF, after all..). Jinjuu offers a good value brunch with an inviting and open atmosphere, and a good variety of modern-Korean fare.
Many brunches in Hong Kong offer great buffet and semi-buffet options with the option of free-flowing drinks and a whole lot of afternoon fun. If you’re wanting to steer clear of the brunch buffet scene (’cause we all need to exercise some self control every once in awhile), there are tonnes of other options throughout the city that offer a fantastic a la carte brunch menu. My most recent find (though this restaurant has been serving up a bomb brunch for awhile now) is Aberdeen Street Social brunch. Basically, if you haven’t been, you need to go. Like, right now. Go. Now.
Beginning in London 12 years ago, Taste has now expanded to 22 different cities around the world. Lucky for us Hong Kongers, Taste is finally making its debut over the weekend of March 10 – 13. Taste of Hong Kong is best viewed as a food festival with a whole lot of class. The restaurants that will be showcasing their specially curated dishes at the event include the likes of Arcane, Duddell’s, Serge et Le Phoque, Tin Lung Heen, Yardbird, and many more. Wondering what to expect? Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the mouth-watering dishes being served at Taste from Cafe Grey Deluxe, Amber, and Bibo.
Urban Park has recently launched a new semi-buffet lunch at both their TST and Central locations, and since I can’t resist a good weekend brunch (can anyone?!), I made my way to their Central branch to eat my way into a Saturday afternoon food coma. Urban Park’s weekend brunch consists of an appetizer buffet bar, seafood soup of the day, choice of main, and dessert with coffee or tea for only HK$299. If you’re in the mood to make your brunch boozy, Urban Park also offers three free-flow drink packages.
It seems as though Hong Kong can’t get enough of a good Asian fusion restaurant. Insert newcomer Bao Bei: a “made in Hong Kong” lounge with an emphasis on funky East meets West cocktails and fusion finger food. While I was originally worried that Bao Bei would fall in line with the dozens of other fusion restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised with the fun originality of the cocktails served (take the “Childhood Memory” cocktail, which is made with Vitasoy and comes in an actual Vitasoy bottle) and the satisfying simplicity of the food.
Lily & Bloom have established themselves as a go-to cocktail bar in the heart of Central for six years and counting. While many have gone to the bar for drinks, it’s likely most have yet to venture down a floor to the restaurant. Lily & Bloom have recently gone through a complete revamp; first their cocktail menu was scrapped and 13 new cocktails were added, and now their a la carte menu has just been given a facelift. Chef Billy Otis stayed true to their American classic roots, but has sourced as many of the ingredients as possible from local Hong Kong markets. Each dish on the menu is full of flavour, impeccably presented, and uses simple ingredients in a fun and creative way.