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Hong Kong (Part Two)

img_7731I boycotted McDonald’s ever since they discontinued their deep-fried apple pies.  Just kidding…I rarely eat McDonald’s BUT I LOVE McD’s in Asia.  Their menu is so much better and much tastier than what we have here.  The deep-fried pineapple pie was fabulous!

img_7750Some quintessential snacks in Hong Kong:  egg tarts, cheese tarts, and 7-Eleven dim sums.  Scrumptious!

img_7943You guessed it right!  This is my second visit to Lady M but at Central instead of Tsim Sha Tsui.  Remember my first post on Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui location is nicer and more spacious than Central, but obviously, I’m only there for their cakes.  The Checkers Cake is a vanilla and chocolate sponge cake inside a dark chocolate ganache.  Decadent!

img_7941This is their signature and famous Mille Crepes cake.  It has no less than twenty handmade crepes layered with light cream.  Man, if only we have a Lady M here!

img_8143During my trip to Hong Kong, I make several trips to Hui Lau Shan.  As a mango lover, their desserts were right up my alley!
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Naha, Okinawa (Part Two)

img_7493-1I love shopping at places like Tokyu Hands.  They have just about everything and these Japanese products look extra cute.  I can stay here all day.  They have a wide selection of household goods, leather goods, beauty products, stationery to cookwares.

img_7319I get excited when I see Chinese characters in Japan.  Yay! I know what it means.  This is a just a random restaurant on Kokusai-Dori (International Street).

img_7512I don’t normally order a drink when I eat, but I had to order this Blue Hawaii (a nostalgic drink for me) and it tasted just as good as it looked.

img_7511There is definitely no shortage of fresh sashimi in Japan.

img_7517Told you I was addicted to uni, but these weren’t as good as the ones I had at the other restaurant (see this post).  Hmm…I wonder why?
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Naha, Okinawa (Part One)

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Japan.  Japan is freaking AMAZING!  From their traditional culture, delicious food to their  mannerisms and technical innovations, I think it’s one of the best countries in the world.  I’ve been to Toyko twice but I haven’t been to Okinawa so I was ecstatic that my husband chose to go there instead of Taiwan since I’ve been there before.

Okinawa is relatively new to me.  I’ve only heard of it once (while watching a travel program on TV).  I never had an urge to go to a smaller city, but I’m glad I did.  We only stayed for 3 days which is enough for our lazy family.  Hahaha.

img_7096-1Okinawa is only a two-hour flight from Hong Kong.  We love short flights.

img_7118It was our birthdays so we decided to splurge on this Japanese restaurant.  The sushi was delectable but it was three times the price of what we would pay in Vancouver.  My hubby’s like “What the heck, it’s our birthdays.  Let’s just enjoy dinner.”  Gotta love his attitude!
img_7111I think I only tried uni (sea urchin) once a few years ago and I didn’t like it but I decided to order one piece during our dinner and I loved it!  It was creamy, sweet and melts in my mouth.  I’m starting to appreciate this delicacy.

img_7122 img_7177For some reason, I recently have a fear of chunky pieces of sashimi, so I was very happy that these were cut into bite-sized pieces.  So fresh and delish!
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Fresh Prep

img_0432I tell my friends all the time, if I have someone prepping my food, I have no problem with cooking.  Meal prepping takes forever.  Lol!

I was so happy when Fresh Prep reached out to me and asked if I would like to do a blog or Instagram post in exchange for a complimentary meal.  Of course, I don’t mind!  The process was super easy.  Sign up, choose your meals and delivery times.  Meals ranges from $9-12 per serving.  Then every week, you will receive your delivery in an insulated bag with easy-to-follow recipe cards.  The best thing?  You can skip meals and cancel anytime.

img_0433img_0436I can’t get over how neat and tidy these packagings were.  Fresh Prep source local and organic (where possible) and use meat which is raised without antibiotics and hormones.  They also offer a variety of dietary preferences.  So, if you’re a vegetarian, you can still enjoy their meals.

img_0439 img_0446Southwest Chicken Salad with Cornbread

I’ve never made cornbread before and didn’t realize how easy it is.  There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked muffins straight out of the oven.  This meal is yummy!  The dressing and the candied walnuts make all the difference.

img_0451Coconut Lemongrass Soup with Cod and Cilantro Speckled Chili Rice

Honestly, I didn’t think much about this dish, but little do I know, it was fabulous!  This Thai coconut soup is so flavourable especially to those who love seafood.  I love the spicy kick and the fragrances from the lemongrass, ginger and onions.  And if you think you won’t get full from this soup, think twice.  With the added rice, it was really filling.

Overall, I love the concept.  It’s ideal for people who want a healthy lifestyle and cook gourmet meals in less than 30 minutes.  My only complaint is they don’t specify the exact amount of ingredients they sent me, so it is challenging to make this exact dish again.

For those who’s interested, enter promo code FOOD-10 and new customers can get 4 free meals on their first order (expires on Nov.1).  Only valid in Vancouver.  Happy Cooking!

**I was given a complimentary meal in an exchange for an honest review.

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Singapore (Part Two)

img_6550 fullsizerender-9What you’re seeing is a happy me lining up for Tian Tian Chicken and what you don’t see is the long queue.  For some reason, my husband loves taking candid pictures on this trip.  I know so random.

img_6476For CAD $5 a plate, who can resist the lure of this favourable, juicy Hainanese chicken?  It even gained the approval of Anthony Bourdain when he visited Singapore.

img_6555It’s SO GOOD.  Don’t you just want to eat it?
img_6557Cheap and tasty laksa for CAD $3!  We need these in Canada.
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