shanghai street...

Why weave through the ikea maze when you can meander with the natives on Shanghai Street. Shanghai Street has everything you could possibly need. There are baking shops, 'white' porcelain shops, knife shops... If it's good enough for Anthony Bourdain, it's good enough for me. On my most recent trip, my list included white congee spoons, Vietnamese coffee filter, tiny white porcelain spoons and any gluten free goodies I could get my hands on. 

Of course, I found everything I needed and then some.

There's the Vietnamese coffee maker above. I have sweet memories of my iced morning coffee on the beaches of Da Nang. Now I just have to figure out their elusive method. But how hard can it be?

I have collected steamer baskets in all possible sizes. Does anyone have tried and tested gluten free recipes for dim sum? I also stack them up and corral goodies in them as well. 

Having a party? Shanghai Street has several baking shops as well. You won't miss them. One of them is affectionately named, 'I love cake.' 

This is where I purchased my pan for Hong Kong traditional egg waffles

Lunch anyone? After all that shopping we were hungry, but we decided against the various dried meats. Cafe Mido was closed due for Spring Break. So we found a dim sum restaurant down the street.   Before I leave Hong Kong I will return to Shanghai Street for one of their massive several inches thick round chopping blocks. I think the hubs also mentioned a set of knives. If you watch the Anthony Bourdain clip that's what he was after on Shanghai Street as well. And if you walk far enough down Shanghai Street, you'll run into the jade market... 


photos courtesy of Heidi Selch


show and tell...

My mama left yesterday - headed back to the states! It was so nice to see her. We even schlepped her to Macau for a couple days. Where she really saw the masses out and about getting ready for Chinese New Year. I honestly don't think I've ever been in a bigger sea of people. Mental note- do not go to Macau two days before Chinese New Year. But now I do want to go back when it's not soooo crowded. Well, before I begin to plan another Macau trip here are some tidbits I thought you might enjoy...

  • Do you ever struggle packing for a quick weekend trip? Me too, until I organized a stand by toiletries kit. Mine is packed and ready for a plane ride, but you could organize one for anything. Check out Live Sigma Kappa for my helpful hints.
  • Have you seen the ikea emojis? There's over 100 for both iPhone and android. So next time you need to tell someone please help me with this Hemnes bookcase you can send them the emoji as well to clarify which piece you are struggling with. 
  • I am in lust with these cut out loafers by Haik. What'd you think? I think they're perfect for wandering the Hong Kong pavement. If I could only find out where to buy them. Any leads? 
  • Wondering how J Crew decides what to layer with what? Its about as complicated as the system my nine year old uses- 'pile style.' Jenna states they just throw it on the floor and go from there. Maybe I'll try that this Monday morning...
  • Baking cookies to sell your home? That trick may not be the best one to sell your home. Sometimes the fresh scent of coffee may be just as effective. See what other scents may work best. 
  • Do you hate the sound of your own voice? Why don't I sound like I hear myself in my head? Watch this short video and it explains the discrepancy. 
  • I'm always on the hunt for a quick healthy and gluten free dinner solution. This red lentil soup definitely fits the criteria. I think we'll be trying it this week. 
  • Do you instagram? I try desperately to do a photo a day with Fat Mum Slim. Do you do any other photo a day sharing? 
It's Monday morning and every thing's in full swing. My kids still have two more days off for Chinese New Year, but somehow the errands that keep stacking up were not put on notice. So I'm off with two kids in tow. Hope you have a great week starting with a fabulous Monday....


show and tell...

Even though there's no Super Bowl here in Hong Kong, I still managed to over indulge this weekend. Between Australia Day parties and brunch buffets, I think its time for some fruits and vegetables. How about you?

  • Aren't those jade bracelets lovely? I'm in love with the Kong's jade market. I know its not real jade, but its bursting with inexpensive baubles and bangles. I need to make another trip for a friend who's requesting bangles galore. Read all about a trip here. What's your favorite?
  • Are you near New York? The Met is currently exhibiting Chinese stone carvings. Wish I could go. Maybe I'll have to hit the Hong Kong Art museum to get my fix. 
  • After trying my best to learn as much Cantonese and Mandarin as I can, I struggle tremendously. So it was no large surprise when I saw this language tree and Chinese and English are on opposite sides! And even though my ancestors are Hungarian that language stumps me as well!
  • Last week I had the pleasure of indulging in seafood prepared by a Michelin starred chef. Afterwards, the newest Hong Kong list of Michelin starred restaurants was released. Dinner, anyone?
  • I think I'm going to try this new recipe for pumpkin penne this week. Think my children will like it? I may have to puree the pumpkin so they can't see the chopped pumpkin. How do you get your kiddos to eat veggies? I must admit I have to hide the vegetables most of the time! 

photo courtesy of Heidi Selch

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