Thursday, December 8, 2016

A cat event called 'Happy MEOWment'


Last Summer in Hong Kong it was a Summer with lots of cat involvements. I was shooting cat pictures and had lunch (blogpost here) at a cat café with cats everywhere. #happyplace!

Cats are one of the living things that makes me happy instantly and it's no secret I subscribe to many cat pages on Instagram and Youtube.

Last Summer in Hong Kong I was at another cat related event in the fabulous mall called Langham Place - Mong Kok. The event is called 'Happy MEOWment' and was basically a little platform with cat themed decor for people to explore and take pictures. And all free of charge!

Langham Place does create many different events and according to the social media their latest event has the famous Danish construction toy Lego's init. Fun!
But not just Langham Place has fun picturesque event but I've noticed that other bigger shopping malls in Hong Kong has these typical themed decor and figurines for people to take pictures with.

Check out my play time at Happy MEOWment below and guys, I have a vlog of it as well! Meow!

In de vorige zomervakantie in Hong Kong heb ik best wel veel katten-dingen gedaan. Ik heb veel foto's geschoten van katten bijvoorbeeld en heb geluncht in een kattencafé met echte katten!

Katten maken me direct blij en het is daarom niet zo gek dat ik heel veel katten pagina's op social media zoals Instagram en Youtube volg.

In de vorige zomervakantie in Hong Kong ging ik naar een ander katten gerelateerde event dat plaatsvond in de befaamde Langham Place - Mong Kok genaamd 'Happy MEOWment'. In principe is het een thema-platform met kattendecor en figuren waar mensen lekker kunnen rondsnuffelen en foto's maken. Dit allemaal was gratis en voor niets!

Langham Place organiseert best vaak verschillende nieuwe events en als ik de social media moet geloven is er op dit moment een event met het speelgoed Lego als hoofdthema. Maar niet alleen Langham Place heeft zulke events, andere bekende winkelcentra in HK hebben zulk typische events met thema decor en figuren. Leuk!

Bekijk hier onder mijn Happy MEOWment moment en daarnaast heb ik een bijhorende vlog gemaakt! Miauw! 

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This nostalgia shop
Happy MEOWment had a couple of these fun themed decor houses such as a cat-café and this nostalgia shop with old fashioned and vintage food items from Hong Kong.
Milo chocolate drink!
Here I was having fun with fake cats that was created by a special virtual camera thingie, check out my vlog for a better view and understanding of it!
A vlog!
Let me take you to this happy place through this 1:30 minute vlog of mine. Thank you for watching and perhaps subscribing as well!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

HK/香港 HOTSPOT: PizzaStage


After a tasteless and glum pizza experience at Kitchen One Café (a fuller blogpost here) in Hong Kong I wanted to have another pizza but than in different and better restaurant obvious. It's silly but the only decent Italian restaurant I know in HK is 'The Spaghetti House'. I've eaten before at The Spaghetti House and I loved it and so I was looking forward to eat at Spaghetti House again and to forget that Hong Kong has bad pizzas.

I was in one of my favorite town Tsing Yi/青衣 with my aunt and I remembered that there was a Spaghetti House located at a mall. It was years and years a go since I have last eaten at The Spaghetti House and I prayed that the restaurant was still there. After a walk and a search we eventually found the restaurant but it turned out that The Spaghetti House was replaced by PizzaStage.

Disappointed? A little bit. Curious? Kind of. Hungry? Very, and so we gave PizzaStage an honest go.

Na die belachelijke en smaakloze pizza bij Kitchen One Café (blogpost hier) in Hong Kong besloot ik om nog een pizza te nemen maar dan in een andere betere restaurant en dat doen we natuurlijk bij de echte Italiaan. Beetje stom maar de enige 'echte' Italiaan die ik ken in HK is 'The Spaghetti House'. Ik heb hier eerder gegeten en vond `t erg lekker daar en dus keek ik er weer naar uit om weer hier te gaan eten en tot de conclusie te komen dat HK best goeie pizzas heeft.

Ik was in een van mij favoriete HK plaatsje Tsing Yi/
青衣 met mijn tante en ik herinnerde me dat er hier een Spaghetti House vestiging was. Het was wel jaren geleden dat ik voor `t laatst bij The Spaghetti House at en hoopte datie nog bestond. Na wat gelopen en gezocht te hebben, hebben ik en mijn tante het restaurant gevonden maar wat bleek - het was vervangen door PizzaStage.

Teleurgesteld? Beetje. Nieuwsgierig? Best wel. Honger? Heel erg en dus gingen ik en mijn tante een poging wagen bij PizzaStage.

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PizzaStage - Tsing Yi - HONG KONG

Our dinner:
1 vegetarian pizza with bell pepper/paprika and aubergine/eggplant
1 seafood, chips and corn platter
This seafood platter
This seafood platter I`d like to say is an upgraded `fish & chips` dish and a well upgraded one too! This platter serves 2 stomach but if you are very very hungry you can try eat this all by yourself but you should know that this platter is rich and generous filled with a bowl of mussels, shrimp, deep fried cod, roasted corn and a portion of herb fries along with sauces.

Me and my aunt we are both seafood lovers and really enjoyed this platter a lot!
Hate or love eating mussels but these mussels were meaty and succulent (not a fan of this word but o well..).
This vegetarian pizza
Because we were at a place called PizzaStage, we should also try out their pizzas right. And our pizza choice was a vegetarian pizza with the main toppings of bell peppers and aubergine.
The pizza was freshly made and like the seafood platter it was richly topped with ingredients. The pizzabase was a thin one with a crusty edge. Yum! I felt pretty healthy still after this pizza ha.
Spacious zen area with high ceiling, a good attempt on giving a modern European atmosphere if I may speak.
Like I do with all my hotspot blogposts I always do a little background research on restaurants and read reviews before I post it online like making sure I have titled the dishes right or make sure I have the right links. Also it`s nice and interesting to read what their history is and one of the things I`ve learned is that PizzaStage is part of one of the largest and most popular fast food chains in Hong Kong `Cafe de Coral`. Cafe de Coral! That`s my favorite low budget place to grab a full set lunch below 5 bucks.
ADDRESS: Shop G06, Maritime Square, 33 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi - HONG KONG

FOOD: •••• 4/5
INTERIOR: •••• 4/5
SERVICE: •••3/5
PRICE: •••∙ 3,⁵/5

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My recent food favorites


Usually in the ending months of the year there's no escape of having foodbaby-bellies. And it's alright! Because these ending months are after all holiday months which is to me a legit reason of approval to pig out on meals. Lots of meals. And snacking of course!

In our household there's no shortage on snacks. The snacks that I have bought from last summer Hong Kong is slowly vanishing into our belly but there are still some unopened in our snack pantry. But recently I have opened this box of chocolate called Meltykiss. In the flavor 'milk tea' and o boy, so good! Also recently I've bought new foods to try it out because you know me, I'm a foodie-adventurist! Check it all down below: 

Het is elke jaar hetzelfde liedje maar de maanden van een jaar zijn meestal echt vreet-maanden. En dat geeft absoluut niet! Het zijn tenslotte heerlijke feestmaanden en dat is voor mij genoeg reden om lekker en goed te gaan eten. En te snacken natuurlijk.

Bij ons thuis geen gebrek aan snacks hoor. De snacks die ik trouwens gekocht heb van vorig zomer in Hong Kong heb ik nog steeds in onze snack voorraadkast maar onlangs heb ik een doos chocolade geopend van Meltykiss. In de smaak `melkthee` en hij is onwijs lekker! Daarnaast heb ik weer eens nieuw voedsel ontdekt in winkels die ik natuurlijk niet kon laten liggen. Lees en bekijk het allemaal hieronder: 

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Royal milk tea
Meltykiss is a chocolate serie made by the Japanese brand Meiji and definitely one of my favorite chocolates out there. As the name suggest, this chocolate literally melts heavenly in your mouth with good amount of chocolate taste and not being too sweet. Meltykiss has lots of flavors and I myself have already tried the strawberry and green tea version but never have I had this `royal milk tea` one.

I am a big milktea-lover and so I just had to buy this Meltykiss box.
As expected the chocolate melts lovely inside my mouth and in the center you will find the milk tea flavored part. And this part is good because it does taste like milk tea, hurray!

 Van Delft pepernotenfabriek

Tomorrow is 5 December which marks our Dutch holiday `Sinterklaas`. It`s a day where children gets presents from Sinterklaas (st. Nicolas) and `Zwarte Piet` (Black Pete) and eat traditional snacks such as these kruidnoten/pepernoten. In English translated: gingerbread nut cookies. And as a Dutchy myself I buy and eat pepernoten each year.

At the Van Delft pepernotenfabriek (literally means gingerbread nut factory) I`ve bought my first pepernoten stash of the year in the flavor `tiramisu`. Basically the pepernoot is coated in tiramisu flavored chocolate and it is tasty, addicting and crunchy though it didn`t really taste fully tiramisu because it lacked a bit of alcohol and coffee but overall it was nice. Very nice.
If you happen to be in Holland around December, you should try out these Dutch gingerbread nut cookies `pepernoten`!
Hello Kitty Bakauke Green Tea
This was a little gift from Elisa and she gave me the heads up about this snack being pretty delish and that I`d like it. There`s one thing I`m very sure about is everything that (matcha) green tea flavor is good and so I was pretty excited about this little snack. Basically it`s a rice cracker with green tea powder coating and needless do I have to say: it`s a good fun snack!

Pots & Co.
Salty caramel & chocolate pot // lemon & lime posset desserts

Ok, I am a big BIG fan of making desserts and even more of eating one and these desserts by Pots & Co. has to be my favorite store bought desserts of all time. They are around 2 euro-bucks and sold in beautiful ceramic ramekins. An indulgent dessert and a little ceramic freebie, I think that`s a good buy! Each flavor comes in matching colored ceramics and therefor I`d love to try out their `sticky toffee pudding` which comes in lightpink colored ramekins!

But for now I had the pleasure of indulging into the salty caramel and chocolate and the lemon and lime flavored ones and they are so so good. They are quite high in calorie (I shared it with my papa and brother) but o boy if you like salty caramel/chocolate, you are gonna love their salty caramel & chocolate pots. Same for the lemon & lime posset if you are a more sour tangy dessert person.

Dille & Kamille
Christmas tea edition
A special edition tea with lots of chai ingredients in it such as: cinnamon, anise, cardamom and rooibos. I love chai because of the spiciness and this tea has a good spicy and warm taste to it. And if I have to believe the ingredient list it is also a caffeine free tea as well.
Last but not least
Not really food related but...
My other recent favorite is Blogger`s newest blogpost feature which is this special character/symbol button and allows me to add and type all kinds of symbols! No more searching through Google or memorizomg the alt-code button steps! All I have to do is click on this special character button to get that specific character.