Hungry Lobster

To be honest, I didn’t want to write a blog post about this at first, because the food wasn’t great, and I didn’t want to come across as a disgruntled diner. However, my friend convinced me to just go ahead. It’s a learning experience, so why not share that experience with others? Also, it’s more realistic to have the occasional bad review. (I’m quite lazy in the sense that I select only the good stuff to talk about.)

I’ll start with the positives. Edwin’s birthday was coming up, I made a reservation around two weeks in advance, and one week before the date I called again to change the booking. Initially, it was supposed to be just Edwin and myself, but some of his friends joked about crashing and we decided to simply invite them. The staff was incredibly accommodating about changing it from two people to eight, which was nice.

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The starters weren’t terrible. The lobster bisque was fairly standard, and each bowl came with a slice of toasted garlic bread (not pictured). The portion size for the lobster bruschetta was on the small side, but the lobster itself was juicy and flavourful, so overall it’s acceptable.

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For the main course, most of us ordered the Surf & Turf, which came with a side of fries and the tiniest salad ever. If you look closely, you’ll see a stray leaf trying to crawl out from under the lobster. I like how the chef channeled his/her inner #SaltBae, and the fries were a solid 10 – crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and perfectly seasoned. It’s safe to say that those fries were the best part of the dish.

The steak though… where do I begin? Some of us ordered the rib eye steak to be cooked medium rare, others medium. When the steaks arrived, most of them were RARE. It’s not even one of those instances where it could be subjective. If we had put our steaks side by side and cut them in half, it would’ve looked like a crime scene.

I opted for medium, and mine was bizarre. Half of it was rare, and the other half was well done. HOW do you overcook half a piece of steak and have the other half almost raw? Was it dangling off the side of the grill?

One of the girls sent her steak back, and it later came back somewhat closer to what she had ordered. I didn’t send mine back because a) I hate wasting food and b) I wanted to give it a chance. By the time the truth (that it was a badly cooked steak) sank in, I’d eaten more than half of it and it’d be rude to demand a new steak at this point.

You might be thinking, “It’s called Hungry Lobster, not Hungry Cow, so maybe steak isn’t their thing. What about the lobster?” Well, it wasn’t great either. First off, that green goo. It’s not herb butter. Just, no. Go ahead and Google “grilled lobster”, because what you’re seeing here isn’t what it’s supposed to look like.

Underneath the green goo, the rest of the lobster was underwhelming. Some parts were okay, others were dry. If the lobster had been tastier, it might have made up for the disastrous steak, but ultimately it was a let down.

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So not every dining experience will be impressive, and every once in a while there’ll be a less-than-stellar review. I have nothing bad to say about the service, but service alone isn’t enough to warrant a return trip. It’s unlikely I’d go back just for the fries, although I’m desperately craving some right now.

Hungry Lobster
Shop 3, G/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣登龍街18號V Point地下3號舖
Tel: 9330 5378

The Happiness Project: Spending Out

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Back in January, I finished reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. In the book, the author spent a year conducting little experiments in an effort to boost daily happiness. I thought it’d be a nice way to start my year, and already I’ve made some notes and started a journal to be more mindful about it.

One of the sub-chapters that really spoke to me was “Spend Out”. I’ll quote a paragraph from the book here to highlight what it means:

“A few years ago, my sister gave me a box of beautiful stationery for my birthday. I loved it, but I’d never used it. When I was mailing some photos to the grandparents, I hesitated to use the new stationery because I was “saving” it; but to what better use could it be put? Of course I should use those notes. Spend out.”

Saving is generally a good habit, but saving without an intended purpose could sometimes be detrimental. I’m definitely guilty of this practice. I’d save just about anything for a “special occasion”. But the next thing I know, it’s expired/damaged/lost, and I never got to use it, which is the biggest waste of all.

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A concrete example is this eyelash glue that I bought years ago. It sat prettily in its box, lived in different apartments (we moved a lot), and when I finally decided to open the box, I saw that it had expired.

Throwing out a bottle of eyelash glue isn’t much of a big deal, but if I already ascribed some level of importance to something as trivial as this, just imagine how long I’d be willing to “save” the bigger, fancier things I owned.

Just like how the book has a practical approach to achieving happiness, the concept spending out can easily be applied to daily activities. Instead of feeling guilty or overwhelmed by the stuff I have, it’s great to be able to use the things I like on a day-to-day basis.

In fact, spending out might result in spending less. Realistically, there are only that many things you can use in a day, so you become more aware of what you actually need and are less likely to buy something “just in case”. I’ve always been a fairly disciplined shopper, and one of my rules is not to buy something unless I’m going to use it within a week. That said, I may splurge on something in the future, you never know. 😉

In some ways, this is tied to the KonMari method, which teaches you to keep only the things that “spark joy”. Keeping and using what you love everyday is an excellent source of happiness, and being happy isn’t just for special occasions.

Charlie Brown Cafe

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In case the name hasn’t already tipped you off, Charlie Brown Cafe is a Peanuts-themed cafe featuring characters from the famous comic strip. From the moment you set foot in the place and take the stairs up, you’re surrounded by pictures/sculptures of Charlie Brown and friends.

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The cakes shaped like the characters’ heads are a little creepy, but everything else is pretty cute.

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Can’t have a themed cafe without merchandise galore. The massive Woodstock in the centre comes with an equally massive price tag – HK$2580 (~US$332/~S$472). 0_O

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Tried the chocolate cake with Woodstock on it. It’s got some crispy bits in there to cut through the richness of the chocolate, which was nice. The yellow figure had a lemony scent but was mostly sugar, so it was left behind.

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Also had the orange hot chocolate with Snoopy’s silhouette “printed” on the foam. One of my favourite flavour combinations is that of orange and chocolate, and this didn’t disappoint.

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It was surprisingly quiet when I was there on a Sunday afternoon. I wouldn’t mind going back to try the other items on the menu. Needless to say, food wouldn’t be a priority if you’re a fan of the Peanuts comic strip, but approach the merchandise section with caution!

Charlie Brown Cafe
G/F-1/F, Kok Pah Mansion, 58-60 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀金馬倫道58-60號國鈀大廈地下至1樓
Tel: 2366 6315 / 2366 6325

Snapshots of Disneyland

Taken in Hong Kong Disneyland January 2017

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I wanted to get my favourite Mickey waffles at my usual spot, but Main Street Market was overflowing with people, so I headed to Main Street Corner Cafe instead. The table service option was more expensive than the quick service one, but it was definitely more comfortable, and I didn’t have to battle the crowds. As a bonus, I got to have my favourite mushroom cappuccino too! (When it comes to food, I have a lot of favourites.)

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I’ve shown this picture before, in the post about Chinese New Year in Disneyland, but it’s so beautiful I can’t help but share it again.

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5 Outfits for Valentine’s Day

Fancy Dinner Date

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Romantic Pastels

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Rock n’ Roll

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Staying In

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Movie Night

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Listening to the La La Land soundtrack as I’m doing this and my heart can’t take much more. ❤

I did something similar last year, and you can check it out to see how much my aesthetic has changed. (Spoiler: A LOT)

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I cannot remember what we did last year, for all I know we just stayed in to watch TV or something. We do have plans for this year, so I’m really excited. I’ll try to post more stuff later this week, so I’ll see you around!

The AIA Great European Carnival

The AIA Great European Carnival is currently in Hong Kong (till 12th February) for its third winter. It was the first visit for Edwin and myself when we were there last Thursday night. We had received a couple of discount coupons from Park N Shop, so we decided to just check it out after work.

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Approaching from a distance.

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The Ferris wheel is separate from the carnival, so we didn’t go up.

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Wearing more makeup than usual as I was testing out a new palette that day. So far so good, more on that next time!

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We shared a cheese hotdog before going in. Edwin’s head has been mercilessly cropped out LOL.

Turns out there were more food stalls inside the carnival. The selection included pork knuckle, churros, siewmai, and toasted buns with condensed milk. And of course it wouldn’t be a carnival without popcorn and cotton candy!

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Each adult ticket cost $125 (~US$16.10/~S$22.70) and included 10 tokens. Ours cost $112 (~US$14.40/~S$20.30) each after discount (I know, not much of a difference). Most of the attractions cost 4 or 5 tokens per ride, but some of the bigger ones (like the green one on the right) could go for up to 7 tokens. After you’ve used up your tokens you could purchase more at $10 (~US$1.30/~S$1.80) per token.

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There were barely new queues for the rides, but the games stalls were super popular. 2 tokens would get you 4 darts/balls/rings, depending on the game, so I suppose it’s a better bargain. The stuffed toys didn’t interest me though. There were some Disney plushies, but they were a weird shape. We tried throwing darts to win a toy doughnut but didn’t hit anything, so we decided to cut our losses. >.<

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Aside from the darts game, we also went on the Viking and a roller coaster, and that was all the credits we had. I meant to take more pictures, but it was really windy that night, and we were cold and hungry. So we left after spending about two hours there.

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Cotton candy to round out the carnival experience. :p

That’s all! It was quite fun to walk around and relive the old-fashioned rides of childhood funfairs. That said, Disneyland is still my number one ❤ .

Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory, Melbourne

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank, environmentalist

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“Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.” – John Ruskin, writer

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Such gorgeous flowers. It was like being in a real life Wonderland.

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Outside the conservatory, we continued to take more pictures.

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English-style cottage where you had to pay something like ten Aussie dollars to go in. Um, no thanks.

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Miniature houses, because why not.

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This reminds me a little of that Chip and Dale episode, “Out of Scale“. If you know where I can get hold of a couple of anthropomorphic chipmunks, do tell me! It’d be much appreciated.

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Till next time!