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Take a break from the ever-busy city life of Hong Kong and escape to a secret sanctuary tucked away in the middle of the concrete jungle.

The hut by Pause Rewind n Fastforward is a piece of paradise hidden inside the top floor of an old Tong Lau in Mong Kok. Opened just several months ago, the place is popular with young hipsters and college students. The cool thing about this place, besides the beautiful floral settings and soothing ambiance, is that no consumption is required, as the owner has designed this place for people to just take a seat and relax. I mean, how can you not fall for this place?

With that being said, that do have a small menu of food and drinks if you’re hungry. When my girlfriend Tobi and I visited the hut earlier last month, we tried their salmon rice ball and tofu cheese cake with iced rose tea which were all so yummy! Most of the upper-floor cafes in Hong Kong charge premium for the food and drinks (due to the expensive rent) while in no way does the price reflect the quality, the hut is definitely a rare exception!

由旺角火車站往洗衣街花園行大約十分鐘的路程,在一座不起眼的舊式唐樓上層,偷偷地隱藏著一個神秘綠洲,讓人暫時忘記自己身處在這個繁忙污染的鬧市中。

小房子是由 Pause Rewind n FastForward 主理,在鬧市中的一個溫室小花園,旨在為都市人提供一個暫時休息之所。 在這裡你可以隨便坐下來打發時間,不用消費。居住在香港這個商業化和擠迫的城市,每天的生活都充斥著各種各樣的壓力,很感動有這樣一班有心人,無條件提供一個地方給大家停下來充電。

小店內擺放著一簇簇的乾花,除了裝飾之餘,原來這兒也有開班教授DIY乾花製飾物;同時它們也有寄賣不同的手作品。

當然,如果想點杯茶或吃點東西的話,他們也有少量主食和茶點提供。 我和朋友就點了三文魚飯糰配紫薯和蟹子沙律,和豆腐芝士蛋糕跟玫瑰茶。有別於一般樓上Cafe,小房子的食物一點也不令人失望!由誠意經營的東西果然是與別不同的💕

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The Hut 小房子 

Address:2/F, 67 Soy Street, Mong Kok /旺角豉油街67號2樓
Tel: 6773 6915
Opening hour: 12:00-23:00(Closed on Monday/ 星期一休息)

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Holland Photo Diary 荷蘭手記

Amsterdam

Paris 2015 1109 Netherlands hold so much memories for me as I had lived here for several months after my exchange study in Paris. Memories of freedom, friendships and romance… it was once the best time of my life. I traveled to Amsterdam this trip to visit my besties Fiona and Marta whom we studied together in Paris and also to stay at Fiona’s place for a few days.

九年前在巴黎讀書的時候,我認識了一班對我影響至深的閨蜜。Hao, Marta同 Fiona, 一個來自德國,一個來自波蘭,一個來自愛爾蘭。她們都是因為追隨自己的男朋友而到去荷蘭讀大學,並於其中一年約定去巴黎留學,我們就是當年讀書認識的。他們是學校的風頭躉,我們像聯合國的組合,每次去夜店總會很受法國男生歡迎。二十出頭,那時我們的課外活動是去拍過 Sex and the City 的 Kong 去happy hour,去當時巴黎最當紅的 gay club Queen 去clubbing。由於巴黎一點過後沒有公共交通工具  ,所以每次浦到通宵達旦,我都會去她們家借宿一宵 。大學畢業我為當時的男朋友搬到荷蘭,分手後我一個人流落異鄉,是她們照顧我讓我在她們家。 其實這故事都幾搞笑,我們四個來自不同國家的女生,為了各自的男朋友搬去荷蘭,而大家到最後分手收場而住在一起。

多年來我們友誼沒變, 數年前 Marta 飛來香港探望我 ,去年我也飛到北京去參加Hao舉辦的中國式婚禮。 所以今次假期我一定要去荷蘭探望她們!

My surprise b-day party! 

I was totally overwhelmed when I arrived at Fiona’s place and found out a surprise birthday party was waiting for me, I couldn’t help bursting into tears! I used to stay with the girls all the time, from the time I got kicked out of my own apartment in Paris due to a big fight with my roommate, to moving out of my ex’s apartment in Utrecht. They were always there for me and took care of me like sisters I never had, it was so emotional for me having their warm welcome after so many years apart! (Thanks chef Sherif for your delicious food!!)

今次Fiona 邀請我住在她位於市中心的 apartment,原來Marta一早來火車站接我是要給Fi 和他男友更多時間準備給我的驚喜生日派對!我是真的超感動忍不住哭了~

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A day in Utrecht 

The second day, I spent an afternoon by myself wandering Utrecht, the city where I used to live, along with over 60.000 students who make the city of Utrecht their home. 45 mins away by train from Amsterdam, Utrecht is a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands. Ranked in Lonely Planet‘s top-10 of the world’s unsung places, you can easily fall in love with the canals, docks, and little bars and restaurants in this city and it is still my favorite place in Holland.

第二天我自己一個回到烏德勒支這個對我有很多回憶的地方。大部分人認識荷蘭就是阿姆斯特丹 ,但其實這個遠離遊客區的小鎮更有意思! 這個有"學生之鎮"之稱的地方,我曾在這兒生活過,所以這裏的一樓一房,我記憶猶新。距離阿姆斯特丹少於一小時火車程,有機會絕對值得來這小鎮感受一下地到荷蘭風情。Paris 2015 1001

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Rolling Kitchens 2015

A highlight of our trip is Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens) in Amsterdam. Food truck is such a big global trend right now, and this 5-day event is basically a food truck festival where mobile food stands and indie bands from all over the country come together to serve all the music loving and food craving people in Amsterdam. We practically just spent the entire evening eating none stop!

回到阿姆斯特丹我們參加了一年一度,為期五日的美食音樂節 。有來自荷蘭不同地區超過十架food truck和不同小型獨立樂隊現場表演,氣氛超正,有機會來荷蘭一定不要錯過!

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Lunch at Ton & Marta’s 

Saturday, Marta invited us over for lunch at her place after our big night out the night before. Beside her successful career as a communication director at a PR company, she’s also a great home chef! We enjoyed a yummy meal at her beautifully decorated apartment in downtown Amsterdam before we head out for the day.

第三天,Marta邀請我們到她家午餐,我從來沒想過家中也能安排如此精緻的table setting! 作為公關公司的傳訊總監和一位跟得女朋友,這就是入得廚房出得廳堂的典範! Paris 2015 1119

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I Amsterdam 

Before we left Amsterdam we spent our Saturday afternoon strolling around the city. Most people go for the iconic I amsterdam letters in the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein for photo op, but to avoid the crowd, we went to the less busy Vondelpark, the largest city park in Amsterdam, which also host this same signature letters for a perfect photo to end our trip.

旅程完結前的最後一站是Vondelpark,阿姆斯特丹市內最大的公園,在陽光和大樹下結束這次3天荷蘭精華遊。

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Eating in Paris: My food diary 食在巴黎: 一日五餐法國餐

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Breakfast  // 法式早餐

Remember THIS scene in the last episodes of Sex and the City where Carrie moved to Paris for Aleksandr Petrovsky? Filmed in Hôtel Plaza Athénée, this stylish and romantic hotel has been epitome Parisian luxury since 1911. I’ll confess, my original plan was breakfast at Le Cing, the more affordable way to enjoy a meal at Four Seasons Hotel George V, but since I didn’t book in advance we could’t get a table so we came here which was just 5 minutes away, I’m glad we came instead!

一生人總要去一次豪華五星級法國酒店食一餐! 不過一人港幣過千食一個lunch 真的不捨得,所以折衷的選擇是來個早餐! Sex and the city 也來取影的 Hôtel Plaza Athénée 是巴黎其中一個最歷史悠久的酒店,另外 Four Seasons Hotel George V 也是不錯的選擇。

Lunch// 午餐

Paris is a city made for picnics, there are so many beautiful parks where you can just sit down and enjoy a sandwich and a bottle of wine, get fresh fruits from your nearest market, you don’t even need a blanket! Just sit on the grass and enjoy the nature .

試過這麼奢侈的早餐,午餐就省一點在公園野餐吧! 巴黎有無數的公園開放給公眾野餐,特別午飯時間你會見到很多法國人坐在公園草地食lunch。我們在附近的市場買些三文冶和水果,吃得簡單又方面。

On Saturday, we had a yummy lunch at les Gastropodes inside the flea market Le Marché Dauphine . One thing I love about eating in Paris is that most of the menu is very vegetarian friendly. Since my Tanya is one, that made it much easier for us to look for places to eat.

如果你會去上文提及的跳蚤市場 Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen,可以試試其中位於Le Marché Dauphine 市場入面的餐廳。環境很舒服和好好食!

A more fancy lunch option is my favorite macaroon shop in the whole wide world – Ladurée ! Although we also have Ladurée now in Hong Kong but it only sells macaroon and other confectionery, so we came out here to try their set lunch with main dish and dessert (oh sooo yummy!). Their branch at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore (home to most fashion brands in Paris) has beautiful decor that makes you feel like being in a mini palace!

其中一餐食得富貴一點的是 Ladurée,雖然香港現在也有分店,但只售macaroon之類的點甜。想不到他們的主菜也不俗! 蛋糕更加不用提, 好食到好似上了天堂!

Afternoon tea//下午茶

Thanks to Lane Crawford, we now get to taste the amazing pastries from the 112 year-old Angelina inside their IFC store in Hong Kong. But of course, you’ll agree the tiny space inside this Hong Kong franchise doesn’t do its justice when you have been to their signature tearoom in Rue de Rivoli. My favorite cake is Saint Honoré , a crispy puff pastry and caramelized choux pastry filled with vanilla cream pastry and a light whipped cream on the top.

一天下午我們去了Angelina朝聖和去滿足一下食甜品的慾望。香港寸金尺土,IFC 連卡佛的Angelina 分店細得可憐,來這間著名的巴黎店試試原裝正版吧!

Dinner//晚餐

Swiss might be known for their cheese fondue, but French does it best for their beef fondue – cubes of beef cooked in hot oil and then dipped in various tasty sauces like honey mustard, béarnaise, hollandaise etc. Usually a fondue set includes baked potato, small salad, vegetables and dipping sauces. I had it a few times when I lived it Paris and I missed it so much so we came back again for more this trip!

芝士火鍋你可能試過,但法式牛肉火鍋聽過沒有? 將一小塊生牛肉放進滾油去炸,再點不同醬料,超好食!

Le Paradis du fruit has been around for a long time in Paris, at least when I was still in a student here 9 years ago, this was our favorite place to go for a yummy meal with affordable price, so of course I really wanted to re-visit this place again this trip. With 9 branches in Paris, you can easily find one in different popular areas like Les Halles, Opera, Saint Michel etc.

巴黎連鎖餐廳Le Paradis du fruit 對我來說充滿回憶,因為以前讀書時常來光顧。Menu 有很多健康選擇,這裡最出名食甜品。

We found this cozy French restaurant Le hide near Champs Élysées on tripadvisor. Quote from Timeout Paris: “Ever since it opened, this snug bistro has been packed with a happy crowd of bistro-lovers who appreciate Japanese-born chef Hide Kobayashi’s superb cooking and good-value prices.”  Their duck foie gras terrine comes in a generous size and super delicious, highly recommend this place!

重點推介位於香榭麗舍大道附近的 Le hide 。由日本主廚主理的法國料理獲 Tripadvisor 食客高度讚揚,絕對值得一試! 我們點了的鴨胸和鵝肝頭盤,帶子和煎魚主菜以至甜品都好好食! 而且價錢合理, 配上一杯白酒為一日緊湊的行程劃上完美的句號。

Supper // 宵夜

We ended our last day in Paris after long long walk outside a full house cozy French bistro Au Sauvignon to enjoy some yummy snacks like smoked salmon with toasted Poilâne bread , yummy!

位於巴黎左岸的 Au Sauvignon 提供巴黎新派小食,行程最後一天在這裡作結

A little extra: Belgium sweets 同場加影: 比利時特色甜點

Originated from Brussels, Aux Merveilleux de Fred now have shops in New York, London, Geneva and different cities in France. Their signature merveilleux (=marvelous) is a small cake that consists of a sandwich of two light meringues welded with whipped cream which has been covered with whipped cream and dusted with chocolate shavings. It is THE most amazing food I’ve had this entire trip!

這次歐洲之旅加插了半天比利時遊,一定要分享我們在布魯塞爾的新發現! 這件叫做merveilleux (法文意思是令人驚歎的) 甜點是由奶油包著兩塊蛋白酥而成,外面再灑朱古力碎,絕對是這旅程讓我最驚歎的甜品!

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