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Can you believe it’s already 2011? The holidays passed by so quickly, but they were filled with good times, good food, and good laughter as always. This year, I was the designated “family holiday card designer”, so I created a collage with some of our travel photos from this past year. We did quite a bit of traveling: my younger sister Danielle volunteered in orphanages and schools in Burma and Thailand over the summer, my other sister Dayna worked in a medical clinic in Honduras, and my older sister went all around Costa Rica. It was a snippet of our year in review!

Hopefully everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. December updates are coming soon….but for now, a holiday card from my family to yours!

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DETOUR Hong Kong 2010

When: November 26 – December 12, 2010
Where: Victoria Prison on Old Bailey Street in Central
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 7 pm
—  ——Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
WEBSITE: http://www.detour.hk/index.php

Last year's DETOUR was held at the old Married Police Quarters in Central. Exhibits were displayed in small rooms on boths sides of the building.

DETOUR is an annual large-scale event that showcases avant-garde design and artwork from local Hong Kong talent and international artists. To me, it is a testament to the rapidly emerging art scene in a city filled with diversity and creativity. DETOUR is a two-week series of events with a main anchor site filled with exhibitions, public art displays, and interactive installations. This year, the anchor site is the old Victoria Prison in Central. It is transformed into a splendid public space for artwork, design and music; something you wouldn’t necessarily expect in this old building.

The most impressive part about DETOUR is the intelligent use of public space for showcasing talent. Last year, DETOUR’s main anchor site was at the old Married Police Quarters in Central. It is an abandoned building, but they transformed it into a vibrant and bustling space. I was absolutely blown away by the numerous small exhibits with interactive art and design.

If you have the chance, I absolutely recommend visiting DETOUR this year. It will leave you with a greater appreciation for design, shapes, art, color and most importantly: creativity and imagination.

Here are some photos from last year’s DETOUR 2009:

A room filled with interesting flourescent orange bubbles!

Photos representing Hong Kong. In this photo, it depicts the hustle bustle of the MTR.

Public art. These artists are painting a large mural for public viewing.

 

 

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Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
3-4/F, China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

My friend Kitty took me to dim sum at Ho Choi restaurant, located in Wan Chai. It was quite delicious, so I went back and took my friends when they came to visit Hong Kong. Ho Choi may be a bit tricky to find because it’s in the business district surrounded by several office towers, hotels and government buildings. Just look for the China Resources Building and it’s on the third floor.

Most dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong offer the standard dishes that you’ll find everywhere. However, many places have their specialty dim sum dishes that you won’t find at other restaurants. Ho Choi’s specialty dishes are quite flavorful and unique. You should try an array of dim sum, including their delicious dumplings in soup broth. The preparation and presentation of dim sum is fabulous at Ho Choi and the food will surely satisfy your stomach!

Kitty and I. She knows about all of the great food in Hong Kong!

Pigeon

Reece's favorite food: pigeon!

I also took my friends to eat dim sum too.

A sweet and sour-type sauce to pour on top of crunchy chips

One of their specialties: wontons in a flavorful soup broth

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Tsui Hang Village Restaurant
G/F, Miramar Shopping Centre
132 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 2376 2882

Shrimp

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Hong Kong, and I would highly recommend eating here if you are ever in this city. My friend Kitty introduced me to Tsui Hang Village a while back, and since then, I’ve come back on numerous occasions with friends and family. There are three locations: Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Sai Kung. I’d suggest going to the Tsim Sha Tsui location because it has the nicest atmosphere and the food tastes slightly better, in my opinion. Everything at Tsui Hang Village restaurant is so flavorful and unique in its own way.

The baked crab.

Tofu, Scallops and Vegetables

Whenever I’m here, I always order the baked crab. It takes around 20 minutes to cook, but it is well worth the wait because it has such a distinct, flavorful taste. The crabmeat is shredded, mixed with other ingredients, and baked to perfection. I’d also recommend the sweet and sour shrimp. This doesn’t seem like the typical dish you’d eat at a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong – especially since it seems a bit Westernized – but it is absolutely mouth-watering. Its rich and savory taste will make you wanting to come back for more! Another recommendation is the tofu, scallop and vegetable mix. It is a wonderful combination mixed with a delicious sauce that blends everything so well together.

I could go on and on about other wonderful dishes here, but I can honestly say that mostly everything tastes delicious. It’s one of the many reasons why Tsui Hang Village is one of my top restaurants in Hong Kong!

My friends eating the delicious food!

Chow mein noodles

Duck tongue

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Spring Deer Restaurant
2/F, 42 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 2366 4012

Our chef preparing the Peking duck

Spring Deer is located on the second floor of an old, run down building in one of the less crowded areas of Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s not hard to find, but don’t expect a fine-dining Peking duck experience. Once you walk up the stairs to the second floor, you’ll see people sitting on round tables with plain white tablecloths while chefs carve the duck on rolling metal carts. My friends and I ate here on a weeknight, but it was quite crowded nevertheless. We ordered a whole Peking duck, vegetables and noodles. The thinly sliced duck skin tasted delicious in between the warm Chinese pancake. In my opinion, the pancake is just as important as the duck skin – it needs to be a perfect pairing. Many restaurants have different types of pancakes, but Spring Deer’s was thicker than most. Because of this, it slightly took away from the crisp, delicate flavor of the duck, which should be most prominent when eating Peking Duck. However, we had an overall delicious meal. I would recommend making reservations a few days before you dine here because it is known to have long waits. Some people even make reservations a week or two before!

My friends and I - ready to eat a delicious meal!

The exterior of the building. Spring Deer is located on the 2nd floor.

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Causeway Bay Spicy Crab
Shop D & E, 440 Jeffe Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Spicy crab - buried underneath the spices!

When you’re in Hong Kong, you must try the spicy crab. There are several restaurants that specialize in this seafood dish, but I recommend going to Causeway Bay Spicy Crab – not far from the main shopping areas Sogo and Times Square in Causeway Bay. My good family friend Kitty took me here on a Saturday evening, and it was quite crowded. We ordered several dishes, but of course the spicy crab is to absolutely mouth watering and full of delicate flavor. You might be wondering: what is spicy crab? Well, it’s crab that is covered with a variety of spices and peppers. There are so many spices that the crab is literally buried underneath it all! It’s a unique cooking style that is very different than other types of crab you will eat at other Chinese restaurants. Plus, Causeway Bay Spicy Crab has other delicious foods – especially the sweet and sour pork ribs.

Kitty and I with so much food!

The shrimp was delicious. It was covered in tasty bread flakes.

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Arirang Korean Restaurant
12th floor, Times Square building
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
website: http://www.arirang.com.hk/

Cooking a variety of meat, chicken, and pork on the grill

Arirang Korean Restaurant is located on the 12th floor of the Times Square building in Causeway Bay. The top floors of Times Square are filled with restaurants only, so you’ll be able to find many different cuisines here. My family friend, Kitty, took me here on a Sunday evening. She and her husband, Ricky (and their son Reece), took me to the most delicious restaurants in Hong Kong.

Our table was filled with food!

Arirang has a very upbeat and lively restaurant as people cook food on the grills in front of them. This restaurant offers a variety of marinated meats that are so flavorful and tender. It tastes even better when it’s piping hot off the grill and you eat it with a bowl of steaming rice. You can order kalbi (short rib), bulgogi (marinated beef),pork, chicken, intestines, pork belly, and more! Plus, like other Korean BBQ restaurants, you’re given several small side dishes. I thought the salad and glass noodles tasted very light and fresh. By the end of dinner, my taste buds were satisfied and my stomach was full!

The salad, lightly tossed in a tangy dressing

That's Kitty and I ready to eat our delicious food!

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