A Luxury Khao Lak Resort in Thailand

A Luxury Khao Lak Resort in Thailand

I’ve become a little picky about where we stay when we visit the Thai beaches. Part of this is a direct result of our stay in some luxury villas in Koh Samui. That experience was fabulous and hard to replicate. Some of it also revolves around our recent vacation to Ao Nang, which was no vacation at all, and ended in a bout of food poisoning. Even as travel bloggers, we want to make the most of the time we spend at the beach. That is why I was so happy to have found a fab Khao Lak resort, which ticked off all of the boxes for a perfect Thai beach stay. The JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Beach Within minutes of arriving at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort, our bathing suits were on. We wanted to make the most of our late afternoon arrival to explore the property before dark. This is not that much different from any other time we’ve stayed at a beach resort. The difference here: we explored the resort via water. Bathing suits on, no shoes. We had a pool access room, which meant that we were two steps away from an enormous pool, over two kilometers long, which snaked across the entire resort, in front of our room, past two swim up bars, and pretty much up to the beach. We jumped in and started to explore, ultimately ending up at the edge of the pool with a view of the beach. We returned back to our room amazed at how far we swam without even making it all the way around. But, happy...
Where to Eat in Galaxy Macau

Where to Eat in Galaxy Macau

One similarity between Las Vegas and Macau is that both areas are infamous dining destinations. The Galaxy Macau complex is loaded with dining options, from food courts to soon-to-be Michelin Star restaurants. Here’s our pick on where to eat in Galaxy Macau. Lai Heen at the Ritz-Carlton Macau When creating a list of where to eat in Galaxy Macau, I of course had to start with the most glamorous of the restaurants we tried – Lai Heen in the Ritz-Carlton Macau. Chef Fu Man Piu came from the two Michelin Star Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. I would not be surprised if Lai Heen Macau earns a Michelin Star soon. It was one of the best Cantonese meals we’ve had. The food was as decadent as the surroundings. Every inch of the decor at Lai Heen was purposely designed to incorporate elements of Chinese, Macanese, or Portuguese architecture. From the glass tiles along the wall, to the ancient Chinese vases, the stone work, the Portuguese tiles. Even the flatware was gorgeous, with mother of pearl and black checkered silverware. I kind of wanted to slip a set into my purse they were so beautiful. I resisted this urge. The service was also top notch, from the sommelier who poured us our Louis Roederer champagne, to the tea sommelier, who recommended the perfect tea for our afternoon dim sum lunch. We sat in a table near the window, offerings us a few from the 51st floor, making Lai Heen the highest Cantonese restaurant in Macau. It was experience before we even started eating. We walked through a...
The Galaxy Macau – All Glitz and Glam

The Galaxy Macau – All Glitz and Glam

While riding the Cotai Ferry, which runs from Hong Kong to the Taipa area of Macau, I was bombarded with the luxury of Macau. The television screens offered advertisements about what to do in Macau. The first offered a glimpse of what it is like to be David Beckham at the Venetian in Macau. Tuxedos, cocktails, sexy lighting, Carnevale style parties. In the end, he kicks a soccer ball clear across the hotel while flashing his trademark style. It’s all glitz and glamor.  I suddenly started to think about our arrival at Galaxy Macau, and how we would fit in. Even the Cotai Ferry has an economy class and a first class seating area. The upper levels allow for priority exit from the ferry. I think they serve a snack. We were happy in the economy section. It’s only a 70 minute ride. Instead of organizing a private Mercedes to pick us up and whisk us off to the Galaxy Macau, we took the complimentary shuttle bus. We may be luxury travel bloggers, but we are still travel bloggers. I wondered how our travel blogger status would fit into the luxury experience we were about to have. Arriving at the Galaxy Macau The shuttle bus pulled up outside the JW Marriott at the Galaxy Macau. We’ve stayed at other JW Marriott properties, but this one in Macau is one of the biggest in Asia, and one of the newest. And, it represents the luxury of Macau. I suddenly felt underdressed, even though I dressed up a bit for the arrival. I knew as soon as I walked into the massive...
Episode 12: Talking Whisky and Wine in Hong Kong

Episode 12: Talking Whisky and Wine in Hong Kong

We’ve been to Hong Kong so many times, usually to eat dim sum. I rarely associated Hong Kong with a place to go drink fine wine, or to drink whisky. All that changed during our two recent stays at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong. During our first visit, we joined a champagne tasting where they offered 60 different kinds of champagne. This is when we really got to know Cecilia Wong, who works at the Renaissance Marriott. She escorted us to and from each table wanting us to try loads of different champagne, along with her boss, Hans. Cecilia has an infectious personality, and is truly knowledgable about wine. During our recent return to Hong Kong, we sat down with Cecilia Wong to talk whisky and wine in Hong Kong, two things that she is passionate about! And, two things we just enjoy drinking. We also talked about the 8 course Cantonese whisky pairing dinner we ate while in Hong Kong! And here is a video of our whisky pairing dinner, the one we talked about with Cecilia in the podcast! Enjoy. Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re also available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Food Travel Podcast Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/Ep_012_Whiskey_and_Wine_in_Hong_Kong.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...
Where to Eat Cantonese in Hong Kong and Macau

Where to Eat Cantonese in Hong Kong and Macau

Before our most recent trips to eat in Hong Kong, our dining experiences included a lot of Hong Kong dim sum, searches for spicy noodle soups, and attempts to find our favorite Szechuan dishes. During our last two trips, though, we’ve had the opportunity to dine at some of the finest restaurants serving Cantonese in Hong Kong. It made me do a little research about what is Cantonese cuisine, as we dined on some of the best Cantonese in Hong Kong, and in nearby Macau. What is Cantonese Cuisine Cantonese cuisine hails from the Guangdong province in China. It is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of Chinese cuisine. The capital of Guangdong is Guangzhou, a port city, which is why seafood and fish feature so heavily in Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese cuisine focuses on subtle flavors, unlike Szechuan cuisine, which revolves around spicy flavors and chili peppers. Because the focus is on fresh ingredients, it’s unnecessary to heavily season the dishes. Instead, the goal is to highlight the flavors of the fresh ingredients themselves. Dim sum is just one type of Cantonese cuisine. Other Cantonese dishes are often stir fried or steamed. Dishes feature both roasted and barbecued meats, like the famous bbq pork, or char siew. The meals always include fried rice, but in a unique way. In Cantonese tasting menus, fried rice is served towards the end of the meal, just before dessert. At first, we wondered why. In American Chinese food, the fried rice is always served with the meal. And, in each of these multi-course Cantonese feasts, by the time the rice course arrived I was always...
Whisky Pairing Dinner at Dynasty Hong Kong

Whisky Pairing Dinner at Dynasty Hong Kong

When we walked up to our table at Dynasty Hong Kong, all I saw was a line of Glenlivet bottles and the famous Dynasty china pattern. I would expect nothing less from an elegant whisky pairing dinner in Hong Kong. Difference Between Whiskey and Whisky We drink a lot of whiskey, particularly when visiting family in Ireland. It’s generally a combination of Jameson, Power’s, Paddy’s, and other similarly named whiskeys. But, when we reviewed our whisky pairing dinner menu at Dynasty Hong Kong, one thing stuck out. We were about to drink 5 kinds of whisky. Not whiskey. Before we even started on our first course, we started to talk about the difference between whiskey and whisky. And, as much as I’ve drank a lot of whiskey, I had no idea what the difference was. At its simplest form, the words whiskey and whisky come from their translation from the ancient Irish and Scottish Gaelic translations. Generally Irish whiskey is spelled with the “e,”, and the Scottish version is whisky without the “e.” Whisky is used to describe whiskies distilled not only in Scotland, but also in Canada, Australia, Japan, and elsewhere in Europe. Whiskey is used in Ireland and America. There are also differences between how the two types of whiskey are made, depending on the grains, the use of peat, the stills used, and more. The most important thing, we were sitting down for a Glenlivet whisky pairing dinner, not a drop of Irish whiskey in sight. Our Whisky Pairing Dinner – Cantonese and Whisky Dynasty Hong Kong has a reputation as one of the top restaurants for Cantonese...
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