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...
KOH Thai Kitchen – Four Seasons Koh Samui

KOH Thai Kitchen – Four Seasons Koh Samui

One of the benefits of renting a luxury villa in Koh Samui is having someone respond to some of our special requests. It’s like having a private concierge and butler, all wrapped into one. When we wanted to escape the villa one night for dinner at the Four Seasons Koh Samui, our staff was more than willing to cooperate. So, our little group got fancied up, and headed out for a luxury dinning experience at KOH Thai Kitchen and Bar. Our villa manager arranged a driver to take our group down to the Four Seasons Koh Samui, one of the most luxurious resorts on the island of Koh Samui. We arrived at the grand entrance, just after dark. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t catch a view of the resort during the day, because it’s supposed to be incredible. Rooms and villas are set up into the hillside, all with stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand. From the main lobby, all five of us hopped in an oversized golf cart for the journey down the hill, and back up again, until we arrived at the entrance of KOH Thai Kitchen. In typical Four Seasons style, the architecture of the building was stunning, open air with opulent wood finishes and romantic lighting. Luxury Cocktails at KOH Bar As soon as we walked into KOH Bar, the first thing I noticed was the glowing display of bottles behind the bar. Our journey started at the bar, where the bartenders made us a series of signature cocktails. One of the best things about traveling in a group, is getting to try...
A Proper Gin and Tonic – Ritz Bar Lisbon

A Proper Gin and Tonic – Ritz Bar Lisbon

We’ve been on a quest to turn me into a full-fledged gin and tonic drinker. It’s been an odyssey of sorts, but I am a firm believer. Particularly after our recent experience drinking a gin and tonic at the Ritz Bar at the Four Seasons Lisbon. My Earliest Memory of Gin and Tonic I remember being a bartender, *gasp*, almost 25 years ago, and a gin and tonic was just that, nothing more. It was generally a Gordon’s or a Tanqueray splashed over some ice, with tonic that shot out of a soda gun. I added a dried out slice of lime on the edge of the glass and it was done. This was well before the cocktail craze of the late 90’s. Back then, a drink was just a drink. I hated gin. I hated the smell. I remembered with each pour getting a whiff and turning my nose up at it. Until a few months ago, I felt the same. To me, it was an old British man’s drink. Don’t get me wrong, I can knock back scotch on the rocks like an elder statesmen. It was something that made me stand out amongst my female colleagues at the law firm. Older partners and male clients were generally impressed that I would order a scotch when my female colleagues were ordering rum and cokes, or some sort of pink cocktail. But gin, yuck. Gin and Tonic in Costa Brava That was until we arrived in Costa Brava earlier this year. I put on a brave face when the marketing director of the tourism board offered me a gin...
Luxury at the Four Seasons Langkawi

Luxury at the Four Seasons Langkawi

Life as a travel blogger is hard work.  Okay, it’s not as hard as a lot of other jobs, but it is not as easy as you might think.  Yes, we get to have really cool experiences because of our blogger status, like our lunch with a wine maker in the Bologna Hills, or going truffle hunting in Emilia Romagna.  But, a lot of work goes into pitching the ideas, arranging social media, editing photos and videos, writing the blog post, and marketing everything.  This is why we needed a little luxury at the Four Seasons at the end of our Langkawi trip. Our five night stay in Langkawi was sponsored by the tourism board, which meant we were kept pretty busy.  There is also an added layer of stress in that I want to do a good job.  I am plagued by a desire to please, it was the same when I was a tax attorney.  Why should my job as a professional travel blogger be any different? After four pretty busy days we had one final day of activities planned.  We were scheduled to spend our last day in Langkawi on a jet ski tour of neighboring islands, followed by some street side eats, and then a night time squid fishing expedition.  That’s a full day for sure. Due to my recent back problems, we had to politely pull out of the jet ski tour.  There was no way my back could handle four hours bopping on top of waves.  Instead, I wanted what everyone wants in a tropical beach vacation.  I wanted to relax.  I wanted...
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