Europe Love 2013 from Sabine Cheng on Vimeo.

 Finally, after 3 months I have put together a simple video of our trip to Europe. We went for about a month back in November, 2013 starting in London then headed down to Paris and then made our rounds in Italy.

We had such a great, relaxing time! Will definitely post more pictures and details soon.

For now – enjoy a glimpse of our trip.

PS, sorry about some of the quality as it was filmed with my phone at times.

 

I’m a little late (actually 1.5 months late), but nevertheless Happy 1st Year of Marriage to us! I heard many stories of how the first year is always hard especially if we have never lived together before. Adjusting to each other’s habits, sharing personal space and finding that balance.  On the contrary it was the total opposite. This first year has been filled with so much laughter, excitement, unforgettable moments and most importantly happiness. There were even moments when I thought “hmmmmm….something is wrong cause it’s too right!”

I am very lucky to have found someone so understanding and accommodating to my cleaning rituals and my ever-changing ideas and plans. Funny to think back at our little-selves and how far we’ve come!

Happy Anniversary to my best friend, once in a life time and my biggest supporter of all!

 

 

I’m usually not a fan of anything too sweet including ice-cream. However, on a recent girl’s trip down to Portland I tasted some amazing ice cream flavors from Salt & Straw. Their fresh made ice-cream and unique flavors shifted my taste buds and I was feeling bliss.

Their farm to ice-cream cone concept incorporates all natural dairy, organic ingredients and is handmade in small batches. I never thought that ice-cream could taste so different and unique. The flavours from the fresh ingredients really shine through and best of all not too sweet!

They let you sample and taste as many flavors as you like before you make the big decision (so hard when everything taste so good). I went with Sea Salt Caramel and Woodblock Chocolate…….Oh! The Sea Salt Caramel is soo sooo soooooo good…. so good. A must try in Portland! Remember to go early as line ups are long. 

 

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Recap of an awesome trip to Los Angeles: ate, ate, sunny beaches, shopping, ate, meeting new friends, first Lakers game, ate, a long 4 hour hike to the Hollywood sign and back, more shopping and spending quality time with bestest people.

 

Seriously…one of the best burgers I have ever had was at Umami Burger in Santa Monica. The patty is made to order and you decide how well you like it cooked. I went with the classic Umami Burger: Shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp and Umami ketchup. So many great flavors and a juicy patty between a toasted bun. So very delicious. A definitely must try for all burger lovers.

 The delicious truffle skinny fries completed the meal.

And who can forget dessert? : snickerdoodle cookie & pistachio ice-cream sandwich

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During my recent trip to Hong Kong I stumbled upon an unique Starbucks tucked away in the Central Financial District. It is designed like an old fashioned Hong Kong coffeehouse with antique arrangements and style. I was pleasantly surprised by the close resemblance.

They even serve traditional Hong Kong goodies. Brings back good childhood memories.

Definitely a great place to check out if you are in the Central area.

Address: M2 Baskerville House – 13 Duddell Street, Central

 

It was my first experience having high tea in Hong Kong. My dad and I shared an afternoon tea set for two @ $318 (HkD).
There was a wide selection of teas and a nice blend of savories and sweets. The servers were also very tentative and refilled our pots very frequently.  The only disappointment was the scones. Scones are usually my favorite, however these ones were hard and dry. Definitely not made in-house or fresh.  The grilled ham & cheese and the prawn polenta cakes was definitely the high light.

 

Had a nice brunch over Easter long weekend and one suggested to check out Slickity Jim’s on Main St. Really enjoyed the cozy, relaxing atmosphere of the place and the unique names on the menu.

Tip Toe Through The Turnips – $9.75
Scrambled eggs with artichoke hearts, spinach and asiago cheese on English muffin served with roasted potatoes and salad.
Fun Gus  - The Benedictions $11.oo
Poached eggs with bacon and mushroom and an added avocado.

The quality of both dishes were great and everything tasted fresh and all dishes were made with free-range eggs. A great brunch spot that I will be visiting frequently.

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Took a quick family trip to Asia for Chinese New Years…and still currently missing this.

Until next year!

 

Going for brunch is one of my ultimate favorite things on the weekends and while traveling. There were lots of recommendations for Hash House a Go Go, so it was at the top of my list. There was a huge line up when we first arrived but it moved quickly and they served free coffee while you waited.

There were so many options and the portions were so large that I had a hard time deciding what I wanted. I finally decided on a meat loaf special and a chorizo sausage hash special.

This was my meat loaf special: mashed potatoes topped with avocado, tomatoes, meatloaf, 3 scrambled eggs, gray and a large biscuit.  I loved the combination of it all. Everything that would want in a hearty breakfast!

The chorizo hash was delicious as well. Just the right amount of chorizo and flavor. It came with eggs and an over-sized biscuit.

The portions here are very large and I love how all the ingredients were very fresh. From the farm to the table. This place is definitely a-must-go if you are in the San Diego area. Next time, I will for sure go for the fried chicken and biscuit as I saw the orders and it looked so so so good.

 

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