Bright Lights, Long Nights

There are three things you need to know about Hong Kong; the cuisine, nightlife and foot massages are legendary; in exactly that order. My long weekend in Hong Kong started at the Aqua Room in TST with a champagne brunch. Some friends and I kicked the night off with unlimited Veuve and sashimi and then some of the best beef cheek I have ever had. The best part about the Aqua Room was the location; I can’t imagine there is a better panoramic view of the city anywhere in Kowloon. Several hours later, we moseyed on back to Central, where I eventually ended up at dragon-i partying until the sun came up. Luckily, my apartment was an escalator ride away, making for a short commute in my five inch heels.

After I caught up on much needed sleep, my friend’s took me to some traditional dim sum consisting of popular Chinese dishes like chicken feet (which I could not bring myself to try), rice noodles with beef, fish head, and lots and lots of dumplings. Later that evening, we headed over to Stanley Plaza where we had a yummy dinner at The Boathouse and finished the night off with a selection of cheeses at Classified.

Another place that I managed to grab some grub was Vbest Tea House in Central. I sampled the Shanghai dumplings and Shrimp Vermicelli (pictured below), which were both delicious. A few other restaurants that I enjoyed were Pastis, French cuisine, Monogamous, traditional Chinese, and Ole, Spanish. All my menu choices were yummy, and if you ask one of the servers to teach you how to salsa at Ole, they will do just that.

Last stop before my flight was a super relaxing foot massage! A friend and I went in the middle of the workday, so we had the whole place to ourselves. After a long weekend in heels and treking up and down the hills of Hong Kong, this was a much needed respite and left me nice and refreshed!

Hong Kong in Black & White

I really loved my time in Hong Kong. The city was full of color and character. Because it is an amalgamation of so many different cultures, you got the best that every one has to offer. I can’t think of another city where you can go from the best dim sum, to the best charcuterie shop, to the best sushi in a couple of metro stops. The city can certainly be a little overwhleming, so instead of my first round of photos in color, I decided to simplify things a little. Photographing in black in white forces you to see the world more graphically; taking in shapes, textures, and in this case, some movement as well.