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When a blueberry met a pancake

In Food,Hong Kong,Pancakes on April 16, 2013 by triotriotrio Tagged: , , , ,

saffron

A sad showing for a dish with such rich heritage

Throughout history there have been great food meetings. When peanut butter met jelly, ice cream and the cone and the hot dog and the bun, these are just a few.

But I would like to think that when the blueberry met the pancake, this encounter was just as important as the previous encounters mentioned. I have no historical proof, but I imagine that the blueberry is responsible for the pancake filling phenomena. The humble and simple blueberry took the pancake to its next level of greatness.

I enjoy a plain pancake but the ones that really get me excited are the ones that a little more complex.

Saffron Bakery

Stanley Beach, Hong Kong

Sunday was a beautiful day. It was clear and warm and I was spending the day checking out an art exhibition along the promenade. Saffron Bakery is an independent bakery that has a reputation for some speculator-baked goods. Their coconut tart is one of my favorites. As you can imagine, I was excited to see that the Sunday special was Blueberry Pancakes.

I will not go into much detail because they were a complete failure. The experience would turn me off from ever trying them again.

Low points:

1. Thimble of syrup, just plain stingy

2. No sides (butter or powered sugar)

3. Starchy (heavy and undercooked, I could detect pieces of uncooked baking power in the middle)

High points:

1. The blueberries were the small ripe type that still had a little pop in them.

I am sad to say that the McDonald’s next door serves a finer hotcake at 25% the price. Very disappointing outing especially since I like to support local businesses.

Final Rating:

Some Merit –  ★★

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Dragon Boat Races My Heart

In Dragon Boat Festival,Hong Kong on June 7, 2011 by triotriotrio Tagged: , ,

The Pink Wigs are in the Forefront

Monday is an official holiday in Hong Kong for the observance of the Tuen Ng Jit Festival. Two events associated with the holiday are preparing and eating zongzi, and racing dragon boats. Zongzi are a type of rice dumpling sometimes known as Chinese Tamales. And dragon boats are long slender paddle powered boats like a canoe. We were excited to participate in our first Festival and planned several activities over the long weekend.

There are Dragon Boat Races that are held throughout Hong Kong but perhaps the best-known one is the one held at Stanley Beach. Jennifer’s firm supported the festival by fielding a team to compete in the competition. They also sent the company’s junk out to the festivities so it could serve as the team’s base and place for refreshment. We were fortunate that there was enough room on the boat for Jennifer and me to join them. The day was a little overwhelming: thousands of spectators, hundreds of teams participating and searing heat but I will do my best to sum up three of my favorite aspects.

Team Panda

Costumes – there are some international teams that come to the competition with their game faces on. But a majority of the teams are there in the spirit of friendly competition. Some of the teams dress up in a common theme that helps to elevate some of the competitiveness. By far my favorite team, besides Jennifer’s firm, was Team Panda. I especially liked that they wore the heavy costumes in the heat. My hat goes off to them. Other well rounded teams including the Pink Wigs, Big Sunglasses,  Black Laced Tutus, and Pirates.

Lunch on the Boat – I have discovered that food is an important part of the Chinese culture. And I fully support Chinese culture in any way I can. The skipper of the junk put out a spread that will not be forgotten. There were roasted sweet potatoes and corn. There was a wide variety of grilled seafood including a great shrimp and garlic dish that was to die for. There were also grilled chicken wings and chicken satay. I would have come only for lunch but instead I also got to see a spectacular sporting event.

Shuttle from Shore to the Boats

Shuttle Service – One of the best aspects of the races was that one could view the races on the water. There was a sophisticated shuttle service that took people back and forth from the mainland to the parked boats. It was a completely different feeling to be able to see the races along side of the competition opposed to looking from the shore.

What a great day. My only complaint was the heat. I must have drunk two gallons of water. But fortunately there was a nice canopy that shielded watchers from direct sun. My only fear is that this heat is a sign of things to come.

Team Warming Up

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A Muse For a Museum Worker

In Hong Kong,Museums,Updates on April 1, 2011 by triotriotrio Tagged: , , , ,

Wedding Couple Being Groomed

Anonymous Wedding Couple Having Their Portrait Made

A Muse for a Museum Worker

More than one museum worker that I have spoken to has told me about walking through their own galleries in order to find some solace or meaning to their work. It is so easy when one hasn’t looked up from the monitor in several hours to stretch one’s legs, look at a new perspective or think about something other than the work at hand. A curator at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, my favorite museum in the world, once told me that it was policy that museum staff get out of their chairs once in awhile, walk through the museum and remember what it is that the museum is all about.

I have taken this to heart. But as I spend my current stint at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, it is not the galleries that I head for when I need to recharge. I only need to walk out on to the museum’s walkway to once again feel refreshed. It is not art, history or science that I seek out but it is the hope that I can catch a glimpse of a new bride and groom.

I have been told that this phenomenon is not unique to Hong Kong; one may travel throughout Asia and experience this spectacle. When a couple gets married they sometimes have elaborate photos taken. These photos are often taken in prominent places so they convey a sense of time and space. Sometimes it is only the bride. Sometimes it is the couple. And sometimes these photos are an orchestra of family, bridesmaids, best men, and attendants.

And then there is the host of support people. The grip, light man, and photographer are all in tow as this moment is captured. At times there are scores of cars lined up on the road. In the backseat there are people doing make-up, painting nails and combing out big hairstyles. I once saw a couple with no less than 20 people to support the photographer.

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is located at Murray House, a historic structure in Stanley Beach that is a haven for these types of photos.  Every day at lunch I spot these groups. And I am really sad when it is rainy and no one is out. It really has become a big part of my day. I guess everyone loves a bride and I am no exception. You can always tell that gleam of excitement in her eyes. Maybe it is the thought of the possibilities to come?

Weddings and museums have a long history with one another. Some museums depend on them for a significant portion of their earned revenue. But this is a new connection for me.