Star street area is by no denying the trendiest district in Hong Kong. Located above the very Chinese alleys of Wan Chai, these couple blocks gives you the feeling of being somewhere very far from Hong Kong. For me, in Ted’s Lookout I feel like being back in one the bars in East Village, New York. That, naturally, is not bad at all. Maya Café serves amazing vegan dishes, juices and desserts, but the best thing are the Mediterranean vibes. Sitting at the backyard, surrounded by the white walls , blue details combined with the perfect Hong Kong mild fall weather gives you a very real feeling Greece moment. I, of course, love Just Green, which is a cute little organic shop. Other favorites of mine are Classified wine bar, Yo Ma Ma frozen yogurt place and Oolaa Petite restaurant. All of where you can sit outside, without the typical Hong Kong hazzle in front of your eyes. These places offer the perfect people watching spots.
Like with relationships, I easily develop a crush to restaurants and cafés, but not many steal my heart. Mana, however, has succeeded in making an impression on me on a fundamental base. And yes, I have no problem in comparing food discoveries to love life, that is how much I love discovering fresh food serving places. In this case, all organic. If I lived in the area, I would by no question enjoy 90% of my meals and desserts here as it now remains few times a week delight. They’ve got the things I crave from New York (and cannot be found elsewhere in Hong Kong): avocado, fresh hummus and kale. My new love is baba ghanoush, eggplant mash. Mmmmm.
Besides food, Mana has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for me here. I love every visit, from lovely little conversations with the staff picking my salad ingredients to the experience of enjoying it at the little backyard patio. The decoration as well as menu could not match my taste and vision better. I guess this is the reason why my mind and ideas start to flow here, making me want to come back over and over again. The desserts might not have the least impact either.
I love the way I’ve been surrounded by health conscious people lately. I’ve still got plenty to learn what it comes to nutrition but I’ve picked bits of information of the “gurus” and adopted to my diet. One of them is coffee.
As a coffee lover, I refuse to think that coffee is bad for you. I loved Luca’s answer when I asked him whether I should ditch coffee. He told: “Whatever you think is good for your soul, then it is healthy.” Happily, I’ve been drinking my morning coffee since, upgraded though. I’m lucky to have a boss who weekly visits a coffee shop to purchase beans that have just arrived from their picking location. He also knows the different species of beans well enough to pick us the most delicious ones… We then grind the beans by ourselves and I have learned to do my coffee with an AirPress. Luca also taught me to not be afraid of the fat. Now, I drink my coffee with full milk, cream, even butter. My latest discovery is coconut oil. At the office, I might add vanilla extract and cinnamon… Can’t imagine a better booster to the working day. As café exploring happens to be one of my favorite activities wherever I am, I of course don’t mind the huge milky cappuccinos enjoyed on afternoon breaks or lazy weekends…