Author: Sara Kanno

#GirlsTrip – Where we ate in Philly

TL;DRPhilly’s food scene is legit. Check out the BYO places (BYO brunch, what?!) and epic happy hours (see Double Knot below) and make a reso at one of the fancier…

TL;DRPhilly’s food scene is legit. Check out the BYO places (BYO brunch, what?!) and epic happy hours (see Double Knot below) and make a reso at one of the fancier neighborhood places. Loosen your belt loop a notch and enjoy!

Before we dive in

A little background – it’s been FIFTEEN YEARS since we graduated high school! Man those years have flown. What started as a Facebook post about a new food hall in Brooklyn escalated pretty quickly into a trip to the East Coast.

Scattered across the country since graduation, the four of us have not been in the same place together since… senior year when Alani came to visit us (she left us a year early). We’ve all come a long way since those days sitting under the library during lunch. College. Marriage. More College. Kids. It’s wild to think how long I’ve known these girls. 🙂

Flying in

Aside from Kristy, who lives in Philly and let us all crash at her place (thanks!!), we flew in. Alani from San Francisco, Karen from Minneapolis, and me from Hawaii. I expected epic jetlag the first few days, but my new strategy worked and we were all up and eating shake shack at 11pm because #vacay.

We crammed a LOT into those two days. Thanks once again to Kristy for being our tour guide and planning everything! She made sure we were able to see a ton for such a short trip.

 

Reading Terminal Market

While it’s a bit of a tourist trap, I’m still a sucker for a good food hall. We started off at Dutch Eating Place and Beiler’s Doughnuts in Reading Terminal Market. The turkey sandwich was delish, but the apple dumplings are what I’d go back for. Skip all the cake doughnuts at Beiler’s and go straight for the Fritters (blueberry or apple). The line can be long, but it moves fast and those fritters are legit. They were super fresh and reminded me of a combo between a malasada and a doughnut. This is also a cool spot to swing by for omiyage since there’s so many little Philly-only shops.

Chinatown and City Center Quick Eats

Philly has a LOT to offer in terms of shopping and eating. In the City Center, you’ll find Shake Shack, Uniqlo as well as all the standard retailers (H&M, Sephora, etc). Chinatown Square is a new-ish food hall that opened up with HALAL GUYS (!) and the original rolled ice cream place from NYC (I-CE-NY). We walked through, but since we just ate didn’t pick anything up (plus, we would be in NYC in a few days). We did manage to fit in a trip to Shake Shack, even though it was at 11pm.

Double Knot

Aside from the quick service places, there’s a huge foodie scene and tons of restaurants that are BYO (bring your own alcohol and no corkage = amazing). On our first night, we had happy hour at Double Knot, where the happy hour menu plates and drinks were $4! The food was amazing and the four of us left super full and a bit tipsy with a tab under $50.

Cheesesteak

What’s Philly without a cheesesteak!? We went to Jim’s but were a bit disappointed. The line was long, and while that gave us time to google the right words to order, it also maybe added to the hype. We’ll have to try one of the other places next time. The meat was more like ground beef and a bit flavorless. Maybe we should’ve had it whiz wit afterall.

Noord

We had dinner at Noord on the second night – Scandinavian fare. I had rabbit for the first time (and it was delish, sorry bunnies) and wow the bread here. I probably could’ve survived on just the bread, but the rest of the food was amazing as well. I’m usually not a huge raw fish person unless it’s poke, but the salmon was tasty! It was another BYO place and we brought 2 bottles of wine and took our time enjoying the food and the company. 🙂 The restaurant is small, but they do take reservations.

Honey’s Sit N Eat

Who knew that BYO BRUNCH places exist? Philly, definitely doing it right! Brought some champagne and made mimosas, because #vacay. We got the toad in a hole, corned beef and eggs and the honey cristo. The honey cristo was my fave because the sweet and savory was perfect – and it was topped with a sunny egg. Perfection. Toad in a hole was also delish, but a little too much cheese for me to handle *pops lactaid*.

La Colombe

After brunch, we went to the La Colombe in Fishtown. It was huuuuuge and this neighborhood 100% reminded me of Williamsburg. The guy at the register was even wearing plaid and had a handlebar mustache. Haha. If you haven’t been to a La Colombe (in Philly or in NYC) you should definitely check it out. Their draft lattes and cold brew (you can get a black and tan which is half cold brew and half draft latte) are delish.

Federal Donuts

Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about donuts – but did you know that I actually do NOT like cake donuts? I mean, does anyone even like them? Hahaha. Moving on. Kristy said that we have to try this place, as she also doesn’t like cake donuts, but loves these! So we gave them a shot. We got a fancy (smores) as well as their standard hot and fresh (Cinnamon) – and okay, fine. I’m mayyyyybe sold – but only on the hot and fresh. 😉 The fancy was okay, but too sweet and too many things going on for me.

Talula’s Garden

A half-open garden / half-inside restaurant, we came here for dinner on our last night in the City. This one, although not BYO, is a place I would definitely come back to. We sat and had a drink at the garden bar before we moved inside for dinner. We ordered the Ricotta Gnudi, Berkshire Pork Belly, Collard Greens, and Overnight Bone-In Short Rib. The pork belly was melt-in-your-mouth amazing. Seriously. Their menu changes often, so definitely check in with the servers on what’s popular for the type of food you’re craving.

Heh. Alani also sneakily told the server that it was my birthday. 🙂 It was our last dinner together, so it was kind of a perfect send-off.


It was an amazing weekend that I seriously should’ve written about earlier. I can’t believe it’s already been so long! While we were there, Kristy was taking part in the Holoholo Lens Project a neat traveling photography project coordinated by Ricky Li. You can check out her pics here: Kristy’s Holoholo Lens Project photos.


Heading to Philly?

I created a quick google map of everywhere we ate.

Map of our Philly Adventures

Map of our Philly Adventures

 

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Finally figured out my solution to jetlag

Being born and raised in Hawaii has its perks – but traveling is not one of them. Going anywhere outside of the state requires a 5-hour flight, minimum. Living in NYC for 4 years also meant a LOT of 10.5 hour flights across four time zones to go home for holidays and weddings – sometimes for just a weekend.

TL;DR

Fast for at least 12 hours and eat your first meal during meal time in your destination’s timezone. Avoid light before and during your flight. Soak in all the light during the day and dim your lights in early evening for the first few days.

East is a beast

Being born and raised in Hawaii has its perks – but traveling is not one of them. Going anywhere outside of the state requires a 5-hour flight, minimum. Living in NYC for 4 years also meant a LOT of 10.5 hour flights across four time zones to go home for holidays and weddings – sometimes for just a weekend.

I’ve tried a ton of ways to get over jet lag. Read every “how to cure jet lag” post on the Internets, and honestly still struggled with it every time I flew.

My problem? The advice given is useful, but not very practical. I mean, seriously? Who has time to start moving back their sleep schedule the week before a trip? Don’t you people work? Hahaha. This week, I flew over to NYC for an epic #girlstrip, and the week before I left was: 4 hours of sleep every night, scrambling on work projects and the insane task of getting to Japan. So no. I definitely was not in bed by 8pm and waking up at 4am.

Fasting and Light Exposure

That being said – there was one consistent piece of advice on several blogs that I have never tried before: Fast and control your exposure to light. Maybe it’s because I hate saying no to free food (yes, even airplane food) and in my youth, I was self-conscious about looking weird on a flight.

As I’ve gotten older (hello 30’s) I’ve not only cared less about things, I’ve also experienced next level jetlag, likely because I just don’t recover like I used to (hello 3-day hangovers). Since all four of us only have this one weekend together, I decided I’d do everything I could to minimize the jetlag and extend our QT.

Fasting

In terms of eating, I ate lunch around 1pm and made sure to eat something pretty substantial. I drank a ton of water and passed up the free dinner offered on the flight. Tried my best to sleep for most of the flight, but the crying kid 2 rows back + guy behind me tapping like a crazy person on his video screen wasn’t exactly helpful.

Light Exposure

I also opted to look like a crazy person wearing sunglasses (these were actually blue light blocking glasses) from the moment I got to the airport until we were at cruising altitude which is when I switched it up with an eye mask.

Our flight was delayed almost 2 hours, so that was a LONG journey. 12 hours sitting on that plane. I ate the fruit and had some herbal tea at 6am NYC time, but left the sunglasses on until I got on the train at 9am.

Results

Day 1

All things considered, I didn’t nod off on the train to Philly or even feel too tired. I met up with the girls and we were out and about until midnight. Fell asleep almost immediately and woke up at 8am the next day without an alarm.

Day 2

Usually day 2 is the worst for me – but this time I felt 100%! I didn’t have coffee. Repeat, NO COFFEE. Still survived our ~10 mile explorations around the City. Have to admit – I’m amazed and totally believe in this now.

If you haven’t tried fasting – give it a shot. Realistically, I probably don’t need to eat anything on flights anyway – my body’s not exactly in need of energy while I sit there not moving for 12 hours.

Any other tips that have worked for you guys?

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Modern Toilet – Eating from toilets in Taipei

Eating from toilets can be …fun? We checked out Modern Toilet in Taipei.

I’m sure you’re extremely concerned for my health right now and trying to think if you’ve shared food/drinks with me since we’ve been back from our trip. Right? Lol.

tl;dr: Modern Toilet is a theme restaurant that revolves around toilets, bathrooms, and everything poop. The food is decent (nothing to write home about), but the decor is #worthit. There are some novelties that are best experienced first hand!

So we’re sitting on the train and Ryan tells me that he really wants to check out this “poop restaurant”.  Of course, I’m in. We decided we’d check it out as soon as we got into Taipei, but our plans were foiled by an 11am open time (note to self: check opening times!).

Getting there

Since we were early, we meandered to the nearby Lungshan temple and when we were done decided to hop on the train for the quick one stop ride to Ximen station. From there it’s just five minutes, using Exit 6, walk 2 blocks North on Hanzhong Street then West until you see:

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Look at that building! So epic. We knew that there were only good things to come. Walking in, we realized the restaurant is pretty big, with multiple floors and seating for small and larger parties.

Yep, even the bathrooms are extra special. You sit on toilet seat chairs, over a poop bowl table and walk into the building to a chorus of interesting noises. We are obviously not normal since after this we were still starving and ready to order.

The food comes in various forms of poop and other bathroom paraphernalia. We ordered the ham & cheese stuffed chicken meal, fries, poop bread and ice cream.  They have a ton of different things to choose from – everything from hot pot and curries to spaghetti and au gratin.

Totally forgot to take photos of the menu, but found these pics on the internets.

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Overall, the food was good, but the experience was better. They had menus in English, but attracted a crowd of both locals and tourists alike. I would suggest coming early, since by the time we were leaving (closer to noon) it was starting to get crowded.

Modern Toilet (便所主題餐廳)

No. 46, Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 / +886 2 2311 8822
Yelp / Trip Advisor

Hours: Mon-Fri 1130am – 10pm / Sat-Sun: 11am-10p

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We’re on a boat! A breakdown of our sea days on the Celebrity Millennium

Now that our family reunion posts have wrapped, back to your regularly scheduled programming: cruise recaps! Five days. That’s exactly how many full days we were on the open ocean,…

Now that our family reunion posts have wrapped, back to your regularly scheduled programming: cruise recaps!

Five days.

That’s exactly how many full days we were on the open ocean, with no Internet and nowhere to go. Alright, I’m totally exaggerating. If you remember from my post ages ago about the detailed daily itineraries the ship posts, then you’ll remember that they have multiple entertainment options at all times of the day. Also – the ship is HUGE.

Breakdown of all the decks on the Celebrity Millennium

Decks for days!

 

While most people on vacation would’ve been living it up, I was sorely missing my laptop! I could have been blogging in real time instead of attempting to catch up on it *cough* four months later *cough*.

That being said, we did get to spend a ton of quality time together with the fam, which was awesome. Lots of eating, playing games and just goofing off. Below is our highlight reel of ship events!

Eat. Eat. Eat.

We checked out the steak and pasta specialty restaurant (specialty = not included), but on most nights we were low key and just opted for the buffet at night. What can I say, we liked the variety. So much so that we usually went to the buffet even after we had dinner in the main dining room. Dessert parties, ftw!

While it’s neat to have room service as an option, room service choices were pretty limited, and the only time we really made use of it was when we ordered breakfast on port days. Beat the crowds in the buffet area + a whole carafe of coffee delivered at 630a = best ever! Also useful when you feel like hell because you caught what can only be the flu. Getting tea and water delivered throughout the day saved Ryan a few trips up and down (and let him leave the quarantine area knowing I was capable of picking up the phone).

Working off all the food

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Nothing quite like running while you stare out at endless ocean. On days when the water was really rough, going on the treadmill was basically impossible. The waves look tiny, but the captain reported they were around 17 feet!

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It’s hilarious because I never really go to the gym when we’re at home, but we went a bunch while on vacay. I’m sure part of it was because the in-laws are gym rats and I got the guilts knowing they were running at 5am!

We also checked out one of the “line dancing” classes – which turned out to really just be a zumba class. Not my favorite of classes, but we still had fun. Pretty sure we’re on that cruise DVD they hand out at the end since the guy was filming us for so long. Haha.

Ping Pong

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To Ryan’s delight, there was a ping pong tournament. There were some REAL competitive folks on this ship – talking about how they won previous ship tournaments and getting pretty aggressive. I held my own for …exactly half a round before being totally crushed. I swear if they had bowling alleys, though!

All the Games

What cruise experience is complete without BINGO? Hahaha. What can I say – we never stayed up long enough to check out those “young people next gen parties” and we instead got excited for trivia, bingo and playing volleyball on the xbox.

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There was also a pretty lonely basketball court up on the top deck. The winds were pretty chilly most of the time, but Ryan went up and played.

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I’m not really much of a gambler, but there was a casino on one of the decks. We played one of those crazy addicting coin drop games in there for a bit, and maybe even a few slots, but I didn’t jump in on any of the card tables, though Ry played cards for a bit.

Show(s)

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Really, we caught ONE show – a magic show that was surprisingly good. There were different shows every night, but usually by the time we were done with dinner (and buffet dessert!) we were ready to have someone roll us back to our rooms for a nap.

Spa Day

All the wives (Ryan’s mom, sister and myself) went to get our nails done the day before we had the super fancy night. The nail tech did a great job, but for a standard manicure it was something like $60. Crazytown. It was a fun experience, especially since it was a one of our last sea days and there wasn’t a ton of other things we wanted to do, but I have to admit that was $$$$$ for just a mani!

All the things we didn’t use

There were actually a ton of other amenities that we didn’t really use much. Being on a cruise through Asia in March meant temps in the 40 degree range on the decks which really dampened our desire to hop in the pool.

  • Multiple pools and jacuzzis
  • Shopping deck
  • Outdoor movie area
  • Library

Overall

I think Ryan will agree with me, that while the cruise was fun, it’d be better to either have less sea days, or be on a bigger ship. I kind of wish there was a zipline or a rock climbing wall! I’d probably also bring my laptop next time – even if I’m not online, I swear it’s my security blanket these days.

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Itinerary – Hong Kong Day 2

A quick peak into what we did while we were in Hong Kong. Day 2 of our trip was much more relaxed since we had to be at the cruise terminal by 2p.

Our second day in Hong Kong was much less crazy than our first. Partly because we needed to be at the pier to board the cruise ship by around 2pm.

9am

After the adventures of the previous day, we were pretty beat up and slept in a bit. One of Ry’s college classmates (and old coworker in NYC) is now living in Hong Kong, so we met up for breakfast.

He took us to a classic Hong Kong family style spot, Kai Kee Restaurant just a few blocks from where we were staying (mentioned it in the Eating in Hong Kong post). I kind of wanted to try the instant ramen dishes, mostly because noodles are my favorite thing, but we opted for sweets instead. Toast with sweetened condensed milk, egg tarts, a melon bun and coffee. Note: saying you just want coffee will give you coffee with milk already mixed in. Kai Kee Restaurant, Hong Kong

Kai Kee Restaurant

Everything was amazing, and while there’s a small part of me that wants to DIY that sweetened condensed milk toast business at home, I also feel like it’d be such a waste since I wouldn’t use up the whole can – and then what do you do with it? Hahaha.

1030am

From there we walked around and talked story until we ended up at a small grocery store near our place. We wanted to pick up some cruise ship necessities to carry on (a case of diet soda, 2 bottles of wine and random snacks – details in our cruise packing post).

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We went back to our AirBnb and filled one of our empty bags with all our new goods then relaxed a bit before heading back out in search of (you guessed it) more food.

1130am

We had read online about a cute coffee shop down the street from us – that was supposedly tucked away in the back of a clothing store. When we got there, however, it was actually just a clothing store. Whoops! On our way to the next coffee shop, we walked by the Ya Kun Family Cafe and decided to check it out.

They specialized in Kaya toast, a snack from Singapore/Malaysia. It’s essentially a toasted sandwich that’s made with kaya (spread made from coconut milk, eggs, sugar and pandan) and butter. They sell a set with soft boiled eggs, so naturally we got that then proceeded to google how the heck you’re supposed to actually eat it. That’s where it got interesting.

Apparently you mix up the eggs, add in some dark soy sauce and white pepper, then dip your sandwich into it. In all honesty, it sounded kind of disgusting. Sweet + butter + eggs + shoyu?! Can’t knock it till you try it though, so we gave it a go and it was actually pretty good. The sweet + salty + savory combo worked well! This place is actually a franchise and there are a ton of locations across Asia. Ya Kun Family Cafe / Website

After that long detour, we went to check out N1 Coffee, which based on the Internets is a popular and very instagram-ey coffee shop. The shop was cute, but a little crowded, so we swung in to take a few pics but didn’t order anything. N1 Coffee & Co. 

When we were leaving, the signage for Owl’s Choux next door caught our eye. Mentions of Michelin street food guides and cross sections of the little custard puffs drew us in. Lunch? Who needs lunch?

These were DELISH. Crunchy and soft at the same time, with a light and fluffy filling. I kind of wish we tried the ice cream sandwich versions – but we decided to just try the two small choux and keep moving. After all, we only had a few more hours left! Owl’s Choux Gelato & Coffee

12:30pm

One of the last places that we had bookmarked to check out was Wah Kee Snack Food Shop. It was a little spot on a busy corner filled with all the street food you could ever want. We opted for some cheese sausage in spicy sauce, and ate it while we walked back to our AirBnb to pack up and head to the Cruise terminal. Wah Kee Snack Food Shop

130pm

Protip: if you don’t have pocket WiFi and you’ve been using your AirBnb or Hotel’s internet for everything, remember to order your Uber BEFORE you leave. We forgot this gem, and while T-Mobile does provide some service in Hong Kong, the signal wasn’t strong enough to get us an Uber.

Luckily we were just down the Street (we had gone down with our bags to get to a less busy corner so a car could pull over), so I trekked it back up and then sprinted back down when the car was on its way.

We got to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal a bit early and had some time to kill before we needed to board, so we walked around the roof deck / garden. Having just opened in 2013, it still seems shiny and new. There were a handful of restaurants, but most weren’t open, so we decided to just board early.

…and away we go!

We checked in, got our “Seapass” cards (your form of identification / how you pay for everything on board the ship) and toasted to a fun couple of days in Hong Kong. Next up on the blog: Day 1 at sea!

 

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Itinerary – Hong Kong Day 1

A quick peak into what we did while we were in Hong Kong. Day 1 of our trip – eating, walking and exploring Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Central!

A picture is worth a thousand words

Since we already wrote about a lot of the bigger places that we stopped at while we were in Hong Kong, I figure it’d be a fun post to just write up what our full days looked like! It’s a pretty long post, so grab some coffee (or just scroll through to look for the ?).

8am

We started the morning off at (don’t hate) Starbucks in iSquare, because coffee! Plus Ry’s mom collects the cups from all the cities they go to, so she wanted to pick one up. From there, we walked down the street to check out the Chungking Mansions.

It honestly felt like stepping into a completely different world once we walked through the doorway. Some reeeeeally aggressive people trying to sell you everything from cell phones to tailored suits. Probably worth the walk through, but better when all the shops are open later in the day. note: I didn’t take great photos of the interior, so I included a few from Bennett Cain of permanentwalkabout.com check out his site for more details / photos. Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong 

From there, we walked toward the Avenue of Stars – but found out it was closed due to nearby construction. We headed to the “Garden of Stars” instead.

Just about 10 minutes away from the Tsim Sha Tsui (“TST”) MTR station, the Garden of Stars is a small park with a bunch of statues along the water. We went early (around 830a) so it was empty, but as we were leaving the tour groups started coming in. Garden of Stars, TST East Waterway

We decided to walk along the water toward the clock tower on the other side of TST and check out the skyline on the other side of Victoria Harbor. It was a a pretty view, despite the cloudy skies.  Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower

9:30am

We didn’t have anything for breakfast, so now we were getting hungry. In search of food, we walked back toward TST and stopped in the basement level of Silvercord, a small shopping mall that had not only a bunch of food stalls, but an arcade in the basement, where you know we had to spend a few minutes checking out the games. Silvercord – Shopping Mall

Arcade

We didn’t see any food that we were interested in, so we continued on our way toward Kowloon Park, until we walked by this place:

It smelled amazing so of course we stopped in and tried the samples. We saw this pretty much in every city we stopped in for the rest of the trip, but since this was our first time having it (and it’s delish!) I’m including it here. They have different kinds of meat and we tried a bunch before deciding to go with the pork.

From there we walked around Kowloon Park, checking out the waterfalls, flamingos, and the hilarious Avenue of Comic Stars. The latter felt a bit out of place in such a serene location, but it’s also in the middle of a bustling city, which you’re reminded of as soon as you walk back out into the street. Kowloon Park

11am

It’s official, I’m starving. After the park we did a quick search for some dim sum and came across Crystal Jade. Highly reviewed and just five minutes from where we were in the park, it was a done deal. The only problem was that it was also inside a mall full of distractions in the form of Uniqlo, Laneige, Eyeko and every other skincare and makeup brand I have love/hate relationships with. Hahaha. Harbor City Shopping Mall

We made it, though. Crystal Jade had a computer instead of a host, and when you punched in the number of people in your party, it printed out a receipt with a number. We waited for just a few minutes before we were seated. **drools**

Crystal Jade

After lunch we actually went back to Chungking Mansions to see if it was a bit more lively during the day (it is!) and also to meet up with Ry’s sister and her husband who were staying with us at our AirBnb. They decided to head back to the room with our parents, and Ryan and I decided to make our way to Hong Kong Island.

1:30pm

We caught the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central on Hong Kong Island with the intention of finding Oddies Foodies. It was a bit of a trek, around 15 minutes through various side streets, but we found it in all it’s ice cream and eggette glory. I may or may not have also stopped in Fresco Cafe, a random Hong Kong style bakery we walked by, for a custard bun. I have a serious weakness for them.

2pm

Next stop – work off all the calories from the ice cream! The way up was a breeze since we got to ride every single escalator (the escalators switch directions from down to up during morning and evening rush hours – we made it in time for the afternoon switch to ride all of them up).

It was a pretty surreal experience, you continue to go up and along the way there are shops, restaurants, and winding roads. When we finally got to the top we decided to hyperlapse the entire way down. 10 minutes on Hyperlapse == WAY TOO MANY STAIRS. I was dying. Haha.

3pm

The escalators end at Tower One of the International Finance Center (“IFC”) so we walked in to cool off and since we were there, decided to check out the observation deck on the 55th floor of Tower Two. It’s a little tricky to find coming in from the escalators (you’re at the other end of the mall and when you get to Two IFC, all you’ll see is the front desk. You can ask them for directions (they spoke English) and they’ll point you around the corner down an escalator to a different check in desk – you’ll need to present ID to get to the info centre. Hong Kong Monetary Authority Information Centre – 55th floor of Two IFC tower

As if we didn’t have enough to eat yet, we read that there was a Tim Ho Wan in the IFC Mall, so we picked up some dim sum (it’s a little tough to find, so check out my earlier post for directions) and made our way to our next stop. IFC Mall

430pm

We caught the MTR from Hong Kong Station to Lok Fu Station (~30 minutes) and made our way to the Kowloon Walled City Park, about 15 minutes from the station. We ate our dim sum and walked around the park before deciding to head back toward our AirBnb. While we were at the Lok Fu Station, we noticed a poster for “Namco Playground” and if you know Ryan, then you’ll know that that’s where we were headed next. Kowloon Walled City Park

530pm

We caught the MTR to Mong Kok station, which was just a couple stops and on the way home. If you take Exit E1 and walk away from Nathan Road, you’ll be right in front of the Langham Place Shopping Mall, where Namco Playground is. This was a pretty huge mall, with hundreds of stores, restaurants and entertainment.

 

We took the huge escalator up to the top and made our way down all the floors, stopping in the Line Store and Namco Playground (turns out it was pretty tiny and we didn’t stay long) as well as a few other shops. Like most of the malls in Hong Kong, this places takes advantage of their vertical space and had “express” escalators that skipped floors and went up a LONG way. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t turn around when you’re on these – I definitely felt my stomach drop into my feet as we made our way to the top. Langham Place Shopping Mall

7pm

Finally back in our AirBnb, and my phone was telling me we clocked 18 miles today. We were going to call it a night, but in typical vacay mode we got hungry. So back out we went! We probably should’ve looked up a place and gone directly there, but instead we decided to walk around until we found a place that looked good.

We stopped by the Charlie Brown Cafe, but it seemed more geared toward coffee and cakes. Finally stopped at a small Japanese-style cafe on the fifth floor of a building filled with restaurants. Their omu rice hit the spot and was the perfect end to a super long day.

Whew!

We got home around 930p – and immediately passed out. Hahaha. Since day 2 is less aggressive, I’ll include some pics of our AirBnb and details about that.

 

 

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