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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Falling in Love With the City of Angels

I was never a big fan of Los Angeles. As a self-proclaimed New Yorker, the City of Los Angeles did not appeal to me as much as the Big Apple. If you have been following my blog long enough, you all know that I have regular visits to New York. My heart belongs to East Coast's urban jungle but when the opportunity comes to re-discover the entertainment capital of the world, you take it. So I did.  I was ready to find a few reasons to love Los Angeles. 

To be honest, flying to Los Angeles gave me an odd sense of unfamiliarity. San Francisco was always my point of entry - my comfort zone. However, flying with our flag carrier Philippine Airlines made the idea of flying to LA easier. As my home in the sky, I am not kidding when I tell people that I feel safer with PAL all the time. 

The flight to Los Angeles onboard the 777 was almost 14 hours but flying business class with PAL made it seem so easy. In fact, I did even not want it to end. 

I had some of the latest movies to entertain me throughout the flight. 

Having slight ADHD, a huge leg room makes a big difference. With a seat that becomes full flat in mere seconds, I felt comfortable throughout the entire flight. 

My favourite Mango Smoothie. 

The in-flight meals prepared by some of our country's chefs did not disappoint. This was the fresh Bacolod-Style Fresh Lumpian Ubod by Chef Aracama. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mott 32 in Hong Kong: Peking Duck Heaven

Disclaimer: It was not exactly the best day for photography because my cam was acting up but I tried my best to take good photos.

When Hong Kong introduces a new dining concept, you expect it to be better than the rest. When we first heard of Mott 32 in Hong Kong (from our friend's friend), all we got were positive reviews. Considering the reputation of this person, we headed to the Standard Chartered building in Central one fine night to see what the buzz was all about. 

Mott 32 was a design collaboration between Hong Kong-based Joyce Wang and Maximal Concepts. The result of this synergistic team is a restaurant that has masterfully blended elements of China's past and Hong Kong's urban landscape.

The center of the restaurant is their custom industrial duck oven with a special air-drying fridge.

There are different dining areas in this 7,500 square foot restaurant. Each one gives a a unique and cool vibe. 

If you were wondering why it was named Mott 32, the restaurants had its historic roots all the way in New York. Thirty-two Mott Street was once the address of the first Chinese convenience store in the Big Apple when it opened in 1851. This was catalyst for the birth of the Chinatown we all know now.