Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Side trip to Macau

Sorry for the late upload............. :-)

While the whole family is in Hong Kong, hubby and I decided to take a side trip to Macau, which is just a ferry ride away.

We start our day a little bit late since the previous day's activities wore us out. Ferries that travel from Kowloon to Macau leave every half hour. Starting at 6:30 a.m. The dock is located along Canton Road. Fare is HK$145 per way, per person. The ferry ride takes about 90 minutes per way.

While waiting for our ferry, hubby and had had breakfast at Mak's Noodle House. We didn't even know that it was one of Anthony Bourdain's culinary stops in his show! Lucky for us. I sampled their Beef Brisket Noodle, which was really good.

Hubby had the sliced beef congee which he liked as well. The congee had a bit of ginger in it.

Be sure to bring your passport when going to Macau from Hong Kong. It is after all another country and you still have to go through immigration.

Since hubby and I only had an afternoon to spend in Macau, we decided to take a free bus to The Venetian since it is one of the grandest hotel in the whole of Macau and we wanted to see a mini version of "Venice"

The man-made canal does provide an interesting backdrop while you go around the retail stores to browse and shop. Almost all the luxury brands are there.

The Venetian does provide a nice backdrop for pictures, which is practically what we did all afternoon :-)

Maybe next time, we'll explore the Portuguese Quarter at the center of town, when we have more time to explore.

Hubby and I dined at Madeira. located inside The Venetian. It is a Portuguese restaurant.

I had the Shrimp Curry with Mango. Which was really nice, a bit spicy and very very filling.

Hubby had the Beef Shanks, which he loved! The shanks were so tender and falling off the bone, he finished the entire order by himself. I had one bite :-)

Hubby and I shared a Portuguese biscuit for dessert (I forgot what it was called). This was light and delicious.

I was hoping to score some egg tarts, but the hotel bakery and Madeira didn't have them!

Anyway, it was a fun day and hubby and I had a nice wonderful day in Macau even sans the Gondola ride. We'll reserve that romantic ride for the real Venice :-)