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Portuguese egg tarts in Macau

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On the third trip to Macau, it became a mission to enjoy at least one Portuguese egg tart, also known as pastel de nata or 葡式蛋挞. Similar to the common egg tart found all over Hong Kong, the Portuguese version comes with a slightly charred top, much like a crème brûlée.

Started at the Lardo do Senado, or Senado Square, meandered through the narrow, yet packed, side streets checking out everything the tourist center had to offer. Lined with a variety of shops, in particular those selling all forms of beef jerky, the streets force tourist eyes to dart all over the place between souvenirs, jewelry, and all types of food.

At the end of one particular street are the Ruínas de São Paulo, built in the 16th century, it was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul. Today, it is listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At the foot of the landmark is a shop selling all types of cookies and crackers, but directly in front is an oven filled with fresh Portuguese egg tarts. Each treat costs HK$8, about US$1 (the Hong Kong dollar is just about equivalent to the Macau pataca).

Crispy, creamy, and delicious, there is nothing that could make a visit to the Ruínas de São Paulo any more of a memorable experience.

Given the choice between the two, not sure it would be easy to select a winner, they’re both so delicious. However, to be completely honest, the edge might have to go to the Portuguese variety.

Nothing makes a Portuguese egg tart more lovely than having the Ruínas de São Paulo in the background.

Nothing makes a Portuguese egg tart more lovely than having the Ruínas de São Paulo in the background.

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Wynn Macau

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Opened on September 6, 2006, the Wynn Macau is a deluxe hotel and casino resort in the Asian gaming capital of Macau. There are many elements in common with his successful Las Vegas venture, both consist of two towers (Encore Macau was completed on April 21, 2010), restaurants like Mizumi and Red 8 are featured at both resorts, and high-end shopping is a major draw to both locations.

Sprawled before the primary Wynn building is Performance Lake. Music blasts are regular intervals as the fountain dances to the tune. By night, the water is accompanied by lights and fire for more effect. The fountain dances to a collection of pop music and (as featured) Broadway selections.

There are over 200 water nozzles and shooters holding 800,000 gallons of water.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Posted in Casino, Macau, Travel

Ruínas de São Paulo

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Built in 1602, today, the façade that stood before the Colégio de São Paulo and the Igreja de São Paulo is one of the primary tourist attractions in Macau. The façade stands 25.5 meters high and 23 meters wide.

The cathedral was destroyed in a fire in 1835.

Touring the site, a crypt housing the relics of Japanese Christian martyrs is open for the public to view. There is also a gallery for religious art.

The façade serves as a rare example of baroque architecture in China.

In 2005, UNESCO recognized the Ruins of St. Paul as a World Heritage Site.

In 2005, UNESCO recognized the Ruins of St. Paul as a World Heritage Site.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 2, 2013 at 6:55 AM