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Nai Cha

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The quintessential beverage when visiting Hong Kong, basically, had one with every meal, from breakfast to dinner. Essentially, It’s just milk and tea, but, somehow, unable to capture the exact taste when making it at home. Beyond the numerous stands across Southeast Asia that sell bubble tea, there is something special about the basic milk tea that every establishment in Hong Kong offers.

When stopping by casinos in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, waitresses walk around the floor offering complimentary drinks. Step into a casino in Macau, they have waitresses pushing huge carts around offering complimentary milk tea.

It’s quite the staple.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

December 20, 2014 at 7:43 AM

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Eileen’s Cheesecake

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Having wandered through Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood numerous times, imagine the surprise when a small cheesecake shop was highlighted on an episode of Nat Geo’s “Street Food Around the World” and had no idea it was even there. Host Ishai Golan stepped into the shop and was introduced to a massive array of cheesecakes; a veritable cheesecake heaven.

Upon viewing that episode, had a trip to New York City coming up and tweeted about the chance to stop by and try it out. The big push was a tweet from Eileen’s Cheesecake (@eileensccnyc) offering some encouragement to visit.

Stepping in, it’s almost overwhelming, because one just doesn’t know where to start. Literally walked up to the glass case and stepped back to take in the view and make a mindful decision. The variety of flavors is endless; even with sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.

Considering it was a first-time visit – an, apparently, long overdue one – had to have the plain cheesecake, a foundational direction. Sticking with a basic theme, went with the cookies-n-cream. The great concept with Eileen’s is they offer mini-cheesecakes in so many flavors, it allows visitors to get a nice sampling, rather than filling-up on one giant slice.

Both flavors were incredible. Light and creamy, the way a cheesecake should be. And with the term “New York Cheesecake” floating to all corners of the world, Eileen’s is a big part of helping build that reputation.

Without a doubt, next trip back to New York City, will have another sampling – determined to have a taste of each one someday.

Eileen’s Cheesecake once had a kiosk between the towers at the World Trade Center, following September 11th, Eileen’s used their Cleveland Place location to bake for rescue workers.

Eileen’s Cheesecake once had a kiosk between the towers at the World Trade Center, following September 11th, Eileen’s used their Cleveland Place location to bake for rescue workers.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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莲花宫

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Causeway Bay’s Lin Fa Temple was originally constructed in 1863. The Buddhist temple is popular during the Mid-Autumn Festival when the Dragon Dance Team traditionally visits before their performance in Southorn Playground.

The primary deity housed in the temple is Kwun Yum, the Goddess of Mercy.

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The temple has undergone reconstruction projects in 1986 and 1999.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

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