Banana Pudding and Red Velvet.
Magnolia Bakery Takeout
Just down the street from our friends in West Village was the famous Magnolia Bakery so eventually, we had to make a stopover here and get some of their famed red velvet cupcakes and some banana pudding, which was highly recommended to me by my friend Baked HK.
Red Velvet Cupcake
The cupcakes were a bit of let down in my eyes as there were no distinct or exciting flavors present, the frosting was just sweet and it was all a wee bit too dry. The banana pudding in the contrary was just addictively yummy. As it was chilled and squashy (in a good way) it reminded me partially of a gooey fudgy ice cream and even though the mass was fairly dense and filling, the doughy biscuit pockets somehow balanced it all out and made it kind of light. The banana flavor was strong in this one and only some little sprinkles of dark bitter chocolate sauce were missing to make this perfect for me (note to myself).
Oh, and all the people working at the shop were really nice to us, answering questions, making recommendations and just being generally kind. The only problem I have now is how to get my hands on that crazy good banana pudding ever again. Please help.
Get Your Grub On!
Magnolia Bakery (open ever day)
401 Bleecker Street
United States of America
p: +1 212 462 2572
Never give up on your pho.
We arrived at Cat Ba Island early morning after a long trip involving three buses and one boat and before heading out looking for some appropriate accommodation we wanted get something nice and filling into our bellies. Since we had just booked a couple of days climbing at Asia Outdoors at the Noble House we just stayed for breakfast at the ‘Good Bar’ downstairs.
Not giving up hope to be able to find a great one, I ordered another ‘Pho Bo‘, which again was rather tasteless. The soup had bland flavours with only a slight hint of cinnamon; noodles were plenty though and the meat was super lean, juicy and with great texture. Overall it wasn’t too bad and for breakfast the light flavours were actually quite fitting.
For seconds I had the ‘Banana Chocolate Pancake‘ which was outstandingly awesome. The pancake itself was thin and buttery, topped with the perfect combination of banana and chocolate, which was of the darker kind, so it all wasn’t too sweet either. So good it made me order this nearly everyday during our stay in Cat Ba and will as well if I should ever come back here.
The Good Bar
Đường 1 Tháng 4
Cát Hải, Hải Phòng,
Tel: +84 31 388 8363
Tingling for your pleasure.
After my lunch I went outside into the sun to warm up a bit and there it was, the ‘Magnum Pleasure Store’. Dessert decision made. I chose the dark chocolate dip and let them sprinkle it with some chocolate pearls and pop rocks. Latter were a great idea as they made it so much more fun to eat, creamy vanilla ice cream, dark and slightly bitter chocolate infused with these prickly buggers, bubbly and tingling away. It was so hot though that the ice cream melted faster than I could keep up with which resulting in me making such a mess eating it, that one of the considerate waiters came out to bring me some extra napkins. Thanks so much.
Magnum Pleasure Store
1 Harbourfront Walk (in front of VivoCity)
Mango Mania and Chewy Balls.
I wasn’t too excited when our friend suggested some Hong Kong style dessert after dinner because I thought everything would be filled with some sort of beans or corn or whatever but boy, was I wrong. She brought us to Hui Lau Shan (許留山) and it was a-mazing. Everything seemed to be made out of Mango and I went for the ‘Mango Chewy Ball’, a nice mixed bowl of sweet fresh mango, funny chewy glutinous rice balls, mango ice cream and an amazing cold mango mousse. Even though it might not have been, everything tasted natural, fresh and sort of healthy. My new favourite dessert place that is.
Hui Lau Shan 許留山
G/F 2-6 Yee Wo Street 銅鑼灣怡和街2-6號地下3號舖
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2972 2292