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Little Burro: Mexican Food in Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Have you ever had authentic burritos in Hong Kong? Unlike Japanese, Thai and Western cuisines, Mexican food is not as easily found in this city. Little Burro is a cozy restaurant down Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. The interior is dimly lit with artwork scattered along the walls, creating a somewhat mellow vibe.

The prices aren't cheap - costing around HKD100 for a meal with a drink. But considering that it's in Hong Kong island (there's another chain in Sheung Wan) it's still acceptable. The menu's style is similar to that of Subway, where you choose what goes into your base (e.g. burrito), with fancy fillings like Kick-ass Pork Canitas and Smokey Chipotle Chicken. Taco, rice and salad are a lighter option if you're not that hungry. We found the portions to be very filling, so it was definitely worth it value-wise.

source: TimeOut HK

source: hk-magazine

This is my first time trying authentic Mexican food, so I don't think it's fair for me to judge whether it's good or not. However, I did appreciate the combination of strong flavors in the beans ( a lot of beans!), salsa, sour cream, and could tell that the ingredients were real and generous. If you are a fan of burrito and tacos, I'd say give Little Burro a try. 

Little Burro is located at: 125 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, HK
My score: 6.5/10

Awesome graffiti outside Little Burro

Sleepy Village: Peng Chau

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Having lived in Hong Kong permanently for the past 4 years, I am almost ashamed to admit that the numerous outlying islands are foreign to me.

The idea of Peng Chau (坪洲) came during the middle of work-week - my colleagues and I needed to get out of the office and go somewhere peaceful to chill out. So on Saturday morning, we arrived at the central pier along with the most beautiful weather anyone could ask for. The ferry cost us a mere $15.30 each, taking only 30 minutes to get to Peng Chau.

 My first impression of this island was serene. I expected it to be different from Hong Kong island, but to describe it better, I'd say I wouldn't acknowledge Peng Chau as a part of Hong Kong if it didn't have cantonese-speaking people and the symbollic Wellcome supermarket. If you really tried to breathe and feel this island, you'd know that the vibe of the place and its people are unlike where we came from.

The streets were mostly empty, with the biggest crowd we saw all day being near the pier. The pier led to a mini market street just wide enough for two to walk side by side, and consisted of only a handful of vendors. Beautifully blue and clear, the skyline was not disrupted by any tall buildings, which is a rare sight in Hong Kong.

We walked around in circles for a bit, keeping an eye out for the restaurants, then stopped to have a fresh sea-food lunch.

The food was satisfying and affordable compared to HK, leaving us replenished and ready for more exploring.

After walking along a 15 minutes path near the sea, we discovered a small beach - it was empty! Guess the residents of Peng Chau were staying inside on this full-blast sunshine afternoon. Though this wasn't the prettiest beach in the world, we had it to ourselves. If you've ever visited the overcrowded beaches in Hong Kong, you'd know that this kind of luxury is priceless.

When we were done glorying over the luxury of the private beach, we decided we needed some air conditioning (true Hong Kong people speaking). Close to the ferry pier sat a cafe, which was, yes you've guessed it - empty. This contrasted so much with Hong Kong where you would have to queue for every restaurant/cafe.

To be honest, there wasn't much to see in Peng Chau. 3-4 hours could probably take you around the entire island. But if you appreciate quietness, the lack of crowds, private beaches, sweet family-owned cafes, and the fact that you could escape busy Hong Kong and slow down for a day. then Peng Chau is for you.

Peng Chau is a sleepy village on an island. Island adventure number 1, check.

Benefit Brow Bar

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Let's go back to the beginning, I've had a hate and love relationship with my eyebrows. Borrowing taking my Mum's tweezers and hacking my eyebrows at age 14. Girls, don't do this, as tempting as those tweezers are, do your research (youtube videos) because unless you have caterpillar eyebrows (thanks dad), it's going to be hard to even those brows out. If you're not comfortable with shaping your own eyebrows, go to a professional, now it's very popular and affordable.

A few weeks ago I nervously visited the Benefit counter, after walking around in circles I decided to go in and finally get my brows sorted.

I've heard a few things about Benefit's brow bar so I knew I would be in capable hands. Benefit uses wax, so I had to sign a bit of paperwork to make sure I wasn't allergic.

The lady was very professional, first using the wax to get rid of the stray hairs and using individual sticks each time (the beauty therapist should never double dip in the wax!) After the wax, came the tweezing to even out my brows. Paying up and taking awkward selfies to compare, I was pretty pleased with the results.

Overall, the experience was very good, evening out could of been done better but my brows looked a lot better. 

Before (left) After (right)

However, if you're getting your brows shaped for the first time, I would recommend Benefit or a local beauty shop (check the reviews). Threading is also a good alternative if you're worried about being allergic to wax. Now it's almost time to visit Benefit again.... (the caterpillars are back already).