Saturday, February 22, 2014
Amber and Wrapped (This week's Photo Hunt themes)
In my mind's eye, I had the perfect image for both of Sandi's and Gattina's chosen Photo Hunt themes for this week. But, alas, I don't have any shots of a fossilized creature encased -- or should I say wrapped? -- in amber in my photo archive (even while I do have plenty of shots of live critters on this blog!).
Instead, I'm going to stretch a little -- okay, maybe a lot! -- and separately offer up a photo of the next thing I thought of with regards to the word amber and images of wrapped items with centers that I'd normally describe as orange but I'm thinking may be described as amber for our purposes!
More specifically, there's a style of beer known as an amber ale. And while none of the beers offered as part of the Frites Beer Sample Paddle actually officially falls into that particular category, I reckon that the color of the Leffe Blonde is actually more amber than blonde.
As for the food: the photo of the sea urchin wrapped in deep fried seaweed brings back wonderful memories of the first of two dinners I've had the privilege to have at the Hong Kong branch of the wonderful Japanese kaiseki restaurant that is RyuGin, while the second is of the har gau (shrimp dumplings) that has become one of my favorite dishes at the North Point branch of the similarly Michelin-starred but far less expensive Tim Ho Wan.
Incidentally, seemingly everyone else (including visiting journalists and bloggers) who've been to Tim Ho Wan rave about their crispy baked barbecue pork buns. But I honestly believe that those at Victoria City Seafood Restaurant are better, even if admittedly more expensive! Put another way: That particular dish is not a "must have" for me whenever I eat at Tim Ho Wan but it is whenever I dine at Victoria City Seafood Restaurant. Hong Kong-based readers, feel free to go compare them for yourselves and then let me know what you think! ;b