More great coffee in Asia (#travel, #HK, #coffee)

Breakfast yesterday was at Brew Bros. in Central. I had a cappuccino with my “brekky”


There was some initial confusion about my request for a heavier cream buy I resolved it by asking them to just make it the way they make it, and that worked out just fine.

My breakfast dish was solid as well, the poached eggs were impeccable and I think I’ll go for smoked salmon more often at home.


Coffee board (#design, #coffee, #travel, #Asia, #HK)

This seems to be a common feature at hipster cafes here in Asia, we spotted this in Taiwan several times as well. It’s super helpful though.

And it reminds me of the Arrested Development line, “it’s called a cuppa-kino, and wait’ll you see what it costs!”


Coffee is good in HK (#travel, #HK, #Asia, #food)

There is no real coffee culture here (only seen Starbucks so far) but the latte I just had with breakfast at Open Door cafe was excellent! As was my big English-style breakfast (the Brits know how to do breakfast).


Hipsterism is a global phenomenon and it ensures good eats everywhere you go.

Here is our building in HK:


And here is something curious about the money. The HKD is pegged to the dollar at about 7.75. There is no central bank, only a “currency board”, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. The small notes appear to be issued by the HKMA, but the larger notes are in fact privately issued bank notes. The bank notes are convertible, on demand, into HKD. Why is this even an option?

I assume, like the “convertibility” of Federal Reserve Notes into US dollars, that this is a terminological vestigial organ. But still, it is curious to see privately issued bank notes in this day and age.


This is what the Taipeiese do with bagels (#travel, #food, #Asia, #Taiwan)

Breakfast is not a well developed concept in Taipei. If breakfast is eaten at all, it is typically something savory and for many involves takeout of potstickers, bao and soymilk congee.

We arrived early to Good Cho’s on a Saturday morning, 730am. Due to jet lag we had been up since 5am. They didn’t open until 9am. So we walked around the neighborhood, grabbed fresh guava from a street market and sat and blogged in the plaza outside a tall building by Taipei 101 before returning still 10 minutes early. Eventually we got inside and found ourselves in an artsy, creative space unlike most we’ve encountered so far.


The menu was simple and, as we’ve found to be the case at many restaurants with a more Western approach to decor and service, the prices were significantly higher and came with a mandatory 10% service charge.


While there is some sticker shock going from a 165NTD (about $5.50) breakfast for two like this morning’s take away from the soymilk shop and stepping up to a 770NTD meal for two (about $20), it’s still cheap when you put it into comparison with breakfast at home, where an entre and coffee plus tax and tip can easily cost $15+ per person. Which is why we don’t eat out that much, besides the fact that we think we make better food than what we can find at most eateries.


So this is what the creative restauranteurs in Taipei do with their bagels. And it was a great bagel, with a tasty black coffee.