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[Sri Lanka 斯里蘭卡] Amangalla 安縵伽拉

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Amangalla

Add: 10 Church Street, Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 91 223 3388
Website: www.aman.com/resorts/amangalla
Price: 725 USD/night and up
Visited: Oct 2017

It was such a pleasant surprise to discover that there is an Aman property in Galle, Sri Lanka, where I would be attending a wedding. Set within the ramparts of the Galle Fort, Amangalla is part of this more than 400-year-told UNESCO World Heritage Site. I immediately reserved for three nights, eager to experience living on this historical site…but a few days before departure, I received an email from the hotel saying that their AC system broke down. Uh oh.

一向非常喜歡安缦集團的我,這次在規劃斯里蘭卡行程時驚喜地發現加勒城牆內有家Amangalla安缦伽拉,屬于聯合國世界遺産地的一部分。預定了三晚,滿心期待入住這座充滿韻味的古建築,沒想到在啓程的幾天前突然收到來自安缦伽拉的郵件,非常抱歉地通知說酒店的冷氣壞了…诶?!

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The hotel proposed three options: 1) Move my reservation to Amanwella (stunning property, but two hours away from Galle and too far for the wedding festivities), 2) Reserve a boutique hotel in Galle on my behalf (but…but Aman!), and 3) Provide a small portable AC in the room (Is that going to work given the intense humidity of Southeast Asia?) Hmm…tough one.

In the end I decided to stay with Amangalla, and…what a charming stay it turned out to be!

酒店給了三個方案:1)改訂至另一家安缦酒店Amanwella(車程兩小時,這次去參加婚禮不方便),2)幫我預定加勒另一家精品酒店(可是就想住安缦呀!),以及 3)在房內提供移動型小冷氣(東南亞熱帶天氣,小冷氣有用嗎?)…唔,棘手啊。

雖然有點擔心沒有正常冷氣系統要如何承受東南亞熱帶的天氣,不過考慮後決定照原計劃入住安缦伽拉。結果,渡過了充滿驚喜的三天美好時光,真慶幸來了…

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Galle’s tumultuous history spans more than 400 years, and Amangalla, nestled within its fort, reflects this deep history. Built in 1684 and once used as an army command center, it was later renovated to become the New Oriental Hotel in 1865. Its last owner, Ms. Nesta, sold the property to Aman on her 90th birthday, with all but one request – that the only house on the property to be kept for her husband, who, to this date, still travels to Galle from London once in a while.

斯里蘭卡曾被葡萄牙、荷蘭、英國殖民,而安缦伽拉也體現了這數百年來的曆史文化變遷。始建于1684年的建築曾作爲殖民地駐軍的指揮部,後來于1865年被改建成了新東方酒店(New Oriental Hotel),最後一任主人Nesta女士在她90歲生日這天把幾代相傳的房産賣給了安缦集團,唯一要求是要將建築群內的獨棟別墅留給她先生Rainey(如今他住在倫敦,寒冬時都會回來度假呢)。

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November 9th, 2017 at 3:05 pm

[Shanghai 上海] Little Catch x Alter

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Little Catch x Alter

Add: L116, 245 Madang Road (Xintiandi Style)
Tel: 5352 0027
Hours: 10am – 9:30pm
Price: 70 rmb + / poke bowl
Visited: Sep 2017

Shanghai has been raining cats and dogs for the past week (and it looks like another few days of thunderstorm ahead of us), so I decided to post about something very sunny: Little Catch Xintiandi just finished renovation, and other than being a pretty place, it’s also offering new poke flavors as well as smoothie bowls that will brighten up the most sour of moods.

眼看上海這一周都是連續暴雨,決定寫篇陽光內容:Little Catch 新天地店裝修完畢,除了地方漂亮之外,還推出了新口味的 poke bowl 波奇飯,以及光看到心情就會缤紛 smoothie bowl 果昔。下一個天晴的日子,就去這裏吧!

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I’ve been wanting to write about Little Catch for a while. Its first location – Little Catch Fishmonger – opened on Wulumuqi Road in 2015 and, with its introduction of the Hawaiian poke, it became an instant hit. The shop was tiny, so people either got takeouts or sit out in front on tiny stools, each happy with a bowl of poke in hand.

喜歡 Little Catch 已經好一陣子了。它的一店于 2015 年開在烏魯木齊中路上,名爲 Little Catch Fishmongers。雖然是家海鮮店,但完全不是大家想象中魚腥味彌漫的感覺,乾淨、清新的店面小巧可愛,總是很多人坐在外面的小凳子上吃著 poke bowl,氣氛輕松隨意。

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The shop was started by Wen & Jiayi, two sisters who were born in Singapore, raised in Hong Kong, and educated in the U.S. Conveniently, their family has been in the seafood business for a while, which gives the sisters excellent access to good seafood at fair prices.

Little Catch 的老板姐妹花 Wen & Jiayi 來自新加坡,在香港長大、美國念書(後來發現我在巴黎的室友居然是 Jiayi 在紐約大學的同學,#這世界有點小)。兩姐妹的家族做的就是海鮮生意,正好可以給 Little Catch 提供新鮮而且價格合宜的海鮮。

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Due to the overwhelming success of Little Catch Fishmonger, they followed with a much more spacious Little Catch Poke Cafe on Taixing Road, and subsequently expanded the first shop as well. Their newest location, a collaboration with clothing boutique Alter, is on the first floor of Xintiandi Style (originally Spread the Bagels). There are two sun-dappled outdoor seating areas, picnic tables, blue and white beach umbrellas…it’s like starting summer all over again.

由于一店非常成功,她們又在泰興路上開了非常寬敞的二店 Little Catch Poke Cafe,也隨即拓寬了一店,讓客人們可以更輕松更舒服地吃碗 poke bowl。而最近才重新裝修完成的三店 Little Catch x Alter 位于新天地時尚一樓街邊的位置(原 Spread the Bagels),是和服飾店 Alter 的合作。陽光滿布的露天座位、野餐桌、藍白相間的海灘陽傘…在這裏坐上片刻,感覺又回到了夏天。

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September 26th, 2017 at 11:53 pm

[Shanghai 上海] O.P.S.

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O.P.S.

Add: No. 1, Alley 117, Taiyuan Road
Tel: 15618060636
Hours: 10am-6pm
Price: 25-48 RMB/coffee
Visited: Sep 2017

I biked by a tiny cafe on Taiyuan Road the other day on my way out of yoga class, its coffee aroma so alluring that I slowed down to do a double take…Ah ha, another new coffee shop in town.

某個風和日麗的午後,我上完瑜伽課,(自我感覺)一身輕盈地騎著單車經過太原路時,被一陣濃郁的咖啡香給吸引了。忍不住慢下速度轉頭一看….喲?又是一家新的咖啡店。

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That in itself isn’t really exciting news, for coffee shops have been popping up non-stop in Shanghai during the past three years, with few leaving a memorable mark in my mind. So I didn’t think much of this new cafe at the time, and biked away without even finding out its name.

近幾年來上海大大小小的咖啡店越開越多,不過能讓人留下印象的倒也沒幾個。不是說新店中沒有好的,而是因爲已有那幾家熟悉、不用多想就能輕松享受的店。所以當我看到這家新店時,心裏飄過一句 “噢,又來了一家“,甚至連店名字都沒看清楚,就加速離開了(一部分原因是因爲當時肚子很餓,趕著去吃晚飯…)

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But for some reason, the coffee aroma I’d taken in on this particular afternoon kept wafting in my head, so I finally decided to go back to look for it. On this visit, I found out its name – “O.P.S., a spoonful of curiosity”.

不過也不知爲何,那誘人的咖啡香一直在我腦海裏飄呀飄。于是某個(同樣)風和日麗的午後,我約了朋友又回到了建國西路太原路口,順著馬路找到了這家咖啡店。這次看清楚了名字,是 O.P.S.,下面付著一句 “a spoonful of curiosity”。

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Upon entering, it’s easy to see the 10 sqm shop in its entirety. The palette is composed of white, grey, and a soft pinkish orange, pleasant, with no crazy designs or decorations screaming for attention. The barista workstation takes up about half the tiny space, with the rest occupied by a slender bar and two seats by the wall.

推門而入,10平米的小店一目了然。以白、灰、以及淡淡粉橘爲主色調的空間非常柔和,沒有刻意誇張的設計來引人注意。小巧玲珑空間裏,咖啡工作台占了一半的位置,剩下的是一個細長的吧台以及兩個靠牆的座位。嗯,感覺不錯,那就留下來喝一杯吧。再說店這麽小,咖啡師們又如此溫暖地對著我們微笑了,這個時候再走出去多尴尬啊(笑)。

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September 13th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

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[Shanghai 上海] Lady M

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Lady M

Add: LG2-22 International Financial Center, 8 Century Avenue
Tel: N/A
Hours: 10am – 9:30pm
Price: 68-75 RMB/slice of cake
Visited: Sep 2017

The first Lady M in Mainland China opened 2 days ago in Shanghai, and it’s been a crazy ride. The wait is apparently at least 2 hours regardless of when you go – there are people lining up at 8am even though the shop doesn’t open till 10am, and there are ticket scalpers “reselling” cakes at doubled prices…what’s going on?

中國內地首家 Lady M 兩天前在上海開幕,聽說現在排隊等位是兩個小時起跳。明明早上十點才開門,卻八點就已排起了長隊,最久等位三個多小時,現場甚至還出現了黃牛…這到底是什麽情況?

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Photo of Lady M New York, via Pinterest

For those who don’t already know, Lady M is a cake boutique founded in New York in 2004, and has been popular for quite some time now. I didn’t find out about it until I moved back to Shanghai from Paris 2 years ago, and didn’t actually taste it until last year in Hong Kong*, where I had three of its famed mille crepes (original, matcha, and chocolate) in one sitting.

*Lady M now has 10 boutiques in the U.S., and locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

先說說 Lady M 是誰。這 2004 年起家于紐約上東區的精品蛋糕店已經紅了好幾年,朋友圈裏不少她的忠實粉絲,不過不瞞你說,沒有很跟上潮流的我是兩年前從巴黎搬回上海才第一次聽說 Lady M ,真正吃到則是去年在香港*玩耍的時候。當時一口氣嚐了三款她最付盛名的 mille crepes 千層蛋糕,果然是極致細膩的美味。

*除了美國的 10 家店以外,Lady M 在新加坡、香港、台灣都開了分店,開一家紅一家。

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Judging from how popular Lady M is abroad, it’s not hard to predict that it’s going to be a crazy wait at its Shanghai location. Luckily, I got a sneak peek of it during the pre-opening event…

有鑒於 Lady M 在海外的爆紅程度,不難預知到她在上海開幕後也會是一家排隊排到天荒地老的店。很幸運地,我在 pre-opening 活動上得以在人潮湧入之前瞄一眼這裏是什麽樣子…

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Lady M Shanghai is located on LG2 of IFC, which lacks the charm of its street-side boutique in New York, but the style remains similar – the decor is kept simple and white, allowing the cakes to be at the center of attention. Lady M creations are a mix of French traditions and Japanese sensibilities, and its two chefs – one French, one Japanese – are in Shanghai at the moment to ensure that the quality is the same as its other branches.

上海 Lady M 開在國金中心的 LG2 層,沒有紐約街邊精品店的那種感覺,不過延續了簡潔純白的風格,把焦點都給了甜點。Lady M 的蛋糕結合了法式的傳統和日式的輕盈,掌管廚房的兩位甜點師也分別來自法國和日本,上海店開幕期間都在這裏助陣,確保品質和其他門店如出一轍。

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[Chengdu 成都] The Mondoli’s Blood

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The Mondoli’s Blood

Add: 40 Huapaifang Street Wuli Factory / 成都市花牌坊街40號無里創意工廠
Tel: N/A
Hours: 1-8pm
Price: ~40 RMB/coffee
Visited: Aug 2017

The Mondoli’s Blood is heavy. As in, different from the light-hearted cafes I usually frequent, it’s donned in a heavy dose of dark woods and black, furnished with bugs and skulls and taxidermied foxes and such. Those aside, the coffee is excellent as well. I first tried a pour-over made from Ethiopian coffee beans (so good it gave me the goosebumps), followed by a rich and silky flat white. The Mondoli’s Blood also sells a range of interesting products – candles with unique fragrances, second-hand knickknacks collected from I-don’t-know-where, and even all the taxidermies can be purchased as well, if you so fancy.

The Mondoli’s Blood 是家重口味的咖啡店。重口味指的不是咖啡本身,而是裝潢風格 – 與我平時較常光顧的清新小店不同,這裏以原木和黑色系爲主,陳列著各種動物昆蟲的標本及骨頭。先點了一杯好喝地令人起雞皮疙瘩的埃塞比亞手沖,接著再嚐了一杯順口的 flat white。The Mondoli’s Blood 還售賣不少有趣的商品 - 蠟燭香氛,古董雜貨、動物標本…看得上眼的,你都能買回家。

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September 2nd, 2017 at 5:44 pm

[Chengdu 成都] Wuzao Cafe 無早小食

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Wuzao Cafe 無早小食

Add: 5-2 Qinglian Upper Street, Chengdu / 成都市青蓮上街5號附2號
Tel: (028) 8600 8230
Hours: 12-8pm
Price: approx. 60 RMB/person
Visited: Aug 2017

I visited Wuzao on my first afternoon in Chengdu. This little cafe run by two friends –  Rosa and Sharon – is Japanese in style and cute in every corner. I tried the adzuki beans / matcha pancakes with matcha syrup (thick and fluffy, not too sweet), paired with a summer-only iced matcha latte (unfortunately tasted a bit watery). The yuzu chiffon cake sounded charming as well, though I didn’t have room for it anymore after the pancakes – next time. Don’t forget to visit Rosa Books right next door, an independent book shop run by the same owners.

抵達成都的第一個下午就來到無早小食,這家可愛的日式喫茶店裏處處體現了店主們 Rosa 和 Sharon 的用心。到訪時門口的木牌已寫著 “今日主食售罄”,那就來份甜點吧。紅豆松餅搭配宇治抹茶糖漿(做的是日式風格的厚松餅),再加一杯夏日限定的奶蓋冰抹茶(個人覺得茶味奶味再濃一些就更好了)。柚子戚風蛋糕聽起來很誘人,當時怕吃不下所以沒點,現在後悔了。別忘了去隔壁 Rosa Books 獨立書店翻翻雜志雜貨,是同一個老板開的哦。

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September 2nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm

[Chengdu 成都] Lan’s Patisserie

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Lan’s Patisserie

Add: Shop 113, 1/F, Jingronghui Shopping Mall, Chengdu
Tel: (028) 6465 6619
Hours: 11am-10pm
Price: 120 RMB
Visited: Aug 2017

Lan’s Patisserie, a French style bakery in Chengdu, has been under fire since it opened earlier this year. Some people applaud it as “the best there is in Southwest China”, while others trash it for being “ridiculously overpriced”. Well, there’s no better way to find out than trying it myself…

一般說到成都,腦海裏冒出的不外乎是串串香、擔擔面、麻辣鍋之類的當地美食,不過這篇要介紹的,是看似和成都沒關係的法式甜點店。Lan’s Patisserie 自今年年初開店以來一直備受爭議 - 不少人稱贊它是西南區甜點界的標竿,更多人罵它貴的沒道理,連遠在上海的我都聽過一些故事,讓人十分好奇。正好它就開在這次入住的博舍酒店附近(確切地來說步行7分鍾),找了個下午來吃吃看。

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The design is sleek and stylish – geometric shapes, sharp lines, black and white contrast dotted with soft-colored HAY furniture…

Lan’s Patisserie 門面由簡約大方的幾何線條組成,黑白對比強烈,在時髦的太古里周邊仍顯的搶眼(我想應該是成都網紅們拍照最愛的地點之一吧)。室內在黑白背景上再添加了色彩可愛的 HAY 椅子們,好看。

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August 24th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

[Chengdu 成都] Small Company

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Small Company

Add: 1F Chengdu Times No. 1, Chengdu / 成都市時代一號一樓
Tel: 13688109298
Hours: ?
Price: ~35RMB/coffee
Visited: Aug 2017

Small Company is a mobile coffee trolley located inside Hug boutique at Chengdu Times No. 1. Hug itself is an interesting space worth exploring – situated on the 1st floor of an office building (very curious choice, indeed), it is a bright and airy fashion select shop with an interesting play on interior space. Take some time to wander and explore its many hidden nooks. As for Small Company, try a cup of their iced latte to cool down this summer heat, takeouts might also be a good idea if you happen to work close by.

說 Small Company 是一家咖啡店其實過于牽強,其實它是一個位于買手店 Hug 的小小 coffee trolley。Hug 本身就很有意思,棲身于辦公樓內,由于四面都是大片的玻璃的關系,空間感覺特別通透。內部設計高低錯落、動線迂回,二樓還有棟梁的店中店,展示著不少中國設計師品牌的作品。Small Company 的咖啡車位于一樓,小小一個很可愛,大片玻璃窗旁的位置充滿了空氣感。可以來喝一杯冰拿鐵降降溫,在附近工作的話也可以叫外送服務。

 

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August 23rd, 2017 at 4:48 pm

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[Chengdu 成都] Five Elephant Coffee

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Five Elephant

Add: 151-13 Shuangqiao Road, Chengdu / 成都市雙橋路151號附13號
Tel: (028) 6463 7466
Hours: 10am-7pm
Price: ~35 RMB/coffee
Visited: Aug 2017

Curiously, the famed Berlin coffee roaster Five Elephant has its one and only branch outside of Berlin in Chengdu, China, of all places. If you are wondering why, here’s a good read. While I wasn’t especially impressed by what I got that day (though it’s possibly because I used up my coffee quota at The Mondoli’s Blood earlier that day), it’s still a cute little shop worth visiting if you happen to be in the area.

柏林 Five Elephant 是非常有名的咖啡館,之前沒聽說在海外還有分店,沒想到居然在成都有一家。店裏的設計簡單舒服,用的自然是 Five Elephant 的豆子,雖然當天的出品沒有特別令人驚豔(也有可能是因爲在 The Mondoli’s Blood 已經用掉當天的咖啡配額了所以無法再 enjoy),不過小巧的店挺可愛,剛好在附近的話可以來窗邊坐坐。

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August 23rd, 2017 at 4:21 pm

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[Chengdu 成都] The Temple House 博舍

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The Temple House

Add: No. 81 Bitieshi Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
Tel: 28 6636 9999
Website: www.thetemplehousehotel.com
Price: from 1999 RMB/night
Visited: Jul 2017

Please note that this was a complimentary stay arranged by the hotel.

Before embarking on my spontaneous Chengdu trip last week, there were a number of things I was looking forward to – Sichuan hotpot, chuanchuan-er, and The Temple House. Not sure if you’ve already read my post on The Upper House in Hong Kong, but I was absolutely swooned by that hotel (details here). Needless to say, I had high expectations for The Temple House, part of The House Collective along with The Upper House and The Opposite House (Beijing).

請注意本次是酒店安排的試住。

上個月來了一場說走就走的成都行,讓我期待不已的除了火鍋和串串兒之外,還有衆多朋友一致推薦的 “博舍 The Temple House” 。不知你是否有看我去年入住 香港奕居 The Upper House 後寫的文章,總之當時體驗幾乎完美,讓我到現在都還念念不忘。不用說,這次旅行,對出自同一系列*的博舍期待萬分。

*繼北京的瑜舍 The Opposite House 和香港的奕居 The Upper House 之後,博舍是 The House Collective 的第三家酒店。

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After a 40-minute car ride from the airport, I arrived at the rather low-key entrance of the hotel. It blends in so well with its surrounding that if it weren’t for the hotel staff stationed right in front, I probably would’ve missed it. Entering the courtyard is like stepping back in time: built more than a hundred years ago during the Qing dynasty, the Bitieshi courtyard features traditional brickwork, wood carvings, timber ceilings and floors, step stones, flying eaves that have been preserved and enhanced. Beautiful in every aspect.

從機場坐車到位于太古里的博舍大約 40 分鍾。酒店入口低調,要不是有工作人員等候幫忙開車門拿行李,我甚至都沒注意到這裏就是大門。踏入擁有逾百年曆史、始建於清朝的筆帖式庭院裏,傳統青磚木刻、木造天花板和地板、石級、懸挑屋頂及飛檐都得到保留和翻修,四面的房屋將庭院合圍在中間,雖然位于繁華的商業區,卻鬧中取靜,怡然自得。瞬間,好感。

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