RB Tea (Cafe Review)

Causeway Bay is definitely one of my favourite places to go in Hong Kong, with its close proximity to other areas such as Wanchai (15-20 minute walk from behind Time Square) of if you choose to take the MTR, its just a few minutes away from busy Central and Admiralty.

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I have been to RBTea twice so far and I love the relaxed ambience that the cafe has. You definitely feel like you are in a garden having a picnic with all the green (plastic) plants and bird inspired lighting and ‘Swing’ chairs… wait… yes I did say Swing chairs, although there are only 2 of these seats (that can seat 4 people) these chairs are held up by powerful wire hanging from the ceiling. Definitely a unique concept, but you must get their early if you want these seats.

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The menu is quite varied in what they offer, from crispy waffle sandwiches to smoked salmon pasta and dessert in between. There is something for everyone. Here are a few of the menu items I have tried so far:

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Crispy waffle with fish fillet, grilled tomatoes, chips and a small fruit salad. 

Price: $74

Taste: This was delicious and surprisingly not too filing. The Waffles although aren’t particularly crispy are light and with the syrup they give you are quite delicious. The Scramble Eggs were definitely the highlight of this dish, creamy and smooth, they really melt in your mouth. The Fish, this was a little disappointing, I found them a little bland although there was a little cream sauce and mushrooms drizzled on top, what I ended up doing was dipping it in Ketchup, which I found complemented the fish. Finally the Tomato, chips, baked beans and fruit salad, these were all ok, the potato chips were a little soggy (but I love soggy chips… don’t hate me), the fruit salad consisted of a few pieces of fruit and aloe vera which I found was a good note to end on as everything else on the plate was a little rich.

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Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta 

Taste: The Pasta Sauce is creamy and smooth, however lacks seasoning, however, the smoked salmon which is salty helps to balance out the creaminess. However, you will have to break up the salmon into pieces to have enough for every bite-full.

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Milk Bubble Tea Pancakes

[RECOMMENDATION] Chocolate Milk Tea with Oreo & Salted Cheese (Hot) $38 

This is definitely a must try! It is by far my favourite drink to order at RBTea. The name might sound a little odd because of the salted cheese, but I assure you it is a rich chocolate drink with a hint of milk tea and a slightly salty foam on the top.

Crunchy Toasts with Sausage in Pesto Sauce $62 

This is a toast which is covered in a creamy cheesy pesto sauce with arugula and sausage. I think judging by the description it is quite filling so I wouldn’t recommend it as a snack, however, it would be great to share together with something sweet.

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Overall, this cafe has a great calming atmosphere and quick service. The food is homemade and has unique menu such as bubble tea  pancakes and popcorn hot chocolate (limited edition). Its a great place to hang out, have a quick chat with friends and share a few delicious menu items.

Food service: semi serviced

(order at counter and get your food delivered to your table)

Food quality: 8/10

Speed: 9/10

Menu selection: 8/10

Price: 7/10

Address: 3rd floor, Island Beverly,  building, causeway bay, Hong Kong

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MEMEBOX First Flagship Store [Experience]

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Memebox, I think one of my very first posts I posted featured the memebox. If you are a Korean beauty fanatic, like I am, you will have heard of this brand. The brand features skincare and makeup from their own line and various other Korean skincare brands.

Both my sister and I both found out that Memebox was in Hong Kong, that weekend we headed out to see what the store had in store. The store is a florescent pink colour with all the windows blocked out. It is definitely a building that you won’t miss and is just opposite the busy Hysan Place in Causeway bay. Did I mention that is 2 stories high?

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The first floor is mostly made up of makeup, with mascaras, foundation to lipstick. There is a huge variety of makeup that you can browse through. I personally went in to look for their buy one get one free dual ended mascara. We were greeted by one of the staff who worked there, a lady with blue ombre hair, holo eyeshadow and the sharpest winged eyeliner. We both aren’t fans of sales persons who follow us around the store asking us every 5 seconds what we would like to see. She allowed us time to browse around and would give us a hand whenever we asked.

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The 2nd Floor was all about the Korean skincare, the metal grated stair case lead to the most incredible shelf display with the various types of skincare displayed in an orderly fashion (image above). The room featured a large sink area in the centre where you could try the various skincare products out and an refrigerater display for the sheet masks they had on offer (below).

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After our visit to the store, we left with quite a few goodies:

The Nooni Snowflake Whipping Cleanser

The Nooni Marshmallow Whip Maker 

Pony Effect Pro Fit Liquid Concealer 

x 2 I’m Dual Mascara (Brown and Black) *Buy 1 Get 1 

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Overall, the Memebox Pop up store is definitely an experience I would encourage all k-beauty lovers to experience, it has a relaxed feel and definitely has one or two gems that you will find that you have yet to see in other drugstores such as nooni and memebox’s own brand.

Address: 

 20 Pak Sha Road, CausewayBay, Hong Kong

A review of the products will be up later this week! Stay tuned!

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What I read in May

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Since December 2016, I have been getting into reading and made it a goal to read at least 40 books this year. So, this summer I thought I would make it a goal to write up what I have read during that month. So here it is…

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The Series of Unfortunate Events

The series follows the children journey to find their permanent guardian after the death of their parents from a tragic fire. In the ‘The Reptile Room‘ we see their experience with their second guardian Dr Montgomery and the unfortunate events that follow. As for ‘The Wide Window‘ it follows their lives with Aunt Josephine and ‘The Miserable Mill‘ with their guardian Sir, as well as their experience in the Lumbermill. With that being said, each book ends tragically as it states in the beginning of every book. Personally, I love this series, and it’s my second time reading it through since I was a kid. I love the quirkiness of the stories, the family element, but also the mystery that is connected to it. This series is not just for kids, but for any age, and I think anyone can take something from it. The fun part of it is that I have been watching it alongside the TV show, and it is kind of fascinating to compare how you had imagine it and the depiction from the show.  It is a series that I definitely recommend anyone to get into.

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The Harrowing

The Harrowing‘, is a story that follows 5 peoples experience of the paranormal during their Thanksgiving break in the college dorms. I must say this book was my introductory book to the genre of Horror, and I must say while I was reading this book it felt like I was watching a horror movie, so it definitely tick that box. In addition to that, I think it has its creepier moments in it, maybe even creepier than just watching it, as it is up to your imagination. However, I felt like there was too much teenage angst and it was your typical horror movie story, but there was definitely a lot of suspense and left me at the edge of my seat.

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The Lives of Stella Bain

The Lives of Stella Bain‘ is an Historical Fiction set in 1916, that follows a woman who wakes up in a hospital in France, and she can only remember that her name is Stella Bain and that she can drive an ambulance. There is a lot to the story, however if I told you what goes on, it would spoil it. So, what I will say is that the story was so very intriguing and compelling, however it lack the suspense that I was expecting from the synopsis. Yet, the story itself was definitely satisfying, and a good quick read, especially since I read this after ’13 Reasons Why’ it allowed me not to linger to long on the book, so that was great. Overall, if you are looking for a good historical fiction to read, that has its twist in it, this would be a good one to try out.

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The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

My gosh this was an amazing book! I loved how there were elements of mental health issues raised, alongside a compelling story of a group of characters who are experiencing things such as monster invasion, vampires and etc. Funny enough, the characters that we see are not the so called “chosen one”, or the one to save the world. It is definitely something I have not encountered in a book before. I loved how the ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here‘ had so many relatable elements to it; from the relationships between the characters, to the situations that they encounter, such as graduation, prom, hanging out with your friends etc. This story reminds so much of ‘Paper Towns‘ by John Green, but it adds that additional mystery and fantasy element to it, which I could not get enough of. So, this was definitely a brilliant read.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

What can I say about ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘, this is definitely a nostalgic read, and really made me fall back into reading more fantasy books, but also this book has left me craving to watch all the movies and read all the books again. Much like ‘The Series of Unfortunate Events’, after reading the book I ended up re-watching the first movie, and it was great to compare the book and the movie version. I will say that this book took me a while to really get into it, and it’s mainly the reason that I knew the world all to well, so there wasn’t an element of surprise, that I usually enjoy in a fresh new book, yet this doesn’t mean that the book is boring, it is just the element of surprise that I lost, due to the familiarity of the story. In contrast, there isn’t too much to add, that hasn’t been already said, but it is a fantastic read, and really allows you to dive into a mystical and wondrous world of magic.

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So, those are my reads for May, I hope to read just as much or more in June, I hope you enjoyed my May reading list.

x.

Hipster