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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Sweet Summer Recipes!

I love sweet treats and summer is the perfect time to bust out some delicious recipes to try out. So, I decided to show you guys my favourite summer recipes, that you can try out, or get inspiration from.

1.No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Pots

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2.Blueberry Macaroons

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3.Passionfruit and white chocolate mousse

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4. No-Bake Mint Chocolate Lasagna Dessert Recipe

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5. Peach and raspberry iceblockspeach-and-raspberry-iceblocks-438_l.jpg

6.Vanilla bean & salted caramel semifreddo

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7.No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Tart

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8.Frozen Yogurt Coconut Pops

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9.Ice Cream-Cookie Cake

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10.Choose-a-Fruit Fool

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I hope you enjoy these delicious summer treats I have listed above. They are pretty simple recipes, that are super refreshing and leaves you floating in summer vibes!

x.hipster

 

Easter DIY: Easy Easter cupcakes

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Although I might be a little late to the easter festivities, with the 4 day weekend, I’m sure there is time to make cupcakes right?

Without further ado, here are 4 easy easter cupcakes that you can do this easter without spending a lot of money.

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Here are a f ew ideas of what you can do with these simple ingredients.

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  Chocolate Decorations:

  1. Melt your white chocolate in a bowl over simmering water until melted.
  2. Split the melted chocolate into 3 different containers (orange, green and leave one white).                                              * found that using gel colours with water as an ingredient made the white chocolate seize and become fondant like which was unexpected but worked in my favour for moulding into eggs or even carrots.
  3. Using baking paper pipe or shape your carrots.
    1. For water based (my food colouring)- roll a ball and using scissors cut two lines to form three ‘leaves. Place them using your fingers (see image below).
    2. Oil based- Pipe your leaves
  4. (optional) using a black writing icing you can draw in the details.
  5. Put in the fridge to set.

Watercolour egg: 

This egg shows that you can find a lot of ways to make decorations without the need for any special materials. Remember that ‘egg’ sleeping mask that I spoke about a few months back? I kept the packaging and washed it.

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  1. Drop a few drops of gel food colouring onto the packaging.
  2. Pour  the melted white chocolate onto the mould.
  3. Place in the fridge for a 5 minutes
  4. Push on the mould and pop the chocolate egg out. Avoid touching the “water-coloured” side of the egg.

To save this post for being too long, I didn’t write the how I made each individual cupcake but, if there is anything you want to know how to make please let me know and I will post it here 🙂

Happy Easter!

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Double Chocolate Cookies

So, I woke up today feeling inspired to bake something and one of my favourite sweet treat are cookies (which you probably know from my previous blog post). Plus, I was running low of cookies in my cookie jar. So, it was a perfect to bake some cookies and I thought I would share it with you.

This recipe is super delicious, the cookies are fudgy and rich, with a gooey inside, and it’s also super simple to make!

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Serves:20 delicious cookies

Ingredients:

½ cup Soften Butter

¾ cup White Sugar

-1 Large egg

-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

-1 cup All Purpose Flour

-⅓ cup Cocoa Butter

-⅓ teaspoon Baking Soda

teaspoon Salt

-1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

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Method:

-Preheat the oven to 175 degree Celsius

-Beat the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy

-Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until the mixture well blended and add the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

-Scoop half to one tablespoon of mixture onto a baking sheet (on a tray)

-Bake for around 10 minutes.

-Let it cool and transfer it on a wire rack

-And indulge!

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So, that is the recipe, it is one of my favourite cookie recipes, it is super delicious and perfect for anyone who loves chocolate or sweet treats. Please give it a try, it is definitely worth it.

x.hipster

 

 

February Favourites: Updated

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I may be a little late with the favourites but, better late than never. This month I have three beauty favourites and two food favourites.

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The Maybelline instant age rewind concealer

Price: £15.62 (for 2)

I have been using this concealer for the past year and a bit and have been loving how full the coverage is. The formula is super smooth and applies amazingly easily under the eyes with the sponge provided. Many people have said they don’t like the sponge, however,  I think that the sponge allows just enough of the product to spread evenly onto the skin without tugging on the skin. The shade I went for is the brightening shade. It has a rosy pink undertone which I find really brightens the under-eyes and is great as highlight. It isn’t a shade that can be bought in UK drug stores but can be bought online through amazon or ebay.

One of the cons about this is probably the fact that in flash photography it isn’t the best as the bright colour seems to reflect and leave a the under-eyes looking a little bit white. For me, I don’t take a lot of photos so it is fine for just everyday wear.  However, I have found with fuller coverage foundation and blending this can be solved. In addition, I must agree with some reviews that the idea of a sponge although is very practical and the hygiene of this can be brought to question. Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.38.53 am

Yves Rocher Riche Creme Beauty elixir

Price: £32  bought for: £13.40

 

 

I have mentioned this product a few times on the blog and finally I had the chance to actually use it after saving up. I have been using this product religiously every night after showers,  before I head out and just before bed. The great thing about this product is probably the fact that it is a multipurpose product. I use it all over my body at night in conjunction with my body lotion. I find that sometimes my skin is extrememly dry and lotion doesn’t cut it and it leaves my skin dry and itchy.

 

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VITASOY Chocolate soy milk

Price: £9.87

Vitasoy is a probably one of the most iconic HK  drinks that you can buy at a local seven-eleven or a consignment store in Hong  but is relatively expensive and hard to get a hold of in the UK, unless you travel to china town. I bought these off amazon and with the student amazon prime package they delivered it the very next day. The box came with 12 in total at around £8 way… more expensive than the ones you can get in Hong Kong.

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Meiji Hello Panda biscuits 

Price: £1 (for 4)

There is a little backstory to this monthly foodie favourite. It is hard in my area to get international snacks or snacks that remind me of home. I was excited to see that my local poundland stocked these hello pandas and for such an affordable price. It was a pound for four of these boxes and no I didn’t just buy one, I bought two lots of them.

These panda cookies have a crunchy biscuit outer shell with chocolate cream filled centre. The thing I don’t like about these biscuits is the over packaging of these boxes, the biscuit packet only fills up half of this box! The rest… air, a missed opportunity to fill it up with pandas 🙂

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The Face Shop- Calendula

My skin has been super sensitive these past few weeks, I found that the sides of my nose are especially dry and itchy, as well as the rest of my skin coming off as flakey. I decided to take a break from my regular skincare routine and began incorporating the Calendula softening emulsion before bed and immediately my skin felt soothed and moisturised.

The Face Shop Calendula line is especially good for soothing irritated skin. The emulsion is a milky white consistency that feels really smooth and watery on the skin, it has a cool quality to it making it very refreshing to apply after a warm shower.

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Healthy Food Haul

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At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself the goal of ‘being healthier’. I must admit that although many have marked that down on their resolutions, there are only a few people that I know who have actually done it. I want to start a new type of post or category, if you will, on this blog about making that resolution come true. Stay tuned on Wednesday to find out what I mean… Can you guess what it is?

For those who don’t like fitness, health or lifestyle related posts, there will still be beauty, skincare etc. posts still going up on the blog.

This week on the weekly shop I decided to experiment with my diet, starting with clean shelves, open mind and my resolutions glaring into my soul. I really want to get back into cooking and trying out a few recipes that I claimed I “didn’t have time” to do. Lets be honest, I can make time.

With a grocery list in hand here is what I got:

Suede, Salmon &  Plaice, Sweet potatoes, lemons, eggs, apple sauce, yogurt, mushrooms, asparagus, peppers, honey, baking soda, cocoa, bread crumbs and spring onion.

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p.s. to my sister ‘the hipster’. “its going to happen”

10 cookie recipes to try!

I will be honest, cookies are my kryptonite. I love desserts, but cookies are the best of the best. So, if you are a lover of cookies, like I am, here are my favourite recipes that you should definitely check out.

1.Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mint and chocolate are my two favourite things!

2.Aunt Maggie’s Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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3.Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

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4.Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies

Hassle-Free CookiesI have tried a similar recipe to this, and it is incredible, you have to try it!

5.Totally Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Who wouldn’t love a double chocolate cookie, double the richness and the deliciousness!

6.Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Shortbread

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7.The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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To be honest my favourite type of cookies are the original chocolate chip cookies. I exceptionally love the soft kind, because they’re gooey and delicious, I can’t resist.

8. KISSES Triple Chocolate Blossoms Recipe

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9.Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

ImageGenA mixture of saltiness and sweetness is just incredible, and if you have tried, you’ll know.

10. Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

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So, I hope you enjoy them and try them out. Each recipe is different from one and another, so there is something for everyone! Happy baking!

x.hipster