Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Oddies Foodies: Throwback to being a child again.

Situated in the middle of Wanchai amongst crowds of people and sweltering temperatures is the infamous little takeaway ice-cream shop Oddies Foodies. I discovered this place after hearing about it constantly via the Instagram community and decided that I would go for once and for all. This genius eatery combines the genius concotion of Italian low fat gelato with the much loved traditional Hong Kong eggettes (aka Daan jai). 

What I liked most about the concept of this shop is that as a child I have an unsummable amount of memories of these crispy hot egg waffles I used to get with my mother and brother down the hot, twisty streets of Mong Kok. I remember waiting by these street vendors and watching them spoon this doughy like batter into a iron pan...only to have a hot golden, bubbly sheet handed to me a few minutes later. The contrast between this crispy childhood delicacy and the creamy gelato is absolutely amazing and is such a treat to the taste buds. Luckily enough this creative eatery has a  wide variety of eggettes to choose from and 3 different ice cream + eggette concoctions.

Of all the amazing choices available we chose to get "The Night Wolf." This consisted of Italian low fat gelato with 66% dark chocolate and cookie crumbs, caramelised banana ice cream, passion fruit panna cotta, and crispy hot chocolate brownie eggettes. Looks wise, this concotion was visally stunning. Situated around the vanilla gelato with a matte dark chocolate finish, the finished sheet of eggettes was a lovely golden brown colour and the creaminess of the gelato was perfectly balanced with the sweet banana ice cream. Tastewise, this dessert brought me straight back to my memories of the eggettes I would buy as a little girl.

Luckily enough the shop wasn't too busy when I came with my boyfriend and friends however I've also read that it can get quite busy at times...so be prepared to have a prolonged wait as this is currently the their only store in Hong Kong (unfortunately!). Another precautionary warning for my readers - Oddies Foodies is not open on Mondays as I learnt the first time I attempted to go with a big group of friends. To avoid walking home dissappointed and empty handed make sure you come from Tuesday-Sunday. Until next time!! xx

Address: 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Telephone: 9155 5185

Thursday, 2 July 2015

My 21st birthday, it's the company that matters.

Hello all - I've constantly had this post in mind but never really got around to it. A month later, I thought this seemed to be an appropriate time to talk about my 21st birthday. Usually I celebrate my birthday with my family (on the day) and at a later date I like to celebrate with friends. Both celebrations are always good fun, resulting in a lovely time with lots of laughter and cheer. This year I have to say was probably one of my favourite birthday celebrations ever, being almost perfect. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if my brother had been able to arrive in Hong Kong a week earlier and had been able to celebrate with me.
Every year I like to choose a restaurant for my family to go out for a nice meal. This year I wanted to venture out and try something new. I had a few recommendations given to me and after copious amounts of searching on Open Rice for al fresco restaurants, I narrowed it down to Wooloomooloo, Al Molo or Brick Lane. Although my mother is a Buddhist, I know that Buddhism itself doesn’t have any proscription on food itself. However, she doesn’t like to eat beef and although this choice may not be religious in nature, in order to respect her food restriction I decided Wooloomooloo would have to wait.

In the end, Al Molo was my preferred choice of dining. Directly translated, Al Molo means "on the pier." The restaurant is located along cruise ship harbour in front of Harbour city with one of the most gorgeous waterfront views in Hong Kong. Upon entering the restaurant it was extremely busy and had a really good vibe about it. The restaurant was dimly lit with candles providing a very homey atmosphere. Upon sitting down, my parents, boyfriend and I were greeted by friendly staff and the menus. I hadn't had Italian food in ages so this was an absolute treat for me.

After debating what we wanted - we decided to go for the Mista di Campo (Mixed green salad, tomatoes and white balsamic vinagirette), the Sedanini pasta (Tube shaped pasta, manila clams, squid, spicy tomato), the Risotto (Acquerello risotto with wild mushroom and parmigiano), the Prosciutto pizza (Proscuitto di Parma, mozzarella and rucola) and the Salmone pizza (Smoked salmon, tomato sauce, mozzarella and red onion). The pizzas which are cooked in a special walk-in oven were absolutely excellent. Although I am a thick crusted pizza kinda gal, these thin crusted pizzas were heavenly and didn't have the same problem alot of other restaurants appear to have with their pizzas and their soggy mid-sections. The Proscuitto pizza has also been highly recommended by the staff at HK-Magazine with the "crispiness of the pizza, richness of the cheese, the acidity of the tomato sauce, the savouriness of the proscuitto and the freshness and spice from the arugula" which make it a true masterpiece. 

My favourite dish after the pizzas was one of Chef Michael White's signature dishes of risotto. I kid you not when I say the Acquarello risotto is the best I've had of all the Italian restaurants I've ever ordered risotto at, and safe to say was better than any risotto dish I've tried to cook (even my final IB food technology dish). This dish was velvety and creamy, with the mushrooms giving it an earthiness and a nice crunch. The pasta and salad dishes were also good but didn't scream amazing to me however everything was eaten and we left the restaurant with satisfied bellies and big smiles on our faces.

The only complaint I have about this restaurant is that although everything on the menu sounded absolutely tantalizing; the prices of each dish are quite expensive. You are paying alot for the view sat right outside the restaurant as the dishes weren't that big... however as this was a special occasion I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Overall, I had a glorious evening with lovely company and Al Molo definitely offered a fine dining experience for my loved ones and I.

My wonderful parents and I.
My wonderful parents.
My wonderful boyfriend and I before my birthday celebrations.

Al Molo Ristorante Italiano
Shop G63
Ground floor, Ocean Terminal
Harbour City
7-23 Canton Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Telephone: +85 2 2730 7900

Until next time! xx

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My very own health and fitness journey.

I’ve been thinking lately about the health transition I’ve made since I was about 18 years of age and fresh out of high school till now…a 21 year old graduate, older and all the more wiser. Before I embarked on this journey I didn’t know what being healthy really was. I always believed that if you wanted to feel good, you had to look good… Taken at face value, this involved 18 year old me thinking that you could just follow a ‘diet’ which would help you lose weight quickly and in turn this would give you all the self-confidence you needed. 

It wasn’t until after my first year of university that it really dawned on  me how many health gimmicks  there are which we really need to stop being so susceptible to falling for. Even though deep down we know that there isn’t a single quick fix to help us lose weight and become fit and healthy, we are still prone to trying or purchasing these ridiculously persuasive health gimmicks. From countless detoxes, to diet shakes, to diet snacks – at the end of the day we have to shift away from these and move towards better nourishment and fuel for our bodies.Once I had fulfilled this aspect of my life I started abandoning fast food, alcohol, sweets and chocolate altogether, and this was probably one of the best decisions I have made. After all, as German Philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feurbach said, “man is what he eats.” But bear in mind that treating yourself is great too because lets be honest I do have an occasional treat now and then and a night out with my friends where I have a couple of drinks.Of course, eating healthy is important as many people have heard the saying “30% gym, 70% diet.” 

However, it takes more than just food alone to provide your body with the balanced nourishment required for ideal health. When you start to nourish your body with the adequate amount of exercise you may obtain many different health benefits. I have listed a few that I think were the most prominent changes for me – better sleep, improved physical appearance, elevated mood & reduced stress levels, increased energy levels…but really, the list is endless. I also found that committing myself to a certain amount of exercise was truly rewarding. After a while, I would actually look forward to going for a run or going to the gym just to sweat it out and release some endorphins.

This journey is still ongoing for me – I still strive to find new recipes to experiment with and try new exercises that I’ve never done before. As people may or may not know I love my cardio. I am absolutely head over heels for cardio, may it be jogging, cycling, swimming or sprints. However, I am still trying to incorporate more strength training into my exercise routine as I do really want to join the small but sculpted minority of women who lift.At the end of the day, we all wish that we weren’t so concerned with changing our bodies…but we are. So why not step on the bandwagon and just try to nourish and nurture your body as best you can. With this in mind you must also nourish and nurture your mind as best as you can. Everyone wants to look good, but we all want to feel good too. Do what you like and do what makes you happy, and make sure you are striving to feel good AND look good instead. 

Monday, 22 June 2015


你好! Hello all! I haven’t posted in forever, forgive me. I've decided to start a new blog because I hadn’t posted so long on my other blog that it just seemed a little too disjointed for my liking. So first things first, I'm Jennie Hemmings. I'm 21 years and 14 days old at the moment and have just finished my third year of University studying a BsC in Psychology.  

I’m currently back in Hong Kong aka (香港; “Fragrant Harbour”) spending time with my family, boyfriend and friends. When I’m not enjoying the free time I have here, I’ve also been teaching English to infants, toddlers and cheeky little pre-schoolers. I was lucky enough to have been in touch with the English playgroup centre I had worked with last summer and now have been spending a lot of my days prepping for lessons & having the privilege to work with little children again. It still feels strange to be back in Hong Kong after being in the UK for so long…however, settling back into life here was quick and easy as it always is. For me, Hong Kong truly is where my heart is.  No matter how far away I am, regardless of time zones and awkward time differences – this hustling, bustling city has stolen a piece of my heart.

The move back home also made me realise that having given all my work in, and being on a gap year I can finally focus on a few thats that I really want to do...right before I embark on my journey of training to become a qualified teacher. During this gap year I really want to dedicate my efforts and time to towards focusing namely on saving, travelling, health, fitness, happiness and blogging consistently.It will be a year where I can truly deepen my practicial, professional and personal awareness. Hopefully my blog will be something people will enjoy reading - if you've liked it so far, read on and follow me on the excursions of my life. I hope you're all having a great summer wherever you may in in the world. For now, it is not a goodbye but a mere speak to you soon. I already can't wait to blog my next post...