Ding Tai Fung Shanghai

Ding Tai Fung Shanghai

Hi everyone! Hope you all have a great week ahead! If there’s one thing that makes my day without fail, every single time, that would be food… well and also puppies. I’m a huge fan of great food and especially enjoyed with great company, that’s why I always make an effort to go to at least one famous restaurant when I travel. Since I was in Shanghai, China, I couldn’t say no to eating at Ding Tai Fung in XinTianDi. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically the only asian restaurant that holds a Michelin Star and various celebrities from all over the world have tried and tested the delicacies offered by Ding Tai Fung. The most famous dish is the “Xiao Long Bao” which is a small, delicate, steamed bun with a filling of your choice but that’s not all, it contains soup. The correct way to eating these soup-filled buns is to very carefully place one on your soup spoon, bite off a small piece of the skin and then proceed to slurp the soup out. Once you’re done drinking the soup then you eat the rest of the bun. 🙂 Simple no?

The Xiao Long Bao (small cage bun – direct translation) is not the only dish Ding Tai Fung offers though, they also offer various other dishes, noodles, fried rice and traditional Chinese desserts. We like to try the food from Ding Tai Fung everywhere we go and so far it has been the same. The chefs who make the Xiao Long Bao are only trained to master the art of making the Xiao Long Bao, which means they ensure that the pastry is the perfect thickness and the bun is perfectly crafted to ensure that no soup is leaked out during the steaming process. Hope you enjoy the photos and it made your Monday to some extent! 🙂

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With love…xxx

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LoveMaryLu for Lanson Place Hotel

Happy Monday everyone! If you’ve been following my travels on social media, you probably know that I am super depressed right now! I cannot believe how fast time has flown by for the 2 weeks that we were away in Hong Kong and Philippines. This time I decided to do something different with my travel posts, instead of the usual, dragging my big DSLR camera everywhere, we got the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition the day we arrived in Hong Kong and we pretty much filmed our holiday. 🙂 I haven’t started editing the videos but I will and I’ll post it up as soon as I’m done so you can take a glimpse of our 2-week adventure in Asia.

On our last couple days in Hong Kong, we stayed at the Lanson Place Hotel in Causeway Bay, a hotel that’s part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. We stayed at the Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong before we headed to the Philippines for a week, so to make it easier for our travels, we didn’t plan to take all our luggage with us. A week before checking into Lanson Place, I went to the concierge to find out whether it was possible for us to drop off some luggage to be stored for the week we were away in the Philippines. I must admit that before I went to find out from the concierge about storing our luggage, I had my doubts because the chances of a hotel storing luggage for you for a week is rare in most hotels. Not only was I greeted with warmth from the staff but they were happy to store our luggage at the hotel for a week before our checkin absolutely free of charge!

Our stay at Lanson Place was more than fabulous, the rooms were stunning, the views were amazing, the colour scheme was homey, welcoming and very chic. The moment you step foot into the hotel on the ground floor, a fresh scent of apple surrounds you and a swarm of friendly staff greets you and offers to help with your luggage bags. I’ve never felt more at home! I would definitely stay at the Lanson Place Hotel again on my next visit to Hong Kong as the location is extremely convenient, it is a 5 minute walk to SOGO (major department store), Causeway Bay MTR Station and also Times Square.

I have a love-hate relationship with staying at hotels, I love staying at hotels but at the same time I also love my own space where I’m able to make the place I’m staying at a “home” for me, where I could prepare some snacks if I wished to do so or have breakfast in my own room. Lanson Place is the perfect balance between hotel and self-catering accommodation, every room has an oven and hob with an extractor, a mini fridge, basically your own small kitchen. I never made use of the kitchen this time round, I was rather taken aback that it had all those amenities but I’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time.

If all of the above didn’t quite impress you, ever hotel room comes with a handy smartphone which comes complimentary with your stay at the Lanson Place Hotel. So what does this smartphone do you may ask? The smartphone allows the guests to receive direct calls without having to go through the hotel operator and also there’s unlimited 3G internet during your stay. You may take your smartphone out if you wish, whether it’s to browse Facebook or help you find your way around Hong Kong. Say goodbye to buying a local sim card or incurring great expenses from roaming charges.

Since our room was so amazing, I couldn’t resist a lookbook post, especially in my new jumpsuit (it’s open back and I love it). Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Hope you enjoyed the post! If you’re going to be in Hong Kong, I definitely recommend the Lanson Place Hotel, see their website for more details!

What I’m wearing: 

Jumpsuit from Zara

Yves Saint Laurent Crossbody bag

With love…xxx

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Washington DC Photo Diaries

Hi everyone! As promised, here are some of the photos taken on my recent trip to New York City and Washington DC. Since there are so many photos, I’ve decided to split up New York and Washington, if you haven’t yet seen my New York Photo Diaries post then click here. I hope you enjoy this post on my Washington DC Photo Diaries.

 

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Hope you enjoyed the photos! I have tons of great outfit posts lined up for next week!! 🙂

With love…xxx