One of the greatest gifts we gave ourselves on our first full day in Hong Kong was the gift of uninterrupted sleep. After traveling for 24 hours, sleep was high on the priority list of needs and we were thrilled to get plenty of it.
After a very leisurely morning of breakfast and a treadmill run, John and I did a bit of exploring.
We also did a bit of shopping and found our way to Lupa — a recently opened restaurant by Chef Mario Batali. In the spirit of the Italian food we consumed, we had an absolutely fantastic leisurely lunch. Interestingly, my amatriciana pasta was flavored with Thai chilies and boy was it spicy!
We did a bit more shopping after lunch and then made our way back to the hotel for afternoon appointments at Bliss Spa. To help ease into our vacation, not to mention our new time zone, we treated ourselves to massages. The massages were fantastic, as were the rest of the spa facilities (steam room, whirlpool, sauna, etc…). We made it back to our room just in time to enjoy the sunset.
For dinner, we went to Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Famous for its Chinese cuisine, Man Wah is a very beautiful restaurant with great service.
Believe it or not, I am still not into Chinese food. Something about my trip to China in early 2012 (ahem…eating the same foods for 10 days!) has left me still trying to renew my appetite for Chinese food. Regardless, I wanted John to have an authentic experience and I think Man Wah lived up to his expectations. However, I would like to state for the record that John noted that the food was “nothing like what we eat at home” and that he didn’t want to eat Chinese food again throughout the entire trip.
John was also shocked that I was right about chocolate — it was nowhere to be found on the dessert menu. Wait, do you know that the Arnold’s are crazy about chocolate?
No chocolate on the menu ended up being OK because we were staying in a large mall area, remember? On the way back to the W we stopped at this cute chocolate shop that smelled amazing and that had beautiful displays of chocolate deliciousness. We stopped in and fell in love with a small bag of dark chocolate bark with pistachios. Done. Dessert problem solved. Well, the only problem occurred when we checked out. Let’s just say we had sticker shock….and ended up savoring every morsel of chocolate we purchased. I am not going to tell you how much it cost because I will not allow you to judge us or our chocolate addictions. Hey, we were on vacation! And, yes, it was f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s.