Category Archives: organic

Mana! Fast Slow Food – Hong Kong

I’ve recently joined a gym and have been going almost every day after work.  To not waste the effort put into working out, I’ve been looking for healthier dining options.  One of my finds is Mana!

Mana! specializes in organic, vegan and raw food.. perfect for an after gym meal!

Most of the seats are outdoors…. kindly like in an alley? But you wouldn’t know by the way they decorated the space!

Mana! Bliss Flat (avocado, hummus, cucumber and spinach wrapped with organic brick oven-baked flatbreads)…. This was my half.. and it’s very filling .. but kinda expensive at 75HKD.

large salad (mix of peas, beans, roasted vegetables and quinoa)…   There’s 2 sizes for salads (small for 65HKD and large for 95HKD.  The small box on display seemed kind of small so we got a large. It turns out they fill the box past the rim….. so much food that my friend had the leftover for next day’s lunch!


Mana! Fast Slow Food

92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone:+852 2851 1611

Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe and Pie Shop – Vancouver

I pass by Aphrodite’s daily and there’s always people there.. from morning to late at night.  I’ve been dying to try their pie and I did.. and became hooked!

I’ve been so obsessed that once, I went twice in a day!

Here’s a compilation of what I had:

strawberry-rhubarb pie with ice cream… the strawberry was sour..and it really needed to be paired with the ice cream. I like how 1 order of ice cream came in 2 scoops! I love the pie crust.. so flakey!

summer special.. peach pie!

apple pie.. my nephew loves McD’s apple pie.. but he said this was better.  He’s a foodie in the making!

chocolate beet cake… very chocolate-y .. didn’t taste the beet


Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe and Pie Shop

3598 W 4th Ave  Vancouver, BC V6R 1N8
(604) 738-5879

Fable Kitchen – Vancouver

This summer, the newest IT restaurant in Vancouver is Fable, a farm-to-table restaurant opened by Trevor Bird, a contestant on Season 2 of Top Chef Canada.

My friends and I met up for brunch.. the reservations for dinner were all full!

Fable Eggs: rustic bread, tomato jam, sunny side eggs, lardons, mushrooms, potatoes, kale…. From the description, this dish sounded pretty ordinary but it’s NOT! You can’t see from the photo, but the mix of lardons, mushrooms, potatoes, kale with tomato jam beneath the eggs is the highlight of this dish.  The mix has a sweet taste to it and is a winning combination.

Pulled Pork Johnny Cakes with tomato jam, pickled jalapenos….my friends ordered this and I had a bite.  This too was an interesting yet winning combination.  Who would have thought salt and pancakes went well together?

Halibut brandade benedicts with Olive Oil Hollandaise.….. my other friends ordered the egg bendicts..

free post-meal white chocolate chip cookies, which my friend is happily munching on!

I definitely want to try dinner at Fable.. since brunch was such a success, I would imagine dinner to be even more amazing!


Fable Kitchen

1944 West 4th Avenue  Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7
(604) 732-1322

Portage Bay Cafe – Seattle, USA

Went down to Seattle to meet up with my BFF before summer ended…she’s studying at UW and took us to lunch at Portage Bay.

Portage Bay is a campus favourite and only serves breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Loved the airy and sunny interior… it also has outdoor seating..

Organic Pancakes (Two big pancakes made from Bluebird Farms heirloom wheat, organic yogurt, brown sugar and vanilla)… There’s a toppings bar with whipped cream, butter, syrup, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, nuts and more! And! it’s unlimited toppings and you can go back as many times as you want!  My BFF said my piling of the toppings was pathetic cause most people cover the entire plate with toppings.  I didn’t want to seem like a pig …. I ended up making more that 7 runs to the toppings bar because I kept getting the blueberries which tasted so sweet and fresh.

Barbecue Pork Sandwich (All-Natural pork shoulder, braised in our spicy homemade Fonte espresso barbecue sauce, piled up on a soft brioche bun with a heap of fresh slaw)…. Mom ordered this and loved it.. especially the sauce..

Club all-natural (organic chicken, with organic avocado mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and thick pepper bacon, all on our savory country white bread)

Thai Style Manila Steamer Clams (sustainably harvested local manila clams sautéed with organic shallots, garlic, Thai purple basil, organic mini bell peppers, diced organic roma tomatoes, and Alvarez Farms organic purple spring onions in a red chili infused coconut broth finished with organic chopped scallions)….  BFF ordered this… I had a few clams.. really fresh but the sauce was spicy…..

BFF’s been waiting forever for this post to be up!  Thanks for the great brunch recommendation!


Portage Bay Cafe

4130 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Seattle, WA
(206) 547-8230

De Kas – Amsterdam, Netherlands

One of the foodie highlights of this trip was dinner at De Kas. It’s located outside of Amsterdam’s city centre so it’s like a little side trip itself!

Situated in a former Amsterdam City Nursery, De Kas is famous for its simplistic yet haute cuisine, using locally grown vegetables, herbs and edible flowers and locally sourced meat and seafood….

The main dining room is soooooooo beautifully designed… floor to ceiling glass windows and roof… it makes the entire dining experience very in-tuned with nature…

olives and caramelized cherry tomato….. the largest olive I’ve ever eaten! Usually I don’t like the bitter taste of olives, but this olive was sweet! The tomato was so plump and juicy.. and because it’s caramelized, it’s even sweeter!

The dinner is a set menu, so we all had the same courses…

cold watermelon soup with grilled langoustine, red chard, salter oogmeloen (cress salad)… Interesting combination!!!! cool and refreshing soup paired the super intense flavour of the langoustine (aka. Norway lobster)….

tatare of mackerel with aubergine caviar (anchovies), cabbage, dried olives and red pointed pepper sabayon….tasted very fresh!

salad of cucumber, raw cucumber, beans, beet root, mint with yogurt…. 1st.. this salad is the prettiest salad ever! It has edible flowers!!! and 2nd.. all the vegetables tasted so fresh and sweet!

charcoal roasted guinea fowl, ravioli with guinea fowl, pistachio and iberico ham….  my brother freaked out when I told him this was guinea fowl…. but it didn’t taste gamey.. it tasted a lot like chicken.  It was perfectly grilled and not too tough.  I didn’t like the ravioli because the pasta skin was too thick.

caramelized tomato with celery chips, vanilla creme fraiche, Bloody Mary sorbet with tomato vodka and marinated red fruit….. I don’t like fruity desserts but this was really good! The fruits were really sour but the sweetness of the sorbet mixed with the vanilla balanced it out…

By night.. the atmosphere was a bit different…

This is the greenhouse where some of the vegetables are grown…

All and all… I loved this concept of organic + locally sourced food and the food all tasted very fresh.  I also loved the dining environment and atmosphere.  But with the 50 Euro price tag… the menu (and especially the main course) could be a bit more spectacular…..


De Kas

Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3  1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands
020 462 4562