got settled in our rooms and soon realized how hungry we were. Uh oh. Nervous
again. What would we eat? How would we order? Could we figure out the money?
But wait- Mark had seen a McDonald's on the ride to the hotel. A taste of
home. We braved our way a little ways down Nathan Road. So many people!
It was like a puzzle getting through them sometimes. We only came across
The food was probably
our biggest concern. Nic and Steph were a bit reluctant to try new things
and we simply didn't know what some of the native food was. But this worked
itself out too. Mark found a wonderful little pastry shop next to the hotel.
He went there every morning and brought back fresh donuts and croissants
that were out of this world! They weren't as sweet as the pastries we have
in Madison, which actually made them better. A nice light meal to start
out our day. Stepping a few feet out our door to get a fresh breakfast is
another thing we weren't used to. Just finding the time to eat breakfast
was something we weren't used to. Every day we were in Hong Kong the four
of us sat together and ate pastries and drank juice. None of the rush, rush,
rush of our usual mornings at home. This was a nice difference.
We saw some Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants and Pizza Huts but never ate there. We saw a Spaghetti House that
looked like it may have some more American type food, but didn't try that either. And believe it or not, we all tried some Chinese food. One evening some of our new fan club friends gathered in our hotel room after a day of sight seeing. A couple of them ventured out to get some food for
us all to share and came back with a wonderful variety of noodles, and a delicious pork dish. In fact, this is how Kath came upon her "noodle lady" that she would regularly visit. Also, one of the JC Group staff members took us to one of Jackie's restaurants for Dim Sum. It was here that Nic fell in love with tea and tried some things that he wasn't sure what they were and where Stephanie ate tofu.
Everyone there was using chopsticks, but we were made to feel comfortable using silverware. All the food was placed in the middle of the table and everyone shared. This was very different from home. At home, everyone always orders their own meal. It's frowned on to share food at a typical American restaurant. Sharing food makes for a friendlier more intimate atmosphere. It was nice.
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