8,008 km so far.
Happy New Year!
OK, now that that’s out of the way…
I woke up craving pancakes. I think this is a natural response to many years of heading to the 101 Coffee Shop in LA for New Year’s brunch. I couldn’t find vegan pancakes in Hong Kong, but I did find The Frying Pan, a US-style open 24 hours a day bottomless coffee kinda joint.
Short Stack, No Huevos
The Frying Pan is a lot like those breakfast places that San Francisco does so well. Tiny and packed, with a line out the door, it looks like they serve up a thousand pancakes a day, so they make a pretty good stack. Excellent. We got tofu no-huevos rancheros alongside our pancakes and if we closed our eyes it was almost like being transported back home.
Jane’s note: I also had a (very non-vegan) milkshake to try and make the 101 fantasy as complete as possible, but nothing could ever be as good as the 101’s Black Eye Shake. Lesson learned.
We took a walk around Soho afterward. There are thousands of tiny restaurants tucked into the buildings here, up and down the steep hills and stairs. The streets were bustling with people emerging for a post-New Year’s Eve mid-day brunch.
From two blocks away we smelled Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters. We kept following our noses until we found them and, man, am I glad they were roasting.
Jane’s note: Stephen is just like a truffle pig, but for coffee.
They have a small roaster in the front of the shop, stock all kinds of coffee-making supplies, and are currently serving 18 coffees as hand drips or aeropress, as you like. I got a natural process Indonesian that was dank and musty, just the way a natural bean should be. It was not a coffee I would want every morning, but it made an excellent mid-day drink.
Across Peel Street we discovered Q Club, a grocer who stocks import foods, and who also stocks New Belgium beers, some Sierra Nevada brews, and a few other craft beers. I haven’t had much luck finding anything craft here to bring home; it’s usually all Tsing Tao, Blue Ice, Guinness, and San Miguel in the shops. Exotic, import beer equals Erdinger here, so these beers from home were a nice find.
Pancakes, milkshakes, beer, and coffee. As you can tell, we aren’t chasing any resolutions about giving up our vices this year. It was a perfectly ordinary day, including a home cooked dinner followed by some more Sons Of Anarchy. The perfect way for us to settle in to a new year that’s bound to be filled with challenges, change, and adventure. ♥