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Feeling Tai Hang(ry)? An Afternoon at Stone’s

1It was with the promise of “Hong Kong’s best burger” that I joined my friend Earl to check out one of his favourite Tai Hang haunts… Earl was the photographer for Bakker’s Bites 2nd Birthday photo shoot, so it was a foodie reunion, too!  🙂2About ten minutes walk from Tin Hau station on Lin Fa Street West, Stone’s, an American diner, was our destination. And, of course, the day we chose to go, it was pouring with rain. 3While I  can’t comment on whether or not Stone’s restaurant truly has the best burgers in HK, what I can tell you is this: the food, atmosphere and owner are all certified awesome.

First of all, Stone’s boasts some remarkable artwork. These include…

– John Wayne (signed silk screen) by Andy Warhol
– Chinese Portrait (oil on canvas) by Feng Zhengjie
– Jim Morrison with Treble Meanings No. 6 (acrylic on canvas) by Chan Yu
– 1335 (original print) by Xanti Schawinsky

…and more!4The menu at Stone’s is dominated by a hearty burger selection – and although there are other American classics on the menu, burgers are what both Earl and I opted for.5My choice was Burger #3U.S. Prime Beef Patty / Crispy Onion Rings / Crispy Bacon / Pepper Jack Cheese / Lettuce / BBQ Sauce / Pickle.

I gladly devoured this burger, which was cooked exactly as I had requested: rare. In true American style, the portion was huge and generous. Mixing up the sweet BBQ and onion rings with salty bacon and cheese was oh-so-indulgent, in all the best ways.

Happily, I was allowed to get a “bit of both” when it came to a side of either French Fries or salad. The fries were great: crispy but not too oily, which came as a relief because I already had to eat bacon, beef, deep-fried onions and cheese!6Earl went ligher with Burger #4 Grilled Chicken Breast / Grilled Pineapple / Jack Cheese / Apple Cider Dressing / Mixed Greens

Let me tell you something: that apple cider sauce is incredible! Just try not dipping every bite of your plate (from burger, to french fry and salad) into it… I dare you, I double-dare you!

Cooked perfectly tender and matching the pineapple’s sweetness, this option is good for a lighter burger – which I realise is a total oxymoron 😛7Little did we know, we were in for even more of a treat when Joel showed us his very special signed Campbells soup can and vintage 1982 edition of Playboy magazine. I was delighted to see such a relic from the golden days of journalism – before the internet changed everything!8And if you thought Playboy was a “dirty” magazine, think again! Yup, that’s right: an interview with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti was beautifully preserved inside the copy.9After sitting for at the bar for ages, eating and discussing writing, art and famous celebrities from yesteryear, owner and super nice dude Joel Bess insisted we try their version of chocolat fondant. Just as he promised, it had a whole lot of ooze…

A perfectly sweet way to end the meal, it came piping hot and was garnished with some cute fruit, including blueberries, strawberries and a ground cherry.10Before lunch was over, another regular of Stone’s showed up with an even older copy of Playboy; this time from 1973!!! This resulted in about half an hour more of looking through it in amazement – what a treat looking through all those vintage ads, and fantastic pre-PhotoShop photography.

Named after Joel’s mentor, Mr. Harlan Stone (who encouraged Joel to open his dream restaurant), the kind of clientele that this hidden gem attracts is great, and something tells me that weird and wonderful things happen there all the time… 

If it was dinner, I would have certainly indulged in one of the many exotic beers available at Stone’s11But, I guess that’s a whole other story… 😉

Bakker x


Dishes of the Nakasendo – My Crave Magazine Feature!

li meng de bakker crave magazine gastro travel walk japan nakasendoRemember when I went to Japan for that mysterious “non-BBITES writing assignment”? Although I did eventually share a photo diary of the trip, I’m now very proud to share with you what it was all for…

Keep an eye out for the March edition of Crave Magazine to find my first-ever feature story, published in the Gastro Travel section.

I hope you enjoy reading about the incredible food journey I undertook on Walk Japan’s Nakasendo Way tour.

But, before I sign out, here’s some additional eye-candy from my trip to get you motivated :):

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Bakker x

BBITES Mini-Post #2 x Foodie Club

Last night I signed up online for Foodie Magazine’s Foodie Club at http://www.afoodieworld.com/club/.

You may remember a few months back when I was a guest columnist for their March issue (click here to read!).

I ‘liked’ their facebook page around the same time, and saw the news about Foodie Club on my newsfeed yesterday.

According to their site, membership offers deals and invites to special food events; definitely something BBITES wants a bite out of!

So, now that I’m signed up, I’ll just wait patiently for news. And, of course, you can expect a post of whatever comes my way!

Bakker x

Foodie Magazine – March Guest Column!

I’ve been published before in fashion magazines as a model. It’s always fun to see my modeling work in print, but today was very special for me because this time I picked up a magazine where my writing was published :D.

I’ve been featured as a guest columnist in this month’s edition of Foodie Magazine. This was a fun piece to write and I’m so excited that my blogging is leading to other opportunities in food writing!

So check out the March issue online or find a free copy of Foodie Magazine at any one of their distribution points. My guest column is on the last page 🙂

Bakker x