The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Hot Chocolate and Gelato @ Holly Brown [Stanley Street, Central], Hong Kong

In such a busy lifestyle like we have in Hong Kong, it is easy to lose sight of the important things. Especially when life involves two young kids, and it becomes a real juggle to create a good balance between work, family, and our own physical and mental well-being. Hubby and I are getting better at making time for each other, going out on short dates, and even training together at the mixed martial arts gym that I recently signed up to (hubby and son began doing MMA almost two years ago when I was still pregnant with #2). Coffee appreciation is something that we recently took an interest in (it's hard to believe I used to detest coffee, that is until my son was born six years ago and sleep deprivation became the norm), and we enjoy seeking out a good cup of coffee. A few years ago, a friend from my engineering days at uni came to Hong Kong for a short 1-year stint, and he introduced us to Holly Brown. It was darn good coffee, perhaps the best tasting coffee we ever had in Hong Kong (the espresso we had in Rome remains epic in our memories). We often go to Holly Brown for quick coffee dates, though that has dwindled somewhat since hubby got me a Nespresso machine for my birthday a few months ago. A few Fridays ago, hubby and I found ourselves in Central on date night, wondering where to go to spend the next hour or so. Hot chocolate at Holly Brown came up, and since it was a chilly night, that mug of hot chocolate seemed much more appealing than going to a bar. And it was tastier and cheaper than alcohol too! Though Holly Brown has expanded to ten branches all over Hong Kong, the coffee at the original store in Central remains my favourite.

We enjoyed a Hot Mint Chocolate drink and a slice of Chocolate Tart with a warming cup of Ginger and Lemongrass Tea (both non-caffeinated drink due to the late hour):

We went to Holly Brown last week for lunch after a Muay Thai class, and along with a good cappuccino and a delicious mocha, we indulged in one of Holly Brown's gelato creations.

This was the mocha one (I forget the exact title) - coffee gelato with crushed bits of Oreos and chocolate sauce. I loved the crunchy biscuits with the smooth creamy gelato:

Holly Brown [Stanley Street, Central]
Ground Floor,
22 Stanley Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2869 9008

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