Monday, September 15, 2014

Get Up & Go

Get Up & Go


By guest blogger and contributor to Get Up & Go magazine - Kris Madden

Cathay Pacific understands that inflight dining is an important part of the travel experience – no matter what class you’re travelling.
The airline regularly works with world class restaurants to develop special menus, collaborating with establishments such as Tosca, the fine-dining Italian restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong; T’ang Court, the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant at The Langham; and Michelin-starred The French Window and The Whisk.


                                                  Cathay Pacific Business Class entrée

Cathay Pacific Business Class meals created in collaboration with Tosca at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
The lunch menu on my Business Class flight from Sydney to Hong Kong included a choice of two entrées; and a selection of four main courses ranging from Asian-style chicken with steamed rice and vegetables; to a Western-style beef fillet dish with Café de Paris butter, roasted potatoes and asparagus; and a seafood tagine with mint and couscous. I chose the vegetarian option: spinach and ricotta pasta with mushroom cream sauce. And I must admit, I couldn’t resist sampling the triple chocolate mousse cake and cheese selection from the trolley.

After that feast, I was very happy to be able to lie back in Cathay’s new Business Class Flat Bed, stretch out my full belly, and flick through the hundred or so movies on the entertainment system that has won the airline awards.

                           The dim sum served on flights from Hong Kong rivals any yum cha restaurant on the ground.

If you’re feeling peckish during the night, you can order snacks such as noodles, cookies or fresh fruit. Soups and sandwiches are also served in Business Class; and on my flight, delicious Maggie Beer ice-cream. The dim sum breakfast served on flights from Hong Kong rivals any yum cha restaurant on the ground.

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Kris Madden flew Business Class to Hong Kong courtesy Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong Tourism Board on assignment for Get Up and Go.

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                                                 Cathay Pacific A330 Airbus



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Get Up & Go: Variety in Taiwan

Get Up & Go: Variety in Taiwan

Variety in Taiwan

So much to see and do in Taiwan: here are a couple of happy memories from a trip a couple of years back.
A visit to Long Shan temple add colour and a spiritual buzz to your day. The temple is in the Wanhua District; there is a conglomeration of gods, goddesses and a few demons watching over this erstwhile establishment.

Temple deacons - at Long ShanTemple.

Whatchoo lookin'at? Pingxi.

Temple decoration -  Long Shan.

Rethinking a visit to Taiwan a couple of years ago - the colours and sights still linger - what a wonderful island it is. The people, the food, the traditions, continue to draw international visitors.

 Lanterns aloft - the Sky Lantern Festival.

Take a train trip on the HSR from Taipei to Kaohsiung, transfer to MRT on arrival and head to Formosa Boulevard Station ‘Dome of Light’- a railway station that will live in your mind forever. The brilliant Dome of Light was created by renowned artist Narcissus Quagliata. The dome is the world's largest public art installation made from individual pieces of coloured glass. The work not only adds to the beauty of the station, but also adds a new dimension to the art life of the city. Standing beneath it is heavenly. Taking four years to complete, the work was overseen by Quagliata and shipped from Germany for installation at the station. The dome tells the story of human life in four chronologically arranged themes: Water: The Womb of Life; Earth: Prosperity and Growth; Light: The Creative Spirit; and Fire: Destruction and Rebirth, with an overall message of love and tolerance.

At the Buddha Memorial Centre in Kaohsiung.

I've posted a few images and especially the ones from a retro-cool little eatery called Chang-Wu Trademark Noodle restaurant - for the full Monty combination 'family noodle bowl'- eat at your leisure. I ordered the medium for four of us - and it was too much.
Try and have a meal here while you are in Taipei.

 At Chang-Wu Trademark Noodle eatery.
 The 'family bowl'.

And there'll be a story on Taiwan in the next (spring) issue of
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