Jamie’s Italian

Over the past two decades- Jamie Oliver has became arguably one of the most well known celebrity chefs throughout the world. So it was to no surprise when Jamie’s Italian opened up in the new foodie haven, Soundwill Plaza in CWB. Oliver first opened Jamie’s Italian in Oxford in 2008- and now totals over 30 restaurants across the globe. The restaurant was MUCH buzzed about- budget friendly, hearty big Italian fare and a big name to boost. So it was again, absolutely no surprise the massive lines queuing up to try it when it first opened (with lines totaling more than 4 HOURS. I’m going to have to say…HUH!?!?!?!? No way, would I be able to wait four hours…for anything!)

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Spacious, cool, interior- buzzing with people! Finally one Sunday evening; after watching a movie, close to 10pm at night…. (we were told we would still have to wait about 45-1 hr…OMG!) we did manage to try out the much hyped up place….

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Menu is straight forward! Looked promising! But…was it? Find out soon enough….

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Italian Spiced Chicken Wings $75. Free Range wings w/ a smoked & spicy tomato Sauce. Nothing spectacular about this. The chicken was actually kind of cold on the inside. The best thing though was definitely the spicy tomato sauce- which wasn’t really spicy…but delicious!

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Crab & Avocado Bruschetta $70. Toasted Sourdough, fresh crab, ricotta, avocado, apple, lemon & chilli..This was another meh dish. The crab meat was very under seasoned and the bruschetta was hard to split without making a mess of the crab and other medley on top of it.

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Burger Italiano $135 Chargrilled beef burger w/ melted Fontina Cheese, sweet tomato, salsa, chili and a crispy fried onions- $180 w/ fries. This was my favorite of the bunch. The burger was HUGE. It was hard to split without making a mess. I also loveeeed the crispy thin cut fries we added to the dish. The fries were even better than the burger.

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Fresh Crab Spaghettini $90 (for half portion) w/ capers, chilli, fennel, parsley, anchovies & lemon. This pasta dish was recommended to us. But it was honestly a miss :/ The pasta sauce was absolutely water-y (not sauce-y in any way)…which was a big minus for me. :/

Sadly, long lines doesn’t amount to the best type of food. Some dishes were under seasoned, watery, and just not that good. The price point is good- but still needs a bit of work. Jamie’s Italian is sure to have people going still…but overall, I don’t think I’ll be heading back…

Jamie’s Italian 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II, Midtown, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, 3958 2223

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Disneyland: Is it really the Happiest Place on Earth?

Yes it is. Disneyland is my favourite!! :) The Happiest Place on Earth…really is all that. Disneyland is literally a place full of rainbows (ok its not…but you get my drift! Also, this isn’t even a paid post!) I have very fond memories with all things Disney I love the movies (don’t get me started on how much I love the movies), and the Disney Theme parks!! OH MY!! Especially, Disneyland in Anaheim, California: a mere twenty minutes from my home! Something about those Mickey Ears is just simply magical! <3

You can read some of my other travel posts like: Taiwan (post), San Fran (post), Shanghai (post), Viva Las Vegas (post), &  Airplane Eats (post)! 

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Oh sunny California, how I miss thee. (Here we are walking through the neighboring theme park: Disney’s California Adventure! (Which features famous California destinations….like SF, Santa Monica, Hollywood, among many more! They also showcase the history, discovery and culture of California!!)

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Take a walk on the boardwalk, and take a whiff of the delicious sourdough bread being freshly baked inside Boudin’s Bakery Tour. (If you complete the brief tour; you see the process of the baked bread being made & every person can walk away with a FREE piece of the bread!) Missing SF (post).

This is just some of the food we ate!

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BREAD BOWL!!! Good ol’ creamy, hot clam chowder. You would not believe the line we had to wait to get a bowl. The best part….after scooping out the entire chowder, you can rip off the bread and munch away! Yum Yum.

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Look at that close up of that Beautiful-ness.

Back at Disneyland...I HAD to have my Favorite Pasta bowl at RED ROCKETT’S PIZZA PORT in Tomorrow Land! Which is also situated next to my favorite ride, Space Mountain. <3

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I looooove this creamy Chicken Fusilli with sun-dried tomatoes and garlic Parmesan cream sauce…its absolutely AMAZING. One of my favorite things ever. Back in my UNI days, I had an annual pass and would make a Disney dinner run, as well as blasting out some rides in the process.

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We also had dinner back at California Adventures in the new Cars Land. Some good ol’ American diner grub!

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Some dessert to go? No way. This is just some good ol’ Disney treats you can buy! These were magnets! Definitely such a blast. We were so tired after a whole day of fun and food. I’ll be back, Disneyland. But for those planning a trip. Tickets for a day pass cost you upwards of $200 USD! And the food….also just as pricey! Just an FYI! :) So, is Disneyland the happiest place on earth? Well…its not, but it does bring a big smile to me, every single time. I have a special spot for this place.

Disneyland <3

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Freshlodge

I’ve walked by this small eatery every time I’m by Wing Lok Street, and FINALLY made my way in to Freshlodge! The restaurant is quite small and simple. The lunch set was really cheap! A Scottish smoked salad AND a daily soup….only to find out why for the really low price later on

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I went with the Hairy crab roe congee lunch set at $88! SO CHEAP.

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Soft bun bread! Focaccia…mmmm

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I’m going to have to say…….the beginning starter was SUCH a disappointment. :/ I was definitely going to be hungry still….so I also ordered a…

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Figs & Crab Meat Salad $78, which was a MUCH better salad. Nothing impressive, but a lot bigger and better than my starter!

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Hairy Crab Roe Congee…part of my lunch set. Again, nothing too spectacular. But something nice, calming and comforting. The food itself is just alright, but sometimes once in a while- simple congee like this does the trick.

Freshlodge, 127 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan: 3106 3161 

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