Our 2011 season is underway at Little Adventures in Hong Kong , and we're having a busy one. In no small part due to the wonderful mention we've received in the latest edition of the Luxe Guide to Hong Kong....

What's the biggest obstacle faced by a hungry foodie in Hong Kong?  
Ah, the mysteries of the Chinese language menu. You go into a restaurant that smells good. The food on everyone's table looks fantastic. Using the finger pointing "I'll have what they're having" method, you manage to get yourself a tasty meal. Yet...

It's a great time of year to be walking in Hong Kong. We do Christmas here in a big way. Trees, lights, tinsel. Choirs sing carols in the malls. The supermarket muzak in Park & Shop has got "Jingle Bells" on continuous loop. My building's door lady has taken to wearing a pair of antlers. And down on Ladder Street, the vendors are cleaning up with the Santa suits.  

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Yesterday, 1:30pm, on Lyndhurst Terrace I see a guy pushing a cart. On the cart are two huge roast suckling pigs.  
  He's holding the cart steady with one hand, waving his other arm out in the air at the passing traffic. "You mean you're going to take the pigs in the taxi"? I said to the guy in Cantonese, a little shocked.

Snapshots. Unexpected moments. A door opens, and suddenly you find yourself immersed in someone else's life. For an instant, you're floating in a different world, inhabiting a different skin, wondering how you could have lived so long without understanding, feeling, thinking...

In our endless quest to discover the most interesting, unsung attractions of our favorite city for our personally hosted Hong Kong walks, we often find ourselves pausing to admire the vast landscape of consumable commodities which surrounds, indeed threatens to devour us, with its variety and plentitude. Yeah, we like to go shopping. Not just any shopping, though. I am always on the alert for things to buy that have local flavor, that are Made in Hong Kong. Things that have some connection to this place, and this culture. Even though Hong Kong is a much touted "Shoppers Paradise", that's not always easy. Hong Kong is awash in designer brands and luxury items, but the everyday local treasures aren't always visible at first glance. That's why I've compiled my own lists of shops and stores that "think locally." Some you may already have heard of, like the terrific hip housewares and lifestyle store G.O.D.   These guys...