Sunday, July 31st
After sleeping on our thin mattress pads for 7 weeks, the amazing soft and springy beds at the Landmark Macau provided for an amazing night’s sleep. I debated not getting out of bed, but we had brunch on the 22nd floor at 10:30 at The Club Noble Lounge.
We had an amazing buffet waiting for us:
The buffet had an amazing array of food to choose from with options ranging from congee to smoked salmon to a yogurt bar.
We also enjoyed some chocolate mousse birthday cake in honor of the birthday of one of our staff members.
After checking out of the hotel at noon, we explored the city.
First, we went to the Grand Lisboa, which is is the tallest building in Macau. Although it had a rather gaudy exterior, the inside was more tastefully decorated.
Afterwards, we went to Rua de Sao Antonio which is an area just below the famous ruins of St. Paul’s that is famous for small shops and snack stalls.
I fell in love with the little street stalls because ALL of them offered samples.
While walking on the Rua do Cunha up to the Ruins of St Paul’s (議事亭前地) we were hit by the wonderful nutty smell that was coming from the freshly baked almond cookies that were coming out of the ovens.
Macau almond cookies are one of my all-time favorite desserts. The cookie practically melts in your mouth and the coarse texture of almond flour and sugar is quite amazing.
The best thing about the cookie samples in Macau? Most of them are whole cookies and the people urge you to take a sample each time you walk past them. If you factor walking past the shops to get to the ruins of St. Paul and the return trip, that’s a lot of almond cookie consumption.
In addition to the almond cookies, copious amounts of the following samples were also consumed:
Pork floss seaweed eggrolls
Peanut sesame candy
Meat jerky (There were possibly even more stalls offering meat jerky than there were offering sesame cookies, so I probably ate close to a pound in samples. The samples were all very generously sized)
I was definitely in a food coma by the time we exited the square because I also managed to eat a few of these: dan ta (egg tart)
With a filling of creme-brulee consistency and a slightly charred top, the Portuguese egg tarts are unbelievably good. The crisp texture of the buttery shell and the creamy filling make for an unbelievably delicious treat.
They were so delicious that I managed to eat 3.5 within 24 hours. (The first ones I had were at the Venetian yesterday)
Afterwards, I went with a friend back to the Venetian so she could spend her Rewards dollars before we left.
Coffee mocha gelato was consumed in the nice air-conditoning. (We had a buy one get one free deal with our Venetian entertainment pass)
Getting on the return ferry was yet another adventure because the shuttle bus was running very late. Thus, we ran through the ferry terminal like headless chickens. Despite running to the wrong gate (Gate 7 rather than Gate 2), we were still able to get to the boarding area on time.
Unsurprisingly, I had a lack of appetite at dinner due to the copious amounts of samples (mainly almond cookies) that were sitting in my stomach like a brick.