There I stood at the roulette table, two $25 HKD ($3 USD) chips in hand. One I placed firmly on 26, Popsy's lucky number. The other I slid onto 17, Dave's birthday. "Put it on 18," Dave urged, "that's our anny." But I refused. I knew what I was doing here. 17 and 26 it was. The dealer spun the wheel and the ball went round and round and as it slowed and eventually stopped I saw the pitboss' mouth fall open and his fists pump into the air. I had won! I gathered up my chips and speedwalked them across the casino floor and straight into Mortons, where we capped off our MET (Macau Eating Tour, more on this later) with a sirloin, hash browns and creamed spinach flown in from America.
|The Venetian Macau is the sixth-largest building in the world and the largest casino in the world.|
|Ever seen an Asian, opera-singing gondolier before?|
|The main square in Old Macau|
|The gorgeous tiles continue through narrow, winding streets|
|A blend of old and new|
|The crappy weather didn't deter the shoppers and tourists|
|Cute little shops line the streets|
|The ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral.|
Built by Jesuits in the late 16th century, only the facade remains today.
|The ruins up close|
The Macau Eating Tour wasn't quite the whirlwind that was the Hong Kong Eating Tour, but we stuffed our faces with the best Macanese cuisine we could find. Our dinners at Fernandos and Gallos skewed towards Portuguese flavors and preparations.
These meals were good (we preferred Fernandos) but nothing too special. However, Macau food was 110% redeemed by the deliciousness of Portuguese egg tarts. With a flaky, buttery crust and a rich custard filling, these puppies were something special. Of course, a tart-off was in order.
|Lord Stow's Portuguese egg tarts are the most famous and the big winner of the tart-off.|
There are a few locations in Macau, including one conveniently located in the Venetian.
|Check out that caramelized crust. Oh my.|
|Rich custard filling.|
|Egg tarts from Maxim's (in Old Macau).|
Dave said that these were sweeter than Lord Stowe's but also delicious.
No caramelized crust, so I decided not to waste my time and calories here.
Let's take a quick break to check out some Macau food that I would not rush to recommend.
|Meat Floss Bread.|
|I don't know what this is, but we saw ads for it everywhere.|
The spokeswoman. I have no words.
I'll just come out and say it: We found perhaps the most delicious dumplings I've ever had. These guys were so good that we ate some right there at the stand (in the rain), then we bought more and ate them in McDonalds, and then we went back for thirds.
|It's an unassuming little take-away joint on a tiny street|
|A happy camper (an extremely happy camper)|