To be fair to Macau it was more than just a day there, I was probably there for around 26 hours. And though it was just a short stay there I have to say that I really loved it. Macau is different things to different people. For some it's a gambling mecca, (Macau takes in more revenue than Las Vegas), others a food mecca (mixing Cantonese, Portuguese, and various former Portuguese colonies from the likes of Africa and SE Asia the food here can be traditional or fusion blends unique to only Macau) and also a classical European architecture mecca (the old villages still are as they have been for many years even with all the newer flashy casinos and high-rises that come with). Yes Macau truly is a mecca of many sorts which, taken it's geographical size, is quite impressive.
I didn't spend any time in the casinos so I can't really talk too much about them here but I did get a good feel of the old towns as the majority of my time was spent walking and eating in them.
While waiting for my ferry to depart I had some time to kill and got hungry. Every so called restaurant in the plaza was packed and the only two places I didn't have to wait for KFC and McD's. McDonalds had this sandwich that I had never seen before on special so I thought I'd try. Not sure if you can read the writing here but it mentions how It's a real taste of Americana. There was other America propaganda on the tray paper as well. I also got a sweet potato pie as I've never seen that in the US. Both were pretty tasty in all fairness, though not sure I ever really need to get them again.
African Chicken. A Macanese invention of the best kind. Mixing african and asian herbs and spices and throwing in some curry for good measure, this dish is one of the classic Macanese specialties and I fully understand why.
Ruins of St. Paul's. "Originally theCathedral of St. Paul, a 17th century Portuguese cathedral in Macau dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of Macau's most famous landmarks. In 2005, the Ruins of St. Paul were officially enlisted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau." (thanks wikipedia! read more here Htttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruinsof_St.Paul's )
One of my favorite snacks when I lived in NYC was Malaysian beef jerky. Macau is also know for this style as well, however they don't call it Malaysian. In doing a little research I found out that they are both actually all from China originally and it is called bakkwa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakkwa)
Pastel de nata, or egg tart. I used to always get these at dim sum and thought they were chinese then year ago I found them in Portugal. The Chinese say they invented it but history shows that they originated in Portugal. Wherever they are from, they are delicious!