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M.I.A, Where have i gone missing?

10 Nov

Hmm.. it’s been a while since i last updated my blog, when first started i promised my self not to neglect it because i easily get distracted, once i stop updating even for a lil’ while, it’s easily for me to lose interest , so for the past weeks i’ve been forcing my self to update it but due to  few obstacles (work+family+sickness+errands+laziness) i failed to do so, until now.

Here’s are some things i did during my missing not so in action periods.

I went back to Malacca for a short holiday, no i’m not a Malaccan i’m a pure K.L  town girl born and grew up in K.L but since i know Cary shes have been the bestest friend in the universe for me (like i have any alien category friends) we’re very close, i basically know her entire family from her mom, grand parents, uncle, aunties, cousins, even her neighbours and most of them know me too, cary is very blessed with a caring and loving Peranakan family, they were all very kind-hearted to this Malay girl, and i feel very lucky to know them, each times when i joined her relatives for makan session they will choose a halal joint just because they wanted me to join them, they are really sweet people, that’s why i mentioned “i went back to Malacca” instead of “i went to Malacca” the place have been like a home to me it doesn’t feel strange anymore whenever i’m there.

I came down Malacca specially to celebrate Nancy’s Kitchen 10 years Anniversary birthday bash, like i mentioned on my previous post, Aunty Nancy (Cary’s mum) is a proud owner of a well-known Peranakan restaurant in Malacca, i have a chance to make my short trip as a memorable ones by helping aunt Nancy to do some preparation and became the unofficial photographer for the function, i pretended to look busy snapping tons of photos, yes i’ll definitely update it on a specific post later.

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Cary, Vera and me taking a break from our duty to camwhoring inside the restaurant, posing like an ad models holding a bakosia (peranakan basket) i'm a such a peranakan wannabe.

It’s was such a wonderful event so many people coming to congratulate aunt Nancy for her achievements, there is some unknown people crashing the function for the free food and beer but aunt Nancy was really cool about it. Check out my new nyonya kebaya i was forced to buy this specifically for the function, but well it’s about time for me to own one, cost me whooping Rm180 just for the top.

Aunt Nancy (owner of Nancy's Kitchen) with her good friend miss Tay.

Aunt Nancy (owner of Nancy's Kitchen) with her good friend Miss Tay

i wouldn’t miss taking advantage of the cheap and incredibly delicious food in Malacca, so indulging and pampering my tummy is always my main mission in Malacca.

this is just some of the food that i have, peranakan kuehs from Baba charlie stall, halal dim sum fare in Renaissance Hotel, and chainese food fare from dragon deluxe.

nyonya kuehs from Baba Charlie stall, halal dim sum fare at Renaissance Hotel, and chinese food fare at dragon deluxe yummy all memang best!!

I  gained 2 kg just from that trip, can a person really gained that much weight from all that eating trip in just 3 days?

oh before that trip i was forced by jenny to come up with a Halloween decoration at work and we made this gory looking mummy on just less that an hour using only limited office supplies, plastic, loads of news paper, and rolled tissue paper.

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it looked more like a pocong than a mummy, huh i wished i have more time to add some ageing effect colouring to that mummy but that was good enough, thanx jenny for helping me.

Went back to my parents and spend time with my family, i had a great lunch at the new restaurant called Cozy Place located at Mangsa Maju,  great food with an english theme ambiance, very posh place to dine in. we opt for local dish really delicious you gotta try this place, thanx to my aunt Mak Tam for the treat.

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one of the best butter prawns that i've had.

Refreshing lemon sorbet, gotta try the pina colada for my next visit, such a smooth texture for a sorbet.

Refreshing lemon sorbet, gotta try the pina colada for my next visit, such a smooth texture for a sorbet.

 

 started work as usual, back to the hard reality another week to go by and cant wait for my next off day.

Went to Pavillion, BSC and Sunway Pyramid on the weekends to do some light shopping, stumble in some funny and interesting stuff,

Sunawy Pyramid

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Took this photo from Xixili display window, notice the middle mannequin, looks like she smelling her underarm, hmm… doesn’t look sexy at all to me?

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Giordano was my fave brand during my teenage years, it was colourful, simple and affordable brand, well like i said “it was”, looking at their latest design campaign, does that smiley icon looked “cheer up” to you? wasn’t that supposed to be a “dead icon”, that lame design cost RM40!! seriously, so unoriginal ok!!

dead_smiley_sticker-p217560802465223378qjcl_400[1]This is a proper “dead” icon even if you put a smile on it doesn’t change the message of the icon, because X on the eye means R.I.P got it.

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This is rather interesting and a  lil bit funny, me and cary looking for a place to chill and have a light bite, i spotted this place and very excited to try, hoping for a nice dessert or cakes, from afar it does looked like a cafe’ but man we got duped, nothing there is edible it’s all just an illusion to tricked us to go there.

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turns out that it was a cosmetic store, selling of course cosmetics, decorated candles and decorated towels that looked like food. shop called BLOOP. we totally got punked!!!, where’s Ashton hiding???

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I spotted this Maybank ad, stare at it and got me thinking…..

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Banks came out with more creative debt and flexible payments plans  now days, is it to benefit us or them? if we are not on debt, banks will call us to take one or more? are we working our asses off every month for ourself or for the bank? how much portions of our paycheck goes to pay debts than savings??? 30% 50% 80% sheesh!!! i really gotta cut back on my spending habit. Dear, bank seriously stop call me, i don’t want anymore debts with you guys, leave me alone, if i want debt i’ll look for you, ok!!

BTW i added that “pay forever” to be more dramatic, Maybank don’t sue me ok!!! 

Bangsar Shopping Centre. 

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went to Espressamente Illy to try their espresso drinks, OMG this place is great, cool and posh ambience, skill full barista, i will write a full review about it soon together with the coffee art video demonstrated by their friendly good-looking baristas, thanx guys, for the great time, err… i mean for the great coffee experience.

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Archie trying to play a piano, he noticed me staring at him giggling, he gives up and decided to sleep it off, oh how i wish my cat can play a piano, eh, help me pay, some bills lah freeloader!! Bubble waiting for a phone call?? that damn phone is not working lah.

Have a chillax session at home during my off days,a ccompanied by dozens of dvds and my furry friends, too tired to socialize, skipped cinema, still hasitated about Inglorious Basterd, should i watch it in cinema?? or should i wait for a better “option”, being patients usually paid off, so i’ll just wait lah.

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I slept more than usual, preparing my self for hectic overtime weeks for end year, i hate working long hours, i already hate my job, i just doing it for the money, how long can i last doing things that i hate?? seriously i don’t know i wish i can just walk away from it but the world just dont work that way ok, in the mean time i just want to laze around sleeping on my lovely bed mistakenly my fluffy cat as a big soft comfortable pillow. Trouble, please just fade away, leave me alone jut for a lil while.

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Bad Ass Coffee, Take a kick ass sip of it.

19 Oct

There is a new cool coffee hangout in town with damn cool name, but to some people it sounds nasty? some said obscene? some questioned how the heck they got the name approved to use it here? but to me it sounds cool.

Bad Ass Coffee, nope it’s definitely not serving coffee that coming from a donkey ass (like luwak coffee), i have asked and assured of that everything served here is edible and drinkable, the first store located at GF Tropicana shopping mall.

It’s originated from Hawaii the land of the hula dance and many breath taking beaches, we’re all always dreamed to go there but perhaps this is the only and closest way for us to experience Hawaii. I first spotted the place during my visit at Tropicana mall me and Cary is looking for a place to have a drink and a small bite while waiting for “cloudy with a chance of a meatball” to start. The name and the logo mascot made us very eager to have a try.

The front of the shop, The cozy couch arean (non-smoking), free wifi available here, the haven place for smokers comes with flat tv.

The front of the shop, The cozy couch area (non-smoking), free wi-fi available here, the haven place for smokers comes with flat tv.

I bet you who wondered why “Bad Ass”, have they run out of idea? well i did have a small chat with one of the friendly staff over there, Mr. Kamil eagerly approached me and explained more about the place and some of their specialised coffee, the well known Hawaiian grown Kona Coffee, we’ll get to that later. Back to the name, a very long time ago when car or even road was exist donkey was the main transporter of the coffee beans which they called it the “Bad Ass ones” in honor of these working hard donkeys they named it after them. Interesting huh! the donkey on their logo really reminded  me of a character from Shrek, yeah you got it the foul-mouthed one DONKEY!!.

The Bad Ass legend story

The Bad Ass legend story

For the ice blended fans they have several interesting choices here, not another boring mocha stuff like those normal coffee chains have, I wouldn’t miss my favorite flavour drinks made with Irish Creme syrup which hardly offered in other cafe’s, Jitter Juice hot coffee in 12oz (s) cost 12.50 this drink is a little bit too sweet for me if i just drink it like that but if i add extra shot or request for less syrup i think it’ll taste great, and for Cary she choose iced Monkey Mocha a combination of coffee and banana 16oz (r) cost rm 13.50, to us coffee and mocha is a good comb, similar like choc and banana it just have a bitter taste presence to it, their iced drinks is a must try and very special because they use coffee ice cubes, it made a lot of difference in taste especially when you let the drinks sit out for a while it doesn’t get diluted but the drinks gets a stronger coffee taste, this really good for a strong coffee lover.

Iced monkey mocha with coffee ice cubes, hot drinks cup, the refreshing chicken salad, iced drinks cup with bad ass legend story.

Iced monkey mocha with coffee ice cubes, hot drinks cup, the refreshing chicken salad, iced drinks cup with bad ass legend story.

There is also various types of food to choose here to enjoy with your coffee, and if you fancy to have lunch, lunch sets is available, i had a chance to try the chicken salad rm8.90 for a quick bite, it’s nothing to shout about, just a simple mixed green salad leaves with a french dressing and topped with generous portion of grilled chicken it’s enough to compliment our coffee.

100% Kona coffee, some of the flavoured coffee beans Hula Pie and Butter Toffy Rum, and Peaberry.

100% Kona coffee, some of the flavoured coffee beans Hula Pie and Butter Toffy Rum, and Peaberry.

This is the only place that i know so far that offered a 100% Kona Coffee i mean the pure original ones that grown from Hawaiian soil itself, Kona coffee is one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world and at Bad Ass it’ll cost you RM129 per bag, yeah i know this must be a really good stuff, not like other coffee place which mostly sell the Kona Blend that which usually contain 10%Kona coffee and 90% cheaper imported beans, i’ve tried Kona blend before but not the 100% original ones so looking forward to it till my next visit. fascinating types of flavoured coffee beans can be found on their merchandise rack, Hula Pie and Butter Toffy Rum coffee beans already caught my attention even the sounds of it have made me drooling writing this, a must try next  time.

Bad Ass Merchandise and coffee beans rack, Bar and pick up area, outside sitting (smoking).

Bad Ass Merchandise and coffee beans rack, Bar and pick up area, outside sitting (smoking).

According to my conversation with Mr. Kamil the management has planned to open 60 stores nationwide in 6 years, i’ll have to say that’s a very ambitious move but hey that doesn’t mean it can’t be done even Starbucks (dominant marketing strategy) takes 5 years to open 100 stores nationwide this could be a good positive competition for other branded coffee chains for local market, i really hope Bad Ass would be my new favorite place to search for good cuppa and hoping it wouldn’t turned out to be like some other coffee chains who don’t care about product quality and ended up serving bad coffee. It’s still early to say, Malaysians have a lot to learn about coffee especially for those who standing behind bars and making coffee need to change their mind sets that coffee-making is more like an art than a job, take a pride of it.

POPILLA: the new Tex-Mex snack at Ikano

28 Aug

Last Wednesday me and Cary went to try a new Tex-Mex food for break fast at Ikano powerhouse, this place is very new it’s just a small store serving few traditional Mexican food like Taco’s, Burritos, Quesadilla and most popular Mexican snack Nachos. Nothing much to shout about because this place is just serving simple snack i don’t even think it have the original taste of a Mexican food, but the price is very reasonable you should try their nachos it does taste good not too shabby for a rm4.50 snack.

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promotional flyers

I’m a big fan of Mexican food and it’s kinda hard to find a good Mexican food in kl and of course there is a good Mexican restaurant around after all this is KL city right, we have every type of food and culture here but for a good food in KL you gotta spend quite a bomb, but in Poppilla things is kinda cheap for me even though it doe’s not taste 100% original it’s the next best thing. I recommended the Popi Beef Burritos or Taco’s, the beef have a very nice taste of usual Mexican spices and herbs if i’m not mistaken it’s cumin, the Popi beef is the best filling comparing to the southwest chicken and the grilled chicken, as for the Tuna and Salmon filling we all know that’s sooo.. not Mexican. Overall i kinda like this place and will definitely come again from time to time for a quick snack after all it’s nearby my place.

The small outlet, The nachos, Popi Beef Tacos, Southwest Chic Burrito.
The small outlet, The nachos, Popi Beef Tacos, Southwest Chic Burrito.

P/S: please least expect for fast service, the limited space makes the fast service is almost possible especially during peak hour.

Exquisite Indulgence at Harrods KLCC

26 Aug

About few a month back me and Cary made a visit to Harrods KLCC for an early dinner it was about around 5pm when we reached there. it was our off day and we decided to treat our self with something more exquisite than usual. Harrods is a new brand new outlet located in the KLCC shopping malls 1st floor just opposite California pizza kitchen restaurant. Its was a small outlet size approximately about 1500sq feet it’s like a mini Harrods in the heart of KL city.

Harrods KLCC front

Harrods KLCC front

 

There is many interesting Harrods brand merchandise for sale this including the famous Harrods bear and Harrods carry bag and the price i’m telling you it’s not getting cheaper here, exclusive English tea leaves and Coffee Beans also available. I am a long time coffee fan and the only one thing that i am very much attracted in here is the espresso machine, if you’re there you won’t miss it either, it kinda remind me of Bruce Willis on “Hudson Hawk” which have one looked kind of the same in the movie,  it looked like the vintage espresso machine but this one looked new i think it’s a reproduction. I can’t help it  but stood by the coffee bar fascinates by the great types of coffee beans that they have.

the vintage like espresso machine. the coffee bar. lavish choices of cakes,sausages and cheese. Harrods merchandises.

the vintage like espresso machine. the coffee bar. lavish choices of cakes,sausages and cheese. Harrods merchandises.

From outside the store you might not realize that there is an exclusive restaurant in side, it’s just a small dining area about less than 10 tables. The restaurant has a very exclusive ambiance reflecting the English style and tradition, even the waitress that served us is very graceful and attentive, i feel like i am a too dressed down (just jeans and sneakers) as i do not know that i will be dining at such exclusive place.

The restaurant interior, Choices of soft and crusted bread i asked for both & yummy butter.

The restaurant interior, Choices of soft and crusted bread i asked for both & yummy butter.

The menu is simple there is not much variety maybe because of the limited spaces that’s why it’s been designated such way. The waitress that served us is very attentive and pleasant, you will be served with some refreshments the usual choice is bread, my advise is opt for the soft bun instead the crusted ones it’s too hard but the spiced butter is addictive ly delicious . I scanned through the menu and the pricing fitted just like the place “exclusive”, i have mood for a red meat so i ordered The Harrods Roast and Cary goes for her favourite fish Pan Fried Cod Fish . The Harrods Roast seems like their signature dish maybe because of the name, the meal comes as a whole with roasted vegetables and the traditional English Yorkshire pudding, i opted for a medium done but the meat comes out too rare for me and the gravy is a little too thin but the roasted vege is a perfect fit i loved it especially the brussels sprout. Cary’s is quietly indulging her Pan Fried Cod Fish as she very much satisfied with the dish i can’t deny it too, the fish is so tender and flavourful even the vegetable sides is wonderfully done. We usually skip dessert because we have a small stomach but this time we just have a small treat after the meal, i always have a mood for coffee and Cary love something cold so we ordered an Iced Mocha Blended , the name is just simple nothing fancy but the taste is like a sip of flavorful bomb splashing down your pellet really refreshing an it also cast you a bombing rm20 per glass but hey if a Starbucks venti mocha frappuccino cost you almost rm 15 just add a lil’ bit more you can get a better taste, ambiance, and a great service.

The Harrods Roast rm45

The Harrods Roast rm45

The Pan Fried Cod Fish rm65

The Pan Fried Cod Fish rm65

Harrods Ice Blended Mocha *a must try

Harrods Ice Blended Mocha *a must try

And we're done *phew** happy tummy
And we’re done *phew** happy tummy

p/s: i dont think they do take aways because we have asked the drinks for a take out and the waitress said, they don’t.

Love Affair With SUSHI ZANMAI

24 Aug
If you asked me out for a Japanese food couple of years ago i would have definitely declined you, i hate Japanese food to the max, not just my appetite even my tummy can’t take , i will usually felt uneasy and eventually vomit after eating Japanese food. i just don’t understand why Japanese can’t wait for the food to be cook and eat it like a normal person do.
But today it’s a whole different stories, my BFF Cary love Japanese food especially sashimi, since she’s my feasting buddy sometimes i have to bear going on having Japanese once in a while, until i found SUSHI ZANMAI around a year ago i totally convert to Japanese food lover ( but i still hate sashimi can’t stand raw food).
1) Wide range of sushi from the sushi belt, 2) some of my fave sushi 3) generous slices of salmon sashimi, 4) very satisfying assorted tempura

1) Wide range of sushi from the sushi belt, 2) some of my fave sushi 3) generous slices of salmon sashimi, 4) very satisfying assorted tempura

 I always wonder why Japanese food so costly? it is the ingredients or just the culture made the menu price stays high?? not sure, but since i’ve found this place i devotedly have my Japanese food here about 3 to 4 times a month, it’s kinda funny that food here doesn’t make my tummy feels uneasy like others Japanese food does.

1) fresh fishes on display shows they served quality foods, 2)

1) fresh fishes on display shows they served quality foods, 2) Beef rice with teriyaki cod fish (a must order item)

If you are a Japanese food lover you must not skip this place, the price is slightly cheaper than sushi king and the quality is even far superior that other similar sushi chain, e.g. the salmon sashimi is thicker than sushi kings and the price is almost the same, even the sushi is far more cheaper than the ones you can get from Jusco sushi booth.

I should warn you that this place is very popular and if you come around 7pm onward you will have to wait in a long line and try avoid going on weekends as usual weekends equals crowd, and when there is crowd in a restaurant you may find the quality a lil’ bit off ( i experience this in most restaurant) 

The best time to go is during lunch time and from 5pm to 7pm, this is the time when the sushi belt is full if you going in between you may risk frustration as the sushi belt is mostly empty.

SUSHI ZANMAI

SK9a, Second Floor Highstreet, 1 Utama,                                                                                                                                                    Shopping Centre, No1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,                                                                                                                                           Bandar Utama Damansa,47800 PJ.

TEL: 03-77242030

Other Outlet: Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway . The Gardens, Mid Valley City.

Nancy’s Kitchen staff gathering lunch at TENJI

12 Aug

Tenji restaurant must be the most popular Japanese buffet restaurant at the moment, for those who not familiar with this restaurant just type the name on any search engine you can find lots of hits, i have read many review about Tenji from various food blog and most of them giving a thumbs up about the food and also the quality, it turns turns out that they are right. Quality comes with a price everybody knows that and the buffet price could cost you a week of lunch money. The normal price is dependable on time, lunch is about 77++ but for those who want to save try their promotion buffet price Tenji regularly have a promotion usually during lunch period, that’s when we went and try.

Wide range of sashimi, bake crab cheese, yummy stir fried bamboo shoots, and various choice of desserts

Wide range of sashimi, bake crab cheese, yummy stir fried bamboo shoots, and various choice of desserts

Earlier last month (july 09) auntie Nancy comes and visit us (me and cary) from malacca, aunt Nancy is cary’s mum she is the proud owner of  Nancy’s Kitchen, one of the most popular peranakan restaurant located in the hearts of bandar Malacca, jonker street, The restaurant is very very popular among Singaporeans, but i’m not going to write about Nancy’s kitchen now, will be doing that soon, back to our tenji visit story. Aunt Nancy always coming up for a business visit, delivering her famous nyonya kuehs to her loyal customers all over KL, so we decided to bring her to tenji for lunch, there was a lunch promotion at that time price 39.90 per pax, we wasted no time and head to tenji togeter with Nancy’s Kitchen staff 8 of us altogether with my roomies shira.

Enjoying our selves with lovely foods, cary with suria, shira enjoying oyster so much, helping them selves with haagen daaz ice cream

Enjoying our selves with lovely foods, cary with suria, shira enjoying oyster so much, helping them selves with haagen dazs ice cream

Tenji is a good place if you want to satisfy your glutton appetite, wide range of food (of course it’s a buffet) but most important is the food is really fresh, Shira going bonkers over the fresh oysters if i’m not mistaken she had 6 oysters for appetizer and still whining, regretting not having it more after we left tenji (i left her alone at home after lunch, don’t dare to disturb her if you know what i mean… hehehe) and Cary just love sashimi especially salmon. Even though Tenji is a Japanese theme restaurant they have wide range type of food such as chinese and fusion and i looovvveee their stir fried dish if you happen to go there you have got to try the stim cod fish and stir fried bamboo shoot uuhrruum i loovvee it.

Shira is getting perky after having 6 oyster and few coconuts, After meal drinks you can choose various type of leaf teas and flower teas or coffees, everyone having full stomach and great time.

Shira is getting perky after having 6 oyster and few coconuts, After meal drinks you can choose various type of leaf teas and flower teas or coffees, everyone having full stomach and great time.

Aunt Nancy and her staff happily enjoying them self with the rice dish, but there is a drawback dining with a cheaper price, i found out that some of the main dish that i read on other blog is absent and some comes in smaller portion, we were hoping to gobble up some scallop but it was no were to be found and the crab dish is smaller than the one they have on display 😦 but like i said earlier quality comes with a price so we understand. but all in all we were happy with the food (just wish we had more) and getting together with aunt Nancy’s and her staff.

Cary,me & Aunt Nancy. Nancy's Kitchen Staff, Aunt Nancy, Me getting perky over the coconuts

Cary,me & Aunt Nancy. Nancy's Kitchen Staff, Aunt Nancy, Me getting perky over the coconuts

P/S: tip for a coffee lover, get  a good pour cup of espresso from their coffee bar and Add a scoop of their vanilla or chocolate Haagen Dazs ice cream to make a rich refreshing  cuppa Affogatto.