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    Rocku Yakiniku Buffet – Japanese Charcoal Grill @ Pavilion KL

    March 19th, 2015

    **All Photos below taken with iPhone 6 Plus**

    In a remarkable twist, the culinary scene in KL has undergone a significant turn toward hipster, brunch options in recent years, with trends like coffee and breakfast/ brunches making inroads. On the other hand, dessert crazes, most notably the waffles boom, have captured the imaginations of city foodies and crowded out many traditional favourites. Nevertheless, KL remains a heaven for us carnivores as well, and the booming Yakiniku (grilled meat) sector is proof of this.
    And here’s one new contender in the city that will get you and your family or friends a luxuriously meaty meal out! Be there early as they do not take reservations at the moment and be ready to expect a queue. We queued for about an hour!

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    ROCKU Yakiniku

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    A Japanese Yakiniku restaurant with the BBQ/grill built into the table for you to grill a selection of meats, seafood and vegetables.
    And almost every culinary establishment you come across will have an all-you-can-eat option. Sometimes it’ll be buffet style, with dishes replenished much faster than they ever were. At other times, they’ll have a special menu where you can continue ordering ready-made dishes to your heart’s content.
    Here are Rocku, you get both – until your 100 minutes is up of course.

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    And if you are looking to climb the carnivore & seafood ladder, there’s no better place to begin your quest than at Rocku Japanese Charcoal Grill, a casual, upbeat and edgy Yakiniku restaurant at the new Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Level 7 Dining Loft. Ambiance wise, they win it all too. With colourful “rakugaki” or Graffiti on their brick wall and also various wallpapers with Japanese manga pages. The mixtures of different colours resulted a casual, upbeat yet fun ambiance.

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    Eat as much Japanese yakiniku barbecue as you like! And you can also sample some high-grade meat; tantalizing cuts of meat, ranging from beef to lamb, pork and chicken. Flown in from the USA, Australia and Japan, premium cuts such as Wagyu beef brisket, Australian sirloin and short ribs cater to all meat lovers! Not forgetting there are other varieties of side dishes too.

    How about modern entertainment that perfectly characterize the Japanese pop culture together with this traditional style of Japanese dining and beer?!
    Patrons can enjoy their food hot throughout the entire meal, together with the live, entertaining & interactive performances up of the centre stage.

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    Lunch between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm at RM39.90++ for 100 minutes buffet (children get 50% off).
    Dinner between 5.00 pm and 10.00 pm at RM49.90++ for 100 minutes buffet (children get 50% off).
    Note: For each additional 20 minutes, RM9.90 ++ applies.
    **No worries, 100 minutes is definitely sufficient** :)

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    And now, Rocku is offering a 50% discount for all beers!
    Apart from beers, Rocku Yakiniku also offers an extensive list of Japanese sake.

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    Sauces for your Yakiniku :)

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    So, eat all you can!

    Meats

    • Beef Blade
    • Beef Brisket
    • Beef Chuck Tender
    • Beef Ribeye
    • Beef Striploin
    • Pork Belly
    • Pork Bacon
    • Pork Collar
    • Lamb Shoulder
    • Chicken

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    Seafood

    • Butter Fish
    • Mussels
    • Prawns
    • Saba
    • Salmon
    • Scallop
    • Shishamo
    • Squid

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    Vegetables

    • Assorted Mushrooms
    • Shimeji Mushrooms
    • Shiitake Mushrooms
    • Enoki Mushrooms
    • Assorted Vegetables
    • Nasu (Egg Plant)
    • Sweet Potato
    • Capsicum
    • Leek
    • Corn
    • Onion
    • Zucchini
    • Garlic
    • White Cabbage

     

    Sides

    • Chawanmushi
    • Chuka Hotate
    • Chuka IIdako
    • Chuka Kurage
    • Chuka Wakame
    • Edamame
    • Miso Soup
    • Ramen
    • Rice
    • Salad
    • Soba
    • Sushi
    • Udon

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    Fruits

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    Japanese Yakiniku + Beer + Live Performances = so awesome together!
    Some might say, that’s only quantity. But they provide not only quantity but also high quality ingredients. After our yakiniku buffet session, we carried our tummy home with great pleasure.

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    Great to go in a group definitely! For celebrations especially, where we shouted “kanpai” & sing along with the live band!

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    *NON-HALAL*
    Rocku Yakiniku – Japanese Charcoal Grill
    Dining Loft @ Level 7.01.03
    Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
    168, Jalan Bukit Bintang
    Tel: +603 2148 8884
    Business hours: 11am – 10pm daily

    *No Reservations are allowed at the moment*

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    Strangers at 47 @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

    March 12th, 2015

    There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
    – William Butler Yeats

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    This is one similar quote that we noticed almost immediately on the wall of Strangers at 47.
    We were really impressed with how restaurateurs could come up with their café’s name so creatively.

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    We were all strangers until we meet and become friends. So that’s the treatment you will get here. Very friendly service, like they have known us already.

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    What’s cooking at Strangers?
    Holy Crepe!
    Crepes are fantastic. Not only do they provide endless stuffing possibilities: savoury, sweet and everything in between, the crepes are made à la minute for even more freshness in their kitchen. Places that specialize in crepes are not as ubiquitous in Klang Valley as they are in Paris, but we do have a few gems. And we thought Strangers at 47 are one of them.
    The fillings definitely go far past the regular banana, honey, and Nutella!

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    A gourmet menu of sweet and savoury varieties, along with a healthy range of fresh fruit juices and coffee to assuage any gluttony guilt. Happiness is just one crepe away ! It’s perfect crepe goodness with a variety of crepes choices and not just dessert crepes.
    One can have crepes as a main meal too :)

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    Their pretty barista in action :)

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    Their poured coffee was pretty good too! We love :)
    Flat White – RM9

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    Pure Juices by Smooshie are available here too.
    Orange + Pineapple + Mango – RM7

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    Lethal Shrooms – RM19.50
    Lightly herbed crepe, with a mixture of mushrooms: portobello, shimeji, baby king oyster mushrooms, spinach, caramelised onions, tomato relish, poached eggs & drizzled with balsamic reduction.
    We have quite a thing for mushrooms and looking at the menu with these combinations just lured us more. Truly, it was really memorable. The flavoursome earthy taste combines very well with so many mixtures of other flavours too: the sourish balsamic reduction & tomato relish, sweet taste from caramelised onions with the added texture of the runny poached eggs & spinach.

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    Shore To Please – RM21.50
    Savoury crepe, cajun tiger prawns, battered squid, spinach, caramelised onion, roasted cherry tomato & salted egg yolk. Another crepes with lots of different textures. The crunch from prawns, crispy squids, soft onions & spinach with the clever use of salted egg yolk for the saltish aftertaste. Yumm!

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    There are so many desserts to choose from and each is named creatively such as the It’s Kelapa, Red Riding Hood, Purple Rage and there’s more.
    I was craving for chocolate and so we settled for the Dark Side.

     

    Dark Side – RM10
    Chocolate crepe, dark chocolate spread, white chocolate curls, orange caramel topped with vanilla ice cream.
    Served on a cold plate, we get tender crepes and a creamy rich chocolate filling! With a scoop of ice cream, it improved both the flavour and texture :)

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    We’re in love. Madly, deeply, head-over-heels in love.
    With their crepes & coffee :)

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    *HALAL*
    Strangers at 47
    47, Jalan 17/45,
    Section 17,
    Petaling Jaya, Selangor
    Tel: +603 7497 2409

    Opening hours: 11am to 10pm
    Closed on Tuesdays

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    t-Lounge by Dilmah @ IOI City Mall Putrajaya

    March 8th, 2015

    We have been to cafes and restaurants that serve Dilmah tea.
    But we have not really understand or know the story behind our cup of Dilmah tea.
    Dilmah’s tea is unique in its taste that is picked, perfected, packed and branded at source, direct to consumers.

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    Do you know?
    It was first started as a family business brand and Dilmah preserves their commitment towards the quality of its tea collections. Dilmah currently has a total of nine branded t-Lounges around the world: Kuwait, China, India, Sri Lanka, Poland and finally landed in Malaysia!
    The ‘t-Lounge’ concept has been stirring tea enthusiasts interest since its’ first establishment on Chatham Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2013. Due to its charming uniqueness, the concept was quickly accepted globally :)
    This world renowned producer-owned tea brand, Dilmah Tea has officially launched its latest signature t-Lounge in Malaysia, at the brand new IOI City Mall Putrajaya! Congratulations to Dilmah once again!
    Their first ever outlet here in Malaysia will definitely be relevant to us as drinking tea has always been a part of Malaysia’s culture and most importantly, the people would appreciate tea :)

     

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    Thanks to Dilmah, we were delighted to witness this auspicious event; the grand launching of its latest signature t-Lounge in Malaysia.
    We enjoyed the traditional gamelan performance, the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, the VIP’s painting the letter “t” and the tea pairing workshop by Mr. Dilhan Fernando.

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    A cup of tea is a cup of peace.

    Everyone can now savour not only tea gastronomy but also the upscale lifestyle locally at the t-Lounge. The sophisticated ambiance t-Lounge is Dilmah’s first in the Southeast Asia region as well as the largest among its network. Tea lovers can look forward in dining at the t-Lounge as well because they are introducing elegant gourmet experience designed especially for patrons.

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    Introducing, the award-winning & beautiful professional bartender / tea mixologist, Miss Tess Posthumus!

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    During the launch, Tess Posthumus demonstrated one of her mocktails specialties with the “Chai Speculate”, highlighting an innovative tea pairing by enhancing the appeal of fine tea made in the traditional artisanal manner. “Tea-pulling or Teh Tarik” in style! And she was really friendly to answer all the questions! Such an enthusiastic and fun person :)

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    In appreciation of the finest Ceylon tea experience, the tea experience will include fine tea, served hot, chilled, sparkling or in tantalising mocktails or even shooters. Patrons can also find speciality tea mix such as Dilmah’s Jade Butterfly Handmade White Tea, Naturally Minty Ceylon Pekoe, Minty Oolong and Cinnamon Orange Chilled T. These teas are offered with delightful casual, comfort food, some of which are prepared with tea as an ingredient or paired with specific teas.

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    Like wise during their launch, we were served with the following:

    • Pulled Chai Tea to pair with Baklava
    • Tie Guan Yin to pair with Cheesecake
    • Original Earl Grey with Pizza

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    We’ve not paired anything like this and we find it pretty interesting. It’s like the east meets west and say… Italian meets English? Haha. Do try it!

    Besides, tea aficionados will be delighted with the availability of the much sought after limited edition Seasonal Flush and Single Estate teas, perfect for gifting or any special occasions. In addition, the t-Lounge in collaboration with the Dilmah School of Tea will host dedicated tea education and tasting events!
    Good news for tea lovers!
    Big thanks to Dilmah for having us and their limited edition Dilmah Seasonal Flush. Only 1600 tins are available globally. Can’t wait tot try them! :)

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    Next visit, we would love to check out their food and of course the different types of tea! Anyone?

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    t-Lounge by Dilmah
    LG-82B, Lower Ground Floor
    IOI City Mall, 62502, Putrajaya Malaysia
    (For easier access , please park at ZONE A)
    Tel: +603 8959 5137

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    Mei by Fat Spoon @ Desa Sri Hartamas, KL

    March 1st, 2015

    If you’ve been to Fat Spoon, they serve Grandma’s recipes with a playful twist like delicious Ulam fried rice or even claypot loh shu fun.
    With their well-earned success and reputation at Damansara Uptown, the two sisters behind Fat Spoon launched their brand new restaurant that carries a totally different concept at a different area.
    But one thing is definitely similar; getting a parking space near these 2 restaurant could be a pain in the neck .

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    Mei
    Sister to Fat Spoon Café

    Yes that simple. Mei by Fat Spoon is a modern contemporary Japanese joint at Desa Sri Hartamas serving Japanese-inspired, comfort food. The venue may be swish, behind those glass doors are clean and simple fixtures and fittings. Out of simplicity can come excellence, and the food at Mei is a case in point. When it comes to the food, much of the wow factor is down to matching ingredients that haven’t been messed around with too much. The menu is played around with choices of Fat plates (appetizers), sides, Onigiri, Rice Bowls (the0r well-known rice dishes) & Pastas.

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    The opening of Mei in Desa Sri Hartamas marked a more youthful movement in the Japanese dining scene. With blond-wood sharing tables, white walls and a generally fresh-faced crowd of diners, the venue feels more like a friendly cafe than a typically slick Japanese eatery.

    On a juice cleanse? Try our their fresh and nutrition-rich juices that we loved :)

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    Red Juice – RM12
    Red dragonfruit, watermelon, apple, goji berries

    Orange Juice – RM10
    Orange, apple, carrots, young ginger

     

    Need your caffeine fix? Mei serves coffee too!
    They said specialty coffee in Japan is usually served using a hand pour, rather than brewed by machine. I would love to try that one day!
    Meanwhile, you could also get a cuppa from Mei.

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    Don’t like coffee? Go for tea then!

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    Fat Plates are appetizers served at Mei.
    Smoked duck & watermelon salad – RM18
    Tender meat with hints of saltiness added with the sweet taste of the watermelon.

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    Hokkaido Scallop & Lychee Tartare – RM28
    I love scallops & lychee individually. Never did I know both can be best friends! Mild & sweet!
    Love the textures too.

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    Rice Bowls
    Summer Bara Chirashi Bowl – RM38
    Yellow tail, salmon, Hokkaido scallops, salmon roe tossed in a light house made dressing served on rice. For added texture, cuts of Japanese cucumber, edamame & sprinkles of sesame seeds were also mixed together. This is one pretty bowl of Chirashi for sure. The Chirashi Don that we usually have are served with raw seafood products in bigger slices. This serving looked more playful :) Chirashi means “scattered” In Japanese and this is a delicious one-bowl meal that is very filling and very versatile. Probably the most expensive item on their menu :)

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    Fried Lemongrass Chicken Poppers Rice Bowl – RM17
    Crispy fried lemongrass chicken poppers served with cabbage slaw & steamed rice + miso radish soup. Really crispy and well marinated with lemongrass flavour :)

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    Light Braised Beef Shortribs & Radish with Rice – RM18
    A light hearty beef short rib braise served with steamed rice. I never like braised beef with a flavour that is too intense & empowering, and this serving has my vote.

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    Unagi Rice – RM18
    Sliced unagi on rice topped with shiso leaf, edamame, seaweed & garlic chips + miso radish soup. We swear we could order this everytime. The whole serving combines a rich flavour. The edamame & seaweed’s clean taste balances bites of barbecued eel :)

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    Mentaiko Spaghettini – RM 28
    Spaghettini tossed in cod roe, topped with torched Hokkaido scallops and ikura.
    It’s an amazing dish on the flavour scale. As you may heard that Mentaiko pasta is easy to prepare, as simple as it gets and yet there’s something fun about this Italian inspired Japanese dish.
    The creamy olive oil tames the spicy brine of the mentaiko, with great textures from the scallops, ikura and they contrast nicely with the intense essence of the sea.

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    This is one contemporary Japanese restaurant that we’re happy to come back to time and again.

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    Mini C loves the environment too! Proven cos he’s in a good mood while we were dining there! Hehe :) Else, he will scream the whole restaurant down. Yikes.

    Mei By Fat Spoon
    22G, Jalan 27/70A,
    Desa Sri Hartamas,
    Kuala Lumpur.
    Open daily: 10am – 11pm
    Contact: +6012 255 2029

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    Madame Waffle @ Mid Valley Megamall

    February 24th, 2015

    **Photos below taken with iPhone 6 Plus**

    Trend alert!
    Waffles, waffles, everywhere waffles.
    First it was cupcakes, then it was donuts, and now it seems to be waffles :)
    It’s amazing the things you can do with a waffle iron. I’m sure you’ve all seen on Pinterest how people use their waffle irons to cook prepackaged cinnamon rolls, or the very basic egg waffles with different types of toppings these days. What will they think of next?

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    Speaking about waffles, butter is one of the first toppings that was used to make Belgian waffles even tastier. Simple and effective, there’s not much that can beat freshly baked Belgian waffles with melted butter. Of course, this standard pairing is also enjoyed with maple syrup!
    Belgian waffles are enjoyed by people all over world and each region has its own favourite toppings and variations.
    Have you ever wondered who came up with the terrific idea to drizzle maple syrup on to light, fluffy Belgian waffles? Or where they were first teamed with chicken or bacon? Why are sweet toppings more popular in some parts of the world, and why would you never pour gravy on to delicious Belgian Waffles in Belgium?
    We thought the next thing they could think of is to put sambal on top! Haha…

    Back to one of people’s favourite waffle place located at Mid Valley:

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    A Japanese style quick-service cafe serving artisan Belgian waffles, specialty coffee and green tea. This space located on the top floor of Mid Valley aims to cater towards the need for fast moving foods amidst the busy and fast-paced city, for leisure & a need for quick bites.
    The waffles are prepared using the finest ingredients imported from Japan and baked fresh daily on site!
    Waffles & coffee are perfect match :)

    Matcha Latte – RM10

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    Hot Chocolate – RM10
    Very rich & not too sweet.

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    Madame Signature – RM16
    Green Tea waffle, matcha gelato, strawberries and whipped cream with azuki beans.
    A partnership made in heaven!
    Whipped cream has long enjoyed a successful partnership with Belgian waffles. That’s old school. This Japanese inspired waffle order has all the taste & texture that I loved. Hot fluffy waffle, with hints of green tea scent, cold green tea gelato to match, sourish strawberries & the sweetness from the red beans. So yummy :)

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    Original Waffle – RM 5.90
    Vanilla infused waffle with pearl sugar. Just have to check out their original waffles since it was our first time here.
    Besides this, they also have Chocolate, Matcha, White Chocolate, Honey, Cinnamon & Coffee flavour :)

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    Perhaps the next time we wanna organize a tea party, waffles would be a great option is we’re bored of cupcakes & donuts. Haha!

    Madame Waffle
    T-045, Level 3 Mezzanine,
    Mid Valley Megamall,
    Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur
    Note: Above the GSC Cinema level (take the escalator up from across Magnum Cafe)

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    The Owls Cafe @ Bukit Jalil, KL

    February 16th, 2015

    Do you want your breakfast, brunch or dinner to have just that little extra?
    Then this restaurants are just up your alley.
    Hoot! Hoot!

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    While there has been a bizarre concept of owls cafe that became so popular in Tokyo, Japan, more have opened up. Yes! Live owls!
    But here we have our very own Owls Cafe minus the live birds part :) Even cuter!
    I saw fluffy, cute owls figurines and decos staring at me from every corner. Their mix and match owl deco is just so fitting in.
    It’s not just the perfect coffee, friendly service or the great simple menu that keeps us coming back, it’s the setting too. The clever use of such a tiny space feels light, bright and welcoming. Who would have thought having an espresso with waffles would be such a draw?

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    Be warned, their spaces fill up quickly and you may have to expect a queue on weekends, no joke.
    The coffee here keeps diehard caffeine lovers happy and with some of their well-known waffles named after their founders, like David & Rebecca :)
    Now that they have introduced breakfast and brunch from their kitchen, the response were overwhelming.
    Also the perfect place to soak up one of the best views of their mural, beautifully drawn on their walls.

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    The minute you walk through the door you’re greeted with the most comforting smell of delicious coffees. The cafe is cute and cosy with an open-plan counter where all of the baristas in action takes place in full view. I love everything about The Owls, from its waffles and flat white combo to the colour of its signage downstairs. And the gaze on its cakes & macarons counter would make one happy too :)

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    Cappuccino – Single – RM7

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    Rose Latte – RM10
    My virgin try on their rose latte and I fell in love with it immediately. The beautiful scent of the rose combined with the coffee’s aroma was so comforting.

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    Flat White – RM8

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    Baker on the Go
    -180 ºC oven baked buttery flavoured Crispy Croissant. Served with Salads & Waffle Fries
    Morning Daisy – RM18
    With 3 Farm Eggs scrambled to perfection in golden & soft texture. The croissant was really buttery and we loved their waffle fries max! Never thought it could taste so “potato-ish”, if you know what I mean. Haha. Very crispy too.

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    Sally Salmon – RM23
    Herbs-based waffle, golden scrambled eggs infused with truffle oil served with smokey salmon & confit cherry tomatoes. Was worried initially about this order as we’re afraid this serving might be too dry. However, their scrambled eggs were perfectly “scrambled”, not too dry and it help to elevate all the element’s texture.

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    Buffy Beef – RM23
    Herbs-based waffle, sunny-side up eggs, served with beef bacons top with caramelized Shimeji mushrooms and confit cherry tomatoes. Another highly recommended dish to order, the saltish beef bacon with sweet shimeji mushrooms are match made in heaven! LOL. Topped in on the hot waffles with sunny side up eggs, I could order this everytime.

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    Rebecca – RM 18
    Filled with strawberries & blueberries, topped with homemade Earl Grey ice cream which is well-blended with the Almond flakes and Maple Syrup. We dated Rebecca instead of David that day. David and Queen next!
    Ice cream + berries + waffles = happiness!
    So beautiful to look at too. Rebecca is pretty, isn’t she? Couldn’t agree more!:)

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    A comfy space for locals to connect, enjoy coffee, tea and hot chocolate complimented by delicious food and desserts. However, it could get too busy sometimes. So we prefer to visit on a weekday instead.

    The Owls Cafe
    12-1, First Floor,
    Block 5, Jalil Link,
    Jalan Jalil Jaya 6,
    Bukit Jalil,
    57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Opening hours:
    Tue – Thurs: 10am – 7pm
    Fri – Sat: 10am – 11pm
    Sun: 10am – 7pm
    *Closed on Mondays*

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    Ten Japanese Fine Dining 天 @ Marc Residence, Kuala Lumpur

    February 13th, 2015

    Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!
    I think this date is almost forgotten when you have a child. Well at least we have not! Until early this week… :)
    Sorry, no time to compile best dining places for Valentine’s this year :(
    We would tend to celebrate our V-Day on 12 instead as 12.2 is our Proposal anniversary! (So many reasons to celebrate LOL)

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    Anyhow, we settled for a lunch date instead as we have to rush home to see our Mini C :)

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    “Ten”
    Kuala Lumpur’s finest Japanese restaurant

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    Not the number 10. But “Ten” (天) means “Heaven” in Japanese.
    Best of both worlds, they offers delectable fusion of Japanese and French cuisines by highly acclaimed chefs that have cooked at some of Japan’s and Australia’s finest Japanese restaurants.
    The chefs at Ten would also chefs personally select and source the finest ingredients for each dish to ensure uncompromising freshness, quality and taste.

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    At Ten, expect full services with dedicated meal courses and also ala carte items.
    Décor of this restaurant features higher-quality materials, with an eye towards the “atmosphere” desired. The ambiance is very upscaled, spacious, decorated in dark earthy tones, with glass flooring and automated doors being part of the futuristic design, enhanced with warm lighting which further added comfort touches to the ambiance. Great experience from the moment you step inside the restaurant: the warm service, lively atmosphere, effortlessly clean surroundings and the simple and honest approach to beautiful food.

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    Besides, their staffs are highly trained, well-mannered and very accommodating. Ladies will be offered bag hangers and Chris was offered a basket to place his camera bag :)

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    Besides food portions are visually appealing, Ten Japanese fine dining provide the ultimate Japanese gastronomic experience with a sushi bar counter, teppanyaki counter and private rooms which can cater to all occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and corporate functions.
    During lunch, they offer Omakase, seasonal lunch & also set menu.

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    We went for their set lunch menu & the meal comes with some small side dishes or a soup.

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    Ten’s Bento – RM 55
    Chef’s recommendation
    天’s スペシャル弁当
    Washoku (和食), a more traditional serving of chef’s recommended bento, consisting of fresh cuts of sashimis, stew items, Japanese curry spring roll, grilled salmon, salmon pasta, deep fried oyster, chicken yakitori & prawns. Presented beautifully in bento drawers, every items chosen tasted delicious too. The set comes with silky smooth chawanmushi that has mushroom, unagi & a huge piece of chicken in it, miso soup & rice.
    We would said this is reasonably priced for a fine dining restaurant :)

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    Assorted Sushi – RM 60
    寿司御膳
    One of the best place to experience fresh quality sushi with wonderfully crafted, fresh, quality fish and seafood. Chef’s precise knife skills and understanding of the delicate flavours of fresh seafood mean that our meal is palate-perfect.

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    Great dining experience with reasonably priced lunch menu :)
    Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu!

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    But first, gotta rush back to “mini celebrate” Valentine’s Day with our “Mini C”!

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    **Note: Remember to proceed to their cashier to redeem your free parking ticket waivure.(Marc Residence carpark only)

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    Ten Japanese Fine Dining 天
    A-G-1, Marc Residence, Ground Floor,
    No.3 Jalan Pinang,
    50450 Kuala Lumpur
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: +603 2161 5999
    Opening Hours
    Monday – Sunday
    Lunch : 11:30am – 2:30pm
    Dinner : 6:00pm – Onwards

    You could also browse their monthly menu online: http://tenrestaurant.com.my/

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    Tim Ho Wan Malaysia 添好運 @ The Boulevard, Midvalley, KL

    February 7th, 2015

    Tim Ho Wan 添好運
    The famous Michelin-star dim sum restaurant.
    The World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant.

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    Originated from Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan’s ability to attain a one-star despite not being a fine dining restaurant has gained a lot of attention and it is one of the must-visits when one travel to Hong Kong. When this Hong Kong’s most famous dim sum restaurant has finally arrived on Malaysian shores, it has become one of Kuala Lumpur’s most anticipated new restaurants where patrons have readied themselves to beat the long queue just to savour the little treats from Tim Ho Wan Malaysia.

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    When in Hong Kong, people just didn’t mind being packed like sardines or wait for the long queue either (almost 2 hours!). And we were one of them. Haha.
    Now that they have opened a branch at Mid Valley City, we do not not travel to Hong Kong or Singapore for this famous dim sum. However, we believed that most people have already planted thoughts of “original is the best” in their head, even before trying. As most friend’s feedback were, “Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan is better of course!”
    We know it’s difficult to be 100% similar but with a high standard from Hong Kong’s World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant, even Singapore and Malaysia have to live up to it.

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    The queue was pretty short during our visit as it was during weekday but the restaurant itself was packed with patrons. However, we gotta give a pat on their shoulders as their service was fast & efficient. Orders were taken fast, Dim Sums served quick and tables were cleared fast too.
    If you ever think of bringing your whole big family here for a relaxing “yum cha” session, we think you should forget this idea as at Tim Ho Wan, everything is fast paced (although we still have time to take pictures of the food – everyone takes picture of their dim sum before they eat it. Haha). And they do not have round tables like those typical Chinese restaurants- more like fast food dim sum.

    The menu features 31 items, with their four signature dimsum dishes known as the 四大天王 Big 4 Heavenly Kings: baked bun with BBQ pork, pan fried carrot cake, steamed egg cake and vermicelli roll with pig’s liver. And also 2 desserts.
    Prices are pretty reasonable as they are located at Mid Valley, with dishes ranging from around RM7 to RM12.80.

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    Baked Bun with BBQ Pork – RM10.80
    Expect a thin, crumbly, cookie-like crust, melt-in-your-mouth buttery bun, and sticky sweet barbecued pork.
    Check for the crumbly crust, but the crust weren’t that thin and the filling wasn’t enough if you wanna compare. And we thought their crust were a tad too sweet too. Colour presentation wise – a bit dull and not golden brown. However, this is a must-order when you dine at Tim Ho Wan. Every table has it.

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    Pan Fried Carrot Cake – RM9.80
    I personally love their serving of pan fried carrot cake as it has a softer texture, not too sticky & fragrant outer pan fried exterior. Totally different from what we used to eat at other dim sum restaurants which is more oily, more like deep fried rather than pan fried instead.

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    Pork Dumpling with Shrimp – RM10.80
    The shrimps were fresh. So no complaints on this.

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    Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce – RM8.80
    Not too salty and soft meat texture.

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    Dumpling Teochew Style – RM7.80
    Another favourite after their pan fried carrot cake. The skin is thin and brimmed with fillings inside. Interesting texture with crunches of peanuts inside.

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    Vermicelli with BBQ Pork – RM12.80

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    It’s quite a veritable dim sum dilemma when Hong Kong’s much loved Tim Ho Wan has made it to Malaysia, but the question is, how does it compare against the original? Does this mean we won’t need to make a beeline anymore for the Hong Kong outlet? Some items are actually better in Malaysia than in Hong Kong (for the Malaysian palate at least). But then again, the Hong Kong items are cheaper. In fact, one major appeal that Tim Ho Wan enjoys in Hong Kong is its affordability. When it has reached Malaysia, it became an upscale dim sum instead.
    Still, for Tim Ho Wan in Malaysia, the dim sum quality is pretty decent for its price but you may wonder if it’s worth the long waiting time. That’s for you to judge.
    Hopefully they can still maintain the quality if they are going to have more outlets then.

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    Tim Ho Wan 添好運
    27-G, Ground Floor, The Boulevard,
    Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City,
    Lingkaran Syed Putra,
    59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    **Located opposite the water fountain in front of The Gardens Mall

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    Know Exactly Where to Eat with Find. Eat. Drink.

    February 5th, 2015

    Know Exactly Where to Eat with Find. Eat. Drink.

    There’s nothing that quite influences our decisions to eat at a certain restaurant than the opinion of our friends. How many times have you found yourself excited about trying out a new restaurant in the area, only to decide to stay away because a friend shared his or her unpleasant experiences? As with any other industry, word of mouth is extremely important in the culinary industry, and many of us immediately turn to the opinions of others if we’re considering trying a new restaurant.

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    This often presents us with a problem when we’re traveling, as we don’t always have friends in the places we’re visiting. However, a mobile app called Find. Eat. Drink. aims to eliminate this problem, putting all your restaurant recommendation needs in one sleek app. Think about it; with Gaming Realms, the operators of Free Bingo Hunter, saying that growth in mobile internet is among the strongest trends on the internet landscape to date, you probably already use your phone to look up restaurants before you drive over there anyway. Studies have even shown that restaurants are the most searched industry on mobile devices. Find. Eat. Drink. puts all of the information you could ever need into one app, cutting down the time you need to finally be able to decide where to eat.

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    But Find. Eat. Drink. doesn’t just give you recommendations from just anyone – all of the reviews on the app are from the industry’s experts themselves. Restaurateurs, sommeliers, and chefs come together to give their take on what are the best eating establishments in the area, so you know you’re in good hands when you read a review. The app is updated regularly, with reviews of over 5,000 restaurants in 200 cities, generated from the expert opinion of 700 professionals who know what they’re talking about. And with studies showing the reviews people leave online are actually swayed by the reviews they read, knowing that the person who is recommending a new restaurant to you is someone who knows his stuff can be quite reassuring.

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    Of course, the app is at the moment limited to some major cities, but aside from this, its obvious shortcoming is that it requires a working internet connection to be of any use. When traveling overseas, this can be quite the problem, as you don’t want to run up your mobile data charges. But if you’re staying at a hotel with free WiFi, this isn’t much of a problem either. In any case, the app’s free, and it does give you some great recommendations for places that truly embody the culinary spirit of a town.

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    A Bountiful Spring Reunion with Tai Zi Heen @ Prince Hotel & Residence KL

    January 31st, 2015

    Identifying the meanings of the dishes around the Chinese New Year table is a lot like a treasure hunt. Each individual dish is steeped in tradition and is like a homonym for a particular wish in the upcoming year. Every year during this Spring Festival, Chinese families around the globe are returning to their homes for half a month of feasting, money-stuffed red envelopes and much-needed bonding.
    When it comes to Chinese New Year, food is the cornerstone of the celebration.

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    So in the spirit of the festivities, Tai Zi Heen Chinese Restaurant at the Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur have came up with a Spring Reunion Feast to savour a buffet of culinary delights for the auspicious Year of Goat.
    One of the core highlights of Chinese New Year would be “Reunion”. Thus, Tai Zi Heen are ready to offer this festive spring reunion “Tuan Yuan” (团圆) great helpings of togetherness, happiness, prosperity and good health with Chef Michael Wong’s 9-course auspicious set menus and of course the not-to-be-missed prosperity Yee Sang.

    Let us savour traditional reunion feasts of pork-free Cantonese fare by getting together with family & friends during this festive year of Goat to welcome a great, promising, harmonious, prosperous and peaceful New Year!

    A Bountiful Spring Reunion

    “Tuan Yuan” feast will begin from 26 January to 5 March 2015.

    These food below are just some of their signature dishes from their Set Menu as well as from their ala carte selection.

    The Chinese New Year set menus are priced at:
    RM1488++ for the Spring and Happiness set menu
    RM1888++ for the Everlasting Prosperity set menu
    RM2188++ for the Wealth and Fortune set menu
    For a table of 10 persons for each set and prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

     

    Four Seasons Prosperity Yee Sang
    (Butterfish, Salmon, Tuna, Jellyfish)
    四季兴隆捞生
    In celebration of the Chinese lunar calendar’s most important festival, Chinese New Year, numerous dishes from different origins are savoured. Yee Sang is one such traditional dish. It is symbolic of good luck, prosperity, health and all things auspicious.
    So let’s toss to good fortune & good health!
    The festive menu will begin with the tossing of the Yee Sang, the Chinese New Year must-have prosperity salad. A variety of ingredient options are available including the signature Four Seasons Prosperity Yee Sang (butterfish, salmon, tuna and jellyfish), Abalone, Hamachi, Canadian Surf Clam, Salmon or Snow Pear. They also have take-away options for your enjoyment with family and friends at home.

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    Double-boiled Chicken Broth with Whole Abalone, Dried Scallops, Bamboo Pith and Vegetables 鲍鱼竹笙菜胆炖湯
    We are both big fans of double boiled soup as it’s a gentler way of cooking soups in a ‘water bath’. All the ingredients’ goodness is sealed in, water level is maintained and the soup remains clear, yet flavousome.

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    **If you opt to have Shark’s Fin Soup, you may change the double boiled soup to this upon request only. No extra charges if you wish to substitute Shark’s Fin for the Soup on the Menu

     

    Braised Japanese Sun-Dried Shiitake Mushrooms with Dried Oysters and Fatt Choy 花菇蚝士发菜
    According to Chef Michael, their Oysters are not totally dried. Only half dried to maintain its freshness and chewy texture, which made the whole mushroom-oyster dish totally different.

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    Baked Salmon Fillets with Honey and Onion Rings 蜜汁烤三文鱼
    We were kinds surprise with the serving of this dish on thier CNY Menu as it’s so westernised. Well, nothing stops Chef Michael from cooking out of the box!
    I love the coating of honey on the salmon fillet, almost tasted teriyaki. Being grilled via the method of BBQ-ing their Char Siew (BBQ Pork), the salmon was surely not overcooked.

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    Wok-fried Rice with Diced Lobster, Tobiko and Bonito Flakes 龙虾魚子炒飯
    No complaints on the taste, but just felt that it was kinda dry.

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    Dessert
    Crispy Deep-fried Sesame Balls with Salted Egg Yolk Custard and Durian Mochi 流沙芝麻棗拼榴櫣麽芝
    Madly in love with their desserts as I loved both very much. Only available at Tai Zi Heen.
    Big fan of salted egg custard! Crispy skin of the sesame ball encasing hot salted egg custard that oozed out when you take a bite.
    For those whol loves durian, you’ll like this durian dessert too. Soft, smooth & thin mochi skin with a bite full of durian meat :)

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    Tai Zi Heen remains open during Lunar New Year’s Eve and throughout the 15 days of the festival from 12:00noon to 2:30pm for lunch (Mondays to Fridays), 11:30am to 2:30pm for lunch (Saturdays and Sundays) and 6:30pm to 10:30pm for dinner (Mondays to Sundays).
    Reservations are highly recommended for the Chinese New Year promotions especially for Reunion Dinners.

     

    *PORK-FREE*
    Tai Zi Heen Chinese Restaurant
    Prince Hotel & Residence
    Jalan Conlay,
    50450 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia.
    Tel: +603 2170 8888 extension 8200
    Email: [email protected]

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    10 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine!

    January 27th, 2015

    It’s all about babies these days!

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    A Baby Shower

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    When it comes to life’s biggest events, you don’t get much bigger than the birth of a baby. And so it follows that the shower leading up to this occasion should be appropriately meaningful. Happily, this does not require slaving over a fantastically elaborate spread, which could cost you a bomb nowadays.
    To truly honour these new beginnings and elicit “oohs and aahs” from your guests, all you need is a little creative vision and a few personal touches.

    Whether you’re looking for creative, non-cheesy shower baby shower games or simple ways to dress up your sweets, there’s a unique idea to suit any party style. I get inspired with all the tips and tricks that I stalked quite a lot from Pinterest.
    So here’s my little compilation of some “Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine!”
    Happy Showers!

    1. Tea Time or Breakfast Baby Shower
    It’s quite a norm for baby showers to be afternoon affairs, but you could throw a breakfast baby shower for a friend instead! As an early morning shower is an unexpected idea and a great way to start the day.

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    You could even plan a “HOME BABY SHOWER” instead of throwing it at fancy restaurants or cafes with tea, coffee and some homemade savouries plus desserts!

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    2. Decorate Your Desserts
    To create clever sweets like these cupcakes, you could top plain desserts / food with themed flags. Add a few props to the display to make it even more eye-catching.

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    3. Creative Onesie / Romper Clothesline
    Go for unique, practical shower decor by setting up a onesie clothesline. You can even make your own cut-out onesies to create a banner.
    However by using real rompers/ onesies, you could double as a gift post party!

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    More pictures on Mini C Baby Shower :)

    If you prefer simple banners, you could do your own party flags easily :)

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    4. Popcorn Bar
    Simple to set up and easy for guests to navigate, a popcorn bar is a great grab-and-go snack for friends to enjoy throughout the shower or as a favour. I’ve been wanting to do a popcorn bar! Perhaps during next party haha.

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    5. Bib-Decorating Contest
    Let guests flex their creativity by putting together a bib-decorating contest. Even better? The parents-to-be will have plenty of options once the baby arrives!

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    6. Wishes For the Baby
    Guests can offer their best wishes for the baby, which is a special way for friends and family to give some heartfelt advice.

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    7. Diaper Cake
    As anyone who has ever been near a baby, let alone had one knows babies use a lot of diapers. A creative and really useful gift, it will make a great centrepiece too! Affordable & thoughtful, it is one of the perfect as gift for the parents-to-be.

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    8. Sweet Thank You Notes
    Pick up some adorable baby shower thank you notes or make your own!

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    9. Make the Little One his/ her First ABC Book
    Get your guests together and start showing off your artwork by drawing pictures that represents the alphabets!
    It’s really fun! You’ll get to do colouring again!

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    10. Set a Theme
    Be it a Theme Colour or Character, planning showers with a theme is much easier.
    You could also adapt these baby themes for their fullmoon or birthday parties too. Here’s some simple reference that we have done.

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    Rocking Horse Theme

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    Blue & Yellow Baby Shower for Baby Boy’s arrival

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    Pink Baby Shower for Baby Girl’s arrival

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    Congrats to @mocas and her hubby! 

    Just to share some easy ideas for throwing a sunny shower that everyone will enjoy! :)
    Happy Planning!

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    Vendors to share for parties/ showers:

    Rainbow Dreams Balloons are giving out 20% Discounts on all Balloons Deco & Dessert table settings when you quote “Brought up 2 Share”!

    That’s a great deal! So if you’re planning a party, decorate with Rainbow Dreams Balloons to celebrate!
    Email : [email protected] Or call / Whatsapp Mei Yen: +6012 379 8318

    And as for the Diaper Cake, we ordered from:
    Shene’s Diaper Cake Creations
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    Wondermilk Cafe @ Publika, KL

    January 24th, 2015

    Our ideal day of day off is not complete with a morning spent in one of its many cafes at Publika. This would be our first visit to Publika since my confinement days are over and we are quite particular on the dining environment nowadays, unlike last time.
    Why?
    Because we have a Mini C with us. Hehe.
    We have to make sure the surroundings are not too noisy cos he’s such a light sleeper, clean cos he’s still less than 3 months old, cooling & cosy so that he will feel comfortable. When he’s comfortable, we would be comfortable too while enjoying our food. Haha.

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    As our main purpose of the outing was to bring Mini C for pictures with the 1600 pandas (it’s only until tomorrow!), we had brunch at Wondermilk :)
    And I’ve a thing for cute cafes. I don’t mind spending my off day daydreaming about cozying up indoors with a hot chocolate or coffee in a cute cafe.

    We’ve known Wondermilk as a place for just cupcakes as they originated as the creator of unique cupcake phenomenon in Klang Valley labeled as “Cuppacakes” which most of us would order for friend’s birthday during my Uni days. Ever since they evolved from solely cute cupcakes to
    popular urban café named Wondermilk Café, we didn’t really pay attention to them until recently. Oops! They serve hot food too okay :)

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    Wondermilk café serves breakfast, brunch to dinner and besides just a coffee and cake, one of the menu’s highlights is their cupcakes of course.
    I love the whole design of the cafe as it’s beautifully designed with touches of youthful, colourful, vibrant & cheerful ambiance. Also a children-friendly place with a kids corner ;)

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    It’s also the perfect spot to pick up gifts for friends, as some of their cakes and biscuits are already beautifully gift wrapped :)

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    Say what you will about cupcakes, but we’re getting not over them. I personally love cupcakes (Chris don’t) if they are not too sweet. So I usually prefer butter cream icing over those sugary icing. I love looking at them though, cos they are pretty.
    What are your thoughts on cupcakes?
    Like any trend, the cupcake trend soared so high and fast that many people started questioning: “What’s so great about cupcakes, anyway?”
    But we thought they do still capture many people’s heart eyes. Haha. And I’m one of them.

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    Many cupcakes to choose from with different flavours & designs at Wondermilk.

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    Hot Chocolate – RM8
    Flat White – RM8
    Said to be freshly brewed, but I think you could probably forget about getting a good cuppa here as the hot chocolate wasn’t as rich as it claimed to be. And as for the coffee, it wasn’t up to our expectation too. Pure bitterness with no aroma. Hmm… That’s pretty bad huh.
    Maybe our perfect cup of coffee is served in a proper cup with beautiful latte art on it to cheer our day up. LOL!

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    Howdy Folks – RM19.90
    Chicken sausage, toast, scrambled eggs, turkey ham, potatoes, sautéed mushroom, cherry tomatoes & fruit salad. Was recommended by their friendly staff to try their breakfast bestseller. Scrambled eggs was too dry :(
    Others were alright but nothing really to shout about.

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    Baked Potato with Chicken filing – RM12.90
    You can choose between chicken, tuna or beef rasher but we chose chicken. Brimmed with cheese & chicken cubes, this is one sinfully filing portion. Loaded with carbs, protein & dairy! Chris is not a big fan but I liked it because I love baked potatoes!

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    Mushroom Melt Sandwich – RM13.90
    Stackes of sauteed mushrooms grilled with cheese on their homemade soft white bread baked daily. This order saves the day! Our favourite among all, flavoursome mushrooms with cheese sandwiched in between! But we find the overall presentation kinda dry with their toasted bread & fries as sides. Tastewise, it was good.

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    **We guess Wondermilk are better off with Cupcakes overall. Yikes!

    A day out with 1600 + 1 Pandas!
    Dressed Mini C up in matching Panda outfit :)

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    OOTD: all from H&M

    Through this collaboration with the artist, French sculptor Paulo Grangeon using recycled paper, 1,600 sculptures may sound like quite an amount but in truth, they represent the alarming number of pandas left in the wild. Gasp!
    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) aims to raise awareness on the state of our natural environment and the importance of panda conservation efforts and sustainable development.

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    HALAL
    Wondermilk
    Lot G2-7/G2-8
    Publika Solaris Dutamas
    Tel: +603 6211 1092

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    Naughty Nuri’s @ Desa Sri Hartamas, KL

    January 16th, 2015

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    Gone are the days when the western barbecue trend was kinda forgotten, today the city’s pit masters are smoking meat to compete with the best of them. Restaurants in KL are having it pretty good when it comes to serious smokehouses. The BBQ boom at Desa Sri Hartamas of the last few months has given rise to some of the best regional low-and-slow cooking outside the barbecue belt. Say, Naughty Babe Dirty Duck and now Naughty Nuri’s!
    Looks like competition is fierce.

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    Naugthy Nuri’s is in town!

    “BBQ Ribs with the kicking flavour! Soft meat texture penetrated with flavoursome sauce from marination that’ll not stick on the bone”

    That was what we claimed at Naughty Nuri’s in Ubud, Bali.

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    I was a little over the moon when we found out our favourite BBQ restaurant originated from Bali, Indonesia has finally reached KL. So we tied on bibs and left a trail of wet-naps behind in our quest to try their ribs here. Locally.
    Such unbutton-the-pants gusto, burning even by gluttonous barbecue standard, makes Naughty Nuri’s a great place to hang out. A funky streetside food haven, especially for the “naughty but nice!” With wicked ribs and brutal martinis, fun times and smiles are guaranteed.
    Located beside Bricks & Barrels, you will get to enjoy live music from the band performing next door too.
    The whole place is spacious, cooling and comfortable as I thought I would be very stuffy initially. Even though we were seated next to the barbecue pit (Can’t make reservations if less than 8 pax, that’s why), we don’t smell barbecued at all. Great ventilation.

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    Want a drink? You’ll won’t have to make a separate trip to the bar as they will come dance to you when you order their cocktails! Very entertaining with their “shake shake” dance.

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    Cold Beer & Pork – so meant to be!

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    Naughty Nuri’s 1995 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs (1 slab – RM39)
    Specially marinated with Balinese spices & char grilled with their special sauce till its flavour is enhanced. Finger lickin’ good ribs that everyone will order when they visit Naughty Nuri’s. Penetrated with mega flavours. However, we find the sauce was a little too much, like it wasn’t just glazing the meat but drenching it.
    Compared to the version in Bali?
    Still no “pull-off bone” yet but the flavour is great.
    Portion wise, we have no complains though some might say it’s too small. Very subjective. Try it yourself. Haha.
    All in all if compared to Naughty Babe, the latter won our heart more.

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    Grilled Smokin’ Oriental Pork Belly Salad – RM23.80
    Char grilled oriental marinated pork belly on a bed of mixed salad dressed with cucumber, tomatoes, pineapple, boiled eggs drizzled with sesame soy sauce dressing

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    Potato Bacon Grenade Bombs – RM18
    Crispy deep fried breaded bacon wrapped in potatoes melted with cheddar cheese and accompanied with cocktail sauce. We love this finger food! Not too oily, each bite is bursting with cheesy carbs and fragrant bacon bits.

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    Asian Ham Porky Fries – RM18
    Served with chillies mayonaise. Hmmm.. luncheon meat?

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    Indonesian Style Mee Goreng – RM18
    Hello “Indo-Mee”!. Stir fried mee goreng with mix vegetables, onions, chillies & sliced pork with black sauce. Great portion, the noodles was deliciously stir fried.

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    Grilled Corn on Cob – RM6
    Thought it was like the Bali version where corns are grilled over the pit, brushed with Kicap Manis. Not the case here for this one.

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    Celebrating AiWei’s birthday, we were very happy overall with the food, beer, cocktail & our BFFs meet up!

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    The pretty birthday girl, Ai Wei :)

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    Naughty Nuri’s
    2 Gr Floor, Jalan 24/70A
    Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
    Tel: 019-3399611
    Business hours: 4pm – 2am

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    Post Natal Lymphatic Cellulite Massage by Neutrosense

    January 6th, 2015

    Pregnancy and birth have always been a magical time for mothers, be it for the first time or for successive children. We, as Asian mothers have been known to set aside a confinement period of at least 30 days to help us recover after the changes brought upon our physical and psychological being.
    Well, yes of course we gained weight. Lots of weight!
    Some will say, “It’s wind!”
    While some mentioned, “Water retention”.

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    Most of us will follow a strict regime of diet and traditional treatments such as herbal bath (I did ginger bath daily), stomach binding and massage to help us relax and recover our pre natal shapes.

    What are the benefits of the postnatal massage?

    • The postnatal massage is believed to:
    • Improve blood circulation;
    • Expel “wind”
    • Lift back the womb and keep it from sagging
    • Break down fat
    • Tone and shape the body to help the new mom get her pre-baby body back
    • Speed up overall recovery from labour and birth

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    And thanks to Neutrosense, they help me regain my confidence, my body & state of mind back.
    Neutrosense recommended me to go for their Lymphatic Cellulite Massage, which is the best option for post natal & best to be conducted during confinement.
    It’s benefits?

    • Slimming
    • Reduces wind & water retention
    • Drain toxin from our body
    • Solve obstruction problem
    • Burns fats

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    All that we need to gain our pre-baby body back, eliminate toxins & improve blood circulation.
    They uses the Alqvimia Massage Oil which helps to shape our figure in a natural and effective way, preventing excess weight and liquid retention through its draining action, activating micro-circulation, while toning the skin.
    Also, the usage of ginger oil with this Alqvimia oil concurrently helps to expel wind and warm the body as well as promoting good blood circulation and burn off stubborn fats!

    On top of that, they also uses the Chinese traditional detox Brusher for improvement of blood circulation & reducing wind. Their service also includes breast massage that will stimulate milk production. Great for breastfeeding mommies!

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    Since my pain threshold is low when they massage my tummy area, they considerately advised me to opt for the usage of machine which help to break down fats faster (also in the package). This treatment not only helps your tummy muscles realign, it also eases tired and sore muscles. The massage is also very helpful if your stomach muscles have separated.

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    Lifting back the womb

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    In today’s urban setting, where many young couples and nuclear families live far away from extended family, this reliable and comforting support system comes handy!

    Though I’ve some more kilos to loose, but my tummy area have flatten a lot & lost some inches on my waist compared to when I’ve just gave birth to Mini C. Saying goodbye to cellulites was even happier! Now gotta watch over my diet by eating healthy & adding some light exercises would definitely help.

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    Thanks to Neutrosense for the confidence :)
    Having a baby might gain you weights and fats that you fear you might not loose but with post natal massages & self discipline, we will enjoy exhilarating moments when we meet our baby. Well, life will be chock full of amazing moments from then!

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    Post Natal Lymphatic Cellulite Massage
    They also offer HOUSE VISITING SERVICES for this massage too
    For enquiries on their packages, please call for appointment:
    Ariel: 012 297 2817
    Jessy: 012318 8902

    or visit their office at:
    Neutrosense Face & Body
    C-12-6, Dataran 3 Two business centre,
    Section 19, Jalan 19/1,
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
    Tel: 03-7954 6311

     

    For dear readers who are interested, here’s a special promotion if you quote “Brought up 2 SharE” when you walk in their office:
    RM128 for a full set of:

    • 45min Foot Spa with Chinese herbs

    • 90min Lymphatic Massage + Brush

    • 20min Steam bath

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    Neroteca Italian Restaurant @ Lorong Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur

    January 3rd, 2015

    Do you know?
    When it comes to romance, lusty Italian food is an aphrodisiac.
    From pasta to pizza to antipasti, there’s an extensive library of Italian recipes and food that offers the best of this Mediterranean cuisine.
    And the diverse cuisine of Italy is showcased at Neroteca.

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    A non-halal restaurant situated in Lorong Ceylon, they specialize in authentic Italian dishes with pork. A small place with a long interior, wall-to-wall wine displays, with hanging salami, pots & pans. Love its cosy & warm atmosphere. Composed appetizers and entrees echo the rustic charms of the restaurant’s design, this Italian restaurant serves wholesome food and they buy imported meats and cheeses from Italy every week!
    The staffs were very friendly and attentive too :)

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    Wine & Dine

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    Complimentary fresh garlic bread.
    The real deal of garlic bread is served here. Spread the roasted garlic on the bread! Yum! I almost finished the whole basket LOL.

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    Affettati Misti – RM78
    A platter of 8 different selections of cold cuts. This would be a no brainer dish to start off with as we get to try the different cuts of meat that they are famous for.

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    Caesar Salad – RM28
    Baby romaine lettuces, sliced roasted chicken breast, parmesan cheese & toasted foccacia with caesar dressing. My mom’s favourite order.

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    Half Suckling Pig – RM180 (Please call to pre-order)
    Beautiful, thin crispy skin that breaks easy. Plus, the meat itself is delightfully juicy. We enjoyed it just like this. Simple with no additional seasoning. Served with sides of lentils & roasted potatoes.
    However, our preference of suckling pig is still with El Cerdo. Crispier & more fragrant skin texture (looks more golden brown exteriorly).

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    Ravioli Tirolesi – RM30
    Stuffed with homemade sausage, speck & light creamy walnut sauce. So rich & flavoursome with every mouthful of aromatic nutty aftertaste.

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    Spaghetti ai Gamberi – RM36
    Sauteed prawns, mushrooms, rocket & pork bacon in fresh tomato sauce. No complaints as the prawns were very fresh and paired great the the sweet, sourish & savoury sauce.

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    Risotto con Funghi – RM32
    Italian staple with mixed mushrooms & green peas. This rice dish is cooked in flavoursome broth to a creamy consistency. Packed full of flavour :)

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    Merluzzo – RM68
    Baked cod fish with mussels, asparagus, tiger prawns, cherry tomatoes & bacon. This dish was just mediocre as the empowering sauce have masked the seafood’s freshness.

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    Daily Special: Risotto with Pan seared Foie Gras – RM78
    Off the menu, it was one of their daily special during our visit. Risotto wise, our order of Risotto con Funghi has a more dense flavour and so we preferred that. But the foie gras was seared perfectly. Melt-in-your-mouth buttery texture? You got it!

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    Will definitely return for more Italian fix and succumb into the romantic ambiance again.

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    Neroteca Italian Restaurant
    Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon,
    No. 8, Lorong Ceylon,
    50250 Kuala Lumpur.
    Tel: +603-2070 0530
    Fax: +603-2070 2530
    Email: [email protected]

    Opening hours:
    MON-FRI: 10am to 11pm
    SAT: 9am to 12am
    SUN: 9am to 11pm

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    Piccolo @ Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan

    December 30th, 2014

    Piccolo
    - a half-size flute, and a member of the woodwind family of musical instruments.

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    That explains the deco in the quaint cafe located at the new shoplots of Taman Equine and this would be the very first coffee house in this new area. With a grand piano, drum set and some musical instrument that sets the place artistically, brick walls, unfinished floorings uplifted the vintage ambiance of the cafe that is located on the first floor.

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    I refrained from coffee totally when I was pregnant with Mini C. So it’s like a coffee prison break now. LOL.
    Coffee at Piccolo is decent. Love their house blend. But can work more on the coffee art we personally felt. Well, not all are bothered with the latte art but I do as I usually order coffee with milk. Haha. Nonetheless, their coffee is great :)

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    Flat White – RM8
    My usual order of flat white never fail me. Still, have to go easy on caffeine as I’m moo-ing my baby :)

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    Piccolo – RM7
    Their signature. Latte-like, this is more concentrated with more espresso. Chris love this :)

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    All day Breakfast – RM16
    Their breakfast is colourfully presented with mixtures of greens, sausage, ham, mushrooms, scrambled eggs baked beans, hash brown & charcoal bread.

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    Bagel – RM9
    Fluffy ring shaped formed from wheat dough encasing our all time favourite: Nutella & Bananas :)
    Simple servings like these are easy to make at home you might say. But we still love to order it. Haha.

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    Finally can get good coffee near our workplace! :)

    Piccolo
    15-1, Jalan Equine 1C,
    Taman Equine,
    43300 Seri Kembangan
    Business Hour from 10am-10pm daily
    FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/piccolo.equine

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    Thirdwave @ Nexus, Bangsar South: Chris Turns 30!

    December 26th, 2014

    Happy 30th birthday to a special person who I think about all thirty days (sometimes 31 days) of the month!
    Love you tons hubby!

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    The Big 30 balloons from Rainbow Dreams Balloons :)
    They are giving out 20% Discounts on all Balloons Deco & Dessert table settings when you quote “Brought up 2 Share”!
    Email : [email protected] Or call / Whatsapp Mei Yen: +6012 379 8318

     

    Since it was I mean will be Chris’s birthday, we’ve decided to throw him a little party over lunch with his best buddies. It was an advance birthday celebration and I’ve decided to do it at Thirdwave having heard so much about this cafe.

    With a cafe culture that has sprung up to Nexus, Bangsar South, looks like Thirdwave is catering their growing crowd well.

    A celebration over coffee! :)

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    Like other coffeeshops, they are envisioned like a small and inviting space that smells like coffee and tastes like chocolate. However, it’s the coziness and warmth brought by the concept itself that makes the difference.
    The simple contemporary elements and the contrast created is pleasant and beautiful. The interior décor looks rather modest & rustic and its simplicity of the rest makes it more lovable.

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    Chris turns 30!
    Here’s some of the food that we had:
    More food options for Lunch session that starts at 12pm.

    Hello Flat White
    It’s been a while since I has had you.

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    Retro Scotch Egg – RM26
    Runny yolk, juicy chicken mince wrapped, shredded beets & carrot shalls, creamy cauliflower bed & alfafa sprouts.
    A beautifully presented egg grenade with colourful elements. Crispy golden brown outer shell with liquidly egg yolk matched perfectly with the bed of creamy cauliflower and resembled the couscous texture. Extra crispy texture from the deep fried shredded veges.

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    Beef Goulash with Pappardelle – RM28
    Black angus beef, thick and smoky beef tomato sauce

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    The Hidden Gem – RM35
    Stuffed squid, charred watermelon, feta cheese

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    Southern Fried Chicken – RM20
    Deep fried whole chicken leg, served greens and chips on side, with their kicking homemade chilli sauce. So crispy and wholesome.

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    Chris’s birthday cake was their Snow Berry Cake
    Vanilla bean cake with homemade fresh berries (strawberries and raspberries) jam filling and cream cheese frosting, topped with fresh berries!
    Note: Better to pre-order if you wish to have to have their whole cake :)

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    Obligatory group photo. Haha.
    Happy Birthday Chris my love!

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    More happy faces!

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    So proud of being 30! LOL

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    Thirdwave
    1-11, Level 1, Nexus, Bangsar South,
    Kuala Lumpur.
    Business Hours:
    Mon – Fri: 10am – 10pm
    Sat – Sun: 9.30qm – 10pm
    Email: [email protected]

    Photo credits to www.ivyaiwei.com :)

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    Magnum Cafe @ Mid Valley Megamall, KL

    December 18th, 2014

    **ALL PHOTOS BELOW TAKEN WITH iPHONE 5*

    It feels like it’s been ages since we last went out to wander around. My confinement period passed by so quick but yet we felt we haven’t dated for so long! Haha.
    Since it was my birthday, Chris brought me out on a “date”. Actually out to buy more baby stuffs for our Mini C.
    Chris surprised me with a “reward”, he said. For being a proud mom this year on my birthday.
    Even one of the charms has a Mommy element on it! :) Thanks love!

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    We were thinking to check out Nana’s Green Tea initially since we missed this out during my pregnancy. But as we passed by the recent rave of premium Magnum ice cream, we popped by. No lines, no crowd (it’s a weekday). That would be perfect.
    We personally love Magnum ice cream. But we have never thought of spending more money indulging on “decorated” Magnum. However, we just did. Haha.

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    Do you know?
    Magnum was the first handheld ice cream targeted as a premium ice cream for adults.

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    At Magnum Cafe, Magnum gourmet ice cream bars are claimed to be made from the finest ingredients, with silky ice cream dipped in thick Belgian chocolate. They can include such delicious layers as caramel sauce and a rich chocolatey sauce.
    From Paris, Istanbul, Hamburg, and London, the Magnum Pleasure Store now arrives in Kuala Lumpur to bring pleasure to us. You can now create your own Magnum and discover the taste of your own personal pleasure, with a variety of different unique ingredients to customize your very own Magnum ice cream.

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    Pleasure is yours for the making at the Magnum Bar!
    Choose from a wide selection of delicious toppings, chocolate coatings and the finest drizzles to create your very own Magnum.

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    Well actually, we didn’t create our own Magnum that day, as I’m attracted to their plated desserts instead. Haha.
    Plus, they also serve hot food items besides just ice cream.

    More seats are available upstairs for dine-in patrons

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    Magnum & Me!

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    Chicken & Salted Egg Spaghetti – RM22
    A Malaysian inspired pasta. Pasta served with salted egg sauce, crispy chicken, asian pesto and chickarones. We never really expected much but this portion turns out great. Very tasty and definitely will pleased salted egg lovers :)

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    Moroccan Style Braised Lamb Shoulder – RM38
    Braised lamb shoulder served with parsley potatoes, vegetables and mint salad. Soft meat texture that matched perfectly with the potatoes and greens. Looks like my birthday lunch turns out great after all :)

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    Magnum Triple Choc Cookie Skillet – RM30
    Highly recommended by the staff, this would be a cookie lover’s dream. Vanilla Magnum bar covered with cookies, served on top of a warm freshly baked triple chocolate cookie dough. A very rich plated dessert overall, the hot cookie dough was crispy on top, with more chocolate bits and soft texture inside. Paired with the cold vanilla magnum ice cream, it was very fulfilling.

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    My “birthday cake” this year was Magnum-licious!

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    Well, this was the simple celebration with Chris. And we went home to celebrate with our boy :) Another year older, another year wiser?

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    Magnum Cafe Kuala Lumpur
    T-023, 3rd Floor (same wing as GSC Cinemas)
    Mid Valley Megamall
    Business hours: Sunday to Thursday (10am to 10pm), Friday & Saturday (10am to 12am, last call at 11.30pm)

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    Baby Cayden’s Fullmoon Party with Rainbow Dreams Balloons

    December 7th, 2014

    A baby boy’s a promise Of happy things to come! Building blocks, a rocking horse A basketball, a drum There’ll be lots of noise and action We’ll be brim-full of pride A busy, loving, fun filled home With lots of joy inside! DSC_3851-20 It still feels so unreal. Motherhood is indeed a major learning curve. One minute I’m pregnant and the next we’re a feeding, swaddling, diapering, soothing machine, an instant expert in basic infant first aid and the art of latching a five-point harness. C&C: being parents now! And before we knew it, one month has flew by quick.

    Time for Baby Cayden’s Fullmoon!

    DSC_3802-6 According to our Chinese custom, when a baby turns one month old, a ceremony is held to celebrate his first full month of life in which the Chinese term translates as “full moon”. This coincides with the end of the new mum’s confinement period, and both mother and baby are formally introduced to the extended family and friends. There goes my baby holiday LOL. I’m actually quite enjoying my confinement as I’m taken good care by my superb mom-in-law :) And of course my visiting mom who helped to babysit our Mini C. Before the unveiling party, Cayden traditionally undergoes a host of rituals; going back to our ancestor’s place for prayers to notify and get blessings. Once that is over, a party is held to celebrate the health of the baby. Relatives and friends would gather to give their blessings and gifts to the new baby, and traditional treats such as ang ku kueh and red eggs are definitely on the menu. That’s what Fullmoon is about :) DSC_3786-3   We celebrated Cayden’s Fullmoon with a simple theme colour of Baby Blue & White with Rocking Horse, cos he’s born in the year of Horse! Haha. And thanks to the efficient and detailed person-in-charge of Rainbow Dreams Balloons Mei Yen, Cayden’s party was adorned beautifully with touches of blue, white & rocking horse balloons, as well as a candy table filled with customized sweet treats for the guests. DSC_3823-17 DSC_3822-16   Hello Mini C! Baby Cayden all dressed up for his party! His OOTD for half the night cos too hot! LOL. DSC_3854-22 DSC_3853-21

    Rainbow Dreams Balloons

    An online concept party service that carries a wide range balloons and party decorations catering to various age groups, festivities and events! Celebrations and parties are becoming more elaborate and original each year. These days a simple celebration with a cake, candies and balloons is just it. So why not decorate to celebrate! Just name what’s on your wish list for a party deco with balloons as main and you will find everything in one place with the best price, from Latex Balloons, Foil Balloons, Party Accessories, decorations for Birthday, Wedding, Children’s Parties and many more :) DSC_3821-15 Here are what we had :) Balloon Arch Photo 30-11-2014 06 07 35 pm-25   Rocking Horse Balloons – it says Baby Cayden! DSC_3789-4   Outdoor balloons DSC_3866-24   Alphabet Balloons DSC_3791-5   Rocking Horse Cupcakes DSC_3810-8 Photo 01-12-2014 06 05 14 pm-29   Rocking Horse Cookies DSC_3807-7   Lollipops DSC_3814-11 DSC_3813-10   Jelly Beans in milk bottles & Kit Kats in customized Baby Cayden’s wrapping DSC_3816-12 Mini boxed Chocolate Milk DSC_3811-9   Cotton Candies DSC_3820-14 DSC_3817-13

    Rainbow Dreams Balloons are giving out 20% Discounts on all Balloons Deco & Dessert table settings when you quote “Brought up 2 Share”!

    That’s a great deal! So if you’re planning a party, decorate with Rainbow Dreams Balloons to celebrate! Email : [email protected] Or call / Whatsapp Mei Yen: +6012 379 8318   The catering service we had this round was pretty good :) DSC_3839-19 DSC_3836-18   Gift packs for relatives who cant’t attend. Photo 29-11-2014 14 57 12-1 Photo 29-11-2014 14 57 29-2   Special thanks again to A Piece of Me for their “Smooth Criminal” Cake. Review HERE. DSC_4006-28   Thanks again to all family & friends who attended Cayden’s party, showering him with gifts & blessings! Lots of Love from C&C! Photo 01-12-2014 11 11 33 am-27   We had fun opening presents for our baby! Hahaha Photo 01-12-2014 10 46 41 am-26

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    A Piece of Me: The Smooth Criminal (Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake)

    December 3rd, 2014

    It was during Baby Cayden’s Fullmoon when we get to check out something richly indulgent…
    I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for us than an overdose of chocolate and peanut butter to the highest degree.

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    Thanks to A Piece of Me, specializing in home-baked cakes (a home-based baker), Cayden’s fullmoon was accompanied with:

    The Smooth Criminal

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    A pretty catchy name for a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake :)

    I’m personally not a big fan of peanut butter and chocolate as I thought it will be kinda gooey when taken too much. And we’ve not tried this combo in a cake.
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    It was very creamy & rich with every sinful bite! That’s why it;s named smooth criminal I guess.

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    The sweet and salty combo of peanut butter and chocolate make this cake irresistible – decorated with sprinkles of crushed peanuts for added crunch.
    For someone who could eat chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this cake is a dream come true. Haha.

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    FYI, besides ordering from A Piece of Me, it’s gonna available at AMPM Cafe this weekend too!
    AMPM Cafe if located at:
    11A, Jalan USJ21/5
    Subang Jaya

    A chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream come true!

    Besides The Smooth Criminal, the nice girl Dorothy from A Piece of Me has other bakes too in her oven! Do contact her for more info.
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