MHB Christmas Party, Samplings On The Fourteenth

Located at the East Tower on the 14th floor of Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant boasts a large collection of vintage wines and offers the finest Western cuisine that ignites your taste buds. Since opening its doors in 2011, Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant has built a steadfast name as one of the most distinguished fine-dining restaurants in the local dining scene. The restaurant is well-known amongst discerning food lovers in Kuala Lumpur for its excellent service standards, innovative menu, comfortable ambience, as well as unique culinary experience.

It wasn’t the first time I visited Samplings On The Fourteenth, although the last few times they’ve always had guest chef for the events. This time, the MHB had a Christmas Dinner there, presented by Calvin Klein and supported by Kronenbourg. A classy affair it was with specially crafted Christmas menu for us to feast on.

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The Amuse Bouche was a Tortelini filled with Spinach and Ricotta, dressed with a prawn bisque. Lovely enough to whet our appetite for the rest of the evening.

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Our starter was Pan-Seared Scallop served Avocado Tian with Mango-Tomato Salsa and few other vegetables including an earthy baby beetroot. The simplicity of the flavours was simply delightful, harmony of sweet, tang and earth and brine.

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There was a Soup course too, and I must say the Cream of Asparagus was executed well. Mushroom Crostini on the side was a little too garlicky for my liking, thus an overwhelming pairing for the soup.

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We had a choice of Fish, Chicken and Turkey for Main Course and no prize guessing which one I went for. Grilled Cod Fish with Truffle Risotto and Saffron, Fennel Coulis. Pretty much all my favourite elements coming together. The buttery soft fish with a bit of crispy skin, the creamy aromatic risotto, topped with the distinct aroma of saffron. Even the side grilled vegetables were delicious. A++!

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Since I didn’t go for the Turkey, the Xmas pudding was the most festive dish for me. Filled with mixed fruit and spices, this definitely brought a taste of Christmas to the party. It’s also a nice touch with the berry coulis and vanilla sauce.

As the party was supported by Calvin Klein jewellery, I had a few pieces of them on while dining:

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Definitely added to the classy vibe.

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Here’s me enjoying my glass of Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc.

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Thank you Samplings On The Fourteenth for having us!

Samplings on the Fourteenth is located at:
14th Floor, Berjaya Times Square Hotel,
1, Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Telephone: +60 (3) 2117 8000 ext. 8131
Website: http://www.berjayahotel.com/kualalumpur
Email: bth.samplings@berjayahotel.com

Closer look at my CK Jewellery

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Thank you Calvin Klein for the lovely gifts!

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Find Your Lucky Star Pop-up Dining at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

I’ve been to Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel many times and most of the time the dining experiences have been satisfactory due to the great quality of food offers in their outlets such as Celestial Court, Essence and Villa Danieli. But nothing ever prepared us for the eye opening experience at their special pop-up restaurant.

“Find your Lucky Star” is conceptualised by multi award-winning global interior designer, Emma Maxwell. Drawing inspiration from European flavours, the celebratory menus are curated by two talented chefs; Chef Francois Mermilliod of famed French dining restaurant in Singapore, Bar-A-Thym as well as Chef Gaetano Di Stefano of Villa Danieli, the signature Italian restaurant at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. The mesmerizing dining experience runs for limited time only from 12 to 29 December 2017 for lunch and dinner and each session accommodates only 12 guests.

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“In our endeavour to constantly satiate Kuala Lumpur’s appetite for new and exciting dining experiences, we are thrilled to have Emma Maxwell and Chef Francois Mermilliod to collaborate on this unique experience,” commented Frank Beck, Managing Director of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel. “Kuala Lumpur is such a diverse gastronomic city, we aim to continuously present culinary innovation for our guests and creating unforgettable memories especially this holiday season,” he added.

Sparked from a simple question on “How do we make our dreams come true?”, designer Emma Maxwell in her signature layered, worldly and eclectic style came up with “Find your Lucky Star” pop-up restaurant concept based on the foundation of seeing things a little differently.

Creative mastermind, Emma describes the journey, “As guests walk through the threshold of the external austere and rigid structure, they are swept from the chaotic and bustling streets of Kuala Lumpur and submerged into a seductive and evocative “other” world. A scene that is the exact opposite of what they perceived from the rigidity of the exterior of the structure.”

Walking into the Pavilion, we were immediately greeted by a medium sized black box, which doesn’t tell us much exteriorly. Walking in, we were greeted by a beautifully decorated long table, pretty light fixture, and even starry night projected on the walls. It’s truly gorgeous and romantic.

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When everyone’s settled in, we were quickly served our first drink and first starter. Our menu is curated by Chef Gaetano Di Stefano, who’s their resident Italian Chef. He has definitely exercised plenty of creative muslces to put this feast together.

 photo IMG_20171222_194407.jpgLobster Carpaccio with Young Mango Salad and Grape Fruits Foam
Wine pairing: SAN FELETTO Extra Dry Prosecco DOCG

Gorgeous dish, with very simple flavours from the ingredients, rather tropical and refreshing. Feeling extra fancy from the Grape Fruit Foam.

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Roasted Beetroot Soup, Seared Scallop and Truffle Essence
Paired with 2016 MAZZEI Belgvardo Vermentino di Toscana

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The soup pouring was the theatrical element, a sea of red supporting the lone scallop. In a way, this dish is combining the surf and turf element, the earthy beetroot surprisingly worked really well with the perfectly cooked scallop. With that lovely micro herbs and sprouts for extra herbaceous note. And of course, with the extra decadence from the truffle too. I think this was Kevin’s favourite dish of the night.

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Braised Beef Cheek, Modica Saffron Risotto, Crisp Parmesan
2013 MAZZEI Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG

A whiff of Saffron hit the nose as this reached the table. On top of the orange hue risotto sat a good chunk of beef cheek and then top with beautifully crisp parmesan. I got one extra piece because Kevin doesn’t eat cheese, well lucky me! This dish was perfectly executed, with al dente rice grains, superbly tender beef and that crisp cheese for a great marriage of textures.

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Baked Italian Turbot with Braised Mediterranean Vegetable, Sea Urchin Foam 
2013 MAZZEI Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG4

Without the strong LED light, the dishes all look something like this:

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Sparkle sparkle, pretty right?

Another very clean tasting dish, with the fish lovely and flaky, and the finely diced vegetables retaining a touch of crunch. I couldn’t really detect the sea urchin but the sauce is at least not overpowering. Delicious. But perhaps a little mismatch with the Chianti as this dish is lighter than the wine. Not a huge problem, though.

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Austalian Lamb Loin, Crushed Pistachio, Sweet Potato Mash, Asparagus and Madeira Reduction
2011 MAZZEI Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Privata Riserva

I think the Lamb loin is the biggest surprise (pleasant one) for me. Super tender meat, full of flavours perfect pairing with the sweet potato. And I do appreciate a nice fatty asparagus. Winner dish for sure!

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Ok, I normally abstains from all things chocolate and so does Kevin. Me for the protection of my throat, him… just doesn’t like the taste. But after he took one bite of that truffle, he insisted it was worth me breaking my rule for. And my my was he so right… I ate both the truffle and the chocolate star. Plain amazing, no words.

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So much so I totally forgot wee had a dessert coming.

The Green Apple Tarte Tatin was served with vanilla gelato and berry coulis. The tarte was more biscuit-y than flaky, though the flavours still spot on. A good light dessert to end the feast. This has got to be the more memorable meal we had in 2017, thank you for hosting us.

The Pop-Up definitely had a successful run, with most of the dates fully booked til 29th December, in fact the night we dined, they had to add 2 extra seats in order to accommodate everyone. The “Find your Lucky Star” experience is available at RM 238 nett for a 4-course lunch with wine pairing or RM 188 nett with mocktail, and RM 438 nett for a 6-course dinner with wine pairing or RM 388 nett with mocktail. I heard that they might be extending this until Chinese New Year, so do check their website out for more updates!

For further inquiries or reservations, telephone +603-27179027, e-mail LuckyStar@sheraton.com or visit http://www.pavilionslounge.com/, http://www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com/

Cava Restaurant, Jalan Bangkung

Jalan Bangkung in Bangsar houses a row of quality restaurants quietly serving the foodies for a number of years now. But did you know that most of the restaurants are actually owned by the same people? Peter, the man behind Cava (Spanish/Mediterranean), Opus Bistro (Italian), Lucky Bo (Wagyu Steakhouse), Leonardo’s (International) and Bobo KL (Mod European and Piano Lounge) has definitely found a winning formula to keep this part of Bangsar alive, covering a wide variety of cuisines to keep the diners excited and satiated.

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The Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers recently had our Christmas Party at Cava, a Spanish Restaurant, supported by Kronenbourg 1664. Spanish cuisine is right up my alley as I love the vibrancy and its spirit of respecting fresh produce, enhanced by just the right amount of spices. The restaurant has a relaxed and casual vibe yet is formal enough for most occasions. One thing for sure, you’ll never run out of drinking options here!

Inspired by the land and sea and its bouncy, Cava sources the freshest ingredients locally, and serves up a great selection of tapas, meat and seafood dishes. Though the restaurant is pork free, your palate will still be kept busy. We had a trio of tapas platter to start our lunch.

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Boquerones en vinagre: Fresh anchovies marinated in vinegar and olive oil, a slight umaminess balanced by the peppery arugula. We also had the cured version of anchovies which is a lot saltier and goes great with wine. The Pulpo a la Gallega, Galician style octopus has a slight lick of paprika, love the textural contrast between the bouncy octopus and waxy potato.

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Sopa de Mariscos, Traditional Spanish seafood broth with a dash of pernod is an excellent choice of soup with super fresh seafood cooked just right, and delicious briny broth which is light and tangy. I polished it clean!

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During our meal we also had some Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc for extra merry making!

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We then moved on to the meat dishes and everyone’s face lit up upon seeing the Baked Suckling Lamb. What a glorious plate of meat! Baked with rosemary herb, this dish is served with mashed potato, vegetables and lamb jus. The lamb comes with just the right amount of fat (read: a lot) and the meat is perfectly tender. Be sure to get those crispy bits too for layers of texture. Not gamey at all, which is important for me. Definitely the crowd favourite!

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The Slow Braised Oxtail is fabulous too, cooked for hours for extreme tenderness and great depth of flavours in the gravy. I couldn’t help but had a second serving and extra helping of the gravy. So good!

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A Spanish feast would not be complete without a theatrical serving of Paella. Cava’s Specialty Arroz Negro: Squid ink paella with squid and prawns, comes with garlic aioli for that extra decadence. The rice is a mixture of fluff, crisp (from the bottom) and definitely plenty of umaminess from the Squid Ink. The prawns is very well executed with some part of shell nice and crisp, while keeping the flesh juicy. But I’ve like to draw your attention to the top left corner, because that chili padi pesto is the bomb! Packed with a punch, its so tasty I had to order extra baguette to soak it up. If they bottle this I would buy it for sure!

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Cava is quite well-known for their Sangria and I can easily see why. The red Sangria is truly delicious with addition of Triple Sec on top of usual concoction of Red wine and fruits.

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Well after all that meat, it’s time to end the feast on a sweet note. And there’s nothing better than a Creme Catalana, Spanish version of Creme Brulee. The delightful sugar crust, light custard which melts upon contact just provided a much needed closure to this hearty meal.

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Thank you so much for the great hospitality and I hope I’ll be back here soon for another serving of Spanish delights!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY!

Cava at Bangkung Row
Tel# +603-20936637
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CavaRestaurant
Web: http://www.cava.my
71, Jalan Bangkung,
Bukit Bandaraya,
59100 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia

Mr Lens Online Contact Lenses Store

Shopping online is definitely a norm these days. Things that we can buy online nowadays range from clothes, furniture, home appliances and even groceries and ready-cooked food. But did you know that you could order contact lenses and glasses online too? I’ve only recently found out about MrLens, and have been kicking myself for not being in the know earlier. Turns out, not only it’s convenient to order contact lenses online, it’s also a lot cheaper!

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MrLens.com.my is currently Malaysia’s largest online contact lenses store, offering a wide selection of major brands of contact lenses, prescription glasses, sunglasses, branded and designer frames for both men and women. The price is very reasonable, and you can be assured that the products come directly from manufacturers or distributors. The lack of a physical store means that they can sell the products a lot cheaper, which is great news for all of us!

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Unless you wear some extremely obscure brand of contact lenses, you most probably can find what you normally wear on the website. Their products include daily, weekly and monthly lenses and colour contact lenses from trusted brands as Acuvue, Air Optix Aqua, Freshkon, Blincon, Biomedics, Magic, Igel, Focus Dailies, Freshlook, SofLens and Proclear for comfort and clearer vision.

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The website is easy to use on both desktop and mobile; and being on the go most of the time I, of course, opted to order through my phone. Plus point for being so mobile friendly!

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I’ve been recommended to switch over to daily lenses by a friend because my eyes generally get very dry wearing contact lenses, so I’ve ordered a bunch of Freshkon Color Fusion to try out(oh ya…. my degree is super high). Each box comes with 30 lenses and costs just RM90, what a steal!

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Once my order was placed, I waited eagerly for the arrival of my parcel and they sure didn’t disappoint, as it took merely 3-4 days for them to deliver.

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Tada! Let’s take a look at my lenses!

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I’m a happy girl! There are a few more other types I bought too.

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These are the daily lenses. From now on I can order refills anyday, anytime! Shall end this post with a picture of me wearing the lenses.

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So…. Do head over to https://www.mrlens.com.my/ for your next contact lenses/glasses order!

Year End Promos at Just Heavenly, Bangsar Shopping Centre

Yeah, you didn’t read it wrong, it’s another post about Just Heavenly. The hospitality here is so fabulous I just keep going back! Well, this time, I was there to try out some of their new dishes and got to know the new promotions they have rolled out just before the festive season. So let’s get straight to it!

Cakes are the true MVP at Just Heavenly. But sometimes it can be a guilty pleasure to just buy a piece of cake. What if I tell you, that you could offset the guilt by adding a salad? That’s right, the Saint and Sinner promotion here does just that. You buy a slice of cake and get 50% off any salad! Here are the options:

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Chicken Char Siew Salad. This one is popular.

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Tuna and Pasta Salad. Slightly on the more substantial side due to the carb.

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My favourite was the Quinoa and Pumpkin salad, with medley of greens topped with some feta cheese. The garlic oil just brings all the flavours together so well.

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Some of the cakes we got to sample, including the new Black Velvet. Instead of the usual chocolate sponge, it’s made with Black sesame for that surprisingly savoury touch. Yum!

Just Heavenly serves just as delicious savoury dishes as their cakes, shame that not a lot of people know about this. Which is why they’ve decided to introduce the rice plates as their lunch special. Another great option for office lunch or just lunch meeting at Bangsar Shopping Centre. Because…. let’s face it, there aren’t exactly many cheap dining options there. With a price tag of RM17 (with Ice Lemon Tea or upgrade to coffee for another RM5), it’s pretty good value for money.

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Butter Marsala Chicken. Their take on an old favourite. The curry looks fairly rich but surprisingly tasted quite light to me. Which is perfect because we don’t want it to be too cloying right? The curries are all made from scratch here you can even taste the freshness. One thing I would say though it’s a little on the healthy side as I think they use mostly chicken breast.

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On the other end of the spectrum… if you love all things deep fried, try the Tempura plate. You get fish fingers, sizeable prawns and vegetables all coated and deep fried properly so it’s nice and crunchy, served on a bed of sweet and sour sauce, done with just enough of sweetness but plenty of piquancy to cut through the richness of the fried stuff. All the rice plates come with a refreshing side of pickled vegetables too which I enjoyed.

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Last but not least, the Chicken Katsu Curry. It might be Japanese in origin, but the curry tasted more Malaysian, which is interesting. This was the crowd favourite with perfectly fried chicken and generous serving of vegetables. Extra satisfaction mixing the egg yolk into the rice before devouring it. 

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The highlight of the night though was the sizzling Koji Rubbed Rib Eye. What’s Koji, you ask? Well, we Foochows should be familiar with this ingredient. It’s a type of yeast normally used to make the Foochow Red Wine. Turns out it can tenderise meat and add a touch of umaminess to the meat. Well, you learn something new every day! The beef is “marinated” for 3 days before a quick sear to perfect doneness (medium rare). The meat is quite tender indeed and very flavourful. I could definitely taste the Koji, which lends a unique depth to the beef. Complemented by a lovely mushroom sauce, it just can’t get better than that! RM80 for this, including coffee too.

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And as if that wasn’t enough, I was given a choice to pick another cake as a prize for guessing the ingredient right for the mini sniffing test Nigel got us to do. Well, I do have a slight advantage as I actually have used Koji at home before. Anyway, the Lemon Meringue Pie here is fabulous! Light Meringue complementing the super tart lemon curd. If I were to nitpick, I would probably prefer a thinner and more buttery crust. Otherwise, it’s near perfect!

Thank you once again to Just Heavenly for having me there!

Spice Up Your Kitchen with Chefology and McCormick

It’s always a great pleasure to be invited to a cooking workshop because it means that I could get out of my comfort zone and cook at a foreign, often-more-equipped kitchen trying out new recipes with other people. Few days ago, I attended a bloggers’ meet and greet with Chefology and McCormick. McCormick I’m quite familiar with as I use a lot of their herbs and spices at home, but Chefology is relatively new to me.

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This was me arriving at the event not knowing there’s a competition awaiting us. Calm before the storm, indeed.

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Some of the McCormick herbs and spices on display, how many of these are in your kitchen?

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The heavyweights: McCormick Grill Mates BBQ Sauce. Thick, flavourful and excellent as a sauce, dipping, marinade and glaze, comes in 3 different flavours: Vintage Smokehouse, Brown Sugar & Chilli and Pepper.

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The event kickstarted with a few words from McCormick’s Patricia and Chefology’s Jaden Teoh (small world, we met earlier through completely different circumstances, I was performing at one of his outlets).

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The Chefology Nature Series is a collection of 5 cookware items, designed for the comfort of cooking in the kitchen. The cookware is made of die-cast aluminium, with a six-layer coating, ensuring a safer cooking experience.

This new series of cookware has a highly durable marble ceramic non stick coating (fancy) and a few important points:
– It’s durable and scratch-resistant.
– The pan features ergonomic stainless steel long handle for solid grip
– Ensures even heat distribution with minimum heat loss

Best still, they can be used on all kinds of stove including induction!

We then had Chef Charming, I mean Chef Collin Edward Lim demonstrating his dishes using the Chefology pans and McCormick products.

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He first made a Braised Beef Short Ribs, using the sturdy looking Chefology pot. Then he also demonstrated the 2 recipes which we were supposed to cook as well. So let’s move along to the main event!

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We were grouped into 3s and I was paired with ciklilyputih and also my new friend Mei Mei. Without wasting anytime we got straight to cooking!

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Marinating the Chicken boobies with McCormick Salt and Pepper. Love the grinder, ensuring freshly grounded salt and pepper everytime. I shall also mention that the bottle is airtight, so the pepper will always smell amazing. We also added the McCormick BBQ sauce for a full flavour boost.

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ciklilyputih prepping the vegetables like a pro.

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Our chicken, after pan frying on stove, then sent to the oven with a sprinkle of cheese. Looking awesome!

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Not forgetting to smile for the camera while cooking.


We also made a dessert. Here’s Mei Mei pouring the crepe batter into the pan.

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Adding the finishing touches: a last sprinkle of salt onto our crepes.

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And we are done!

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Our Grilled Cheesy Black Pepper Chicken Salad with yoghurt dressing (I added a but of cooking juices from the chicken too for extra flavour). The presentation is a little sloppy on this haha.

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Basil Crepes with Caramelised Bananas. This looks much better, but of course we had the help of our creative director, Kevin.

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We had to present our dish to the judges to be tasted. That’s me putting on my game face despite the burn on my hand (yes, I touched the handle of the pan after it came out of the oven…. clumsy as ever).

The dishes tasted quite good, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the chicken breast was cooked (not a second over). We didn’t end up winning the mini contest though (think our presentation still wasn’t good enough haha).

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Thank you Chefology, McCormick and The Cooking House for putting together this fabulous event! I will be posting some recipes soon using my new Chefology pan and the McCormick herbs and spices!

I have to put this photo in as blooper:

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Epic RBF when I thought I wasn’t on camera. LOL.

Stay tuned for my recipe posts!

All Photos shot by Kevin Loh, he shall be my designated photographer from now on!

Effortless, Bouncy Curls with Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler

As an entertainer/performer, I have to make sure I always look the part on stage. For many years, my hair has gone through a lot of changes but one thing is for sure, it can never be boring. Now that it has grown long again, the easiest way for it to look good is curling it for that extra pizzazz.

Unfortunately, a clumsy girl like me has never learnt to use a curling tong without hurting myself, even with many years of practice. If it’s not my neck, my fingers, then it’s my ears (ouch). Every. Single. Time. Because of that I’ve started looking out for safer (and quicker) options too. There are quite a few curling tongs which has automatic functions out there, and I’ve tried them a few, but have never been truly happy with the results.

And that is until I meet the new Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler. Launched just a couple of weeks ago, this fabulous tool is designed to let woman achieve salon-style curls without stepping out of the house, or even when on the go. The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler comes with breakthrough technology for hair curling that not only produces the ultimate curl but also is safe and non-damaging to hair. Great news!

At the launch event, we got to experience the Auto Curler for ourselves, but first we were treated to a mini fashion show with the models all spotting hair curled with the Auto Curler!

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Look, our very own Miss Intercontinental 2017, Sanjna Suri!

Mr Muhammad Ali Jaleel, Country Manager of Philips Malaysia, who launched the Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler delivered his speech: “All over the world, women’s self-concept of beauty has changed over time, as we have ascertained through the Global Beauty Index[1]. Today’s women have a deeper sense of their own beauty. From the survey, we have learnt that their key motivation for looking beautiful is wanting to look their best for themselves (54%), with 70% of respondents also believing that beauty is something you define for yourself and not decided by someone else. By further developing conversations on beauty based on these latest insights, Philips aims to better understand the needs and desires of women across the world. Indeed, with 89% of women believing that there are lots of ways to be beautiful, we are motivated to further deliver meaningful innovations that meets these needs,”

“The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler is precisely the type of innovation that offers women a boost in their styling regime beyond what was available previously. We recognised that curls are now a much coveted hairstyle for women everywhere, and many women want to achieve this look without a salon visit. With the Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler, women can now achieve just the curls they want, at home and on the go,” said Ali. “However, creating consistent curls from the front to the back of your head can be challenging, as women don’t have the same field of vision or length of reach when styling their own hair, compared to using a stylist at the salon. Hence, the Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler is a great tool that can help women overcome this challenge. The innovative features such as a longer curling barrel and smart curling guards help women create bouncy, uniformly-shaped curls that last, for a professional, salon-style look.”

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Getting the Ultimate DIY Curl

The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler possesses a number of unique features such as a longer curling barrel, two smart curling guards and an open vertical design. Combined, these features make perfect, lustrous curls an effortless reality.

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A little demonstration on stage by Sahil. Even a non-hairstylist can produce perfect curls!

To use it, switch on the curler to warm up, section out correct amount of hair and hold the curler with the front facing. Insert the hair into the curling chamber starting from the back of the appliance. Make sure you stretch out the hair strand before pressing and holding the curl button. The hair will be slowly wrapped around the curling barrel to be curled. The curler will beep slowly, then followed by a series of faster beeps telling you to release the hair, and voila! Perfectly styled ringlet! Continue with the rest of your hair until you look like a bombshell! Hehe.

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What the curling barrel looks like.

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And the curling button.

Increased curling surface

The new Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler features a longer barrel with 113% more curling surface than previous devices. This enables women to style twice as much hair in one go, creating the perfect hairstyle in just minutes! My whole head only takes me around 10 minutes, even I’m impressed with myself.

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Innovative open design

The innovative new open design of the Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler has been shaped vertically so that it follows the natural flow of long hair. This means there is less chance of the hair becoming trapped in the device, enabling women to style confidently and effortlessly, while knowing that the health of their hair is being protected. No more fried hair!

Smart Curling Guards

The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler also features two smart curling guards. These ensure that the section of hair being styled is perfectly wrapped around the curling barrel of the device, therefore creating perfectly uniform curls.

Here’s a video of me experiencing the auto curler for myself, or rather learning to use it.

Happy Reunion with our fabulously curled hair!

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Pricing and availability

The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler is priced at RM629 and is available at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery and The Gardens Mid Valley, both in Kuala Lumpur, and in Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru; at Philips Experience Stores in Menara Axis, Petaling Jaya and in Penang; at retail partners and distributor stores nationwide, and online via the Philips Online Shop at  http://www.shop.philips.com.my/

For further information, visit http://philips.com.my.

[1] The Philips Global Beauty Index is an extensive international study on women’s perceptions on beauty. Held annually since 2015, the 2017 study surveyed the opinions of 11,132 women aged 18 and above in 11 countries (USA, UK, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, China, Japan, Korea, and India) to provide insights into current beauty industry trends, perceptions and needs across continents.

For further information, visit http://philips.com.my.

I will be posting a video demonstration next time when I use the Auto Curler too to give you a more detailed “tour”, so stay tuned for the announcement on my social media!!

Mid-Autumn Mooncakes at Dynasty Restaurant,Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Are you a fan of mooncakes? In this day and age, the art of mooncake making has become so creative that everyone is introducing new and never used before flavours in their mooncakes, hoping to stand out from the crowd. We had a chance to visit Dynasty Restaurant at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur to sample their mooncake selections.

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Dynasty Chinese Restaurant at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with an array for their handcrafted mooncakes which are available for purchase at Dynasty Restaurant from 29 August to 4 October 2017 and at Mid Valley Megamall from 14 September to 4 October 2017.

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The restaurant will be offering a selection of 12 types of baked and snowskin mooncakes using pure and natural ingredients, for classics such as the Pandan lotus paste with single salted yolk, low sugar White lotus paste with single salted yolkBamboo charcoal green tea black sesame and Red bean paste.

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Traditionally made of lotus seed paste embedded with a salted egg yolk, look out for some new flavors this season include Red pitaya lotus paste with mangoHoney lotus paste with chocolateYam paste with single egg yolkAlisan tea paste with green tea and Chinese chestnut paste with egg yolk.

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Amongst their Snowskin Mooncakes, personally I enjoyed their Alison Tea Paste with Green Tea. The tea aroma is quite prominent, with just the right amount of sweetness. The Yam Paste is pretty unique too. I don’t personally eat durian, but its smell is super strong and according to the others the taste is quite intense too.

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I also enjoyed their baked mooncakes, and the Pandan lotus paste with single salted yolk stood up with its distinct flavour.

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The Red Pitaya lotus paste with mango is surprisingly pleasant with its slight piquancy.

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Besides the conventional baked mooncakes and the snow skin ones, Dynasty is also offering a range of baked mini mooncakes. The mooncakes are packaged in signature boxes with any choice of 4 pieces of traditional mooncake, 6 pieces of baked mini mooncake or 6 pieces of mini snow skin.

Discounts and Specials:-

  • Free delivery to one (1) location (within 5km radius of Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel) for purchase of 20 boxes and above. Additional charges apply for locations outside 5km radius.
  • All pre-paid orders of minimum 10 boxes before 16 September for pick-up between 14 September to 4 October 2017 will receive a 25% discount.
  • Selected credit card discounts apply.

To place your order or for more info, call 03 2771 6692 or email rhi.kulrn.fb@renaissancehotels.com

MOONCAKE MENU

满福楼月饼系列

Traditional Mooncake – 4 pieces per box
Baked Mini Mooncake – 6 pieces per box

Regular Mini
玫瑰豆沙月Red bean paste RM27nett
香港白莲月White lotus paste RM27nett
竹炭绿茶黑芝麻月Bamboo charcoal green tea with black sesame (low sugar) RM28nett RM20nett
單黃白莲月White lotus paste with single salted yolk (low sugar) RM28nett RM20nett
火㔫芒果月Red pitaya lotus paste with mango RM28nett RM21nett
上海單黃月Shanghai lotus paste with single salted yolk (low sugar) RM28nett RM21nett
單黃翡翠玉环月Pandan lotus paste with single salted yolk

满福楼迷你月饼系列

Mini snow skin mooncake (6 pieces per box) 

 

RM29nett RM20nett
高山绿茶月Alisan tea paste with green tea RM18nett
柠蜜莲蓉朱古力Honey lotus paste with chocolate

 

RM18nett
粟子單黃月Chinese chestnut paste with egg yolk RM18.50nett
單黃芋蓉月Yam paste with single egg yolk RM18.50nett
風味榴槤月Durian paste RM19.50nett

Maui Jim Sunglasses x Malaya Optical

Thanks to my severe Myopia, I’ve been in and out of mostly healthy relationships with numerous Optical shops everywhere. Though being invited to a Sunglasses event was the coolest and the least un-nerdy experience. Such experience was given by Malaya Optical at Damansara Uptown, thanks to the Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers. We were there to check out the new range of Maui Jim Sunglasses which landed on our shore not too long ago.

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Maui Jim started out in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina on the island of Maui, which is part of the Hawaiian islands. Maui is one of the lushest, most vibrant places on earth. Yet its intense sunlight can be quite harmful to the naked eye, which in the long run could hide the beauty of the island.

And so Maui Jim developed their revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens because they recognised a blue ocean market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colours of the island to life. These lenses provide provides greater colour, clarity, and detail, while shielding your eyes from glare and harmful UV.

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Maui Jim’s patented multi-layered lens design allows more usable light to be transmitted to the eyes, resulting in unrivalled visual acuity, contrast and colour are the exquisite results. This allows the user to experience deeper, more saturated colours and higher levels of contrast in any environment.

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Maui Jim sunglasses are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin because the patented PolarisedPlus2® lens technology can eliminate 99.9% of glare and blocks 100% of harmful UV rays. It is the only premium sunglasses brand carrying the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

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Available in four lens colours, Maui Jim® offers an option for every level of light. The Neutral Grey lenses offer contrast and the highest available glare reduction and are suitable for all light conditions, especially bright, direct sunlight. The Maui Rose® lenses offer the sharpest contrast and image resolution. They are excellent for fast action activities, overcast or foggy days. There are HCL® (High Contrast Lens) Bronze lenses, which offer enhanced contrast and are ideal for hazy and low light conditions. The new HT™ (High Transmission) lenses are perfect for variable and low light conditions, haze, fog, or overcast days and feature a flattering palm tint without a distracting yellow cast.

Today, Maui Jim offers over 125 styles of sunglasses, 100% of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays, with Polarizedplus2® Lens Technology for brilliant colour so every detail is crisper and cleaner and without glare or harmful UV.

For more info, head over to http://www.mauijim.com

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Malaya Optical only hires qualified optometrist who will examine not only examine, but also advise on the condition of patients’ eyes, and are trained to recognise diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma and cataract, as well as general health conditions such as diabetes.

Optometrists in Malaya Optical especially in their HQ Damansara Uptown are aided by many state of the art instruments such as Slit Lamp with Optical Digital Zoom Camera by Nikon (to examine contact lenses fitting and cataract),  Non Contact Relax Tonometer by Reichert (to examine Inter Ocular Pressure, IOP or Glaucoma),  High Definition Digital Retina Imaging by Canon (to examine Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration  or Retina Atrophy), Zeiss iProfiler Occular Wavefront Aberrometer, Autorefractometer, Atlas Corneal Topographer, and Keratometer (to examine Refractive Errors to 0.125 Diopter and also Corneal Curvature for better fit of soft or RGP contact lenses), Zeiss Relax Vision Terminal (to examine pupillary distance and multi-focal precision fitting height) and more.

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Apart from Maui Jim, the boutique carries a huge range of eyewear collections from designer frames to branded sunglasses such as Swiss flex, Wolfgang Proksch, Mykita, Coppe Sid, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, JF Rey, Calvin Klein, Whiteout & Glare, Blackfin, Less Than Human, Unodstrial, Tag Heuer, Oakley, Markus T, Moschino, Lafont, ByWP, Parasite, Boz, Round Frames, Retro Frames, Anitque Frames, Aha, Benetton, Burberry, Bywp, Coach, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Giogio Armani, GF Ferrer, Haus Marke, John Richmond, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Moschino, Nike, Prada, Paris Hilton, Robert Marc, Romeo Gigly, Rudy Project, Sama, Victor Rolf, Vivien Westwood, Zero Rh, Andy Wolf, Bevel, Blackfin, Boz, Byblos, Coppe + Sid, Derapage, Derek Lam, Dun, Dutz, Eco, Envisu, Face Font, Ferragamo, Frank Kids, Free Form Green, Gotti, Hana, Lotto, Metzler, Modo, IC Berlin, Parasite, Noego, Paul Smith, Perfect Number, Plasta, Ultem, Superdry, Staffan Preutz, Synergi, Spvvyi, Salt, Carbon Fiber, Undostrial and many more.

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Thanks for having us!

Malaya Optical outlets are located at:

Damansara Uptown
71, SS21/37 Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7728 0228/03-7710 8550
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

Subang Jaya
C5, SS15/4d, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-5631 3328
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malayaoptical
Website: http://www.malayaoptical.com

Just Heavenly Cafe at Bangsar Shopping Centre

Just a couple of months ago, we attended the launch of @the5tory and we had a little taste of what Just Heavenly Cafe has to offer, and it’s more than just heavenly cakes. In fact, the menu here is rather extensive so I guess that’s why Nigel invited us back for a proper foodie get together so we could eat til our hearts’ content.

And feast we did, though not without a little game of ice-breaker in the form of writing a short story which turned out to be a psychology test. Ah…. Nigel, always one to make the party interesting. Anyway, there are many dishes to get through, so I best not digress.

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We started off with this gorgeous looking Char Siew Chicken Salad (RM21). Oh yeah, Just Heavenly is pork free, but fortunately, this chicken char siew was done quite well, with a bit of fatty stuff to make it nice and juicy, good contrast with the grassy green bits.

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Something a little more common, the Caesar Salad (RM23), which comes with either beef bacon or smoked salmon and a cling wrap poached egg perched on top, nice touch. Good thing is this is dressed very lightly so you don’t accidentally consume too much calories in the process.

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Can’t say I’ve ever tried Salmon Spring Rolls before. This is a little Japanese inspired perhaps? Priced at RM17 for a good portion. Interesting bite over a chatter.

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The Fish Fingers come from the Special menu, and these definitely did not come from a box (ahh… the stuff that got me through uni). The flesh is lovely flaky with super crispy crust. I’d gladly have more of these.

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This is one of the nicest pumpkin soup (RM17) I’ve had lately, full of the natural sweetness of the pumpkin, thick, creamy, and that garlic toast is something else! So good.

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We then moved on to the main, with this glorious BLT Burger (RM30), made with Prime Aussie Beef, chunky mushroom sauce, lettuce and tomato on toasted sesame seed served with chunky chips and salad with feta cheese. A good classic tasting burger which will definitely fill you up.

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The Lamb Burghini (love the name) is Greek inspired. I love Greek Food, but unfortunately, I don’t eat lamb so I had to skip this.

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The Curryeggy (RM26) looks the most interesting. Egg, Flaky Puff Pastry, Chicken Filling, Curry Sauce. A very hearty combo, best to be shared. Love the crispy curry leaves for that aromatic bite.

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The One That Got Away is another item on Special. Made just like the proper Fish & Chips in Australia/UK. I think they used Cod for this but my memory is failing me so this is a wild guess.

And it’s not the end yet! We were fed few more dishes in the form of pasta.

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First the Crab Aglio Olio (RM32). The angel hair is a touch soft for my liking, but the flavours were spot on.

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Here the Carbonara is served with Penne for a change. Comes with plenty of mushrooms and beef bacon, this is quite creamy and cheesy. Definitely the ultimate guilty pleasure.

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I saved the best for last. The Linguine Pesto (RM30) is delicious! I’m also slightly biased because Linguine is my favourite shape of pasta. But the pesto here is delightfully aromatic, and I like how they top it with plenty of greens.

Finally, with what little stomach space we had, it was time for desserts.

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A high tea set! I’m fully stuffed at this point so didn’t try everything.

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The Play it again Sam, which we also had last time. A tribute to the late Samantha Schubert, Malaysian Actor and Model, this cake is a delicious triple decker melange of Bananas, Strawberries, and Chocolate all topped with fresh cream.

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The Rainbow Cheesecake is fun to look at, with no compromise on taste. Thanks to Kevin I rarely get to savour cheesecakes and I definitely appreciated this.

Phew! That was a lot of food! I’m hungry again looking at these pictures and I think I need to return for some of those Linguine Pesto (and the Curryeggy) Thank you, Nigel, for the fantastic hospitality once again!

Just Heavenly Cafe
3rd Floor
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur
10am-10pm daily

Jaya One branch
10am-8pm
Genting Skyavenue
10am to 10pm