Sunday, July 20, 2014

D'Football Festival at Central Park Avenue, 1 Utama

So the World Cup 2014 finals had come and gone and the showdown was between Argentina and Germany with the Germans edging a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Extra Time. Where did you witness the World Cup?

As for me, I headed off to the D'Football Festival that's held at 1 Utama's Central Park Avenue.
Over there, Hunny Madu was on the stage as the MC.
The party was a whopping 12 hour festival which started off from 6pm where there were loads of performances and DJs to keep the crowd entertained till the World Cup finals match goes live. The performances include Paperplane Pursuit, OJ Law and Australian band Van She while some DJs that kept the party atmosphere comprise of DJ Patricia K, Indiego & Co and Nick Haydez as well.

In Malaysia, the match starts at 3am so that's pretty late. I didn't go over there at the earlier hours but I headed on there when after midnight.

During that time, DJ Nick Haydez was on the decks right before the performance of Brazilian samba dancers came on.
Aside from the performances and music, there's loads of games that people can occupy themselves with like this Robokeeper penalty shootout game:
And this test your accuracy by shooting the balls through the holes thingy....game called Target Football or something like that:
A test your kicking strength radar speed cage:
And this cross between bowling and football called, "Bowling Football":
Where you kick a football to try to knock all the pins down with it.

Also, everyone tries to win this Mini Cooper Countryman by participating in the "Guess the Balls" contest:
By guessing the correct amount of balls that's contained inside the Mini Cooper.

It certainly was a big festival with football fans thronging to the place leaving them more to look forward to at the next World Cup in the year 2018.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

New Zealand Natural, The Curve, Food Review

Wasn't much in the mood for socializing nor going out because I'm feeling kinda emo these days but life goes on and so instead of wallowing in sorrow, I trudge along and headed to New Zealand Natural at The Curve:
It's not my first time trying out their ice cream at this outlet since I've been invited to review their Pecan Praline Crunch desserts the last time around 2 years ago (http://www.ktheblogger.com/2012/06/new-zealand-natural-ice-cream.html) but now, I'm back again with another bunch of blogger friends to have a look at some of their desserts.

This here is called the Waffle Dazzle:
The waffle dazzle is with a scoop of ice cream flavor of your choice on top of Belgian waffles with honey and chocolate sauce. The waffles are of the crispy kind and not of the soft type. I'm amused by the decoration where there's three slices of apples stabbed on top of the ice cream. There's also beside it some whipped cream with a strawberry on top and some nuts for crunch. It costs RM9.90

Besides ice creams, there are also pastries available at New Zealand Natural.

There are currently 2 types of muffin available at New Zealand Natural and this one is the Triple Chocolate Muffin:
In the center, there are chocolate fillings inside it.

And the other muffin flavor is the Wild Blueberry Muffin:
It tasted more of vanilla type of flavor to me. The muffins are available at RM6 each.

At New Zealand Natural, there are also doughnuts available. This is called the Old-Fashioned Doughnuts:
This one here is customized by adding a Junior 1 Flavor scoop of ice cream on top. The doughnut costs RM2 and the 1 scoop of ice cream on top costs RM6.90 bringing a total of RM8.90.

We also tried the classic Banana Split:
Plump, juicy bananas nestled with Chocolate Ecstasy, Boysenberry Dream and Vanilla Classic ice cream flavors. The price of the Banana Split is RM19.90.

There are also cookies available:
There are 2 flavors and that is the Chunky Double Chocolate Cookie and the Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookie. I'm sure you'll be able to know which is which from the name and looks. The price of the cookies are RM4.50 each.

And finally, my favorite of the night, the Yoghurt Pudding Sundae:
I just love how the Mango Pudding tasted. The rest is just there in the mix. There's Forestberry Frozen Yoghurt in it. Costs RM11.90.

The New Zealand Natural The Curve outlet is located at:
K-G10-W Ground Floor
The Curve
6 Jalan PJU 7/3
Mutiara Damansara
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor


Open daily from 10am-10pm

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Delicious, Bangsar Village II, Food Review

I've seen Delicious before many times at 1 Utama and Mid Valley but never knew that it existed in Bangsar Village II as well.
Delicious started off as a tearoom café at 1 Utama in 2004 and from then on has expanded till 7 cafés and a catering business as well. I've tasted their food before but only when an event was held where they're the ones providing food for the function and sometimes the place. So then the chance to savor their food over a food review session came and that's where this post play a role.

We were well fed with a barrage of a few full complete meals and this is what we had.

Pumpkin Soup (RM13.90):
It's with Parmesan and truffle oil. Croutons for some crunch. Nice thick texture that you can really taste it's pure and real pumpkins. A good soup.

Carbonara Mafaldine (RM23.90):
Despite me having eaten lots of different pastas before, I've never tried Mafaldine before. It's very similar to Fettuccine with wavy edges that lets it retain the sauce a little more than Fettuccine. The sauce was thick and creamy. Pasta was delicious. I would say this was the best dish of the night for me. It has a nice Poached Egg on top, some beef bacon underneath and oyster mushrooms and Parmesan.

Crab and Avocado Salad (RM29.90):
As usual, am no fan of salad so this don't work out for me. Thought the bread would be seasoned in garlic butter but nope. Just your usual toast.

Teriyaki Salmon Steak (RM37.90):
It's with Soba Noodles, Pea Sprouts and Asparagus. It just feels okay for me.

Crispy Seafood and Fries (RM29.90):
Seafood includes Salmon, Prawns, Squid & Pollack with some Coleslaw and Tartar sauce. Also something that's just okay to me. I find that the seafood is better without the tartar sauce.

This here is the Lamb and Butternut Squash Massaman Curry (RM25.90):
Lamb is a little too chewy for me and the curry tasted a little sweetness in it. Might be because of the tomatoes? I'm not sure. It's served with steamed rice and cucumber peanut salad.

Delicious Club Sandwich (RM26.90):
Club sandwiches are easy to make and hard to go wrong. Hence, this is also the same. The plus is that it contains a nice fried egg but the grilled chicken breast is too dry for my taste. Besides the two items, there's also Pesto, Turkey Bacon inside.

I believe this is some Spicy Prawn Rolls with Chilli Sauce (RM13.90):
Also something that is okay for me.

Mushroom Soup (RM13.90):
Although it has a nice thick and chunky mushroom taste to it, it's way too peppery for me.

This drink that I ordered just amuse me to try:
It's called Death by Iced Chocolate. LOL. Costs RM10.90. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I didn't die of iced chocolate. Actually, I didn't taste much chocolate but more of milky taste.

Some Macarons:
The top is Salted Caramel and Peanut (I think) while the bottom one is Raspberry. Costs RM7 each or 3 for RM17.

Strawberry and Passionfruit Éclair:
Also RM7 each and 3 for RM17. There's also Chocolate and Peanut Caramel flavor and Coconut with Pandan.

This is the Strawberry, Hazelnut and Lychee Pavlova:
In a way, it's a weird combination to me but hey, you might have a differing opinion than mine.

Can't remember what's this:
Lemon, Lime and Ginger cupcake? I just know it contains lemons in em.

 Cheesecakes!
Best dessert among all I've tasted that evening.

Chocolate and Marshmallow Tart:
It has such a nice flan like texture inside to put it in my mouth:

The Delicious at Bangsar Village II is at:
GF-1 Jalan Telawi 1 Bangsar Baru 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opened daily from 11am-midnight on weekdays and 9am-midnight on weekends.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Crave Café, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara Food Review

Oasis Square has been a number of times my lunch time hangout. Crave Café happens to be one of it that I discovered by accident:
One Friday afternoon, I had quite a lot of time to spare and so I headed over to Oasis Square for my lunch. Upon seeing Crave Café, it looks like the perfect place to just chill for my lunch and wait for time to pass by. And so I sat down and ordered the Honey Glazed Chicken.
To my surprise, it tasted better than I had imagined. The honey glazing the chicken gave a nice dose of sweetness to the chicken where the sauce in the little bowl over there merely played a decorative role to me. My only complain for this is that the chicken is small but the mash underneath made up for it as it was a huge enough portion to make me full.

The 2nd time around, I took a bunch of my colleagues over to try it out and give their opinion where this time around I ordered the Aussie Burger:
Again surprised me that it's not a fluke because the burger is just as delicious and also satisfying. Containing an egg with cheese and also beef bacon to go along with the patty and the veggies.

So when I was given the opportunity to review this café, I quickly took it up to try other things that they have there.

The café's interior give me a chilled and laidback feeling almost homely with ample sun rays able to shine through to brighten up the café.
We started being served with Crave's Big Breakfast:
Containing 2 sunny side up eggs, sausages, beef bacon, baked beans, roasted tomato and mushrooms with toasted ciabatta for the price of RM22. All tasted fine with the mushrooms excelling while the baked beans tasted weird to me. I could never finish the baked beans even though it's just a small portion because I couldn't stand the weird taste.

The next dish that was offered to us is the dish that I enjoyed the most that morning:
It's Pancakes with caramelized bananas and maple syrup (RM10). Pancakes were fluffy and goes very well with the caramelized bananas and with a slab of sinful butter at the top, it's heavenly. I'd probably be able to eat 2 plates of these.

Next up was the Salmon Scramble (RM15):
The Salmon Scramble is smoked salmons being neatly decorated on scramble eggs atop toasted ciabattas. Personally, somehow this didn't work out for me. The salmon wasn't the taste that's agreeable with my tastebuds and the scramble eggs to me were underseason. Well, let's move on.

This is a new item that's gonna be (or already has been!) on the menu:
It has a sunny side up egg on topmost followed by a beef bacon slice and the toasted ciabatta with avocado and cream cheese spread on top. I have no idea what it's gonna be call nor the price but that day, it tasted okay to me.

Moving on to the lunch menu, this is Seabass in Spicy Cream Sauce (RM15):
The thing that taste spicy to me would more of the rice than the cream sauce. The rice was peppery. The sea bass and the vegetables tasted okay.

This is one of their popular dish:
The Chicken Parmigiana (RM22). I can taste why this is a popular dish as the taste is not bad. However, the chicken is a bit too dry for me even though taste-wise, it's nice.

Green Chicken Pesto:
Priced at RM18.

As for Crave Café's coffee, they use Toby's Estate Coffee at their joint which is a blend of Arabica coffee that started off from Australia.

Crave Café's full address is:
BG-03 Oasis Square, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

They're opened 8am - 9pm on Mon - Thurs
and 8am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. I believe they're beginning to open on Sundays too.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Wine Appreciation Night with Wine Talk's David Stephan

Once again, I was privileged enough to have another wine tasting session with Wine Talk. The last session with Wine Talk was a really memorable and enjoyable one where I learned a few things about wine and it was the first time I heard about Rosé wine. (http://www.ktheblogger.com/2013/03/wine-talk-with-room-service.html) It was still held at the vicinity of Bangsar this time but at La Bodega Lounge:
I never knew La Bodega had such a huge outlet at this part of Bangsar with 3 different concepts but as for the La Bodega Lounge, it's located above the La Bodega Deli.

Back again to teach me more about wine is Wine Talk's French Sommelier, David Stephan.
Here's him with me and Isaac:
Glad that he still remembers me. :D

In total, we tasted five wines where 2 were White, 1 was Rosé and 2 were Red.
As I await for the start of the event, I went to the ice bucket to take a sneak peek of what's to come:
Once the majority of us had arrived, we started off with a Tucumen Sauvignon Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina (RM72):
That's Celeste modelling for it. LOL.

It's colors are subtle yellow, almost clear.
Taste's crisp and fresh giving me a clean feel on the palate. It's best to pair with seafood and so we were presented with this dish to go with the wine:
It's called Pulpo a la Gallega - Spanish octopus serves with potatoes, seasoned with sea salt, paprika and extra virgin olive oil. My fave dish of the night. The seasoning was just right in enhancing the flavors of the items. Paired with the wine, it just does it much justice.

Next wine presented to us was also a White Wine called Monte Da Peceguina 'Branco' from Portugal (RM90):
Now, here's a wine that I'm familiar with the taste since I was presented a bottle the last round of wine tasting.
It looks duller in color than the first but stronger in it's flavors. You can taste the grapes in 'em. Goes well with Grilled White Meat and some fish that's rich in it's taste.

To go with the wine, we were presented with this dish:
Called the Gambas Al Ajillo (RM38) - Tiger Prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and chilli. Despite having garlic and olive oil, the heat from the dish is not as spicy as I thought it would be. In fact, there's more olive oil then anything else. Bread is served with it where it's great to dip into it's gravy.

Next up came the Rosé wine:
Ever since I was introduced to this, I took a liking to it. Of course, there are White and Red wines that I prefer over Rosé but overall, I just like it because it's like an in-betweener. LOL. This one is called Château Fontarèche Corbières 'Tradition' Rosé from Languedoc, France (RM70).
The color looks orangey:
It contains subtle fruity flavors and hints of strawberry.

To go with the wine, we had the Albóndigas "Saint Climent":
It's lamb meatballs in a rich brandy sauce. Costs RM20 for a small portion and RM30 for a large portion. The lamb was rich in taste and the sauce complements it well. As for drinking it with Rosé, well, anything drinking with Rosé tastes nice. LOL. Okay, so it's better with BBQ things.

Moving on, it's time for the heavy tastes ala Red Wine.
We started off with the Lion's Lair Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa:
A bottle costs RM55.
It looks like Ribena color and has a bright sparkle to it:
Well, Shiraz isn't exactly the wine that I delight in and this one too does not work out for me. I have yet to find a Shiraz that I like. Anyway, it goes well with rice dishes, grilled chicken and pastas.
For the food pairing of this, we were presented with Arroz Negro con Calamares y Allioli (RM35 or 1 pax, RM68 for 2):
It's squid ink paella with squids topped with garlic mayonnaise and tiger prawns. When I saw it was squid ink paella, my eyes lit up as I remembered the great taste of it last time. However, when I tasted this, I'm disappointed because it's not as tasty as the one I've eaten before. Then again, the price here is way cheaper then the one I had.

And the last wine that was given to us to try was the Pago De Cirsus 'Vendimia Seleccionada', Navarra, Spain (RM81):
By this time, I was almost at my limit and so I forgot to take a pic of it, haha.
Anyway, it's colors are darker than the Shiraz earlier and duller. It has very strong tannin taste to it and goes well with Cheeses and Roasted Lamb.
And the dish that was served with this wine is of course this:
The cheese platter (RM25).

If you want to learn more about wines, it is best to keep trying more. Wine Talk has a special service where wine lovers and enthusiasts alike can discover more wines that will be personally handpicked by David. A person just needs to join the Wine Club which is FREE from sign-up or membership fees and will receive 6 or 12 bottles of wines every month or 2. It's a convenient way to enjoy wines where you don't need to worry about what wine to buy because David, the sommelier, will choose them for you based on your preference. Wine Talk also Guarantee on the Price and Satisfaction. If you're not happy with the wine you received, they will change it for you.

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