Saturday, December 27, 2014

To Great Years Ahead for Everybody

The end of the year is close at hand and for the coming New Year, I've decided to take a different direction towards blogging.

In fact, it had already started. I felt that it is time for me to move on from blogging at this events blog and go back to the original roots of why I started this blog which is an outlet to express myself and as my personal muse. The blogging world had changed tremendously from a simple online diary for me to a niche topic. Wordy posts would command boredom and pictures tells a thousand words. In other words, I'm retiring from this blog of mine.

I've pondered long and hard about this decision and during the last 2 months of me attending events, parties and food reviews, I find the element of joy and fun is missing and all that is filled with is the feeling of worn out, stress and regret. The inspiration to type out words after attending an event seemed like a mountain-like task than one that flows naturally through me with ease of completion. One after another, things seemed like a blur and I can't even remember much of what went on despite picture aids.

It was a good run and a great privilege to had experience all those wonderful times throughout the years. And so, as the holiday season commences and the new year looms in the horizon, I look towards the future to a new beginning and reflect back at all those great and memorable times that I had with a joyful heart and nostalgic eyes.

Here's my top 5 event experience that I most cherish and had the best times of my life:
1) 1st Carlsberg's "Where's the Party?" Event
As you can see from above, this photo is by Yeeing. I can still remember those fun and memorable moments like it was yesterday. I wasn't really there as a media but more of a winner. But be it media or winner, there's no difference. It's just one big party at one place.

During this period of time, I was very, very busy from work due to my mistake of joining the hospitality industry. With just a one man team, there's literally no rest for me due to receiving calls night after night on some IT related issues. My blogging was halted to minimal since I don't have much time to attend events and even those that I have planned to go, there's usually a last minute cancellation. When I received the invitation to go to Carlsberg's 1st ever "Where's the Party?", I thought to myself I needed a break bad and this is the perfect chance. I put my foot down and firmly told my boss that I'm not taking no for an answer in attending this event. She reluctantly allowed me to go and bear the brunt of my GM because it was on the same day of my company's annual dinner which is compulsory to attend.

Heading to a supposed secret destination (which was leaked out so bad that everyone knows we were going to Sepang Gold Coast), I initially started without a party mood. After arriving at the hotel destination and checking in to my room, I was very happy to have participated and being treated like a VIP. I went around with my friends to try out the games that they had set up throughout the venue and despite the heat wave, it didn't matter much to me because I'm in a place by the beach with some Carlsberg in hand.

When night falls, the rave starts and I partied on down to the tunes with free flow of Carlsberg. I guess what makes it so good would be the VIP treatment that I received, the amount of friends that I met there and new ones being made not to mention the beautiful picturesque beach and the worry free time when I was there. Oh yeah, there's unlimited booze as well.

2) My 1st Hennessy Artistry Event (2009)
Back then, I was still a very introvert and shy person but after taking the first step of going to Ruumz Most Wanted Rummates Finale Party, I decided to attend the Hennessy Artistry event. I felt that it was high time I break out of my shell and start having a good time even if it means going to parties by myself. Being a newbie at a party event, I was early on site. So early, that the doors haven't even opened but amazingly, there's already a queue waiting to enter.

During the 2009 Hennessy Artistry, it was held at the great location of Bukit Kiara Indoor Arena, an excellent location for me. Unfortunately, after a rock concert that followed weeks after this event, no further concerts or events are to be held ever again at that location.

When I was indoors, it was as if I'm among friends. People started being really friendly to me, chatting with me. And drinks kept coming without even me needing to leave my seat. When I was leaving about 6 hours later, the party was still ongoing and everyone just seemed like they had a really, really good time. I too, had a really, really good time and it was from that point onwards that kept me going in attending parties even though there were times I went alone. That was where the starting point of how people associate me with liquor and where it all began the incredible journey of attending events.

3) 1st Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards in Singapore
An all-expense paid trip to Singapore to attend the 1st Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards followed by a tour around Singapore the next day? How can that not be great? Despite my mom's worrisome nature (yes, I brought my mom along for the experience), I assured her to relax and that everything will be taken care of. The event itself was a glamorous occasion and the tour on the next day was an eye opener. 'Nuff said.

4) 1st Ever Arthur's Day
It was the first ever to be held and it was held worldwide. I brought in about 10 of my friends in to witness the occasion but as for me and another friend of mine, we went to the inner sanction of the mosh pit. The mosh pit which entrance goes in from underneath the stage to the middle of it was not as great as I thought would be but of course, you're much more closer to the artists even though there were many a times, you're just staring at their behinds since they went to the front of the stage to work the crowd. LOL. Still, it was a very memorable night for me. Besides, some of those few people who were in the "mosh pit" were actually celebrities which my friend recognized.

5) Heineken Green Space (2010) with the Breakfast Club
It was the first time ever that I went to an alcohol event around close to brunch time. Before this, drinking before noon is taboo for me but after this event, drinking before noon seems alright to me.

I simply adore the concept. Having the Breakfast Club in spreading out a sumptuous delicious buffet, it really got me excited seeing all those lovely food. And yes, it was a really, very good brunch I had even though it's buffet style. To ease myself into drinking alcohol before noon, they had Heineken smoothies being concocted and I just couldn't stay away from it.

All around the area were videos showing retro 80s movies and some games spread out for us to play. I had to admit being at an open air venue got a bit warm despite being shaded but I had those Heineken smoothies to cool me down.

To top it all off, they even gave out a really cool goodies bag where all the items were in a picnic basket. The picnic basket was so lovely that my mom forbade me to take it to an actual picnic with my friends once. LOL. This is one event that had certainly stuck in my mind throughout the years and many more to come.

So there you have it. My top 5 most memorable event experience.
I noticed that there are a lot of similarities in making my list.
1) It's an alcohol event with free flow of alcohol. LOL (Except the Nuffnang blog awards.)
2) It's always a 1st of something. I guess it totally caught me off guard and I'm surprised by it. Not expecting it to be that way which wowed me.
3) I'm treated like a VIP. It's as if I own the earth and I can do as I please where there will be minions to serve me. Gives out a great feeling.

With that, I leave with a sayonara. I may see you at future events but more likely as just an invited guest than as media. :P

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Delifrance Malaysia Christmas Menu

Seasons Greetings! Christmas is near upon us as December has approached and Delifrance Malaysia has some new items coming up for Christmas.
Started off with this new and cute Santa Play Land Gift Cake (RM48.90):
It's so cute! It's a red velvet cake that's topped with sour cream cheese. Not a bad tasting cake.

And this is the Rocky Land Gift Cake (RM35):
Full of chocolate goodness. It's a Belgian chocolate cake with ganache on top. Also not a bad tasting cake but I prefer red velvet more.

Other new things available would be in the form of this Salted Caramel Tea Cake with Walnut & Double Chocolate Tea Cake (RM16.90 each):
The salted caramel cake was buttery and the walnut providing a bit of a crunch is just what I like about it.
The double chocolate tea cake was just as nice and buttery but in this case, I prefer the salted caramel.

There's also the Stollen Bread (RM9.90):
Which is basically a bread type of fruit cake and the Santa Helper (RM4.90/1 piece. RM9.90/3 pieces):
Gingerbread men! These are the additions into their bread range.

Delifrance also serve mains now instead of just pastries and they have some Christmas set menu where each comes with an F&N Seasons' iced lemon tea.
This is the Chessy Turkey Pasta (RM15.90):
It has some turkey ham slices in it over spaghetti with some cream sauce over it.

This is the Provencal Lamb Stew (RM34.90):
It's grilled lamb shoulder with brown sauce and some salad and mashed potato on the side.

If you're looking for a healthier choice, then Poached Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce would be a better pick (RM34.90):
Like the name implies, it's poached salmon with dill sauce. Mashed potatoes and salad on the side.

Lasagne (RM17.90):
It can be either beef/chicken on it's filling with melted, oozing cheese on top.

In addition to these Christmas Specials, we also savored some of their regular stuffs like macarons:
And their lovely pastries and sandwiches which is what Delifrance is known for throughout the years:
The meal that I had was at the Avenue K branch which is located at:
Avenue K
L2-17B & SAC-L2-1, Level 2
156 Jalan Ampang
50450 KL

Operating Hours:
Usual mall time, 10am-10pm

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Crispy Crust, Bandar Sunway Food Review

Before the big rainstorm commenced, I safely snug myself in this place called Crispy Crust located at Bandar Sunway:
But it was no easy feat to find this place because as you can see from the picture above, the Crispy Crust sign was that was in a woody feel was not easy to notice and the only other sign at that moment in time was the Crispy Fried Chicken sign.

Anyway, the place inside feels huge and spacious due to it not having lots of furniture and decorations on it. A little hollow. And when the rain hit, the sound was magnified. Sure hope they do something about that else when you're stuck here from a heavy rain, you can't even hear the sound of your own voice.

During the review, I was joined by a friend that I haven't spoken to nor seen for a very, very long while. Known this person ever since the time when I hang out with the beauty bloggers. Let's just say it was a bitter sweet experience seeing her again.

Well, let's move on to the meals we chomped on.

We started off with their signature Fried Chicken and some Rice and Salad add-on:
I definitely would say that their fried chicken is rightly their signature. Crispy crust (as indicated in their restaurant name) nicely seasoned and juicy meat. The black pepper sauce that's served were also an addictive thing to me too. Certainly a thumbs up for me.

Here's a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Some Greens and Fries as side:
Their grilled chicken is not bad. Quite tasty but not as good as their fried chicken I would say.

This is Fried Fish Fillet with some Salad and Spaghetti to go with it:
The sauce that was served to go along with it was the mushroom sauce. I find it too weak for my taste though unlike the black pepper sauce served earlier which was strong and bold and full of flavor. The fish fillet is okay.

Double Layer Chicken Chop Spaghetti:
2 pieces of chicken, spaghetti in the middle and with bacon and caramelized bacon. Bacon was alright. Somehow I find for this chicken, the flavoring wasn't as good as it's first but still good.

Grilled Chicken Chop with Sausage and French Fries:
Sausage a little tough for me but the taste is good.

Platter for 4:
Platter for 4 consists of 2 pieces of chicken chop, 2 pieces of fish fillets, 2 jumbo sausages, 2 squids and 4 pieces of shrimps. The sauces given here were mayonnaise and tartar.

Big Sandwich:
This contains 1 piece of chicken with bread and bacon and cheese.

Crispy Crust is located at:
39, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Opening Hours:

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Watami Malaysia Introduces Gozen Sets

For the first time ever, I stepped foot into a Watami outlet and it was the one where I never knew existed till invited - the 1 Utama Branch.
Nestled in the floor where I rarely venture, it's no wonder I had no idea of it's existence at my favorite mall.

The main purpose of my visitation on this occasion was to savor it's Gozen Sets but there were some other additional items that were consumed as well.

The name Watami comes from the name of it's founder, Watanabe Miki and takes up the kanji of (Wa) 和 which is "Harmony" and (Tami) 民 which is "people" and hence means "gather people to dine in harmony" as well.

Watami has a very wooden appeal and cozy setting, a very Japanese feel to it.

I started off with a Non-Alcoholic Mango Mojito to refresh me before my meal.
All I can say is it is very refreshing and tastes good so I'm guessing the alcoholic version will be just as tasty.

Before attending to our respective Gozen Sets, we had some items to whet our appetites beforehand starting with this item:
This is an appetizer called Bariuma Teba Karaage (RM9.90) which are Crispy Chicken Wing with Shichimi Curry Salt for seasoning. I simply adore the curry salt that goes with the chicken wing. It gives me a feeling of eating a nice piece of fried chicken with a twist. Although the sensation and taste may not be very new to me but it works wonderfully and is something that I would adore eating for a long time.

We next had some nice Pork Belly Skewers (RM4.90 for one):
The succulent and juicy Pork Belly Skewers that we had were not exactly the ones that is usually served. Instead of their usual style of skewers, this one was the salt version of preparation. You too can ask for it to be prepared this way. Just ask/tell it to the waiter when ordering these skewers.

Last thing before we hit the Gozen set. The Wafu Pizza (RM19.90):
Putting the Asian flavor to it's pizza. This is with Teriyaki Chicken and a glaze of Teriyaki Mayonnaise on it. It's okay to me but a little too floppy to me. I like my thin crusted pizza to be firmer on it's base so I can hold it well as well as taste it's crispy crust texture.

Next came the Gozen Sets, yay!

Seeing as to how hungry I was, I called out the first one to be mine. :P
It's the Okinawa Pork Stew & Salmon Sashimi Set (RM39):
The Pork Belly was delicious and I certainly did not regret my choice. However, I must warn that seeing that it is Pork Belly, I doubt anybody can consume a lot of it. But if it's just this you're having, 3 pieces of it shouldn't be a problem. For me, it certainly wasn't. The rest were your usual type of things, the Salmon Sashimi was okay, the miso soup was typical and so was the chawanmushi.

Next came the Deluxe Set of Wafu Toban Beef Steak & Salmon Sashimi Gozen Set (RM42):
Beef steak comes in slightly cooked form and safe to consume as it is but of course, most people would love your meat to be cooked a little more and that's were you can do so by self grilling on that hot piece of, erm, round thing on the meat plate.
If you're doing that, be sure to cook all first before it cools off, else you'll need to get the waiter to heat it up again. LOL. These grilled beef steaks are heavenly. It's peppery and nice to consume. Certainly a preferred choice of mine if you don't mind the price.

Here's one of the noodle set called Ebi Tonkotsu Ramen Gozen (RM39):
It's Shrimp & Pork Bone Soup Ramen & Dumpling Set. It's okay.
You can have a staring contest with the shrimp since it's eyes are there. LOL.

The Gyuniku Sukiyaki Nabe Gozen was next (RM39):
The meat + vegetables section will sit atop a stove and where there's already a little bit of soup in there to make it into a nabe. Of course, topping up the sukiyaki broth can be done. The egg that is given is suppose to act like a seasoning where after your item is cooked in the nabe pot, you take the item you wanna eat and dip it onto the raw egg for extra flavoring. If you're unable to accept raw egg, then, you can of course go the way where Chinese people love doing and that is to crack the egg into the nabe pot and mix the rice in as well. LOL.

Another noodle set and this is the Curry Udon & Fire Oyster Roll Sushi Gozen Set (RM39):
The curry soup where the Udon sits in is much spicier than normal Japanese Curry but still very mild to Malaysian taste. Cold Tofu as usual requires you to add in Shoyu for more taste.

The last Gozen set presented was the Roast Katsu & Irodori Sushi Gozen set (RM42):
Deep fried pork cutlet with sushi. The pork cutlet is a little dry for my taste. I guess that's where the sauce comes into play.

With the Gozen finished, dessert soon follows.
On the left is Crème Brûlée and on the right is Matcha Pudding both costs RM11.90 each.

The Watami 1 Utama Branch is located at:
Lot F355/356/357, 1st Floor, Rainforest,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours:
Daily, 10am - 10pm

Friday, December 05, 2014

Kafe Vietnam, Bandar Puteri Puchong Food Review

Located in an area where I fear to frequent, Kafe Vietnam sits snugly in a comfy, quiet location occupying a corner lot which gives it a vast space.
I've heard a fair bit about it's coffee from a friend and am eager to try out it's authentic drip Vietnam coffee which is their own blend.

Immediately, after settling down a fair bit, me and another friend of mine started off with the coffee before everyone's arrival.
I opted with milk for the first glass but am a little surprise that the dripping process didn't take that long of a wait till I am able to drink it. I've tried authentic Vietnamese coffee in Malaysia before back during the time where I was affiliated to a hotel and there was a new street walkway with shops and restaurants opened up called the KL Citywalk. Anyway, their own blend of coffee is more aromatic and more cocoa-ish type of flavor to it than the one I tried back then.

Once the party of bloggers is completed, we started off with a salad called the Goi Ga.
Goi Ga is basically, shredded chicken, cabbage, onions & herbs salad. The price is RM11.90.

I think we had 2 other salads and this one is the Beef Salad:
It's priced at RM13.90 and is called Goi Bo Bop Thau in Vietnamese. The rice crackers were delicious and the beef was tender and not tough to eat. Quite like it.

One more salad that we had was the Jelly, Prawn and Pork Salad:
Called the Goi Rau Cau Tom Thit, it is also priced at RM13.90. Since I'm not a fan of prawns, I went and dig in to the other stuff like the jelly. I find the salad unique tasting with it's bits of sourish appeal to it that makes it savory and ready for more food.

Next, we were introduced to the Wrap & Roll. This is the Deluxe Mixed Platter (RM31.90):
It's recommended to be consumed by 4-6 people. Notice the spray bottles there. The spray bottles are filled with water where you're to spray the rice paper to wet it so that you can wrap the ingredients of your choice in the basket before dipping onto the sauce and consuming it. The selection of items available in the basket is skewered BBQ minced pork wrapped in Kadok leaves, chunky pork, sugar cane prawn cake and fried spring roll not forgetting the greens, noodles and the starfruits. This is something unique which I've never eaten before. Basically, you pick and choose whatever you fancy the most to wrap it up and dip in the sauce before eating it like popiah. Interesting and not a bad dish.

Vietnamese Pancake (RM15.90):
This Vietnamese Pancake looks to me like omelette. But nonetheless, taste okay where you take it to wrap the vegetables in it and then consume.

This is the Supreme Beef Clear Soup Koay Teow (RM16.90):
We all know that Vietnam is famous for their beef noodle soup and this is no exception. This taste phenomenal and I like it so much, I drank all the soup as well.

Hue Slice Beef, Ham with Thick Rice Noodles in Spicy Soup (RM14.90):
Ham was nice and juicy, slice beef as always great and the noodles tasted like wan tan mee. The spicy soup wasn't as spicy as I expected but nice in it's flavor.

Mild Spicy Beef and Carrot Stew with Egg Noodles (RM14.90):
The carrots in the mix adds a sweetness to it and balances the overall dish flavor very well.

Here is the Special Fried Rice with Oil Seared Chicken (RM13.90):
Fried rice is notable while the chicken has crispy skin. However, it's a bit too dry for my taste so I didn't eat as much as the others.

Rice with Stewed Pork Belly and Egg (RM13.90):
The pork belly is good but seems to be too little in quantity for me.

Rice with Black Pepper Basa Fish (RM14.90):
I'm not really keen in eating fish with bones in em, it just feels irritating but I really love the sauce. I can eat the sauce with the rice itself minus the fish. Really cleaned out the sauce by dumping the whole rice in it.

Fried Oyster:
Okay dish.

Lala Clam Meat with Sesame Seed Crackers:
I don't really like to eat lala but this is not pure lala and has mild taste to it. It does emit it's fishy smell but not really pungent and goes nicely with the crackers.

Fried Squid:
Can't really remember how it taste like so I can't comment on this. LOL.

Our grand finale, the hot pot.
It's with fermented bean curd, duck, yam, kangkung and choy sum all in for a sumptuous feast. Duck is always something I enjoy eating. Although the taste of the duck has been mostly absorbed by the soup, I still like eating the duck and I ate a lot of it till I became the last person to finish. This also possibly attributed to busy whatsapping people. LOL.

With that done, I then had a 2nd cup of coffee but this time it's the one with 30% civet cat coffee in it's blend instead of the usual 10%. It's more aromatic and less cocoa-ish taste and I prefer it more. FYI, the civet cat coffee that this place get is from the wild instead of those cruel farms so, no guilty conscience on my part.

Kafe Vietnam is located at:
1, Jalan Puteri 4/1, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong