Chances are you may have heard me say this before, ‘'I’m actually allergic to the kitchen.” This basically translates to, I can’t cook and even if I do, I might bring the kitchen down or turn it upside down. A couple of weeks earlier was the Chinese New Year and I had the opportunity to try an assortment of artisanal cookies baked with SCS butter.
I remember years ago, I was craving for a hearty Italian meal and my foodie friend brought me to Italiannies. That was my first visit there and true to my friend's suggestion, it was indeed a restaurant which served comfort, hearty meals that is sure to satisfy any cravings for Italian food. It is as authentic as it can be as the head chef of Italiannies, is from Italy itself. And recently Italiannies have introduced a new menu, making its debut at their Gardens Mall outlet. The new menu is not only designed to provide high quality delicious Italian food, but to also proudly root the Italian tradition in all its dishes. Our night of feasting begins with the Classic Caesar, which is an Italian-style of caesar salad with toasted foccacia bread. As for the antipasto, we had both the Spinach & Artichoke Formaggio and Bruschetta.
Classic Caesar | RM 26.70 Regular
Spinach & Artichoke Formaggio | RM 33.70
Bruschetta | RM 25.00 Regular
The Bruschetta, is topped with truffle, chickpea puree and sautéed mushrooms served on a homemade Tuscan bread. Just one bite into it and I could already identify the signature truffle taste in it, which compliments the other ingredients as well. The Spinach & Artichoke Formaggio is actually one of my favourite, which I am sure cheese lovers would agree wholeheartedly with me. Imagine this, crispy toasted garlic bread served alongside with spinach, artichoke and mushrooms cooked in a creamy blend of fresh cheeses, then topped with delicious sun-dried tomatoes. It’s mhmm-mhmm good! I had second helpings of it and I honestly, could have eaten more.
Carbonara | RM 42.00
Fionrentina Pepperoni | RM48.35
For the classic pizza favourites, Italiannies have introduced a new Carbonara flavour which is essentially pizza but with the carbonara white sauce. This new pizza flavour has a topping of smoked duck bacon with Pecorino and Mozzarella cheese. To complete the whole carbonara flavour, an egg is added on as a topping too! For those who loves to go big on their pizza orders, the crowd-favourite 16-inch Enorme is still available on the new menu. The pizza dough at Italiannies is made daily by hand to ensure its freshness.
Angel Hair Arrabiata | RM 28.00 Regular
Seafood Cioppno | RM 60.00 Regular
Classic Roman Seafood Carbonara | RM 52.00 Regular
We also tried the Fionrentina Pepperoni, which is pizza with Pomodoro sauce, topped with pepperoni, baby spinach, quail eggs and Mozzarella cheese. For pasta, we also tried the Angel Hair Arrabiata, Seafood Cioppno and Classic Roman Seafood Carbonara. My favourite of the three is the new Classic Roman Seafood Carbonara, which is a classic Roman-style carbonara with egg, prawns, mussels, clams and spaghetti.
Sizzling Roasted Chicken | RM 30.20
Deep Fried Seafood | RM 75.00
Classic Roman Marinated Rack of Lamb | RM 78.00
The Sizzling Roasted Chicken was a real surprise to me, as the presentation of the dish was not as appealing as what the dish can offer in terms of flavour! It was delicious; the chicken is well-marinated and the gravy wine sauce goes really well with the chicken. The dish is also served with red capsicum, pepperoncini, onion, parsley and rosemary potatoes. If you’re looking for main courses to share between friends and family, the Deep Fried Seafood would be perfect! There are baby calamari, tiger prawn and soft shell crab deep-fried with pesto dipping on the side and served with mixed salad, with portions suitable for a two to three persons. Then there is also the newly introduced choice of the Classic Roman Marinated Rack of Lamb, grilled marinated rack of lamb in classic Roman-style, served togethe with spinach cream and mashed potatoes with an accompanying parmagiana sauce.
Pannacotta | RM 19.00
I am sure many will agree that a meal is not complete without desserts, and so we ended our Italian feast for the night with their latest desserts offering of Pannacotta, an Italian vanilla custard with strawberry sauce. After this feast, I stand true to what I believe… Italiannies is truly, the place to dine at fuss-free Italian staple food of the best quality.
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// Italiannies //
Lot F-215, First Floor, The Gardens
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
(603) - 2283 3675
Note: There are other outlets of Italiannies, please head on over to the website for the full list of outlets.
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The No.1 Japan’s world famous cheese tart can be found in the grounds of One Utama Shopping Complex (Second Floor at the Old Wing) in PABLO’s Malaysia first ever outlet. Ever since PABLO’s Malaysia opened, their PABLO mini cheesetart have always sold out daily. Whilst I love the Mini, I do also enjoy eating their Freshly Baked Cheese Tart too. The texture of the crust and the cheese fillings are fluffier and lighter in the Cheese Tart. So it came as a delightful news when I found out that PABLO’s Malaysia is introducing their range of Matcha and Chocolate products! If you’re curious what these products are, read on more below !
Do you remember a few years ago, there was a beauty box trend where you subscribe to a monthly box subcriptions and every month, you’ll receive a box of beauty products of samples sizes? That trend have since died down, thank goodness for that. I remember receiving a few boxes and to be honest, those products were given at random and most of the items were not even suitable for me. I ended up having a pile of beauty products samples which I will never use.
But before you decided never again to try beauty boxes, let me enlighten you with the specially curated boxes from everyone’s favourite Korean beauty website; ALTHEA. Unlike those monthly subscription boxes, these boxes from ALTHEA have specific theme behind each of the box. The box I have received is called the Glitter Box, so it’ll have all the sparkly and glitter products for that fancy night out or for that extra sparkle. Other themes of the boxes released are like Base Makeup, Pore Care, Year-end Party, Life-Proof and etc.!
Nestled among the lush greeneries of Saujana Hotels & Resorts is Chinese restaurant, Ti Chen in which the name translates to ‘Emperor’s Palace’. Hence, it is only befitting to be greeted by the imperial guards (which reminds me of the Terracota Army) at the entrance of the restaurant. A step into the restaurant will take you back to the days of glorious China dynasty, especially with the live music of chinese instrument “guzheng” playing in the background.
In about one month time, we’ll be celebrating my favourite festive season in the whole year, which is the lunar Chinese New Year in 2017! There is just so many reasons that it’s my favourite season, excluding the ang pao(s), the best part about Chinese New Year is being able to feast endlessly. It is meals after meals, eating after eating.. all the delicious food that I will have. One of my all-time favourite food is the steamboat and I remember it being a common food to have, usually for reunion dinner.
Back in my school days, I remember my friends and I had handphones which we would so often use to text one another after schooling hours. In those days, prepaid plans was the most economical plan around for us students on the budget. For me, this is still true till today which explains why I’m still using prepaid plans, rather than postpaid. I honestly haven’t found a reason to switch from prepaid to postpaid, mainly because I like being able to control how much I spend on my mobile plans. I really enjoy the flexbility of being able to pay as I use my phone - be it data, calls or texts.
These days, we call and text less but we need the Internet Data connection for us to keep in touch with our family, friends and social media platforms. Being connected is ever so important for me, and I’m sure it is the same for everyone else! So it is really no surprise that a huge chunk of my prepaid mobile spending goes to buying monthly Internet Data for my phone.
But I have discovered that Digi now offers the Unlimited Daily Passes from RM1, for its prepaid users like myself. These Digi Unlimited Daily Passes allows us to enjoy unlimited talking, surfing and streaming from only RM1/day. There are three different type of passes which are the Unlimited video streaming (Lite), Unlimited Social (Lite) or Unlimited Internet Calls via WhatsApp, WeChat and Facebook Messenger. These days even a roti canai costs more than RM1, so I’m glad that with only RM1… I can subscribe to any of the three daily passes for 24 hours after the activiation.
I first heard of Boozeat when I came across their free flow of freshly shucked oysters at only RM99. Considering that I've paid for fresh oysters which goes up to RM18 per piece, RM99 for an unlimited supply of it seems like a good deal. Unfortunately I haven't been able to attend of these events because my weekends are so often packed with activities and I couldn't also find a friend who loves oysters as much as I did.
The Macalister Mansion is a gorgeous, boutique hotel which is located along the historic Macalister Road in Georgetown, Penang. The Macalister Mansion is a 100-year old colonial mansion which was built in the early 1900s and have been restored into the beautiful state currently. Within the mansion, there are food and beverage outlets which is branded as distinct rooms in the mansion; Dining Room, The Den, Living Room, The Cellar, The Lawn and 8 Rooms.
This really reminds me of the many movies/dramas we watched of the huge mansion or palace, which has different names with unique concepts and themes. It sounds like a very interesting place to visit if anyone had the opportunity to. As for me, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of dining at Macalister Mansion’s Dining Room, thanks to the gracious head chef, Mr Johnson Wong.
The Dining Room is a fine-dining restaurant of a white colonial decor, with a giant faux white tree in the centre of the room. As you enter the doors to the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by the courteous waiters/waiteress who will then guide you to your seats. Calvin and I had unfortunately been caught in a massive jam which took us 9 hours to reach Penang, but Chef Johnson Wong and his impeccable team had still graciously hosted us despite us arriving much later than scheduled.
For our dinner in the Dining Room, Chef Johnson have prepared us two different course meals; one is the current menu that they are serving and another is the Christmas Menu which I have the privileged to sample before it was launched. As Christmas is coming in a few days, I have decided to focus on just the Christmas Menu at Dining Room for this post.
Christmas is one of the most magical season of them all, and I think that has to do with it being the season of joy and gifts! Of course, Christmas comes along with plenty of delicious yummy feast, I’d always remember how every year my family will visit my dad’s close friend and we’ll have our Christmas meal with them which is usually followed by the exchange of gifts and watching movies marathon too!
If you’re wondering how to spend Christmas this year, I have a good suggestion on where you might want to head to for Christmas’s Eve. You can head on over to Big Apple Restaurant at Berjaya Times Square Hotel. The amazing chefs of the restaurant have put together a feast offering a wide array of approximate 200 plus dishes.
When it comes to food, the distance travelled to get there is negligible when the food is deliciously amazing. This time around, my gastronomic adventure brought me to the quaint Kajang town. Located along a row of shops, stood a grand restaurant called Fortuna Palace and true to its name it feels like a palace of three storeys high.
If you ask me on the one thing I'd like to change about my face, I would say .. "my chubby cheeks". I'd say that in a heartbeat, no doubt about it. I don't like it because I always appear to have a bread face on pictures. It is hard to look good at any angle if you have chubby cheeks. Some girls can pull that look cute but unfortunately that doesn't make me look cute. So, the solution is simple.
Have you ever been to a speakeasy lounge? If you don't know, speakeasy is an illicit establishment that sells alcoholic beverages. There are actually a few such bars/lounges around KL and Petaling Jaya, but I've never visited any of it. But recently, I've been invited to KL’s latest most exclusive speakeasy lounge, the DCODE 1A Private Lounge.
In conjunction with the Malaysian International Gastronomy Festival, Samplings on The Fourteenth which is an award-winning restaurant located in Berjaya Times Square have customized a special menu for the month-long festival. This menu have been meticulously put together by Chef Val, which is the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine who has 26 years of experience under his belt (or hat, if you get what I mean). ;p