Friday, May 29, 2015

Brahmin's Kitchen - PJ State

For the past one year or so, we’ve been vegetarian on Saturdays. Actually it’s because of my other half's religious belief. I am okay with how he feels. After all, abstaining from meat once a week is good for health and well-being though not all that easy for me. I usually cook the vegetarian dishes. 4 to 5 items for a wholesome lunch. At night, we eat tosai, chappati, nasi lemak and any other vegetarian food at the neighborhood Indian restaurants.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Restoran Makanan Laut Lau Hai Jing - Kampung Jawa (Klang)

Its customary for the family to come together for a meal when there's a happy occasion. Indeed we were told that dinner is at about 7pm at this restaurant situated along the main road just after the Kampung Jawa roundabout. We however over shot and drove further down until we realised that we have missed the restaurant. So we turned back, made a few calls and finally arrived at the huge restaurant with ample parking at the entrance.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Soup Restaurant - 1 Utama, Bandar Utama

I arrived way earlier at Bandar Utama for the Murad event. To kill time, at first I walked around the mall. Subsequently I decided that I should have an early lunch before the event starts at 2.00pm. I came back again to the ground floor and walked pass the row of eateries. Soup restaurant was like the best choice since I like Chinese soups. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

D'Fong Restaurant - Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya

I was in Damansara Kim for an audition for a tv program featuring food bloggers. As nervous as I was, I didn't fumble but I sort of knew its going to be a "no". Anyway it was a good experience of speaking Bahasa Malaysia in front of the camera and the crew. After the audition pass 2 pm, I didn't know where else to have lunch except at D'Tong situated on the ground floor of the same building. As I walked into the practically empty restaurant with my lunch companion, I was impressed with the neat-clean dining area decorated with red lanterns and large Chinese posters.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lakme Enrich Satin Lip Color

Lakme used to be my favorite brand during my teenage years. In fact it was the only brand I could afford even after I started working in my early twenties. My friends were the Lakme dealers. So buying was easy. After work, I go to their house, look through the samples, especially the lipstick shades in a huge palette and order what I want. Initially I tried a few different shades. Thereafter I knew which shades suited my skin and so I repurchased by ordering through the phone.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel

I normally buy showers gels (lovely milk baths) at hypermarkets/drug stores for around RM15.00. In fact sometimes even cheaper for under 10.00 if there's "best buys". I bought this body shop shower while I was waiting for my other half to fetch me after attending a blogger event at the shopping mall. To kill time, I walked into Body shop store to casually browse the products. Just then the promoter came over to explain about the shower gels I was looking at. I as usual couldn't walk away without buying something(vitamin C reviver duo, brow lash gel, vitamin c face spritz, elderflower eye gel and white shiso cleaning oil). Apart from the gel, I bought another two products at discounted price. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kuih Kosui

Similar to the sago gula Melaka, rose sago gula Melaka, pumpkin sago dessert and kuih sago kukus, kuih kosui is another sweet delicacies of Malaysia. The steamed cake is sweet, soft and springy in texture, with a wonderful aroma of pandan leaves and flavour of gula Melaka. Since I'm making it for the first time after many years,  I asked my friends whether should I add alkaline water. Some vouch its a must whereas the rest weren't sure. Anyway I didn't want to take a chance by not adding. So I went from one shop to another looking for it. I couldn't find. Well, I think it was a blessing in disguise for even without the water, the cake turned out as I expected. Not 100% perfect but sure, absolutely delicious. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Skinfood Rice Mask

By all means, have a facial at beauty salons to pamper and maintain a clear complexion. Ultimately who doesn't like to lie back, ease tension and let the beauty therapist take care of the skin. Sounds amazing right???  I too would love such indulgence but since I have high expectations, a standard facial doesn't please me. I love those expensive pampering spa packages which I can only afford perhaps two or three times in a year(Jentayu Spa, Chakras Spa, Tanjung Wellness Spa and Chi Spa). At other times, its a DIY Facial - cheaper and with products bought at beauty stores (La Colline Eye Mask, Activa Action Mask and Garnier Peel Off Mask). 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Lovesick

I suppose old habits die hard. I walk pass pharmacies and I must go in on the pretext of casually browsing the products. Eventually??? I end up buying something. If its not a mask (DIY MaskActiva Mask and Garnier Lightening Mask), at least an affordable lip product (Maybelline Mascara and Maybelline Red Porcelain Lipstick) like this balm stain (around RM35,00). Buying make-up stuffs at pharmacies as you know is about standing in front of counter/shelf and testing the colours before you decide which to buy. Pretty much what I do all the time. On this day, I was lucky for the pleasant promoter suggested I try Revlon Lovesick. I tested on my hand and couldn't agree more for I didn't mind a vibrant pink colour on my lips.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cooking Demo By Nadia Lim (New Zealand Masterchef Winner)

Anyone who is invited by Berjaya University College for a cooking demo by Nadia Lim must be excited. I admit I was over the moon when I met her. For a person with world wide accolades, she is such a down to earth person. Unbelievably true. I never expected the winner of New Zealand Masterchef  second series is so genuine and sincere in sharing her background, how she shot to fame and what life is as a celebrity chef. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Garnier Light Lightening Peel Off Mask

Garnier Brightening Eye Roll On was the first product I tried from the Garnier range. Its certainly value for money and worked well to nourish and slightly lighten my dark circles. I then bought this peel off mask (RM6.00) from the pharmacy for my weekly home facial

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pizza Hut's Signature Series

With the stage set to unveil the new Signature Series featuring pizzas endorsed by Celebrity Chef  Nik Michael, I walked into the restaurant after braving the sudden heavy rain, all the way from Shah Alam. Being my first time at this Kota Damansara outlet, I was truly impressed. The dining area absolutely welcoming. Nothing over the top yet elegantly set-up with contemporary music in the background for the media, guests and bloggers to sit back with anticipation to hear, see and tucked into the pizzas.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Taste Enclave Classic - Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (Non Halal)

I seldom go down to Kuala Lumpur. Perhaps because there's ample eateries and shopping malls within Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam. Yet when the invitation for a food review was extended by Taste Enclave Pavilion, how could I not possibly refuse for I know where good food can come from. After all, I was among the invited guests for the opening of Taste Enclave Sunway Pyramid which features Asian and Western cuisines in a comfortable-elegant ambiance.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dubai - One Day Tour

Many of you know that I have been travelling quite a bit. Not always. Possibly at least twice in a year. So far I have been to a few countries. I do hope there will be more travel ventures in the near future. I have travelled alone, in tour groups with unknown people and once year  with my other half. Being a seasoned traveller, I can tell you that there's more to travelling than going from one place to another, sightseeing, sampling different types of food or staying in nice hotels. Plan all you want for a wonderful holiday but remember anything can happen especially those you least expect.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pudina/Mint Chutney

Chutneys/thokku/pickles are nice addition to any kind of meal. Primarily for vegetarian banana leaf meals during auspicious Hindu festivals. And as always said, make the simple types which does not take up a lot of time. Try the mango chutney 1, mango chutney 2, tomato chutney, green chilli mango thokku or today's mint chutney. Obviously with the minty leaves for the cool fresh taste, yoghurt for the natural tinge and that bit of spiciness from dried red chillies. First soften the leaves over low heat with chillies and ulunthu/white dhall, Then add salt and yoghurt and pulse/blend. Tadaa!! Done.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Green Chilli Mango Thokku/Pickle

So you must have seen the recipes for mango chutney 1, mango chutney 2 and tomato chutney right?? And here's one more called thokku/pickle made with green chillies. Easy peasy but do buy the mango first please if you're going to make for next week's Hindu new year/Vaisakhi. What about rava kheer/payasam, vadai and perhaps semolina ladoo for the traditional vegetarian meals with loved ones???

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rava/Semolina Kheer

Before anything else, let me tell you that kheer is payasam and payasam is kheer. Really doesn't matter for its an Indian dessert we make for auspicious festivals. Looking at that next week is the "Hindu New Year" and its going to be vegetarian meals for the Hindus, I'm going to share a few vegetarian recipes. I've already shared the recipe for Peas And Sago Payasam and here's to another type with rava and sago too. Kheer/payasam is absolutely nice with Vadai and papadam as a sweet closing for a vegetarian meal.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Istanbul - Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar (Turkey)

From Koru Hotel, we returned to Istanbul and in another 1 1/2 days time, we will be going back home. In fact Istanbul was where the 11 days 9 nights tour started. There were still two more places to see in Istanbul. First the Topkapi palace in such a huge area so much so that our visit was split into two sections. First two hours in the morning and again in the afternoon after lunch. Lunch was at the down town Chinese restaurant, small and sort of cramped up. Despite sitting at the table upstairs, it was quite a thing with 10 people per table and hardly enough space to move around. However food was not too bad. Simple yet tasty and definitely appreciated because its the first Chinese meal after 8 days. Can you imagine how it would have been? Within 20 minutes, all the dishes were polished off.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Murad Blemish Clearing Solution

Though I'm popularly known as a food blogger, I do review beauty products. But sad that none of the beauty companies have ever noticed me. Thanks to Murad for being the first.  Of course I admit I was over excited to be among the beauty bloggers for the launch of Murad's newly improved blemish clearing solution. Quite an experience for feeling out of place. Being with the dolled up sweet young things. Well, I am proud of myself too. I dressed professional and appropriately for my age.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

DU'IT Foot And Heel Balm Plus

Remember what I said about neglecting the heels of my feet in Ellgy Plus Cracked Heel Cream? Okay. Ellgy was the first cream I bought after a lapse of many years. A good start to minimise and smooth out dry flaky skin. I then switched to this foot balm. Again from the pharmacy and randomly brought. I didn't mind buying for its affordable, priced below Rm30.00. Though I've never knew anything about the brand and the product.   
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