See you at the Lounge tonight! Cheers....
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
When I first laid my hands on a bottle of Absolut Mango many moons ago, I was so delighted and proud of it as it was not launched in Malaysia yet. I had to buy it because being an alcoholic, I have the urge of trying new drinks whenever I could or whenever there is a chance. My sister too collects the Absolut bottles so how could I not buy Mango and show off?!!
I found many ways to serve Absolut Mango - mainly on the rocks, with Mango juice, ice-blended, and of course putting it into my agar-agar! If there's a will, there's a way!
The ingredients are pretty much simple: Absolut Mango, Agar-agar powder (I always like to use the Mermaid brand from Thailand), Pandan leaves (from my garden), F&N evaporated milk, caster sugar, mango cubes and Golden Kiwi (it's not Kiwi gone bad like what my sister thought when she saw the yellow colour).
And the result - taa daa.....
It looked so good. And tasted good too okay?!! However, one slight problem I had was there isn't much alcohol taste to it. I thought I added quite a bit but mana tau the alcohol must have evaporated. Although there isn't much alcohol, it can still make you drunk as evident from my assistant's feedback when I gave her a box to take home. She said she felt sleepy after eating them and thus she went to bed as early as 9pm. Haha... don't look down on my alcohol creations - they surely are deadly (to those who doesn't drink)!
The agar-agar looked so nice that I will only do justice by camwhoring it. This shot is taken by Yiling. So artistic oh (I was referring to my jelly)?!! I think this can make a good party dessert. Let's get them drunk without them knowing it!
I have yet to try the alcohol on sticky mango rice. Wonder how it tastes like? Perhaps Huai Bin, whom have just received a bottle of Absolut Mango can try it!
My other post - Lychee Liquor Jelly
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The very day that I happened to have the chance of trying was last week, just a few days after the comment because Philip was in town and he brought me some Dabai. Ok, it wasn't some, it was like a few kilos! So sweet of him. He even bought me some herbs and together with a CD containing photographs of the Dabai. Philip was in town to do a photo shoot on the graduation ceremony at Segi College in Kota Damansara. I met up with him at Nikko Hotel since I was at Petaling Street and he had an appointment there.
A quick google got me some information on Dabai or its scientific name is known as Artocarpus Heteropyllus. Dabai is its local name. I can't be telling you that I have just eaten Artocarpus Heteropyllus and you might start thinking I might be some freak whom has just fed on some carcass. "DABAI is a native fruit of Sarawak harvested by local natives and sold it in the native market. It can only be found in SIBU. The external colour of DABAI is black while the fresh of the fruit is yellow in colour. The seed in the centre is a 3 angled diamond in shape. You can only eat the kernel if you can crack open the seed".
The pictures below are a courtesy from Philip.
P/S: Thanks to Philip again for your kindness. Hope to have tea with you next time!
Monday, October 27, 2008
After being satisfied with my new hairstyle, I went to 1Utama to have my cherry popped for eyelash extensions. I've never tried putting on fake eyelashes and I'm at Glitters (yeah, the same place where I go for brazilians) today to try it on. It was RM90 for natural eyelashes extensions and RM110 for party girl (which is a little bit on the extreme side) and guess what?!! I had the party girl ones! The process of having it done was such a torture. They had to tape my eyes so that I can't open them and I had to lie on the bed for 1 and a half hours to get my lashes done. I had fallen asleep during the process and at 1 time I really want to give up because I felt so restless lying there and I really wanted to pee! After it was done, I opened my eyes and found that part of my vision has been blocked by the thick lashes. It was normal according to them and sooner or later I'll get used to them.
The effect of the eyelashes is really apparent. Now with the new hairstyle and eyelash extensions, I looked much better - youthful!
Any comments (except I'm vain)?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
After that we had the beef steak with a fried egg. The beef steak was too tough and we all rejected the dish so it was off the bill. Mr. L insisted that he wanted to order Kobe but we all stopped him. The dishes for the night was sufficient. Another unique dish that I had that night was instead of foie gras (the liver of a duck or a goose that has been specially fattened by gavage), we had it being made with chicken liver. The dish is also accompanied with crispy skin chicken with meat floss. Other dishes are like the cod fish, sea cucumber and also fried noodles and it ends with a bowl of "suit kap with red dates and longan" each.
Now go figure.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
When I'm at the lounge, I'm never going to give the wonderful tubs in this fridge a miss. It's like a must have food! I'm certainly going to miss these delectable treats. They're changing the ice-cream soon and by next Friday when I'm flying off to Dubai, the ice-cream are probably gone! Don't worry, I've asked the chef to save 2 tubs for me when I fly next week. hehe... brilliant eh? I was also helping them to do a tasting on some ice-cream cakes that they are going to introduce at the lounge.
I was served the Triple Chocolate, Strawberry, Chocolate Chip and Mocha. I liked the Triple Chocolate the best. Strawberry tasted funny to me and I no like mocha. I only managed to eat a few bites of each and the rest was wasted. Then, when asked what I wanted to drink, they knew what I wanted everytime - alcohol! I wanted to try everything they had there. It was quite an extensive range from wines, Tiger, Heineken, Otard, Black Label, Blue Lable, Jack Daniels, Sheridan, Wild Africa, Absolut, Grey Goose, Bacardi and the list goes on.
The last time I was at the lounge, they offered me a Grey Goose Mojito. I bet half of the glass was Grey Goose. They thought I'll be drunk by then but they were so wrong! How could I get drunk with that 1 glass. I did know they really "hentam" on the content of the liquor in my Mojito. They also asked me to drink as much as I can when I'm flying next week because they will be getting a wheel chair ready for me just in case I can't walk to the boarding gate. Lol...
So today I chose:
If you have been drinking JD no.7 and you don't like it, it's fine. I don't like it too. But you know what? You've gotta give this bottle a try! It was so smooth and it's a fine drink to drink neat or on the rocks. A No.7 probably cost around RM70 per bottle but this Silver Select is at least RM300 duty free. I could still smell the oak. It was just marvelous. I even had a piece of cheese to go with it!
Next up, the chef decided to give me a lil treat by opening a new bottle of Bollinger for me since I have not tried anything less than Dom Perignon Vintage at the Lounge.
Just a short intro to Bollinger- It's a champagne house producer from the Champagne Region of France. When Bollinger believes there is an exceptional harvest, they will produce their prestige Champagne Grand Année (“great vintage”) designed to express the character of the vintage. The house will select the best wines, cru by cru, to produce Grand Année. The bottle I had was vintage and it was a blend of 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and from Grand Crus 75% and Premier Crus 25%. First fermentation was in oak casks. Second fermentation is in the bottle under natural cork, seal with a traditional metal clip and then aged for a minimum of 5 years.
It has a mild gold hue. A citrus and caramel nose at first, showing some toastiness and a little smokiness with time in the glass. Youthful palate, crisp, fresh and lovely acidity. The more important reason to try this bottle is that BOND drinks BOLLINGER. Isn't that reason good enough for a sip? Well, I had not just a sip, but a few glasses!
My verdict: Even Bollinger has been very appealing, I still think that Dom Perignon tasted better. I'm not sure whether the brand has something to do with it, but I'm sure for one thing that I don't like any champagne less than a Bollinger. You can definitely trust my trained palate as I have a very expensive taste in liquor. After all I started drinking champagne with Dom. What do you expect?!!
Related post (where I drink what Bond drinks) :
Bond Drinks Chateau Angelus
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sorry guys, the benefits do not apply to your species.
Today, I had an appointment with Tangs at 2pm at Pavilion and so Wei Mei booked a table for two at Jogoya for lunch. I think there's no need for an introduction for Jogoya at Starhill. Many would have blogged about it. Knowing that I haven't been there before even it's the talk of the town, Wei Mei think it's a good idea to have lunch there with the promotion going on. Read this:
To prove that I have eaten my fair share of the bill, here's the calculations based on my smart estimations:
- Oysters X 2 = RM20
- Squid + Snails + Abalone slices = RM15
- Prawn Tempura X 2 = RM5
- Grilled sting ray = RM10 (Jln Alor or now Jln Kejora price)
- Miso Soup with King Crab = RM15
- Edaname + smoked squid = RM5
- Coconut X 2 = RM7
- Wine X 1 = RM10 (cos it's a small glass)
- Desserts (Jelly, green tea cake, tiramisu & Mochi) = RM10
- Haagen Daz Ice Cream X 4 scoops = RM28
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
After waking up early, there's no turning back. I can't go back to sleep because one house chore came after another. After I came back from the market, I had to wash the chicken that I just bought before freezing it. I also had to sort out the vegetables and other groceries. As I was preparing for lunch later, Someone rang my doorbell and it was a man asking whether I need to cut the grass at the garden. I allowed him in since the garden is in a bad shape after my mom left. No one in the house seemed to have green fingers. Plants tend to die under my sisters and my care and mom would be yelling at us when she's home.
After the man had cut the grass, I asked him how much he charge and he said it's up to me. For a less than 10 minutes job, I gave him RM5 and a can of 100plus since it's a hot morning. He looked at me as I hand him the money. Was it too little?!! I don't know the rates! If 10minutes he earns RM5, after 5 hours he probably had RM150. Ain't that bad huh? After he had finished, I still had to pick up all the cut grass and sweep the porch. And since I was at the garden, I also cut away those flowers that were dead. After that, I resumed my preparation of lunch.
My mission is to make a tom yam soup base. I had bought all the food needed to go with the tom yam. Making the soup is not that difficult because I chose the easy way of cooking tom yam by buying a ready made tom yam paste. Smart leh?!!
Although it looks easy like adding water to the paste, there are a few ingredients that I have to add to make the soup more flavourful. I added the prawn shells, lime leaves, lime juice (Limau Kasturi), onions and two extra table spoons of Thai tom yam soup paste from the bottle. One packet of the A1 instant tom yam can only cook 1 litre of soup therefore I needed more tom yam paste for a bigger amount of water.
The end result of the soup was great. It's spicy enough and there's a hint of sour from the lime juice. After that remove the prawn shells and lime leaves before serving. And to pair with such good tom yam, I had earlier bought fish balls, cuttlefish, prawns, beansprouts, choy sum and thai stick rice noodle.
After all the seafood had been put to boil in the soup, it's even more flavourful. We had a tom yam steamboat style lunch. It's simply a satisfying meal. Easy to cook and delicious too with the comfort of your own home with the air-conditioned turned on!
In an unrelated note, something made me went boiling today. I was so mad when my friend told me that we had to share some bottles of liquor which I did not consent to order the last weekend. At first we had two bottles, later a few more bottles came but I had no idea who ordered it and considering I didn't drink much because I'm not a blended whiskey person, I didn't ask. Then later today, my friend text me in MSN and asked me to pay RM53 which is my share of the liqour. I was like "WHAT?!!" Since when did anyone asked me whether I want to share? Apparently my friend who text me was also caught by surprise today having to pay her share too. I am not angry about sharing the cost. I was angry that I was not told earlier. If I had known that, I would have drank my fair share! For goodness sake, I didn't even touch 2 glasses for that 2 extra bottles! Don't the guys even have the courtesy to ask us earlier about the deal?!! If I pay, then I can choose what I want to drink.
So much so for being guys with no brains or whatever intelligence or even common sense. Lucky they are just my friend's friend's friends. If they were my friends, they wouldn't see the daylight already by now. I would have given them my piece of mind. I was angry because they drank those bottles like it's water, drowning the alcohol neat one by one, making a mockery out of themselves. That's why I didn't even bother talking to them. Its a total waste of my intelligence.
Ish geramnya.... (if you could just see my two devil horns protuding from my scalp now)
P/S: What Rubberseeds commented made sense. I save some bucks from cutting grass and threw away RM53 just like that. I paid RM53 to some buggers who doesn't even mow my lawn! #$^@!%@#
Monday, October 20, 2008
Alcohol: Kwai Feh Lychee Liquor (20% alcohol).
Jelly: Konyyaku Jelly with pre-added sugar mix.
Fillings: Canned Lychee, fresh strawberries & Kiwi seeds
3. Once boiling, turn off heat. Get ready the jelly moulds and fillings.
4. Put lychee, strawberries and kiwi seed into each empty cavity.
5. Then pour in the jelly mixture and let it set. Chill before serving.
It's full of lychee flavour and when coupled with the strawberries, it has a bit of the sourish taste which is just nice. The jelly is chewy, just the way I liked it.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We only managed to arrive at our destination at 9.00pm considering our poor sense of direction because we had no idea which road to use to get there. The only guide was the twin towers and later, one of our girlfriend had to call her navigator! I do know how to get to KLCC but then again, I can only recognize certain roads (I have been so spoilt that I have been using the SMART tunnel like no one's business to get into KL). Before you have anything to comment about it, let me just say that I'm smart. Why get stuck in a jam while you can pay to avoid it?!!
As soon as we arrived in front of Avenue K, which is just opposite KLCC and in the same row as Corus Hotel, we left the car to the jockeys but the rate is quite expensive. It was RM20. I've never paid anything more than RM15 for jockey parking. Later did we know that if we drive further down, the jockey parking is only RM10. Ceh, what a rip off! When we saw the crowd, we were so turned off because it was damn freaking packed (Note: There were over 2000 people RSVP for the event) but we got lucky. One of our friends knew someone whom is a shareholder there and thus we gained direct entry without queuing and the best thing - we had a nice long table with endless flow of Johnie Walker Black Label the whole night. I think we easily had 5 bottles that night with just 13 of us drinking.
What is so special about this place is that they had 4 different sections for 4 different ambiance and music. We were all the time at Autumn Club, which is a club obviously with DJ spinning and R&B music. The area inside Autumn is the largest among all the other sections.
Summer is a restaurant and it serves a medley of Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Malaysian, French and Italian cuisine. It sounds like Rojak to me! There is a lunch promo going on and 10% discount for lunch from 12-3pm from now till 31st Dec 2008. And as for Winter Bar, temperature is between -5 to 10° C and with occasional snow in the snowing room. That's what I heard because we didn't want to queue and thus no pictures.... The flight of stairs to get to the Winter Bar will probably put you off and if you have someone whom is drunk, you can just rolled him down the stairs because no one ain't going to carry them down! I think that's the weakness of the bar.
Any event is incomplete without some camwhore pictures and thus I shall do the honour of posting them for your viewing pleasure.