Monday, July 06, 2015

Blessed 24th :)

Happy birthday to myself & Happy Independence Day to my beloved country, America! :D 

Woke up to a rainy morning feeling all fresh to face the day, year ahead with a older/wiser mindset ! Praise God for the good start since it's been scotching hot recently :) 
Had my first round of celebration aka the birthday lunch with my beloved friends. We had my favourite cuisine, Japanese, at a new restaurant- Wa Zen Izakaya! There're finally more quality yet affordable Jap food to satisfy me now, double YAYNESS :D 

The few of us early birds were already hungry so we just had a quick order to fill our stomach in a bit before everyone else arrived. It is always an easy peasy job for me to take order whenever at the Jap restaurant because I always opt for those few of my favourite- UNAGI, shiro maguro (white tuna), or any sashimi as well as some nigiri like ika, hotate & uni :)

Furthermore, the menu does have a wide varieties yet not overwhelming. Too much variety may imply that the particular restaurant has no specialty which may be a bad thing! So this was just nice for everyone :) As soon as the food arrived, we don't tuck in immediately..

we carried out the Asian selfie ritual instead -____- 

Well i don't usually do this but since I had my camera with me, why not? :p

The appetizer:
Sashimi salad. The sashimi was fresh, love especially the salmon & squid. It also came with sesame dressing. 

Takoyaki ! It's been so long since i last had it !

The following 3 are my main course
Unagi hotpot ! I LOVE UNAGI with egg but most restaurant would have it as a don (with huge portion of rice under it) and i would usually eat only the topping and leave the rice untouched unless someone wants it. However, WaZen does serve it without rice! How can I ever resist this! 

Shiro maguro cappaccio with Yuzu dressing. So refreshing and YUMS! 

Uni Gunkan. Kinda disappointed with this as it wasn't very well-prepared, the fishy smell was too strong :/ 

As most people know I don't take rice (only at very very small portion in special occasion), so yeap! 

Ting's Katsu Curry Rice

Shuting's Sashimi Don

The others also ordered Unagi Bento Set and Udon Soup which I'm too lazy to snap them. They were happy with their food, just so you know if those happened to be your fave choice. 

We tried eating at a SUPER slow pace before Jazz & Juinyie arrived but Jazz baby was just too the time she came, our table were already nicely cleaned by the staff. LOL!!

But little did I know..
She was late because she came with surprise!!

Okay I know the cakes position are a bit wrong :p

Aw :') thanks everyone for the lovely card, gift & well-wishes! xx

With Lean, also the July baby!

Jazz baby with her Salmon Don!

Poor thing, she had to eat alone with all of us starring at her. Not really, we were savouring on the cakes as well ! Heheh

Overall, the food & services here was decent :) Would definitely be back!
Verdict? 4/5 

After lunch, we decided to head over for our second round to have some tea. So we settled at Grazia Cafe :) we frequent this cafe a lot as we all love its ambience, services & of course, their F&B.

Had a pot of buckwheat tea to aid with digestion after the heavy lunch! Smells pretty much like my favourite breakfast- oatmeal. Loving' that mild fragrance :) 

We went crazy with pictures-taking I think most people in the cafes are starring at us! Then we actually realised there was a signboard saying, keep your voices low to prevent disturbing others. OOPSIE! 

Oh wells, we still had fun! YOLO! :p

It was a fun-filled afternoon with them :) they never fail to cheer me up, as always! It could've been more fun with a few more of them around but anyways, they shall compensate for that! *evil grins*

At night, it was finally the family celebration time and we had it at Gin Gastronomy Italian :) it's just a few door steps away from the Jap restaurant earlier on. We initiated planned to have it at Loong Sing Restaurant (yeah chinese food to incorporate with the others' preference) but thankfully it was full house! :D so we had my fave italian instead ;) God's plan! It's my birthday after all. Amen! 

Been wanting to try this out ever since I heard some good reviews from a friend. I'm a sucker for Italianese, unfortunately they don't serve pizza here! :( how can that be missing from an Italian restaurant? 

Cheese bread stick served upon arrival (FOC)

The usual focaccia as appetiser (FOC) they've done it well especially with the extra cheese & tomato topping which you won't get it from most restaurant. By far one of the best foccacia I've had besides Giannis :)

Here comes our main entree!
My braised beef cheek with red wine with a side of mashed potato puree with vegetables. THIS WAS DELICIOUS! The beef was nicely soaked up with the red wine sauce, braised to perfection with retained moisture and tenderness. The potato puree was creamy, buttery yet not sickening. Certainly brings the level of this dish! 

Dad and his chicken parmigiana. 

Mom had squid pasta. The tomato taste is too strong to my liking. 

Bro and his spaghetti vongole. The soup/sauce alone was not bad but could've been richer as it's too bland when eaten together with the pasta :/ The amount of clams was generous btw. 

Last but not least, it was the cake cutting session! :D

Oh dear, look at how adorable it is! Parents specially custom made it. It's a chocolate cake, layered with chocolate buttercream, covered with chocolate ganache, sprinkled with white and strawberry chocolate shavings and topped with my favourite strawberries and HELLO KITTY! :DDDDD


So yeap, this pretty much sums up my simple yet joyous birthday with lotsa scrumptious food and love showed by angels all around :) always always gratefully for everything I am, praise god ! xx

Friday, July 03, 2015

July- The birthday month!

July has always been my favourite month as it is my birthday month, as well as the America independent day! So much for being an american baby, this is definitely my pride!

This year is however an exception because my baby will be away :(
Birthday is an occasion that I always anticipate about since I was young cos it's everyone's special day- the belief I carried in me till i hit 21st. I don't really celebrate my birthday merrily like how I did since then. It feels like just another day to me, but with extra loves, wishes shower upon me. Guess it is just like when we wish our parents for mothers' or fathers' day, they want it not just for the day itself but everyday to be as special.

Is this a sign of growing oldup? Heh

Still, I had a new hair cut for the brand new month!

Never had my hair in such short length before. I actually told my stylist to chop off 3-4 inches of my hair and it is now at my shoulder length. I must be crazy! & I've never seen my stylist chopping off my hair so carefree-ly without the worries of this nasty girl :p 

Chinese always have this saying that cutting your hair off meaning buang suay aka throw bad luck away! Hope it will really bring me better luck for the next half of 2015! (also for the rest of my life! lol)

Gonna miss having you around for this month.

Such a coincidence that he had to go on a business during his birthday month, & now, my birthday month =.= pffft

On a lighter note! I baked cookies today! :D

Been craving for some cookies, and just SO happened that I was left with the exact measurement of flour & butter, I decided to clear up my pantry by making my fave snacks! This is my first time baking them cookies, and I am sure that I wouldn't purchase any cookies out there anymore! 

After doing much research on the perfect chocolate chip cookies, I have decided to divide my batter into 3 parts and bake them on 3 different days to test the effect on texture of these cookies. As I have read, baking cookies right away yields a less flavourful cookie while chilling the dough yields more flavourful cookies as it helps to loosen up the gluten development as well as allowing the butter to infuse and get to know each other better. 

Indeed, I don't quite favour my first batch of cookie, which I baked them right away as they tasted bland and chewy :/

I sorta underbaked them and realised that soft & chewy cookie really isn't my thing :( Mom loves them though, she grabbed 3 instantly!

As for the second batch, the dough was chilled overnight and they were so buttery and fragrance! It was so tempting that you wanna eat them even before they're out from the oven! They tasted like some butterscotch or Danish butter cookie with more crunch & chocolaty- exactly how i love my cookies to be! xx
I sprinkled them instead of folding in the chips since it's for my birthday :) also, I want it to be like a pure butter cookie to taste it as its finest. YUMS!

I also baked some into nutella-stuffed and plain butter cookies. They're finger licking good but i'll still save some of them for my friends during my birthday party tomorrow hehe ;)

My recipe is adapted and modified from several bakers-

Ingredients: (appx. 26 cookies, 1 tbsp each)
1 cup All purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup soft brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla paste 
Add on:
Hershey semi-sweet chocolate chips*Spinkles

Bake at 180c for 20mins (with foil covered for the first 15mins to avoid over-browning)

I will use milk chips instead of semi-sweet in the future as my cookies aren't really sweet. The former also melts more so if you prefer a gooey chocolaty cookies, milk chips is what you need.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shopping madness

Again, I tagged along my brother & his friend to KL for the weekend. Wasn't really in the mood for shopping or even making this trip but since my guy had to work over the weekend and I've no plans so why not i thought. Well, great things always happen unintentionally and boy, I went crazy over the spring clearance sales & summer wear!

I felt extraordinary lucky to have found everything that I've been dreaming of (like I tend to have this imagination of certain design & fashion code in my mind before I shop) and gleefully grabbed them without a second thought! I still feel surreal over the hauls that I've gotten and yes, they are essential and definitely NOT compulsively purchased because I do LOVE and NEED them!

Breakfast dim sum @ Ta Si Xi before setting off!
That was upon finishing obviously. Oops!

Thank goodness the journey was smooth and we managed to arrived just in the perfect timing for afternoon tea! Was in dire to get a chocolate brownie so I got it fixed @ Secret Recipe which has gotta be one of my fave dessert chain.
It was disappointing though :( I've always love their cakes but this was my first try for their brownie, also gotta be my last!

At night, I met up with the laopengyou then off we go to my second home! :D
I don't care if the picture quality is crappy as long I've my bestie with me xx

Headed over to Sunway Pyramid for shopping the moment i got things settled down in the hotel. Not a second shall be wasted ! HEHEHE


But first, let my tummy get fuel up with some yummy pasta @ Pomme Fries. It's only my second time visiting the stall (located at the food street in Asian Avenue) but they are good enough to be in my top visiting list! Be it food, services, pricing & varieties; they definitely do it well.

Homemade spinach pappardelle with mushroom in cream sauce! YUM YUM!

Their portion is huge (for a girl) but I finished it nonetheless! It was really delicious, provided it was only my only meal for the day. I've also tried their Pesto pasta and mussels, they were great too! Hardly any restaurant in Malaysia serves pesto because not many favour it, while some just can't make it right.

Verdict? 4/5! :)

Some snap shots taken.
Golden sheep for the year of sheep!

Ah second home! It's been almost a year since I left this place but i'm always back to visit. Nostalgic much :')

And look what I found !
Banana flavor tic tac!

Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of minion, banana fruit nor I've ever have the thought of catching the movie but since the boyfriend wanted to watch it that day to satisfy the child in him, it was actually a good movie for great laughter! Hehe. And this is for him :)

Loots for the day!!

You're gonna see moreeeee :p

Day 3 - Last feast @ Sean's :'(

Sean's parents decided to move back to Korea and closed down their korean restaurant, hence we had our last feast there for lunch+dinner (yeah it was from 3pm till 5pm)

Bye Mama Kim! :'( I hope it's not the last time we meet !

Will always miss the scrumptious, comforting and amazing korean cuisine here! Especially those time when I was ill and had no appetite at all, your food here never fails to brighten up my day & heal me inside out. Everything will be well-missed & appreciated. xx

Long & behold, my hauls over the weekend ! 
14 outfits, a pair of footwear & socks & a bag (which I bought it just to throw everything I bought into the bag since they were too much & heavy! Plus, it's pretty & on sales!! :p)

Yes, still can't believe i did this! this trip has certainly gotta be my MOST successful shopping spree, like ever! Summer isn't just for the beach, it's also for SHOPPING!!!! :D

Till then! xx