Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Llao Llao Frozen Yogurt @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Indulge in the extravagant frozen treat without being too worried of the calories, Frozen Yogurt is a good replacement to the usual full-creamed Soft Serve (few calories than the conventional Ice Cream). Llao Llao is a European brand that has taken Singapore and Kuala Lumpur by storm. The chilled sweet treat is well-received by the younger generations, the specialties of Llao Llao Frozen Yogurt would be their premium-sumptuous add-ons. The condiments available vary from Biscuits, Nuts to fresh Fruits. There are different packages available- budget watchers may opt to go for the simple ones (without much add-on) while those with deeper pockets can go for Parfait. Llao Llao Froyo is available at Lower Ground Floor of Gurney Plaza, right next to Boost Fruit Juice. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Passionis @ Siam Road, Georgetown, Penang.

One blink and you will mistakenly assume this is just another heritage terrace along Siam Road but that's how Passionis wants to be... low profile. The Patisserie does have some serious talent up the sleeve, not only that they are very particular about the quality of the ingredients, they put great efforts in making sure that the presentation is up to par either. The entire setting of the place is simple and straight-forward but really, there isn't a need for those unnecessary frills to be there. It has a live-baking station tucked beside the dining space where diners can witness the making of the sweets. There's a glass counter, displaying an array of the traditional picks as well as refined twists of old favorites; some examples are Creme Brulee, Japanese Styled Strawberry Short Cake, Apple Crumble, Tiramisu etc. The menu rotates so be sure to check out their Facebook Page for the latest updates. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Buri Sriphu Boutique Hotel @ Hatyai, Thailand.

Frequent travelers would understand the importance of a good hotel, that could provide absolute comfort to the trip as well as a place to recharge after a tiring day out. On our recent road trip to Hatyai, Thailand; we were fortunate to have Buri Sriphu Boutique Hotel to host us. The hotel is centrally located at Hatyai yet without the bustling-noise that one would usually associate with; it is the most convenient if you are driving (the hotel has ample parking space for hotel guests) but if you are not, there are plenty of public transportation that you could opt for either. The service provided to us was top-notch but we did not expect less from the land of smiles....

Many Thanks to Buri Sriphu Boutique Hotel for hosting us during our trip.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pony Tale De Cafe @ sPICE Canopy, Relau, Penang.

One would need to pay a little more attention when driving past the newly refurbished sPICE and the newly added shop houses in the vicinity- sPICE Canopy; located right next to the flashy and visually appealing sales gallery of SP Setia, Pony Tale De Cafe is potentially overshadowed and less-attractive to the eye. The aforementioned cafe is the second member to the F&B scene at sPICE Canopy... after Waffle Factory. As opposed from the seemingly-fantasizing name, the cafe offers a sturdy Western Menu with some personal touches. The setting is cool, though I'd prefer it to be a drinking place in lieu of a cafe; the tables were too small for group-dining and would be more comfortable for a casual drink. The two-floor cafe has a high-ceiling, wooden flooring and a huge pillar covered in timber... exuding a cozy, relaxing vibe. On the food... none of our orders really disappoint, though some would need some refinement. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bon-Ga Korean BBQ @ M Mall 020, Penang Times Square.

More option for fans of Korean food this Chinese New Year as the well-established brand Bon-Ga has just swung open its doors to the public.... in M Mall 020, Penang Times Square. Frequent travelers to Kuala Lumpur should not be new to the name, the brand is known to serve Korean classics. The exterior of the restaurant appears to be sombre and windowless; who would have thought that the place serves good Barbecue items? The menu is extensive with illustrated dishes, ranging from the popular Hotpot stews to appetizers and noodle-fishes; of course, a good selection of barbecue cuts as well. Price tags are hefty but they commensurate with generous portion. Service was a little slow, probably due to first week jitters but the staff could be more well-trained and informed about the products (most are foreign labors that could barely understand English). 

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Lawn Cafe by Eco World @ Eco Terraces, Paya Terubong, Penang.

Inspired by a famous Taiwanese singer Jay Chou's Handwritten Past/ 手写的从前 (a song), the design of The Lawn Cafe is similar to the glass cafe shown in the song's MV. Similar projects were launched by Eco World a couple months back in JB and KL (The Parque Cafe/ Palladium Cafe). As the industry-leading developer launches its 12.7 acres project- Eco Terraces at Paya Terubong this evening, The Lawn Cafe was introduced to the public either. The aforementioned cafe sits at the lawn area of Eco Terraces (behind the Sales Gallery); it adopts the glass-house design with transparent glasses that allow natural lights to flood in the snug little space. The entire space is a wonderland by itself, surrounded by charming elements such as bouquets of flowers, guitar, bicycles etc; perfectly suitable for hipsters to generate Instagram-perfect photos. Visit the cafe in the evening to enjoy the breeze and with a cup of Joe, it is indeed a smashing way to end the day.

Many Thanks to Eco World for extending the invitation.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Pacific West Prosperity Toss @ Hakka Village (客家山寨), Balik Pulau, Penang.

Everyone thinks about a booze when it comes to Chinese New Year-related parties (especially eve of Chinese New Year) but the main Chinese dishes should not be disregarded. It is often an exhausting process just to think through what to cook, where to buy the ingredients and how to present them. Pacific West is here to introduce their range of frozen goods, which can be transformed into delectable Chinese New Year delicacies that go well with the cheers. It is a typical perception that the brand sells frozen foods and would be the last resort for many, never would a sane person think of using their products as Chinese New Year dishes; so let us see what Pacific West has in store to surprise you when the Year of Monkey is knocking the door.  

About Pacific West:
Pacific West is a renowned seafood brand name from its inception in Australia in the 1990's and has since expanded its reach to millions across the globe. Their products have been served in major international arena such as Sydney Olympic Games, Wimbledon Tennis Tournaments and the recent Manchester United Football Club. Pacific West's range of products are meticulously crafted and designed to provide customers with values like:
  • Convenience- Ready prepared and easy to cook.
  • Innovation- Continuous creations of new products and offerings.
  • Quality- Premium Seafood that comply to the international food safety and process standards.
Pacific West products are available at all major and independent retail outlets in Malaysia (some of the big names include Cold Storage, Sam's Groceria, AEON, Tesco, Giant, Sunshine, Village Grocer etc). For more information, please contact Pacific West care line at 1800-88-389 or visit Pacific West Facebook Page.

Address: 4402, Jalan Chain Ferry, 12100, Butterworth, Penang.
Contact Number: 604- 331 7788
Email: enquiry@pacificwestfoods.com.my

Many Thanks to Pacific West and Hakka Village for hosting us that afternoon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hideout Cafe @ Icon City, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Start your day with a Western-Fusion breakfast or wind down after work with a cup of freshly brewed Coffee at Hideout Cafe; when we were strolling at Icon City as early as 9:30 am, Hideout Cafe was one of the few cafes that operated that early. Early risers will be glad to find out that they have a range of both Western and Oriental dishes for you to kick start your day. If you are not the usual Big Breakfast-kind of person, go for Oriental ones- Nasi Lemak and Chili Pan Mee just to name a few. Seats are comfortably-arranged with ample space in between... suitable for those who wish to visit in a big group.   

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Going The Extra Mile Peugeot- A Driving Experience Like None Other

We had a short road trip to Hatyai, Thailand recently and CS Euro (Peugeot Dealer for Northern Region) is one of the main sponsors for the trip. They have sponsored us a couple of models- Peugeot 308 THP and 508 to test drive and it was a smooth-sailing trip for us.

About Peugeot:
Peugeot, the best-selling French marque in Malaysia; is distributed by Nasim Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary by the Naza Group of companies. The brand has more than 200 years of history (since the year 1810) and is highly committed to be affordable than Asian-made without compromising on safety and performance. Wonder how the cars performed? Read the article below: 

Many Thanks to CS Euro Auto for co-organizing the road trip. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Maria Wan Ton Mee (马丽亚云吞面) @ Burmah Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

Maria Wan Ton Mee at Burmah Road, right next to New World Park is a long-standing institution that serves some of the best Wan Tons and Wan Ton Mee in town... for at least a decade. The noodle joint serves the timeless local favorite the traditional way- drenched in sweet soy sauce with a generous amount of Pork Lards. The non-stop influx of regulars doesn't lie and for the fact that the business survived many years, one can expect the Wan Ton Mee is of certain quality...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

[Travel/ Food Guide] Itinerary to Hatyai, Thailand (合艾,泰国).

Hatyai, one of the most southern cities of Thailand, is an hour drive from the Malaysia-Thailand border and it takes approximately 2 hours to drive to the Danok Checkpoint, northern Kedah from Penang. It makes a great short getaway for families especially for those living in northern Malaysia and that includes Penangites. However, there are a few things that one should take note before departure (stay tuned for our Peugeot car review coming up soon):
  1. No Visa is required for Malaysians but make sure you have a valid passport (for at least 30 days).
  2. Danok Checkpoint opens from 6 am to 12 am, daily.
  3. Go as early as possible especially on peak hours (public holidays, we queued under the hot sun for 2 hours just to clear the immigration). Sandwich RM 2 in between the passport as "admin fees" to the officer (at Thailand).
  4. If you are driving, make sure you have the grant ready and to fill in a white form (available for collection at the checkpoint). Park your car first of course.
  5. Follow the queue of the general public to get your passport validated, proceed to the queue and get your grant as well as form endorsed. Note: you need to queue twice.
  6. Slowly drive through the checkpoint and allow the officer to see your endorsed white form. You should wind down all your windows and prepare all validated passports just in case they wish to check.
This travel guide is brought to you by CS Euro (Peugeot Northern Region Dealer) and PTS Travel & Tours; in collaboration with Kerson Media. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

3 Monkeys Juice Bar @ Siam Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Back to Cold Pressed Fruit Juice... after the success of Juice Me, Penang welcomes another Cold-Pressed-Fruit-Juice specialist. Though they may not offer the same fruit-juice combination but the concept is indifferent; 3 Monkeys offers more volume (330 ml) and additional value-added snacks (mixed Nuts). There are more than 12 types of options available, especially designed for clean-eating crowd; all freshly pressed and sold on the same day. 3 Monkeys Juice Bar has the standard cafe-setting sans the hipstery-element. The hardcore weight-watchers will replace meals with fruit juices but if you are not keen on that extreme practice; the fully air-conditioned space can be an ideal spot for the health-concern to chill.