So Fishy but Still So Good!

There’s always that one friend who knows just where to get good food. Sometimes, you need to drive far; other times, it can just be right behind your house. In this case, it’s not a friend and yes, it was behind my house. My sister’s husband has a nose for delectable menus and he found…

Making Changes and Accepting Some.

Hello, it’s been a while… Yes, it has. Sorry for the silence. Life has been hectic what with my recent coming out and starting a new job and various other things that life decides to throw at me from every possible angle. But here are some changes in my life so far… A Challenging Diet…

My Fuss-Free Vacation to Malacca.

They say travelling broadens the mind, nourishes the soul and heightens the senses. They also said that travelling can reduce stress because it is something we enjoy doing and an activity that doesn’t kill us like our jobs do. Except that it does drain your bank account if you don’t plan carefully. The whole of…

Best 5 Kitchen Holiday Gift Ideas For Christmas

They were not wrong when they said, “The way to someone’s heart is through his or her stomach.” So, whether you’re shopping the perfect gift for a budding chef, holiday hostess or your home baker sibling, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We did most of the hard work for you and whipped up a…

Hana Tei: Giving Your Tastebuds a Reason to Celebrate.

Finding a great-quality Japanese restaurant to dine at, and one that your wallet agrees with you, is quite difficult these days, what with the fluctuating petrol prices in Malaysia. Before you sigh and walk away, there is a cozy little place in Bangsar that might change your mind. Of course, do remember that anything can…

All It Takes is a Little Sushi to Get Through the Day.

There are days when things aren’t so bad. There are days when things do get rough. And then there are the days when shit hits the fan. When those days hit me, I read to take my mind off troubled times. Or I sleep it off. But sometimes those things don’t work. When they don’t,…

My Journey Through Hell and Back.

Almost a week ago, I blogged about coming down with Saturday night fever. That much was true. What I didn’t know that followed five days after that was the most severe case of food poisoning and diarrhoea I have ever encountered! It still began on that fateful Saturday night. But it didn’t start until after…

Killing Me Softly with Soft Serve Ice Cream.

When I think of soft serve, immediately McDonald’s comes to mind. Chocolate and plain vanilla. Were they the first to serve this? There are many independent start-ups and hipster cafes these days selling soft serve ice cream and touting them to be the best. But these delectable dairy treats cost a limb (at least RM10.00…

The Sweet Power of Suggestion

Last night, my husband and I were watching a video on YouTube on jelly beans and how they’re made. It brought me back to our dating days when we used to visit Candylicious, the sweet shop in One Utama and KLCC. We browsed the rows and shelves of candies, chocolates, chewy dinosaurs, gummy bears, and…

A Hot Bowl of Hale and Hearty Goodness.

There are the days when it rains and rains and rains. Nonstop. A torrential downpour of tears from the heavens above. It can go on for hours and hours. Sometimes, it stops as soon as it started. But most of the time, it carries on for hours on end. When it rains, it gets cold…

Kuala Lumpur: Rich, Vibrant and Colourful.

About a year ago, I submitted an article on interior home decor for Mongoose Publishing. The article was published in the Tropicana Magazine. My journey into writing leads me to various destinations that don’t seem to be a fixed trend. And then I recently wrote an article for a friend on the sights and smells…

A Double Birthday Celebration at Kim Ga Nae.

So last night my husband and I had a double celebration dinner at Kim Ga Nae, a Korean barbecue restaurant in Damansara Uptown. The dinner celebrations were in conjunction with my dad’s belated birthday (the actual day was on 29 June) as well as my aunt’s (my mum’s sister). My sister and her male companion…

Book Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

No. of pages: 284 pages Date published: 2014 by Alma Books (first published 2008) Setting: Mumbai (India), London, Lumiere and Paris (France) Original Title: The Hundred-Foot Journey Because I’ve seen the movie, I knew what the story was about. At least, the story that was told in and by the movie. So when I saw the…

Ushering in the New Year with Food and Friends.

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already the new year, guys! It’s January 1, 2017 today. How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? With a display of fireworks in the sky? By popping the wine and champagne bottles? Getting drunk and teeter-tottering along the sidewalks, singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’? Regardless of how you celebrated the end…

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

So it was Christmas for us yesterday (it’s Boxing Day today for Malaysians as I write this blog post). I would have loved to update my blog much earlier but I was busy preparing my R&R for the long Christmas weekend. I wanted to make sure that I had enough time to do all the…

Four Birthdays at Portofino and a Crying Child.

Seriously, what are the odds of celebrating your birthday on the same day at the same place with three other people? With mine, there were FOUR people celebrating their special days that same night! Last Friday, December 2, had been the first significant turning point of my life. Many of my friends had already turned thirty…

I Don’t Know Many Pasta Jokes Except A Fusilli Ones.

Let’s just be clear on one thing. I didn’t invent the arrabiata pasta and neither am I a high class, five star chef who perfected it. I’m only another inhabitant on the planet who decided to play around with the recipe and improvised on the ingredients in her kitchen. Cooking isn’t one of my strongest…

Measure It Right!

I’ve always had trouble with measurements when I’m in the kitchen. It’s always too much of one thing and not enough of the other thing. Miscalculations which has often led to leftover food. Some measurements may not always make sense in each state, and unless you’re a seasoned baker or one who bakes to pass…

Spoil Your Senses, 282 Metres Up in the Sky!

What do you do when you have friends visiting from the States? And these are not just your friends. These are the people whom you grew up with and have lost touch with ever since they left the country, never to be seen again until many years later in the unforeseeable future. These are the…

Would You Really Eat That?

A thought crossed my mind today. Malaysians actually have some of the weirdest food combinations that has ever crossed one’s palate. It’s definitely a unique craving and you kind of have to have some mental preparation for what is about to appear in front of you. Here are some of the more common weird food combinations…

Of Savoury Crepes and Matcha Desserts.

As it so happens, we do try not to go overboard with our cravings for culinary cafe cuisines, but it’s hard to avoid them at all costs when they’re everywhere! The operating hours of some cafes is the reason why we go to them in the first place. And we also have a tendency to eat when we feel…

Food for Thought: Managing Expectations.

Weekends have always been our favourite time of the week, especially if you have a busy work week and all you want to have is some downtime. Weekends are also our favourite time of the week to sleep in and wake up only in time for lunch. Most of the time, we miss the proper lunch…

Know the Difference: Olive Oil.

Did you know that there are two types of olive oil, and each type has its own specific purpose? One is the regular olive oil, while the other is the extra-virgin olive oil. No, I didn’t know either. Or, at least I knew the basic difference but until last night only did I realise that there…

After Raya Comes the Weekend.

Hello readers, How has your Raya holidays been? I hope you’ve been making all your Raya visits to your family and friends’ homes, sharing tears of laughter and memories. My apologies for my absence on my blog. I may not celebrate Hari Raya but I’ve been doing my own thing during the past 3 days. Catching…

Food Review: Portofino, Bangsar.

It was a truly enchanting and delightful dinner that I had last night with my parents, my husband, and another friend. It was my dad’s birthday yesterday, so we decided to have the celebration at Portofino, an Italian restaurant located at a corner of a row of shophouses in Lucky Garden, Bangsar. Upon entering the…

No Oven, No Problem.

When my husband and I first moved into the condo that we bought together, we were torn between getting a microwave oven, an oven, and a toaster. Should we get a microwave oven so we could have our instant meals when we’re too lazy to cook? Or should we get a toaster so we could…

Be Green, Eat Clean.

Well, being green doesn’t mean you go vegan and leave the animals alone. My definition of being green was to include as much greens as possible into your meals. Like what I did for dinner last night. We often have rubbish meals on a daily basis; meals that aren’t balanced and don’t always contain the…