Sunday, May 31, 2015

MOVIDA Restaurant and Lounge Bar @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur


MOVIDA at Changkat Bukit Bintang offer you a refreshingly new and difference choice for dining and night entertainment. With it's best beer deal in town, MOVIDA is the perfect place to go for happy hour deals too.

Chic and cozy ambiance.


FOUR FLAVOUR PIZZA - RM38.80++
Toppings include duck ham, chicken, sausage and marinara.
Pipping hot thin crust with generous pizza toppings. You'll get to try different flavour all in one pizza. How nice!


SALMON FILLET - RM28.80++
Serve with sauteed greens, grilled potatoes and chive veloute.
Norwegian salmon nicely done with crispy skin. IMO, it would taste even better with more sauce. 


ROASTED LEG OF CHICKEN - RM24.80++
Chicken from their own local butcher, served with garlic mash, herb wine jus and greens.
The usual roasted chicken, nothing to shout about.


THE PREMIUM BEEF BURGER - RM25.80++
Beef patties mixed with chopped gherkins, beef bacon and pepperoni crumble, onion marmalade and sauteed mushrooms.
I love the thick beef patties, the portion can be a little too much for the ladies though.


LAMB SHANK BIRYANI - RM39.80++
Briyani rice, onion raita and chutney.
The chef being generous serve us bigger portion briyani rice. Do note that extra rice could be requested at no extra charges. It may look ordinary, but every spoonful of the rice is so flavourful fragrant of butter and local spices that you'll come back for another helping.
The lamb shank is tasty, however, I would prefer it to be fall-apart tender.


MOVIDA TASTING PLATE - RM12.80++
Chef's creation of trio daily dessert.


SLIM DETOX - RM22++
Fresh orange juice, carrot juice and watermelon juice mixed (great for detox) - a healthy choice.


GREEN SLIM - RM22++
A mix of celery sticks, green apple, green capsicum and cucumber.

Ending the meal with a margarita cocktail.

Thanks MOVIDA for having us. Definitely a great place to chill with extensive foods choices.

MOVIDA 
No 52 & 54, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang,
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.



US Potato Culinary Festival Kuala Lumpur 2015

Do you love potato? I love potato! My mom used to make the best french fries out of scratch. Beside tasty, potatoes are full of nutritional values too. Do you know, one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on US potato actually contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana, provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent) and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Are potatoes fattening? NO! Don't worry, the potato contains ZERO FAT.



With my darlings. 😍

US Potato Culinary Festival Kuala Lumpur 2015, held for the second time in Malaysia after a highly successful run two years ago. This bi-annual culinary fest will offer up a month long smorgasbord of dining delights to whet the appetites of both potato aficionados and the spud-curious.

Organized by the US Potato Board, the US Potato Culinary Festival will run from 1 – 30 June 2015 at a total of 13 top dining venues around the KlangValley, each of which will feature a mouthwatering assortment of unique and fusion dishes that elevate the versatility, nutritional benefits and superior taste of quality US potatoes.

The restaurants participating this year include popular hotels and restaurants such as

1. Best Western Hotel, Petaling Jaya
2. Big Hug Burger
3. Burger Factory
4. Jibby & Co.
5. La Bo Ca Latino
6. La Risata
7. Maria’s Steakcafe
8. Naughty Nuri’s
9. Rendezvous Steak Garden Restaurant
10. Secret Of Lousinana
11. Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
12. The Daily Grind
13. The Roulette Bar

 *Pic credit Kai Kiat photography.

Chefs of these respective restaurants are put to a challenge to invent the most creative and delectable recipes from the quality US potatoes and you will find these wonderful potato dishes at their outlets around Klang Valley. 

Let's sneak peek, some of the stunning dishes shall we?



























US Potato Gnocchi in Crispy Parmesan Cracker and Creamy Tomato Sauce.

Next, desserts! Yes.... Even desserts are made of potatoes.


US Potato Cake.



Mont Blanc Pudding.



US Potato Macaroon Bars with Chile Ancho Chocolate.

Fancy potatoes beverages?



Delicious and addictive potato milkshake.



And there's even dog's dinner? Haha....





Through this festival, the US Potato Board aims to showcase how US potatoes can be used as a main ingredient in a wide array of recipes from appetizers to desserts. Let's enjoy US potatoes in newexciting and healthier ways beside the usual fried, mashed or baked. The humble potato when cooked discerningly is in fact one of the healthiest vegetables one can consume. 

Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. So.....

"Keep calm, Eat your potatoes!"
Because potatoes play a positive role in healthy diet. 😃


Malaysians who would like to experience the difference in cooking with quality US potatoes can find these tuber gems in all leading supermarkets and hypermarkets in Malaysia.  Many leading restaurants and QSR chains also serve US potatoes due to their quality and superior taste.  



With my foodie gangs! Thanks boss for the kind invitation. Looking forward to  a whole lot more of gastronomic adventure with you! Yum....

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Launch of XES'S Tales of Olympus Collection, Greek-Inspired Style


XES Signature's unveil it's latest 'Tales of Olympus' 2015 collection  recently. This season's top colour choice and design trends in footwear, reflect the spirit of the classic and the artistic, with Greece-inspired hues like dyed black and deep red taking centre stage. 

"For this collection, "Tales of Olympus" borrows from the past and lives in the future. We want them to envelop a strong confidence, but at the same time we want them to embrace the fluid romance of the gentle Greeks, and "Tales of Olympus" portrays this well" said Mr Simpson.

XES being creative in giving one of the world's most ancient forms of footwear a modern makeover. With sandals being the prominent footwear in ancient Greece, XES has designed various modern sandals interlaced with delicate straps crossing the toes and wrapping around the ankles, made with natural material that ages beautifully and will encourage women to wrap in the beauty and simplicity of the Grecian fashion. XES believed that traditional footwear can be made to feel luxurious and elaborate for the wearer, it's aims to provide a footwear range that allows women to embody the grace, intricate and aspirational tales of the Roman times. 

Some of the sandals collection.


The 'Tales of Olympus:' 2015 collection launched showcased 12 design groups hailed with robust names such as Tales of Heart, Tales of Music, Tales of Enchantment, Tales of Belief and among others, transporting audience to a rich tapestry of inspiration, with the collection delivering a range that uses the best materials which exudes confidence from within, allowing the strong female audience to find the key to the most comfortable footwear, and the destiny to lock hearts with the perfect shoes. Also featured in this collection are casual, feminine and dressy ranges to cater for almost every type of need. 






All in all, the Tales of Olympus 2015 collection shows that the Grecian style will never be out of fashion, and it's paving the way for future fashion. 

Thank you XES for having us. 😃

For more information and latest updates, kindly visit XES shoe webpage. Be a fan now at XES shoe Facebook page to get the latest updates and information.

* pic without watermark credit XES Facebook page.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Atopiclair™ Non Steroidal Solution for Atopic Dermatitis Review andGiveaway


Geezz...  Eczema! You know life is never easy dealing with eczema. What exactly is eczema? Eczema is inflammation and irritated skin conditions that often result in dryness, itchiness and discomfort. Eczema affects infants, children as well as adults. You'll experience itching and rash commonly appears on the face, back of knees, wrists, hands or feet. In infants, the itchy rash will produce an oozing, crusting condition that happens mainly on the face and scalp with patches appears anywhere.
Pic source from internet.

I've had on and off contact dermatitis, skin condition. Few years ago, my condition is so bad at times, I find myself visiting doctor for injection just for an instant relief. Mine most regretted decision ever. Never ever find a quick solution, as it's often linked to steroid. Yeah.. it's pretty much heal faster, but it's also promoting the eczema to flare more. If you are still using topical steroid creams, ointments and lotions which contain a steroid medicine, please throw it all away. Some of the common side effects of steroid cream include skin redness/burning/itching/peeling, thinning of your skin, blistering skin, stretch marks, nausea, heartburn etc.

Atopiclair™ is a unique, clinically proven, non-steroidal treatment that can be used during a flare and remission phases of atopic dermatitis (eczema). It is steroid-free, scent-free and paraben-free, safe even for infants* and relieves itching, burning and pain associated with the skin condition. It prevents loss of skin moisture for up to 72 hours and offers long lasting hydration by restoring your child’s natural skin oils, easing their discomfort and protecting your child from future flare-ups so they can have better fun. Atopiclair™ calms, repairs and protects the skin through a 3-pronged approach and breaks the vicious itch-scratch cycle. It can be used on all skin areas and reduces the need for steroids.























Studies with users of Atopiclair™ showed significant improvements in the management of their skin:

  • Clears atopic dermatitis in as early as 8 days
  • 78% reduction in itching
  • 94% of patients did not require steroid rescue medication to control flare-ups1

You can trust Atopiclair™ to remove the stress and discomfort of eczema from your child so they can play with greater ease.

Clinically proven to be safe and effective in infants*, children and adults.

Soothes itching rapidly.

Repairs the skin barrier with enhanced hydration.

Protects the skin against future flare-ups.

How To Use Atopiclair™
It’s simple and fuss-free.

1) Gently spread and massage a thin coat over affected areas of the skin.
2) Apply it three times a day or as directed by your doctor.
3) Atopiclair™ is safe for long term use and can be used in combination with other topical therapies for acute flare symptoms.

 


This year, the Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia along with the Malaysian Paediatric Association, supported by Menarini have produced a very helpful guidebook entitled ‘My Eczema Action Plan: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Eczema’. This beautifully illustrated and informative book is dedicated to these young patients suffering from eczema. 

By using two main cartoon characters, young children will learn how to manage their own skin condition. The first cute cartoon boy is named Nezam and the second is a pretty cartoon girl by the name of Claire. Young patients aged five and below would identify well with these cartoons.  

My Eczema Action Plan Guidebook, or MyEAP Guidebook, is written in easy-to-understand English. As the parents or older family members read to the young patients, both the adults and children will learn how to effectively manage eczema. 

The book is organised by topics and this makes it easy for young children to learn and remember each important aspect of eczema care. 

Eczema is a chronic skin condition with frequent flares if not controlled appropriately. Understanding the skin condition will help the child and their parents to manage the condition well thus  reducing the number of flares. Only by constant monitoring and proactive cooperation with the doctors and nurses, that this skin condition can be kept under control.

To help a child learn how to manage eczema, a ‘traffic light’ system is being introduced;  
green, yellow and red zone. 

  • In the green zone, your skin looks healthy and there’s only mild irritation.

  • When you are in the yellow zone, the skin shows flare-ups or other symptoms and this is when you should apply your medication. 

  • The red zone is when the symptoms of eczema are wide spread and the skin becomes inflamed or infected, then you have to see your doctor immediately. 

Atopiclair is the first medical device cream to be introduced in Malaysia in the year 2011. It is a USFDA-approved non-steroidal treatment with no added colouring, fragrance, paraben and animal derivatives. Atopiclair has been clinically tested to be effective and well-tolerated among infants, children and adults who are suffering from mild to moderate eczema. Atopiclair is a Controller Cream that is applied on stubborn itchy spots



Atopiclair cream (RM95 for 100ml) - for localized flair up lesions.
Atopiclair lotion (RM78 for 120 ml) - for maintenance therapy.

Lotion is white in colour and take some time to fully absorb.
Cream is beige in colour and easily absorb upon application.

Menarini is also working together with Caring Pharmacy to raise funds for the Eczema Kidz Club HKL in conjunction with NEZAM 2015. From May to September 2015, for every bottle or tube of Atopiclair sold, RM3 will be donated to this cause. The campaign sponsors are targeting to raise RM10,000 for this cause in this duration, so please support!


GIVEAWAY TIME!!! 


Prize: 
1. 1 pc Atopiclair™ Lotion  (120ml) worth RM78
2. 3pcs Atopiclair™ Non-Steroidal Cream (40ml/pc) worth RM120

1) Join now, if you have child with Eczema. You are required to try Atopiclair™ Cream and Atopiclair™ Lotion on your child.

Leave a comment below, why you deserve to win with the age of your child and your email.

3) A testimonial of the products and a photo of the mother and child(winner) are required by Menarini.

4) Giveaway ends 7th June 2015. Only applicable for Malaysian.
Testimonial and photo by winner to Menarini deadline: 26 June 2015 

*Menarini reserves the right to use the testimonial and photo given. 


To know more of Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia,  please visit www.dermatology.com.my

To know more of the Malaysian Paediatric Association, please visit www.mpaweb.org.my

To know more of Menarini, please visit www.menariniapac.com

To find out more about Atopiclair, please visit www.atopiclairasia.com

For a e-book copy of My Eczema Action Plan, please download at www.myeap.com.my

Café 9 @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya


Are you in for a spicy, fiery treat? Cafe 9 located along Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya serve authentic Thai dishes. Why the number 9? Well, the cafe is established by 9 family members. 9 in Chinese also means 'forever'. Cafe 9 hopes to serve their customer the best forever, as customer satisfaction is the top priority here. Numbers also easier to remember compared to names. So think of 9? Think of Cafe 9! :D

The portion served here is generous too, comparing to the usual Thai restaurant. All prices quoted are nett, without service tax or GST.

 

Tom Yum Soup (Optional to choose the soup in red or clear)
Only Prawn: RM25.90 (R), RM45.90 (L)
Seafood: RM25.90 (R), RM45.90 (L) 
Regular for 2-4 pax, Large for 5-8 pax
Served with generous fresh prawn in a hot fiery sourish soup. You could opt for your preferred spicyness level as the original might just sent you flying high with only a sip.
I would love to try clear soup next. Yum...

 

Thai Pomelo Salad – RM20.90
A sweet & juicy Thai pomelo mix salad served with prawns.
Famous Thai salad! Fresh salad with pomelo bits, is a great combination to start a meal.


 

New Zealand Oxtail Soup – RM25.90
Served with New Zealand Ox-Tail (sup ekor New Zealand)
A warm hearty rich and delicious soup.  


Green Curry Chicken – RM18.90
Fragrant and creamy Thai curry.

 

Panaeng Curry Chicken – RM18.90
Served with less sauce but packs a powerful flavor and can be tuned to be an ultimate spicy curry.
Full of spices flavour.


Thai Style Fried Chicken Wings – RM16.90



Boneless chicken stuffed with generous fillings. Pleasures in every bite, you must try!

 

Thai Prawn Cakes (House Special) – RM18.90
Must try the signature dish of Cafe 9. So crispy on the outside yet so soft inside. Be prepared to wait though, as it's made fresh upon order.

 
    Dancing Fish:
Small for 4pax – RM44.90
Large for 6-8 pax – RM49.90
-deep fried fish with meat cut to bite size serving in 2 sizes.
Never fancy fried fish! But you should really try the fried fish here. Fried crispy yet still juicy and moist inside. Must try!


Beef Stir Fry – RM22.90
Black Pepper Thai Style
Fragrant tender beef with generous capsicum and onions. 


Top : Thai Style Claypot Glass Noodle with Prawns – RM25.90
Bottom left : Fried Kuay Teow in Light Sauce – RM13
Kuaytiao Kua Gai
Bottom right : Fried Kuay Teow in Dark Sauce – RM13

Stir Fry Four Angle Beans – RM15.90
I love how the beans are cut into such small pieces, you will find pleasure biting this crunchy bits. 

Stir Fry Kangkung(Water Spinach) - RM10.90
Spicy and flavourful, though it would be better if the kangkung stem is cut shorter.


Stir Fry mixed Vegetables – RM14.90


Tub Tim Grob – RM6.90
Red ruby water chestnuts with jack fruit in coconut milk.



Top : Authentic Dark Herbal Soup Noodles (Chicken) – RM13
Bottom : Authentic Dark Herbal Soup Noodle (Beef) – RM15
Spicy, 50 years old recipe, served with imported Thai noodles.

Mango Lassi vs Strawberry Lassi RM11.90

Now, will you excuse me as I indulge in my favourite Thai dessserts.

For more details, please visit https://www.foodink.com.my/listing/cafe9/



Café  9

No 27, Jalan 17/45, 
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Business hours: Wed - Sun: 11:00am - 10:00pm (Closed on Tuesday)