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Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue Review

The IG-friendly Pokok KL located inside Mahsa Avenue is growing in popularity in the past months. It's a very Instagrammable location as the cafe is located inside a glass house under beautiful, large trees! It's also very chill because Mahsa Avenue is very empty.
Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue
The glass ceiling and walls provide the perfect sunlight for photography. It can get sunny so they've installed several powerful air conditioners. Choose your seat wisely or risk being too hot/cold LOL The place is a bit cramped with all the tables; wouldn't recommend bringing active young children here.
Brunch at Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue
Pokok KL at Mahsa Avenue
Now on to the food! This truffle mushroom soup is not bad~ The portion is huge and you can taste the truffle in it. Probably should share this as it is quite creamy.
Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue truffle mushroom soup
I liked the Smoked Salmon Benedict - double poached eggs (perfectly timed) on yum yum smoked salmon with a side of greens and sauted mushroom. Portion is generous and fulfilling.
Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue smoked salmon benedict
Now starts the disappointment. I actually returned for the Truffle Fries because it wasn't available on my first visit. Sadly, the texture of the fries and the taste were not on point at all. Don't understand why this is recommended? There are better truffle fries elsewhere.
Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue truffle fries
My friend who had the nasi lemak (another recommended dish) noted that it was under seasoned and rather bland. On the other hand, my pasta was way too salty. Apart from the excess salt, it was delicious and had a lot of seafood!
Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue pasta
You can still come here and chill though.. Just don't expect the food to be really good and focus on taking photos?
Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue
The coffee was also mediocre - too much milk! My cappuccino was basically a latte with too much milk.
Coffee at Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue 
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Natural Beauty Brands to Check Out at Guardian Malaysia

I was recently invited to Guardian Malaysia's Live Healthy, Live Beautiful event where I mingled with various brands that work together to make you and I more beautiful, both inside and out. I was glad to see some of these brands which were previously not available locally. These brands also use natural ingredients to reduce the impact on Mother Earth.

My nose led me to this booth LOL These new Lux Botanicals Body Wash smell amazing!! I usually avoid floral scents but these were refreshing.
Lux Botanicals Body Wash
Love Beauty and Planet aims to make you beautiful while creating a less wasteful planet. The bottles are post-consumer recycled plastic and 100% recyclable. There are several ranges to suit your preference and needs.
Love Beauty and Planet
Botaneco Garden products are made from botanical ingredients and eco-certified oils. They have quite a lot of products; if left alone at Guardian, you might find me browsing at this section haha
You've heard of micellar water makeup removers but what about shampoos? Pantene Pro-V Micellar Collection is infused with mild micelles paired with plant-based Pro-V nutrient blends to transform damaged hair.
Pantene Pro-V Micellar
Garden of Eden is a brand I've used since high school years. I especially like the Vitamin E serum for scar removal. Didn't even notice that they have diversified their products to include toners and cleaners now.
Garden of Eden
Have never tried this British brand before but I like the vibe from this brand! They have a wide assortment of products using coconut oil and argan oil.
inecto
I used to purchase Essano from online eCommerce sites but it is now available at Guardian Malaysia! Their products use rosehip oil and smell so gooddd~~
Essano rosehip oil products
You might have seen videos of the April Skin Magic Snow Cushions and their superb coverage. I used to buy their Magic Snow Cream from Korea and was so sad when it became unavailable. Turns out they repackaged it and I can buy it from Guardian Malaysia now!

A'kin is a 100% vegan brand that does not use palm oil or any kind of animal by-products such as honey or beeswax.
Aprilskin
A'kin
You might have seen Buds products for babies; this Dr Buds Organics brand is for adults. The products feature natural ingredients that have been clinically proven to solve specific skin and scalp conditions. Since I have eczema, they recommended me to try the Ecze-Clear Rescue range.
Dr Buds Organics
You're probably familiar with the Palmer's brand by now with all their Coconut Oil Formula products in the market. This brand uses ethically and sustainably sourced coconut oil and Tahitian monoi oil, infused with Tiare flower petals.
Palmer's coconut oil formula
And of course, beauty comes from the inside too right? These Ecolite drinks deliver nourishment into your body with bird's nest and collagen in one bottle. Fair warning: if you're familiar with the taste of collagen products, this tastes like it.
There is also a trend for supplement beverages especially oat drinks and 'lady drinks'. There were several brands (Biogreen, GoodMorning, Kinohimitsu, and OatGrain 35) offering similar products but they all taste different so you will probably need testers to decide. You might recognise the 'lady drinks' from the beautiful purplish hue. Surprisingly nice to drink even though they do not contain added sugar - the sweetness comes from blueberries and beet root.
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Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls Dishing Out Halal Dim Sum & Thai Dishes

Dim sum is something we Chinese eat a lot and I'm glad we can now share these wonderful treats with our Muslim friends! Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls by Ri-Yaz Global Food Brands is serving up a large array of Halal dim sum and Thai delights.
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls food review
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls Subang Parade
I'm gonna be realll honest in this review. I do prefer the original Chinese dim sum taste but some of these were pretty good! The dishes were tweaked to be Halal and suit Malay palates while maintaining as much of the original dish as they could.

Classic handcrafted dishes prepared by Sifu Lee and his team like the siew mai, minced meat dumplings and har gow are all available here! The selection is actually quite good for Halal dim sum. There is a selection of assorted Chee Cheong Fun, featuring the chef’s recommended Honey BBQ Chee Cheong Fun. We basically sapu-ed the chee cheong fun; must eat with the chilli! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls siew mai
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls chee cheong fun
Didn't favour the lo mai kai as the original taste I'm used to has been replaced by something akin to Maggi Curry powder. However, the others really enjoyed it and even ordered another serving! Stir Fried Radish Cake in Dodo style was GOOD! This is similar to the ones you can see the pasar malam uncle frying up. This Chinese approves ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls lo mai kai
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls fried radish cake
'Woh tip' (fried dumplings?) is also recommended! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Make sure you dip it in the shredded ginger and vinegar sauce for maximum oomph. The Crispy Mashed Taro Pie is not bad too; crispy shell with a melty taro inside bursting with flavour. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls woh tip
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls crispy mashed taro pie
One of the items that we were excited to try - charcoal custard buns with salted egg! Sadly, the filling wasn't as 'flowy' as we expected but I liked the flavour. Better than your basic paos. Not bad, can order. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls charcoal custard bun with salted egg
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls charcoal custard bun
There is an assortment of Thai food prepared by Chef Khun Ben.

They served 4 types of Thai boat noodles here - Nam Tok (rich dark beef broth), Khao Soi (spicy coconut curry broth), Tom Yum (hot & sour broth) and Nam Sai (intense chicken broth). Unfortunately, none appealed to me as they tasted like something out of a Maggi packet.
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls Thai boat noodles
Crispy fried som tam is ok if you enjoy tempura texture. However, we found the sauce to taste kinda odd. The Gai Pad Prik Pao (chicken wings) comes with rice and portion is quite filling.
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls
Khao Klukh Krapi shrimp paste fried rice and crispy chicken skin were average. Prefer the fried wonton skin.
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls shrimp paste fried rice
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls
And now, dessert! Of course, how can you miss mango sticky rice with the fragrant coconut aroma? The Crispy Shanghai Pancake ('woh peng' for the Chinese) was enjoyable and definitely close enough. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls mango sticky rice
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls crispy Shanghai pancake

Final verdict?

As a Chinese, I have better options elsewhere but for Malays and people who don't consume pork, this is a good Halal alternative! Wouldn't mind having the fried radish cake, woh tip and custard bun again. Looking forward to more Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls branches opening at popular malls in the Klang Valley.
Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls food review
For more information about Dodo Dim Sum & Bowls, visit http://dodo.my/ and join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dododimsumbowls and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dododimsumbowls.
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NEW Starbucks Malaysia Spring Sakura Beverages

Starbucks Malaysia has unveiled two new springtime favourites to celebrate sakura season. These two Cherry Blossom-inspired beverages are super pretty and feature Azuki beans - an Asian favourite.
Starbucks Malaysia Spring Sakura Beverages

Azuki Blossom Creme Frappuccino (RM17.50+)

Creamy milk blended with ice and red bean to create an earthy but sweet treat in the sweetest shade of pink everrr! Would order this for the Gram.

Matcha Azuki Blossom Creme Frappuccino (RM17.50+)

I'm already a fan of the green tea frappuccino so naturally I liked this new beverage as well. It's made even better with earthy taste of red beans and the pretty topping.
New Starbucks Malaysia Spring Sakura Beverages
Both drinks are topped with azuki, fluffy whipped cream (like Mt Fuji!), and tart cranberry bits. They're completed with a shower of delicate pink and white rice puffs shaped like sakura petals.
Starbucks Malaysia Spring Sakura Beverages with pink rice puff sakura petals

Starbucks Malaysia Spring Season Blend beans

Starbucks Malaysia Spring Season Blend Via

Starbucks Malaysia Spring merchandise

Starbucks Malaysia Spring merchandise
This pink embossed one is so pretty!
Starbucks Malaysia Spring merchandise
Starbucks Malaysia Spring merchandise
For the first time in Malaysia, Starbucks will also be offering Coconut Milk at all its stores nationwide, adding to the choices of almond and soy milk. We tried the popular Caramel Macchiato with almond and coconut milk as milk alternatives. It was interesting how the different milk brought out different flavours! I really enjoyed the nutty almond milk version followed by regular Caramel Macchiato. However, I did not enjoy the coconut milk version as it was too sweet and strong for me.
Caramel Macchiato with almond and coconut milk
The spring beverages are available at all Starbucks nationwide from 26th March 2019 while stocks last.
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