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[Food] Catcher in the Rye, Seksyen 17 Review

Wow this is an extremely throwback post 😂 If you haven't been to Catcher in the Rye in Seksyen 17, here is my review! Even if you've been there, the menu changes regularly so you'll probably taste something else.
Catcher in the Rye in Seksyen 17 review
Yes, it's the chair that is on everyone's Instagram! Seriously this chair is like the shop's mascot or something. Now, on to the food!

Probably my favourite thing here - Nutella souffle with a scoop of the best Earl Grey ice-cream evaaa! We took too long taking photos of it until it deflated but still so gooood! It's fluffy and soft, not too sweet.
Catcher in the Rye Seksyen 17 souffle
Next: Tania's Sweet Potato Rosti with Chicken Karaage. The portion is reasonable for the price of RM20+ as the chicken's actually quite big. It was juicy and tender with a crispy skin mmm...
We chose to sit at this 'outdoor' area as it has the best lighting for photos LOL It does get hot near noon as the position of the sun shifts so I would recommend you to sit inside if you're uncomfortable with heat or you're with children.
Since the next table ordered this, we proceeded to get it too since it looked quite pretty (yes, I'm shallow like that LOL). This was not just any regular French Toast as it had wolfberries but you barely taste them. Unfortunately, the bananas weren't ripe enough and not caramelised enough. Sadly this dish was a let down. Looks nice for photos though 😂
Would I return? Probably not since there are so many new cafes opening next month. You can definitely order their souffle though. It's like clouds melting in your mouth!
Address: 605, Jalan 17/12, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 03-7497 1184
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Fuss-free Cafe Style Experience at Home with Philips Coffee Machines

If you've been following me, you might know that I'm a total fan of cafes and coffee! One problem with that? You have to go outtt! Fortunately, Philips has just launched their new range of fully automated espresso machines so coffee lovers like me can enjoy coffee ala cafe style right at home.

Wait but these canggih coffee machines are hard to use 

Not at all! I tried the Philips 3200 Series LatteGo myself and it's incredibly easy to use. Just press a few buttons - beep beep - and your coffee is done!
Pick the type of coffee you want (I chose cappuccino cos that's how I roll), the coffee level, water level and milk level. That's it! This simple process can give consumers a bean-to-cup experience with speed, convenience and freshness. Because nobody wants to deal with a difficult coffee machine early in the morning guys!
The high performance Thermoblock boiler feature heats up water to the optimal temperature for every cup while the Aroma Extract system strikes an optimum balance between brewing temperature and aroma extraction by keeping the water temperature between 90 and 98°C, while regulating the water flow rate.
Knowing consumers hate cleaning up, Philips introduced their two-part, no tubes LatteGo milk system which can be easily disassembled and rinsed clean under the tap in as little as 15 seconds, making it the fastest to clean milk system ever! The LatteGo system mixes milk with air at optimum temperature for silky-smooth froth.

With these new easy-to-use Philips coffee machines, you can spend more time with your friends and family!
The Saeco PicoBaristo (SM5473/10) (RRP RM5,999), Philips 3200 Series LatteGo (EP3246/70) (RRP RM4,599), Philips 5000 Series LatteGo (EP5335/10) (RRP RM3,999), Philips 2200 Series (EP2220/10) (RM3,299) and Philips 3100 Series (EP3510/00) (RM2,999) are available at selected retail outlets.

To find out more about Philips’ range of products in Malaysia, visit www.philips.com.my.
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[Food] The Barn @ Pavilion KL Review

After attending the launch of The Barn in Sunway Pyramid, I was invited to a food review of The Barn Pavilion. I noticed that they boast a variety of everything - from alcohol, to the food and even their salad bar! You'll find an assortment of Asian cuisines next to a long list of Western food like steak and ribs.

I like the idea of sharing platters and small plates at The Barn as it gives you the opportunity to bond over food and wine. Here, Tania and I ordered a few dishes to share. We previously had their pasta at Pyramid and the portion was so big, two could have shared it!
The Barn Pavilion KL Food Review
I'm a total fan of cheese so we started off with the Cheese Board (RM45) - a spread of assorted cheese, crackers and dried fruits. Out of the Brie, Edam & Cheddar, I enjoyed the gooey Brie most followed by the crumbly Cheddar.

Spicy Top Shell RM 22.90

We got to try a new treat here - bite sized molluscs tossed with The Barn special homemade marinade. Surprisingly good with a bite! It's spicy and sour, just perfect with some ice cold beer. The tangy taste reminds me of a Thai salad and really hits your tastebuds.
The Barn Spicy Top Shell

Flaming Pork Spare Rib

Next up, the dish we were waiting for.. Oh my god.. when the chef brought it out, the aroma was just overwhelming! The Iberico baby back ribs are slow-cooked to tenderness then smothered in the best barbecue sauce ever. The ribs were flambé before serving with a side of vegetables and crispy fries.
The Barn Flaming Pork Spare Rib
Flaming Pork Spare Rib at The Barn Pavilion KL
They switch up the daily soup but the pumpkin soup we had was deliciously creamy! Help yourself to the salad bar too.

I've already been to The Barn in Sunway Pyramid previously and loved the selection of red wine there so I made sure to order a glass here too! When it comes to alcohol, red wine is my favourite and so far, I've loved every glass from The Barn.
The Barn wine
The outlet I'm reviewing here is Pavilion KL and they have a variety of seating options. Although it looks like a wine bar, IMO you can bring your family here too as there's even a kid's menu.
The Barn Pavilion KL
The Barn Pavilion KL
The Barn Pavilion KL
Address:
Level 4, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Website: http://www.thebarn.com.my
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[Food] Gin Rik Sha Indian Cuisine Review

I was recently invited to a food review at Gin Rik Sha in Bukit Damansara. From the name, we couldn't figure out what this restaurant serves. It sounds like a Japanese restaurant but Gin Rik Sha actually serves an array of Indian cuisines + alcohol.
Gin Rik Sha shop front
Started with some small bites to open up our appetites. I simply loved the Mango Chicken Pappadoms (RM20). It's like salsa with a twist - so tangy with a variety of textures. On the right is Pop Corn Tempura (RM14), basically corn fried in tempura batter - couldn't dismiss the thought that this would be perfect for movies nights!
Gin Rik Sha Mango Chicken Pappadoms
Gin Rik Sha Pop Corn Tempura
The treats just keep rolling in. Up next is the table favourite - Paneer Piccata (RM22). Slices of heavenly paneer cheese topped with generous amounts of savoury capers. This is a must order.
Gin Rik Sha Paneer Piccata
Now on to the mains! We had a hearty serving of Chicken Biriyani (RM30) and Bombay Masala Salmon (RM38). I'm not usually a fan of fish nor spicy food but this salmon was so goooodddd!! I loved the spicy masala and even had it with the biryani wahahahaha... By itself, the biriyani was already so flavourful but the masala makes it even better.
Gin Rik Sha Chicken Biriyani
Gin Rik Sha Bombay Masala Salmon
As if the food wasn't already impressive, this Pistachio Kulfi with Caramelized Bananas & Sesame Brittle (RM22) was just MMMMMM....... Oddly enough, it tasted like Horlicks and you know how we Malaysians love our classic Horlicks! Caramelised bananas were perfectly done using bananas with the right ripeness. Next to the Kulfi, I thought the Baked Yogurt Pudding with Berry Coulis (RM20) paled in comparison but I guess it's a good balance for the intense flavours we've been tasting the whole evening.
Gin Rik Sha Pistachio Kulfi with Caramelized Bananas & Sesame Brittle
Gin Rik Sha Baked Yogurt Pudding with Berry Coulis
Their mixologist also recommended a unique gin concoction made with pandan for me. It was delicious and refreshing! Don't be shy to try some of the other combinations. I found the few cocktails we tasted to be light, focusing on the flavour instead of just alcohol content.
Overall, it's a nice place to have dinner and drinks while spending quality time with close friends and family. Each dish is unique in flavour and packs a punch with spices so I recommend ordering many plates to share so you can taste them all!

Would I return? I do want to but the location is pretty far for me. Is there a chance they will open another branch nearer to me? LOL
Address:
37, Ground Floor, Plaza Damansara,
Jalan Medan Setia 1,
Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
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[Food] Starbucks Holiday 2019 Offerings

Teehee! Signs of Christmas are slowly sneaking their way into our lives. Oh, what a lovely time of the year.. Starting the holiday festivities early with a treat of Starbucks Christmas drinks!

New! Starbucks® Holiday French Vanilla Latte (RM19.60+)

This winter in a cup is so visually lovable with snow-like sprinkles and the super cute white chocolate snowman! The Holiday French Vanilla Latte presents a rich, smooth and creamy French Vanilla flavor.

Starbucks® Toffee Nut Crunch Latte (RM17.50+)

Warm up your heart with flavors of buttery toffee nut balanced by subtle sweet notes of toasted nuts, joining shots of our signature espresso and steamed milk. The Toffee Nut Crunch Latte is finished with a whipped cream peak and a sprinkle of crunchy toffee nut topping.

Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha (RM17.50+)

Ahh my favourite of the bunch! The Peppermint Mocha’s combination of espresso and steamed milk sweetened with flavors of chocolate and peppermint is simply perfect. Topped with whipped cream, mocha drizzle and candy cane pieces, this festive beverage is returning to celebrate the joys and flavors of the holiday season.

All 3 beverages are available in hot, iced or blended.
Good coffee needs to be accompanied by good food. I must say.. the Chicken Pot Pie is amazing! If you like the Starbucks lasagna, you'll probably enjoy this too. At the back is the cute Jolly Red-Nosed Cupcake - red velvet cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting, salted pretzels and.. a 'chocolate nose'.
This year’s Holiday Blend Whole Bean (RM40) lineup includes the Starbucks® Holiday Blend, Starbucks® Holiday Blend Espresso Roast, and Starbucks® Holiday Blonde Roast. The woodsy aroma of the Blonde Roast brings out images of a wooden cabin with a warm fireplace.
They also unveiled the Starbucks 2020 Planner, which is available in three color variants; Espresso Roast (Brown), Anniversary Blend (Blue) and the most sought after limited edition Siren pink colour. They are redeemable with the purchase of any 15 Grande or Venti-sized Starbucks Beverages – 5 of which must be Starbucks Holiday Beverages – from 5 November onwards.

The Planner in Anniversary Blend & Espresso Roast can be purchased for RM188 but the Siren edition can only be redeemed so I suggest you start drinking!
The holiday merchandise collection is also looking absolutely adorable with the appearance of woodland animals with holiday red hues, blues and celebratory pinks and greens. The fox is my favourite!
For those looking for Christmas gifts for friends and families, you can consider gifting one of the three Starbucks gift bags containing a reusable mug along with Via Italian Roast, Joybean soymilk or Teavana.
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How to Put Your Best Foot Forward on a First Date

Going on a first date is going to be nerve-wracking, no matter which way you look at it. You are meeting someone new for the first time, and you have no idea how you are going to get along or how your connection is going to develop.
Before you get to that point, you have to make a good first impression and most first impressions come from looks. As soon as you walk towards your date, you want them to be stunned by your outfit and the aura of confidence you exude. At the same time, you want to make sure that your first impression still represents you.

Follow this guide to make a great impression on your date, while still being you.

1. Dress Comfortably

If you are going to a fancy restaurant for dinner with your date, your first instinct will be to glam up and wear the best clothes you have. While you should dress for the occasion, you should also make sure that you will be comfortable in your clothes, and your shoes.

Even though high heels look great, if you are in pain for most of the night, you won’t be able to put your best self forward and it can taint your night for the worst. Choose a pair of shoes that both match your outfit and won’t leave you wincing with every step you take. People are perceptive. Your date will probably notice if you’re feeling off and you don’t want them to jump to the wrong conclusions.

2. Don’t Overdo It

Makeup can look great if you do it right. If you know that your skills with drawing eyeliner are shaky at best, but you still want to add it to your look, ask a friend to help you. They can help you calm your nerves beforehand as well by talking with you through any of your worries. They can also help you to choose an outfit that best represents you!

Not overdoing it also applies to the date itself. Coming across as interested is a good thing, but if it is only the first date, you don’t want to present yourself as clingy or overly invested straight away. You need to take some time to get to know each other first, and that takes more than a single date.

3. Treat Yourself

Dates bring out your nerves. Treat yourself to something new beforehand to give yourself that extra something. Grab yourself a new bottle of women’s perfume and spritz yourself with a delicious scent that you love before you leave to boost your confidence and calm you down. Fragrance also plays a role in attraction. If you want to attract your date even more, you should smell your best, but make sure it’s not overpowering.

First dates are full of new possibilities and if you follow these steps, you can make sure that you take hold of every single one and make the most of your new connection!
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Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua - the Fastest Cordless Vacuum with 3-in-1 Cleaning

If you have children or pets at home, you constantly need to clean and clean and clean. I have a cupboard full of an array of cleaning tools and it feels like such a chore. Isn't there a cleaning appliance that can work faster, do more and perform every task well? Well, YES! The Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua might just be the tool for you!
“As a company that strives to always meet consumer needs and surpass consumer expectations, it is important to us at Philips to continuously innovate appliances that improve people’s lives. We aim to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year worldwide by 2030, and to achieve this, all our innovations matter. Home appliances may not be critical equipment, but helping consumers achieve a clean, comfortable house with ease gives them more time to do the things that matter most – and can contribute to their emotional wellbeing,” said Muhammad Ali Jaleel, Country Manager, Personal Health and Health Systems Leader, Philips Malaysia.

Fast by making every move count

The Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua boasts the fastest cordless 3-in-1 cleaning experience yet, thanks to its breakthrough 360° suction nozzle, a PowerBlade digital motor and PowerCyclone 8 technology. Delivering supreme airflow, the 360° nozzle picks up dust and dirt faster – not only in the forward stroke, but also in the backward stroke and from all sides. Specifically engineered to mimic human cleaning behaviour, it also cleans faster and more thoroughly than the average cordless vacuum cleaner. Additionally, the three-stage advanced filtration system captures up to 100% of fine dust, bacteria and allergens to release cleaner air.

I've switched to cordless handheld now because it's faster and so convenient to remove pet fur from all the different surfaces around my house. I love not needing to replug the vacuum for every few metres. This is very easy to control and you can TURBO it for those tough spots.

Innovative and unique vacuum and mop system

Here is one product that can both vacuum and mop! We witnessed how it effectively removed crayon marks on the floor with one sweep (kids, right?). Its innovative AquaBoost pedal enables you to control water release and increase the wetness for tough areas or bothersome stains, removing up to 99% bacteria. The bagless vacuum cleaner technology is incorporated into the stick to deliver stronger suction for a longer time. Easy-to-handle, convenient and efficient, the Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua is the ideal tool to help you keep your home spotless.

Uninterrupted cordless cleaning with integrated handheld and accessories

The problem with cordless is definitely battery life. However, the Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua has a 25.2V lithium ion battery to provide up to 75 minutes of runtime before you need to recharge, while the smart digital display indicates speed and battery usage, so you need not worry about cleaning the filter until it’s definitely time to do so. The Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua makes short work of tricky spaces, such as doorframes or upholstery, by switching to cleaning using the integrated handheld unit. Simple to use with just one click, this accessory boasts a crevice tool and brush to make seamless cleaning easy. Even small particles, such as crumbs and pet hairs, can be easily whisked up in seconds.
I tried it out and was amazed! The suction power was really good, it can even remove powder on fabric which is normally very tough to remove.

Price and availability The Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua (FC6904/01) is available at a recommended retail price of RM2,599 at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery and Wangsa Walk in Kuala Lumpur and at retail partners and distributor stores nationwide, as well as via the official online store on Lazada at https://www.lazada.com.my/philips-official-store/.

To find out more about Philips’ range of products in Malaysia, visit www.philips.com.my.
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