Wednesday, 13 August 2014

LOKL . Jalan Tun H S Lee

Had a detour a few weeks ago after my chiro appointment . Wanted to go LOKL since ages ago after seeing all the nice pictures online! Brought a book with me, thinking of having a nice quiet time reading while having my daily dose of coffee (working has turned me into a coffee addict) .

But…… we can not always have what we want . And so, that's the start of my not-so-happy afternoon

Parking is a nightmare because it is located along a narrow one way street with no parkings nearby (no cheap ones at least) . I was not very familiar with the roads there and it took me 15min trying to find a nearby parking that is not too expensive. Gave up and parked at the public carpark (RM5 per hour!) about 3 min walk away .

Went in and saw that it was full house. There goes my quiet time . What's with nice cafes and wooden table and those steel chair i wonder? It's like an unwritten rule in the world of cafes : Must have wooden table and steel chair to be cool .

Found my quiet corner near the entrance . Ordered a piccolo and a red velvet cake because i wasnt that hungry . Maybe I am not a pro coffee drinker but the piccolo was so bitter with a smoky smell . Sorry but definitely not my cup of coffee . The red velvet wasn't any better . It is so chewy that it feels like i am eating a 'cakey chewing gum'. Couldn't even finish the cake and i am not the kind of person that leaves food on the table .

Monday, 11 August 2014

The morning after . Jaya One

Took a break from our buying spree for food . All three of us were so hungry by the time we reach Jaya One for the 13th instalment of Markets but was so distracted by all the stalls selling pretty things that it took us another 1 1/2 before we decided to raise the white flag and find food .

We went to the morning after (i wonder what was the story behind the cafe name?) . The interior is like many other cafes . Natural lighting, cozy ambience .

All three of us ordered the american dream . Mine was with scrambled eggs, chicken sausage and beef bacon . It also comes with potato, mushroom, cherry tomatoes and 2 piece of toast .

The potatoes was AWESOME . Baked to perfection with herbs . Ah Mi ordered the lamb sausage . Not a big fan because it has a strong smell . The chicken sausage was better in my opinion .

After craving for cranberry juice for the longest time (can never find things when i want it. hmph!), i finally found a place that serves cranberry . Cranberry is good for the urinary tract . So, drink up!

Me likey their latte! Smells nice, taste nice . Lacking in the coffee art department though . Looks like a hybrid hibiscus + 4 leaves clover . It was creamy enough and i can taste the milky-ness of the latte .

Thursday, 24 July 2014

DIY - Brush Holder

Decided to DIY a brush holder after seeing it on pinterest .  I have no talent in arts, so easy-peasy DIYs are my favorite .

Ingredients :
- salt (rock salt if possible because it has a rougher texture, so the color will turn out nicer)
- chalk (any color you like but pick darker shades)
- a glass

Pour as much salt as you want (make sure to pour more than the amount you want for your first layer) . Rub chalk all over it to color the salt . You will see the salt getting darker .

Once it reaches the correct shade that you want, pour the salt into the glass . Add on salt into the leftover and continue rubbing until you got the correct shade for your second layer .

Keep on repeating until you get to the lightest shade . That should be your final layer .

And that's it! a nice brush holder for all your brushes . Took me less than 15 min .

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Frisky Goat . TTDI

this was my second visit to frisky goat . Went there once for brunch and it was awesome!
frisky goat was not part of the plan today because my goal is to visit every single cafe in pj and kl before i start repeating .

But lady luck is not on or side (seems like lady luck is taking a long nap this year or is on a working holiday trip away from malaysia?) . Coffee Amo at TTDI was closed or at least seems closed . Wanted to go thursdvys instead but it was close as well . So, frisky goat it is!

Ordered a ham sandwich (I have no idea how do you pronounce the name of the dish let alone spell it!) . It comes w fries and salad . The bread was soft on the inside and crispy on the outside . I have no idea what it was coated with . Was too hungry to care anyway . Had a disappointing lunch so I wolfed down my food the moment it was served . All I know was I was busy chewing while making yums noises .

The mushroom carbonara was awesome as well! super thick and creamy and made of real ingredients . None of those half heartedly prepared carbonara sauce that is either too watery or too cheesy .

During our first visit, I ordered the eggs en cocotte which is basically baked eggs with cherry tomatoes base with bacon, sausages, cheese and cream in between . If heaven is baked, I think that is how it will look like… It also came with toast .

The egg benedict on belgium waffles was impressive . In fact, I think all the food here are impressive! They really are very serious about food! crispy waffles combines with eggs, topped with hollandaise sauce . Perfect!

Brunch is not brunch if you don't order coffee!

The interior is a lil bit dark for me though . I prefer brighter environment with nicer lighting . But this is quite cosy (just not photo friendly) =)

I think frisky goat serves one of the best breakfast in town . Their pricing is a lil bit on the high side; be prepared to spend about RM30 per person but it is definitely worth it…
A cafe that is serious about their food can't go too wrong!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Mugshot Cafe . Chulia Street, Georgetown

Was back in Penang over the weekend for a short break . Managed to visit the cafe everyone was talking about ages ago which makes me a super outdated person in the cafe hopping world . But oh well, better late than never…

Dragged mum for brunch at the mugshot cafe . Had to park super far and walked under the hot sun with a few detours here and there .

Mum wanted to show me this new painting in town . Artist - unknown .

Reached mugshot after a few more distractions . Blame the short attention span in me! ><

I love the cafe's atmosphere . Buzzing with activities yet not too crowded or noisy . I see couples sitting outside the cafe for a smoke , just chilling . Watching the rest of the world past by without a care in the world because this is their vacation and they deserved to daydream all day if they feel like it .

Inside the cafe, friendly waiters greeted you with a wide smile, eager to serve you . The chairs and tables were made of wood . It reminded my mum of her schooling days . We shared a large table with 1 lady and 2 friends . So near yet we were all engrossed in our own bubble; sharing yet having our own privacy .

Ordered the mango and walnut yogurt which I absolutely love! The yogurt was thick and creamy (homemade i suspect?) with small chunks of mangoes and walnuts . Love the combination . Abit on the  sour side but if you love yogurts I reckon you will like this .

I had the bagel with bacon and egg . You can't go wrong with bacon! The crispiness of the bagel was just nice . Not too hard . Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside . The combination of bacon and egg was perfect . A safe choice I would say .

Mum had the bagel with salmon and cream cheese . Personally, not a big fan of salmon (in fact, not a fan at all) but mum said the salmon was really fresh .

My ice latte was a lil bit bitter for an amateur coffee drinker like me but it smells really nice and the bitterness was enough to wake me up after watching World Cup last night (yay to Germany!)

Walked around the cafe a lil bit before we leave .

Again, I was distracted by so many things on our walk back even though we used the same route to get to the cafe . Oh well, Penang does that to you I think… It has this magic that makes you enjoy your walk even when the sun is cooking you..

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Dreamz Bakery . The Strand Kota Damansara

This place is really dreamy with all the cute wall deco, dim lighting with green wall .

They also sell a lot of sweets from the 90s (ah! nostalgia....) and lots of this and that (bears, necklaces, cookies)

Honestly speaking, this place doesn't impress me much . The deco was too cluttered . Alot of wall decal, stickers, displays . One year ago, this all might appeal to me, but I think I've grown to appreciate a more minimalistic design . Nevertheless, it is still a cozy place to hang out in with partitions for different part of the cafe so you can get a lil more privacy when the place is not so crowded .

My favourite item from the menu has to be the fruit tea with wild honey . So much fruit mixed together (don't ask me what fruits... My taste bud fail max when it comes to identifying combinations)

Ordered an egg salad because I had a huge lunch (a mountain of rice to be exact) . I don't quite like it . Too much vinegar (or whichever sour sauce they used) . The vege was fresh and crispy though .

The duck pasta was really nice! The sauce was just nice, not too salty while the meat doesn't have a strong duck(?) smell . A nice touch of fusion .

Bolognese pasta was a tad too sour for me . But then again I've never liked tomatoes to begin with . So it's probably just me because my friends enjoyed it .

The vanilla cake was really creamy and full of flavor . Love it!! The banana choc was not bad as well . Not as sweet but the banana really stood out compared to choc . Just like a choc banana cake but layered .