Sunday, August 29, 2010

Red Velvet Cake @ Whisk

I've read a lot about how famous the Red Velvet Cake by Whisk is. It was given a good review by many and most of the time, the cake is sold out! That is how famous it is.

So yesterday, when hubby decided to break-fast at Empire Shopping Gallery (ESG) in Subang, I decided to give the cake a try.


This is Whisk, Espresso Bar/ Bake Shop located at Lower Ground (LG) Floor of ESG. Notice the white board signage placed infront of the shop? It says "RED VELVET CAKE & CUPCAKE IS AVAILABLE TODAY". Dasyat kan? padahal dia ada je jual kek lain. I guess that shows how the cake is actually in demand.

Whisk sells a few other cakes which include Carrot & Pecan Cake, Hummingbird Cake (moist and flavorful with chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and mashed banana), as well as other bakery items such as pies and quiches.

You can opt to have either Red Velvet Cake or Red Velvet Cupcake. Me being a cupcake junkies, I opt for the later one :D

This is not the first time I am trying Red Velvet Cupcake. I've tried the one from Cupcake Chick and am loving it!

This is the one from Whisk. The cupcake is quite dense and moist. Priced RM4.90 each. What i like about the cake is the fact it is not too sweet. What I don't like about it is the color. Merahnye! But from my reading, that is how Red Velvet cake suppose to look like. Very dramatic looking with its red color that is offset by a creamy white frosting. And in case you are wondering, the Red color come from coloring (according to its recipes that I found on the net).

The cream cheese topping is very yummy! very rich and creamy. Tapi yang spoilnye, you can trace the small bits of sugar in the icing. Am not liking it.

Owh, and the owner is very2 friendly too.

In totality, I still prefer the one from Cupcake Chick. hehe

This is the version from Cupcake Chick (the one on your right). p/s: the one on your left is my all-time favorite, FATAL ATTRACTION (choc cupcake with choc topping, sinfully tasty!)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

99 Speed Mart

Have you ever heard of 99 Speed Mart? It just opened a branch in my housing area. I went there this morning to purchase a loaf of bread (yeah, I'm not fasting today, due to women-ly reason).

99 Speed Mart look like any other convenience store (or kedai runcit) that sells groceries and other necessities.

I decided to purchase Gardenia's butter-scotch bread (sedap gile ok roti ni, it taste better toasted. give it a try!)


Anyway, back to 99 Speed Mart. The retail price of Butter-Scotch Bread is RM4 (as per written on the tag). From my experience, be it Giant, Carrefour, 7-Eleven, or kedai runcit, they will charge as per what ever is written on the tag right? If the tag on the bread says RM2.90, the store will charge you accordingly. But 99 Speed Mart charge me RM3.80 instead of RM4! Impressive huh?



Patut la my cousin always promote kedai ni... Dia slalu beli susu baby kat sisni. The prices are definitely cheaper then any other place. Probably not for all items, siapa yang rajin, sial la compare.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

I'm currently reading a book titled EAT, PRAY, LOVE.

It is a story about a women, Liz Gilbert, who in the eyes of many had it all -- a loving husband, a great career, and a weekend home -- but sometimes one realizes too little too late that they haven't gotten what they truly wanted from life. On the heels of a painful divorce, the woman who had previously looked forward to a contented life of domestic bliss sets out to seek her true destiny by traveling first to Italy, where she learns to appreciate nourishment; then to India, where she discovers the power of prayer; and finally to Bali, where she unexpectedly finds the meaning of true love.



The book has been adapted into movie staring Julia Roberts (my all time fav actress :P). Kat oversea dah keluar movie ni, kat Malaysia will be released on 30th September 2010. At least I have ample time to finish up the book before watching it in cinema.... Tak sabar!

Watch the trailer below... macam best kan?


Monday, August 23, 2010

Buka Puasa Dengan RM2

Buka Puasa Dengan RM2 ??? Unbelievable huh? read more to find out

SHAH ALAM, 13 Ogos - Ketika adanya aduan bahawa harga makanan dan juadah berbuka puasa mula naik di kebanyakan tempat sejak dua hari lalu, di restoran Malaysia Negara Ku di Shah Alam, anda boleh makan sepuas-puasnya dengan hanya membayar RM2.

Syaratnya, pelanggan perlu menunjukkan kad pengenalan sebagai bukti mereka adalah warganegara Malaysia.

Dengan harga RM2 seorang, pelanggan boleh menikmati nasi putih dengan tiga atau empat jenis lauk dan segelas air.

Restoran Malaysia Negara Ku beroperasi di Seksyen 7 di sini, memulakan operasinya sejak hari pertama Ramadan kelmarin.

Pengurus restoran, Azahar Samat, konsep restoran Malaysia Negara Ku sebenarnya adalah untuk memberikan pendidikan kepada masyarakat tentang amalan kebersihan diamalkan serta semangat cintakan negara.

"Konsepnya macam orang dulu-dulu kerana apa yang uniknya restoran ini pelanggan yang datang perlu menunjukkan kad pengenalan sebagai bukti mereka adalah warganegara," katanya.

Restoran ini menggunakan konsep layan diri.

"Selepas selesai makan, pelanggan perlu membasuh pinggan yang mereka gunakan... ini sama seperti kita kecil dulu yang mana mak pasti akan suruh kita basuh pinggan selepas makan," kata beliau ketika ditemui The Malaysian Insider.

Beliau berkata konsep restoran Malaysia Negara Ku lebih kepada tempat makan, bukan restoran.

"Ini kerana semuanya dilayan sama sahaja tiada siapa yang istimewa.

"Lagipun kita membuka restoran ini adalah supaya semua orang tanpa kira latar belakang sama ada kaya atau miskin dapat sama-sama menikmati masakan di sini dengan hanya RM2.

"Kita juga sebenarnya bukan nak mencari keuntungan besar, tetapi lebih kepada untuk membantu masyarakat yang kurang berkemampuan," katanya.

Restoran Malaysia Negara Ku dimiliki oleh Datuk Zainal Abidin Awang Kechik yang mempunyai pengalaman selama 20 tahun dalam industri makanan dan mempunyai lima restoran bertaraf tujuh bintang di luar negara.

Beliau dikatakan merancang untuk membuka 220 cawangan Malaysia Negara Ku di seluruh Malaysia.

"Semenjak harga barang naik banyak restoran yang menaikkan harga makanan mereka tapi kita tidak kerana kita mahu beri peluang kepada semua orang termasuk yang kurang berkemampuan.

"Ini yang kita mahu lakukan kerana kita tahu ramai rakyat negara ini tidak berkempunan untuk berbelanja besar tapi di sini dengan hanya RM2 mereka boleh makan sepuasnya," kata Azahar.

Tambahnya, pelanggan yang tidak membawa kad pengenalan dan bukan warganegara akan dikenakan bayaran RM6 seorang.

"Kalau nak makan RM2 mesti kena bawa kad pengenalan jika tidak kena bayar RM6.

"Melalui cara ini ia secara tidak langsung dapat menanam semangat cintakan negara dan juga patriotisme," katanya.

Azahar berkata semenjak dibuka pada hari pertama Ramadan sambutan yang diterima semakin menggalakkan.

"Pada hari pertama kita sediakan untuk 100 orang tapi hari ini (semalam) kita sediakan untuk 300 orang.

"Setiap hari kita akan masak lauk yang berbeza kerana kita mahu pelbagaikannya selain tidak mahu pelanggan muak dengan lauk yan sama," katanya.

Restoran Malaysia Negara Ku boleh menampung kira-kira 150 orang pada satu-satu masa.

"Saya rasa ini restoran yang pertama di Malaysia yang mengamalkan konsep seperti itu.

"Selain itu, kita juga bercadang untuk membuka restoran ini sehingga sahur, mungkin pada minggu hadapan," Azahar lagi.

Ia juga menggunakan sukarelawan untuk melakukan kerja-kerja memasak.

Aspek-aspek ini dilihat dapat mengurangkan kos operasi, dan menyediakan makanan dengan harga RM2 seorang.

Menurutnya, walaupun harga makanan murah, namun kualiti penyediaan makanan tidak diabaikan malah menggunakan bahan masakan berkualiti dan memberi kepuasan kepada orang ramai yang singgah.

"Kita amat menitikberatkan kebersihan di sini kerana ini adalah tempat makan, jadi semua aspek itu perlu dijaga.

"Selain itu, bahan masakan seperti beras, ayam, daging, sayur dan sebagainya semuanya bersih dan berkualiti," katanya.

Ondeh-Ondeh

Since I'm tired and sick of Pasar Ramadhan's food, I decided to make kuih on my own for break-fast. I can still remember when I was in school, my dad never encourages us to buy our food from Pasar Ramadhan. I'm not sure why, either he believe that home made food are more economical (sebab ramai orang kat rumah) or because he think it is fresher and more hygienic. Be it samosa, kebab, roti john, kuih cara, roti jala, karipap, popia, ondeh-ondeh, you name it, semua dah pernah buat sendiri. So you see, I still have to skill in me.. hehehe

tapi, nak jadikan cerita, I forgot to buy Daun Pandan and my ondeh-ondeh turn out to be so pale, and it looks like a snow ball instead.. hehe. Hubby ask me to just add artificial coloring, but i hated fake coloring, so I decided to let it be...

Don't judge by the look, it is actually yummy! (Masuk bakul angkat sendiri :p)



Sunday, August 22, 2010

From Paris with Lurve

Hubby went here

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And bought me this

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From here

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And he didn't buy anything fancy for himself. Tak cukup duit katanya.. Saya sgt terharu...
Tq sayang :) me likey so much...


Friday, August 20, 2010

Miss you like crazy

The old saying that goes; You don't know what it is worth till it is gone; is somewhat relates to what I am feeling right now.

Hubby seldom travel (on business purpose) unlike me who travel like crazy. So I am so used of having him around at home. Lumrah hidup, when u are spending your life with another person, every day, every single night, there are things about the person that annoys you. In my case, its the small little things like:

1) Whenever hubby is watching football on Astro, the whole of his universe will be focused on it. Like it will determine his fate or something like that. I can walk naked in-front of him, and he wouldn't even notice!

2) He will behave the same not only during live match, but also for Sports Highlights, for the match that he had already watched last night!

Above are to name a few.

But now he is not with me. He is out of the Country on business trip. And it is driving me crazy! I miss him a lot. I'm praying to God to bring him back to me quick. I don't mind if it means that he get to watch his Sports 24/7 (as long as he let me watch my Oprah, Parenthood, Cougar Town and Accidentally on Purpose :p hehehehe). I feel like part of me went missing. My better half is not with me right now. I feel empty. I miss his smell, i miss his touch, I miss HIM.

Sayang balik cepat!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hari Malas

I was really, really down right tired yesterday. I really wanted hubby to have home cooked food because we have been eating out quite frequently this lately (I have a reason of my own, which I will tell you later).


So I decided to make a really simple, fast but yet yummy dish for dinner.

Burger Daging Special (with egg & cheese), french fries and hash brown for hubby. And for me
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Chicken Ham sandwhich (I used all of my energy preparing hubby's dinner, so mine is the simpest :p) Sedey kan?

Nescafe Tarik

Have you seen the new Nescafe Tarik advertisement on the TV where Harith Iskandar were on it?

Being me who are easily influenced by all advertisement there is on tv and printed media, I decided to try it out.



This the sachet... look tempting, no?


Tried and tested. It is foamy alright. Just by pouring in hot water, it will instantly give you the rich and foamy texture as if it was like normal Nescafe Tarik that you find at mamak. Tapi the taste is not as impressive. Takde "kick". I'd rather stick to the ones in Kedai Mamak.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

The Kiasu-ness Continued

Do you still remember about my entry on the Kiasu Lady Driver who forgot to re-cap her fuel tank? Well guess what, last friday, I made another interesting discovery! I just cant resist to pull my camera out from my handbag to capture the hilarious moment. Look at the picture below

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Hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha. OMG! Another kancil can surely fit in-front of her car.. hehehe

I'm sure something is definitely wrong with her! Tetiba rasa mcm kesian plaks.. kenapa la kau ni byk sgt aksi lawak.... hehehe

Sugar Rush

I bought cupcakes 2 days in a row, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Both from different baker.

On Saturday I bought cupcakes from Wondermilk, Uptown Damansara.


As you can see from the picture above, the cupcake is super small, but the price is super expensive! RM4.90 each. And I can finish them in just 2 bites! However, since the price is ridiculously expensive, I finish them in 6 bites., just to ensure that I savor the taste. I must give credit where ever it is due, the cupcakes, hands-down, is the most delicious cupcake I ever tasted!Sedap giler ok! I bought vanilla with cream-cheese frosting and chocolate orange cupcake. It tasted heaven and really, really fine! Probably because of the finest ingredients that they claim they used.

Remember my Hens Night Party? My best friends bought the "Notty" cuppies from wondermilk too.

Contact Details:

Wondermilk
cuppacakes (m) sdn bhd
41 jalan ss 21/1A
damansara uptown
47400 petaling jaya

opening hours:

mon-sun 9am to 10pm
closed on public holidays

tel: 03-77258930

But since Wondermilk is wonder-expensive, I resorted to the second best cupcake, that is Cupcake Chic, The Curve. On Sunday, I bought my all-time-fav, Fatal Attraction (Choc cuppies with Choc Frosting) and Red Velvet (Red Velvet Cuppies with Cream Cheese frosting). And they are reasonably priced too. The size of the cuppies are twice bigger then wondermilk and priced slightly cheaper, RM4.50 each. They serve different flavor on different day. Check out their menu here. They have an outlet in Sunway Pyramid and Pavillion too.


Now im high from all the sugar. Phew!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Test

Allah is great, Allah is merciful, Allah the Almighty.

He will test you in many ways, and most of the time in ways that you wont possibly imagine. I'm being tested right now. I hope I can face it and go through it and learn something from it. Things happen for reason. Or perhaps I've been carried away to much by things happening in the world and forget about Ibadah.

Ya Allah, this is too much for me to bear. But if its written in my destiny... Aku pasrah.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Hidup Bertingkat

My father has always been against the idea of me purchasing Apartment. He prefers landed property for whatever reasons similar to most of you out there who prefers landed property over apartment have.

Anyways, I bought an apartment. hehehe. For several reasons of my own. But it is not a high rise apartment (i dont like high rise ones), it is only a 4 story apartment. It is nice, really.

But recently I have hit with one problem bila hidup bertingkat. My unit is Upper Ground and I have another 2 neighbors living, well, on top of me. The neighbor that lives directly one floor above me is having a problem with it master-bedroom's toilet. Well, it leaks. And the worst thing happened, it gives a direct impact to my master-bedroom. Look at the picture below.

Horror kan? We had to live with it for almost a month as it seems impossible for me to meet the neighbor to discuss this issue with them. Finally it was solved, the couple agreed to repair their washroom and all I had to do is wait for several weeks to see if my wall dried out so that my contractor can begin to repair the wall.

Luckily it was minor. All that requires is to scrap down the old paint, skimmed and re-plaster and re-paint it. I decided to use lavender color to bring up the romantic mood to our room. and look at the result below. Cantik kan? (well, it cost hubby nearlly Rm300 :D)

Monday, August 02, 2010

1 + 1 = trouble

As i was giving my 100% focus on the tv watching the final episode of season 6 Desperate Housewives, something funny appeared on the screen. Look below

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A thick black line appeared on the screen. It was totally distracting. I called hubby and failed miserably after attempting a few tricks. Finally he decided to call SAMSUNG helpline. Luckily the Plasma TV comes with a 5 years warranty and it comes with on-side repair service. So takyah la nak angkut the bulky TV to the service center.



But the funny thing was, when hubby picked up our home phone to make the call to SAMSUNG, he noticed that the line was dead. There was no tone at all! Unbelievable. If its not because of the tv, we wouldn't even notice that the phone is not working! patut la tak pernah bunyi! So he used his HP instead to make not just to SAMSUNG, but to TELEKOM too.. hehehe

As of today, TELEKOM had managed to solve our problem (by replacing some thing, I'm not sure what). We are still waiting for SAMSUNG-on-site-service. For now, kena la tengok tv with the thick line on the screen! weeeeee!


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