Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Places : Awesome Canteen, Paramount, Seapark PJ

I was driving around Seapark one day when a new name caught my attention, as weird as 'Awesome Canteen' may sound, it caught my attention right away and the name just stay repeated in my head. And after that, so many reviews were coming out about this place it's hard to resist not going any longer!

Upon entering the cafe, we're amazed by how good it looks despise using simple and minimal decorations. I especially love the trees that were seemingly 'chuck' around the area, not even with a proper pot to hold it in, it looks so rustic and perfect at the same time. The place uses many 'old school' things that you'll find familiar.

A wall with plants hung at the very back of the cafe, a good space for photos as well!

We were there to celebrate my dad's birthday and all three of us loved the food and enjoyed the ambience. The people there is really friendly as well!

 Cappuccino (RM9), Mocha (RM10), Paleo Chicken Burger (RM18.90)

Haven't tasted the coffee, but the Paleo Chicken Burger is great! It's juicy and tender to the last bite, and the side dishes fits into the healthy meter and still yummy! This burger had been instagrammed, facebooked, tweeted all over, because the patty is made of mushroom instead of bread!

Awesome Creme Bites (RM11.90), Market Fresh Fish Fillet (RM39.90)

The Creme Bites were made of a selection of vegetables and cream and it tasted like mushroom soup, but even better, because it's solidified with a crusty appearance. One bite in and you'll understand why they name it Awesome, the juicy fillings spill into your mouth immediately and the combination of the crust with the creme works just right! 

The Fresh Fish Fillet is juicy and really fresh, the sauce fits perfectly and with the alfalfa sprouts,cabbage and all at the sides, this make for another pretty healthy dish.

Awesome Beef (RM79.90)

This four comes in a set with the Awesome Beef. Quite a big meal I probably would say to share among two. I loved everything from the appetizer, to the soup and the dessert, but maybe because I'm not a big fan of beef anymore, I didn't really enjoyed the meat. However I'm in love with the side dish that came with it. I think it's grilled vegetables and they all tasted so good!

All in all, the food were really good and worth every cents you're paying for. However the bill doesn't comes up cheap so it'd probably not as suitable to have your daily lunch there. But definitely worth going for a celebration or two! 

We all had a happy and satisfying meal, and everyone there sung a happy birthday song to my very handsome father!

Awesome Canteen, I'll be back again for sure!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Make-Up Portfolio : Wicked Witch Of The West

I'm always grateful for the chance to add onto my make-up portfolio. Nicole requested for a sexy yet dark look for their theme 'Wicked Witch Of The West' photoshoot, so I came up with this. I love how all the colors look when put together, creating a sort of autumn shade.  

The eye makeup is an intense shading of green, gold and dark brown eyeshadow, lined with liquid black eyeliner. I went wild with the eyebrow, matching a black shade to her gorgeous hair color. I loved this look and would consider redo-ing it for night events even!

Photographer (s) : thepixelbunny & sarahannechoa
Model : Carolina Freitas
Make-Up Artist : Beii

Monday, October 14, 2013

Freebies : Printable Minions (2) Bookmarks

I know I promise this quite awhile back...heck, i'm not even sure if the minion craze is over!

But for those of you loyal minion fans out there, here's the second series of the minions bookmarks!
Simply save the picture below, and print them out!

Have fun!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Places : Sanbanto SS2 (Non- Halal)

The other day, I asked my cousin out for her birthday lunch. It was quite a challenge because her family is known to be pretty strict in their tastebud and so I had a hard time wondering where I should bring her to. I was then reminded about this shop named Sanbanto in SS2, it's quite about time too!

I've been thinking of trying this place out ever since I first saw it, but I never quite get to it. The reason being, I never really liked pork anyway, they never rank high in my list. However, I've heard so much rave about this place claiming that their pork are the best and after a little research to other blogs, I got to know they actually had their own farm to rare those pigs themselves. 

Funny how I forgotten to take pictures of the place itself, it's quite a small space and you can get fresh meat there or choose to dine in. I'm not sure about you, but I would skip the space where we'll have to face the raw meat when choosing the seats, not exactly the best scenery to look at when you're eating them...

So we ordered 3 dishes to share among the both of us and Jasper, the first was of course the cheesy pork ball I always seen those bloggers ordered. We were both surprised at how fresh the pork were and how REAL the cheese was, you know how rare this can be.. This is really good and even Jasper ate one whole big ball himself!

Then I ordered this bacon pesto spaghetti and again was impressed. Pesto isn't exactly my kind of thing, I always thought the taste was a little weird for my tastebud but I'd ordered it because it was a healthier sauce compared to the rest. 

However this dish tasted amazing, I think I like this the most out of the three dishes! The pesto was alot creamier than what we usually get outside and it seems to balance out the weird blanch taste of pesto. However, it wasn't too creamy so you wouldn't feel overwhelm after a couple of mouth. The bacon goes really well with the sauce too. Again, Jasper who is quite picky about his food eats this without any problem and seems to enjoy it as much as I did too!

Next up was the barbeque ribs, if I remembered correctly, this was one of their popular dishes, but it didn't really do the trick for me. I'm guessing it's because of their bbq sauce, I was hoping they had one with no sauce, but this was the only choice when I was there. The bbq sauce came on really strong and I guess it covers everything else up. However, the meat was really fresh and my cousin seems to like this dish.

Would I visit Sanbanto again?

Yes, I probably would when a friend who loves pork wants a lunch together. This would be a really good option if you're a heavy meat eater, especially since their meat is really top grade. You could practically taste the difference once it's in your mouth, but otherwise, there are hardly anything else other than pork meat on the menu. Given a personal choice, I'll probably still stick to more vegetable base restaurants, with only a tiny portion of meat to accompany beside.

Sanbanto Restaurant & Cafe is located at
 32 Jalan SS 2/63, Ss 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Recipes : Lotus Root Soup & Stir Fry Baby Bayam

It's rainy season now and my love for soup is back! Nothing can be better than a hot bowl of soup to warm us up on a cold rainy day~ To add some greens to the menu, I simply stir fry baby bayam with chicken chunks :D

I need to say that I am very proud of the growth we have been through, it had been close to 2 months (or was it 3?) since I started making a point to consistently make homecook meal. At that time Jasper easily fall sick and I realized that his 'base' which is our daily food must have a problem, we didn't cook at home at that point and rely heavily on 'dapao-ed' or deep fried processed food which was seriously lacking of nutrients.

So I made it a point to start cooking, and the worst part was my cooking sucks. Especially when it comes to cooking vegetable, I hated eating them myself, what more to convert Jasper into a 'herbivore' too?

But as the months progressed, I learn more from searching recipes online and try to make some decent homecook meal so my husband and son don't puke them out as soon as they put it in. Nope, not even meant to be a joke! :(

And then it's like my prayers are answered! 

Slowly, I follow the guidance from my nutrition lecturer and cut down the amount of meat in each meal and I realized Jasper's acceptance towards vegetables became so much more better. I used to have to hide one small piece of green inside the rice and top it with a chunk of meat to deliver it into his mouth, now he can just eats the vegs mouthful with rice itself! :D And he even asked for vegetable when he sees it on his plate! Major happy moment! 

(Not only to the homecook food but I also am trying to change his milk to oatmilk by adding them together, and now there's significantly plenty more in ratio of oatmilk than milk! Why not milk you say? Okay, next post!)

Of course it's not like I'm a great cook now la. I still fail miserably at times, but at least the food is decent enough to be acceptable by my darlings :D (This is turning into a very long post, I know)

Anyway, conclusion is! It works! 

Now I can just cook a vegetable dish by itself and just stir fry bits of mince chicken meat in it and they can still finish the whole meal!

Okay, back to the recipe so I can remake this set in the future!

Lotus Root Soup (Serves 4-5)
Lotus Root is high in various minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium and others and surprisingly also contains a decent amount of vitamin c among other vitamins as well.

1) Lotus Root, skinned and sliced : 2 big sections
2) Peanuts : 1 cup
3) Chicken, chopped : half chicken
4) Water : up to your preference

Directions :
1) Boil peanuts separately, rinse off the water.
2) Throw everything into slow cooker and boil accordingly, or 30-45 minutes.
3) Season with sea salt or vegetable powder and serve.

Stir Fry Baby Bayam Chinese Style (Serves 3-4)
Baby Bayam is a great natural source for vitamin A and C, it also offer a pretty good amount of calcium and iron. 

1) Baby Bayam (chopped to smaller pieces)
2) Chicken slices (cut to smaller chunks)
3) Sea Salt &Vegetable Powder (or your preferences of anchovies or chicken powder)

1) Stir fry chicken chunks in the pan until tender, push to the sides of the pan.
2) Throw in the whole bunch of chopped baby bayam and season with sea salt & vegetable powder. Let still until baby bayam starts to cook (can see the water forming), stir fry for a couple more minutes before serving.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Freebies : Minions (1) Cube Bookmarks

Hi everyone!

Recently I designed a series of cube bookmarks for a last minute sale in a bazaar. Since it's nothing much, I decided to make them into freebies for anyone who drop by my blog as I think it's a great way to add a little excitement into little children's reading time.

If you are into the minion craze that had been going on for awhile now, here's a downloadable version to these bookmarks. If you want to make the into mini greeting cards, simply cut off the foldable edge and it will be a greeting card ^^ Please do not take credit off my work and resell them!

I think it would be a little nice addition to any party favors too!

All you have to do is to cut, fold and stick them and slip them into where you stop reading your books!

There will be a second series for the minions as well, so do come back for more free bookmarks printables!

Simply save and print the below files to enjoy your minion bookmarks!

Save & Print: 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Recipes : Pumpkin Rice & Honey Glazed Herbs Chicken

If you're my friend in FB you would've notice by now I'm cooking much more these days. I am actually trying to do my best and provide nutritious meal for my son and husband as I realised their immune system is quite weak. So far I've been seeing improvement in Jasper's health although my husband had been bothered by mild flu and fever and had just recently recovered.

I've been trying to 'hide' vegetables in the menu every time I cook, so for now you may see dishes that are maybe not qualified to be a healthy dish from a nutrition point of view, but I would like to think of it as a transition period! Hopefully in future, when my cooking skills advances and their acceptance towards healthier food gets better, I'll be able to cook more healthy dishes.

Since I am quite forgetful and still in a learning process (I'm trying out most of the recipes I searched online but I implement it with whatever I have, or don't have). I will be recording down recipes that they enjoyed so far, so that I can read back when I want to remake them! 

This time I made pumpkin rice adapted from a Japanese recipe made available by Japanese Cooking 101 . They also have a youtube channel and the recipes looks all very delicious to me! To go with it, I made Honey Glazed Herbs Chicken which is taught by my mom.

The rice in the photo is white rice, although I do highly recommend brown rice. I didn't used it because I forgot to soak it for 8 hours beforehand (To remove acidity and further activates the nutrients in it).

A health conscious friend 'reminded' me that the chicken are a little too dark, to which I look back at the unfiltered photo and realized it's darker here because I instagram-ed it with filter, although health conscious people can be a pain in the ass sometimes (Myself included, sometimes...hopefully!)

So to put those related kind-hearted souls to ease, the chicken is actually fried oil-less in our Noxxa Pressure Cooker ,so it's not that bad!

Both the recipes are very simple to make and really delicious, my son didn't mind the pumpkin at all and even thought it was sweet potato, to which he gobbled down most of it!

Pumpkin Rice (Serves 4-6)
1) 3 small bowl grains (Brown rice/white rice/mixed)
2) Water (Amount as you would cook your rice, add a little more if you want it to be more sticky)
3) 1 whole small pumpkin (Diced)
4) 2 tbsp sake
5) 1 & 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions : 
1) Pour everything into Noxxa Pressure Cooker to steam for 6-8 minutes.This can be made in your normal rice cooker as well, just cook it as you would for your normal rice, no extra time is needed. Done!

Honey Glazed Herbs Chicken (Serves 4)
1) 2 whole chicken leg (Cut into halves)
2) Honey (As desired)
3) Rosemary (1-2 stalk,could be quite strong smell if added too much)
4) Sweet Basil (As much as you like! The more the merrier, nyam!)
5) Pepper (2 tbsp)
6) Sea Salt (1 tbsp)

Directions :
1) Marinate chicken in pepper and sea salt. If you like, you can also put in the rosemary and sweet basil to the marinate bowl and leave in for 15-30 minutes.
2) In Noxxa Pressure Cooker, choose the Stir Fry option and wait for it to heat up. No need for oil. If you are using normal pans, you might need to use oil. (I tried not using oil with another non-stick pan but it was a total mess)
3) Fry chicken with herbs for 2-3 minutes, flipping it around and fry it for another 2-3minutes. Repeat until chicken is almost done.
4) Pour in honey and flip the chicken again. Repeat for the other side until golden brown.
5) Done!

For more information on Noxxa Pressure Cooker, email me at lvbeii1604@gmail.com. Thank you!