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Chapter Cafe, Kota Bahru

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Hi darling merry goers! Yes, you're right. It's another #MiriamEats. Gosh I just realized how much eating I have been doing recently but this post is a mixture of a food post as well as a travel post because this time instead of a cafe in Kuala Lumpur, here's a cafe in Kota Bahru, Kelantan!


Yup you read it right. Kota Bahru, Kelantan is the next place where I had my cafe hopping experience. I know there are many people who have not actually stepped into Kelantan before and many would have the perception that there aren't many hip places to hang out in Kota Bahru but here's where I'm going to prove you wrong. Listed as one of the top cafes to check out in Kota Bahru, Chapter Cafe is the first cafe I visited after being in Kelantan for the past few months. Being in Kelantan hasn't been a lot of fun compared to the big bustling city of Kuala Lumpur but when I heard that there are several cafe popping out in KB I knew I had to check them out and check if they were at par with those in KL.


Firstly, the interior of Chapter Cafe sure meets up to the expectation I had of a hip cafe. Located at the corner of some shoplots, it is just down the road from the Tengku Anis park. I'll leave the address of the cafe at the end of this post. Warmly lit and decorated with wooden decor items, I like the setup of the cafe giving a cozy and warm ambiance. Although I did not get the connection of the cafe name and the interior, there was a nice quote on the wall with some meaningful phrases.


Like any cafe, there are a few cakes on display in the cake rack which looks really tempting and deserves another visit back to try. So here's how the service works in Chapter Cafe. You grab a seat, go up to the counter to order your meal and then wait to be served. I actually came here for dinner with a good friend after her class and since we were both not locals, well we though why not let's just try some cafe!


So first up, we ordered some drinks. I know I should order their coffee to have a taste of their coffee beans but somehow I don't know why I was drawn to ordering their milkshakes which was supposed to be one of the best. I ordered the Chocolate Banana Milkshake (RM8.90) while Shekinah ordered the Winter Velvet (RM7.90) which both were recommended on the menu. For those who know me well, I am very particular and picky about chocolates and bananas and frankly I have not liked these two combinations together so it was really a risk for me ordering this drink. However, surprisingly I rather liked the Chocolate Banana Milkshake at Chapter Cafe. It wasn't sickeningly sweet like some places I tried before but there was this unique taste to it that kept me sipping at it trying to figure out what was that particular taste. The milkshake was smooth and creamy nicely revolving around banana and chocolate. Meanwhile the Winter Velvet was actually sparkling soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top mounting to the name Winter Velvet I guess? While I preferred my milkshake, my partner in crime sure enjoyed her drink.


Next up it was time for some food to fill our tummy. Shekinah ordered one of the recommended dishes which is the Hot Seared Cajun Chicken(RM14,90) and it was sure a big piece of chicken that was served. On the whole, it was rather worth it for the price of the dish but I do prefer more vegetables in my salad instead of just a few pieces of salad leaves. Served with some potato wedges, this dish was quite a complete meal although Shekinah did mention the chicken was a bit dry and I felt the potato wedges were just a tad too crispy. I preferred fluffier wedges or even maybe changing it to mashed potatoes with some gravy because this dish sure is rather dry. Downside of the dish would be that they used frozen potato wedges instead of making it on their own.


Moving on to my dish which was the Soft Shell Crab Burger(RM17.90) which I saw had several recommendations online. I am sensitive to shellfish of all sorts and can only stomach certain seafood, where soft shell crabs are on the list. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with my dish. It was practically a soft shell crab deepfried in batter and sandwiched between two burger buns, drizzled with some mayo sauce and served with a few lettuce leaves and super overfried curly fries which were in small bits and pieces. However, on a positive note the soft shell crab was really very fresh and juicy and I did enjoy it as my dinner although I left the burger buns behind. 

Overall, I do think that Chapter Cafe does serve some pretty decent food and their dessert selection looks really nice that I would go back just to try their dessert. Service was ok although our food took ages to arrive so they really need to improve their serving time. If any of you were in town and am looking for a nice place to chill and hang out, here's where you can find Chapter Cafe.

Chapter Cafe

Lot 1084, Seksyen 29,
Jalan Taman Tengku Ahmad Panglima
Kota Bahru

09-7433787

Open daily from 11am - 11pm



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P.S. Tokyo: Best Matcha Soft Serve in Town!

Friday, November 27, 2015



Let's have another round of #MiriamEats my dear merry goers! Soft serve ice cream has been a total hit nowadays with so many different variety and cafes popping up with the claims of serving the best soft serve in town. Not failing to be one of the best is P.S. Tokyo, located in the middle of SS2, Petaling Jaya.


Honestly speaking, I have not been having a great month with some disappointing news but thank God for the long weekend holiday due to the Deepavali and Sultan of Kelantan's birthday which allowed me to have a one week break back in KL. This time round, I didn't meet up with many friends but just spent a nice relaxing week off with my sister who was back for her mid-semester break as well. After a long overdue manicure session at beeQnails where I always get my nails done, we decided to treat ourselves to some smooth creamy soft serve at PS Tokyo.


P.S. Tokyo is actually opened by one of my blogger friends Patricia a.k.a Tenchi and I was so disappointed that I had to miss her grand opening so I made sure I would stop by when I came back to KL. Located at the second floor, opposite Kare Cafe the warm ambiance welcomed me and my sis from the cold wet weather outside.
 

You will be greeted with a huge wall full of polaroid photos as well because at P.S. Tokyo, when you take any photos and upload it on your Instagram with the hastag #pstokyo, you'll be able to actually print your photos and hang one copy on the wall plus keeping one for yourself! I had fun tracing some familiar faces on the wall!


You can choose to sit by the long bartop table with high stools or the lower tables. It is certainly very spacious at P.S. Tokyo and I do think they can fit in more tables to accommodate extra customers in the future but you will be sure you won't be cramped up when dining here.


So you order your soft serve or other cakes from the counter, pay your bill, grab a seat and wait for it to be served to you. There are several choices of soft serve and desserts you can choose from:

Soft Serve

 RM 9.90 | RM 6.90 (mini)

Matcha 
Hojicha
Milk

*Topping RM 3.00 each
*Macaron RM 4.50 each

Sweet Selection 

Tofu Cheese Cake [Original] RM12.90 | [Sesame] RM12.90
 Matcha Milk Chocolate Cake |RM13.90 
Cotton Cheese Cake | RM11.90 


Now if you want the best view or photo, take the seat by the window! The natural lighting is just awesome for any photo taking and boy both me and the sister took loads of shots even though we were only there for 30 minutes! Had to rush off to fetch my mum from work and we were so reluctant to leave. 

[WARNING] I'm going to spam this post with tons of photos because I just love each and every shot I took that day!



Between me and my sister to share, we ordered the Match Soft Serve and the Mini Hojicha Soft Serve plus an original Tofu Cheesecake and I am telling you the only think I regret was that I should have taken the normal sized Hojicha Soft Serve as well because it was sooo good!


Both the soft serves were really creamy and I liked how I can actually taste the matcha and hojicha in each of them unlike some places which serves me diluted matcha ice cream. For me, if you are telling me that it has matcha in it, you better let me be able to actually taste matcha and I mean good quality matcha! It is not too strong like from Nana Green Tea and boy I'm telling you Nana Green Tea has the strongest flavour matcha ice cream ever! For those who aren't really too much of a fan of matcha, the dose of matcha in P.S. Tokyo's Matcha Soft Serve will be just up your alley. The Hojicha soft serve has an unique flavor and aroma to it and it is honestly very good.


Of course even though we were rushing off, we just had to order the Tofu Cheesecake which you will not regret! It is soft and creamy just like an actual cheesecake but here's a great point for those who are watching their diets! It has so much less calories compared to a normal cheesecake. You get the best of both worlds: a delicious dessert without the guilt! A sweet ginger syrup is poured over the cheesecake reminding me of taufufah but surprisingly pairing well with the tofu cheesecake. I love how the base was compact and not overly crumbly! Just describing it now makes me crave for it so much more.


Like I said before, best place ever for photoshooting!! The light by the window is just amazing and I can to do minimal adjustments for exposure and contrast for the photos taken. The visit to P.S. Tokyo was a real delight and brought a smile to my face! I will definitely go back there just for some quiet time, enjoy some delicious soft serve and to try out more of their creations!

Remember to follow them on Instagram and their Facebook page because they have tons of offers and promotions! Have a great day lovelies.


P.S. Tokyo

80, Jalan SS 2/60, 
SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor, Malaysia

+60 12 213 3706
Opens 12pm - 12am (Closed on Mondays)

P. S. Tokyo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Le Marché de Noël 2015 – French Charity Christmas Bazaar

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Hi there my dear merry goers. It's the middle of the week and I do hope that everything is well. I'm feeling slightly under the weather recently so make sure all of you take good care of your health. November is ending and I can't wait for my favorite month, December to begin.

Firstly it's my birthday month and also Christmas!! Now how would you like to spend the last month of 2015 with some meaningful activities? Have you heard of Le Marché de Noël? It is a unique French-style Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Charity Party organised by a group of like-minded French women to raise money towards fulfilling the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and medical expenses of children with heart conditions.

 Last year, a total of RM160,000 was collected and equally split between two local associations: Make-A-Wish Malaysia and A-Heart-For-A-Heart. The target this year is to raise RM180,000



Le Marche de Noel will be held for just one day at Carcosa Seri Negara for the fourth year running so mark off 3 December off your calendars! You can expect to be spoilt for choice with tons of unique accessories, hand-sewn children and ladies wear as well as home decor items from the vendors. 


Just look at those adorable teddy that will be on sale too. There will also be five associations who will sell their products for a good cause

Positiv Living Community who provide shelter, loving care, treatment and support to people who have been rejected or had become homeless due to: HIV and AIDS Drug or Alcohol addiction 

Penan Bags who help the aboriginal semi-nomadic tribe of the Borneo rainforest: The Penan of Sarawak

Rumah Ozanam who set up Homes and bring children from poverty stricken areas and broken families and provide them conducive learning and living environment.

Tanma federation help the Burmese refugee women 


And Batik&More who will sell Handmade Christmas wreaths and some new Christmas ornaments made of Malaysian batik .


Like before, French gourmet food and mouth-watering goodies will also be sold as with creatively-designed household items. So be prepared to enjoy amazing French gourmet food on that day too. Some of the them include :
Gourmandines specialize in distributing premium quality gourmet food products and top quality kitchenware and tableware.
My Table d'Hôtes Fine French Cuisine, Catering Services for your Cocktail Party,Events, Birthday...........All food is home made.

Nathalie's Gourmet Studio specialize in our In-house dining, Catering Service, Cooking Class and Team Building.

MG Wines delivering French, Italian, Spanish, Chilean and Australian wines in Kuala Lumpur since 2009 !

Champagne Laurent Robert originated from the first village of the Côte des Blanc, Grand Cru and is the owner’s name of a Boutique Champagne Grower at Cuis.

Not only that, if you haven't noticed the venue it is going to be held at the Carcosa Seri Negara which is an amazing and gorgeous place! 

Details of the event are as follows:

Date : 3 December 2015 (Thursday)
Time : 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue : Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur 

Entrance : RM20 per person pre-sale and at the door

So come on, join the fun and do some charity before the year ends.  You will be able to buy some quirky, unique and fun items to fill the Christmas stocking while doing your bit for charity.

For more details, log on to their website http://marchedenoelkl.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/leMarchedeNoel

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I Am 80s Cafe

Monday, November 16, 2015


Hi my dear merry goers. It's been ages since I last updated my blog so I'm really sorry but thanks for all the support from you lovelies. A lot of things have happened and I've been going through some rough spots regarding my studies and what better way to cheer myself up but to share another great food places so it's time for another #MiriamEats post!


Introducing I Am 80's cafe located like a hidden gem in Kelana Jaya. Nestled among a residential area and shop houses, I would never expect to find this unique cafe. Why unique you would ask? Well... Not only the food is great but it's also pet friendly and you can even have your customized party here! Another unique point it that instead of having a second floor, they actually have a basement and come on tell me, how many places have you visited that actually has a basement what more you dining in it.


Going downstairs for my meal is definitely a new experience and the basement of I Am 80's cafe was decorated personally by the owner himself and each items are items he collected over time giving a nice retro vibe to the overall place. 


These art pieces were ordered specifically from Thailand which gives a unique feel to the place. Each piece certainly captures your attention. 


There are also some interesting decor items from the 80's living up to the name of the cafe. Just look at that antique television set which I have vague memory of it back in my grandparents house as well as that vinyl record and some utensils.


Hanging by the stairs heading to the basements are also some tidbits which jolts me back to my childhood. Although I am not from the 80's generation but some of these snacks were still around and popular during the 90's. The whole vibe of the cafe brings you back in time. 


The interior of the cafe once you enter emits a homely vibe with its unique and creative decorations. Check out the furniture of the cafe which was handmade by the owner himself plus how can you miss out on those adorable plushie pillows. I had to resist grabbing one home for myself to cuddle at night.


This table was actually made using an abandoned wooden crate that the owner recycled and repainted it mimicking flags of different countries and did you notice the chairs? It's been a while seeing these chairs which I remember seeing at old KL coffee shops or at my grandparents house.


I just love those cute animal head pillows. So good for photos and really brings the vibe of a pet friendly cafe. Of course I wouldn't be able to resists taking a "few" shots with the background and the decor. Credits to the sister who seems to have improved her photography skills. 



The counter is filled with mouthwatering cakes which you would really not want to miss out. The service at I Am 80's cafe is that you actually order at the counter and pay on the spot. Good tip for those who normally have problems going out with friends and have problems splitting the bill because each can just order whatever they want.

Drinks


(L-R) Apple, Orange Lychee RM16 | Lychee Soursop and Mint Leaves RM15 | Mix Berries and Dragonfruit RM16 | Banana Mango with Basil Seed RM14

Now let's start off with the drinks shall we. Make sure to order their freshly made juices which are really refreshing and just oh-so-healthy as well. With a variety of freshly blended juices for you to choose from, you will be spoilt with choices. Each juice is served in a bottle/jar and here's a little secret. If you like the bottle and want to bring it back, just ask the owner! He would be more than happy to oblige ;) But please don't try to sneak it back.. Ask and it will be given.

Hot chocolate RM13

80's Coffee | 80's Tea RM10
The coffee here is really food as well and besides the freshly brewed coffee, you can also try their tea as well which you can either enjoy it at the cafe or also bring it back home. Concentrated and fragrant, I totally love the coffee here. I realized that I'm starting to appreciate good coffee compared to the past where I just cannot stomach coffee. For those who like sweetened coffee like from Starbucks, you may not like this coffee because it is rather concentrated but for those who appreciate good 'kaw' coffee, make sure to try this out.

Sarsi RM6
Serving sarsi from the glass bottle just brings back old memories. For those who have never seen this bottle before, well this was how soft drinks and sodas were sold in the past. In glass bottles with metal caps! You certainly don't see these around anymore. 

Food

Mushroom Soup | RM9 

Moving on to the food served at I Am 80's cafe, let's start off with some appetizers or should I say soup here. This creamy mushroom soup with truffle oil is just packed with robust mushroom flavones and the truffle oil brings out the fragrance of the overall soup. They certainly were not stingy on the amount of mushrooms used in this soup and for light eaters, this may even fill up your tummy!

80's Signature | RM75

Warning: Only order this if you are coming in a large group of well you're a heavy eater because this next platter really packs a punch in your tummy. Served on a huge metal tray, the 80's Signature consists of 1/2 chicken, foot long sausage, fish and chips, corn on the cob, a mountain of wrinkled fries, wedges and salad. 


This jumbo size sausage could feed two light eaters with the fluffy hotdog buns and the tomato salsa on top. 


I've always loved corn and this corn on the cob was sweet, slightly seasoned and still so juicy. 


The chicken nicely oven grilled pairs nicely with their homemade sauce which adds more flavor to the chicken. On its own however, it is a bit dry so be generous when dipping your chicken into the sauce.

Black Mussels in Pot | RM40

Next we have the ever indulgent Black mussels in Pot. I don't eat shellfish and so I wouldn't normally order shellfish based items like mussels but... Oh gosh, these mussels were cooked really well especially that creamy sauce which was well seasoned and perfect for dipping with the garlic bread served on the sides. 


I tried one of the mussels and boy were they fresh and just nicely cooked, still tender no not rubbery. There wasn't that fishy sea taste that I normally can't stomach and of course the cream based sauce compliments it really well. The sister certainly enjoyed it and happily took my portion of mussels to enjoy,

80's Beef Stew | RM25

Beef lovers you will enjoy the 80's Beef Stew served at I Am 80's cafe with tender beef, still chewy and juicy slow cooked with vegetables adding sweetness to the overall dish. I just love how it was served in this mini pot with garlic bread on the side to soak up those juices making it one of my favorite dish for that day. 

Sarawak Laksa | RM12


For those who prefer an Asian taste, order the Sarawak Laksa which will transport your tastebuds to East Malaysia. Originating from Sarawak himself, the owner includes this popular dish in the menu at I am 80's cafe. Sarawak Laksa has a particular unique flavor that you wouldn't normally find in the laksa here in the Peninsular. 


Some of my other dining companions did not fancy this laksa because of that unique taste but I find the taste rather authentic just like those I ate during my trip to Kuching. Mix in the chili prawn paste into your bowl of laksa to savor the authentic Sarawak Laksa flavors.

Dancing in the Pan | RM20

As in all my food adventures, it has to end on a sweet note and what better dessert to end it than the house special Dancing in the Pan. Why Dancing in the Pan? Well, just look at that warm bread pudding with ice cream served on a hot pan and poured over with rich chocolate sauce. 


Make sure to be ready to dig in once that chocolate sauce is poured on top because that combination of hot and cold from the ice cream is just magic on your tongue. 

Bailey Chocolate Mousse | RM16
Be sure to try out some of their yummy cakes on display as well! Totally loving the one we tried with the salted caramel and macadamia nuts. Have a great week ahead lovelies and see you all soon :)

I Am 80's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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