Garage Kafe @ Penampang Bypass : As we see it- Revisited after 13 months!

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com unless stated otherwise)

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Thought of the day-“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.”-Giada De Laurentiis

(This cafe is owned and managed by Muslim owners)

Good food is cooked with love and soul. A great Cafe is not only about serving that good food but is also a place where people ably to sense that warm and inviting atmosphere. Being inside, it feels like almost being at home. Feeling comfortable is the keyword. In the long run, people will only return to cafes that they feel comfortable at. These are the qualities of a great cafe. Kota Kinabalu city is increasingly dotted with new cafes, not all have that ‘great qualities’ but Garage Kafe @ Penampang Bypass does. That’s how we see it, an observation of ours that took 13 months to reach that firm conclusion.

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Nasi Lemak 101: The Making of Simple Nasi Lemak

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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This entry is written after we tasted some yummy packed Nasi Lemak days ago. Nasi lemak is a Malay Fragrant Rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish and also popular in neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Indonesia especially in Eastern Sumatra, Brunei and Southern Thailand. Malaysian normally have this meal for breakfast but then some people have this for lunch and even post supper!! Nasi Lemak can be found in all parts of Malaysia, be it at street vendors, cafes and even in a 5 star restaurant.

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Ayam Bakar Kantri by Kantri Restaurant @ Singosari-Malang, Indonesia

Written by @Lan & Edited by @Joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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“I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food”-Erma Bombeck

A journey is incomplete without some great food and so our journey in East Java did have some stops here and there, enjoying the best of Indonesian cuisine. One of the most memorable dining experience was at the Kantri Restaurant which is located along the main road of Singosari, Malang-Surabaya. We just had some big breakfast and all the sudden we were hungry again and so our guide cum driver decided to made a ‘pit-stop’ at Kantri Restaurant. The menu seemed to have mostly fusion food but somewhere in between the pages I managed to see one alluring dish named as Ayam Bakar Kantri.

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Sabah Food Awards 2016 : A great event by SabahEats- Mass recognition for the winners!

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
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The winners, YB Datuk Kamarlin Hj Ombi & SabahEats Admin

“Restaurants are a wonderful escape for me..and are for a lot of people.”-Gay Talese

There’s one recent prestigious event, The Sabah Food Awards 2016 which was organized by SabahEats (Link to their Blog). The event was held on December 10, 2016 (Saturday) at Azure Pool Bar & Cafe, Le Meridien Hotel Kota Kinabalu. Apart from the winners, YB Datuk Kamarlin Hj Ombi (Assistant Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah), bloggers, friends and instagramers attended the event. The event is about giving recognition to the winners of each category and winners were voted by the public (mass) via SabahEats blog from October 12, 2016 to November 15,2016.

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Dreamtel Tuhau Chicken@ Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu : An honest review from two Tuhau ‘haters’-A confession

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members & credited sources)

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The advertisement banner by Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu clearly explained that Dreamtel Tuhau Chicken is about a flavorful fusion dish with juicy chicken thigh coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried to perfection, and served with a special sauce infused with fragranced Tuhau, a local wild ginger. The dish is accompanied with garden salad tossed with local wild mango, bambangan salsa and chips. Tuhau? Oh no, we dislike Tuhau ever since we knew about its existence. Our angel invited us for food tasting at Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu and she told us that we’re to try this Dreamtel Tuhau Chicken. Seriously? Tuhau? We were speechless and we only admit to her the night we found ourselves sitting, waiting nervously for that dish. My Chief Editor said to me, let’s just try….

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Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan : Lunch @ Wrapped

Wrtitten by @joehairie
Mini Buffet Lunch & Ala Carte @ Wrapped on Saturday, September 17, 2016

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On day 2, we had the opportunity to be spoiled with some amazing food available at the Wrapped @ Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan. Not only that we were to indulge ourselves in the Mini Buffet Lunch but we were also given the opportunity to taste some of the latest menu available at Wrapped. It was noon, lunch time and we were hungry so there was no problem in eating all that good foods! We needed some energy anyway as we’re to spend the rest of the afternoon at the Poolside and swim! That we tell you later, for now it’s the awesome deli, welcome to Wrapped!

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Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan : Bakar Bakar Friday Night at The Eatery

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Bakar Bakar Friday Night (Buffet) on September 16, 2016)

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Happening every Friday night, Bakar Bakar (Grill in English) at The Eatery is about stimulating your taste buds with the aromas of the grills! All that you need to do is to pick from wide selection of fresh seafood or succulent meats and the Chefs will be more than happy to grill them to your liking. While waiting for that grilled food of yours, you may actually help yourself with other selection from the buffet spread! You will be spoiled with the many choices and this is happening only at Four Points Sheraton Sandakan.

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Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan: Dishing out The Eatery’s legendary Mee Curry Sibuga

Written by @joehairie
Lunch at The Eatery on Friday-September 16, 2016.

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It’s not an ordinary dish, though the name is. It’s actually a legendary dish named as Mee Curry Sibuga. From the ordinary Mee Curry, it’s been re-born and this one is uniquely different in both taste and presentation. At The Eatery @ Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan,  Mee Curry dish has been given an elevation by Chef Basri, producing his own version that tasted amazingly delicious that will make you go for second and perhaps third. It is a common menu, yes, undeniably easy to find in most eateries. Be warned that this particular Mee Curry has something else to talk about, not to be missed by any foodie out there.

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