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Our Sungkai experience @ Garage Kafe, Kota Kinabalu

Written by @joehairie 
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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Thought of the day-“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”-Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It is a cafe located on the roadside, not belonging to any of 5 star properties. We were here twice, this is our third visit. We’re here to break fast or to have our Iftar. Yes, we were invited but as most have known already, we are two stubborn writers. We do stick to our honest opinions and we write things, as we see it, not by what others have seen. This is Garage Kafe, a cafe that is increasingly becoming quite popular among diners in Kota Kinabalu city. Our break fast session at Garage Kafe was one of the best Sungkai in Ramadhan Month 2017.

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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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The Colors of Indonesian Nasi Padang

Written by @Lan
Photos by curiostraveller.com team members

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Thought of the day-“The only thing that I like better than talking about food is eating.”-John Walters

One long table, 2 diners, more than 20 dishes and at least 5 kinds of Sambal (hot/spicy sauce). If that’s not enough, there were 3 staffs monitoring the table, looking for more empty space to offer more dishes. Each dish presented in different texture, color and taste. That striking red sambal chili was kind of a warning for me not to consume it but then Asians can’t live without sambal. This is Nasi Padang, padangnese can’t live without it, it’s their ‘trademark’, we are pretty sure of that.

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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

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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 : Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge (TWG Tea & Macaroons)

Written by @joehairie. Content arranged by @Lan
Afternoon Tea Time at The Lobby Lounge on Friday-September 16, 2016

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“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”-Henry James

Afternoon tea is about indulging yourself in your favorite hot beverage. It is about the ultimate indulgence with the elements surrounding you and your company. We mentioned earlier that we will be having afternoon tea at The Lobby Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan and so we did. The perfect ambiance of The Lobby Lounge with some amazing colors of the comfy chairs perfected the moment. We were hosted by our angels, Ms Yee and Ms Lily and they have prepared something unusual yet interesting for our afternoon tea, colorful Macaroons and amazing TWG Tea, not one but 2 kinds of it.

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