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Written by @Lan
Malaysia Delicious 100 Food 2017-2018
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Written by @joehairie (Photos by curiostraveller.com)
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.
Written by @joehairie (Photos by curiostraveller.com unless stated otherwise)
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.
Written by @Lan Photos by curiostraveller.com team members
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.
Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie (Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
“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.
Wrtitten by @joehairie Mini Buffet Lunch & Ala Carte @ Wrapped on Saturday, September 17, 2016
Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie (Bakar Bakar Friday Night (Buffet) on September 16, 2016)
Written by @joehairie. Content arranged by @Lan Afternoon Tea Time at The Lobby Lounge on Friday-September 16, 2016
“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.
Philosophy & History
Let’s learn something
Drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China but it was the Brits that started to popularize the whole thing about the ceremonial Afternoon Tea. It is trending in each location you go to. The concept of afternoon tea changes depending on the location but one thing remains the same, appreciation towards the serving : the beverages and finger foods. While some tend to have complicated and layers of things on the table, a simple cup of tea will do and it will be fun to sip it while casually talking with tea-mates. Some people will spend hours doing that, we both occasionally do, especially when our best mates are with us.
According to Ben Johnson (2016), afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
About The Lobby Lounge
Decorated in a bright, friendly style, The Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind any time of day. Views of Sandakan Bay create a light-filled backdrop for clusters of armchairs and sofas in orange, green, and purple. Join colleagues for cappuccino or espresso during the day. Enjoy traditional afternoon tea with fresh-baked pastries. Or share a relaxing moment with friends over a glass of wine, beer, or cocktail. Finger foods like buffalo wings, prawn fries, or anchovy fries are great for sharing. Gourmet sandwiches satisfy a bigger appetite.
About TWG Tea
TWG Tea is a brand of tea which was established in Singapore in 2008. The company promotes itself as a luxury brand. TWG stands for The Wellbeing Group. Branded as the “first and only upscale tea salon” in Singapore, TWG Tea sells tea, as well as tea-infused food, such as savoury items, pastries and desserts. It also sells upscale tea accessories, such as gold and platinum teacups. TWG Tea products are sold through the company’s outlets as well as in upscale retailers such as Harrods and Dean & DeLuca. TWG Tea sells over 800 different tea varieties from every tea producing country in the world.
Our Afternoon Tea
While our afternoon tea was a casual one and not that ceremonial as in Traditional English Tea, we kind of loving the moments especially when it’s done at The Lobby Lounge, located on the 1st floor of Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan. The magnificent view is still playing in our thoughts even after finished writing this article. A truly memorable afternoon tea, I must say especially when we were accompanied and hosted by our angels. Mind you, a casual visit or staying at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is not complete if one have yet to sit at the comfy and colorful sofas at The Lobby Lounge, enjoying afternoon tea while looking at the amazing view of Sandakan Bay.
The fragrant TWG Tea that were offered to us, refreshed us from that long hours of half day tour at Sepilok. We had 2 types of Tea, namely 1837 Black Tea and Geisha Blossom Tea. TWG Tea’s renowned signature tea, 1837 Black is a unique blend of black tea with notes of fruits and flowers from the Bermuda triangle which leaves a lingering aftertaste of ripe berries, anise, and caramel. A timeless classic, that is. The other tea was Geisha Blossom Tea which is blend of green tea and refreshing ripe southern fruits infuses into a fragrant cup that will calm and appease after a day’s disruptions.
The Macaroons were lovely, though we are not into sweet things, we actually still enjoyed that Macaroons. The macaroons served to us were definitely simple but colorful presentation of beauty from the Pastry Chef that made em’. Perfect macaroons we must say that we forgot that we don’t normally consume anything nearer to that. We did! At The Lobby Lounge @ Four Points Sheraton Sandakan. Why? Perhaps it looked so tempting, the soothing and colorful ambiance of The Lobby Lounge added to that temptation, though we were quite full after some great lunch just 2 hours ago! Our thoughts were like trying to position the macaroons in between cookie and candy categories. The TWG Tea..uhhhh haven we say..
It will be hard to deny that the best place for Afternoon Tea in Sandakan is actually at The Lobby Lounge @ Four Points by Sheraton. The high quality and wide choices of beverages and snacks is equally important as the magnificent, colorful, vibrant Lobby Lounge’s ambiance. To add to that already validated factors in online reviews from genuine guests, the awesome view of that Sandakan Bay, will make you sit for hours.
We had our wonderful, refreshing and aromatic TWG Tea with some lovely macaroons. We had our moments with our angels and planning to have more of that in the near future, fingers crossed. While I think of that plan together with @lan, we do have one question for you. The question is, when is your moment?
Contact & Links
Planning to have the same Afternoon Tea experience? Head to:
THE LOBBY LOUNGE (1st Floor)
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan
Sandakan Harbour Square
90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Phone: + 60 89 244 888
In Malaysia, call: 1-800-18-1220
Fax: + 60 89 218 666
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Written by @joehairie Lunch at The Eatery on Friday-September 16, 2016.
Written by @Lan. Edited by @joehairie (Photos by @joehairie unless stated otherwise)
“Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.” – Paulo Coelho
A great cafe does not necessarily need the most up to date interior and exterior features. At times, simplicity is needed in order to align the owner’s products and the expected crowd. Less is more, well, sometimes this philosophy works depending on the ability of the cafe’s owner to keep the customers happy and ably to understand their needs. Customers tend to look at the features of the cafe over the products, if it is best suited to their ‘soul’, they will sure to come in. Nowadays, cafe business is quite challenging, it’s so hard to determine the exact desire(s) of patrons. So, does simplicity actually work for certain cafes? There is one, right here in the city center, a cafe full of simplicity.
Written by @curiostraveller (Photos by @joehairie unless stated otherwise)
Some say it’s a cafe with unfinished design. Some say it’s a hipster cafe. We say, it’s a cafe with Industrial Design, purposely left unfinished on some parts, implying a big statement, a significant impact and trademark readily for viewing to those passing by. Alluring that is, as if it’s a call for people to come in and check out what’s inside. That is definitely genius and smart. Welcome to Haus Cafe, one burgeoning cafe in Kota Kinabalu City, we must say. The concept is different. While other cafes tend to outshine competitors, Haus look at things differently. Being humble that is. The owner intend to create that community feels by ensuring that the cafe is fit for people of all ages and background. It ain’t only for the avid coffee hunters and young career people (as you can see in many other cafes), the door opens for everyone.
Written by @joehairie (Photos by @curiostraveller unless stated otherwise)
Honestly, we are not into Japanese Cuisine. We actually rarely dine at any Japanese restaurant. We are not that familiar with the ‘protocols’ of eating foods from the Land of The Rising Sun. In both our minds, all that we can think of is Tempura. Our destiny and palate keep changing though. 2 days ago, we had this opportunity to dine at the award winning Nagisa Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. There’s this recently launched menu named as Sakana Oroshi Set, creatively prepared and presented by Chef Kenny Liew You Khen. In total, there are three different sets to choose from. We tried all three. Were we satisfied with the taste and presentation of all three Sakana Oroshi set? Did that menu change our mind and worldview towards Japanese Cuisine? Read further to find out…
Written by @joehairie (Photos by curiostraveller.com)
We stayed at the Dorsett Grand Labuan on July 2, 2016 and having to fast the next day, we went for our Sahur at 3.00 am (July 3,2016). We intend to share to our blog readers what we saw and experience during the Sahur at Victoria’s Brasserie, Dorsett Grand Labuan. Similar to the Break Fast/Sungkai post (here is the LINK), this entry might be a bit too late for most people as Ramadhan month is over. However, this entry can be a good reference for future guests at Dorsett Grand Labuan during Ramadhan month in 2017. At Dorsett Grand Labuan, Sahur is a replacement or an option for the usual Breakfast and offered to Muslim guests.
(Photos by @joehairie)
Serving 220 food items to delight guests taste buds, Victoria’s Brasserie @ Dorsett Grand Labuan claimed to have the Longest Sungkai Buffet in Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. We both traveled all the way to Labuan from Kota Kinabalu just to be able to break fast here and see for ourselves if the Sungkai Buffet is really ‘Long’ enough as suggested by the name/theme in the Dorsett Grand Promotional Banner. For most people, this post might be a bit too late to be published as Ramadhan month is over. It’s Syawal Month now. However, this write-up has one long run objective. This write-up will enable future guests in 2017 to compare the products(foods) offered in 2016.
(Photos by @joehairie)
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for Sungkai.”-curiostraveller.com