Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Christmas @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Christmas is less than a month away now... how exciting!  In conjunction with the holiday season, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be offering a range of different festive promotions throughout the month of December.

Earlier this month, we were invited to a media preview at Sky Bar, Gobo Chit Chat, followed by Gobo Upstairs. What a fun, delicious evening it was!

We started off our evening at Sky Bar, sampling two of their festive drinks - Vanilla Ville (Hennessy VSOP, Galliano, fresh milk, vanilla ice cream)  and Peach Perfect (Belvedere, Cava, Peach Liqueor). 

Fantastic view from Sky Bar ;) This would be a great place to do your New Year countdown -- there will be a series of spectacular fireworks display against the Petronas Twin Towers on NYE.

Gobo Chit Chat, the hotel's all day dining restaurant will be offering a Christmas Eve Dinner, featuring International and local selection buffet with Christmas goodies. Priced at RM149 nett per person (RM199 nett with free flow bubbly and wine), you can expect to find whole lamb leg, beef wellington, roasted turkey and a fantastic array of Christmas desserts such as yule log. There will also be a Christmas Day Brunch buffet with the season's specialties (12.00pm to 3.30pm) priced at RM110 nett per person (RM145 nett per person with free flow bubbly and wine).

The beef Wellington was well-executed - loved the buttery pastry and tender beef ;)

If you prefer a sit-down course-by-course meal, check out Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill. The restaurant will be offering a Festive Set Dinner from 1-31 December 2015 (6.00-10.30pm), whereby diners can choose to have a 3-course meal from RM242 nett per person. There will also be a special menu for Christmas Eve Dinner - there will be 2 sessions, the first one at 6.00pm to 8.00pm for a 3-course menu (RM289 nett per person) or the second session from 8.30pm onwards, for a 6-course menu (RM329 nett per person). On Christmas Day, there will be an all-you-can-eat lunch with free flow bubbly and wine for RM168 nett per person.

Deconstructed seafood tartare  with scallops, green lip mussels, tiger prawn and black caviar

Blue Swimmer Crab Meat with ahi tuna, black caviar, compressed honeydew

Chestnut apple soup

Turkey Breast Mascarpone with giblet gravy, apple stuffing and orange cranberry sauce 

Grilled 150 days Black Angus Tenderloin with pomme puree, Madeira sauce and truffle essence

D'Indulge - chocolate indulgence with gold flakes and mini vanilla cone ice cream

Blueberries Almond Cream Tart with rum and raisin ice cream, raspberry volcano sauce and sea salt

For more details on their festive promotions, check out the website here.

Location: Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03- 2332 9888

GPS Coordinates: 3.154271, 101.715417


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Zurich Protect Your True Love

I am very fortunate to have found and married my true love, someone who protects me and helps me flourish.  Together, we have formed a family of our own and have been blessed with two beautiful children.  During married life our relationship has continued to grow and together we now experience great satisfaction from sharing our love and providing protection for our children, #babysumokids.

As a parent, the desire to provide the best for my children in life, support and protect them is strong. When they were ready to take their first steps, we were there to watch over them and guide them. When they were ready to embark on their schooling journey, we as parents provided the best education we can afford.

Zurich provides insurance solutions that cater to the changing needs of Malaysians. When you truly love someone, you would protect them in the best way: which is with Zurich. They pride themselves on really getting to know you and what you truly value and love, so that they can create the best protection for the things you value.

Our personalised love lock (read below to find out how you can get your hands on one as well)

Since the invention of steel, locks are used as a way of making a statement to symbolize eternal love. Have you ever wondered about the stories behind each lock?

Zurich Insurance is giving you the chance to get a personalised lock to be displayed in the heart of KL and win many more fantastic prizes in their #ProtectTrueLove contest.

Here's how you can enter the #ProtectTrueLove contest:

i. Visit (or for more information, visit

ii. Customise your virtual locks by inserting two names and a date.

iii. Upload up to 3 photos of your loved ones and write a short description (not more than 1,000 characters) on what #ProtectTrueLove means to you and share your love stories.

iv. Fill in your personal information & submit contest entry.


Grand Prize: Travel Voucher Worth RM5,000.00
Second Prize: iPhone 6s X 2 (RM3,200.00 each)
Third Prize: RM500 Cash X 10
Consolation Prize: Zurich Merchandises X 100

Good luck everyone! I will also be taking part in this contest, lets hope together we can win some great prizes :-)

You can also catch Zurich's #ProtectTrueLove Structure, located outside Fahrenheit 88, Bukit Bintang. We took the opportunity to snap some photos and also lock our personalised padlock there. Should you visit, see if you can spot our #babysumokids love lock there :)

First to hang our love lock on the structure ;)

*This is a sponsored post.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gifu Ayu @ Ten Japanese Fine Dining, Marc Residence, KL

Gifu Prefecture of Japan will hold an exclusive 2-day only sampling of Japan’s highly celebrated ‘Ayu’ fish at TEN Japanese Fine Dining on 21st and 22nd November to promote appreciation of ‘Ayu’ fish from Gifu.

Gifu is touted as ‘the land of crystal clear streams’, hence it is not surprising that the prefecture is one of Japan’s largest producers of ‘Ayu’ fish.

Ayu or better known as sweetfish to the locals, belong to the salmon family that thrive only in clean rivers, lakes and coastal waters. The name ‘sweet fish’ is due to the sweetness of its tender flesh, which has a distinctive, sweet flavour with ‘melon and cucumber aroma’. Ayu feed mainly on algae and water weeds that accumulate on the rocks from the river bottom.

This is the first time Gifu-ayu is served in a restaurant in Malaysia. Ten Japanese Fine Dining restaurant presents a 7-Course Gifu Ayu Special Course menu priced at RM290+ and you can also choose to have it with sake pairing for RM350+.

Two award-wining masterchefs from Japan – Chikara Yamada and Hisashi Yamashita, will collaborate with Ten's masterchef Daisuke Miyake to deliver this special dinner with the finest Ayu.

Amuse - Saury Fish Parfait with Sushi Rice Cracker
Marinated Fromage Blanc with Saikyo Sweet Miso and Homemade Dried Mullet Roe

We were invited to the media lunch, a rare opportunity to savour this delicacy from Gifu. The meal was exceptional and a delight for the senses with its beautiful, artful plating as well as its wonderful aromas and taste.

After the amuse, we were served this beautiful sashimi platter by Chikara Yamada, the owner-chef of the restaurant “Yamada Chikara”. His previous work experience include La Lune French Restaurant in Shizuoka as well as the famed Spanish 3-star Michelin El Bulli under Chef Ferran Adria.

His sashimi platter features fresh, delicious raw fish as well as interesting molecular-style soy sauce mousse cubes. Using our chopsticks, we broke up small pieces of the soy cube and ate it with our sashimi and wasabi. So fascinating! :)

Yup, those small brown cubes are soy sauce mousse 

We were excited when our soup arrived in a pretty parcel, which we were to admire first by sight, then open and inhale the aroma. Then, the waiters would come by and pour in the blue shell crab consomme into the bowl. The consomme was light and delicious.

Hokkaido Crab Shinjo with Poured In Blue Shell Crab Consomme

Hokkaido Crab Shinjo is a Japanese-style crab cake / fritter

Chef Hisashi Yamashita then gave a demonstration on his signature dish, the Foie Gras Hamburger Steak. He is the owner-chef of the restaurant “Bistro Q”, and is well-known for his Teppan-French dishes. Foie gras is wrapped in the centre of the hambagu to give it a rich, luxurious finish. 

The star of the day, the Gifu-ayu sweetfish, is cooked in 3 ways, namely deep fried Gifu-ayu by Chikara Yamada, confit Gifu-ayu by Hisashi Yamashita and Gofu-ayu Bagna Cauda by TEN. I enjoyed the deep fried one the best, as it was super crispy and we could even eat the bones.

Super crispy

Ayu fish with Matsutake mushroom 

For many Japanese, ayu rice is the most satisfying way to enjoy Gifu-ayu. The rice is cooked with grilled ayu to infuse the rice with flavor and fragrance. We could also enjoy the delicate, sweet flesh of the Gifu-ayu. 

Steamed Gifu-ayu sweetfish rice by Chikara Yamada

Chef Chikara Yamada

Chef Hisashi Yamashita

For dessert, ice cream is decorated with marshmallow and Italian meringue pieces to make it look like a lotus flower. Then, a matcha sauce incorporating the traditional Japanese tea ceremony preparation is made and poured over the dessert. The bitterness of the matcha sauce complements the sweet ice cream, meringue and marshmallow well.


With the chefs who prepared this heavenly Japanese meal for us

Chef Hisashi Yamashita, Chef Chikara Yamada and Chef Daisuke Miyake

For Ten Japanese Fine Dining's menu (a la carte, set lunch, omakase), click here. No children under age of 12 is allowed to dine here.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday Lunch : 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner : 6:00pm onwards.

Location: TEN Japanese Fine Dining, A-G-1, Marc Residence, Ground Floor, No.3 Jalan Pinang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2161 5999

GPS Coordinates: 3.155384, 101.710314

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mulwarra Beef Promotion @ La Cucina, Pullman KL Bangsar

La Cucina in Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar will be running a two-month Tantalising Steak promotion, as part of its Guest Chef Series. The promotion will run from 21 November 2015 until the 21 January 2016.

For this promotion, Chef Mike Tafe, the Corporate Chef of Mulwarra has created 3 appetizers, as well as 4 mains using Mulwarra grass fed beef which will be served at La Cucina Restaurant. Diners can also order Mulwarra Black Angus tenderloin, striploin or rib eye steak as well as lamb cutlets from the grill. His menu is simple, as he would like diners to experience and enjoy the natural flavours of the Mulwarra beef.

During the media preview, Chef Mike prepared tasting portions of 2 appetizers, 1 main and 1 from the grill steak for us to try. The Tataki of Mulwarra Beef Tenderloin (RM50) was one of my favorite dishes of the afternoon. The lightly seared beef was served with a ginger and leek puree, julienned vegetables and a soy-sesame dressing. Light and delicious!

Mulwarra beef and lamb products

Next, we had the Braised Lentil and Lamb Shank Soup (RM40), served with a cumin scented crisp bread. A chunky, comforting soup.

Mulwarra Lamb are sourced from the pristine green pastures of Australia's southern state of Victoria, using only second cross lambs bred solely for meat production.

From the Grill, we tried the Mulwarra Black Angus Grass Fed Tenderloin (RM120). Mulwarra supplies quality free range grass fed beef sourced from Australia's premier cattle regions in the eastern states of Victoria and New South Wales. The beef was beautifully cooked, and simply served with Texas Barbeque Spice Rub and Smoked Tomato Relish on the side.

Nice and tender

Uncomplicated, just the way I like my steaks!

The Mulwarra Black Angus Grass Fed Rib Eye Steak with seeded mustard dressing (RM125), from the mains selection, was Hubby's favorite dish of the afternoon. This was served with brussels sprouts, and French beans.

Flavorful and tender cut

For desserts, we shared the creme brulee and tiramisu. What a decadent finish to our meal!

Christmas Tree at the hotel lobby

The Mulwarra Beef promotion will run from November 2015 to January 2016. The menu is available for both lunch and dinner daily, prices start from RM40 onwards.

Opening times: 12:00- 2:30pm ; 6:00 - 11:00pm daily.

Location: La Cucina, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2298 1888

GPS Coordinates: 3.115850, 101.6632


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