Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Taste Enclave Classic, Pavilion

If you didn't already know about this place, the only way you would have is by accident. When you do spot it, you say to yourself, "When was THIS here?" I can't remember which store this was behind, that's how weirdly located it is. I had noticed on a previous trip, but had taken a mental note to go the next time I'm hungry and in the area. 

It's a new classy hawker centre in a classy mall. I think its location had something to do with how it's so quiet during lunch hour compared to the Food Republic foodcourt downstairs, which seems like a morning market in comparison - in that most people don't know it's there to begin with? Or maybe as it was a public holiday, people have staggered meal times? I'm just guessing.

It's so classy that you don't have to walk up to the stalls to order, it's almost restaurant-y (or like Old Town White Coffee and its ilk, depending on who you ask): They walk you to a table, you peruse a menu (which lists every menu item from every stall there, in both English and Mandarin), write your order on the chit, and someone will run it to the stall so you don't have to. You really don't have to get up once seated, not even to pay. I still find it weird to see white people in shirts and ties running around managing a food court in Asia (who I presumed were the management).

Took me awhile to decide what I wanted, because I just don't want something that I can get closer to home for cheaper. Finally decided on beef wat tan hor (noodles in egg drop gravy with beef slices), which for the price (RM 12.90 before taxes, etc) was pretty good and generously portioned. It was unfortunate that the 11th Starbucks drink I chose (skinny, no whip Grande Dark Mocha frap) kinda spoiled my appetite a little and I couldn't finish.

If you've been to the Avenue K one, this is still the "classier" one of the two. It's pretty much the same stalls, I believe. I like the place fine, especially since it's easier to find a table here than downstairs :P Sadly, no WiFi. 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Week 37, 2014

Mid Autumn Festival this week. Would be a good time to get discounted mooncake if you're so inclined and cheap.
  • Finished a book - the English version of French novella, The Suicide Shop.
  • Found out this week that KFC sells premium "desserts". RM5 introductory price is not too bad. 
  • Sibling got a knee operation this week.
  • Free U2 album, if you want and have iTunes. 
  • Third time at the Crackhouse.
  • Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival over the weekend. 
  • Finally checked out Monki in Nu Sentral. Am definitely too old for the place, starting with the close run-ins with the mirror walls.. :P
To anyone who took tomorrow off because Tuesday is Malaysia Day... I hate you :P

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival

Checked out the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival late Saturday afternoon. Mostly stuck to the indoor stuff (after checking out outside, of course) because there were a few things I wanted to see. Luckily the free WiFi around Pentas 2 downstairs work, so I could post some pictures on Instagram before catching the shows that I was curious about... 

Fahmi Fadzil and Azmyl Yunor, performing Wayang Buku in Indicine upstairs in KLPAC after the NETMBR (Never Eat Too Much Before Rapture) crew did a half hour version of their show (which I've never seen before, even though I've taken at least a class or two with the guys back in the day) downstairs at the lobby stage. Wayang Buku tackles the sedition issue in the broadest possible way, done in the late night talk show format, with books as the "guests". You had to be there.

There was an intermission after Wayang Buku, so we had to leave Indicine while they do the setup. Suddenly the attendance for the Disko Baldi show ballooned outside; and yes, I wondered why. Even with the disclaimer that it has mature content, there are still kids (dragged by their parents) in attendance. Never having been to a Disko Baldi show, I wasn't too sure what to expect. It was funny for the most part, I suppose.

Projek Disko Baldi, performing their "theme song"

Friday, 12 September 2014

Third whack of crack

Can't be backside-d to go with anyone, so I went back to the Crackhouse all by myself on Thursday night to catch the headliner Singaporean Malay comic (Fakkah Fuzz) whom I saw at Urbanscapes last year. 

Doors might open at 8 p.m., but when I got upstairs a little after that, it was pretty quiet save for an older married couple (whom we all found out later was a Malaysian man with his Singaporean wife) who were under the illusion that the show was starting at 8 p.m., so after paying the RM25 entrance and the hand stamp, I walked around for dessert. After failing to find chocolate pie at Souka, I settled for cheesecake at Artisan Roast, which was okay, but meh. 

Things only got underway at around 9 p.m., with Rizal van Geyzel as host for the night. He introduced Brian Tan (again), the Crackhouse's resident barkeep (seriously) and Greg Hutt, who's in his last week in Malaysia, who each did a short set. The host called a five minute smoke/stretch your legs/drink break after the first two performers. Fuzz was pretty funny for the most part, albeit a little loud for the space we were in, I thought.

They all of course spotted the token angmo guy in the audience and interacted with him. I give props to the family of four from KLANG to Taman Tun (no mean feat if they actually travelled FROM Klang that night, given the rush hour traffic, etc) who showed up, with the younger people having to listen to the sometimes ribald material with a parent. Which I imagine is about as awkward watching movie love scenes with your parents (which doesn't happen in Malaysia because those things would've been taken out). The only people in the audience who seems to be really enjoying himself was a cabbie, who was downing cans of Tiger beer like water, and another guy who recently became a priest. (I don't know what that achievement would be called - so shoot me). 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Week 36, 2014

Short work week, but didn't feel that way.
  • Didn't get to go see David Blaine on Friday night. 
  • Got my ticket refund back, yay! 
  • RIP, Joan Rivers.
  • Haul of cheap(er) Moleskine products arrived after a delay of a few weeks (because the particular online store was swamped with orders as it was a massive clearance sale).

Monday, 1 September 2014

NY Steak Shack, Midvalley

Heard about this place through social media about the under-RM30 ribeye steaks. Decided to go there for dinner on Saturday even though I had forgotten the name, let alone to ask the concierge for the location. But I still remembered WHERE I read it, so had to do some Wi-Fi leeching and long story short, was on my way. 

Even though it was the thick of dinner rush, I was fortunate in that I got seated right away. The only snag about going there by myself was getting a tiny table near one of the terminals where the waitstaff was key-ing in orders. Ordered the 150gm strip loin with mixed veg and coleslaw, medium (which probably wasn't by the time it got to me, but it was still pink the middle, so..) with the brown sauce (or demi glace on the menu) because I don't like to spend too much time chewing on medium rare red meat. Also got the Wi-Fi password off the waiters so it wasn't so bad (check Foursquare). 

So the steak finally arrived and the guy asked if I wanted to pour the sauce myself or if I should let him do it. After pouring it over the hot plate and the sizzle show was over, he asked if I wanted anything else (or something to that effect). My exact line was (after making a show of looking): "Erm, cutlery would be nice.." (There was no salt dispenser or cutlery on the table when I sat down; I had to ask). 

For the price (RM25.90 before tax), it's not exactly primo thick cut steak, but edible enough for me. It's for those times when you want steak, but too lazy to cook it (or the sides) yourself and you don't want to pay Victoria Station/Coliseum prices either. Or if you're not too fussed about steak. The mixed veg was a little too soft and (maybe) a tad underseasoned for some; the coleslaw was not bad.  

What I liked: You choose two from a range of sides, and the meat temp go from as low as blue. 

What I didn't like so much: Service could be a lot better: I got called "sir" when I got the bill  -___- Should I be glad that the kid didn't call me "auntie" then? 

There are other non red-meat main course options, but it's pretty slim pickings. I don't mind going back if I could. 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Week 35, 2014 - 3 day Merdeka weekend!

Been a little under the weather this week: between the sniffles and the (perhaps?) bout of food poisoning and the angin, it had been a fun week -_-"

With today (Sunday) being a public holiday, tomorrow also cuti, so yay three day weekend :)
  • Local cab license holders complained about Uber, and was deemed "illegal" by the authorities for less than a day (thanks to social media backlash). Last thing I heard was that Uber was told to get the "permits" in order to stay running. In other Uber news: it's finally in JB! Whee! 
  • Quiznos finally opened in the second home this week. Still haven't gone. 
  • Finally went to NY Steak Shack in Midvalley to check out the fuss. 
  • New IKEA catalogue is out. Flipped through it online, but cannot beat flipping through a fresh, physical copy lah..
  • Took advantage of the IKEA Family member promo and got a 15% discount on an hour long aromatherapy massage at Thai Odyssey. From now on, it's the "oil massage" all the way for this ticklish, low pain tolerance person lah :P
  • Got another free sunblock today. No exchange necessary, but need to show the promoters that you Liked the brand's FB Page. The "professional" warga emas freebie queue-rs (even the promoters lining up behind me were gossiping about them like they were legendary) were slightly thwarted by the Facebook mechanics (it didn't say in the earlier announcement that you needed to "Like" the FB Page), but luckily the promoter had a tablet handy for this eventuality. 
Have a nice weekend, Malaysia.