Saturday, January 17, 2015

Food, Glorious Food!: The Comeback Edition (KGB, Burgerbytye, Meteora Cafe, NY Steak Shack)

Can't believe that's been a looong while since I last posted a delicious post on food. Well, blame it on the changing interweb landscape. I mean, it's so much easier just to Instagram everything these days, no? And do people even read blogs anymore?

In any case, sure we've been eating and discovering new stuff this past year. No doubt, we usually go back to the same places we consider our favourites most of the time, which includes Ben's General Food Store, Kokopelli, Carnival Churrascaria and Kulcats Bario, among others.

But with this post, you know that we've got some new (or "relatively" new) places to share with you lot. And oh, pics are mostly from the trusted iPhone, so quality is rather varied. So, here goes...

First up, let's talk about my favourite thing to eat of all time; BURGERS.

There are tons of fancy, gourmet burger places in KL these days and everyone's got their own favourites. Well, we are proud to declare that our absolutely favourite place now is KGB (Killer Gourmet Burgers).

Had a bad experience the first time around when they closed the door on us at 2.55pm (I had spent 1/2 hour looking for parking), but no complaints whatsoever on our subsequent visits.


Our advice is to spend a bit of time to study the menu and decide on your preferences. So far, we've tried The Shack (RM12.90), Bash (RM18.90), KGB Spiked (15.90) and a couple others and they were all good. They're not overly-loaded with stuff, but just enough to leave you feeling satisfied after the last bite.



We also recommend ordering the fries. Apart from the normal fries with salt and pepper, there are also specialty fries including Kimchi Fries that were pretty good.


And speaking of burgers, we also tried another local franchise that's been pretty talked-about as the owner is comedian Zizan Razak, Burgerbyte. We went to their outlet at Jalan SS15/4 Subang Jaya and it was pretty crowded. Partly because they do give special discounts to students, we believe.

We tried the pasta and this nachos with beef chilli meat burger. The fries are your normal supermarket fries, but the burger was a 3.5/5. Would have been better if the chilli meat was a tad spicier.


STILL on burgers... (and in the Subang area), check out this one from Meteora Cafe in USJ 5/9P.


This is the baconator, but it was only a 2/5.  Think they used frozen patty and that's sort of a no-no for us. But really, it's still a wonderful place to chill. The churros, with two different dipping sauces (chocolate & cinnamon) is a must-try and the the coffees are pretty good too. They also play good music and may we suggest that you put the digital devices down and play some board games!



OK, no more burgers. But you know we can't really run away from meat! We uncovered this interesting steak place at Sunway Pyramid, NY Steak Shack. Main USP is its affordability, and on most banners, the steak is advertised as RM25.90 which is pretty reasonable. 

But here's the thing; RM25.90 is for 150gms of rib-eye steak, which was what we ordered. And it felt a tad unsatisfying. Guess we should have up-sized to 200gms for the price of RM32.90. There's also a variety of sauces including caramelised onions, black pepper (but of course), mushroom etc. 


They got the cooking right and the steak was pretty tender and well-seasoned. We'll definitely come back and try the other stuff on the menu. It's decorated to look like a New York joint, but the service staff made us feel like we were elsewhere in Asia (if you know what we mean, hehe).

And just before we end this post, a little bit of good news. If you're a frequenter of D'Cengkih in TTDI, you'd be glad to know that it has re-opened after a hiatus of nearly 6 months! If you're not familiar with D'Cengkih, this is the best place to go for authentic Johor cuisine! Let's go Makan!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favourite Stuff Of 2014

So yeah, 2014 was not quite a vintage year for so many reasons. But I’ll leave the recapping of the list of horrors to the others and just share with you lot some of the stuff I enjoyed from the year. And yes, bring on 2015 already!


Live Show
WWE “Live” In Kuala Lumpur

It took the WWE some 12 years to return, but the divas and superstars put up quite a memorable show at the Putra Stadium this past October.  Hey, it even made Tia a wrestling fan now!

App
Waze

I keep complaining that this does NOT look like the future yet (where are THE FLYING CARS?), but Waze has made me a believer (somewhat). An app that tells you how long it’ll take to get to somewhere and show you the best route? So simple, yet  undoubtedly a precious gift to all of humanity (especially if you live in the Klang Valley and need to negotiate the evil LDP).

CD
X by Ed Sheeran

12 weeks at no 1 on the albums chart and deservedly so. Sheeran is truly one of the most consistently good pop artists out there today.  Or shall I say, “storyteller” instead?

Movie
Interstellar

Sure I had some complaints about it, but it was also the only movie that haunted my thoughts (and dreams), for a good few weeks. And just thinking about it now still bugs me a whole lot!




Of course, I also have to mention Mamak Cupcake, the first film I wrote for the silver screen. And considering how brutal the local box-office was in 2014, it managed to make quite a bit of money too : ) Do look out for my next film, “Showdown” (working title), out in cinemas in 2015!

TV Show
The Walking Dead

What a great year for TV. So many great shows, so little time. Thanks astro for the PVR function (which I’m paying through the nose for, incidentally). And my pick of the lot was again TWD, which has turned out to be gorier (burning zombies, woot!) and more complex than ever. Best part? The season still ain’t over yet!

But I do have to give shoutouts to the likes of  Sherlock, Newsroom, The House Of Cards, The Voice, The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Game Of Thrones, Masterchef (!) for a year of awesome TV.

Restaurant
KGB

Back to burger basics! Yup, we frequented a lot of the same places we love this year, but Killer Gourmet Burgers  (in Bangsar and Mid Valley) is our favourite "new" burger joint at the moment.

Vacation Moment
Whales In South Australia
Look closely for whales :)
We went to Adelaide in late May and took a drive down to Victor Harbor where we saw some whales from the coast. Yup, free whale-watching!

London Moment
Walking On Glass (Literally)

I’ve walked across the Tower Bridge hundreds of times, but never thought of going up, until now. It’s not that far up, but walking on glass over the Thames is probably not for the faint-hearted : )

Run Event
Kuching Marathon


Spent more time in the gym this past year, so I ended up running in only ONE event. But Kuching was nice and pretty. If only I didn’t finish that far behind. Hehe.


Have a Happy New Year, folks!

Just Because...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tia's London Vlogs

So, I was a keynote speaker at a private U recently and we spoke about Gen Y and Mediapreneurship. There were loads to talk about, but in my opening anecdote, I told the audience how my daughter, Tia, was diligently filming our recent holiday in the UK with her Canon camera.

She basically had a plan. Which was to film the best bits of our trip, come home, EDIT the videos and upload them on her YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Yup, my 10-year-old daughter is now a YouTuber. Along with most her best friends from school. Mostly they upload Minecraft videos, but personal stuff might also pop up.

So peeps, do enjoy these vlogs; filmed, produced and edited by Tia Sofia M.Zulkifli (also known as TSMZ04 in the YouTube realm) : ) (And like her channel too, while you're at it. Thanks!)








Monday, November 10, 2014

Interstellar: A Sort Of Review

From my FB status:

So I watched INTERSTELLAR on IMAX a few days back.
Initial random thoughts...

It's almost 3hrs long, but it didn't feel like it to me. That's mainly because I love long movies... Dances With Wolves, Titanic (ahem)...

IMAX is the way to watch it. The cinema literally shook each time a space shuttle was launched... (but after the first launch, it is recommended you do NOT go to the toilet, or you'll miss some important Michael Caine mumbo jumbo).

The robots weren't as cute as Twiki (80s children would get this), but definitely wittier.
There were times when I thought, "M.Night Shyamalan finally got his shit back!" Only to remind myself it's actually a Nolan film (no hate mail pls. I do love Nolan)

In the end, it didn't feel like a film. It felt more like visually astounding sequences that required you to see and solve through mental deductions, BEFORE you are allowed to move on to the next stage. At some points, you might even be tempted to whip out your calculator, and those "useless" add maths lessons might finally come in handy!

The "fun" stuff out of the way, let's get serious with some SPOILERS....




So, what happened at the end?

Popular theories include:

1. Dude actually died, and the whole final act was just his immediate afterlife dream (seriously, how do you survive being ejected in deep freakin' space lah. No, not even space. Deep freakin' BLACK HOLE).

2. Love really CAN conquer it all. Which should give us all hope. I mean, even when our world is about to end, and we get lost in space, LOVE will propel us into another dimension that (here's the best part) has ALL THE BEST BOOKS in the whole damn world.

I would go with theory 1. But 2 also can lah.

The fact is, I'm still stuck at: "Did the top actually stop spinning?"

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