Monthly Archives: July 2013

Chocolaty Experience in Thirty8, Grand Hyatt

When Team E.T.A visited Thirty8, Grand Hyatt it was the hazy season, hence the not so clear view in the picture.

Not a very pretty picture, isn’t it? Well, to me it’s not really pretty, but I’m sure if you’re to visit Thirty8 in Grand Hyatt right at the moment, the view would be magical, especially at night.

What better way to spend a lazy afternoon than in a chocolate buffet? Yups, you’re reading that right. Chocolate buffet! All you can eat chocolates.

Sinfully exquisite Valrhona chocolates to be exact. Valrhona is a French luxury chocolate manufacturer based in the small town of Tain-l’Hermitage in Hermitage, a wine-growing district near Lyon. Valrhona focuses mainly on high-grade luxury chocolate marketed for commercial use by chefs as well as for private consumption.

Will you just take a look at these…

They’re just lovely, don’t you think?

And divine.

Chocoholics would definitely approve these artfully created treats.

They’re sensational and I swear that one could have an orgasm from having these, and these alone.

I did not managed to have a slice of these, but it was definitely in my son’s good books. He was full of praises for it.

The Guanaja chocolate tarts were exquisite indulgence. I had a slice of these and thank God that there’s still room in my tummy for seconds.

Macarons lovers would approve these.

There’s plenty of macaroons for you to indulge in. The macaroons are made from white, dark and milk chocolates. I had one of these and they practically melt in my mouth.

Beautifully crafted cake with restaurant signature printed on it. Talk about taking art and printing to the next level! This was amazing.

And these are no less heavenly either.

Dark chocolates aplenty

Chocolate truffles

There’s chocolate dip section where you can select a variety of fruit to be dipped into Valrhona chocolate dips.

I’m a big fan of strawberries, be it fresh or cooked, so I had a few rounds of it. The sweet and sour strawberries complemented the chocolate pretty well, I must say.

 

White chocolate lollies

The rocky road is really fabulous, and not something you can compare with the ones you can get commercially.

The Caramelia chocolate soup topped with milk chocolate cigars are just sensational. I had two of these and they’re positively addictive. Definitely a stress-buster that will send you to heaven and back.

These was what on my plate…

And second plate…. 😛 Oh dear, the diet police will definitely be horrified if they’re to see me sinfully indulge like that!

Apart for the chocolate buffet, we were also offered the afternoon high-tea set that comes with the typical British high-tea offerings.

Macaroons and almond biscotti

Sweet cake pastry and flower pot.

The cake slices was of course present.

And what’s an English afternoon tea without delicious scones with jam and cream?

There was the usual sandwiches too.

Our afternoon tea set came with a pot of tea, Chamomile tea and Pu-Er tea. Actually you will only get a pot if you opt for the afternoon tea set with the chocolate buffet. One post was complimentary, especially for us.

And here’s the man who was responsible for me moaning and groaning in pleasure that afternoon, Chef Brett Muller. So if you’re a chocolate fan, and wants to fly to heaven and back, be sure to hop over to Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Hotel. A good place for you to chill out with your girlfriends or your lovers, I reckon.

The Chocolate Buffet at THIRTY8 Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is priced at RM78++/per person. If you’d like to go all English madam while you’re at it, I would recommend you to go for go both for the chocolate buffet with afternoon tea for just RM98++/per person, from 2.00pm-5.00pm daily.

The hotel is ideally located in the city centre, adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and surrounded by the lush gardens of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Park, so getting there should not be a problems. Give it a try, ladies and gents. 😀 Your dining pleasure is guaranteed in Thirty8.

THIRTY8
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12 Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: 6am-11pm
Reservations: 03-21821234 or email [email protected]

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Selera Ramadhan Ala Kampung, Utara Coffee House Armada Hotel PJ

Having heard from a lot of our foodie friends, Team E.T.A have high expectation on both Armada Hotel’s food and service.

The interior may be rather modest and homey, nothing lavish or luxurious there, but I can assure you that their hospitality and food is first class.They went great length to make us feel comfortable, despite the fact that most of the staff are probably overwhelmed with stressful workload. So, salute to all Amada Hotel crew for excellent hospitality.

Now that I’ve given credits where it’s due, allow me to proceed to introduce you to what Armada Hotel have to offer this coming Ramadan; Selera Ramadhan Ala Kampung Buffet. I was told that they have more than 100 authentic traditional Malay dishes to offer and true to its word, when I stepped into the vicinity of the dining hall, I was greeted with loads of goodies for iftar. (Breaking fast session for the Muslims)

I’ll start off with desserts first, as according to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad’s sunnah, one ought to break their fast first with sweet things before going with the heavy things.

There’s sweet plump dates. A must have during iftar.

Assorted traditional Malay kuihs to tantalize your tastebuds

Some fancy glutinous rice

Cream puffs

Agar-agar sirap

Agar agar coklat

I’m not sure what these are called, but they reminds me of the Greek’s baklava.

Red velvet cake was on offering too, but being me, I was kinda put off with the redness of the cake. The boy had this and he loved it.

 

My favourite in the dessert section; refreshing citrus-sy fruit cocktail.

 

Apart from desserts, there’s also various tropical fruits that will probably make Western tourists gasps in awe.

Tangy but sweet pineapples

Local fruits

Dragon fruit’s presentation was pretty eye-catchy don’t you think?

Fruit rojak

Gado-gado. I did not managed to have a go at these, but I overheard from the table next to mine that the peanut sauce is something to die for.

Various ulams

The sambal definitely pairs well with the ulams

And the inner pregnant woman in me was delighted when I saw these jars of pickled fruits. I had a few go at them and actually had to tell myself to stop before I get terrible stomach ache from indulging in these.

There’s plenty of authentic traditional Malay dishes for you to indulge in

One being the nasi kerabu. Yes, you’re reading that right. I know that nasi kerabu is typically bluish, but this is the Northern version of nasi kerabu. Had a few mouthful of em and I discovered that this version agrees with me more than the Kelantanese version of it.

Nasi briyani was fine. Would prefer it more if there are cashew nuts in it.

Ayam briyani is to die for

While the chunky mutton masalla is absolutely divine. I had to refrain myself from taking too much though, as I can’t really take much mutton as my body will feel as if it’s burning up.

And then there’s this, sotong masak lemak cili api. Squid is usually my favourite, but this did not tempt me that much that night and I feel that the masak lemak could use more bird’s eyed chillies.

I have no complains on the curry fish head though. Loved this to boot!

Not a fan of fish, but had a bite of the steamed fish in soya sauce and was surprised that they doesn’t taste that bad and the fishy smell was absent.

The salted egg prawns was fine. Nothing to praise and nothing to complain about either. Would have thought that this would be a much suitable guest in a Chinese New Year’s offering instead of Ramadan buffet. I definitely would prefer it more if there’s sambal petai prawns instead.

Teriyaki chicken.. I gave it a miss

Because I was too busy gobbling up the roasted duck. It was roasted to perfection and surprisingly there was no gamey taste. :D

 

Bubur lambuk was divine, and in my humble opinion, second only to the famous bubur lambuk that’s distributed in the vicinity of Kampung Baru Mosque every Ramadan.

There’s kebab counter for those who fancies some Middle East fare. The chef will prepare for you upon order, so you don’t have to worry about it being stale or not fresh when you sink your teeth into it.

And there’s of course, the grilled section where the roasted lamb is. It was perfectly spiced and roasted to perfection.

The shish-kebab is a must try, but be forewarned, they are giant in sized. It’s highly recommended that you share it with your loved ones if you don’t wish to spoil your appetite before sampling the rest of the buffet spread.

I’m a big fan of laksa, especially the creamy Malay variety that originates from Penang. So I was immensely pleased when I spotted this laksa stall outside.

Apart from the grill section and the kebab counter, there’s also roti canai counter where you can custom order your roti canais.

These… these are awful! In a good way, I mean. The ketupat had me in its thrall and I had a few helpings of these. Yes, it’s THAT good and if I had it my way, I’d pack them up and bring them home with me!

Too much of spicy food and wants something refreshing? Well, you can head over to the salad bar. There’s plenty of fresh salads for you to choose from

Cold pasta salad

Fresh avacado salad

And not forgetting the fruit salad

Spotted sushis in the buffet too, but I gave it a miss as I wasn’t interested in sushis when I have plenty of kampung delicacies to feast on.

And the fresh oyster did not make it to my plate either. I was too busy slurping up my bubur lambuk by the time I saw this.

This is not much of a food review, but if you’re really interested to know what I REALLY think about the food, do make a point to hop over to Rebecca’s blog soon. I’ll be writing about my gastronomic experience in Utara Cafe Armada Hotel as a guest blogger in her blog. So, hop over soon. :D

The ‘Selera Ramadhan Ala Kampung’ is priced at RM78.00++ per person from 12th July 2013 – 7th August 2013. There’s pre-Ramadan buffet dinner starting from 24th June 2013 – 11th July 2013 priced at RM60.00++ per person too, so if you can’t wait til Ramadan, you can make reservation and head over there now.

10+1 Ramadhan vouchers is also available should you be interested to purchase them as gifts. They’re valid from 12th July, 2013 until 31st October, 2013.

 

Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya

Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52

46200 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia

Tel : (603) 7954 6888

Fax : (603) 7956 8088

Website: www.armada.com.my

Facebook:www.facebook.com/HotelArmadaPJ

For reservations, please call (03) 7954 6888 ext. 4557

Note: Originally published in one of our team member’s blogs: cleffairy.com

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Tips for Traveling by Air with Children

Traveling with children can be elating – or very stressful. Team E.T.A knows, because we are a family of bloggers who travel with a kid in tow. 😀 We find rgar flying with kids poses particular challenges that can daunt even the most patient parents, and therefore, we usually avoid taking flights at all cost. Traveling by bus or land is much preferred with out child in tow. But, we discovered that preparation and planning can avoid a lot of problems. So here’s Team E.T.A sharing tips should navigate you in the right direction.

How to Keep Track of Your Kids in the Airport

When a child goes missing, your kneejerk reaction is instant panic. Try the following:

• Each child should carry a loud whistle on a neck cord. Give your children instructions to blow on the whistle if they become separated from you.

• Dress your kids in bright, distinctive clothing. If everyone in the entire family wears the same type of outfit, parents will be able to spot kids more easily (and vice versa).

• Take a few family photos in the airport before you leave. You should have portraits and full-length shots of everyone stored in your camera or cell phone. This makes identification easier for authorities if someone goes missing.

How to Keep your Kids Occupied during the Trip

Pack enough activities to keep every child entertained.

• Pads of plain paper for origami, drawing pictures, passing notes, and playing games like tic-tac-toe or hangman

• Pencil crayons (better than wax crayons, which can melt)

• Books of stickers

• Portable gaming system with a couple of new games

• Portable DVD player and a few videos that nobody has seen yet

• Puzzles or mazes printed from Internet sites

• Kids’ card games

• Kids’ carry-ons filled with items from the Dollar Store

How to Keep Tummies Happy

Favorite treats might be hard to locate while you travel, especially if your kids are picky eaters.

• Pack a few healthy snacks.

• Make sure that each child has gum or something chewy to help equalize ears during the flight.

• If you are taking an evening flight, it might be easiest to make sure that everyone eats before the plane leaves. Younger kids will probably feel more comfortable in their pajamas.

How to Keep Everyone Clean

Kids (and adults) spill things. Who wants to travel with ketchup all over their shirt or clothes drenched in apple juice? Adults become distracted and otherwise well-behaved children may act out when they feel “yucky”.

• Pack lots of disposable hand-wipes or baby wipes for minor accidents.

• Take along a change of clothes for everyone in your carry-on luggage.

• Use plastic shopping bags or kitchen catchalls for dirty clothing.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

Handling all your luggage, kids, stroller, camera, and whatever else you might bring along is a daunting task. If you need help to make a connecting flight, arrange for it in advance with your airline.

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Maplestory Came Alive in Singapore

You may not know this, but Ms. E of Team E.T.A is gamer and recently discovered that one of her favourite game of all time has come alive!


Neway, the game I’m actively playing at the moment is celebrating it’s 8th years anniversary, and these pictures were taken in Singapore a few weeks back.

Maplers, hanging out with each other and mob’s prop.

The event is really a cool one. With just SGD19.90, you get an unlimited tour around Singapore for the whole day.

Awesome isn’t it?

I think it’s a great and fun way to get to know each other.

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