Thursday, May 8, 2014

Gourmet Fest 2014, Sutera Harbour

FOOD AND WINE AND ALL THINGS NICE

My Oh My! How fast time flies when you're having fun. Just under a year ago I was writing a post about how I miss Sutera Harbour's Gourmet Fest. It felt like it was just yesterday I was working on my sister's wedding cake. And now here we are a year later and I managed to say "Yes!" to one of the invitations for Gourmet Fest!
Lucky bloggers like me sometimes get asked to attend special events and enjoy a specially cooked meal by international chefs. This year I attended a food sampling session at Magellan Sutera Harbour's in-house restaurant, Ferdinand's, which is one of my favourite fine dining restaurants in town.

Chef of the night was RenĂ© Mathieu. A Michelin Star Chef and Luxembourg's Chef of the Year 2010, RenĂ© hails from Belgium and has come for the week to take diners on a gastronomical journey paired with four different wines. 

As usual I will let Cyn's gorgeous photos do the talking:





My favourite was the Crab Meat Royale with Grapefruit and Shrimp. A perfect combination of savoury and sweet I was still raving on about it after dinner to Cyn. 

Gourmet Fest 2014 runs until the end of this week. For more information and bookings visit http://www.suteraharbour.com/v4/index.php/gourmet-fest-2014


Till next time, readers!
d xox

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Love is In the Air....

What I think 'love' is...


...cos wouldn't that be loads of fun? :)

Just a quick note to let y'all know that I contributed to Breeze Magazine again with the pictured tarts! Do check out the magazine (this month with our beloved Mayor on the cover!) which is available at a few places such as Starbucks, Body Shop and Core Fitness in Kota Kinabalu.

Have a great Chinese New Year to those who celebrate!

Much Love
D


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I don't cry. I eat....at KomPassion, Damansara Kim

Home and Away
Photo credit: KomPassion

During a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur I checked out KomPassion Thai Fusion Restaurant which has been opened for about a year now. It is nestled in a cosy row of restaurants outside a housing estate (across the road the Tropicana Shopping Mall area).

I must admit: since I’ve moved to Malaysia I haven’t had much longing for Thai food. Nor do I see many Thai restaurants around me. Perhaps it is because those two worlds have a lot of similarities – think noodles, rice and curries. However, at the same time there are a lot of differences as well and this is what Thai fusion restaurant, KomPassion, highlights very well but at the same time celebrating the similarities of the two worlds.

(You'll have to excuse some of my poor quality photos which is why some I have borrowed from KomPassion itself as my photo did not do a lot of the food justice!)


When I first reached KomPassion I was told to try the Iced Coffee which was milk with iced coffee cubes that slowly melted into the coffee. It was one of the smoothest iced coffees I have ever tasted in my life and it and really gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Definitely a must-try!


Photo Credit: KomPassion
For food we start off with the traditional seafood tom yum (with very generous sized prawns). Without being too spicy it was a nice broth to ease my way back into Thai food after a long estrangement. 


I also had the delightful salad starter which was the Pucuk Paku Salad with young coconut, prawn and minced pork.  The “Pucuk Paku” were these little fern-looking vegetables which was nice and crunchy!  


Then comes the fusion. KomPassion brings a whole new meaning to Thai food. Instead of the usual green curries, fish cakes and pad thai, it showcases other ways we can eat the traditional Thai dishes that we are so fond of. Take for example the starter chicken satay with panang curry- bringing your Malaysian mamak staple with your beloved curry. Never in my life would I have thought to eat satay this way! 




Thursday, January 16, 2014

I don't cry. I eat...Cheese Dumplings!

CHEESY CHINESE?

The unfortunate yet endearing thing about living in a small city like Kota Kinabalu is that there are little food secrets everywhere. Access to quirky little niche foods are only through word of mouth as they are made in the home kitchens of some passionate people.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Word of the Year: Passion

What is yours?

Happy 2014, everyone~! Welcome to the first post of the year. Even though this is suppose to be a starter post for the year of some sorts I'm starting it off with the last cake I made in 2013. Rustic cakes with natural flowers are my favorite kinds when I trawl through cake and wedding blogs. I fall in love with these type of cakes and was thrilled when I was asked to make a cake for this outdoor garden wedding. And being a girl who adores flowers and nature I absolutely LOVE outdoor garden weddings.

Last cake of 2013
This cake was also special to me  as it was the first time I flew to another town to decorate a cake, hauling with me 6 lemon cakes, 2 tubs of buttercream and my scrapers and spatulas (I'm sure security raised an eyebrow during the scan). It was also really special to me too as I got to work on the cake in my grandmother's kitchen where 3 generations of women (now including myself) have made cake.