Saturday, February 28, 2015

Green Tangerine

Mike requested to dine at Green Tangerine before we set off to Hanoi.

We dined here 4 years ago.  CLICK.
Clearly, we had a memorable food experience then
hence we decided to revisit this place.

We enjoyed our meal here yet once again. 
Love the value-for-money set lunches :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Revisiting the Old Quarter.

I love 2015 and the multiple long weekends throughout the year. 

I just wanted to 'get away' from KL and we decided on Hanoi
because we love the weather there in January (cool air)
we love beef noodles
and this time around, I had a specific purpose -
to get a few paintings for our home :)

The last time I went to Hanoi was in 2011. CLICK.
And when I read my old post, I called Mike to have a look
at the JACKET that he was wearing. . . . 

He wears that same ol jacket literally EVERYWHERE !
Genting, Hanoi, Melbourne, Europe, UK zzzzzzz
That's a very well travelled jacket.
He told me that he wore it while he was still studying in the States -_-

I am banning him from bringing his jacket to our next trip
because it's always the same jacket in all pics - SIEN!

Since we did all the touristy things to do in 2011, and although I did want to RE-DO it again, Mike didn't want to… so basically, apart from painting hunting, we just did what we do best - hunting and eating.

The best bowl of beef noodles throughout our trip. So good.

The first item we ate right after checking into the hotel. This place was recommended by the hotel staff. He said that this shop was run by 3 generations.

Cha ca la vong - Expensive is the word and also, artery clogging because it's full of oil. I ate here previously many years back and it was super packed then. This time around, it wasn't as packed as before.

This trip is actually my third trip to Hanoi.

Bun Cha  - we should have ordered for ONE because the portion for TWO was just way too much.
The crab spring rolls were just so-so for me.

Beef noodles at some restaurant recommended on a blog - can't remember the name offhand now.

Bun Bo Nam Bo - Mike said that is tasted better than what he could recall. It tasted exactly the same to me.

Popped by a cafe for some waffles. Great presentation and all but the waffle was just alright.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Breakfast & Dinner @ Sekeping Serendah

Where men should belong . . . . (hehe, kidding).

Two cuties came to the Warehouse

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sekeping Serendah

I remember how this trip was planned in 2014 and in the blink of an eye, we were already busy making preparations a week prior to this short and sweet weekend getaway.

Thanks to Jon, the master planner and thanks to everyone's cooperation, this trip was really enjoyable. I would have to say that we were pretty 'well prepared' because we brought every essential item needed so whenever an item was needed - it was there.

Ice boxes, food aplenty, seasonings, cooking oil, sharp knives, aluminium foil, tongs, paper plates, paper cups, water supply, serviettes, etc. We were ready to 'camp out'. Tee hee.

Actually, the place provides most of the basic cooking utensils but it was still not enough for it to be convenient enough to work with.

On the way there, we stopped by Kedai Makan Lan Je to have their famous steamed tilapia fish.

We ordered one fish per person. Not sure if Jon was pulling our legs when he said that it was a MUST to order one fish per person when eating there - anyway he did the ordering for us.

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Sekeping Serendah

We stayed at the biggest 'room' - which is Warehouse 2.

The room is totally out in the OPEN. I am just thankful that I didn't get bitten by mosquitoes. And surprisingly, there weren't many mosquitoes actually - except for the cooking area as it's quite dark.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

First post in 2015

Been wanting to write but my addiction has been getting the better of me. What addiction you may ask?      If you don't know, it just means that you do not know me well enough :)

So if you have been wondering what have I been up to - well, my Instagram pics shows it all. Food food food. Posting some older photos :

Carbonara - love cooking pastas because it's so easy to clean up after that (compared to cooking Chinese dishes)

Baked Chicken with black pepper + wine sauce and red peppers

Noodles - I love cooking + eating noodles

Yee mee

Grilled prawns + aglio olio pasta

Big breakfast

Mee suah

Lamb cutlets with mashed potatoes and baby carrots

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I have been cooking and many have been in 'awe' at how I manage to do it after work. How do I find the time? Where do I get my inspiration from? How do I think of what to cook for the day?

Well, at first I was just like them - I would admire THOSE who could find it in them to go back and prepare a meal for two.

Because at one point in time, I was just so drained after the wedding because I could hardly find time for myself and cooking would be shelved somewhere at the back of my mind. Until, I realised that it was really a 'mind after matter' thing.

I told myself that work will never change and I had to overcome my personal 'challenges' mentally. Furthermore, if I don't do it now - will I ever then bother in the future?

Although cooking can be physically tiring, it's actually harder to push yourself mentally to do it initially but once you get the hang of it, it actually becomes so much easier. I 'trained' myself to prepare food systematically and to minimise the mess so it started becoming more and more effortless by the day.

The first few times I cooked, I would go to bed that night with body aches (no joke). Especially after frying fried rice or noodles. It's damn tiring on the hands and arms (or maybe it's just because I lack exercise).

Also, I didn't want Mike to nag at me for spending so much on cutlery, knives, etc. If I didn't cook, Mike would probably put a halt to my household wish list and would tell the world on how I've been spending on items that I don't use. Hahaha.

And oh, another 'secret' to how I manage to cook is that Mike does the dishes after that. He always proclaims how lucky am I to have a husband like him. VICE VERSA. He's lucky to have me cooking for him.

And not forgetting, I am so blessed to have a mother who helps me to do marketing. WHAT would I do without her? Plus, when I collect my frozen food from her, it's all cleaned and packed nicely.

I've been baking too since my oven was installed. I love my oven.

Carrot cake

Egg tarts

Baked cheesecake

Chocolate chip muffins

Hawflakes layer cake

Good ol' butter cake