Journal by Plan B

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Journal by Plan B is part of The Big Group that owns other popular F&B establishments like Ben’s, Plan B, Mr Brooks. All the restaurants/cafes that I came across under The Big Group, look quite similar but their menu very different. For example, Journal By Plan B seems to cater to those looking more for an all-day breakfast menu, Ben’s has a East-meets-West menu, and Mr Brooks – “primarily a gin-cocktail bar”.

Journal-6463 Journal-6465 Journal-6468The Loaded Club Sandwich (24MYR), Portobello Benjamin  (24MYR), Watermelon Lychee Frostie (9MYR)

In my opinion, the food was super affordable. When I think I would be paying $24 in Singapore for a dish I’m paying 24MYR for, my heart sinks a little. I know… I know… Singapore’s cost of living is higher etc, but trust me, being in F&B, $24 poached eggs on toast is ridiculous.

Anyways, the sandwich was pretty good, but I was more excited about the sweet potato fries that came with it YAR-MMMEE. The best part about the Portobello Benjamin was the hollandaise sauce. I don’t care much for hollandaise sauce in general and I always request for less cause most places do it very thick and not being a fan of egg yolk, I really don’t like it. However, the one at Journal was so buttery with the taste of sweet sweet butter lingering on my tongue after every bite. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….  thinking about it now, is making me want to go all the way back there just for it. XD Seriously! Hmmm… oh and, other than the spectacular hollandaise sauce, the fluffy English muffins were a good change from the usual dry toast.

Journal-6472The brunch at Journal by Plan B was such a good start to the day. With such a good first impression, I really look forward to eating at other establishments under The Big Group!

Journal by Plan B
Lot No.65, Level G2
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50480 Kuala Lumpur

p.s You can find lots of great places to eat in Publika. So if you’re planning to go there, be prepared with a big appetite for the day.

Categories: Cafes, Kuala Lumpur Travels
50/50

I just watched this touching movie and there are two things I’ve learned from it.

1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is good-looking with or without hair. And a great actor, of course
2. Live! Travel, explore,indulge, enjoy. Do what you love. Get over your fears and do something you’ve always wanted to do. Life is too short and too fragile for us to waste it, being unhappy. Love! No matter how annoying your family is, you know it comes from a place of love. Appreciate the friends who really care about you, even if they don’t know how to tell you so. Get rid of emotional baggage. Keep your loved ones close. Stay happy!

I recommend watching 50/50. It won’t change your life, but it’ll make you appreciate what you have. :)

Categories: Random Rantings, Videos
VCR

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Only having barely 2 days to go around all the good cafes in Kuala Lumpur was too much of a rush, so I had to miss out on a few, sadly. Fortunately, VCR was a 5 minute walk from the little hotel I was staying at, so as soon as I checked out, I took a stroll over to meet my cousin for a morning cup of coffee and some cake.

CVR-6436VCR only serves coffee and cakes. This would probably come as a shock to most cafe-goers, especially when they have so much seating space. But good on them, I say! If they can afford to focus on just serving what they are good at, then why not.

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And focusing on what they do best, definitely pays off. VCR has the best coffee and cakes I had on this trip! Granted I only had about 18 hours in KL, but comparing to the 6 other cups of coffee and 4 other cakes, the ones served in VCR were hands-down the best! VCR came recommended by a fellow coffee-lover so I have at least one other person who can back me up on my claim.

CVR-6442They get their beans from Three Little Birdswhich I think were roasted to perfection. You can really taste the espresso. It wasn’t burnt, acidic or too dark. It was perfect. The milk was froth so nicely, so smooth and didn’t bubble till much later. Amazing.

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The King – Banana Peanut Butter Cake

Omg. I must have more. So moist and just the right amount of sweetness. I loved this cake so much, I wanted to takeaway some back to Singapore. Sadly, I wasn’t too sure it was going to agree with me on trying to survive a 7 more hours in the sun walking around and a 5 hour bus ride home. *Sobs*

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VCR – Definitely worth going down for some afternoon coffee and cake!

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2 Jalan Galloway
50150 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

Nearest Station
Imbi (Berjaya Times Square) or Hang Tuah

Categories: Cafes, Cakes, Kuala Lumpur Travels
PULP

It’s been 12 years since I last step foot into Kuala Lumpur and seeing how I badly needed a getaway and all the talk about their booming cafe scene, I took some time out for a really short two-day trip there.

And lucky lucky me… I was just in time to check out the new PULP opened by Papa Palheta, just a week ago. Thank Gawd for Instagram! 

 

pulp-6396Located in the Bangsar area, it’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Station. Getting around in KL is a pretty tricky if you’re taking public transportation, especially when you don’t have Wifi. So it would be better if you printed out a map and try to navigate your own way there from the station. Taxis would be alright, but they aren’t very good with obscure roads like the one Pulp is located at. But if they do, it would be ideal to note that before you get into the cab, remember to check if they are charging you a flat-rate or going by the meter. You don’t want to be charge an exorbitant amount of money for a 5 minute ride. If you’re driving… GPS is your best friend!

Anyways you definitely can’t miss Pulp – with it’s slick monochrome exterior and newly white-washed walls, a stark contrast from its dreary neighbours. Standing along the main road, you can hear the chitter chatter of the crowd mixed with Indie music coming from inside. Hipster or not, you would definitely be intrigued.

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It was pretty crowded inside, but after getting slightly lost in the hot sun for about 15 minutes, I was going to wait, even if I was going to get stared to death by everyone inside. Talk about the place to be seen, you can definitely feel many eyes on you as you stand around awkwardly for a seat. Fortunately, there was a really adorable and friendly old Uncle who found me a spot to loiter about comfortably. As soon as I sat down, as fate would have it, people started leaving. Oh how the world works!

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I had a mini espresso + milk, which used their Throwback blend, made especially for Pulp. I actually like this blend more than Nuts + Bolts. Usually I wince just a little when having such a tiny but potent cup of coffee, but this wasn’t acidic and went down pretty easy.

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pulp-6407On a hot hot day, a nice refreshing cold drink always makes so much sense. So I also ordered a cold brew and a homemade lemonade. Haha.. two drinks are definitely better than one. I love the cold brew which I felt was tastier than the one from Chye Seng Huat Hardware. I don’t know if it was the same beans because than I would seem so silly, but really it did taste nicer!

The lemonade had a real fizz in it which really quenched my thirst. The first sip can catch you slightly off your guard, but once you start, you can’t stop. 

pulp-6408I also ordered the Fruit Tart. I felt that the tart was missing a major component which was pastry cream to bring it all together. Because of the lack of, the baked almond cream made it seem dry. I might not know too much about the coffee, but in this case, I’m quite sure I know what I’m talking about. All you need is some pastry cream, guys!

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All in all, it was definitely worth getting slight lost for. And plus, being Singaporean, how can I not show support! So if you’re in KL, you know where to go for a good cuppa!
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Pulp By Papa Palheta
29-01, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2201-3650

I found out more about Pulp from Eat Drink KL, a really brilliant blog if you’re looking for great eateries around KL.

With everything that’s going on, forget Bangkok. KL is definitely the place to be if you’re looking for a short holiday with some good shopping, great food and some good ‘ole cafe hopping!

Look out for more entries on my KL trip soon! xx

Categories: Cafes, Kuala Lumpur Travels
Asari

clams-6167Every time I make this dish. I never remember the proportion of wine to stock. I just keep tasting and tasting till I get it right. Nowadays when I read recipes, I just take note of the ingredients and not really pay much attention to the portioning. Of course, it’s always a better idea to at least read through the recipe thoroughly, once. One strand of saffron is powerful enough, you don’t need to put the whole lot like it’s parsley. *awkward laugh* Lessons learnt the hard way are always the most effective. :)

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Drunken Clams
Fry clams in butter, red chilli slices and garlic. Pour in chicken stock, white wine and water. When it starts to boil, turn the heat down lower. Add pepper and parsley. After simmering for awhile, turn off the heat completely. & that’s that!

I like to eat it with spaghetti or bread. I don’t know if it’s the wine, but this dish always makes me feel so happy. haha.

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Categories: Food
The Roundie Towel

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I’m totally going gaga for this beach towel. It’s so perfect for a day of lazing around outdoors, under the sun ( Yes, I would gladly and bravely take on the currently super hot Singapore sun! ), having a picnic. Waiting for The Beach People to make more because I need one.

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Categories: Shopping
My Awesome Cafe

awesomecafe-6299Driving along Telok Ayer, I noticed something amiss – a shophouse that clearly says Zhong Hua Yi Yuan, but has stylishly designed tables made of wood and pipe, surrounding its entrance. I got curious but unfortunately, was in a hurry to get back to the shop, so instead, I asked Jovy (cause she works just down the road) about the oddity I had seen.

Behold! A new cafe had made its home in a heritage shop house and it’s name… My Awesome Cafe. No, it’s not my cafe and I’m not saying it’s awesome. That is, literally it’s name! I know right?! With a name like that, it has whole lot to expectation to live up to… And I can say… my first experience there… was definitely awesome.

awesomecafe1awesomecafe-6296First of all, the interior is superb! A mix of old and new, raw wood and raw steel – beautiful. Usually eateries with such vintage-industrial interior design don’t give me a cozy feeling… but somehow My Awesome Cafe does. Perhaps it’s the way the space is warmly light by the hot sun outside or the super friendly French staff who gave me extra bread on-the-house, explained their signature dish so fervently and I swear, nearly gave me a hug when I told him I enjoyed my meal very much. That, put a big smile of my face.

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A beautiful collection of drinking glasses for us to use!

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awesomecafe-6274This dish is called “My Awesome Salad” and it was… awesome! I was told the greens are air-flown from Melbourne, avocados and tomatoes are from Tiong Bahru Market, and are accompanied by smoked salmon and chicken breasts cooked with herbs. The best part of the dish for me, was the slice of French Bread with a thick glorious coat of Basil Pesto spread on it. May I have some more please?!

awesomecafe-6266I‘m so eager to come back here again to try other things on their menu, although I have a sneaky suspicion that I’m just going to order My Awesome Salad again just because it’s… that’s right… AWESOME. I know.. it’s starting to get well cheesy the more I say it.. haha. Fortunately for me, the weekly trip to Telok Ayer to collect coffee beans, will give me the excuse to pop by for many meals to come. Hoorah!

My Awesome Cafe
202 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 068630

Categories: Cafes, Singapore Travels
Just a Few Things

A big thank you to my new bakers Ethel and Eunice for being so damn awesome. For quite awhile, I had been neglecting my beauty regime and man, things have really gone down hill. But now, I have far more time to focus on getting back into shape and good health. I’m back on the “war path” and somewhat obsessed some health/beauty products I’d like to share with you.

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If you suffer from scalp issues, the John Masters Organic Scalp series is for you! I’ve tried different shampoos over the years and none seem to make it better, but only worse. This has worked wonders for me! Unfortunately not available locally… This brand is from New York so I assume you can buy it in the States. I bought mine from Tokyo! It was a recommendation from my Japanese friends, you see. Also do check out their Argan Oil which is amazing for face / body /  hair.

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Estelle And Thild Violet Firming Lotion is great if you’re on a major diet and exercise plan. Especially, if you’re losing a lot of weight in a short period of time, your skin is bound to get loose, saggy and here come the stretch marks! Oh the Horror! 

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The 3-day Hic Juice detox plan I completed recently, nearly killed me. It was really tough cause my body wasn’t fully prepared for it! However, some of their juices I had during, were so delicious, I’m having a major craving them and intending to order their Energy Six Pack Juice! Coconut water has never tasted so good! 

To anyone out there who’s also trying to get back into shape, I wish you Good Luck! And… on that note, good luck to me too! hehe.

Categories: Beauty, Shopping
Classes

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I’m enjoying my nightly ritual of one-korean-drama-a-day. Currently on my playlist – Horse Doctor episode 35. I always need some sort of dialogue running in the background while I work or sleep. Somehow, it seems to have a calming effect on me, even if I’m not really paying attention or even if its in a foreign language I don’t understand at all.

Classes
Finally managed to get the cake class schedule out for the next 2 months. Classes are getting more exciting and interesting as I have a very talented pastry chef joining M&M as an instructor. Any pastry chef looking for a freelance teaching gig, please please please email me! 

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class-blog-6090 class-blog-6076For everyone looking to join any of the four classes in this post, please download the schedule here!

Categories: Cakes
Bento with Love

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The best way to tell anyone that you love them… is always through food.

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Mentaiko, Rocket, Avocado, Seaweed on Steamed Rice – a combination I fell in love with during one of the best meals I had in Tokyo. Because it can be served cold, it’s a great dish to make into a bento! And if you’re wondering, I got the bento box from the household section of Siam Paragon departmental store in BKK. :D

Categories: Food, Recipes