D’ Spice Restaurant &Bar, BB Park KL

It is such a pity that the locals are not eminently fond of the restaurants in Bukit Bintang (I blame it on the lack of parking spaces and the over-prioritizing of foreigners over the locals around this area). Hence, this is what this post is all about - changing your perception. What better way but to tempt you with pictures of the tantalizing dishes from d'Spice? ;)


D'Spice is yet another exceptional multi-cusine restaurant-cum-bar located in BB Park serving Western, Malaysian and Middle Eastern food.



This place is perfect for those of you who love alfresco dining. Jig and jive to the live music and be entertained with local dances from across the restaurant

Cocktails to kick-start the food-tasting session:


Green Star
A mixture of Bacardi, pineapple juice, midori and mint leaves. This is the house favorite!


Frozen Margarita (or how I'd always refer it to as alcoholic ice shave)
A concoction of tequila and Triple-Sec. I think it's a little too light

I highly recommend Sangria (a concoction of rum, orange juice, red wine, sprite, and sliced fruits). Gets you instantly rejuvenated and refreshed without having to get tipsy lol

Starters:


Shrimp Salad
The shrimps were grilled to perfection and I love how juicy they were every time I took a bite


Smoked Salmon Salad
Similar salad greens and dressing but a different kind of delectability


Mix Canapés
Canapés are crackers topped with savory ingredients served as appetizers and they are to be eaten in one bite. D'Spice is obviously very generous with the portion of its servings because despite looking like a retard trying to shove one of these cute little delicious canapé into my mouth, it would not fit lol -_-

Toppings: Smoked salmon, cheese &ham, tuna &caviar, and poached prawns.


Dressing and dips!


Alexander likes it ;)


Main courses:


Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang

This local favorite needs no introduction. The chicken rendang was really tasty. Would have been perfect if the anchovies were fresher ;)


Lamb Shank with Biryani Rice
The meat was tender and delicious and I love the pickled vege gravy to bits!


Organic Rib Eye Steak
This has gotta be my favorite dish for the night. It was so good that it deserves an elaborate explanation:


This dish was a masterpiece! I love how the broccoli and cauliflower were placed beneath the steak. It was also my first time having deep fried enokitake. And the mashed potato topped with spinach puree? It was divine. God bless d'Spice! :P


I love how they always have stand-by additional sauces and dressings.


A steak is not a steak without Tabascoooooo

I was so immersed in the steak that when the next dish was brought to our table, I completely forgot the ways to take proper pictures lol. Gee. (The next two pictures do no justice to how appealing the dish really was)


Australian Waghu Beef Ribs
The ribs were very well-seasoned and all the other bloggers claimed that the fries were awesome. I did not even realize there were fries on the plate until I browse through the pictures on my camera. Well at least now I know where those fries went lol (I shall return for this)


Chili Bilis Pizza
(They were obviously not kidding when they said that they serve fusion cuisines)
So between the pizza and the cheese was a layer of sambal ikan bilis. Now that is a very unique fusion. The bread was really soft and the cheese was chewy.

Desserts:


Tiramisu


Chocolate brownies
Desserts were average but they sure were very decorative ;)

A perfect meal at d'Spice, in my opinion, would consist of organic rib-eye steak and 3 glasses of Sangria. With servings that generous, you might have to give up on the desserts lol

1. Dine alfresco. The ambiance is awesome
2. The servings are huge so eat responsibly lol
3. Park at Low Yatt. RM5 flat rate (probably the cheapest here)


Joey &I
(Remind me not to take pictures with any one of these bloggers anymore because they all have skin as white and smooth as snow and there I was, looking like a burnt duck -_-)


Joey &her beau


Joey &Pandora

(Note to Joey: It looks as though this blog is yours hahahaha)


Beautiful people!



D'Spice is definitely a great place to hang out in with a bunch of friends. I've had a great time! :)

Read more reviews about d'Spice here and give d'Spice a like on their FB page!

BB002, Ground Floor, BB Park,
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.


ps. Thank you d'Spice and Vibehero for keeping my camera for me. I tend to lose my stuffs on a monthly basis and you guys have just broken the streak for me. THANK YOU!
pps. Special thanks to the owner of d'Spice for checking up if I've gotten my camera back. Very much appreciated! :)

Breakfast at Antipodean Cafe, Menara Tan &Tan

I love waking up to the smell of warm creamy buttermilk pancakes (especially if they are fresh out of the pan), but then I figured that it would only be possible if I get myself a girlfriend. Having to be the one waking up to prepare breakfast is not exactly my idea of a passionate, romantic life. (I have got other ways to express my love which are very much less taxing lol)


Famished, we sought solace in the food from Antipodean Cafe in KL


Thank God for cafes! *smirk* (x4)


Because his game is more interesting than my face and my awesome personality :(


I can't go a day without my favorite cafe latte! (RM8)


Mushroom & Spinach Carbonara with Feta (RM17)


Banana Pancake with butterscotch sauce (RM16)

Both these dishes were highly recommended by you food junkies out there and I just couldn't figure out why lol.

Menara Tan & Tan,
Jalan Tun Razak,
55000 Kuala Lumpur

Guide to Kayaking / Kayaking in Malaysia

Do you love adventures as much as I do? Have you been searching high and low for places for outdoor activities but to no avail?

It is actually much closer than you think ;)

Nature-based adventures, in my opinion, is one of the most exciting and engaging type of activities. This includes jungle trekking, rock climbing, rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, and cave exploration. I cannot decide which do I love the best, though kayaking is a much more probable and convenient choice in view of the fact that I am living in the city.

So where do you start and what do you need?

Before getting all charged to get into the kayak, you should definitely read up on it first. Familiarize yourself with the basic paddling strokes, namely:
1. Forward strokes;
2. Reverse strokes;
3. Sweep strokes (to turn), and if needed;
4. How to get back onto your kayak if your boat overturns (very important if you're kayaking in deep water alone)

Kayaking is not exactly the most appreciated water sport by the people in our country, and the prices of kayaks are normally above RM2k. This should not be a concern because most places do offer rental services, which include a kayak, a paddle and a life vest (pretty much everything needed).

Kayaking is a very pleasurable recreation because not only do you get to feast your eyes on the splendors of Mother Earth, it is also regarded as a form of exercise to keep you healthy and fit.

Nearby places for kayaking:
1. Kuala Selangor
2. Asian Water Sports Village, Puchong
3. Sunway Lagoon Extreme Park, Petaling Jaya
4. Cherating Mangrove River, Pahang
5. Tanjung Resang, Johor



Let's just hope no one ends up like Mr. Snow here.

Ben's, Bangsar Shopping Centre


We are currently lapsing through the era of Instagram, where posting pretty pictures is a very big deal. And I believe this is the only reason how cafés in Malaysia are able to sustain their businesses. (i.e. People are willing to pay triple the price for a cup of coffee just because it comes with patterns on it). We have simply moved on from the whole "pearl milk tea craze" to coffee with latte art.

Yeap, we are suckers for anything new that comes along!

In order to revel in our current infatuation for pretty eatables (lol), Joey and I have decided to give Ben's a try just this afternoon:



Ben's by BIG definitely need no introduction.

Located in Bangsar Shopping Centre, this restaurant has a really cozy and homely ambiance - the kind that makes you want to stay for hours.





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It was my first time hanging out with this pretty lady. It was really nice chatting and trying out new food with you! :)


So many choices, too little time. Will definitely come back for their cakes.

Today's sources of fatness:


Breaded Button Mushrooms (RM16)

The texture is really squishy and not crispy at all (like the way we expected it to be). And I think the aioli dip tasted unusual and it does not exactly go well with the tempura. Just my two cents!


Cafe Latté (RM7.90)


Caramel Chocolate Banana (RM11)
Rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious! Love how all the ingredients go so well together.


Berrific Sundae (RM13)
Vanilla ice-cream and berries deluged with lotsa chocolate sauce. The almond flakes bar is reaaaally good!


Deconstructed Thai Beef Salad (RM27)
I did not get to try this but by the looks of it, the beef seems really tasty. The portion is huge and it comes with shredded green mango too.


Joey demonstrating the right way of mixing the ingredients before eating it.


Reminded me so much of yee sang lol.


The amount of food would have been perfect for three person. Could barely walk after that lol


I had such a great time. Can't wait for food trip #2! ;)


Third floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285 Jalan Maarof,
Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar.