Saturday, May 27, 2017

[RAMADHAN PREVIEW] Berbuka Puasa with Bowery

Berbuka at a hidden gem in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
Welcoming the fasting season, i cant find any other perfect timing to talk about places to eat during the fasting month! So, I'll be sharing with you some previews on what to expect if youre going to break your fast at Bowery. Its actually really exciting to me to find out that The Bowery Group will be joining the celebration by blending tastes of New York City with Malaysia's melting pot of cultures and traditions which lead to an interesting spread to feast on! Find out more by scrolling more below.

Mandatory group shot with these peeps + new friends!
How can you resist the temptation?
In case youre wondering, The Bowery Group has a few outlets available in Malaysia which would be BOWERY Publika, Bowery Metro, and Bowery Petit which each and every location has different Ramadhan offers. COOLS! The one that i managed to preview would be the Buffet setting that will be available at Bowery Metro at Menara Hap Seng from 1st June 2017 onwards. Located just next to the KL Tower, i would have to say that the location is ideal for those who are within the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

APPETIZERS

The appetizer spread
Some New York Style salad?
Only the finest Malay traditional condiments 
They even have Rojak to those who are craving
To city goer's or those seeking for something new to dine into, berbuka with Bowery offers you a unique twist of Malaysian X New York City. So if youre a little confused with the idea, it generally means that you would be having the best of both worlds! As appetizers, you can dig into Malaysian traditional salad, that comes will all sorts of condiments to cater to your likings, not to forget to those who wants to have a taste of something western, Bowery offers you St. Loius Macaroni, Buffalo Mozzarella Salad and Manhattan Pulled Chicken Pasta salad which definitely managed to grab my attention.

MAINS

Juicy Roasted Lamb anyone?
Cooked to perfection!
Im actually surprised that  Bowery decided to include the Classic Bubur Lambuk which surely brings back the "kampung" feels to those who are fasting. Good job to Bowery for preparing something that taste like home! Hehe. Not to forget their NY X MY highlights which offers a wide range with the Cajun Roasted Leg of Lamb or the Roasted Percik Stuffed Chicken with Quail Eggs as the highlight of the night.

Rempah Ayam Goreng | Fried Chicken with Spices
Irish Lamb Stew (which is to die for)!
Opt to eat it with bread on the sides
Other dishes also featured by a star main fish, the Irish Lamb Stew which just melts in your mouth. GAH, i have to admit that its so hard to be a blogger to write about food that causes your mouth water when you think of the exact flavors in your mouth when you tasted the food. Mmmhmm. The Lamb Stew consist of lamb cubes which has been seared and then stewed patiently in a flavourful lamb broth with vegetables until fork-tender, and when i mean tender, its TENDER.

Salmon Head Curry 
Some lala, Malaysian seafood classics
Another dish that attracted my attention would be the Norwegian Salmon X Fish Head Curry. This has to be by far the most unique dish that i've tasted! Who really knew that salmon would actually taste pretty good when cooked in curry. Hehe.  I have to give credit to The Bowery Groups Executive Chef, Ahmad Farhan Noorzali for creating such perfectly collaborated dishes.

DESSERTS

Assorted cakes and pastries (Poppyseed cake available too #RARE)
Some Malaysian delights
Mmmm Creme Brulee anyone?
Desserts are plenty, but I wouldn't say that its a highlight at Bowery. With heavy main dishes being served during the buffet, I wouldn't think you would want something savory as desserts. And a plus note, I think Bowery is encouraging healthier dessert options by providing only the classic desserts that fuse Malaysia X New York recipes. hehe. I like my desserts to be more English, so I'm more than satisfied to know that they serve creme brulee and cakes.

PRICE

Now, to enjoy the Berbuka with Bowery at Bowery Metro, the dishes can be enjoyed for RM65++ per pax in a buffet style setting where the menu changes each time you visit to keep the array interesting and exciting for customers. So you'll never know what you'll get till you get it. hehe. Psst, there is an early bird BUY 5 GET 1 FREE promotion going on for a limited time, so act quick if youre looking for a place to gather with friends and family.

So many to try, so little time!
Alternatively, BOWERY Publika and Bowery Petit will also be celebrating the festive season by having a family-style sharing menu at RM45++ per pax with a minimum purchase for a party of four. This sharing set menu will be refreshed daily, creating similar flavors inspired by the Ramadan bazaar, minus the hassle. Ala Cart orders will also be available between 7pm-9pm with complimentary dates and classic bubuk lambuk which will be served to customers. To find out more about Bowery Metro, visit thebowerygroup.co/brands/bowery-metro/.

BOWERY METRO
Lot 1-002 First Floor, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2022 3317
Email: contact@thebowerygroup.co

Monday, May 22, 2017

[REVIEW] Xierra's Thermal Pants Latest Innovation

Reviewing the Xierra's Thermal Pants
Being a busy person myself, I admit that it can be hectic to struggle work and exercising as time isn't always on my side. But thanks to Xierra's Thermal pants, I can sweat away in a shorter time frame. YAS! And this time around, Xierra is proud to announce its latest innovation which comes in a chic design. You might have noticed that i wrote about Xierra before, but trust me, things just literally got better! 

Two different materials combined
The sporty definition of the best of both worlds
The latest design features full coverage with additional new features and it has definitely got me hooked. If you have yet to check it out, let me spill the beans for ya. The latest design features a special mix of materials where it's more focused on burning your fat around your upper thights while the bottom part has been designed to be super comfortable and flexible to move in. Got myself to test it out in the gym, and i have to admit that its really comfy to work out in this too. 

Easy streching without discomfort
And these pants dont stop me from kicking higher.
To keep it short, the first time I wore it, I felt as if I was wearing shorts that were not too exposed. (Amen to that!) And since I wanted to burn some fat around my thighs, this had to be the perfect solution to include into my weekly workouts. Hehe. Just a heads up, I'll just highlight that my upper thighs felt super heaty within the first 20 minutes, but at the same time, my lower thighs were nicely wrapped in a dry-fit kind of material. LAV IT! 

Cant go a week without your squats
Abs control

Squats with weights, no problem!
Good News as I'm proud to announce that Xierra has finally launched their latest thermal heat pants which again I find it super trendy and unique in its own way. Other than burning extra calories, the design is indeed one of its kind as I've never seen any sports attire like this before. So to those who are a little shy about exposing your skin, well I hope this would be something that excites you.

Woops, just showing off some butt details.

Passed out for working out too hard
And there you have it! Be sure to visit their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/xierra.official  and check them out to know more details on the brand. I have to say as a conclusion, Xierra Thermal Pants are highly recommended for fitness geeks and for those who wants to burn more calories in a shorter time. So what are you waiting for? *wink

Sara xx

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

[REVIEW] Break your fast at Street Thai | Jaya One

The Ramadhan Buffet at Streat Thai
YES! To welcome the fasting season with about a week away, it's time to prepare yourself with some real food, and this blog post goes out to those who are craving for authentic Thai cuisines within Klang Valley. Now, the place that I'm about to introduce would be called Streat Thai, located in Jaya One in Petaling Jaya, and they serve Thai food the way it should be. Being Street Thai just within my backyard, I have to admit that I'm super excited to find out that they're joining the Ramadhan season by providing Muslims a Ramadhan Buffet offer from the 27th May to 24th June 2017. Now let's talk about the food!

APPETIZERS

The array of appetizers
Hor Mok Chicken
Grilled items and pandan chicken
Nam Phrik Shrimp Paste Sauce, definitely not something easy to get just anywhere
Minced Chicken with Herb
More appetizers!
With a variety of dishes being served, it would definitely please your cravings when anyone breaks their fast at Street Thai. Serving over 60 authentic Thai and other Cuisines, you will definitely be spoiled with choices when you're there. I know I was spoilt with choices! Hehe. For appetizers, we have am Phrik Shrimp Pase Sauce, Mince Chicken with Herb, Pandan Chicken and so much more! I really had a hard time to decide on what to have, but that doesn't mean I'm complaining. Hehe. And really, may I just add that it beats the typical idea of having salads as an appetizer?

SOUPS

Chicken Tom Yum anyone? Thai style!
Or for a less spicy version, Tom Ka khai?
As for the mains, you will be spoiled with so many choices and the few that I noticed would be of course the classic Tom Yum chicken soup (cause how can we not have tom yum soup right?), Tom Kha Khai (milder tom yum chicken soup), cabbage chicken soup and tofu soup with minced chicken. Yummy. Personally speaking, i was more fond to the Tom Yum Chicken and Tom Ka Khai, representing thai soups as it should be, which has like a sweet, sour, slightly spicy taste to the broth. Mmmm, just talking about makes me want more.

MAIN DISHES


And the list goes on with different types of seafood, meat, and veggies!
For the mains, we have garlic chicken, sweet and sour chicken skin, vegetables, panaeng beef/lamb, black pepper beef, pad pet catfish and more! Initially, when I was browsing through the array, I fancied a section which was filled with grilled meat which I was surprised went pretty well with the other dishes served that day. It has almost everything covered for you, to cater to those who crave for sour dishes, or sweet dishes or spicy dishes, and it's super satisfying to see so much food in one location. This would be the heaven for those who loves the Thai cuisine.

DESSERTS

I was so happy to see Red Ruby being on the list!
And don't we all love our mango sticky rice as desserts?
And how can we miss out on desserts? I'm sure the first thing that pops into your mind when it comes to Thai desserts, that should be the mango sticky rice! And guess what? They have it served too, with an unlimited flow to satisfy your cravings. Hehe. They also have the Tako Taro, the Sangkhaya Pumpkin, Coconut Jelly, Sago in Coconut Milk, Red Ruby, Kanom Tom and more. There were some desserts that I was a little unfamiliar, but I'm glad that Streat Thai decided to serve it as well to let the guest get a bite of thai desserts during the Ramadhan season.

PRICE & LOCATION

The array is filled with options!
Loving the street-like ambiance
Bon-appetite or shall I say กินให้อร่อย?
Now time for the serious part. The price per person to enjoy this Ramadan Buffet would be RM48.90++ per adult and RM19.90++ per child. PROMOTION ALERT! But if you book 7 days in advance, you'll only need to pay RM39.90++ per adult, which you may need to plan ahead as seats are limited daily. It's located in Jaya One, and the Ramadhan Buffet would be served daily from 7 pm to 9.30pm during the fasting season from 27th May to 24th June 2017. I would honestly say its best that you make reservations to avoid disappointment. And there you have it! Break your fast with thai food at Streat Thai in Petaling Jaya. For the price you're paying, it's definitely worth it if you ask me. Hehe. Be sure to drop by their social sites if you're looking to find out more about Street Thai. xx

Streat Thai at Jaya One

Reservations:
+603-7496-1297

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

[REVIEW] Swissvita | Micrite 3D All Use Anti-Spot Serum

Reviewing the Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Anti-Spot Serum
Hi, everyone! Today I'll be sharing with you a thing or two about the Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Anti-Spot Serum which I recently got about 2 weeks ago. Being a person who loves being outdoors, I think I realize that you tend to occasionally get these fugly black spots on your skin, or alternatively known as pigment spots. I usually use sunblock when I go out, but sometimes when im out too long, even sunblock cant prevent me from getting pigment spots. And just to keep things short, here's my solution to reduce pigment spots effectively.

Some list of ingredients for those who are concerned.
The Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Anti-Spot Serum came all the way from Taiwan and being a beauty freak, I must say that Taiwan is catching up with Korea and Japan when it comes to producing skincare. A little background check on Swissvita which began in early 2007, what caught my attention the most would be that they had the innovation of combining the essence of European beauty and Asian technology. Swissvita made its mark when they have resolved skin concerns from their customers by helping them reduce the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.

It's additive free guys!
It comes in a minimalist packaging, making it look clinical and neat. To me, the highlight would be that it's additive free! Which also means that it's free from paraben, alcohol, fragrance and pigment. As obvious as it is, the Swiss Ant-Spot Serum is a serum that is water based, lightweight, non-greasy and will not leave your skin feeling like there's a layer of ickiness which we all hate. I can be very particular when it comes to the texture of the serum, but this was acceptable, where it leaves my skin feeling comfortable.

Whats in the box: A tube of cream + Instructions
To use: Squeeze a pearl size and smooth over face
After about a week of using the Swissvita on my skin, i noticed that it helps lighten up the dark spots on my skin (especially the reason to my dark spots are usually because I like to pop my pimples too soon. GUILTY AS CHARGED!) But yes, thankfully with the Swissvita Anti-Spot Serum, other than reducing dark spots, it also reduces acne spots, age spots, and hyperpigmentation on my skin. Thanks to a special ingredient called 3-0 Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a better form of Vitamin C which has been proven to lighten and brighten your skin effortlessly. Results are not too obvious, but it does lighten the pigment. Not to forget that it also contains AC-11 and Vitamin 12 which are usually known to repair the skin, and to enhance collagen production too, which made this serum suitable for multipurpose usage. [BONUS POINTS]

VERDICT


Lightweight texture [HIGHLIGHT]
As a verdict, i would say that it would be too soon to tell me how good the serum works in the long run, but within about a week of usage, I must say that it has slightly reduced pigment spots on my skin. YAY! I can't guarantee that it would totally clear off pigment spots, but I must emphasize that within just a week of usage, it did make my pigment spots less visible. This blog post is to be updated in a month or two for long-term results, so if you're looking to see results, be sure to come back and visit my blog! I'll include photos too as proof. hehe



And there you have it, if you're trying to find solutions on how to reduce dark spots, be sure to check out the Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Anti-Spot Serum. A tube of the Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Anti-Spot Serum would cost you RM130, but currently, they're having a promotion where you can by 2 at RM230 or but 3 at RM325!

Swissvita