Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cake & Tea Pairing @ Passsionis, Siam Road Penang

A place that sweet tooth like you would not want to miss would be none other than this dessert cafe that offers delish sweet treats to all Penangites!
If you have read my previous post about Passionis, you would know that all the desserts served here are rather special and extraordinary compare to what other cafes could offer. Mainly it is because Passionis uses all the premium quality ingredients to craft their products.

In conjunction with this coming Christmas, Passionis came out with a lot of delicious treats for all of you! It is my pleasure to be part of the Dessert & Tea pairing session with the other bloggers specially prepared by the cafe. Many thanks for having us.
In their dessert and tea pairing session, we were introduced to 7 types of their organic teas and also tasted 10 types of desserts on that evening.

Crumblelicious paired with Ginger Peach
(RM17.90 + RM15.90)
We started our first dessert with a sour touch to give us a refreshing beginning. They focus on their homemade tart, mixed berries and served with berries swirl ice cream. The sour tart went well with the fruity and creamy ice cream. The sweetness from the berries ice cream complimented the refreshing and sour tart and it gives you a great ending with a sip of their ginger peach tea. 

Mousse De La Tropical Passion paired with Lemon Verbena
(RM15.90 + RM15.90)
Fancy a little bit of fruity and light cake? This you should really try this refreshing passion fruit mango mousse cake that comes with a crunchy meringe base. It went perfectly well paired with Lemon Verbena tea and neutralized the sweetness from the cake. I can guarantee that ladies will fall in love with this cake judging on the light mousse that make this cake just nice to taste as it is not too sweet.

Red Velvet paired with Flowery Earl Grey
(RM16.90 + RM15.90)
Red velvet is always my first choice when it comes to dessert session. I'm a big fan to the creamy cheese and a little bit moist on the red velvet cake. How great that they paired this up with Earl Grey tea which is also my favourite tea. You are absolutely wrong if you think that this is a ordinary Red Velvet cake! Instead of the normal cream cheese, they have added a little bit of lemon and made lemon cream cheese so it is not the bold flavour that we usually get.

Eskimo's Mint paired with Organic Peppermint Leaves
(RM15.90 + RM15.90)
Another cake that gave us a WOW feeling would be this chocolate mint cake that brings back memories. IF you are a fan of chocolate, I'm sure you would have tried a type of chocolate called "After Eight", it is actually a chocolate mint that is available in small pieces and we Malaysians love it very much. So I'm sure this pieces of finely crafted dessert will bring you back to your childhood and pairing mint cake with mint tea gives you a smooth and refreshing ending.

This cake will give you a sweet beginning and leave you with a cooling end. 
Who can resist this kind of dessert?

Tarte Au Chocolat Et Orange paired with Shanghai Rose
(RM14.90 + RM15.90)
One of my favourite at Passionis, this chocolate orange tart is still one of the best seller at this cafe.
The best ratio between chocolate and orange I can find is within this piece of tart. You can tell that the chocolate they use here is from premium chocolate as it is more aromatic and rich. Pairing this tart with Shanghai rose tea gives you a rather flowery and bold ending.

Noir Ou Blanc paired with Organic Chamomile Flowers
(RM14.90 + RM15.90)
If you are someone who loves the mixture of fruit with chocolate, you must not miss this chocolate mousse cake. A layer of chocolaty and rich chocolate covered the white chocolate mousse raspberry jelly and vanilla sponge cake that makes a lovely delectable cake.

Chamomile is also one of my favourite teas apart from Earl Grey. I love the light and flowery kind of taste from Chamomile flowers. This tea served its purpose of complimenting the sweetness from the cake and made the whole experience rather smooth and lovely.

How could you not appreciate this piece of finely crafted cake? Look at every layer that arrange evenly on the cake.

Fudgy Brownie paired with Organic Chamomile Flowers
(RM17.90 + RM15.90)
Extreme chocolate lovers must try their Fudgy Brownie that served warm! It is topped with a generous scoop of their homemade vanilla ice cream. Imagine that warm and soft chocolate brownie with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream that goes into your mouth and they melted together, it feels like heaven!

This brownie is also paired with chamomile to cleanse your throat as chocolate is kinda heavy dessert. Pairing chamomile is just the best choice or you could also get a cup of coffee if you are a coffee lover like me.

Christmas Log(Seasonal)
1kg cake @ RM150
mascarpone cheese mousse, blood orange jelly, white chocolate feuilletine & yuzu jam.
In conjunction with this coming Christmas, Passionis also came out with their homemade Christmas Log Cake that filled with cheese mousse, and a slight sourness from the blood orange jelly complimented by the white chocolate feuilletine & yuzu jam. All the ingredients used we mixed perfectly and made this cake a perfect combination!

Orange Soufflé(Seasonal)
RM18.90
A little surprise that you can find in this cafe would be the freshly baked Soufflé!
Though there will be around 20 minutes waiting time, but finding Soufflé is pretty rare in Penang as not many cafe are doing this yet. What's even better is they are coming out with different flavours every month. For November and December, they are serving Orange Soufflé and there will be different flavours next month so customers wont get bored of the same thing.

Orange Soufflé with Grand Marnier
RM23.90
Looking for something bold and exotic?
You all alcoholic king and queen must not miss out this special Soufflé with alcohol that I've never tried anywhere else! Also I didn't realize that Soufflé could go so well with Grand Marnier, bringing out the even stronger taste of the Soufflé and added a little surprises to your ordinary dessert!

A special collection for Christmas, Christmas Chocolate Collection 2016!
Every special festive there's something to celebrate, and Passionis will attract their customers with some special sweet treats that comes with different designs every year. Here's the one they prepared for this Christmas, and whole edible Christmas Chocolate Tree! It is so cute isn't it?!
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There are some of items featured on this blog post only available for certain time so make a move and visit Passionis today! This is my usual cafe for cakes and coffee and until today it is still my favourite cafe! I always hang around here on the weeekends so do join me if you have time! 

Passionis @ Penang Siam Road
Address: 74D Jalan Siam, George Town, 10400 Penang, Malaysia
Contact no: +604 - 218 9314
Business hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
GPS: 5.4144898,100.3213042
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Celebrate Christmas & New Year with Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Ho! Ho! Ho!
It is time for another year of festive seasons that we all celebrate with joy and laughter.
This year, Hard Rock Hotel Penang has prepared lots of fun-filled and joyful activities for all their guests!
Celebrate this Christmas and New Year this year with Hard Rock Hotel Penang with style! To welcome this year's festive seasons, this proposed "6 ways to celebrate Yuletide and New Year at Hard Rock Hotel Penang". will give you an extraordinary experience.

1. Plan a Rock Star Holiday with your family
Experience Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s new rock inspired rooms. All 250-rooms are newly refurbished with new interiors and features with new contemporary workspace, BOSE Sound Systems and 50-inch LED flat screen TVs with free HD on demand blockbuster movies. Book direct to enjoy exclusive perks.


2. Dine like a Rock Star
Starz Diner is offering a Christmas Eve Rock ‘N’ Roll Buffet Dinner on the eve of Christmas at RM190 nett per adult and RM96 nett per child, age 6 to 12 years old. Boost your Christmas spirit with a selection of holiday goodies like Petit Seared Rare Beed with Edamame, Seafood Nori Roulade with Cauliflower Puree & Red Capsicum Salsa, Blackened Red Snapper with Squid Ink Noodle & Cherry Tomato Stew and Creamy Butternut Pumpkin Soup with Shredded Cheese. What is a Christmas meal without a good ol’ roasted Turkey? Be sure to look out for the Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Glazed Nuts Sage Bread Stuffing. Besides the savory eats, indulge in some Chocolate & Cherry Yule Logs and Strawberry Fruit Meringue. Can you hear the Christmas bells already?
 Lavish buffet spread at Starz Diner

*Please scroll down for all the buffet highlights*

3. Shop like a Rock Star 
Have a rockin’ Christmas shopping at the Rock Shop! The Rock Shop is giving away goodies for every minimum spend of RM450 starting from 26 Nov 2016 until 1 Jan 2017. Visit http://penang.hardrockhotels.net/offers/year-end-goodies/ for more info.

4. Rejuvenate by Christmas 
Bring your loved one to a pampering spa session at the Rock Spa with a special Christmas Galore spa package inclusive of foot cleanse, Hard Rock Massage, body scrub and gifts – lavender massage oil and voucher. Enjoy the 2-hour treatment at only RM250 instead of RM320 per person and RM550 instead of RM640 for 2 persons. This offer is valid during the month of December 2016 only.
More spa promotions at http://penang.hardrockhotels.net/offers/november-december-spa-promotions/

5. Welcome 2017 Over Good Food with Friends & Family 
Starz Diner is offering a New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at RM199 nett per person and RM99 nett per child, age 6 to 12 years old. Usher in the New Year with a scrumptious International Buffet with highlights including the Crabmeat Otak-Otak with Chili Marmalade, Wok-Fried Slipper Lobsters and Braised Duck Nyonya Style with herbs. Enjoy a sweet ending with a Green Tea Panna Cotta and Semi Freddo with Berries.

What could be better than to enjoy some fresh slipper lobster?
I'm quite a big fan of slipper lobster especially if they were to cook it instead of placing them as seafood on ice. I find that cooking slipper lobster will enhance the original taste of it and taste a lot better.

Green tea panna cotta, rich & creamy with mild taste of green tea, it was pretty smooth and great to taste, only I will prefer it to be less sweet. The presentation of this dessert is simply attractive isn't it?



Other highlights of the Christmas eve & New Year's eve buffet are as below:

Petit Seared Rare Beef with Edamame

Left to right: Gateau of Avocado, Tomato & Crabmeat Salad, Asian Charred Baby Octopus, Prawns & Peach Shooters.
All the dishes were specially crafted for diners to celebrate this festive seasons with Hard Rock Hotel Penang. I like how the food was presented as they look very fine and creative.

Red Snapper Hinava & Salmon Gravlax
I like how the snapper were cooked, it tasted like kerabu on top and makes it really appetizing, it is just great especially for us locals who enjoy the herbs and spices.
As for the salmon, it was sort of glazed instead of the ordinary ways of serving salmon sashimi, rather special as I've never tried this dish from anywhere else before.

Other highlights also include Braised Duck Nyonya Style with Herbs, Seafood Nori Roulade with Cauliflower Puree & Red Capsicum Salsa, Crabmeat Otak-Otak with Chili Marmalade and Blackened Red Snapper with Squid Ink Noodle & Cherry Tomato Stew.
The menu are sort of fusion menu hence there will be something for everybody so you don't have to worry about dining here at the Hard Rock Hotel.

 Anyone fancy some juicy and delicious beef?
Meat lovers can go for their Grilled Beef Steaks with Sundried Tomato Hollandaise.

Roasted Turkey for the wish!
This is something everybody wouldn't wanna miss for Christmas and it is also something I'm always looking forward to during this festive season! I'm always aiming at all the vegetables and the stuffing other than the turkey itself.

The stuffings here are rather special and suits health-conscious people as this is glazed nuts sage bread stuffing instead of the usual meat stuffing. It is a lot healthier and tasted pretty good I would say.

Creamy Butternut Pumpkin Soup with Shredded Cheese anyone?

 Starz Diner also offers some pretty bad ass desserts for the diners!
You could try this Semi Freddo with Berries that will leave you with some pretty impressive after taste.

Look at how cute their desserts were presented!
The dessert shown below is their Strawberry Fruit Meringue, too cute to eat it!

Miniature Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, they were rather thoughtful to serve all the desserts in mini size so the diners could taste more varieties and yet all their desserts were presented nicely.

I was pretty impressed with the Yule Log presented by Starz Diner. The flavour is chocolate and cherry and the design of the cake simply caught our attentions!
I would say that the cake was carefully prepared and crafted with passion by looking at the details of and the design of the cake. This yule log cake is also something too cute to consume!

All the fine dishes on my plate, do you want to try them all?

Sous Chef, Chef Mohd Faizal bin Aris posed for the photo while cutting the Roasted Turkey for all of us.

Cute decoration at the buffet spread.

6. Party like a Rock Star
Don’t miss the Jingle Bell Rock Party at Hard Rock Café Penang on Christmas Eve! Party with DJ Stephanie Cass and the Bugshow band from Jakarta, Indonesia at RM85 nett inclusive of 2 selected drinks and a party pack. Alternatively, partygoers can join New Year’s Eve Party at the poolside. Join the countdown and enjoy live music performances by The Jazzhats, party tunes by AFORadio Djs, games and fireworks! 

Get your early bird tickets at only RM65 nett until 15 December 2016. Tickets are available for purchase at the Main Rock Shop and Front Desk or book your tickets at http://penang.hardrockhotels.net/calendar/new-years-eve-party/. 
To book your dining reservations at Starz Diner or Pizzeria, please call +604 886 8057 or email to fb.penang@hardrockhotels.net. For Hard Rock Café Penang, please call +604 886 8050 or email to hrc.admin@hardrockhotels.net.

Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia
GPS: 5.4677016,100.2415431
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wag & Romp @ Fluffy Dogs R Us, Jalan Kelawei, Penang.

Pets cafe is now a trend in Penang!
Been around the neighbourhood for years, Fluffy Dogs R Us is a good repo pet shop located at the Kelawei Road in Penang. They have recently opened up a cafe and named it Wag & Romp

Ideally located at one of the busiest area of Penang Island, they are still one of the best pet shop in Penang and now even came up with a cafe business to reach more customers especially the pet lovers who loves

As what they always emphasize in their shop,
  Wag & Romp
"Your fur kids deserve better."

You can easily recognize this superstar Afghan Hound from the logo of Fluffy Dogs R Us.
His name is Maurice and he belongs to one of the owners of the pet shop, he is one of the rare breeds in Penang and there are only a few Afghan Hounds here.


 
They have a limited menu in the cafe but it is pretty sufficient for a cafe for dog lovers. The place was rather cozy with grey colour as their wall colour. They have only few mains, snacks and desserts and drinks but it would be great for dog lovers who would love to visit their resident dogs.

A pomeranian who loves to be carried and pat on his head. He is rather cuddly and loves climbing on the customers' lap. He would fall asleep on their lap whenever he got pat and feeling all comfortable to be there. 

 Another superstar of the cafe is the cute toy poodle. She is very attractive and pretty adorable, but what's important is she was super friendly and pretty comfortable with anyone approaching her or calling out to her. She will let you cuddle with her and being so calm with anybody.

One of the most popular resident would be none other than the star Marley. If you have watched the movie "Marley & Me" then you would know that this Marley is sharing the same name with the Marley in the movie. She is quite an attention seeker and pretty friendly to, she loves to approach every customers that walk into the cafe and greet them with smiles and play with them.  

Another customers' favourite is the cute corgi that could never keeps his tongue in. He is super adorable but a little bit too lazy to entertain the customers. The only thing that attracts him is whenever people carrying foods or bringing snacks for all the fur kids to share.
To be short, he is just super tam chiak and will be attracted only to food, the rest of the time he would just walk around or sleep on the floor.
He looks like a seal isn't he?

The cafe also has Daschunds and they are pretty active. They were always curious whenever they saw somebody walk into the pet shop as the cafe is separated from another door to protect those fur kids especially customers' pets from walking out on their own. 

The pets at the cafe are pretty friendly and live well with each other. They can share treats with each others too so customers are also allowed to buy some treats from the pet shop and treat them to the fur kids. 

A cute and well groomed Pekingese. Simply too adorable to handle and extremely friendly to people.

Customers are pretty entertained and attracted by their cuteness and friendliness. 
They all really enjoyed playing with the customers and also being pat by them too.

Mia, a rather friendly but a little big arrogant, taking pictures of him or with him is nearly impossible as he never listen and never want to stay still and wait for you to take pictures.

The Golden Retriever, Marley is pretty friendly and she lets you do anything to her as long as you would pat her or show her some loves. <3 p="">

It is not too easy to take a picture with Mia, look at how unimpressed she was when I captured this shot with her. But guess what, it is not easy to get this shot at all, answer is next. 

She kept struggling and wanted to get away before I could take a good picture of her.
But she is just attracted by many people and food all around the table.
  
Aglio Olio(RM18.00)
served with smokey bacon and mushrooms
I was rather impressed with the well cooked pasta that a simple cafe like this could offer. The herbs and chili flakes that used were generous and matched with the Penangites' appetite. I like how spicy this plate of pasta is and they are also pretty generous with the bacons and mushrooms. The pasta was al dente, but when I visited the second time my pasta was slightly overcooked though.

Waffle & Ice Cream (RM13.00)
You get to choose your ice cream flavour or they will go by random. I had this waffle with vanilla ice cream for the first time and green tea ice cream for the second time. They serve a simple 4 pieces of waffle that bake on the spot, but we would prefer the waffle texture to be a bit more crispy and not fluffy. Depending on how you like your waffle to be and this one is not really my favourite though.

The Cafe Latte was pretty decent and it would be great to have a cup of good coffee in a cafe like this and meeting all the cute fur kids at the cafe. I like the smooth texture and the right kind of bitterness in the coffee. My first and second visit was pretty lovely and I wouldn't mind coming here more often to play with the fur kids.

Wag N Romp @ Fluffy Dog R Us
Address: 161 Jalan Kelawai, 10250 George Town, Malaysia.
Contact number: +604 - 229 9161
Business hours: Daily 11:30am - 8:00pm
GPS: 5.4383842,100.3080105
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