Saturday, June 17, 2017

Affordable Afternoon Tea @ Ri Cafe, Bahari Parade

Afternoon Tea is getting more and more popular in Penang!
A newly revamp building located at Sri Bahari Road, Bahari Parade is now hosting many new tenants. Ri Cafe is one of the latest additions to Bahari Parade introducing their full day menu, serving from breakfast to dinner.


We recently had our afternoon tea at the cafe that features quite a number of playful dishes on the menu. Not only you are having real food but also very pocket friendly afternoon tea set is served at Ri Cafe.
Ri Cafe is rather cozy and photogenic. White is the main colour of the building and the moment you step into the cafe it feels like home with outdoor and indoor seatings.

I like how the tea was presented to us.
They bought all sorts of tea pots and cups, all of them are very beautiful and photo friendly!

A set of afternoon tea for one person is priced at RM29.95nett only.
You will get a pot of freshly brewed tea, you get to choose in between Green Tea, Black Tea, Flora Tea and Fruity Tea.


In savouries you will get egg sandwich, salmon sandwich, breaded chicken wings and mini prawn toast. All of them come in double portion if you are ordering a 2 persons' set.
Sweet tooth will be delighted to hear that there are also homemade scones with double cream and homemade jam, triple layer brownie as well as fruit salad.
What's special here is their specially prepared cakes, in a much bigger portion and fresh from the oven daily. You get to choose one from Matcha Tart, Banana Bread, Lemon Pound or Brioche Donuts depending of availability.


We found that overall the found was good, and when we asked the owner about how she prepare all these, we were told that all the food were made with real ingredients. As a health conscious persons, the owner would not want people especially kids to have processed food. This is what she made everything from scratch to make sure all the food are healthier, fresh and safe for even kids.


If you are looking for an affordable afternoon tea, perhaps Ri Cafe will be the place where you can hang out with friends and family. Kids are also welcome as they have a kids corner specially prepared for all the toddlers.

Not only the food was pretty good, but also the place was quite cozy and photogenic. I wouldn't mind to spend more time at the cafe if I have time.

Afternoon Tea @ Ri Cafe, Bahari Parade
Address: 81 Jalan Sri Bahari, 10050 George Town, Malaysia
Business hours: Daily 9am - 6pm(Closed on Mondays) Friday & Saturday 10am - 10pm
Contact no: +604-251 9069
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ri81bahariparade
GPS: 5.4217332,100.3314721

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Homemade Healthy Ice Cream @ The Ais


The society is now more health concern than before. People nowadays look for healthier options to replace all those sugar, salt, and many more. 
Sweet is usually an unavoidable taste in desserts, yet some of us could not control ourselves over some dessert craving especially for people with sweet tooth. 

Now in Penang, there are more and more homemade options for health concern people. Homemade food are healthier and better as compared to processed food or processed ingredients. 


One of the pioneer ice cream maker who is very particular in healthy products, The Ais have moved to a more strategic location at George Town area from the previous Pulau Tikus area. 
It has been relocated to one of the busiest street, the Chulia Street which is very popular among tourists and locals. If you have read my post about Time Capsule Hotel before, it is located right opposite the hotel, not very difficult to locate as it is next to an open carpark. 



As they have moved to a new shop entirely for their own brand, they have come out with more and more ice cream flavours for Penangites' tasting pleasure! Not forget to mention they have added different desserts such as waffles and kefir on the menu too. 



This was how they previously sell their ice cream, all ice cream have been packed properly and ready to be consumed. They have variety of flavours for you to choose as well as some exotic flavours.

They also sell their ice cream in cone, cup or also pint size. If you wish to takeaway a pint of ice cream you can always share it with your family.

The are more seatings upstairs as the cafe has very limited space.

Organic Matcha Ice Cream is one of their best selling flavours. You can taste the real Matcha flavour in the ice cream and it is not sweet. I was told that they use Matcha powder imported from Japan and all their ice cream uses real flavours. No food colouring nor msg were added in the process of making these ice cream. Everything made from only real ingredients. 
One best thing about this matcha ice cream is it is totally SUGAR FREE! It is not sweet but only filled with strong matcha flavours.

Another interesting flavour we have tried is the butterfly pea ice cream. Purely natural colour and also added cranberries for better and smoother taste. If you prefer a total natural flavour, the butterfly pea flavour is the one you should go for it. Not only it is an healthier option, but it is also tastier flavour. 

The cafe also serves waffle ice cream.
All waffle are freshly baked upon order to ensure the freshness and crispiness of the waffles. 2 flavours are available for selection which is the original flavour and chocolate waffle.

Double Bliss Waffle - RM13.90
(Chocolate & Original Waffle Mix)
You can also have 2 waffle flavours in a piece of waffle and top it up with one or 2 scoops of ice cream.

The waffles were thin and crispy, the inner layer of the waffle is also soft, perfect to go with ice cream while it is still hot. The waffle ice cream was also garnished with fresh fruits making it more refreshing and healthy. We have chosen the blueberry flavour that was slightly sour but you can taste the strong flavours of blueberry in there as they used real berries to make the ice cream, hence the colour may look a bit plain.

Other than the main product ice cream, The Ais is also one of the top Kefir maker in Penang!
They have all sorts of Kefir flavours that uses real fruits hence you can really taste the real fruit flavours in all their Kefir!
More info about benefits of Kefir can be found at 
https://authoritynutrition.com/9-health-benefits-of-kefir/
Milk Kefir is priced at RM5.90 and Flavoured Kefir is priced at RM8.90.
The passion fruit flavour is a must try!


Apart from good ice cream and healthy kefir, The Ais is also a great place for photography.
The cafe was quite cozy and picturesque so you can take some great photos here.



A business should not be only making money, and The Ais is also very active in CSR which the management work very closely with foundations in overseas to help raise and sponsors orphans or children from poor families since 2013.
If you are interested to know what they do to give back to the society, you can follow their project at www.isanprojects.org


If you are looking for healthier choice of ice cream, The Ais is the one that you should look for!
With their focus on producing more and more healthy ice cream with variety of flavours, The Ais is slowly moving into vegan ice cream flavours such as durian, avocado, coconut, gula melaka and many more.
There are also many exotic flavours such as Chinese Wine, Rum & Raisin and many more available.




The Ais @ Chulia Street Penang
Address: 473, Lebuh Chulia 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact no: 04 - 261 0427
Email address: jljl8899@yahoo.com
Business hours: Daily 12:00pm - 10:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theaisblessings/
GPS: 5.4195916,100.333454
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Paint & Sip @ Artsy Sip, Penang Nagore Square

Secretly hiding in a pub, the Artsy Sip is now getting more and more popular in Penang.
Artsy Sip is a place that allows you to unleash your creativity and art sense!
Just as how the place was named, Artsy Sip is a place for you to paint while sip on some wine(which possibly help you to discover your potentials if you are drunk)

Artsy Sip is one of its kind the paint and sip concept that allows you to sip on a glass of wine while having your art piece done with guides from artists. The art studio is located at one of the busiest area of George TownArtsy Sip housed inside the Seventy7 Pub at Nagore Square. You can easily spot the pub on your left when you turn into Nagore Square.
This is probably the one and only paint-and-sip concept class in Penang so far. 

It is glad to be able to have this fun painting session with friends. This activity is also suitable for kids, family or even team building activities that could bring all of you together and unleash your creativity.

The 3-hour art class is charged at RM88nett. You will get a plain canvas with paints and brushes, you can also bring home your own creation after the class.
A glass of wine is also included in the package, for additional drinks can be ordered from the a la carte menu. 


The place is cozy and well decorated with some previous artworks done by the artists themselves and also some of the creations of customers who prefer displaying their artworks at the studio.


The studio has been nicely set up when we were there. The studio can accommodate up to 24 pax, which is a great number for team activity. You can join the individual classes or you can also block the whole place to organize events for your own group of people or company. 

Our Sifu(teacher) Aaron was the one who conducted our art class.
The theme every week will be different, but you can also choose to paint anything you want. He also encourage people to google what they want to paint and then he will guide you accordingly till a masterpiece is born!
He will guide all participants throughout the class, so you don't have to worry if you are an art zero person like I do. I'm sure you can create your own masterpiece with sifu's guide. 


The theme we had that day was a Unicorn!
The sample will be printed in a black&white version to let you create your own artwork.
You can follow the guideline by you can still unleash your creativity by selecting your own colours.
(Photo by Waco from www.noweating.com)


So, ready to create your own masterpiece?


A weekend can be well spent. It doesn't have to be the boring shoppings or drinking or cafe hoping anymore. You can now find another exciting activity to add into your bucket list or TO-DO list when you are in Penang. It is such a fun and interesting activity other than watching movie and stuff.

The leng zai Sifu Aaron guided us step by step on how we should paint our own Unicorn.
He is friendly, helpful and have patients to all of the participants, I believe that is how a teacher should be. (Which is why I'm no longer a teacher)

We were properly guided and slowly complete our artwork step by step. I've also met some friends during the painting session and all of them have done beautiful jobs as well!

This is my own painting halfway through. Scroll down for the finished job.

A cute and beautiful pink Unicorn painted by one of the participants!
We were all amazed by the beautiful painting!

After a long 3 hours of struggling, getting my hands and face dirtied, sipping lots of wines.
I've finally done my own creation! A colourful rainbow Pony Unicorn!


Though it is not as beautiful as others, but I'm really proud of myself for being able to paint this Unicorn thanks to the guides from Sifu Aaron. I couldn't believe that I could still paint after so many years. (My last drawing was during highschool which is probably more than 10 years ago)

Angel and Alvin posing with their masterpieces.
I would say that this paint and sip session was really fun and even better when you attend it with your friends!

It is a job well done for everyone who participated the painting session.
All of them have done a great and colourful job!

(Photo taken from Artsy Sip Facebook page)

Artsy Sip painting session is now available for booking.
The painting session is only opening on Saturdays for 2 sessions from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and 8:00pm to 11:00pm. If you with to book for a private session, you can gather a minimum of 8 persons and contact them. Private session can be available any day of the week.
Advance booking is required



Artsy Sip @ Nagore Square
Address: 34, Jalan Nagore, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
Contact no: +6012 - 441 7100
Business hours: Only on Saturdays: 2:30pm to 5:30pm & 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Website
https://artsysip.wordpress.com/
Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ArtsySip/
GPS:
5.4211227,100.3260489
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