They are Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches and my favourite. Hmm….come to think of it, all sandwiches are my favourite 😀 If ordered before 2pm, they cost rm3.20 each. After that, they cost rm4.80 each I think. Anyway, we were at Amcorp Mall yesterday and it was raining heavily so we couldn’t leave the mall. While waiting for the rain to stop, we decided to pop into Starbucks for some coffee. It was already 5.30pm and when we saw a few of these sandwiches on display, we couldn’t resist. However, don’t let the photo fool you. The original sandwiches are way smaller than those but still yummy. Of course I ordered my usual Java chip frap to go with the sandwiches. That was my dinner last night. While enjoying the food and coffee, hubs and I browsed the magazines, some brochures and read the newspaper which were available in Starbucks. On the other hand, Ashley was singing loudly nonstop and luckily the other patrons did not mind. The rain finally stopped one hour later and we quickly left. That was how we spent our Sunday.
Whenever we go the The Curve, Ashley never fail to visit her friends. They are the bright red cows from Marché Mövenpick. When she was younger, she used to be terrified of them and won’t even stand near the cows. It is a different story now. She would go near each of them and say Hi 😀 Since there are a few cows, she would call them ……………
Don’t know why she has this expression each time we ask her to smile for the camera *shake head*. When Marché Mövenpick first opened their restaurant here, I was ecstatic. The first time I visited Marché was when we were in Toronto. I just love their food island concept and the variety of delicious food. However, I find that the restaurant here is just not the same as when they first opened. They have less variety and the food just doesn’t taste the same anymore. I don’t know….maybe it’s just me 😀 Does anyone feel this way?
When I was at Marks and Spencer at The Gardens last month, I saw the Animal Pasta on sale at their food department. I bought a packet for Ashley because I know she would love having animal-shaped food in her bowl. I think it cost rm10 for the packet. Not too bad eh? 🙂
I remember that Rachel mentioned about animal-shaped pasta and couldn’t find any in KL. So when I saw this, I was pretty excited too. I quickly email her when I came back to tell her she can now get animal-shaped pasta in KL for her cutie Philip. Oh, the other day, I found out that Heinz has come out with a similar one for kids. If you like, you can check them out at the supermarket.
The packet of pasta
When I was at Mid Valley over the weekend, I couldn’t resist the charcoal bread from Sbread. Have you seen them before? Weird and mouldy-looking eh? I have read about them before in the newspaper. Here is an excerpt of it from NST.
The edible charcoal is made from the Moso bamboo which is naturally black in colour. It’s first carbonised over high heat, then ground into powder before mixed into the bread dough with sunflower seeds. They claim it can prevent cancer. This isn’t a strange concept, having originated from Japan and now a popular health food in South Korea and Taiwan.
This edible charcoal powder, also known as The Amazing Black Diamond, has been used in soba noodles. It’s also used to purify water and to brush teeth with, as it is rich in natural minerals, lowers the body’s acidity levels, improves blood circulation and has cleansing properties.
Pretty interesting and since it’s healthy, I thought I would try some. My hubs doesn’t want to eat black bread so I know I won’t be able to finish a whole loaf. Therefore I got half a loaf which cost RM4.50 😉
My half loaf of Charcoal Bread
Well, it tastes like a normal bread to me and definitely no charcoal taste at all 😀 Sbread has a variety of jams to go with their breads such as Vanilla Kaya, Chocolate and Special Chilli Paste & Shredded Floss. However, I didn’t get any. Instead I got myself a tub of Olive Gold spread. Shireen blogged about this spread before and it looked healthy as well as delicious. So when I saw it one day at the supermarket, I decided to get a tub.
It is a pretty good spread and goes well with the Charcoal Bread. Oh, Ashley doesn’t want to eat the black bread though. I think she finds it weird 😀
From the title of this post, you can guess already what we had earlier tonight 😉 Recently, a new eatery has opened in our neighbourhood. It’s called Pinos and has a tagline – “Bringing Italy to You!”. Yes, it is all about Italian food – PIZZA. I heard that the owner/chef is Italian and so are some of his staff. They take turns to whip up the pizzas which are simply marvellous. They are using a coffeeshop for their pizza business. By day, this coffeeshop sells “chap fan” 😀 If you are familiar with Steven’s Corner, then looking for this coffeeshop is real easy because they are on the same row.
I wanted to snap a pic of the chef making the pizza but was afraid that he doesn’t like it. Maybe next time 🙂 We find that their food is really out of this world and it is not something you would find at the normal Italian restaurant. One bite and I can feel myself drifting into paradise 😀 Yes, the food is that good! Dining at Pinos is more like a mamak stall atmosphere 🙂 Since today is Valentine’s Day, we treat this as our Valentine’s dinner under the moon & stars. We sat outside the shop, just like a mamak place 🙂 They are open from 7pm to 1am. I almost forgot – The price of our meal – rm32. Cheap?
Eventhough I have bought some cookies for Chinese New Year, I have yet to eat them. I got the usual Love Letters, Kuih Bahlu, Pineapple Tarts, Honeycombs and Walnut cookies. However, I couldn’t resist when I saw the Fried Crabsticks. I bought a tin and immediately opened it up and gobble gobble gobble. After 3 days, there is only a quarter left 🙁 I don’t think I will get another tin though. Better control my diet as I know I will be eating a lot when I am back in Ipoh next week. I hope I don’t need to take any weight loss pill after the Chinese New Year.
Hey, has anyone of you tried the Pappa Kopitiam before? We were in Bandar Puteri, Puchong a couple of days back and saw this restaurant. It was rather crowded so we decided to give it a try. The food must be good since there were many customers. Well, it turned out that the food was not bad and hubs ordered their nasi lemak (what else is new?). I had some kaya and butter on steamed wholemeal buns and they were pretty good too. I think we will go back to this restaurant again next time. On the way back, we passed the IOI Mall and noticed that a Digital store will be opened soon at the new wing. Yes, in case you did not know, IOI Mall is expanding. Hubs said he cannot wait for the new store to be opened as he would like to check out some sd memory cards Men!!
Here is my bento looking creation using the foodpicks and silicone dishes that I bought earlier 🙂 I made a cheese omellete for Ashley and cut them into smaller pieces. Then I rolled them up. My bento is pretty plain looking huh? Pales in comparison to the bentos made by some of the blogger mommies. No cute nori flakes or funny shaped vegetables to dress it up 😀 Nevertheless, Ashley likes the eggs and of course, she chose the pink coloured picks first.
Christmas Day has come and gone in a flash but guess what? I received a Christmas pressie today from Min Hui of Teik Senn (M) Sdn Bhd. This company is a widely recognized distributor of food packaged products for hypermarkets, supermarkets and wholesaler. They represent local brands such as Woh Hup, Cocon and more. They also represent foreign brands such as Captain Oats, Sunsweet, Reynolds, Tulips and more. Thanks to this lovely mama who introduced Min Hui to me as she knows I give Ashley lots of Sunsweet Prunes and also Sunsweet Prune juice to ease her bowel movement. Prunes are just bursting with goodness. They are full of antioxidant and contain lots of fiber. Not only are prunes healthy, they are very good for the waistline too. The soluble fiber in prunes give a fullness sensation after eating. Therefore, prunes can help to prevent overeating. Do you know that each prune only contains about 11 calories and they are fat free? Ok, enough about all these Prunes talk. Here is a peek at what I received in the goodie bag today.
(from left to right) Dark blue Sunsweet Apron, Sunmaid Raisins, Sunsweet Prunes, a container, Sunmaid Raisins Mini-Snacks, Tulip Luncheon Meat & Diamond Zipper Storage bags.
Min Hui is so kind to also compile some nutritious recipes featuring Sunsweet, SunMaid & Tulip products. I can’t wait to try the Pork Stew with Sunsweet Prunes 😀
Thanks again, Min Hui for the lovely gift.
We were at The Gardens on Christmas Eve and as usual, I checked out my favorite bakery – Yamazaki which is next to Cold Storage. Saw some bagels and couldn’t resist 😀 They have Cranberry, Blueberry, Raisins & Cinnamon and plain ones. Too bad I couldn’t find bagels with poppy seeds. Those are my all-time fav. I bought a packet of 2 plain bagels at RM4. Not too bad eh?
This is what I had for lunch today. Plain bagel with Japanese cucumbers and a slice of chicken ham. Mmmmm…..heaven 😀