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Heineken Hotel takeover

Heineken Hotel takeover

Heineken is inviting consumers to immerse themselves in fresh experiences at the Heineken® Hotel Takeover that will take guests on a journey that will redefine and elevate MUSIC, ART, WELLNESS and CULINARY experiences. Happening across two weekends from 23rd – 24th July and 30th – 

Learning about the innovation at House of Guinness

Learning about the innovation at House of Guinness

Earlier this year, Guinness Malaysia introduced Guinness Draught in a Can to the local market, offering lovers of the brew the smooth and creamy texture of a pub-poured pint from the comfort of their own homes. To officially introduce and to bring consumers through the 

Keeping true to Craft Origin

Keeping true to Craft Origin

Craft Origin Cafe is serious about coffee – you can see them roasting beans at the front of the cafe, and they’re happy to educate the interested novice if you so desire. Thought they were newish but it seems they opened back in 2019, staying below the radar compared with more commercial outlets.

Beyond serving a good cuppa, much effort has been poured into the food as well. A sucker for all things spicy, we loved the Spicy Beef Dendeng pasta topped with an egg. Though forewarned, I found the spice level manageable, could be even spicier for me but then, another friend who tried this dish, was struggling with the spiciness so it’s really relative. The touch of local dry-style shredded beef rendang, fragrant with pungent spices paired with Western pasta, was definitely a successful combo in my books. And I hear the Pesto is highly recommended too.

Rice bowls are aplenty for those who cannot live without their carbs, all priced at RM18. We had the Roasted Sesame Beef – good portions, tasty and hearty, everything came together nicely, moistened by an onsen egg.

No. 3 chose Grilled Chicken and even this simple dish was well-executed, came on a bed of creamy mash. Still juicy under the skin, chicken was well-marinated and flavoursome.

My Smoked Salmon on muffin from the All Day Breakfast menu was the  smallest compared to the other dishes that we had, but it did come with a decent serving of fish which is costly, I reckon. Perhaps more salad on the side or fries would have made up for the sparce space on the plate.

@craftorigin also offer matcha and other specialty teas as well as cakes, but obviously coffee is the main deal here. I almost wish it would stay hidden so that food quality is not compromised by busy crowds. For a neighbourhood like TTDI, prices here are more than reasonable and portions more than generous. 

They roast and sell their own coffee beans.

These days they are open right up till 7.30pm for early dinner – the cafe is definitely a keeper in my list, the only quibble I have is the parking which can be challenging. 

Add: 9, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. hp: 012-689 6841

Pursuing your passion with Tiger Beer

Pursuing your passion with Tiger Beer

Our courage to push forward is often held back by the fear of failure and judgment. Tiger Beer is no different. Before 1932, it was widely believed that you couldn’t brew beer in the Asian heat – beers at the time were of European origin. 

Caorunn Gin takes over Chinatown bars

Caorunn Gin takes over Chinatown bars

Chinatown’s new bars worked together with three bartenders slinging drinks at each others’ venues for the recentChinatown Bar Takeover. Head bartenders Kelvin Lee (Her House), Yap Siew Mun (Kapitan Haus) and Haniff Yon (Rust KL) served their own special menus of three drinks each inspired 

Nespresso introduces the Liminha Over Ice

Nespresso introduces the Liminha Over Ice

Nespresso invites Malaysians to embrace positivity and ‘feel good’ moments over its Barista Creations for Ice coffee range and its thoughtfully crafted coffee recipes. Inspired by the delicious flavours of the tropics and in honour of Brazil’s national drink – the Caipirinha – the lime and mint take centre stage resulting in a refreshing new Barista Creations Liminha over Ice coffee.

Nespresso has also teamed up with international figure and Brazilian-native Alessandra Ambrosio – model, actress, fashion designer – to be the face of the campaign. Alongside the mindful mantras and exotic new iced flavoured coffees, Nespresso’s summer collection brings with it limited-edition accessories, coupled with refreshing cold coffee recipes. All of this will be brought to life via the campaign film, which showcases uplifting rituals manifested by Alessandra Ambrosio, grounded in Brazil and powered by great coffee.

This year’s refreshing addition is tropical lime and mint sensations – the Liminha over Ice is inspired by the zesty Brazilian flavours with the note of lime and mint splash through lightly roasted coffees from around the world. As the classic tropical combination meets the light and delicately fruity Arabicas, a lemony sweetness and a hint of bitterness emerge in this coffee made to be enjoyed with ice.

The new coffee is available alongside the popular Barista Creations for Ice Coconut Flavour over Ice and the seasonal Barista Creations for Ice black coffees – Freddo Intenso and Freddo Delicatothat are making a comeback.

The Barista Creations for Ice is best served as one coffee capsule (espresso, 40ml) over a handful of ice cubes (90g) and top it up with cold water and cold milk (90ml) to bring out its full flavour. Nespresso carefully designed the roasting and grinding parameters for each blend, to ensure the flavour and quality of the coffee remains top notch even when the ice has melted.

To liven up the coffee moments, Nespresso has curated some innovative iced coffee recipes to enjoy in the height of Malaysia weather, namely Brazilian-Inspired Mocktail, Liminha Over Ice Refresher, Coconut Flavour Over Ice Coffee Frappé, Freddo Intenso Fig Banana Shake and Freddo Delicato Maracujá Frappé for a refreshing coffee experience. These recipes can be found at https://www.nespresso.com/my/en/summer2022.

Nespresso is also offering two limited edition coffee mugs with sleek and sunny designs, signed by Alessandra Ambrosio. “I’m so proud to be the face of a campaign which is inspired by my home country. I love the concept of coffee marking important moments of reflection throughout the day.  I’m so excited to be a part of such an uplifting campaign and to work with Nespresso to bring to life these delicious recipes, summery accessories, and quality coffee – and the Liminha over Ice really is Brazilian summer in a cup!” she said.

The limited-edition Liminha Over Ice and Coconut Flavour Over Ice are priced at RM29.50 per sleeve while the Barista Creations for Ice Freddo Intenso and Freddo Delicato are for sale at RM26.50 per sleeve.

Treat Dad to high tea at Dorsett Grand Subang

Treat Dad to high tea at Dorsett Grand Subang

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Works the same way with fathers too, which means if you bring Dad along for High Tea at Dorsett Grand Subang, you’ll probably make him a happy man!  With Father’s Day fast approaching, 

Heineken Star Quality Experience

Heineken Star Quality Experience

Staying true to its core brewing principles that consistently make the perfect first sip of Heineken® beer, Heineken Malaysia Berhad brought its consumers on an immersive journey through the Heineken® Star Quality Experience held over the weekend at The Square, Publika, KL. The Star Quality 

Tiger Crystal Fire Starter District Festival

Tiger Crystal Fire Starter District Festival

Tiger Crystal’s Fire Starter platform went live in May to empower Malaysians to discover new passions and unlock their potential and skills. The platform’s website  https://firestarter.tigerbeer.com/ featured a cool AR facial recognition tool and personality assessment to enable fans to find out passions best suited for them. The results – be it bouldering, rollerblading, dancing, jump rope, or freestyle football – can then be downloaded and shared on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtags #FireStarterMY and #TigerCrystalMY with @tigerbeermy tagged. Each posting stood to win exclusive classes and prizes weekly since it kicked off until June 7.

The highlight of the campaign was the action-packed weekend of the Fire Starter District Festival at Sentul Depot. The festival is the place to be for fans to truly uncage their inner fire by discovering a new passion and trying them out first-hand with the guidance of mentors while enjoying some crystal-cold Tiger Crystal. The atmosphere at Sentul Depot was transformed into a hub of activity with attendees trying out their passion at the unique and interactive game cubes. What’s more, fans who attended the festival could redeem three crystal-cold Tiger Crystal bottles.

Exciting prizes worth more than RM5,000 total were up for grabs at the festival for fans. The prizes to be won include:

  • a pair of rollerblades
  • a bouldering kit with climbing shoes, chalk ball, chalk bag, and handhold brush
  • exclusive dance lessons with Patrick Tee and Charles Saw of D Skills Academy
  • an exclusive private class and limited-edition Tiger Crystal beaded jump ropes
  • a football kit with futsal shoes, ball, shirt, and bag

“As a brand that aims to empower its drinkers to uncage their inner fire, the Tiger Crystal Fire Starter platform encourages fans to take that first step to explore something new in life. We want to remind our fans to not let the fear of failing hold them back, hence we’ve collaborated with knowledgeable mentors to guide them along the way. The Fire Starter community will be a catalyst for fans to continue to hone their skills in their newly discovered passions for months and even the years to come,” said Joyce Lim, Marketing Manager of Tiger Beer Malaysia. 

If you missed the festival, you can still sign up for classes and follow the updates on the Fire Starter campaign at https://firestarter.tigerbeer.com/ and their social media pages at www.tigerbeer.com.my and www.instagram.com/tigerbeermy.

About the Tiger Crystal Fire Starter Mentors

Rollerblading: Wee Chong Hooi discovered his passion for stunt rollerblading back in 1998 and became the sponsored rider of Wheel Love in 2011. He has participated in many international competitions, including FISE, IOXC in Indonesia, and Stunts4Swags in Malaysia and Singapore. He is also the first Malaysian to earn a signature aggressive inline skate wheel!

Jump Rope: Inspired by the jump rope community around the globe, Janine Cherrie decided to pick up her dusty ropes to stay active while working from home. It wasn’t long after that she discovered freestyle jump rope and fell in love with the sport! 

Dancing: Danny Lee from 3P is the founder and leader of Rejuvenate Dance Crew. He specializes in popping, b-boy, and street dance. Under his leadership, the dance crew has won multiple awards, including 2nd place in 8TV’s Showdown All Stars and even the Best Showcase Award in Asian Battleground 2016!

Bouldering: Rubes Charles Leong is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for climbing. Her goal is to climb as many crags around the world as possible. Being a woman in the male-dominated field of extreme sports, she hopes to defy all gender stereotypes and inspire many more to join the fun! Rubes is one of the top 10 finalists of the RAGAS Karnival Sukan Extreme Bouldering Competition and Obstacle Warrior National Championships 2021!

Football: Patrick Tee and Charles Saw are experienced coaches from D Skills Academy. Being Malaysia’s leading football academy, D Skills offers professional hybrid football skills development programs for players of different age groups. Their proven successful training methods have transcended over 5,000 football players’ skills!

From press release

Chic and sassy Chiqui Don

Chic and sassy Chiqui Don

Chiqui Don opened its doors in Sept 2019 and is probably the only kitchen and bar (that I know of) which encourages diners to submit recipes to its unique crowdsourced menu. The community-based concept takes inspiration from its diners and creates dishes based on their personal