AntzWorLd x Foodie Blogger CNY Edition on NTV7

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if you follow me on Instagram (@constance.ant), you would know i was invited to film a special episode of Foodie Blogger two months back. Foodie Blogger is a Chinese foodie tv program where food bloggers recommend hidden local eat, covering all the states of Malaysia, hosted by all-rounded celebrity Earnest Chong.

Ken of KenHuntFood.com (Penang) and i will be featured on this upcoming CNY episode which will be aired on the first day of CNY (Febraury 19th, 2015) at 11 am on NTV7. both of us will be introducing a chinese restaurant each, where we think is great for reunion dinner! Ken is featuring Zi Zai Restaurant’s poon choi while i plug a Melaka’s seafood restaurant!

AntzWorLd x Foodie Blogger CNY Edition on NTV7
back: Sifu Laus; front: host & moi

doesn’t this look like a family portrait? :/

so remember to stay tuned okie! and please don’t laugh at my broken Chinese (though the producer assured my Chinese ascent is pretty standard) and stupid acts (if there’s any la)!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR, ANTEADERS!

Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

May all of us have a prosperous Goat year!

Thanks NTV7 for the opportunity and the professional production team for easing and accommodating me during filming. 

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

if you have never heard of Tous Les Jours, i have no idea man, it’s either you’re not living in Asean countries, or you’re living deep inside of forest.

me, the avid social media follower, of course have heard about it! seriously, how could i not? it’s blasted on the social media sites i am active on. and it didn’t help when you befriend with so many bloggers. it’s almost the in thing to do, breakfast at tiffany is so yesteryear.

when i was in KL two weekends ago (procrastination improves abit hor!), i summoned us to wake up early just so we could have breakfast there. i had to okie.

Tous Les Jours (pronounced as too lay joo), a Korean-owned bakery franchise is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur or more precisely, basement of WOLO Hotel which is within walking distance from Capitol Hotel, where we put up the night before.

on a side note, Capitol Hotel is great for a short staycation if hotel’s facility isn’t your concern. Its location is what won us over, Lowyat Plaze is just across the street and Times Square is a stone’s throw away, literally. so yeah, definitely recommend Capitol Hotel for couple’s or bff’s staycation cos there’s many fancy restaurants, lounge and entertainment around. we ended up staying in at night anyway.

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

okay back to Tous Les Jours

you’ll be instantly mesmerizes by the aroma of freshly baked pastry lingering in the space upon entering Tous Les Jours. and then your eyes started wandering around cos there’s just so many many enticing pastry to look at, where shall i start…

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

told my companion to go grab some breads for us to share while i was queuing to place order (and pay). and obviously they judged the breads by their looks, not feeling guilty at all though…

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

Tous Les Jours serves mains and salad other than bread and pastry. though the one-page menu seems limited, we did had a hard time placing our order *facepalm*.

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

my bae(s)

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang

i absolutely adore the high-ceiling and brick wall! not forgetting the immense natural light streaming through the large windows.

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Tuna Floss | RM 3.90; Apple Crumb Danish | RM 4.20; Fruit Pastry | RM 4.50

our favourite in chronological order would be Tuna Floss, Fruit Pastry, Apple Crumb Danish. i love the bonito flakes (katsuobushi) sprinkled on Tuna Floss and the crisp and airy pastry (mad love!) of Fruit Pastry. Apple Crumb Danish was overly cloyingly sick.

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Blueberry Yogurt Frappe | RM 10; Caramel Macchiato | RM 8; Peach Fruit Tea | RM 7; Organic Hot Chocolate | RM 8

beverages were mediocre. my hot chocolate was…o…k…

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Banana Ricotta Cheese French Toast | RM 14.90
{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Banana Ricotta Cheese French Toast | RM 14.90

three thick and fluff french toast topped with whipped cream, served with caramelized banana slices, pecan and maple syrup. the portion could serve two! Theng gave each of us half a slice and she’s still struggling to finish the lot. wtf.

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Egg Benedict | RM 9.90
{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Egg Benedict | RM 9.90
{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Egg Benedict | RM 9.90

my Egg Ben made up of poached egg and turkey ham sandwiched between English muffin bun with a piece of ham (which i requested, to replace beef bacon) and salad on the side! portion was alright, the hollandaise sauce was spot on, but i couldn’t say the same for the yolk. yolk is like the 灵魂 of Egg Benedict, it should be runny and flowy, which sadly didn’t happened.

the price is however surprisingly attractive despite its location!

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Gruyere Cheese Melt Sandwich | RM 16
{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Gruyere Cheese Melt Sandwich | RM 16

from the Hot Sandwich menu, we had this ham + melty gruyere cheese sandwiched between sourdough, served with salad as well. i would appreciate if they could slice the bread thicker, it was limp, tasted good though.

{Klang Valley} Tous Les Jours @ Bukit Bintang
Cheese Mushroom & Ham Omelette | RM 16

Among all dishes, this Cheese Mushroom & Ham Omelette is the least substantial in my opinion, suitable for small appetite. the omelette was a tad dry and not cheesy enough.

if i were the old me, who once couldn’t live without bread, Tous Les Jours (which translated to daily) would be my favouritest place of all. just look at their array of breads and pastries! if you’re here for breakfast, just a word of advice, be early.

you can also find Tous Les Jours at Bangsar, Empire Shopping Gallery and Empire Damansara.

Tous Les Jours

126, 126A-C, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603-4065 0088
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Business Hours:
0800 – 2300
opens daily

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega, The Shore Shopping Gallery

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December 28th, 2014 [Sunday]

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

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The Shore Shopping Gallery is the newest shopping mall in Malacca, located at Bunga Raya area, smart them to stay awayyyy from the ever congested Melaka Raya area! the mall looks lavish from the outside and houses premium brands like Pandora & Tangs. didn’t really had the time to stroll around during my visit as i had errands to run, but i’ll definitely be back when Hutong Foodcourt commences business.

when Theng was in town some weekends ago (no, i’m not guilty for procrastinating, no.), we made our maiden way there on a lovely Sunday morning. a good brekkie (or brunch) is my way (best way) to unwind a drowsy morning.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

the environment is relaxing and wait staffs are very, very friendly, attentive and is good at giving recommendation. oh and they know how to handle cameras!

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

I yearned for Western Brekkie that morning so La Bodega it was!

the menu is not exactly extensive, but there’s pretty variety dishes. there’s tapas, mains, and side dishes. i’m sure you could find something to munch on. if you’re not in the mood for eating, no problemo, there’s extensive liquor selection, just hop over to the bar and the bartender is at your service.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore
Bodega’s Big Breakfast | RM28

that’s my perk-me-up baybeh! a substantial big breakfast consists of two farm fresh eggs, breakfast chicken sausages, bacon, grilled tomato, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms and a slice of toast.

you could have the eggs done your way, be it omelette, sunny side up, egg benedict, or like what we ordered, scrambled egg!

you could also add freshly squeezed juice AND coffee for RM10 to pair with your meal.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore
Bodega’s Big Breakfast| RM 28

everything’s done perfectly here. especially the fluffy moist scrambled egg, divine.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

my date sure enjoyed it loads too.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

i opted for Hot Chocolate, instead of coffee.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

while Theng had Apple Juice, which is emmm diluted.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore
Marinated Chicken Breast Sandwich | RM 28
{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore
Marinated Chicken Breast Sandwich | RM 28
{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore
Marinated Chicken Breast Sandwich | RM 28

the sandwich was stuffed generously with sauteed mixed mushrooms, roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and marinated chicken breast topped with Brie cheese on toasted panini, served with salad.

just like the eggs, you could choose the bread you like from the selection of panini, ciabatta, black olive ciabatta, rye, white, wholemeal or baguette.

the serving was as substantial and my only whine was, there’s no dressing on the bread making it a tad too dry to masticate.

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

{Malacca} Brekkie @ La Bodega @ The Shore

Spanish Cuisine is La Bodega’s forte but we didn’t ordered anything Spanish…maybe next time!

overall, i do love the vibe here (very likely to bump into guai lous wtf). food wise, it’s a mix review, i’d order the big breakfast set again and stay away from the sandwich (too dry for our likings). however, the price was a tad steep for Malacca’s standard so i’d say it’s an indulgence.

La Bodega

The Shore @ Malacca River,
Lot GF-23, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya,
75300 Melaka.
+606 284 2288
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business hours:
opens daily: 0900 – 0100

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

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Happy Two Oh Fifteen, Anteaders! i wish all of us stay safe, stay fit, stay gorgeous and stay positive in this new year and coming years! i know my wishing came a lil’ late, still, better late than never right!

my 2014 ended rather calmly. three of us of whom i haven’t met for monthsss had a cozy pasta dinner, homemade by bffwb and sloughing at couch after that, updating each other’s life. among three, i think mine is the most mediocre. Pearly spent three (tough) months in Cameroon (not Cameron) while bffwb’s doing PhD in NUS. me? just an ordinary office lady who writes a lousy blog :/.

and then suddenly it’s 2015 now! time, can go slow or not? anyway,

first post of 2015 has got to be this cafe visited on the first day of 2015! public holiday is bliss!

January 2015 [Thursday]

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

i discovered Backlane Coffee totally by chance. was strolling along Jonker Street with Theng, and i was attracted by a huge price tag of RM 5 – 20 on a clothing rack, being women, we entered the premise and Backlane Coffee is located at the rear part of the premise. didn’t snap a photo of the facade, but it’s right beside the stage at Jonker Street. we didn’t went in that time as Theng doesn’t take coffee at all. i did jot it down in my mental evernote though.

on New Year Day, bffwb and i were on a cafe-hopping mood, unfortunately many of them closed on public holiday. what a bummer! that’s how we ended up at Backlane Coffee

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

this cafe is exactly how i envision my future cafe (if i ever own one) will be. large windows which allow ample natural light, white bricks wall, uncrowded, chic industrial elements and some DIYs here and there!

it’s really cozy in there and the furniture’s great for potato-couching. we could have spent hours just slumping unglamly on the chairs, sipping (few) cuppa coffees and do some light reading. Backlane Coffee sets the right vibe for it, however, what’s lacking was, books.

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Honey Citron Tea | RM 6.50
{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Honey Citron Tea | RM 6.50

bffwb was feeling a tad under the weather, so he had to wean himself from coffee and had some honey tea to soothe his throat.

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Cafe Latte | RM 9.50
{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Cafe Latte | RM 9.50
{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street
Cafe Latte | RM 9.50

while i had this beautiful smooth latte with senget coffee art. i think my heart is slowly accepting caffeine as i didn’t experience any palpitation after downing this whole cup on my own!

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

Backlane Coffee offers macarons and some cakes for you to nibble on while having coffee/chocolate/tea. but i do think they should include some light food like waffle or pancake to accommodate customers who don’t have sweet tooth, like us.

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

{Malacca} Backlane Coffee @ Jonker Street

if you’re in the vicinity of Jonker Street, why not stop by Backlane Coffee and have a cuppa coffee, who knows you’d fall in love with the space, like me. ;)

Backlane Coffee

129, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka.
+606 2820542
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Business Hours
Sun – Thu 1000 – 1800
Fri – Sat 1100 – 1100

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

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December 2014 [Saturday]

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

remember that i said Malacca’s cafe scene is catching up? well, Malacca’s one level up now with Caffe Bene which has just invaded the shore of Malacca on Christmas eve. yes i was berry pleased and impressed.

Caffe Bene is located at the same floor as H&M at Terminal Pahlawan, a mall-cum-hotel opposite of Dataran Pahlawan.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

Theng was here the past weekend and me being a lousy guide brought her to places that i would love to try XD.

And that was the first time me chauffeuring a friend around town, me, the ant who has absolutely no sense of direction but somehow managed to figure out the destinations with (and some without) the help of Waze. it’s an achievement unlocked moment! daddy would be so proud of me i tell you! haih i think i do deserve a huge pat on my back, even Theng was impressed cos she’s as clueless when it comes to direction :/.

God gave me a nice perky butt but He forgot about my sense of direction, you see, God’s great and fair.

sorry i digress.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

so yeah, Caffe Bene, it doesn’t need any introduction right? the queue wasn’t bad for a Saturday.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

smooth and creamy gelato on display

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

which comes in different serving sizes.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

at first, we thought Double would be fine since we’re sharing, imagine my horror when i saw this at the counter, Double is like the size of a vase :O.

Single shall suffice.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

we were given an ufo thingamajig which blinks and vibrates when our order’s ready. i guess this is no stranger too if you visited a dessert chain.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

help yourself with your order, ma’am.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80 (single)
{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80 (single)

the weather is pleasantly gloomy and that didn’t stop us for having an icy dessert! the Oreo Bingsu consisted of layers roughly-shaved ice, crushed oreo, cream and red bean paste.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80 (single)

the right way to eat bingsu is, first, take pictures and #caffebenemy,

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80

2. mix it well including the cream (or gelato).

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Cookies and Cream Bingsu | RM 12.80

3. enjoy!

Bingsu is like an upscale ice kacang XD. i do likey the oreo bits and the red bean paste however it can be a lil’ cloyingly sweet by the end of it. fret not, plain water is available to cleanse your palate after sweet indulgence!

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Tiramisu Waffle | RM 15

we also ordered Tiramisu Waffle, a dollop of tiramisu ice cram sits atop of warm liege waffle with whipped cream sandwiched in between.

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Tiramisu Waffle | RM 15
{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan
Tiramisu Waffle | RM 15

the waffle was crisp on the outside while inside remained soft and chewy, daresay one of the good waffles in Melaka. it reminds me of the waffle at Brown Pocket, Penang. the price might be a lil’ steep for a small serving like this though.

Honey Bread is also a bestseller of Caffe Bene, the fragrant lingers within the establishment and i almost succumb, almost. Theng had to stop me from ordering it cos we can’t possibly finish all! have to keep that for next visit!

{Malacca} Caffe Bene @ Terminal Pahlawan

we don’t have sweet tooth but did enjoy our late afternoon with bingsu and waffle!

this’s gonna be the last post of 2014 on AntzWorLd and i wish all Anteaders a berry Happy New Year! thanks for staying around for all this while, xoxo.

Caffe Bene

Lot G69-G70, Ground Floor,
Terminal Pahlawan Melaka.

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