Monday, January 22, 2024

A Dragon’s Feast for Chinese New Year

Welcoming the year of Dragon in an extraordinary way would be how I define what Four Points by Sheraton, Puchong did, as they ‘loh’ the yee sang with their very own unique ‘dragon (fruit)’ sauce. And I have to say, it tasted good.

This Chinese New Year (CNY) buffet starts from 19 January till 24 February covers must-have CNY dishes such as the famous Steamed Red Snapper in Soy Sauce, Braised Black Moss and Black Mushroom with Broccoli and Fried Rice with Tomato and Shrimp among others.

There are 3 packages offered by Four Points by Sheraton, Puchong being the Spring and Happiness Set that is priced at RM1588++, Everlasting Prosperity Set at RM1788++ and RM2088++ for Wealth and Fortune set.

What makes it more interesting is that you do not need to take up the above said if there’s only a handful of you guys for you can also enjoy the CNY Dinner Buffet, or Eve Dinner or event Hi-Tea packages. And these packages not only caters mainly Chinese cuisine but also Western, Malay, LIVE Pasta counter, Carvery as well as Soup section to satisfy your gastronomic craving.

Chinese New Year Dinner Buffet
19 Jan – 24 Feb, 2024

Chinese New Year Eve Dinner
9 February, 2024

Chinese New Year Hi-Tea
10 February, 2024

If you want a presentable gift pack, worry not as Four Points has it too.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Ramadan Feast in Grand Millennium

Yup! It is that time of the year again!
And this time around I will extra smart, not gonna make the same mistake again (and again, and again – greed rules usually). Instead of indulging on every single food, what I did was I sample all the food instead and once I have identified what I like most – I will focus (read : makan berulang kali) that particular dish.

My favourite dished at Grand Millenium Ramadan buffet are :

Rendang Tok (beef)
Why : It has a very rich flavour and the beef is really tender, not that oily nor sweet (I personally find some Rendang Tok can be abit sweet but this one just nice).

Pan Seared White Fish with Dill Creamy Butter Sauce
Why : It is not to creamy not buttery (despite its name), light and simple (boleh makan berulang-ulang)

Belado Dendeng (LIVE cooking)
Why : Yes! You can get them to cook Kung Pao or Belado there and then, all you need to do is is pick the meat/vege of your wish.

Seafood on Ice (prawn and mussel)
Why : I love when I can taste the sweetness of the prawn pair with thousand island or just squeeze a slice of lemon. Sedap.

Cold Soba
Why : They prepare it in mini bowl, so that the portion is just nice if you wish to sample and not feel overwhelmed. Perfect during Ramadhan.

Duku Langsat or perhaps Langsat (I tau maka ajer)
Why : Manis so sodap. Except for the 2 biji abit masam, the other 10 that I ate tasted perrrrfect. Waima the hotel make no effort in cooking this, but I believe they pick the right orchard to order the fruit from. Hehehhehee…

Of course, there are other dishes that you must try as well, such as Belanga Bakar section where you can select either chicken, pomfret, beef, eggplant, lady finger, tomato and etc and the chef will assist to cook it in either one of this style – Assam Pedas, Curry Masala and Kung Pao. Tepuk dada, tanya selera.

Their Xin Jiang Roasted Lamb is not bad, this is to be eaten with Nan Bread or Arabic Bread. Glazed with either mint sauce, tomato pickled or Pepper Sauce – take your pick.

Aside from the above said, there are also Sup Campur Station, Dessert and Food Counter, Indian Food section and many more. And not to be forgotten – Bubur Lambuk! After all, it is Ramadan kan.

If you plan to splurge with family or friends one of the Ramadan days in a hotel, you can consider The Mill, Grand Millenium Hotel. The Ramadan Buffet package is at RM168++ (adult) and RM84++ (kids), Promo valid from 12 March – 9 April, 2024, from 7pm – 10pm.

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
160, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, January 4, 2024

The serenity of Costa Serena

I believe this might just be one of the biggest Costa Cruise that I ever experienced.

I went on a few cruises before this, amd many short cruise trips (4d3n) and one long ones as well (10d9n). I guess love transportation so much so that I even took the ferry from South Island to North Island in New Zealand (to x fly was easier but NOOOOO). Also taken ferries; jumping from one Greek island to another. Of course then there's the ferry ride from Stockholm to Tallinn - coldest one ever (traveled in Scandi in Dec, big time stupid move).

Cruise is one of my favourite ride aside from train journey, and being able to experience another Costa cruise is thrilling as each ship has different theme making it special. The only one thing that was the same was Alan, my darling maƮtre d' (and because he remembered from Costa Romantica trip half a decade ago - one of those small little things that makes this trip meaningful).

As usual in all cruises, the all day dining are the ones that makes me feel like I need to diet for at least a month (or mebbe two). I know, I know... I should use the gym or pool or even the running track to 'throw' the food I've been consuming but one must remember that - it is after all a holiday. Like 'what exercise?'... I am so not exercising.

Of course we dined at one of fancy schmancy Casanova Restaurant where the lobster meal was pure seafood orgasm. Everything in the course meal was great. I was advise one to at least try a fancy meal when on a cruise trip, splurge abit (or for one meal, you deserve it).

I have to admit, this was the only cruise I went to that I actually watched the shows/performance, and I simply LOVE IT! Thank you Miera for dragging me out of the comfy bed, no regrets. And also thank you for insisting me to watch the singing performance, love that too! I felt that the song selection was meant for me, serious!

I also found out that the Islamic Cruise participants were also onboard. Having join 2 of their trips before, I came to realised (upon comparing Islamic Cruise and other travel agency/organiser during this trip) thatthe management was professional. Why do I say this? Well... This is because I approached the organiser and 'self invited' to attend 3 of their activities - the Maghrib prayers, Konsert Terapung as well as one of their daily briefings. Based on my observation, their itinerary is pack yet it was comfortable ie not tight to a point you suffocate but easy/sufficient enough for you to have ample time to enjoy the ship.

I was especially in awe during the disembarkation briefing for Phuket. It was clear, crisp and firm, hence I don't see the Islamic Cruise participants gotten lost or going around asking 'nak gi mana (where should we go)' or 'macam mana (how to...)' adn etc. Affirmating their direction/location/venue they're heading-yes, but they are definitely not lost.

As for halal food, buffet kitchen has been sertu-ed by them so no worries for the Muslims participants.

Hence, if your family members are interesting to join the Islamic Cruise onboard Costa Serena, I highly encourage as they will be enlighten with the kuliahs as well as making new friends.

Aside from the hiccup during the embarkation (I heard that the cruise before us delayed in their departure resulting to our cruise unable to dork on time), everything else was great. However, I do hope the Port Klang authority able to manage this better in the future, plus the terminal waiting area needs abit of an upgrade (my personal opinion).

So, where should we go next?

The Costa Cruise 2024 Trip is organized by Costa Cruises.

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