Friday, 31 October 2014

Turning a pig's ear into a silk purse.

...or rather, pedicure my cloven hooves into pretty lotus flowers, and that I did at Spa Village, Ritz-Carlton yesterday.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Jalan Alor + Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Seeing Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur's food street, through the eyes of a tourist.
Yesterday we ruffled some feathers at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, quite literally, like when a peacock shook his magnificent tail at us (either mistaking us for foe or a peahen) and a glorious red macaw parrot flapped his wings to show off his brilliant plumage. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Islamic Arts Museum + Acme Bar & Coffee at Troika

Another morning in Malaysia, another day playing tour guide. Yesterday I showed Henry one of Malaysia's gems---the Islamic Arts Museum

Monday, 27 October 2014

Batu Caves

Just 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur is a most wondrous site (and sight) made especially amazing for its close proximity to the city. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

New (and inadvertent) toys.

Title says it all: I accidentally found myself in possession of 3 new toys; a Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere, iPhone 6, and Canon 600D. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Bermondsey Bites : Village East

Village East is the latest addition to my list of Bermondsey Bites, joining the ranks of my favourite Bermondsey street restaurants Pizarro, Jose, and Casse Croute. Next on my to-do (or should that be to-chew?) list is Zucca but that's another review for another lunch break on a day slaving in my new South London artist studio. Anyway, Village East came highly recommended by my friend Cleo, and so on an absentminded, overcast midday I found myself wandering through the doors, expecting a cozy coffee and deli sort of brunch spot but being stunned by the vast space (booths opposite the bar and a quiet bar lounge adjacent to the main dining rooms) and eclectic, industrial-chic interiors. 

I loaded up on carbs for a hard day's work with two bread starters; caramelised onion bread with the fluffiest butter flecked with sea salt, and toast with a pot of duck pate and orange marmalade.

My favourite thing to do is to hollow out the bread rolls by pulling out the insides, then stuffing it with the butter, spreads, pates etc. from different dishes on the table. After all what is bread but a vehicle for more substantial food? That was allegedly how the sandwich was invented, when in 1762 John Montagu 4th Earl of Sandwich needed something to hold his meat with while gambling. Bread is essentially gloves...made of carbs. Carb gloves. Mmmmm. *Homer Simpson drooling sound*

For a more balanced meal, I followed the bread-fest with a vegetarian dish of autumn hash with spinach, goat's cheese, onion, and fried duck egg. Delicious, filling, and healthy I'd like to imagine.

That the food is delicious is one thing, but I also love their decor! 


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

East London Eats: Maison Trois Garcons

Malaysian food served in the cafe of a French lifestyle shop in trendy East London?
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