Limitless Possibilities with Lipton & Monin: #MixTealogy

What come to your mind when you think of tea?

From the Chinese tea at China to matcha in Japan and Chai in India, tea is a big part of Asian culture. It is no different here in Malaysia, judging how much we love our Teh Tarik at the mamak. If you think these are what tea is all about, think again.

Couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure to spend the afternoon at the #MixTealogy event with Lipton and Monin at The Cornerstone, KL.

First time ever in Malaysia, Lipton is joining hands with Monin to bring tea lovers a brand new concepts to elevate your tea drinking experience.

Founded in Bourges, France in 1912, Monin is the world's leading provider of premium gourmet flavourings.

Monin can be found in over 150 countries and has a range of 175 flavours including gourmet sauces, fruit purees and frappe powder for unlimited drinks creation.

While, Lipton is the world's leading tea brand and is sold in more than 150 countries. It was also the first brand to sell tea leaves in tea bags.

And when you have 2 world's leading brands collaborating with each other, you'd expect nothing less than innovative and exciting outcome; which exactly what #MixTealogy is all about!

A perfect blend of the purest Lipton tea with the premium quality of Monin syrups.

It opens up a whole different world of tea drinking - an innovative way of tea drinking with limitless possibilities.

We get the chance to try out the various combinations of Lipton and Monin during the event.

My personalized #MixTealogy with Lipton and Monin. I love the fruity flavours that go so well with the black tea I've chosen.

Oh, do you know that iced tea is the top 5 iced beverages for its refreshing and healthy perception? I had so much fun sampling different types of iced tea during the event. Having 2 experts' brands in their own field working together hand in hand, #MixTealogy is looking to be the next big hit among consumers.

So, are you ready for your #MixTealogy journey?

Check out the Website for more information.

Row Six @ Setia City Mall: Reminiscing the Unique Nanyang Experience

Asia is the largest and most populous continent, and with its diversity is what drawn people from other continents to this part of the world. Being a massive continent, Asia has lots to offer and Southeast Asia is one of the many regions where travelers love to explore not just the colourful cultures, but also its delicacies.

Like me, if you enjoy exploring food from different cultures, then Row Six is probably a place that you want to drop by. With delicacies of different countries in Southeast Asia, Row Six is a reminiscent of "Nanyang" experience. You get to enjoy the tender Malaysian-style Satay, aromatic bowl of Pho, spicy yet satisfying Tomyam, while sipping on a glass of rich and aromatic Vietnamese coffee. To ensure everyone get to enjoy the authentic flavours of each cuisine, Row Six vigilantly prepared their food, even to the extent of making their own broth.

Chicken Satay (RM 16.95 - 6 sticks). When it comes to satay, I am really very picky. Most of the time, either the meat isn't well-marinated or it is too tough. The satay at Row Six hits all the right notes for me. The meat is well-marinated and very tender; and the nutty flavour of the peanut sauce is just perfect.

Oriental Taste Baguette (RM 15.99). Introduced by French during the colonial period, this traditional Vietnamese food is now one of the most popular sandwiches in the world. Unlike the traditional baguette, this has a thinner and airier crust with mango slice, chicken ham, pineapple slice with lime chili sauce, Chinese parsley and mixed veges. Not only the sweetness of the mango and pineapple work perfectly well with the saltiness of the ham, but it works as gravy to the banh mi too.

Pho (RM 21.95). Fresh rice noodles served in fragrant broth, herbs and beef slices. The broth has been simmered for 12 hours using beef bone. It is flavourful and packed with aromatics; and the beef slices were really super tender. I was quite surprised how good and comforting the bowl of Pho is.

Tomyam Goong with Rice & Satay (RM 24.95). If you love spicy food and especially tomyam, you'd definitely enjoy the Tomyam Goong. Row Six managed to strike a nice balance of aromatics in the tomyam with a hint of acidity, and spiciness that truly hits your face at the end.

It might be a tad too spicy, but I enjoyed every spoonful of it.

Nasi Ketuk with Chicken Rendang (RM 21.95). Each bite of the chicken rendang is rich, meaty and very comforting.

Nasi Ketuk with Seafood Sambal Petai (RM 25.95). If chicken rendang is not your cup of tea, try the Seafood Sambal Petai then. The mild spiciness of the sambal is very appetizing.

Vanilla Ice-cream with Tropical Fruit (RM 11.95). Cool your palate down with a bowl of icy dessert and fresh fruits.

Snow Fungus with Sea Coconut (RM 6.95). Cold desserts are not your thing? Go for the Snow Fungus with Sea Coconut then. I love the crunchiness of the snow fungus and the natural sweetness of the sea coconut. It is a very light dessert to wrap up your meal.

Mojito (RM 9.59). Lemon, peppermint, lime and lemongrass. This fizzy drink is very refreshing to have, especially to wash down all the delicious mains.

Mango Selasih with Cream (RM 11.95). Served with fresh mango cubes, this will definitely be a favourite to many mango lovers.

Tropical Thanh Long (RM 12.95). Ever wonder how would a combination of dragon fruit, banana and coconut taste like? It taste surprisingly good actually.

Vietnam Coffee - Cold (RM 6.95). One other thing that is famous in Vietnam is their coffee. Pour the hot water into the drip filter, and wait patiently for the hot water to extract all the flavours from the grounded coffee bean. The coffee is smooth, thick and aromatic yet not too sweet, despite the condensed milk in it.

Honestly speaking, I was a bit skeptical before going to Row Six, as I've been to restaurant/cafe similar to this but the food were only average. However, my thoughts definitely changed after trying out the food at Row Six. The flavours are really good, and I like how they have kept the authenticity and simplicity of the food without trying too hard to "modernize" it.

To know more updates on Row Six, check out their Website, Facebook and Instagram.

Address: L2-04/05, Setia City Mall, No.7 Persiaran Setia Dagang, Bandar Setia Alam, Seksyen U13, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Operation Hours: 10am to 10pm DAILY
Contact: +603 3358 4122

Bru Cafe @ Faber Towers, Taman Desa

Do you love Italian cuisine? I do. I love how simple the dishes can be yet they are always packed with flavours. Not necessarily comes with beautiful plating, but the cooking technique and layers of flavours are undeniably amazing.

However, dining in an Italian restaurant here might not be cheap. And today, I would like to recommend a gem I've found hidden in Faber Towers at Taman Desa - Bru Cafe.

After the success of Michelangelo's, they have now expanded to a cafe concept with Bru Cafe, which is strategically located at Faber Towers.

Bru Cafe serves authentic Italian cuisine too, but compared to Michelangelo's, it has a more casual vibe - just like something you would expect from a cafe. Walking in from the main entrance, Bru Cafe is situated at your one o'clock.

Deep Fried Calamari (RM 19.90). A plate of crispy calamari served with garlic oil to start-off the meal.

Oven Baked Snail (RM 21.90). These are my favourite! Served in shells with garlic-herb butter and homemade garlic bread. I can finish 6 of these all by myself!

Linguini Marinara Seafood (RM 34.90). Linguini with tiger prawns, mussels, clams and squid cooked in special Tomato sauce and served in a hot sizzling pan. The pasta is cooked till al dente, while the sauce is rich and thick. I was surprised to find the sauce wasn't too acidic, like how most of the tomato-based pasta would be; but rather, the acidity from the tomatoes was very subtle. Oh, not to forget the seafood is a plus point too!

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto (RM 30). It is so difficult to find good risotto and I was really looking forward towards this dish, especially after the risotto I had at Michelangelo's. Using Carnoli rice, the risotto is served with chicken, mushroom and Parmesan cheese. Creamy yet not too heavy, and I love the earthiness of the mushrooms in the risotto.

Lamb Shank (RM 52). OK, red meat lovers, you really have to give this one a try. Braised till fork-tender, the lamb shank is generously coated with rich brown sauce along with mash potatoes and vegetables.

Calzone Pizza (RM 29). Calzone is an oven-baked folded pizza that was originated from Naples. When served, I thought it would be very doughy - as the dough do looked quite thick, but it turned out to be soft and chewy. Originally, the Calzone Pizza is stuffed with spicy beef pepperoni, but we requested them to change it to chicken as one of our friends couldn't eat beef. I love the mild spiciness of the fillings, and by drizzling the warm tomato sauce served by the side, it totally elevated the entire dish.

Affogato (RM 12.90). Smooth and creamy ice cream with aromatic espresso, what a way to wrap up our meal.

Italian Cannoli (RM 13.50 - 3 pcs). Tube of crispy pastry filled with custard cream of your choice - Chocolate, Vanilla Custard, Lemon Curd.

Passionate Mango (RM 12.90). Not too sweet, the smoothie has a nice rich and creamy texture yet quite refreshing at the same time.

Cioccolatino. A special collaboration with local chocolatier, Cocoraw.

The iced chocolate is rich and chocolaty.

Fairies (RM 11.90). If you are looking for something light to wash down all the savoury food and desserts, Fairies would be a good choice. A combination of pear, strawberry and everlasting flower, Fairies is a lovely green tea with hint of fruity and floral note.

Having a meal at a proper Italian restaurant would most probably cost you a bomb; on the other hand, similar dishes served at most of the cafes are too disappointing. Personally, I felt the pricing at Bru Cafe is not too steep yet you'll still be able to get authentic Italian food. If you are looking to have nice Italian food but doesn't want to burn a big hole in your pocket, I would certainly recommend you to try out Bru Cafe.

To know more updates on Bru Cafe, check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: Lot G3A & G-OS-4 Ground Floor, Podium Block, Faber Towers, Jalan Desa Bahagia, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 10am to 10pm DAILY
Contact: +603 7980 5088