Taste of Love @ Jalan Choo Cheng Khay, KL: A Taste of Home-cooked Dishes Prepared with Love

Having theatrical cuisine or dishes with beautiful plating can be really fun; but at times, we would want something simple AND delicious. Simple and straight-forward way of preparing the dishes, and just let the ingredients shine, is also a culinary art too, don't you think so?

Taste of Love is a new cafe that took over Main Main Cafe. Just like its predecessor, Taste of Love is all about simplicity and dishes prepared with love.

Though not very spacious, the cafe is nicely decorated with dried flowers and postcards, and some souvenirs that the owner brought back from travelling.

There's a little corner at the back of the cafe, if you are going in a bigger group and want to have a bit of privacy.

I felt like a kid when I saw all these wooden goodness!! They are sooooooo pretty~~ can I bring all of these back????

I love these teddies too. They are just too cute!

OK, enough of exploring the cafe and let's explore the food at Taste of Love!

Nasi Lemak 妈妈辣死你吗 (RM 12.90). Fragrance blue rice served with rendang chicken and sunny-side up. Don't have much thought on the rice, but the rendang chicken was really good. The spices were well-balanced, the meat was tender and juicy. Not too spicy, and it's ideal if you can't stomach spicy food.

Otak-otak Spaghetti Otak-Otak意大利面 (RM 13.90). When East meets West, you have spaghetti cooked with otak-otak. Coming from Muar, I LOVE my otak-otak. Just in case you are not sure what otak-otak is, it is actually fish or prawn paste prepared with chili paste, and it is wrapped in leaves and cooked over charcoal. The otak-otak flavours in the spaghetti were very subtle, and despite the chili in it, it wasn't spicy too. Personally, I would love the otak-otak flavours to be a tad stronger.

Taiwan Sausage Omelette Rice 香肠。窝蛋饭 (RM 12.90). Blue rice topped with omelette, Chinese sausages, otak-otak, ebiko and sesame. I'm quite fond of rice bowl as I find them to be very convenient, and I enjoy the fun of mixing everything in the bowl. Don't forget to mix all the ingredients well, so that you get to enjoy everything in every spoonful.

Caramel Apple Toast 苹果焦糖吐司 (RM 8.90). Give me French toast anytime and I'm a happy girl. Crunch of the apple, sweetness of caramel and fluffy toast - the Caramel Apple Toast was a hit at our table!

Fried Chicken Balls 自制炸鸡肉球 (RM 8.90). The chicken balls were homemade at the cafe, and they were juicy!!! The chicken balls were flavourful enough, and I personally don't it required any dipping sauces.

Ice Latte Float 雪球咖啡拿铁 (RM 13). At first sip, the coffee flavours were barely there; but as I had a few more sips, the coffee flavours started to shine. However, if you prefer coffee with a kick, this might not be your choice.

Rose Honey Latte 玫瑰蜂蜜拿铁 (RM 9.90). I always find rose and honey to be one of those perfect combinations, and this latte proves me right again. The subtle floral notes of the rose and sweetness of honey was very well-balanced.

Blue Sky Latte 蓝天白云 (RM 9.90). Another favourite of mine at Taste of Love. In fact, I'm already missing this drink! I love the touch of lavender in the drink that goes so well with the milk!

Cold Brew Tea - Mi Lan Xiang 冷泡茶 - 精选蜜兰香 (RM 6). Unlike many Chinese tea, this was less tannic and an extremely refreshing choice of drink to have under a hot weather. If you always shy away from Chinese tea because of its bitterness, this will change your mind.

Thai Green Milk Tea 泰式绿奶茶 (RM 7.90). The sweetness of the milk tea was just nice, and extra milk is served at the side, if you'd wish to have stronger milk flavours.

The environment at Taste of Love is very comfy, and I especially like the white walls and balcony with beautiful sunlight. On a side note, if you are looking for a spot to snap some food photos, the balcony is the PERFECT spot! As for the food, it was really simple, homey and not too bad. Plus, the pricing is reasonable too.

For more updates on Taste of Love, check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: 138, Jalan Choo Cheng Khay, 50460 Kuala Lump
Operation Hours: 10am to 7pm (Sunday to Thursday) | 10am to 10pm (Friday) | 10am to 12am (Saturday) | Monday CLOSED
Contact: +016 258 0815

Bottega Mediterranea @ Jalan Ceylon, KL: A Piece of Italian Deli in KL

What's the first thing that you'll do when you visit a new neighbourhood in a new country? For me, it's the local mom and pop stores and deli. Rather the touristy places, I'm more interested to know where the locals go and what do they love.

In Malaysia, we have A LOT of these places all over the country, thanks to our multi-cultural society and the amount of expats in the country. So, on top of the locals stores, we get to have a peek of the culture of the other countries through these stores - well, at least the food culture.

Bottega Mediterranea is one the delis in KL offering fresh products and authentic ingredients imported from all over the Italian peninsula. Located along Jalan Ceylon, the deli can be a little tough to locate. Look for Bijan, and the deli is right next door - a white colour double-storey house.

Bottega Mediterranea reminds me a lot of those local delis I've been to in overseas. The place is very cosy and "homey" - something you would expect from your neighbourhood deli.

From olive oil, truffle oil, pastas, vinegar and many more - everything you need to prepare a delicious meal. They have cold cuts, cheese, wine and beer too!

You can check out the dishes served at Bottega Mediterranea on the wall.

I love cold-cuts and cheeses. So, you can only imagine the excitement in me when I saw this Charcuterie Platter (RM 51.95 - 2pax). Served with 3 types of cured meats (Parma, Porchetta, Bresaola), 2 types of salami (Salame Napoli, Spicy Salami), 3 cheeses (Grana Padano, Provolone, Toma), with pickles & sauces at the side (Sun-dried Tomatoes, Gharkings, Red Pesto Sauce). Honestly, I can't decide which my favourite was because I really really do love all of them!

These cold-cuts and cheeses reminded me of my school days, where I used to have them with bread. It was so simple and delicious!

If I have to choose, the sun-dried tomatoes and red pesto sauce would be my favourite. But then again, I'm never a fan of pickled food.

Parma Sandwich (RM 23.30). This is what I was talking about - cold-cuts and bread! A simple sandwich comes with Parma, Fontina cheese and artichoke - total delish and perfect for breakfast or lunch!

Croissant with Ham (Lomo Iberico) & Cheese (Asiago Cheese) (RM 18). Flaky, buttery croissant served with savoury Lomo Iberico ham and Asiago cheese. Wish I had more of this!

Cold-pressed Juice - Green (L), Scarlet (R) (RM 15.90).

Green: Cucumber, celery, bittergourd, green apple, Himalayan rock salt
Scarlet: Beetroot, green apple, white chia seeds

Green was light and refreshing, but I still couldn't accept the taste of celery and bittergourd. On the other hand, I really like the hint of sweetness and earthiness of beetroot in Scarlet.

Mebabrea (RM 23.32). This Italian beer was light but smooth. Seriously, I could use one of these recently, thanks to the hot weather!

Compared to beer, I prefer wine more. Sadly, we did not get to try any of the wine at Bottega Mediterranea. Maybe next time.

Though is a deli, there is a small corner at the back of the shop with 4 tables for those who like to sit back and relax, while enjoying their food. Bottega Mediterranea might not have a wide variety of grocers, but you'll find good quality products at the shop.

No matter if you want a cosy place to chill or looking for a place to buy quality products & products, this friendly neighbourhood deli might just be the place for you.

To know more updates on Bottega Mediterranea, check out their Website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Address: 1A, Jalan Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 9am to 8pm (Monday to Saturday) | Sunday CLOSED
Contact: +603 2070 4222

BLU "Bold Like Us" X JLB Launch in Malaysia

Been blogging for years, and it has always been about food & beauty for me. And today, I'm going to try something different and talk about gadget

Just recently, I attended BLU product launch in Malaysia with Lazada and JBL. Brought into Malaysian market by Hot Gadgets Distribution Sdn Bhd, BLU, an american smartphone brand has made its first debut in Malaysia and the phone can be found exclusively on Lazada Malaysia.

We were introduced to various models of BLU smartphone during the event. From entry-level to flagship models, there are a total of 10 models for you to choose from. During the event, we were introduced to a few models from BLU and their functions. Unlike many brands, when it comes to warranty, all BLU smartphones come with a 2-year warranty, where they are giving a 1-to-1 exchange during the first year!

Unboxing my BLU Grand M. The size of the phone fits comfortably in my hand, and the phone is pretty light-weighted. All phones come with a phone cover and 2 years warranty! The phone cover is really a smart move. Whenever I bought a new phone, the first thing I'll do is to find a phone cover to protect it. Now with BLU, I no longer need to do so.

Am a very exciting first-time Android user!

The Main Camera comes with 5MP with flash, while the Front Camera has 2.3MP with flash. I tried using the main camera to capture some photos, and the quality of the photos as ok, considering the price of the phone. The other thing I like about this phone is the matte finishing of the back cover.

Some of the JBL products were being showcased during the event too.

To celebrate the debut of BLU, Hot Gadgets will be bundling with JBL audio products exclusively on Lazada Malaysia from 25 April to 25 May 2017. Let's take a look at the range of BLU smartphones and the bundle promotions:

BLU Pure XR - RM 1,799 (bundles with JBL Charge 3 SE, worth RM 829)
BLU Vivo 6 - RM 1,399 (bundles with JBL Everest 300BT, worth RM 799)
BLU Vivo 5R - RM 1,059 (bundles with JBL Trip, worth RM429)
BLU Vivo XL 2 - RM 899 (bundles with JBL Reflect Mini, worth RM 279)
BLU Life Max - RM 599 (bundles with JBL Grip 100, worth RM 129)
BLU Studio G HD LTE - RM 459
BLU Energy Diamond - RM 439 (bundles with JBL Grip 100, worth RM 129)
BLU Grand M - RM 369
BLU Vivo 5 Mini - RM 299
BLU Diamond M - RM 299

The promotion is valid while stocks last on a first come first serve basis. To know more about the deal, check out www.lazada.com.my/blu-official-store.