Kopenhagen Coffee @ Kiara Vista: A Piece of Scandinavia in Mont Kiara


What comes to your mind when you see the word "Scandinavia"? For me, it is the scenic view of greens and rocky mountains, breathe-taking aurora borealis, fresh and pure Nordic air,as well as the friendly Scandinavian people.

But, do you know that Scandinavians are one of the top consumers when it comes to coffee? Coffee plays an important role in their lives, it is where they connect and catch up with family and friends. If you've never been to any Scandinavian countries or missing the cosy cafes, you can now enjoy a slice of Scandinavia at Kopenhagen Coffee in Mont Kiara.

Kopenhagen is a cafe at Mont Kiara that inspired by the cafes in Denmark, but was spelled with a "K" instead "C". The owner, Peter who is also Danish himself, wanted to introduce the public to the cafes in Denmark, not just coffee but also the food.

Walking into Kopenhagen, we were greeted by a warm welcome from the barista behind the wide counter. If you are keen, you can even grab a sit by the counter and watch the barista working their magic at the espresso machine.
Took this shoot in the late afternoon. I just love the soft lighting from the evening sun.

A cosy sofa corner at Kopenhagen behind the counter. One of the perfect spot to take photos!

Greek Yogurt with Granola and Blueberries (RM 12). I'm hardly a fan of yogurt, as I find they are either too sweet or too sour. However, I kinda like this Greek yogurt, It's creamy and crunchy and I can't say no to blueberries! Honey is served at the side, for those who want to add a little bit of sweetness to the yogurt.

Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Tomatoes, Spring Onions and Sourdough Bread (RM 14). A very simple dish but the fluffy scrambled eggs and chewy sourdough with crisp crush was too hard to resist. Well... I guess I'm a sucker for sourdough.

Bagel with Tuna Mousse (RM 15). Bagel!!!!!! Another favourite bread of mine. The bagel at Kopenhagen was PERFECT! If you have yet to find perfect bagels in Klang Valley, you'll get it here! It's firm yet chewy; the tuna mousse was surprisingly good too. I especially like how they added gherkins to add that little bit of acid to the dish.

Scone with Raisin (RM 6). The scone was buttery and crumbly, probably the best I've ever had ever since Bon Bon's Cafe at Atria ceased operation. Ohh~~~ how am I missing this now. Butter will be served with the scone, but personally I did not feel the need to slap on more butter.

Danish Dream Cake (RM 7). Dream cake is one of the traditional Danish cake. Soft and moist butter cake encrusted with coconut and brown sugar topping. After taking a bite of this delightful cake, I can totally see why it's called the "Dream Cake".

Flat White (RM 11). Smooth coffee and full bodied, love it! Oh, don't you think the tableware is just too pretty????!! Too bad I can't get these in Malaysia as they were specially imported all the way from Denmark and it cost a BOMB!

Piccolo (RM 10). Compared to flat white, the piccolo tasted stronger but as smooth. It might be smaller in size, but it definitely work as a much needed wake-me-up too.

Iced Latte (RM 11).

Instead of the usual big breakfast and toast, you'll find dishes and bread that are "uniquely Denmark". Also, to ensure the quality and keeping the food as similar to Denmark as possible, Kopenhagen Coffee baked their own bread and the cakes were made by a home-baker.

They are still in the midst of adjusting their food menu, so you can definitely expect more Danish-type of food to be served at Kopenhagen Coffee. I can't wait to pay another visit to the cafe next month!

The downside of the area is the super-duper limited parking space. If you have trouble finding parking at Kiara Vista, you can park at the Global Doctors Hospital building down the road.

For more updates on Kopenhagen Coffee, do visit their WebsiteFacebook and Instagram.

Address: Vista Kiara, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 7am to 7pm (Monday to Friday) | 9am to 7pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Contact: +603 6211 6363
Email: hello@kopenhagencoffee.com

Shop & Do Charity At the Same Time @ De Jumble Sale Charity 2017


Shopping is always fun, but it is more meaningful when you can do charity at the same time! Don't you think so?

On the 27th March till 2nd April 2017, Golden Land Expo will be having a De' Jumble Sale Charity Event at Kuala Lumpur Putra Mall. At the charity event, you'll find second hand items such as clothes, accessories, bags and many more.

To make the event more interesting, they have invited a number of artists to attend the opening ceremony as well as donate their second-hand items for public selling. Through the event, they are expecting to raise a total of RM10,000 and all of the profit will go to Cleft Lips and Palate Association Malaysia (CLAPAM) for their surgery financial. 

Cleft Lips and Palate Association Malaysia (CLAPAM) is a non-profit government organization support group. They have been providing support services such as counselling, information on feeding and care for cleft babies, and hospitals/house visits. Along with their professional members, CLAPAM has access to reliable information on a wide variety of cleft related issues in addition to action as a one stop centre for cleft issues in Malaysia.

If you are planing to shop for something new for yourself, why not check out the jumble sale at the charity event? You might get the chance to bump into artists such as Amber Chia, Jason Phang, Amelia Lee, Wai Fun and many more. Every amount spent at the event will be donated to CLAPAM.

To know more about the event, you may visit their Website or contact them at +603 9057 7373 or +6012 9708 229.

For more information on CLAPAM, do visit their Website

Zest Patisserie @ Connaught Avenue, Cheras: Decadent French Pastries


Desserts... Desserts... Desserts!!! Many girls can't resist these beautiful sweet treats, and I'm not sure if you realized, there are quite a few dessert bars popping up in Klang Valley. I'm not a huge fan of desserts - thanks to my super low tolerance in sweetness, but occasionally I do enjoy a good sweet treats.

2 weeks ago, my friends and I paid a visit to a dessert bar at Connaught Avenue in Cheras - Zest Patisserie. Zest has kept their interior simple with a few tables and chairs and 2 sofas.

Guests are more than welcome to "leave their mark" by sticking the post-it on the wall with their drawings or wishes.

Zest Patisserie opened in 18 October 2015 by Yi Xiang, who graduated from KDU. After working for couple of years as a professional pastry chef, he decided it's time to start his own dessert bar. We were wondering why the name "Zest"and we were told the name was inspired by lemon zest - you only need a little bit of it but the flavours are incredible. Also, zest has the meaning of great enthusiasm and energy. These are what the owner wish to create for the dessert bar.

OK, enough of me blabbing and let's take a look at the dessertssssss that we had the other day!

La Fraise (RM 13.80). Looks familiar? It's actually strawberry shortcake. The sponge was so light and airy, and same goes to the cream too - which was light with the unmistakable aroma of vanilla. We were told they used vanilla seeds to make instead of vanilla concentrate. We finished up the cake in seconds.

Vanilla Berry Rhubard Tart (RM 14.30). The pink tart was so feminine and pretty. Sitting on the crumbly tart is rhubab compote with berries jelly and vanilla mousse. The flavours of sweet-sour were well-balanced and I like the hint of bitterness at the ends that comes from the matcha crumble at the side of the tart.

Matcha Chestnut (RM 14.30). Matcha mousse, chestnut creme brulee, honey sponge and milk chocolate deco. The matcha flavours were so pronounced. This is a must order if you love matcha and appreciates the mild bitterness that comes from matcha.

Fantaisie (RM 13.80). Tangy passion fruit with coconut and matcha.

Chocolate Mandarin (RM 14.30). Chocolate and orange has always been a perfect match. Same goes to this dark chocolate, mandarin orange and vanilla combination.

Kaffir (RM 14.30). Ever had a dessert that left a deep impression in you? This was one of these desserts! When you add kaffir to ordinary cheesecake, the effect was mind-blowing. Every bite was bursting with kaffir flavours and creamy cheesecake. Kaffir has officially made its way to the top on my cheesecake list!

With different texture of chocolate, the Chocolate Gateau (RM 14.30) is certainly not to be missed if you are chocolate lovers. I'm not a chocolate lover, so this might not be on my ordering list then next time I'm there.

Chocolate Chili (RM 14.30). I've heard about the combination of chocolate and chili for quite some time, and wanted to try the combination for the longest time. Finally, I get the chance at Zest! Compared to Chocolate Gateau, I'd prefer this and especially liking the soothing heat I get at the end.

Macaron (RM 4). Ever since I've had macaron from Laduree, I can't find anything close to the ones I've had. They were either too sweet or had the wrong texture. However, I was pretty surprised by the macarons at Zest - not too sweet and the crust was light, soft and slightly chewy. Yummeh!!

Caprice (RM 18). Charcoal waffles served with salted egg yolk sauce, caramel popcorn, crumble almond flakes and salted egg yolk ice cream. Talk about plate of dessert with textures - creamy ice cream, crunchy popcorn and fluffy waffles!

You can choose to either "banjir" your waffles with the salted egg yolk sauce or dip your waffles in it.

When it comes to desserts, tea is the best pairing. At Zest, you'll find tea from Harney & Sons Fine Tea (RM 9.80/pot). From the top:

Organic Bangkok - Light and aromatic, with a hint of lemongrass and ginger. Very soothing to have.
White Vanilla Grapefruit - A cleansing white tea. It it stronger in flavours and you'll never miss the aroma of vanilla.

Hazelnut Latte (RM 12). Usually, I'll stay away from ALL flavoured coffee purely because of the syrupy sweetness. The hazelnut latte at Zest changed my mind. Determine to use only quality ingredients; they incorporated actual hazelnut into the drink instead of pumping syrup. I love the nutty flavours in the coffee!

At Zest, you won't find huge varieties of desserts, but you'd definitely find French pastries that are being meticulously prepared using quality ingredients at the dessert bar. Frankly, I'd rather walk in to a dessert bar with limited selections of desserts but knowing they are good; rather than having wide selections but the taste are just so-so. Don't you agree?

Apart from these little pretty french pastries, Zest does customize cakes too! If you are looking for a different type of birthday cake, you might want to give Zest Patisserie a try.

For more updates on Zest Patisserie, do check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: K-G-3, Connaught Avenue, No.38, Jalan 9, Taman Bukit Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 12pm to 10pm (Tuesday to Friday)
                                         11am to 10pm (Satuday & Sunday)
                                        Monday CLOSED
Contact: +6016 617 6644
Email: patisseriezest@gmail.com

Fennel Beauty Centre @ Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park

 
I'm back again with another beauty post! YAY!! Gosh.. been super-duper busy with all the reviews nowadays and now only get to share with you my experience at Fennel Beauty Centre.

The bright and cosy waiting area of the beauty centre.

Fennel Beauty Centre uses Murad products for their facial treatment. I've heard a lot of good things about the brand, but this would be my first time trying out their products.

Before starting the facial, their friendly beautician will do a skin test using the Murad Youthcam. This is to analyze the skin condition, so they can recommend the best treatment.  

Personally, I thought this is so much better than the usual consultation. Not only it will show my current skin condition, but it also gives a list of products that are suitable for my skin condition.

After consultation, it's time to pamper myself!

Cleansing my face before starting the extraction.

Honestly, I hate going through extraction. It's always so painful!!!! But then again, as the saying goes "no pain, no gain", right? Thankfully, my beautician was so gentle and I appreciate she kept on checking how am I doing.

Phew.. finally done with the extraction!!! Now, is time to enjoy the process of soothing and calming my skin. ^_^

I'm seriously loving the mask they put on my face. It's so soothing!

It took roughly 1-2 days for my skin to recover, but after that it look slightly brighter than before. The beauticians are very professional and friendly, and they know what they are doing. The downside for me is the distance. If only the shop is nearer to where I stay in PJ area... >.<

Fennel Beauty Centre is currently having a promotion on their Advance Water Plus Facial at RM 1599 for 12 months

Apart from facial treatments, Fennel Beauty Centre provides spa services too. You can enjoy a spa day out with your girl friends at the centre!

For more information on Fennel Beauty Centre, you can visit their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: 5-G, Jalan Kuchai Maju 7, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 10am to 7:30pm (Monday to Friday)
                                         10am to 6pm (Saturday)
                                        10am to 5pm (Sunday)
Contact: +603 7972 1134
Email: fennelbeauty23@gmail.com