Beyond Veggie @ Secret Recipe

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When Secret Recipe opened a branch in Tropicana Mall, it caught my eye immediately with their name - Beyond Veggie. This was the first time that I've ever came across a vegetarian restaurant by Secret Recipe. Though it caught my eye, but I wasn't really that eager to try it out. After all, I love to try vege meal, but has been disappointed way to many times. This restaurant just slipped through my mind, until one weekday after work, me and my mom ended up in Tropicana Mall. Not really sure where to dine in, we decided to give this Secret Recipe a try. After the first tryout, this would definitely be my usual place to dine in. So, I went back the second time with Joe. Unfortunately, I was too concentrate on my food and did not really take much picture of the surroudings and menu >.<

The deco and layout was simple. I like that. They designed one section of their restaurant with leaves and the whole thing scream very tropical to me.

 
 
During my first visit, me and my mom decided that we will share the food, as we both are not really that big eater. We had their Deep Fried Oyster Mushroom with Sesame and Coriander as starter and shared a bowl of their Red Yeast Noodles .
 
 
 
I love my mushroom a lot! And I totally love this dish. The mushroom is cripsy on the outside and it has the fragrance of the sesame. Squeeze some lime onto it, and you totally bring out the flavor of the mushroom and sesame.
 

Twice visiting the restaurant, I've ordered this same dish. Initially. I was not having much hope on this noddles dish, as the soup of a veggie I've had are either usually quite bland and tasteless and/or they are too oily. So, when the waiter served the noodles, without any hesitation I've asked for cili padi, just as precaution. How wrong could I have been! The soup was not even oily, neither was it bland! It was flavorful and it has the sweetness of the wolfberry that they cooked with the soup. It was delicious!!Not only that, they are definitely not stingy with their vegetables and mushrooms. They don't just give you normal canned button mushroom, it has enoki and oyster mushrooms in it, also another favourite of mine - cauliflower. After dinning out too much, I really dislike soups or broth that are made tasty from adding MSG or too many salt. That just totally unhealthy. So, that being said, I really am very taken into this dish, and I would say it definitely worth a try.

During my second visit with Joe, he ordered Carbonara with Shitake Mushroom, Snow Peas and Asparagus. I only took a bite and couldn't really comment much, but from that one bite I would say the carbonara is really creamy and delicious.







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Birthday - Decanter, Seksyen 17

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For the past few years I either spent my birthday having my final exams, out of the country or on a plane! This year..I spent my birthday falling sick - talk about being kinda unlucky! Though I'm sick, this would not stop me from celebrating my birthday, though it was just a simple yet sweet dinner.

Since I'm on leave but Joe is working, he decided that we would go out to celebrate my birthday over a nice dinner. It's a weekday, so we did not go far, but chose to go somewhere near - Decanter at Seksyen 17. I've been to this restaurant a couple of times, and I like the food there. They serve Western and Asian food, so the patrons have a wider range to choose from.

This time, we ordered their Mixed Grill (RM45) and share, since the waitress adviced it was for 2 person to share. It comes with grilled prawn, lamb, chicken and fish. Also, it was served with mashed potatoes with black pepper sauce and salad as their sides. It was not bad, but if you are a big eater or absolutely love your meat, then this would not be the ultimate dish for you. 2 reasons: first, the portion is enough for small eaters to share, and secondly, they serve one portion for each of the protein mentioned above.

 
 
 

Since I wasn't really hungry and was kinda worry that we wouldn't be able to finish the food, we decided that we'll order a main dish and some sides or soup. I'm a big time soup lover, so I ordered Oxtail Soup (RM10) without hesitation and Joe had Wild Mushroom Soup (RM9). I wasn't really into their Oxtail Soup, as I think Jake's Grill serves better version. I didn't really have that beefy-kinda taste when I had the soup. However, I would order their Wild Mushroom soup the next time I go there. Most of the time when I see Mushroom soup on a menu, I would never order that. That's simply because most of the time they taste pretty much like Campbell soup, and I never like the taste of it. This is different in Decanter. You can definitely taste the mushrooms in the soup, and it was strong, unlike some instant mushroom soup you get from the groceries.
 
L: Wild Mushroom Soup; R: Oxtail Soup
 
 
Normally, I would like to end my meal with a dessert, especially if it's a dinner. However, I've decided to skip dessert this time. Anyhow, I had a lovely dinner and recevied a surprise gift from Joe - Instant Camera from Fujifilm!!!
 


 Surprise birthday gift ^^
 
Also, I've received some gifts from some very lovely peeps!!
 
Top from cousin
 
Body Scrub from BFF
 
Last but not least, you can't have a birthday without a birthday cake!!
 
Cake from RT from cousin
 
Can't quite put my fingers on the cake flavor, and stupid me of not asking my cousin what flavor she bought for me. LOL!!! It has a hint of chocolate and coffee (if I'm correct) and I love the nutty flavors of the cake from the nuts on top.
 
Happy 27th birthday to myself!!!!!! ^^


 



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Train - Marry Me

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Music has always been the few precious things in my life, that could cheer me up. I went to YouTube and stumbled upon a song that has slipped my mind for quite some time - Marry Me by Train. I still remember the first time I heard this song, it touches me deep down inside and made me cried. It does not have overly complicated arrangement or poetic-like lyrics. It is a song that made of simple lyrics and melody, and with the clean voice of the vocalist.

Sometimes, the best way to honor a piece of music, is to keep it simple and straightforward - my personal belief.

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