Healthy Food is as Delicious!

Each time when I told my children about “healthy food” or “organic food”, their faces go “ewwww”! Why do we have this perception that healthy foods are tasteless? Hmm….let’s check it out.

My recent adventure was to this cafe nestle well away from main roads, a row of shoplots in a residential area. 


Medifoods is a chain of restaurants, retail outlets and lifestyle cafes. The one I visited was in SS18, Subang Jaya, Selangor (Malaysia). Branches of Medifoods can be found in SS2 (I googled it) and Subang Jaya Medical Centre. We all know that foods in hospitals usually don’t suit our tastebuds. Glad Medifoods is there! 

Medifoods has an inhouse nutritionist to offer nutritional advice, sale of a good range of organic dry products, household items, toiletries, beverages and vegetables. I learnt that they do catering services too.


The cafe serves mixed or economy rice.  The spread, kept warm by hot water and an electric heater below, consists of 10 to 12 troughs of cooked food, including vegetables, eggs tofu and chicken. Customers select any combination of these cooked dishes, which are served accompanied by a portion of steamed white rice and an individual bowl of soup. All for just RM12.80 per serving.

Besides, one can also order from the ala carte menu. They have appetizer, entree, dessert and hot and cold beverages. Vegan and non-vegan foods. 

Since I wanted to have a vegetarian lunch, I ordered the Nasi Lemak (traditionally fragrant white rice cooked in coconut milk served with condiments) and a glass of hot home-made soy milk.  Mine looked like this….


Lovely to look at and tasted yummy too! The rice was cooked with some herbs. So was the “sambal” – hot chili pepper sauce. Next, I ordered the “chai kueh”, steamed vegetable dumpling. Love the texture and taste. However, I wish they had used the original dumping chilli sauce, which will enhance the taste of the dumpling. The one served tasted more like the chili sauce for chicken rice.

If you were to drive there, remember not to park at the shoulder of the roads. Your cars will be towed away by the city council officers. That will make the meal a very pricey one. 

Try it out, if you are around these areas. 

Cheers,

~ Alice N.

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Mother’s Day Dinner

Dining at 57th floor, window table gave us the view of KL city centre.


Marini’s on 57, an Italian retaurant and lounge comes with excellent dining experience. Located at Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. 


I like it that my table was kept clean at all times. The waiter kept “sweeping” away crumbs when necessary. He was attentive,  informative and most helpful in explaining the menu. 

Relaxed ambiance of the restaurant makes it suitable for for couples and friends. However, rather dim for older folks and young children. 

Food wise….We ordered our entree, main and dessert. Besides sparkling water, I had a glass of wine to go with my food. Food presentation was good. Taste average – representing my personal opinion. 


Added points – they are so generous with “gifts”, while waiting for entree to be served, while waiting for dessert, complimentary Mother’s Day dessert, while waiting for the bill and finally something to take home for brekkie tomorrow.

They know how to make lasting impression. Service is top notch. I like it more for the service than the food. 

If you are looking for special dining experience, drop in to Marini’s 57. Do make reservation first before going. Not sure if they will entertain walk-in patrons. Call to find out. 


Cheers and Happy Mothers’s Day to all moms. 

~ Alice N.

For the Love of Food

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Since I enjoy exploring good food and writing reviews in TripAdvisor, I thought it’s a great idea to add a new category here to share my foodie experience with you. Through sharing, I hope that if you are around these areas one day, you too can check them out.

Coming up with a name is tough though. While getting stuck in a bad traffic jam traveling down south, I spent the idle time exploring the name of this new category with my two teenagers. When one agreed the other disagreed. When all of us agreed to a name, it’s either been published in Instagram or already belongs to a blog. I’m trying not to duplicate names, if at all possible. Seems that French names/words are not so freely or widely used. So, there you are! Bon Vivant!

Before your thoughts run wild, firstly, I don’t do parties. Secondly, I am not a wine connoisseur. I am a simple person who loves delicious food. But, no exotic food, please. Keep those wild animals away from me (ewww!). I’m not a vegan. I love my meat too much…But, I go on vegetarian diet from the time I awake till 7.30pm once a week.

I must qualify myself first…I am not a professional chef nor food/restaurant critic. I can cook decent dinner at home, 4 times a week like any working mom. If I were to cook following a printed recipe, I always select the ones which are simple to cook with ingredients which I am familiar with and easy to obtain.

When I make comments about places I’ve visited and food I’ve tasted, it is by my personal experience and taste for food. I know very well what I like and want, how my food should taste like and where is comfortable. If I am not satisfied, I shall explore the same food elsewhere till I find the right one with the right taste. What are my basic requirements? Clean place, staffs practicing good hygiene, good food and great service always win my heart.

I firmly believe that in order to fully enjoy a meal, the surrounding must be comforting too. A place where I can relax to enjoy the plate of sumptuous meal. It may not be expensive or a huge restaurant. I like it that the owners pays attention to little details to please their patrons. Like it even better when they mingle with us. Like it best when they are eager to know how we feel about their food and restaurant/cafe. Don’t you feel the same?

There are times when I’d go just for the food, some simply because of the cosy ambiance and some just because of the friendly owner or floor staffs. Some afternoons, I’d hang out at a cafe to do my work or blog in peace while enjoying a cuppa and snack.

To me, FOOD is the most beautiful universal language which connects people. Everyone needs food and most of us appreciate good food. You’d be surprised at the number of people on the lookout for the best of foods in town. I guess that is why you see food critics and food search apps sprouting like mushrooms. There are books published about location of local flavors! Having said that, no…I’m not jumping into the bandwagon.

I’m starting this because some of my friends read my blog. These friends are also the ones who would ask me for restaurant references once and in a while. So, I thought, if I were to record my experience here, they will be able to read and see pictures for themselves and make their choices. Easier this way as compared to trying to search for me in TripAdvisor, where I am actively reviewing hotels, restaurants and places of interests.

I hope you guys enjoy reading about my foodie experience. I live to eat, and yes, life is great! All for the love of food….

Cheers,
~ Alice N