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Playground The Cafe: Health and safety aren't child's play at kids-friendly cafe

Playground The Cafe: Health and safety aren't child's play at kids-friendly cafe

July 12, 2020

For two years, Mont Kiara's Playground The Cafe echoed with laughter of young children as they tossed around toys, clambered on slides and decorated cupcakes in a kids-friendly space, while their parents enjoyed a meal or beverage nearby.The venue has been much less boisterous since mid-March. Ev...

Tipsy Boar: Unseen, unsmelled, untasted complications for chefs behind the scenes

Tipsy Boar: Unseen, unsmelled, untasted complications for chefs behind the scenes

July 6, 2020

Suren Krishnan, chef-founder of PJ's Tipsy Boar, has worked in restaurants since he was a teenager. He can complete familiar tasks in the kitchen blindfolded - but in some ways, wearing a mask over his mouth and nose is an even bigger challenge.Masks are "a necessity now, but they hinder the cook...

One World Hotel Petaling Jaya: Transforming bustling buffets into tempting takeouts

One World Hotel Petaling Jaya: Transforming bustling buffets into tempting takeouts

July 4, 2020

Throughout the past decade, One World Hotel Petaling Jaya's Cinnamon Coffee House has thrived for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with buffets that showcased crowd-pleasers from Malaysia and abroad. As recently as March, beef buffs flocked here for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of Japanese Iga wag...

Delectable By Su: Making lemon meringue out of lemons as business climate sours

Delectable By Su: Making lemon meringue out of lemons as business climate sours

June 29, 2020

With Tim Tam cheesecakes, banana bread and praline tarts sitting pretty on the counter, lit by sunshine streaming through floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Delectable By Su's cafe in Glasshouse at Seputeh is not only one of KL's most beautiful dessert parlours but a coveted venue for every sort of e...

OUM: Libraries vie for readers amid digital deluge of videos and viral content

OUM: Libraries vie for readers amid digital deluge of videos and viral content

June 24, 2020

Only three decades ago, libraries were the world's main reservoir of knowledge, but today, they might seem as old-fashioned as encyclopedias.In the fourth part of our series of food-related interviews with senior faculty members of Open University Malaysia, we spoke to Mr Suhaimi Jamaludin, OUM's...

OUM: Islam's impact on the evolution of Malaysia's culinary culture

OUM: Islam's impact on the evolution of Malaysia's culinary culture

June 22, 2020

Religious precepts have influenced dietary practices for millennia. Since the seventh century, Islam has shaped what many societies eat across the globe, including in Malaysia, steering the evolution of our country's cuisine.In the third part of our series of food-related interviews with senior f...

OUM: Nasi lemak, walnuts and cashews? The psychology of food for our moods and minds

OUM: Nasi lemak, walnuts and cashews? The psychology of food for our moods and minds

June 20, 2020

Does fried food leave you feeling blue? Do spicy dishes have you seeing red? Our meals can fuel changes in our mental and emotional well-being, so it matters what we eat.In the second part of our series of food-related interviews with senior faculty members of Open University Malaysia, we spoke t...

OUM: Playing with food - inspiring kids to eat healthier, enjoy vegetables

OUM: Playing with food - inspiring kids to eat healthier, enjoy vegetables

June 18, 2020

If you're a parent with young kids who're fussy about food, mealtimes can be misery, especially if you're trying to nudge them toward a balanced diet. Is there a way to make carrots and cauliflower cool for children?In the first part of our series of food-related interviews with senior faculty me...

Posh Cafe KL: Cafes seek to serve their neighbourhoods amid community concerns

Posh Cafe KL: Cafes seek to serve their neighbourhoods amid community concerns

June 11, 2020

Birthday bashes, full moon parties for one-month-old babies, corporate luncheons: Since October 2019, Posh Cafe has pushed to become a place for its neighbourhood, serving the community that surrounds Verve Suites KL South on Old Klang Road.With its nature-inspired, leafy-toned setting, this is m...

Watercolour: Bakeries cling to comforting traditions of bread in troubled times

Watercolour: Bakeries cling to comforting traditions of bread in troubled times

June 4, 2020

The aroma of oven-fresh bread as you approach a bakery's entrance. The anticipation as you see shelves stacked with loaves, buns, pastries and cakes. The allure of chomping down on a crusty sourdough sandwich or warm, flaky croissant.Bakeries have an abiding hold on many people's hearts, even at ...

Classic Fine Foods Malaysia: Distributors tackle shake-up by targeting shoppers at home

Classic Fine Foods Malaysia: Distributors tackle shake-up by targeting shoppers at home

June 3, 2020

Pasture-fed lamb and beef from Australia. Smoked trout and summer truffles from France. Durum wheat pasta and olive pesto from Italy. Irish cheddar, New Zealand muesli, Swiss pastries, U.S. bagels, British pecan-walnut butter, Belgian potato croquettes and Thai aloe vera beverages.Premium wholesa...

Nutz N Boltz: Watering holes strive to stay alive when crowds stay home

Nutz N Boltz: Watering holes strive to stay alive when crowds stay home

June 2, 2020

May 19th was meant to be a joyous day for Nutz N Boltz - it was the restaurant-bar's third birthday, so the founders had been planning a party with their regulars, serving up a free flow of drinks with deejays and music. After three years in Desa ParkCity, Nutz N Boltz finally felt that business ...

Soleil: Fine dining finds unfamiliar footing with casual cuisine deliveries

Soleil: Fine dining finds unfamiliar footing with casual cuisine deliveries

May 31, 2020

Evert Onderbeke has been a chef for a quarter-century, spanning his Belgian homeland to the U.S. to Malaysia, where he's spent most of the past decade. A seasoned professional who's seen good and bad times in fine dining, the head chef of KL's Soleil restaurant is now reinventing his own responsi...

Baro.cafe: Hidden smiles, hushed conversations hold back cheer in cafes

Baro.cafe: Hidden smiles, hushed conversations hold back cheer in cafes

May 28, 2020

When Vivien Tan opened her own cafe on March 4, it was a dream come true. She had always enjoyed coffee and worked part-time in cafes on weekends for the past three years. In February, she finally left her job of seven years in information technology to launch Baro.cafe in Sri Petaling.The two-le...

Playground Coffeery: Caffeine bars see changes brewing for espresso enthusiasts

Playground Coffeery: Caffeine bars see changes brewing for espresso enthusiasts

May 22, 2020

Five years after founding Playground Coffeery in Taman Melawati, Rick Tan had settled into a comfortable rhythm of running a caffeine-loving cafe, serving up at least 40 cups of coffee everyday and savouring conversations about beans and blends with his customers.But venues that thrive on special...