Awesome Cubano

Awesome Cubano

I’ve had this craving for an authentic Cuban sandwich ever since watching Chef and I finally had time to drop by Grumpiez Green Pepper tonight for an authentic Cubano!

And I wasn’t disappointed. Seriously seriously dope sandwich for RM30/USD9.10 (it’s MASSIVE and I could only eat half)

Grumpiez – best Mexican food in Penang!

Grumpiez Green Pepper
27, Jalan Sungai Kelian
11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang

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The Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

The Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

Had a great stay at the Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar over the past few days and I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone planning a trip to KL.

It’s location is perfect (if you have a car) because it’s about 15 minutes to Pavilion and 15 minutes to Bandar Utama, which is fantastic.

The rooms are great, well-designed and very, very clean. I also love the bathrooms – they have a nice tub and a separate shower cubicle with a rain shower. Every room also has an iPod/iPhone dock on the bedside table, which is a nice touch. Unfortunately, they are the older type and don’t have a Lightning plug, which means anyone with an iPhone 5 onwards won’t be able to use it. The wifi at the hotel is pretty fast (especially at night) so I was super happy with that.

The front office staff are incredibly friendly as are the staff in The Lounge. They really made me feel welcome and handled all of my requests quickly and efficiently. The daytime valets are also wonderful – special mention to Ganesh, who took good care of my car.

I like the pool at the Pullman, its very quiet and the deck chairs are very unique, comfy and made me want to lie there all day!

In terms of F&B at the hotel you must try the Tapastry menu at The Lounge (I highly recommend the Grilled Miso Cod @ RM8/USD2.50)

The only gripes I have about the hotel are:

1) Despite putting the “Do Not Disturb” card on the door outside my room, housekeeping insisted on ringing the fuck out of my doorbell every morning and when I didn’t answer they proceeded to bang on the door. Not cool.

2) The valets working the night shift were not helpful at all and kept ordering me to go park in the carpark despite me explaining that I was already parking in front of the hotel during the daytime. When it’s 4am and you’re drunk/tired the last thing you want is a foreign worker telling you that you can’t park in the space that was reserved for you.

3) The food at La Cucina was a huge disappointment. After the inspiring tapas served at The Lounge I wanted to try the Mediterranean cuisine at the adjoining restaurant but I was so let down. I ordered the Beef Shortrib w/ Pumpkin Gnocchi and the gnocchi was tougher than the beef and looked/tasted like a plastic pellet. As a self-proclaimed gnocchi aficionado, I was horrified. Do Not Eat.

Apart from those three things, the rest of my stay was perfect and I would like to thank Jagdish Pantlia, GM of the Ibis Styles KL, and Cindy Yeoh, hotel manager of the Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, for making all the arrangements for me and the staff of the Pullman for taking such good care of me over the weekend.

I’m now rested, recharged and ready to get back to work!

Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
No.1 Jalan Pantai Jaya Tower 3
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Uber Declared Illegal In Malaysia

Uber Declared Illegal In Malaysia

Yes, Malaysia has some of the worst taxi drivers in the world and yes, there are many problems with the current taxi system (one of the main ones being some cabbies refusing to charge according to the meter) and yes, many people who have used Uber have had pleasant experiences with the service, but it doesn’t change the fact that fundamentally it is an unlicensed and unregulated service.

If, touch wood, anything happens to someone whilst using the service, Uber won’t be responsible and you have no legal recourse to follow, not to mention insurance issues etc.

A few years ago, after a string of bus accidents happened, people found out that certain bus companies were hiring people with expired driving licenses to drive. In that situation at least the government could go after the companies and demand restitutions for accident victims and/or even shut companies or make them suspend their services.

Uber should either make an attempt to get licensed and have a base of operations here to handle legal matters … whether or not they are able to get a license due to protectionism is a totally different issue.

Please take note that Uber classifies itself as a “request tool” and NOT a “transportation carrier” – it is a “middle man” that connects a buyer and seller and charges for it.

Hopefully taxi drivers will wake up and treat customers better so they won’t look for alternatives, but somehow I think that’s unlikely. Having said that, I have had some really good experiences with certain cab drivers, and I always make sure I get their number so I can call on them again.

What A Load Of Shit

What A Load Of Shit

So I was watching this HK cooking show called Master So Food hosted by self-proclaimed foodie So Man Fung aka Master So, a former hairdresser turned #fengshui master.

He was talking about char koay teow and how he was such a fucking expert on it because he’s been coming to Malaysia every year for the past 10 years.

He told everyone that there’s Singaporean-style CKT and Malaysian-style CKT. How to tell the difference? SG CKT has Chinese sausage in it and MY CKT doesn’t.

Master So knows as much about Malaysian food as he does about hair.

Oh yeah and that chick asking the question is SUPPOSED to be Malaysian but she she said she’s NEVER had Hainanese Chicken Rice until this show.

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