define:food, Midvalley

It isn't often that I can say the food at any one particular establishment has blown me away. There are plenty of F&B places popping up left and right that seem to be capitalising on the Instagram-factor and only offering food that is aesthetically pleasing but fail to impress the tastebuds. But define:food seems to have it all. Well, almost. Located right smack in the middle of the ground floor connecting Midvalley Megamall and The Gardens Mall, it has found itself in one of the most prime spots in the area with plenty of foot traffic. With its eye-catching facade, it is hard not to take notice of the place. While the downstairs is a casual bar or lounge dining concept, the upstairs is wher

The Yard, The Intermark

Before you ask... Yes, they do have milkshakes because apparently, that's what brings all the boys there. But it isn't just a place for the boys to hit. Its pies are a quick fix for lunch, especially for the working crowd in the Intermark. With limited food choices and most of them rather pricey, the Yard offers a deal that is quite irresistible. For only RM12.90, you can grab a pie with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. For the pies a la carte, it would cost RM8.90 - pretty reasonable considering its location. Right now, the selection of pies range from vegetarian (broccoli, cauliflower and cheese) to two chicken options (chicken mushroom and chicken leek) and a lovely cottage pie that i

Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary Launches Sense of Wellness

Planning a short getaway during a long weekend? Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary is introducing a brand new selection of hotel packages for guests with holistic wellness experiences. Personally, I frequently plan trips to Thailand for a relaxing long spa weekend. This would be great for those of you who share the same passion for lovely spas like me! From now till 31 October 2017, guests staying in the Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas - that may I add spans over 550 square meters each - can enjoy therapeutic spa treatments and engaging activities to renew and rejuvenate the body and mind. Guests can choose from six specially curated journeys for attainment of physical, mental and spiritual peace. T

The Table at ISETAN the Japan Store, Lot 10

Japanese food lovers are going to be very pleased with the offerings at The Table, which just opened at ISETAN the Japan Store in Lot 10 last week. The preview saw 400 guests gather at the very Japanese-centric food place and I think The Table is a good contender for the saturated market of Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur city centre. It offers the top Japanese restaurants right here in the heart of town and its prices are reasonable. Organised by Mad Hat PR, the event was of course, as classy as classy gets. However, the only thing I felt could have been improved with the whole set up that night was the flow of guests trying out the different food at the 5 outlets there. All the guests

Ho-Jiak, Fuji Xerox Towers

Like its name suggest, the overall aim of this little functional cafe is to feed its customers delicious food. Ho-jiak means very delicious in Hokkien, the primary dialect in Singapore. And Singaporeans who work in the CBD (Anson Road) can look forward to rubbing their bellies over yummy food at Ho-Jiak. The cafe also serves beer and imported craft beers if you want a little buzz over lunch or need a break midday (we promise not to tell your boss!). They carry brands like Hitachino from Japan ($12) and other craft beers like Hong Kong Beer, Gambler's Gold and more. For Asahi and Hoegaarden, you can get your fix for only $8 for one, $21 for three or $30 for five. The whole place is unpretenti

Makaron by Ka.Bakes

Valentine's Day just passed us and even though I stopped subscribing to the capitalist holiday that it is, I still duly noted that my friends do find this one day over the rest of the days in the year "special". And I wanted to do something nice for them. So when I chanced upon Makaron by @ka.bakes on Instagram, I knew it would be the perfect gift to give out to my foodie friends for this holiday. Erecca, the founder of the brand, is a humble home baker with all the makings of a passionate entrepreneur. She whips up the most perfect macarons I have seen and from the feedback (of 6 foodies), the macarons tasted absolutely heavenly. I myself got to try her chocolate, salted caramel, green tea,

Tealive is now live!

Tealive, which is officially pronounced as "tea-laive", is now live for all the tea lovers out there to enjoy! After a highly anticipated wait over the past few weeks as the drama between Loob Holdings and La Kaffa unravelled very publicly in the media and online, Tealive is here and foodievstheworld is backing the local brand. So we decided to pop by one of the outlets and we happened to be at Shaftsbury Square in Cyberjaya so we picked up a couple of drinks on the way back. The new Tealive menu rolled out at all the Tealive outlets featuring similar drinks. Only their new signature brown sugar milk tea was unavailable for order. But since they've kept the main theme colours from the previo

You know the vegan trend isn't going anywhere when even juice has tofu in it now

I've seen a number of my friends embrace the vegan lifestyle over the past couple of years and while I am not ready to fully take on that commitment just yet, it is interesting to see how the food and beverage scene has evolved to include vegan options now. Of course, Juiceworks has always been really vegetarian/vegan friendly, since all the drinks are made out of natural ingredients anyway... But they're introducing a new line of drinks that incorporate tofu in them. I am a little intrigued to find out what this tastes like! Tofu is incredibly high in protein, iron and calcium. So not only is it friendly to vegans, it is also pretty damn good for your health. The new smoothie by Juiceworks

Anantara's room packages in conjunction with the 2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

Thailand’s largest charity event, The 2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, is happening between 9th – 12th of March and Anantara has a range ele-fantastic room packages for your stay in Bangkok. The elephant festival will have something for everyone including an impressive Opening Parade, Children’s Educational Day, Ladies Day known as the ‘Bangkok Ascot’ and a wide range of fun elephant related activities. This year’s event will also have 10 teams encompassing over 40 players, including local television stars, New Zealand All Black Rugby legends and professional polo players. To date the tournament has raised almost US$1.3 million which has been donated to various projects to better th

Ren I Tang, Penang

Sometime in December last year, we decided to take a short trip up north to Penang to enjoy a weekend away. And as we were searching for accommodation in Penang that would let us bring our own bicycles up, Ren I Tang popped up. This hipster boutique hotel and bistro is a popular staycation spot for many Malaysians and foreigners alike because of its central location right in the heart of Georgetown and of course, its classic decor. It is the perfect hotel for cycling enthusiasts because there is a lovely little back room where even the owners of the hotel keep their bicycles. Just bring your own lock and you can be sure that your bicycle will be safe. While it can be pretty noisy/rowdy at ni

Macallum Connoisseurs, Penang

While Penang is traditionally known for its Chinese hawker cuisine, namely char kuey teow and ochien (fried oysters), there exist a specialty coffee outlet that fulfils the dreams of coffee lovers on the island. Established in 2015, Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company has made its presence felt in Georgetown, serving up the highest quality of brewed coffee and mouthwatering delicacies, rivalling the numerous cafes found in the Klang Valley region. Located at Lebuh Macallum, it's a stone's throw away from the famous Penang Road area and Little India where all the famous restaurants and tourist spots are located. The first thing that stuck out was that it has dedicated customer parking bays!

Dream Cruises to Homeport “Genting Dream” Year-round in Singapore

Dream Cruises, announces its inaugural vessel, Genting Dream, to be home ported year-round in Singapore starting from 3 December 2017. This is the first time Singapore will host a brand-new and large-scale 151,300-tonne cruise ship year-round. Genting Dream is a floating, luxurious integrated resort, designed in a bespoke fashion for the Asian market. Built in Germany last year, she will soon be a Singapore and ASEAN icon, calling at more than 10 ports in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam during 2018. Singapore will open up new ports-of-call for Genting Dream guests to experience the tropical and urban attractions in the most exciting Asian destinations, namely Indonesia,

A romantic Valentine's stay at Royal Plaza on Scotts

Wondering how you're going to impress your loved one this Valentine's Day? Why not celebrate this season of love with a stay at Royal Plaza on Scotts. In conjunction with the occasion, all couples will receive lovely Valentines amenities, which include a LOVEly bath bomb, a pair of Valentine's Day cards and candles to sweeten the occasion. Work up an appetite together and enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast at the award-winning buffet restaurant, Carousel. Plus, you'd get to enjoy free parking and a late check-out at 2pm. Rates start from S$266++ per night for a Premiere room. Subscribe to Plaza on Scotts' mailing list and get 12% off your room rate! The Valentine's promo end on 24 February

Acai Lab, Solaris Mont Kiara

Acai bowls have been all the rage in Kuala Lumpur and Acai Lab has opened up its door at Solaris Mont Kiara, taking up the half shop lot with Brasil Fitness. The acai berry, which originates from Brazil, is base ingredient for the acai bowls that everyone is going crazy about. Acai berry bowls here at Acai Lab range from RM15.90 to RM21.90 depending on the size of the bowl. Each bowl is a quick to-go kind of meal - the size you pick just depends on how much you wish to eat. All three bowls - rio, muscle up and Harimau Malaysia bowls are delicious in their own right and are made up of the best, healthy ingredients ready for consumption. Our favourite was the muscle up bowl made up of chocolat

Crockford's Suite, Genting Highlands

If you're looking to try out a little #richkidsofinstagram experience close to home, Genting Highlands' Crockfords Suite is your answer. It's not lined with gold bathtubs or diamond-encrusted bathrobes (yet!), but you will find yourself in Genting's most exclusive hotel experience possible. It's so exclusive, you can't even book the room with just money. This is the ultimate baller pad that you would want to impress the ladies/gents with. We started off our very swanky staycation with a chauffeured ride up the mountain in a while Alphard. The driver was dressed in his Sunday best and was sure to give us the full service. Then when we got to the hotel, we were greeted by one of the people fro

CookieNation, Kota Damansara

There's something comforting about eating a cookie. It is good with a glass of warm milk, a steaming cup of coffee or even sandwiched with ice cream! CookieNation brings you that sweet childhood comfort in the form of their yummy cookies. They have a selection of good ol' favourite flavours - such as the classic chocolate chip and a peanut butter cookie. And they also introduce more adventurous flavours such as the Pumped Up Snickers (how cute is this name! - RM3.50) that features caramel, crunchy peanuts and creamy milk chocolate. But best of all, you can choose to make your own ice cream sandwich - which was the highlight of our cookie-eating adventures! Customers can customise their own i