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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

KK Food Festival 2013 Kicks Off Next Week!

Kota Kinabalu, 26 March 2013 — The third Kota Kinabalu Food Festival (KKFF) is just a week away, with a month packed with more than 25 participating restaurants! Scheduled to run from 1 to 30 April, this annual event promises great dining experiences, dozens exciting festival menus, and a whole lot more. 

KKFF is organised to showcase several of Kota Kinabalu's best and most well-loved restaurants, with the interest of giving the local food and beverage industry even more of the attention it deserves. The festival's concept is slightly different from regular food exhibitions: instead of a one-day event in a single venue, it's a full-scale celebration of food that is held over a month across all of the event's participating restaurants, cafes, bistros and hotels.

A main highlight will also be the Opening Bazaar which will be held on 6 and 7 April, from 11:00am to 8:00pm at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. The Opening Bazaar will introduce all of the festival's participating restaurants to the hungry public, offering a chance to showcase fine food or sell products in a very visible space.

Exciting activities will also be held during the Opening Bazaar such as a children’s colouring contest and games including the Buy and Win where visitors who purchase anything above RM20 at any of the participating booths will have a chance to participate in the Yummy Pick and win attractive prizes.

The easiest way to keep informed on the upcoming festivities is to grab the official KK Food Fest Magazine, of which 10,000 copies have just been distributed. Free copies of the magazine can most easily be found at one of the participating restaurants, which are listed at the festival’s website at www.KKFoodFest.com.

The magazine serves as a guide and directory that offers information and contact details on all of the restaurants, as well as brief descriptions of their main offerings, specialties and bestsellers. Readers will also find out about the Festival Menus which showcase the restaurants specialties through either one dish or a set menu. Trying out these menus is the key to joining the Stamp and Win Contest. A full page of the KK Food Fest Magazine serves as an entry form for this special contest, which offers some very attractive prizes!

Throughout the month of April, look out for a special KK Food Fest board which will be rotated at Suria Sabah, Citymall and the Terminal 2 Airport. The board will display the QR Code of each participating restaurant and by scanning the QR Code, the public will the entitled to join the Scan and Win contest.

The Sabah Industry Food Expo (SIFE) will also be held at Suria Sabah on 20 to 21 April. This expo on the other hand will highlight bakeries and food manufacturing companies. And the festivities will end with an exclusive by-invitation-only Closing Cocktail on 28 April, designed as a networking event to announce festival winners and as a gesture of gratitude from the organisers for the support of the KK Food Fest's participants, sponsors, advertisers, invited guests and members of the media.

The Kota Kinabalu Food Festival is an annual event that aims to encourage greater standards in the food and beverage industry and to stimulate patronage of local restaurants. For further information, visit the event’s official site at KKFoodFest.com or its Facebook page at fb.com/KKFoodFest. The event is organised by Maxx Media Sdn Bhd and is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah. Its main sponsors Guinness Anchor Berhad, Saza Rice and Indocafe.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Dreams that used to be

I used to dream of a life uncomplicated
As straight as the path that leads to home
No hills, no bends, no twists and turns
A life, a fairytale, fit for a tome

I used to dream of a love undying
Of sweetness, shared commitments, of respect
Of sunny kitchens and wide open spaces
Of the sound of children & laughter that infects

I used to dream of living the high life
Of suits and an office facing the sea
Like a bird I would soar, so high and so far
This is my aspiration, this I would be

But my dreams lay shattered & burnt into ash
My shoulders are burdened with expectations
Oh woe is me, because I am but a woman
In a world where patriarchy still exists

She came to me one night in a dream,
The girl I should have been but left behind
Accepted by society, but she‘s in a bind
Her wants, her needs, her aspirations sacrificed

I have to wash, clean and cook, she says
I am a wife, a mother, an employee, a homemaker too
I wish I have 10 hands and legs, she moans to me
What would you do dearie, if you were me?

I dreamt of perfection, but I could never be
All I ever wanted was to be free
Why do you shout and scream at me so
I am not just a woman, I am more

I dreamt of sweetness, of wishes come true
But alas, dreams are just dreams, replaceable with the new
Like a sunset fusing red, orange and blue
Time passes us by, we could never redo

We could choose to be just a brick in the wall
One of many, no different from all
Or we could we choose to be who we wanted to be
For life is too short to remain in malady


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Food Review - Malisa Flame Grilled Chicken

When I first found out about Malisa Flame Grilled Chicken, I had dismissed it as a 'Kenny Rogers Roasters wannabe'. Located just at the left of the entrance when you are walking towards the Perdana Park musical fountain, it's the perfect spot for when you're out with family or friends and decide to to have a bite to eat.

It was a impulsive decision to try it out the first time - I was trying to get as far away from the crazy jam at Gaya Street. I must say I was pleasantly surprised from the first bite, and have been there a second time, before I received an invitation from Chef Maurizio for a free meal for two.

Naturally, of course, I was pleased. So this time I came armed with my DSLR camera.

So what is it that makes Malisa special?
Answer: Peri Peri sauce.

Yup, you read that right. Malisa is where you can enjoy your grilled chicken with peri peri sauce made in-house. There's an option of hot and very hot, plus a sourish yogurt sauce option, if you would like to tone down on the spiciness.

I was offered a half chicken, with 2 side dishes, which would normally cost RM24.95. I have to say that the food here is value for money, because the portions are HUGE! I still remember from my previous visit, I had made the mistake of ordering 2 sets of quarter chicken and 2 side dishes each. I can tell you , we were stuffed to the max and had to bring home some of the side dishes.

So, the half chicken with 2 side dishes was pretty filling for us. Quarter chicken cost RM11.95 ala carte and RM16.95 if you want extra 2 side dishes.

For the side dishes, we chose 2 favourites from our last visits - the wedges and garlic bread. We just love the garlic bread (that went really fast!)

If I haven't already emphasized it enough.... what makes Malisa's chicken really yummy is the peri peri sauce. The chicken itself is satisfyingly tender and seasoned well.

I loved that it comes with a healthy portion of veggies on the side as well, a mix of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and onions drizzled with a tangy balsamic vinegar dressing.

I especially like that the park is so close, I can take a walk after a heavy meal as well. And enjoy the musical fountain (not everyone's cup of tea, but I love it!)

But if you're looking for lighter options, I would recommend the wings. At only RM5.95 for 3 pieces, it's definitely worth it.

Conclusion? Very satisfactory & good value for money when you're not scouting around for Mamak stalls level of food.  Recommended for those who love hot sauce.

Well, chicken lovers... this one's for you!

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