Experience Venezuela simply through FOOD!

1:23 pm Deelicious 1 Comments

Venezuela, such beautiful country!

Some of the first things that come to my mind is those beautiful women (Miss World, Miss Universe), and outstanding national parks, and that Angel Falls, it's the world's highest uninterrupted waterfalls, standing at 978 meters tall.

Apparently, to go to Venezuela, you probably need to spend at least 24 hours of flights in total to get there. Imagine all the delicious and mouth-watering food that we missed!

Fret not, the Venezuela Week is here and you can enjoy all the food, right here in Malaysia, at the Pullman KLCC, Eccucino Restaurant!

This Venezuela Gastronomic Festival happening now till 31 Oct!
Yes, this Venezuela Gastronomic Festival is here! Starting from now till 31 Oct! It feature some of Venezuela's iconic and traditional cuisine, which is staple to the local there!

As usual, best to call and make your reservation...
Chef Enrique, Chef Federico and major eater Dee! Even their names is sexy! Damn!


Chef Enrique Limardo and Chef Federico Martin Tischler is tasked to cook up a storm for this festival. Just a bit on our chef, Chef Enrique Limardo is highly coveted, one of it is "Best Cook of the Year 2008" and co-authored some cook books: I Love Aji Dulce and Nuestra cocina a la manera de Caracas. He is currently the executive chef at 'Alma Cocina Latina' in Baltimore USA.

As for Chef Federico, he is the co-executive chef of 'Alma Cocina Latina' in Baltimore USA, also co-authored 'Our Cooking Caracas Style' and appeared in radio programme. 

And now, the food galore, I will describe it in captions. :)

I will start with........ the traditional, basic food of Venezuela!

Apparently, this is the Venezuela version of our Nasi Lemak - Coconut rice, banana, black beans - and highlight is the beef! Super soft and full of spices! I thought it will be tough - oh boy, I am wrong. This beef is a must try!

Using the flat bread, you can add beef or any other ingredient, as you wish. Like what chef suggest, it's all about mixing and matching it with ingredients and sauces!

Seafood cocktails! I thought it will be spicy - nope, it's a little sour and flavourful!  

Desserts in traditional ingredients!

Quesillo (Venezualen Flan) - in gula melaka!

I love gula melaka and this is just perfect!

This is Bien Mesabe (Coconut Cake) and yes, lots of coconut in the dishes!

Served in small piece, it's almost bite size, this is Torta de Pina (Pineapple Tart).

And look no further, this is Torta de Jojoto (Corn Cake)! It's pretty dense but balance in term of flavour!

You will think this is Pisang Goreng, yes, it is indeed Pisang Goreng. We are closer to Venezuela than you thought! :P

Oh, yes, the highlight of the night for me! Made from tenderloin part, infused with spices and of my goodness kind of tender! I should have taken the whole TRAY!

Cachapas (Fresh Corn Cakes with cheese) - taste macam like pancake but I taste it macam masin, I assume there's garam to it.
This is Arepas - Venezuelan eat this on  a daily basis! :)

This is the Arepas station, and you should try all the sauces - the Venezuela style!

Not kimchi for sure. Taste wise, it's not as strong as I thought it would be, but just a bit spicy, like to tease you!

This is the everyday bread for Venezuela as explained by chef; it is Pan de Bono (Cassava Bread).
Roast beef with guasacaca, grilled vege and sauces!

This is Coriander sauce if I am not mistaken

If my memory serve me right, this is avocado and green pepper sauce. This is my first time tasting such sauce and it very suitable with the roasted beef!

Cocktails and salad medley the Venezuela style!

There's more style to eat simple food, eat it plain or add ice cream and cheese!

Desserts!!!!

This is the soup but it is a little too salty for my liking. My suggestion is to go with rice!

This is Green Mango Jelly and I added strawberry sauce to accompany it, living to what chef suggested! Mix and be experimental!
This festival ends on 31 Oct so better book and reserve fast! Call 03-21708888 or email to restaurant@pullman-klcc.com for reservation! Check our their Facebook too! :)

The venue is at Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences and it is located in the heart of the trendy Bukit Bintang district, the hotel offers 445 spacious hotel rooms and 157 serviced apartments, boasting spectacular views of the city skyline. Formerly the Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur, the well-maintained hotel will undergo a full refurbishment over the next two years to reach global Pullman standards of excellence, so we will be expecting more of Pullman KLCC. Remember to visit or call the restaurant!

The chef and us (Wendy, Deelicious and Rane!)

We definitely had some good time there! Hope you have a good time at this gastronomic deal! :)

Be deelicious,

Deelicious
25 Oct 2015

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REVIEW: L'Occitane CEDRAT - a complete new range for men!

9:50 am Deelicious 8 Comments

There's something for us to be excited gentlemen! We got a total range dedicated to men - for our grooming pleasures!

This time, it's L'OCCITANE.

It's definitely big news for all of us men! It is a permanent range (means available throughout the whole year, non-seasonal) that consists of skincare and fragrance.

I mean, you don't exactly see much new launches for men's specific range in the market, let alone skincare. Which is the reason why, when L'OCCITANE decided to just drop the bomb and launch a whole freaking range of men's grooming and skincare, my jaw dropped, dragging it to the boutique to spy, touch it, smell it and eventually buy it myself. And why not?

The total range!


The Eau De CEDRAT EDT - Size: 100ml, if I am not mistaken, RM228.00 (GST inclusive)

Across its range, it has this irresistible ultra-fresh and zesty fragrance,

This range is inspired from the rugged citrus fruit - giving the range, a fresh, energizing and rawness of nature smell in every single product in the Cedrat range - especially the Eau de Cedrat fragrance. I kid you not, and the best way to illustrate this to you is for you to watch this video:




And because of this, this rare and mysterious fruit boast of sparkling pulp with energizing properties and it's good, because it helps to invigorate your skin.

Yes, this rugged, thick skinned citrus fruit will give you that refreshed look you needed - for me, I just love the smell, instantly give me that rejuvenate feeling!
Image credit: L'Occitane Site 
So, now, #backtonature and basic is not that hard people! And yes, I tried it two of the products!

And I am so pumped, I actually did a photoshoot with this.

Introducing the L'OCCITANE CEDRAT range for MEN!

On a personal level, I do love citrus stuff. Lemon, grapefruits, orange and so much more - instantly give you the FRESHNESS you need! The L'OCCITANE CEDRAT Pure Cleanser is 150ml, RM88.00 (GST inclusive) and L'OCCITANE CEDRAT After Shave is 75ml, RM129.00 (GST inclusive).

Look at the "scrub" in the cleanser! It look like lemon zest, ain't it? I wished it had more of those "scrub".

The fragrance: zesty punch, super fresh, not overly perfumed and not drying after wash! I recommended this to those who has normal skin or even dry skin, it doesn't feel dry during wash or after - which is a bonus to me!

And that cream is actually after-shave. It's light and absorb fast! Lightly scented with "lemon/citrus" smell - perfect! Just nice to finish off my grooming before heading out for work or even a date!
And of course, a visit to the store is a must....the rest of the range that I noticed...

L'OCCITANE CEDRAT Stick Deodorant, 75gm, RM91.00 (GST inclusive)
L'OCCITANE CEDRAT Global Face Gel - for hydration, mattifying and energizing, 50ml, RM140.00 (GST inclusive)

L'OCCITANE CEDRAT Shaving Gel, 150ml, RM84.00 (GST inclusive)

I noticed that I missed out two more items! I didn't see the shower gel and Cedrat soap! Anyway, the L'OCCITANE CEDRAT Shower Gel is priced at RM88.00 for 250ml; and L'OCCITANE CEDRAT soap, RM29.00 for 100gm!

So I took images from their website....
This is the shower gel - perhaps it was out of stock when I was in the store.

The soap - I personally think it's pretty cool and easy for travel, just throw it in the toiletry bag (placing it in a plastic seal-able bag!) - kalau those want to go camping, ini boleh bawa juga ya....

Just a bit more on the EDT, 

And yes, it's a permanent range for L'OCCITANE, available throughout the year dudes!

This EDT, Cedrat Eau de Toilette is a cascade of freshness: a green, citrus-packed and a burst of freshness scent, that bring you back to the undeniably delicate nature of the fragrance is revealed through the bitterness of the woody rind. Fine and distinguished, cedrat asserts its innate elegance, which blends harmoniously with that of bergamot. Aromatic spices and a slightly smoky, woody base enhance the overall impression of sophistication.

For some men, they will be thinking, why not just use any facial wash out there?

But do you know?

1.       Skin thickness – a man’s skin is about 25% thicker than that of a woman’s. Unlike women’s skin, where the thickness remains constant until about 50 years old, men’s skin becomes thinner gradually with age. This is a myth buster, ain't it?

2.       Collagen density – men have higher collagen density than women, which is why they appear to age slower. However, daylight exposure and lack of sunscreen can accelerate the ageing process in men. Aha! Time to maintain that collagen level and maintain your look as soon as you can....

3.       Texture – as the stratum corneum is thicker, men have rougher skin. Sebum production is also greater in men, so they suffer from acne problems, even during adulthood. That being said, we need to have good oil control skincare or good cleansing habits! Some peeps I know, hits the bed without even washing his face at night!


4.       Hydration – men product more lactic acid in their sweat, and sweat more than twice as much as women. However, because of this, their skin is better-hydrated than women’s. Bingo! :)

Just a bit more on the products:

1.       Pure Cleanser (150ml, RM88)
Infused with exfoliating particles derived from lemon rind, this facial gel-scrub transforms into a rich, creamy foam that deep-cleanses to get rid of dead cells and impurities effectively. After use, skin feels purified and energized, ready for shaving or skincare products.

2.       Global Face Gel (50ml, RM140)
Like a powerful stimulant, organic CEDRAT extract boosts the energy reserves of skin cells. Enhanced by a multi-mineral active ingredient, this gel moisturizer invigorates, hydrates and prevents excess shine to give you refined, clear and matte skin all day.

A consumer test on 30 men over 4 weeks revealed that: 
  • Skin is hydrated 100%
  • Skin texture is refined 93%
  • Skin is energized 93%
  • Skin is invigorated 90%
  • Excess sebum is neutralized 83%
3.       Shaving Gel (150ml, RM84)
Upon contact with damp skin, this fresh gel becomes a dense, creamy foam to protect skin against the sharpness of a razor blade, helping to ensure a smooth, precise shave every time. Skin feels less tight and irritated, and is softer, clearer and more energized.

4.       After-Shave Cream Gel (75ml, RM124)
Perfect as a post-shave treat, this light cream-gel sinks into skin without leaving behind an oily film. Visibly hydrated, skin feels soothed, soft and comfortable. 

As for the fragrance, which is fresh, masculine and refined, it has a slightly woody scent of CEDRAT is immortalized in this range of fragrance products, this woody citrus has a key scent from CEDRAT (citron) essential oil.

Like a precious elixir, Eau de CEDRAT is housed in a flask-style bottle. The lacquered, coloured glass recalls both the skin and the freshness of the CEDRAT, while the silver label brings to mind a chic and elegantly masculine side. At first whiff, experience a cascade of freshness: the scent is green, citrusy, joyful and sparkling, all at the same time. Then, very quickly, the delicate nature of the fragrance is revealed through the bitterness of the woody rind. Fine and distinguished, CEDRAT asserts its understated elegance, complemented with a hint of bergamot. At the very end, slightly smoky, woody base notes enhance the impression of sophistication.

Top
Bergamot & CEDRAT
Heart
Nutmeg & blue ginger
Base
Cedar & cashmeran


2.       Soap (100g, RM28)
A square, authentic and gentle soap that leaves skin clean and scented with the fresh fragrance of CEDRAT.

3.       Shower Gel (250ml, RM85)
The extra-large, ultra-masculine bottle fits easily into the palm of your hand. In one single step, cleanse the body and hair with this fresh shower gel for an enjoyable shower experience.

4.       Stick Deodorant (75g, RM88)
Designed to neutralize unpleasant odours, this stick deodorant glides easily over skin without leaving traces. Formulated without aluminium salts as a natural and non-toxic choice. 


I am not sure if L'OCCITANE still running any promotion but this seems like a cool deal!

The must "smell" good set I believe! Psssst, new year is near.....

So there you go gentlemen, time to get clean with L'OCCITANE CEDRAT! Happy trying out!

Be Deelicious,
Deelicious
20 October 2015

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