Thursday, January 3, 2013

Time Out KL Food Awards 2012







The Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food Awards took place in November at Zebra Square on a very wet and stormy weekday night. Despite all that, there was such a great turn-up the event. I got there around 11 with Raj as we were at Matrade attending BDA Fashion Show earlier on that night.

With the toasts of champagne and food samples from the nominated restaurants and cafes, Time Out revealed the winners of altogether 20 categories that night from more than 50,000 votes cast. Now in its fourth year, the 100% reader voted awards involve more Malaysians than any other food event in the country, and there was a mix of new faces and old favorites among the winners.

So here's the list of winners from the awards night. Any of your fave eateries made it on the list?

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT- CELESTIAL COURT

BEST MALAYSIAN RESTAURANT- BIJAN

BEST INDIAN- BOMBAY PALACE

BEST HEALTHY EATS- MARMALADE

BEST CHEAP EATS- NASI KANDAR PELITA

BLOGGER'S CHOICE- BANGSAR BABE
YUZU, THE GARDENS

BEST FOR MEAT- RIL'S STEAKHOUSE

BEST FOR COFFEE- ARTISAN ROAST

BEST PUB GRUB- SID'S PUB

BEST ITALIAN- GARIBALDI

BEST NEW RESTAURANT- ACME BAR & COFFEE (ABC)

BEST FINE DINING- PRIME

BEST EUROPEAN- EL CERDO

BEST FOR SEAFOOD- FATTY CRAB

BEST BANANA LEAF- KANNA CURRY HOUSE

BEST THAI- MY ELEPHANT

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN- AL-AMAR

BEST JAPANESE- KAMPACHI

OUTSTANDING CHEF- CHEF GARTH WELSH, THE WESTIN KL

RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR- BENJAMIN YONG, THE BIG GROUP

Song playing inside my head: Lauryn Hill's Ex-factor

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Who's Malaysia's Best Dressed Man?



L-R: Second Runner Up: Edmund Kuah, Honorary Mentions: Albert Liaw & Silvaraman, Winner: Roslan Said and last year's winner Rudy LaFaber


Roslan, Sam of Esquire MY and Rudy

Esquire Malaysia announced their Best Dressed Real Men in October last year. I was not there obviously because the party took place the night before Raya and I had to be in my hometown but photos we're emailed to me with all the details. It's just that I've been so busy that it took me ages to put them up here.

So Roslan Said a 43-year-old design associate took home the coveted title of Malaysia’s Best Dressed Real Man 2012. Rudy La Faber, 2011 Best Dressed Real Man thought Roslan carries himself well and he liked that he was older and willing to join a competition where he knew that most of the competition would be young dudes. He still brought it to the table, out-dressed the others and also knew what he was talking about. 

If you are one of those dandy-daddy out there, you should definitely give this a try this year. I've been approached on several different occasions to enter this but I'm more of a t-shirt and weird accessories kinda guy.

So not Esquire- ish.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

13


Bathroom check at my friend Angeline's NYE party last night


Been meaning to update since late last year but I've been super-busy, things crumbled and everything else just gets too complicated. Not complaining! In fact I have taken the initiative to start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal where I can jot down one happy memory of the day. It's good for me plus it's a good excuse to finally use my Ben Sherman Moleskine notebook.

2013 is here and it has become my sweet little tradition to write a recap for the year that has passed. As much as I would like to remain positive and look on the brighter side of things, 2012 was mostly bitter with just  enough sweetness to keep it from being 'tragic'. It was a whirl-wind journey- I was lifted up towards ecstasy and pushed deep down into some really dark hollows repeatedly.

But let's cut the drama because I've had enough of it. I just want 2013 to be a better year. I seriously don't mind the crazy ride. I just want this year to have a perfect balance of everything because I believe I deserve it after all the bat-shit craziness that I've gone through last year.

I just want to build a career and focus on things that I intentionally wanted to do instead of drowning myself with fake praises and attentions. I think I've had enough of 'distractions'.

Although fashion will forever be my passion, I've learned how life is much more than that. Yes a pair of shoes will make you happy for like 10 minutes and an invitation to the opening of the hottest designer store in town will flatter you but what happen when your 10 minutes were up and the party was over?

Having said that, the best part of 2012 was getting to know people that have now become my real close friends- more than just drinking buddies and fake air kisses at the party. And these new bunch of friends are people that I can really look up to- from designers to experienced writers, TV hosts, activists, prominent figures of the local art scene and royalties. It's unbelievable just to think of the impact that they have made in my life. The amount of experience and knowledge shared between us are definitely much more than I could ever asked for.

And I love the fact that I'm reading again. I remember my love affair with books (loads and loads of them) back then when I was a kid. The love affair has since been interfered by trashy gossip magazines and over-dose of fashion magazines. I still love my Vogue, Nylon and all those weird European fashion magazines but my love affair with books (real paperbacks and hardcovers) has now been re-established.

Enough of this emotional rambling and sentimental flashbacks, I just want to look forward to a better year. Cut the crap and let's do this time.

Clean slate.

Song playing inside my head: Jeff Buckley's Love, You Shouldn't Have Come Read more!