Dinner @ Kwong Sang Cafe

20130930-191614.jpgIt took me more than six months to finally dine here. Haha. I’ve heard about this place quite a number of times from a couple different people and the reviews seem to be quite averagely good. So, I was glad that I finally made my way to this little cafe along Leith Street, Penang, with Michelle.

It’s quite a cozy little shop, decorated with a tailor’s shop theme.20130930-191722.jpg20130930-191704.jpg20130930-191739.jpgEven the menu cover is made from fabric adn decorated with buttons and buckles.Β 20130930-191757.jpgGotta say though, was a little disappointed at first with the menu because there’s only a limited number of dishes available. But thank God the averagely good food made up for it. πŸ˜‰

I decided to get the Spaghetti Carbonara. Took a while for the dish to arrive though.Β 20130930-191833.jpgNot the best I’ve taken, but it’s pretty much above average. What I like about it is that I don’t get sick of it after eating half the plate. Usually, if its white sauce, I’d get sick of it by the time I finish half the plate. But this time, not only I don’t get sick of it, I finishes the entire plate like I’m starving. Or maybe I am? πŸ˜› Haha! But I’m definitely planning to go back for more soon!

Can’t help wondering though if the shop owners are fan of The Beatles. Cause I caught sight of these.Β 20130930-191914.jpg20130930-191928.jpgTeehee! πŸ™‚ Would definitely recommend this place to my friends. It’s a nice little place with averagely good food (at least the spaghetti I had is averagely good) and a cozy atmosphere to sit, chat and chill with friends. πŸ˜‰

Breakfast @ The Mugshot Cafe, Chulia Street

When Vic came back to Penang for the short weekend 2-3 weeks back, we decided to try one of the mini cafes that popped up like mushrooms after the rain whenΒ Penang got it’s heritage status.

Our pick? The Mugshot Cafe.20130723-155227.jpgLocated at the heart of the city, along Chulia Street, this cafe has quickly gain its fame for their cute cozy decor. Take note that the chairs and tables are really low and pretty small. You may have to fold your legs under the table (IF you can manage to fit it under the table, of course). πŸ˜‰Β 20130723-155247.jpgMy personal thoughts? The cafe’s physical looks is like a pretty good combination of the times of the past and the our current world. Matching old fashioned wooden chairs and tables with modern lightings, etc etc. And even with the small chairs and tables, one would probably feel pretty comfortable sitting there and catching up with their friends, relatives or loved ones.Β 

Though, be warned. This cafe does not have much variety in their menu.20130723-155521.jpgThat’s pretty much it. Yogurt, bagels and beverages. And the prices are not actually cheap if you really consider the menu. RM 10 for yogurts? RM 10 – RM 12 for bagels ? And RM 5- RM 12 for beverages? Okay, maybe the beverages’ prices can be considered sort of reasonable, but the yogurt and bagels are a tad bit higher than market price, I guess. Lol. So, given the extremely limited choices and slightly pricier food there, I doubt I’ll dine there frequently, but I definitely won’t mind dropping by occasionally for a bagel or two. Lol! πŸ˜‰

Caught this funny notice by the cashier an I just can’t resist taking a picture of it.Β 20130723-155317.jpgGood to know that they value their customers. Haha! But as for the second sign? I beg to differ.Β 20130723-155343.jpgI ordered a hot Mocha, and its a real disappointment, especially when I read the sign at the cashier before I got my Mocha. I can’t really smell the coffee nor taste the chocolaty-coffee taste of a Mocha. So, imagine my worry when they put a notice stating that their ‘bagels are great but their coffee is even better’, and the Mocha I ordered is pretty much one of the worst I’ve tasted. Meh.Β 

But thank God, when the bagels arrived, they did not disappoint. We ordered 2 bagels to be shared between the both of us.Β 20130723-155446.jpgThe ‘Cream Cheese & Smoked Salmon Bagel’. This is pretty yummy. Something a little different. The salmon is fresh and surprisingly blends pretty well with the taste of the cream cheese. πŸ™‚ I do actually like this bagel.Β 

The other one we ordered is the ‘Bacon & Egg Bagel’.Β 20130723-155502.jpgThis is taste pretty good too. I know the egg wrapped in bacon may look small as compared to the bagel muffin, but believe me, when you cut it up or bite down on it, you won’t notice it cause it would be flatten and spread wide over the bagel muffin. I can’t even decide which bagel is my favourite cause I like them both. πŸ™‚ However, that being said, as yummy as the bagels are, it’s not the best I’ve eaten, but it is pretty delicious. I definitely would recommend this for bagel lovers.Β 

Another thing that this cafe is supposedly famous for is their yogurt.Β 20130723-155541.jpgSo we decided to get one as well.Β This is the ‘Mango & Walnuts Yogurt’. It’s fairly average, I’d say. Not bad, not fantastically good either. It’s just average. It’s a nice dessert to have, if you’re already at the cafe, but I definitely will not drive all the way to the cafe just to get the yogurt. Hm. πŸ˜‰

One of this cafe’s signature is the photos people take when they’re there. It’s not called The Mugshot Cafe for nothing. So remember to take your mugshot there when you drop by to grab a bite. State your name, height, the date of your visit and your ‘charge’. Then point the camera and……………………………..

20130723-155550.jpgTeeHee! πŸ˜›

Chillout @ The Twelve Cups

20130510-014342.jpgWent back to The Twelve Cups for cakes after treating Imelda to her birthday dinner at The Cruises Steak House. Think it’s gonna be one of my places to chill for cakes and hangout. Haha. Simply cause the crepe cakes are really nice, and the comfortably nice environment just makes it even better.

This time around, I even ordered a hot Mocha.Β 20130510-014355.jpgSadly though, the hot Mocha kinda sucks. I’m not sure if it’s cause they were short of manpower and rush through making all the drinks since we’d already waited almost 20-25 minutes for our drinks, or issit just their coffee based beverage suck generally. Top that with the slow service, and I almost vow not to come back ever. At that very moment, of course. But after I got my drink, the good feeling came back, specially with every bite of the cakes.20130510-014623.jpgI still think it’s really silly of them to use 75% of the plate space to write words and only the remaining 25% to squeeze in the cake.

This time, we ordered the Raspberry Cheese Cake and the Hokkaido Chocolate Cake.Β 20130510-014633.jpg20130515-000611.jpgPretty good, if I may say so. Thank got the Raspberry Cheese is not too cheesy. It’s just nice for 2-3 people sharing it. Gotta say, the Hokkaido Chocolate is so much better than the milky sweet Hokkaido Milk (mentioned in my previous ‘The Twelve Cups post’). But however nice these two are, I still prefer the Coffee Chocolate and the Tiramisu that I tried previously.

So far, both times I hung out here is with my girl pals. I think it’s an awesome place to just chill and bond over coffee and cakes. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’d definitely go back again soon for more cakes. πŸ˜‰

Dinner @ The Cruises Steak House, Logan Heritage, Bishop Street

I found this place on the net. Angie and I decided to treat Imelda for her birthday here. The Cruises Steak House at the Logan Heritage along Bishop Street.Β 20130510-013844.jpgI was kinda excited when we arrived and I saw the main entrance. Pretty cool huh? πŸ˜‰ The inside is just as interesting.Β 20130510-013937.jpgIt’s like the more casual version of ‘The Ship’ restaurant. It looks and feels really western, as compared to many other Western food restaurants that I’ve been to. Love the fact that besides proper tables and chairs, they have the ‘raised-barrel-table-with-high-bar-stools’. Lol.Β 20130510-013946.jpgWell, okay. Maybe it’s not really a stool, but you get what I mean. πŸ˜‰ I love how the decor in the place is all really mismatched, but as a whole, everything compliments each other rather nicely.Β 20130510-013923.jpgReally loved the bar area as well. It’s…….. unique. πŸ™‚

Anyways, we ordered a snack to start off. Crispy Fried Cuttlefish.20130510-014005.jpgThought it looked like onion rings. Haha. It’s normal, I guess. Like any fried cuttlefish would taste like. Nothing too special about it.

The birthday girl ordered a Grilled Spicy Chicken Chop.Β 20130510-014132.jpgShe said it was ‘Okay, not bad.’ Haha. I’m guessing maybe the spicy chicken ain’t spicy enough, maybe? πŸ˜‰

Angie had the Grilled Chicken With BBQ Sauce.Β 20130510-014122.jpgCan’t really remember what she said, but I think she said it’s “Quite nice!” πŸ˜‰

I ordered the Grilled Cheese Chicken.20130510-014109.jpgI actually like it. It’s kinda yummy. Not extremely yummy, but definitely something that I would order again in the future. There’s a slice of ham on top of the cheese coated chicken. And the gravy, ham, cheese and chicken blended really well for me. So yup. Really liked it. πŸ™‚

The best thing is, we were all surprised with free thank you drinks which are named, you guessed it, ‘Thank You’.20130510-014218.jpgElectric blue liquid, served in shot glasses rimmed with salt. Yummmmm! But I’m pretty sure there’s no alcohol in it, not that I’m complaining. Anyway, it goes to show, a little surprise goes a long way. I think we all had our mood elevated even more with those shots. πŸ™‚

Random facts. Apparently, on certain days, they have a live band playing there. And there’s a outdoor section way out back, but we didn’t have the time to explore that. Maybe I’ll request for the outdoor seating the next time I’m there.

Nice place, pretty ‘average to good’ food, surprise free drinks and most importantly, great company. It’s a good night. πŸ™‚

Girls’ Catch-up @ The Twelve Cups, Beach Street

I thought the only place in Penang to have crepe cake is Humble Beginnings, Straits Quay. But I was wrong. Seems like there’s another place that’s much nicer, comfier and spacious, as compared to the small shop of Humble Beginnings at Straits Quay.

The Twelve Cups. Yup. That’s the name of the shop, located along Beach Street, Penang.20130415-180915.jpgAt first I thought it’d would probably be more of a coffee-based shop, but apparently no. Not really anyway. The attraction there it their crepe cake.20130415-180922.jpgGlad Hui suggested this place for our girls meet-up with Cherrie last Sunday. I love trying new places. Lately it’s like a ‘thing’ for me to try new places and write about it. Haha. And this is one place I’m really happy to be introduced to. Besides parking being a slight problem if you’re a lady and is suppose to go there at night (cause it’s kinda dark on the road at Beach Street), this is a really nice place to chill and hangout. The sofa chairs just makes it just that much more comfortable. πŸ™‚

Anyways, we ordered 4 cakes to be shared among the 5 of us girls.Β 20130415-180940.jpgI find it rather silly to use 80% of the plate to write words with chocolate syrup while the cake is squeezed into the remaining 20%. On top of that, whatever’s written just doesn’t make sense. Some sounds silly even. ‘Be Happy’ is kinda way too cliche and cheesy, but it’s still okay. ‘Sunday I’m In Love’? Please. Just please. Bleh. πŸ˜‰

Cake number 1. TiramisuΒ 20130415-180954.jpgPretty yummy, if I may say so. I love how the cakes, all four of them actually, are so soft, your fork just slide all the way from the top right down to the plate. The Tiramisu ain’t too creamy like some of the Tiramisu’s that I’ve tried elsewhere. The blend of the coffee taste with the rest of the cake ingredients is just nice, none of it overpowering the other.

Cake number 2. Hokkaido Milk20130415-181012.jpgThis is way too milky for my liking. Way way way too milky. It’s like the whole thing is made of solely milk. Don’t get me wrong. I do drink milk. But as a cake, it’s just too much. It doesn’t even taste like a cake. It’s more like eating milk crepe. πŸ˜›

Cake number 3. Mango20130415-181006.jpgOh gawd. This is so bad, I cringe when I took my first bite. Bleh! But I guess this depends on preference cause it seems like one of my friends, Wei Yi, actually liked it, though, I think she’s the only one. πŸ˜‰

Cake number 4. Coffee Chocolate20130415-181000.jpgThis is my favourite. It’s so yummy, I decided to buy a slice back for my mum who doesn’t like cakes. And even she said it’s yummy! So it’s a big thumbs up for this one. πŸ™‚

I actually prefer the cakes here, as opposed to the one at Humble Beginnings, despite my lack of interest in the Hokkaido Milk and Mango. The cakes here are softer and slight more moist. Though, I really have no complains for the Humble Beginnings cakes as well. πŸ˜‰

After filling our bellies with these yummy (and not-so-yummy cakes), we had a short photo session at the nearby carpark where we parked our cars. Or rather, cam-whoring session. πŸ˜‰ I gotta say, I miss hanging out with my high school friends.20130415-181026.jpg20130415-181019.jpgThe true and real ones are really hard to replace. But I guess the same goes with current adult friends, even though the number of sincere ones might be lower. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad to say, I’m blessed enough to have met a handful of really good friends over the past few years. πŸ™‚ True friends are rare, and I’m glad I’ve got them. The old and new ones alike. πŸ™‚

Desserts @ Fahrenheit

20130415-122919.jpgIt’s been twice now that I’ve been to this dessert place. It’s kinda quirky and nice. Not sure if quirky can be used to describe a place but that’s the word that came into mind. Very comfy and cozy atmosphere. A little homely feel too. Though you can’t really get the feel when you see the place in pictures. πŸ˜‰IMG_7352I just have one problem with the decorations in this place. Still can’t see it? Well look closer.Β IMG_7355See it now? FREAKY. I really don’t need a mannequin doll staring at my lower body under the table. Haha. Both times I was there, I specifically requested to sit at a tables where it’s the mannequin’s legs under the table instead of its upper half of the body. The legs are a little less creepy. A little. πŸ˜‰ Other than that, I pretty much really like this place.

Maybe it’s cause of the games they provide here.Β IMG_7358You can just take your pick and bring it to your table to play with your friends. Board games, mini structure games, card games, etc etc.Β IMG_7359IMG_7380They even have that ‘sticks’ game I used to play when I was young.IMG_7387The first time I was at this place, we had so much fun playing this simple game of removing the sticks from the pile, one by one, without moving any other sticks in the pile. πŸ˜‰ But the game that got me most excited?IMG_7372Darts! Love this! I’m not good at it cause I really have no practice. Rare could find places with darts. Or, let me rephrase that. Rarely could find places with darts that is not a noisy bar filled with cigarette smoke. It’s nice to be able to play this in brightly lit, fresh air, cozy environment. Haha. The only thing is that it’s magnetic darts. I prefer the proper darts with pointy ends. πŸ˜‰ But still, love it! πŸ˜‰

Anyways, can’t really remember what I ordered the first time I was here. But the last time I came here, it was with Imelda and Angie after our dinner at Pinocchio. We ordered two yogurt desserts to share among the 3 of us. First we had the ‘Black Cherry Wine’.20130415-122940.jpgThis is kinda sourish. It’s nice, but a piece of advice, don’t attempt to finish this all by yourself. You’ll get a little sick of it after a while. But if it’s shared among friends, then it’s actually nice!

Next up we ordered the Guinness Stout. Apparently, its only available at this shop, Fahrenheit, and can’t be found anywhere else in Penang.20130415-122947.jpgThis is yummy! Seriously. With a little bit of coffee taste, the sourish taste of the yogurt is balanced off nicely. I’d definitely mark think on down and order it the next time I’m there. The shop owner informed us that the don’t always have the ‘Guinness Stout’, but they’re considering putting it on the menu permanently. Well, I hope they do, cause I love this! πŸ˜‰

Despite the freakish mannequin decor, I actually really like this place, and would definitely bring my friends there to hangout and chillout every now and then. Play some games, have some dessert, sit and bitch a little. πŸ˜‰

Note : The area is kinda dark outside at night, so ladies gotta be careful when walking to their cars. Make sure walk in groups or get a guy friend to walk with. πŸ™‚

Dinner @ Pinocchio Ristorante

20130415-122714.jpgAngie and Imee treated to me this place for my belated birthday dinner. Of all the places I was treated this year, I enjoyed this the most, cause it’s somewhere new where we haven’t tried before. I love going to new places for food. New stuff to try, new stuff to write about. Haha. Bless them both for thinking of trying new places. Think it’s becoming a tradition for the 3 of us to go somewhere new everytime each of us have a birthday. πŸ˜‰

Pinocchio is a nice cozy little restaurant along Penang Road, two shops away from Soho. Love the atmosphere there. It’s air-conditioned, though it takes a while for you to feel the coolness. They’ve got nice soothing music playing, mostly instrumental and the seatings are comfy. The service here is kinda really slow though. Slow, but good. Despite the slow service, it’s safe to say we’re very satisfied with the service given.

Love the variety of beverages they have here. Seriously. And the fancy names. Lol. We ordered a mocktail each.20130415-122728.jpgThe orange one, ‘Summer Girl’ is mine. A little too sweet for my liking but it’s not bad. Kinda like it after a while. The middle yellow one is Imelda’s ‘Mondo Bizaro’. Not sure what she thought of it, but I find it tasting a little like chewing gum. Haha. And the red one is something called a ‘Super X Girlfriend’ ordered by Angie. I thought it tasted like cough syrup. πŸ˜‰ So, I guess I still prefer my ‘Summer Girl’. Relatively speaking. Lol.

They gave us some bread with olive oil for some kinda starters.20130415-122756.jpgOr maybe it was complimentary cause we were waiting pretty long for our food. πŸ˜‰

Angie had the ‘Pinocchio’s Wild Mushroom’.20130415-122809.jpgIt’s actually just mushroom soup with a fancy name. πŸ˜‰ It may look like a big portion when the food first arrived, but trust me, the bowl is pretty shallow. But the other dishes served are in pretty big portions.

Imelda ordered the ‘Creamy Mushroom Bruschetta’.20130415-122832.jpgI didn’t get a taste of this but according to her, she loves it. So, I guess it must be nice. Maybe I’ll try that the next time I’m there. πŸ™‚ She also ordered a pizza called ‘The Lot’.Β 20130415-122842.jpgThe name pretty much speaks for it. It has the ‘lot’ in it. Meaning, almost every single ingredient. Had a bite of it, and it’s really not bad. But some of the ingredients don’t really mash well with others. Other than that, it’s alright. πŸ™‚

I ordered the ‘Pasta Ariabita with Chicken’.20130415-122823.jpgSpaghetti. With chicken chunks. It’s nice. Would be even better if they added more of the spice into the sauce. But yeah, I’m satisfied with it. And what I love about it is that when they say they say with chicken chunks, they really give you a lot of chicken chunks, unlike some other places which only sprinkle a little bit on chicken flakes onto the dish. I won’t hesitate to order this in the future. πŸ™‚

Satisfying meal with awesome company makes a great night. And I’m happy we found another nice new place for food. So far, all the new places we’ve tried for our birthdays last year have been really satisfactory. And this one just adds to the list. One of the best birthday treats I had this year cause we get to try a new place and it’s nice~! πŸ™‚