B-lab Bar + Bistro + Bakery

imageA couple months back i was introduced to try a new restaurant just below Verve Suites Apartment. Ever since that day, the husband and myself constantly return and have become a regular customer for our all time favourite Bar + Bistro + Bakery.

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The environment is spacious both outdoor and indoor plus it is totally kids friendly with a wide area of space for parents to manoeuvre especially those with strollers!

imageRun by the Managing Director/Chef Mr Yukichi Matsubara and his wife Zen the two couple had created a western inspired Asian Bistro with a wide variety of food selection that combines a superb blend of food just to suit all palates at moderately priced, 80 seats bistro & a fine selection of bakery offerings. It’s unique selection caters a variety of fusion food, bread, pastry, and even down to alcoholic drinks.. The restaurant opening hours are as early as 8am to midnight daily (7 days a week). 
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There were a wide range of bakery goodies.. from bread to pastries and biscuits.image

Personally i love the breads they have over here…

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The smell of fresh daily baked bread..delicious yet affordable!

imageHere are some of my favourite food selections i have tried with them on various occasions. And i swear~ they are all pretty good!!!

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The Ultimate Breakfast (Two eggs of any style ; smoked streaky bacon, pork sausage and honey baked ham ; mushrooms, baked beans and hash brown; white toast, croissant, whole meal or whole grain; mesclun salad and herb crusted tomatoes)

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Smoked Omellete (Served with white toast, croissant, whole meal or whole grain ; mesclun salad and herb crusted tomato ; and french butter smoked salmon, normandy cheese, chives and parsley)

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Pancetta & Mushroom Ragout Pasta (If you’re a pork lover.. you will love this ~Salt cured pork belly and mushrooms pasta with white wine and fresh herbs)

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Reuben Sandwich (Beef pastrami with sauerkraut and Gruyere cheese sandwiched in between cereal bread)

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Seafood Marinara Pasta (Tomato based pasta with an array of scallop, sea prawns, squids, white clams and slipper lobster)

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Garlic & Chillie Prawn Pasta (Traditional garlic and chilli pasta tossed in Tiger Prawns and olive oil)

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Wild Mushroom Pizza (i tasted truffle oil in this one..it was so good!!!)

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Chicken of Breast (My personal favourite – Oven baked chicken breast with a hint of Cepes served with mushroom ragout)

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B-Lab’s Club Sandwich (Decked with smoked streaky bacon and honey baked ham ; avocado spread, home made tatar sauce, butterhead lettuce, white toast and complimented with a sunny side up)

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Pancetta & Mushroom Ragout Pasta (The husband personal favourite he had the same dish at two separate occasion – Salt cured pork belly nd mushrooms pasta with white wine and fresh herbs)

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Jamon Iberico and Golden Lily (Spanish ham, mango and pistachio on a bed of arugula dressed with extra virgin olive oil) 

On the days of our visit to B-lab, our meals are never complete without a good cup of coffee and their famous dessert~ Choux Cream:)

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For further information, you can visit their Facebook page at B-lab or alternatively you can just call in to make a reservation :

VERVE Shops Mont’ Kiara, Jalan Kiara 5, Mont’ Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee and Drinks

+60 3-6206 1880

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7 days Zespri Green Kiwi Fruit Challenge.

I’m a fruit addict kind of woman. Everytime anyone offers me a fruit i would gladly eat it!

*Many thanks to my wonderful Grandmother* 

Ever since i was a little girl my granny would encourage me to eat a variety of fruits everyday. She would cut them for me so it can easily fit inside my mouth. She would also say, pretty girls eats lots of fruits to have great skin. 😛 Today, Kiwi fruit plays a huge role in my daily life.image It has been a custom routine for us to consume them daily and i have to say after consuming them for a couple of months everyday it really did help in terms of our health. I slowly noticed that our body immunity did change for the better! Hence, being a fan of Zepri, i was invited to share some thoughts about the miracle changes it has upon me and my family.

For seven days in a row me and my family had consumed Zespri Green Kiwi fruit everyday. It was a change for us as we usually consume the golden ones.imageBringing various benefits both these super fruit (green and golden kiwis) is high in Vitamin C, a source of fibre, Vitamin E, contains high content of anti oxidant, aids digestions, source of pottasium and folate, low in glycaemic index food, low in calories and has an excellent source of increasing our body immunity. This means going to the toilet is most certainly no problem. 😛 
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My kids loves them and at times request to consume these medium sized super fruit during snack time. We feel great, light and even the slightest cold like we are able to combat.

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A hearty breakfast made with Zespri Green Kiwi is so easy, delicious yet healthy! Topped with some yogurt, flaxseed and chai seeds.

image It’s so easy and convenient to eat and for me and my family, our digestive health most certainly did improve as well as our body immunity is much higher. My son is one of Zespri biggest fans!

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Sometimes i mix them in my salad and it is so refreshing. 
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Personally, upon consuming both kinds of kiwi before. I still prefer the golden kiwi more than the green even though it is slightly more expensive. Reason being is zespri golden kiwi has higher content in vitamins and minerals as compared to the zespri green ones. Besides, it also taste sweeter! But non the less, be it green or golden.. both most certainly do change the way we feel every morning and most importantly an improvement to our health especially to our digestive track. I truly believe it works!

~ A kiwi a day keeps the doctor at bay!~

2015, Tokyo Japan Day 3

Been back home for a good 3 weeks and i am already missing the food in  japan already!

Day 3 of my Tokyo trip started with amazing Onigiri. These were bought at the convenient store at shinjuku train station, just a walk away from our hotel.

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Needless to say, my kids loves the onigiri! image image

This is my all time favourite.. image

We had a great deal of things to EAT for that day on our list (Japan is all about food, food and more food for us). 🙂 We decided to wait for the human traffic to reduced before we headed out.. We headed to Harajuku soon after we finished with the mission to shop and most importantly to eat eat eat…

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In Harajuku, the all time famous must try were known to be the Marion Crepes. I had the exact same thing back in 2010.. Click here! You can read about it. 🙂

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This time around with the kids (knowing that they probably won’t be able to finish one whole crepe) i decided to get them an alternative. image

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Their faces were simply priceless… endless smiles from the first bite to their last..

As for the crepe.. this is how it looks like.. folded inside with whipped cream, ice cream, syrup, bananas, strawberries, chocolate… its a complete full package of FAT FAT FAT in one package!! *but it was sooo worth it*image

It’s almost as big as my face.. no kidding!!image

We then walked around.. shop a little and soon after headed to eat Ichiran Ramen.

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The above without chilli is for the kids. Don’t get me wrong, my kids were not sharing.. My boy finished one whole bowl himself.

The broth is made from pork but weirdly enough.. it didn’t have any porky smell like what we get in Malaysia. (which i can’t stand.. as some of you know, I’m allergic to pork.. but no worries…i had stood by some medication just in case of allergy reaction. YES I’M GOING ALL OUT ON THIS TRIP… ALLERGIC ALSO I EAT!) 

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The egg was the BESSSSSSTTT…

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Once we were finished we headed back to the train station to head back to the hotel to get some rest.. but on the way back we couldn’t resist the smell  as we walked past the The Famous Gindako Takoyaki!!!!!!! These were made fresh on the spot. image

Soon after, we headed back to the hotel and gotten ready for dinner time! 🙂

It was rather random but we simply walked into one building searching for good Yakiniku.. image

we had.. mushrooms.

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this was their famous… but i didn’t really fancy it.. it’s beef mixed with a variety of vegetables.. however the beef seems to be so chewy (because its filled with fats.. some would call it collagen). After two pieces, i surrender and gave the rest to the husband to finish while i had the vegetables instead.image
For the kids, we ordered scallop porridge. Tasted pretty good! image

grilling these babies required some skills..imageanother plate of beef…because it was that good!image

This plate of beef was seasoned. I personally prefer the first plate of beef that we ordered.

And thats it for our food adventure for day 3.

2015 Tokyo, Japan Day 2

The day started of as early as 6am! I totally forgot all about daylight savings in Japan (because its non existence in Malaysia) and worked my way up once the sun is up. I got myself ready, and soon after the kids and husband as well.

As always, the urge to eat when we’re in Japan is always on high alert. We went down to the convenient store and got a simple sandwich and yogurt before we started of our day. I’m always so amazed at how amazing their sandwiches are. It’s all so soft and fluffy.. i think it could be their water that seems to make everything taste that much better! 🙂 image

Day 2 was a long traveling day. A local japanese friend of ours drove us to Hakone temple to pray and show respects. It’s actually our yearly affair. A must for us as its known to bring us good luck, health and success in whatever we do/want to do.

On our way over, we made a quick stop for sinful SNACKS!
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The journey took us about an hour plus before we finally reached out destination.

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We walked and walked and walked…

That’s our little friend Jun Jun..

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The above walking didn’t last too long.. soon..

imageThe husband regretted for not allowing me to bring along the stroller to Hakone.. and i’m sure you can see why!?! (I couldn’t decide if i should laugh or cry on his behalf.. hhahaha!)

After paying our respects and praying for blessed wishes we headed of to EAT EAT EAT! 

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For lunch we had amazing sushi! It was our first official sushi in Tokyo and it will certainly mark an amazing memory. It was remarkably fresh and tasty that all of us just ate and ate and ate.

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The day went by with loads more walking, some shopping and the hour plus ride back home..(no photos during shopping time) by the time we reached back to our hotel.. we were all exhausted.

I walked so much despite me wearing my comfortable shoes that i have a big blister just to prove it! But, its obviously all worth it! 🙂

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The night ended rather simple but utmost fulfilling as we had burgers for dinner/supper!!! (super awesome overloaded.. i can’t even recall the last time i had a burger before this day) !

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Can’t wait to do it all over again next year! 🙂

Yogurt+ChickenVocado Egg Toast.

I’m really no expert in the kitchen, but i do like to experiment with whatever ingredients i have and come up with a quick fix or what i call it the no brainer meals.

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day. Starting my day with a healthy yet hearty breakfast somehow brings me better mood, more energy to enjoy and conquer my mornings with a stable, harmonised and chirpy mind. 🙂

Today, i’d like to share with you an extremely easy and simple yet protein filled hearty breakfast.
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-4-5 small pieces of dragonfruits

-handful of chia seeds and flaxseeds

-Almond and cashew nuts

-Greek Yogurt

Method :

Add a few good spoonfuls (5 tablespoons) onto your bowl, Followed by some dragonfruits, chaises and flaxseeds and top it of with the nuts. And.. thats it! 🙂

See i told you it was really easy! 

Recipe for Toast : 

-A slice of toast bread (i made two, of for myself and another for my hubs

-An avocado cut int0 halves

-Steamed chicken breast (marinated it overnight with salt, pepper and sake)

-One teaspoon olive oil

-An egg ( i prepared 2 one for hubs and another for myself)

Method : 

I’m quite a multi-tasker so i first toast the bread using my favourite toaster. Meanwhile, i steamed my chicken (takes a good 10min to steam) i then cut and prepare the avocados and used a non stick pan to heat up the olive oil to fry my eggs . Once bread is toasted, i gently placed the cut avocados on the toast. Then i added the ready steamed chicken breast on top of the avocado and my fried egg. I prefer my eggs to be slightly runny, so i had it cooked until white looks ready but the yolk still remain intact but wiggles when i move my pan. Once done, i transfer the eggs and place it on top of the steamed chicken.

Taddaa! It’s done…

I then sprinkle some salt and pepper on top just for taste. It’s easy, it’s tasty and i guarantee it’s healthy!

Go try it!