Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ante 1Utama

Hello! πŸ™ˆ

Time for another food review!
This time is Ante, 1Utama (my second home Hahahah #selfdeclare)

I know there's a branch at publika but personally I have never been!

Only been to the one at 1U.
Thrice πŸ™Š
Nah. Not I say ah πŸ˜‚
As voted by the public!
I quite like ante's interior.

Esp the seats (feel free to faster sit on the grey one when you going there hahaha)

Don't even know how comfy is the other seat cause I always do that πŸ˜‚

Now U know.
But Okayla. It's 3 seats vs 1 non grey.
Quite easy to be able to grab I assume? πŸ˜‚
Yes. Ante serves wine 😝
Rejoice! Hahahah 🍷

They also serve beer! So no problem!🍻

I remember last christmas or something , we were walking around 1U trying to find a restaurant that serves wine.

Either I am not very attentive or it's very rare. Every time I think of a restaurant with wine available ..it will always be some restaurant at publika πŸ˜‚

So now other than dave's in 1U, ante serves too! πŸ˜„ (Lemme know if there's others!)
Started the night of yummies with this!

Yes, there's so much going on that I took a photo instead πŸ˜…
And here it is!
A lil bit of everything to start your engines πŸ˜‚

Sorry, I'm not very atas nor do I eat enough of these to judge but everyone seems to like the platter esp the smoked duck breast.

Salmon is always a fav for everyone anywhere.

Was expecting cheese cause I always though these kind of things comes with cheese. (And I'm a big cheese fan haha) But maybe I'm wrong?
Cold appetizers
Jamon Iberico rm32

Basically cured ham. Remembered eating this quite a bit when I went to Spain / Portugal 3 years back.

Thought this was actually well balanced with the apple slices (and cause I'm a sucker for prettiness like the chive flowers haha)

Order if you Wanna try cured ham or like these kind of food in general😊
Smoked duck breast rm26

This dish had so much going on, I don't know how to explain hahaha

There was cucumber, hazelnuts, orange segments, chilli oil etc (copied off the menu)

And the most surprising thing for me.
Tofu πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Totally didn't expect to see that at the bottom.

Personally enjoyed this dish quite a lot cause I thought it was very interesting mixture of flavours.

And also after today..I learned that I like radishes when it's shaved so thinly this way πŸ˜‚
House cured salmon rm28

Needs no explanation cause salmon is like almost everyone's favourite.

Though I must say such cold appetizers are not very common (in a mall...?) and usually (well, for me la) we hardly order appetizers cause the price is almost same price as a main dish.

But if you would like to have a go & try, then you can consider these 😊

If not they have sweet belly (aka siew yoke haha) under the hot appetizers section which I realized many ppl raved about online.
Moving on to the mains!
Damnit. Next time going back to try soups cause we are big fans of soup 😁 he can totally change the rating of a restaurant by the soup and me by their dessert hahaha
Chargrilled BBQ ribs! Rm48

Well, no complains. Standard pork rib. Soft and tender.

People have asked me if morganfield's or ante's is better. Unfortunately, my tongue has short term memory, so I will have to eat both on the same day to judge hahah

The coleslaw was actually kimchi slaw πŸ˜‚ though ...I couldn't really felt it. Just felt it was different, but couldn't put my finger around it.
Pork Diane rm42

I remembered seeing ah pek's friend ordered this sometime last week.

And ...I didn't expect him to polish it off damn fast. His dish came AFTER ours but he finished it frst πŸ˜…

I guess that's enough to explain? Haha

The green thing there is actually ...green pea mash πŸ˜‚ might take some by surprise but I thought it was not bad.

If you eat it together with the sauce, it goes pretty well. Unless U really don't like green peas la πŸ˜…
Ante's highlight would be this.

Chargrilled pork steak rm52

How good Isit?

Well... Good enough that every time I see people going back to Ante.

This is what they would order again and again. πŸ˜‚

I like that the honey rockets are glazed! πŸ˜‚ that's a very nice thing for me cause I always feel they are too bitter. But with the glazing, ate them without a problem!
Norweigian salmon rm52

If you are not a barbarian (haha meat is not your thing), you can opt for the salmon which I quite like cause well...like I said in the beginning.

Salmon is almost a favourite for everyone (or a safe bet)

Quite like the toppings (seaweed crust yo!) and of course glazed with my fav flavour, miso!

Yes, I am bias when there's miso
Pastas
Ante carbonara rm30

Am not a super big carbonara fan (I know right! Since I love cheese hahaha so strange) but everyone seemed happy enough eating this away.

Can't go wrong with carbonara as long it has cheeseeeeee and bacon!!!
Char siew curry cream rm33

This. This was my ultimate fav. πŸ˜‹

Hahahahaha totally fattening and the flavour was super sibeh kao!

If you like heavy flavours, I totally recommend this! If you don't (eat clean, or like lighter flavours etc. I still think U Shld ask someone else to order so U can take a taste of it Hahahahah πŸ˜‚)

The char siew was a bit too fatty for my liking (ah pek was in heaven though)
I shared this though. So I'm not sure if it will be too jelak to finish a whole plate by yourself. But you can try! πŸ˜‚

And when U are eating, try not to think how much calories this one has πŸ˜‚
Yup. This is how it is!

I guess if you go in a group and don't mind sharing, you can try even more stuffs!

I would really go back to try their truffle fries! And they have nuggets too hmmm.

Also homemade gnocchi! I love gnocchi! πŸ˜‹ so hard to find nice ones though.
Desserts
Creme brΓ»lΓ©e rm20

I thought it was blueberry on the top but it turned out to be candied olives Hahahahaha πŸ˜‚ and chocolate

This was not bad!

But argh. The main for a creme brûlée, at least to me is always the caramelized top and it's always not enough 😭
Valrhona chocolate slice rm23

This is one dense rich chocolate 😳

The downside to this is that it's small!!! 😩

I understand that it's rich so too much might be jelak but I think I can eat twice the size of this pc without any problems hahaha πŸ˜‚

They also serve other desserts and cakes! Even alcoholic cakes!
Final verdict?
While the food is good, it is a lil pricey (well, for me la) so I will return when I Wanna be a barbarian or for celebrations like birthday, farewell, happy Sunday etc

Not an everyday thing for sure πŸ˜…

Also, this review is based on my own tastebuds so it will differ from person to person!
Ante, 1Utama
Lot F346, First floor, rainforest, new wing.

If not mistaken, it's next to pandora.

Tel : 03-77325204

Can get crowded on weekends dinner (not sure about lunch), shouldn't need to wait that long but just in case, better to reserve seats if you are going in a large group! 😁

#dayrefatties

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Fashion Illustration Workshop, The Craft Crowd

Brunch at feeka! 😊

First time here! By accident haha
Stumbled upon it as we were looking for food nearby.

Saw lepaq lepaq but the kiam me refused to pay rm10 (rm5 if U spend more than rm15) for parking.

So yea. Here we are!

Not bad wor!!! ☺️

Rm22 for big breakfast which I think is better than plan b's! Realized this is cheaper than my 2 scoops of Haagen last week hahaha πŸ˜‚

Anyway, soup was good too! Potato I think.
But overall maybe everything was a lil too salty (maybe alright if U have a cuppa but I didn't order any drink so after everything, was a lil salty. Then again, soup esp after its cold, is always saltier kan? hmmm)
Here for a fashion illustration class by the craft crowd! 😊

Quite happy to see them holding classes for quite a reasonable rate of rm180 with food & utensils! Classes are around 3 hours or so!

Every Sunday there's a class & classes change every month! I think they rotate & will bring back certain classes, so if you miss this week's (let's say brush lettering) just wait for it to appear in their list again! 😊

#tccworkshops
#bulatgoestoworkshops
My seat😊

Erm..what luck sitting next to 2 japanese Haha #thejapistronginme?

Anyway, was pleased to see that not only utensils such as paper (thick paper, not measly a4s), watercolour colour pencils (looked like old stock but okay, it's brand new as in never used before), 0.7 mechanic pencil, eraser and leads!

Not bad isn't it!

Plus stuffs like a tote bag, a silkscreened cover notebook (designed by the instructor today) and a small shibori tie dye cloth! 😊

Very thoughtful!
Next month's workshops!

If any of you guys are interested, can sign up!

I think the brush lettering one is very laku plus the instructor is an angmo 😁 flown in from overseas if I stalked correctly.

Rm180 is very reasonable for brush lettering! #believeme

I'm staring at the pottery class! Haha not sure if I Wanna go. Something I wanted to play with for a while but just didn't cause the workshops I found usually are far / too much commitment.

Shibori looks interesting too! πŸ˜„

#diela
Here the pottery class samples! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Mauuuuu.
Also stalked the instructor and realized that it was one of the guys that I have seen long time ago at some art flea market.

Quite happy cause I remembered his work was nice and I even bought a bowl made by one of his students! 😊

Lemme see see and see who Wanna go also πŸ˜‚ I should really be channeling my energy for my wedding and not pottery. Gah!
The person (also angmo) behind organizing the workshops is a woman named Alina.

She's a super sweet and nice person 😊

And she herself holds classes to make prints like these! Not sure what is the technique called....But I think I know how to make.

Vaguely remembered doing it in primary school...Lemme see if I can google it out πŸ˜‚

Good for crafters I guess?
Can make prints and make them into cards, wrappers, backgrounds Fr TN etc.

+ a pretty paper can be made into anything! 😁
Okay. Stole off FB πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
This is Alina!

That's the free cheesecake πŸ˜‹
Everyone must have been really hungry cause when she asked if we want it while we are drawing or after class.

Everyone answered "now!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
The drawing done by the japanese on my right! Sayaka san😊

Anyway the class is mainly Erm...drawing fashion from a real life model. So like life sketch fashion illustration?

So we learned basics like a human's height is around 9 heads (or sometimes 11 for fashion illustration. Exaggerate ma)

Then you mark the points like hips, shoulders etc.

It's sometimes more of overall than detail (depending)

Look at the model more than focusing on your paper (this one is a bit hard)
I guess in general, you can't expect miracles in a 3 hour class but it's enough to let you have a feel of it.

Esp if you are a beginner.

Not soooo much for me cause I was expecting more in depth (actually I was hoping to learn much much more, but then again I learned that sometimes in the end of the day, you just need to practice practice practice. Draw till the death of you!)
Or I just need to go for proper classes, like semesters and terms. Not short classes like these πŸ˜…
Another piece by Sayaka sanπŸ˜„

Didn't really go around to see what others drew (hahaha Abit paiseh la plus didn't seem to be able to click with anyone on a personal level 😣 so was quite quiet throughout)

(Also, felt damn underdressed for a fashion class πŸ˜‚ 99% came in clothes fit for an #ootd shot. I came like I was ready to draw my hands off aka shorts n slippers Hahahahaha i thought we are Gonna be using an easel!)
Anyway, I love sayaka's drawing! 😊
It looked quite a bit like some illust I would see in a jap magazine!

It's like very raw? Hahaha and I thought she had her own style?

Cause I don't think it's duplicatable? (Is there such word HahahahπŸ˜‚)

Total we drew 3 drawings and hers seem to improve with every drawing! Quite amazing really.
Plus her proportions damn accurate 😳 for a beginner.

So ah...anyone can draw okay?! 😁πŸ’ͺ
Now let you show U the work of the girl who was sitting on my left 😁

Haha sitting between two amazing works! Love my seat.

Her work is a perfect example of "good, better, best" 😳 when U look at her 3 drawings together, U can actually see the obvious improvement.

Not bit by bit one. It's like a steep curve!

This was the 2nd drawing! Should have taken the first! 😌 maybe if it comes out on FB, will show U guys!

Not bad right this piece!?


Then U see her 3rd pc πŸ˜³πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚

Like from Cleo mag or something Hahaha showed ah pek and he got a shock πŸ˜‚ so much diff from the 2nd pc.

I guess some people just have it in them. But she did mentioned that she has done live drawing before.

And I can see from how she gets the proportions and angles. Very proper way of doing. Drawing cylinders 😳

Plus she's serious in finding a job in fashion illust. Overheard her asking the girl in front of her cause that girl is a freelance designer πŸ˜‚ #kepome
Her somewhat finished pc.

Anyway, the model must have been tired. Standing so long in that pose. 😳

And the clothes are actually not bad. By a local designer, www.casseygan.com. Prolly some of you might like it.

Prolly the onllllllyyyy downside for the whole class (can't say much about the module cause I guess for a beginner is okay. My fault, should have asked the instructor more questions instead of just drawing) is that the food was gone pretty fast πŸ˜‚
I was slow in packing and going to the loo, by the time I got to the buffet table there were only fruits and fries left, didn't see any of the pizza or mains. πŸ˜‚

So I guess next time I better be quick unless I don't bother about it and have my own food outside beforehand!

Well, I guess this also means that the food is good? πŸ˜‚

Anyway, worth a join if anyone of you are interested in fashion illustration! 😊
Heheh managed to steal from their FB!

This was her frst drawing! So you just scroll to see her insane steep improvement 😳

Definitely got talent la this one.
The instructor's work btw πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Stolen off her Insta!

Diff level altogether!
#heavenandearth

Well, awesome works just makes me wanna draw more! 😁

Oh yea...really have to work on my proportions πŸ˜’been drawing chibi cartoon too long. Everything feels like a manga when I draw Gah!
The beautiful instructor for the day!

Becky!

You can follow her beautiful work at instagram!
@becky_.n
The model for the day.

Quite like her look 😊

And she really ..can lo. Haha i confirm won't be able to stand so long up there while a good 20 pairs of eyes staring at me.

Plus changing 4 outfits.
If not wrong, this one belongs to the girl sitting diagonally from me.
(If not wrong la...)

Got own style also right? 😊

The woman sitting across me actually wasn't too bad too. But I think she's more of a realism?

Like a detailed and neat kind of person. With 3 hours is hard cause there isn't enough time, so hers looked unfinished but the parts that were finished I thought were very well done.

Like Erm..very careful hahaha need patience ok if you want to be very detailed. Not many can.
I remembered they pass this around the class too!

To show as example.

Quite nice also 😊
Got ah... "Gaya" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Some of the above photos stolen off their FB! Mainly the unedited ones are the stolen ones. Didn't edit the photos ..cause not mine maπŸ˜…

So credits back to them!

I just cropped them to fit the square format here.

Early Makan!

Ah pek brought me for wan tan mee! 😊 which tasted pretty awesome cause the mee is the fine kind that I like!

And the shop is manned by old people 😭

Must pong chan!!! Hahaha I realized most of my friends are the same. We always choose stalls that are manned by old people and will be extra patient with them πŸ˜‚

Don't know Isit cause see old people, confirm nice (stereotyping) or cause so old liao! Kelian! Still working! Must pong chan! πŸ˜‚

(Pong chan= give business)
My drug is here! 😭😭😭

Hahahaha even if I just get to see her for 1 min, it's good enough. She doesn't have to layan me πŸ˜‚ #crazyaunt

She.now.likes.hello.kitty! 😱
#byebyefrozen

Her mom's greatest nightmare haha ah pek's sister is not a big fan of hello kitty πŸ˜… and so many times I have to hold myself back from buying hello kitty stuff for his niece since you know, I love Sanrio in general 😁

I guess the child is king and muahahahaha' may the shopping begin! πŸ˜‚
@acloudyday ☺️ you are so kind! Haha thank you! These are mine!

Not super fantastic but I will cont trying πŸ’ͺ and looks a lil manga-ish πŸ˜‚

Frst sketch on the left was a warm up they asked us to do, to sketch by just looking at the model, do not look down on your paper ...and draw in just one continuous line. πŸ˜…

Hahaha very got feel la actually cause crooked lines like those, definitely original. But also look like hantu la the whole drawing πŸ˜‚
The final piece that everyone had to do.

Though the clothes were nice, I got tired of using black and so I switched around with the colours πŸ˜… we were told to be free in doing whatever we wanted.

Though technically drawing black stuff is one of the best way to train your eyes, I think.

Proportion is a lilllll out on the right side πŸ˜› and I need to research more on cloth textures and folds! So much to goπŸ™ŠπŸ™‰πŸ™ˆ

#bulatdays
I always find it funny that the more I love fashion in general ....the more slack I am in my own dressing up #damnfail

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pom Pom Girl

Feeling down lately.
So just randomly did something just to feel happier.

#bulatdraws

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Guestbook instruction board DIY

πŸ˜… from snapchat cause my phone kept running out of space (damnit 16GB)

But am not sure why there's no problem with snapping for snapchat.

But of course, means the photos are zero filter etc πŸ˜…

Helping #caketella to do their instruction board! Went with baby brother to buy all the ka-changs.

In the end, ended up with a big ass cork board (if I didn't stop him, it would be even bigger Kns)
Since it's out of my comfort zone (anything bigger than my TN is out hahaha I should really stop that habit)

Was a bit worried but brother says just make it cute πŸ˜… plus he says if it's so small, the old people at the wedding won't be able to read Hahahah

Okay la. Makes sense.
Final! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Some alignments out and all but ...I'm gonna close one eye πŸ˜› (but I think I will for sure realign it & practice my writing)

Hopefully they like it! 😊

Damage costing

Cork board
Tape (damn cheating this tape. See the 2 strips? Up and left? Yup. That's how long the tape was Kns)
White quite thick paper

rm5.30 ea. all from daiso!
So total of rm15.90!

Then just doodle whatever/however you want! πŸ˜‚ felt like primary school days hahaha

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Boo!