Thursday, January 23, 2014

Be Lohas BMS Organic Restaurant at Damansara Utama (Uptown)

My quest for organic places brought me to this one in Damansara Utama (Uptown), where one can find rows of different restaurants. I saw this place often as I drove by, and this time I was happy that I could finally try it out.

Upon entering, you will be welcomed by the "greenery" decor of the place. The staff are friendly and they have an extensive menu of food choices! We tried their tofu and the sweet and sour "chicken". It didn't disappoint. The fruit tea was also nice. We also tried their dessert, the black sesame paste. It wasn't sweet (or maybe because I have a sweet tooth?), so we had to request for additional sugar. It was disappointing though that they didn't have honey nor brown sugar... so I had to just accept the white sugar and added it in.

One of the highlights for me was purchasing their "pumpkin" tofu in the frozen section. After we cooked it at home, I discovered how tasty it is! I really would like to go back and buy some more of that. It is so convenient as it is frozen. You can defrost it and stir fry or fry it... or even add to dishes. They have many flavors of it, which I am keen to try. 

Overall, nice place. Wish they had one in Mont Kiara area.

interior of BE Lohas BMS Organic Restaurant
Bill for 2 persons
The Black Sesame Paste Dessert
Air Fried Tasty Tofu
Fruit Tea
The Sweet and Sour Chicken rice dish
BE Lohas BMS Organics Restaurant
37 Groudn Floor Jalan 22 21/60, Damansara Utama, 47400 PJ
(same row as XAM MAX the sink/toilet supplier, also near police station)

The Secret to Weight Loss or Glowing Skin? The Answer is Green Juice

Many people would like to shed a few pounds, yet we (myself included) find it hard to do so, especially when we get older. Despite all the added exercise I did, it was still hard to move the scale downwards. It's hard if you do 2 things:

1. Go on a diet.

You tell yourself I cannot eat this or that. In fact, when we condition our mind to "not eat" something, all the more we will want to to eat it. Simply because the idea will cross our brain. Let me show you an example.... Right now, I am telling you "DO NOT THINK OF A PURPLE ELEPHANT". The first thing you will do is imagine a purple elephant, right? Then your brain starts to process that "oops, I should not be thinking of it." Same goes for the diet.

2. If you exercise a lot, but you do not change your eating lifestyle.

You can work out all you want, but if you are piling back the calories through what you eat, chances are you will get frustrated in the long run.

By being mindful of what you eat, you can easily lose weight and gain so many other benefits. For me, what has worked since last year (2013) is the juicing approach.

Try this yummy recipe 
Juicing vegetables and fruits has helped me lose the post-pregnancy weight so easily. I am talking about my 2nd baby delivery. It took me just a month to shed off most of the post-baby weight, as compared to the past. The big difference was: I was juicing a lot, and I also took less meat during my "confinement" period (for westerners who may not know what that is, it is literally the 1 month recovering period right after giving birth).

Green juices -- which are made up mostly of raw vegetables with a bit of fruit added, is the most potent and nutrient-dense juice you can have. I started drinking that first thing in the morning. I changed my morning ritual -- which used to be drinking water and coffee, to drinking green juice. By changing just my morning breakfast, I have changed 1/3 (one third) of my life's diet. Just that alone made an impact -- my skin got better and I lost weight faster.

Hollywood stars love their green juices
Even Hollywood folks are into drinking green juices. You will see more and more of them holding on to their green concoctions, when in the past the "in" thing was a cuppa skinny latte. They too have uncovered the great benefits of this magic green juice. They can spend as much money as they want on expensive face creams and facials, but what matters is in the INSIDE -- and that is why there are also into the GREEN JUICE FRENZY that has taken the world by storm.

There are many other benefits that green juices can bring to the table. The effect of it also differs from every person. Do note also that the ratio of veggies to fruits is an important matter. You need to ensure that the veggies outweigh the fruits, so that you do not pile up on fructose. Ideally the ratio should be about 70% of vegetables to 30% of fruits.

If you haven't tried green juices before -- do not be afraid of it. It tastes great! Give it a chance. Depending on who made the juices and what goes in it -- these babies could be super yummy-tasting! Even my daughter would drink up her greens!

Try your own concoction. Or if you want to try out some of the "tested" recipes, you can join the La Juiceria community.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ichiriki Japanese Restaurant at Gardens Mall

One of the newest additions to the Gardens Mall, Irichiki Japanese restaurant. They have a nice authentic Japanese ambience which is simple yet functional. The staff are nice, very smiley face especially when they saw my daughter.

We were able to get one of the small rooms which was great, because I had my daughter (toddler) and my baby (which means stroller). After the meal, I was even able to breastfeed my little one (of course I had my breastfeeding cover with me).

The food was okay. I wouldn't say it's super duper as a tonkatsu place... more of a convenience place while at the Gardens mall. The ramen was definitely no match for the usual Ippudo ramen and other popular ramen places... but again, it was good enough to eat.

I would go back to this place mainly because of the mix fry set. Otherwise, if you are looking for a real treat for tonkatsu, I believe there are other better places.

They also offer sushi if you want. But since it wasn't their specialty, I decided to keep my sushi fix for other places that specialize in that.

Green tea and chawan mushi
Ramen noodles and chawan mushi
Ramen noodles 
Enjoying the ramen 
The pork tonkatsu set
Tasty meal set which came with shrimp and pork which had some cheese inside - Mix fry set
Showing us the ropes on how to enjoy the meal

The friendly staff showing us how to mix the sauce

Bill for 3 adults and 1 toddler

Ichikiri Japanese Restaurant
1st Floor, The Gardens Mall (near the Isetan side)

Lavender Bistro L.Table at 1 Utama

Whenever I pass by this lovely bakery at 1 Utama, I cannot help but stop by and buy something. This time, instead of just buying bread, we stopped by for a light meal. And we were not disappointed. The interior of the restaurant was well done, and the staff were friendly. Food presentation was great. Would definitely come back. If I am in 1 Utama and would like a light meal, I would come to this place.

The Bakery of Lavender
Some of the breads
Bill for a light meal for 2 people
Not bad, the salad with a small piece of salmon
Nice soup presentation
Potato balls in nice presentation

L.table by Lavender Bakery
Ground Floor One Utama (near Isetan)
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