Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Chill at Hartamas - Fantastic Juice, Brunch Pork Bacon, and Serious Coffee

I treasure my Sunday mornings. The special day where I get to do what I want, with no pressure nor schedule. Sometimes, we get some only adults time. Other days when our helper is not around, we have to spend time with kids on activities that could entertain them.

This weekend, helper was around, so daddy and I had alone time!

I am very proud of hubby as he was able to survive his first Hot Yoga-Pilates class at Urban Sprint Pilates Bangsar. We did a hot class and it was really killer. Killer sweat and very hard core poses. It's his first! After our class, we treated ourselves to some leisure yumminess in Hartamas area.

We made 3 stops: La Juiceria Cold-Pressed Detox Bar, Bread Fruits and Coffea Coffee.

La Juiceria Hartamas: we went to get some cold-pressed juices to hydrate. We sweated a lot and need to replenish electrolytes and all that water we lost. Quench our bodies with nutrients!

Bread Fruits: kick-ass brunch and prosciutto sandwich. Really top notch. This is our 4th visit to the place. Pork bacon, pork sausages, fluffy scramble eggs, friendly service. Their juices seem to be popular, though I find it just ok. Their coffee machine broke down, what timing! Was hoping to enjoy my pork brunch with some serious coffee... was disappointed I couldn't do that combo. However, their beautiful presentation and consistent brunch spread made up for it.

Coffea Coffee Hartamas: Stone's throw from Bread Fruits. Since we missed the coffee kick, we walked over to get some serious coffee. Beautiful ambience and spacious. Love the interiors. Coffee was superb too. Worth the money. Plus they have HSBC discount!

Coffea Coffee Interior

My Latte and Omega Hydrator. Hydrate and Dehydrate ... haha!

Piccolo Latte for hubby. Latte for me.

La Juiceria Hartamas (near MyElephant at Jalan Sri Hartamas 8)

Replenish electrolytes with Love W

Hydrate and superfoods with Omega Hydrator

Serious pork brunch treat at Bread Fruits

Prosciutto Sandwich with Brie Cheese ... really superb!

Hot Chocolate at Bread Fruits -- they had to serve us this since their coffee machine was down. I wasn't too fond of it, perhaps because my mind was programmed to enjoy coffee with my yummy breakfast.

Coffea Coffee Hartamas interiors - lots of wood
Spacious and lots of seats!

Bread Fruits breakfast for 2 pax

Coffea Coffee for 2 pax

Coffea Coffee exterior -- more seats!

La Juiceria Cold-Pressed Detox Bar
22 Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, 50480 KL
03‑6206 1912
Free parking on weekends, ample parking

Bread Fruits
17, Jalan 26/70A Desa Sri Hartamas, KL
In front there is a large parking lot, however parking a bit pricey even on weekends RM5 per entry and then RM2 for every hour after

Coffea Coffee Hartamas
1 Jalan 26/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas
This is facing the main street and also accessible 1-minute walk from Bread Fruits

Saturday, June 20, 2015

La Juiceria at Avenue K: Cold-Pressed Juices for Commuters and Working Professionals

Kuala Lumpur's biggest Cold-Pressed Juice company, La Juiceria, opens its 7th outlet at the heart of KL.

Located at Avenue K, which is interconnected to the famous Suria KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers, is now home to the popular cold-pressed juice company.

Commuters and working professionals can now have access to healthier options while on the go. Even juice cleanses are available for those who want to do 1-day detox -- giving their body a break from all the food. Cleanse benefits include weight loss, clearer skin, reduced inflammation, heart health and better digestion. 

The juices can be your daily supplement --- your dose of vegetables and fruits for the day.

They are famous for their Almond Mylk's which are raw and unpasteurized. Goodness Greens and other green juices which gives you your basketful of raw vegetable quota. Orange Power for kids who want orange juice (plus a healthy benefit hidden inside thanks to the carrots).  Try their cold-pressed juices ... people have felt better and healthier -- hence they keep coming back for more.

Cold-Pressed Juices - a rainbow of nutrients

Avenue K Detox Bar is accessible to all commuters and KLCC workers

Happy staff at La Juiceria ready to explain what juices are best for you

View from the shop

The 7th La Juiceria Cold-Pressed Detox Bar at Avenue K KLCC

Cold-Pressed Juices ready for grab and go

La Juiceria Cold-Pressed  Detox Bars

  1. 22 Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, 50480 KL
  2. LGK-08 Lower Ground Floor Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur 59200 , Malaysia
  3. T-005B Third Floor Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur 59200 , Malaysia
  4. Ground Floor GK-12 Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 KL
  5. P1.02.00 Level 1 Pavilion Mall Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
  6. LG.44 NU Sentral Shopping Centre, 201 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 50470 KL
  7. SAC-C-2, Concourse Floor, Avenue K,156 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
  8. Doppio Cafe, Lot 1.03 Menara TH, Platinum Park, KLCC 50450 KL
Phone Numbers

Hartamas 03‑6206 1912
MidValley LG 03‑2201 3336
MidValley 3rd 03‑2201 3360
BSC 03‑2011 2191
Pavilion 03‑2110 2962
NU Sentral 03‑2276 5728
Avenue K - TBC

Doppio 03-2856 2014

Sushi Hinata and Black Market at St. Mary Place KLCC

It was a Friday evening and we decided to be different. We were already at the heart of KL doing some groundwork so we decided to stick inside the city, brave the traffic and find a decent place which we have not yet tried.

Our google search ended up with this Sushi Place which is at St Mary Residences in KL. I heard good things about it from fellow expat friends so we decided to give it a go.

Upon arrival to St. Mary Place, with parking slots aplenty at their basement parking, we strolled the walkway and realized there are several establishments. Seems like a new, hip place and I am sure the residents are happy to have such convenience around.

We saw there was an Italian restaurant, which was partially full. The San Francisco Coffee was closed already when we got there. And there were tons of Japanese families having beer and some pica pica food at Black Market (inside and outside).

We headed to Sushi Hinata and at their exterior they displayed their prices. They want to be clear with their limited offering and specialty, so I guess it is wise to display it outside for all to see before they make the mistake of entering and expecting the full Japanese fare.

We had 2 orders of the Kiku Menu which comprised of sushi and some accompanying stuff. We stayed inside one of the rooms which had privacy, since their sushi bar seats were all reserved already.

To make the long story short:
  • The place is beautiful, with authentic Japanese feel, food and fare. Plus Japanese customers. Good sign.
  • The price is expensive for a normal day meal
  • The portion was small -- for RM154 per person, I think we could get quality Japanese food elsewhere
  • Perhaps we are not sushi lovers enough to say it was worth it.
  • I do love sushi -- however maybe this is not the kind of place for expats like me who yearn for sushi and some hot food together... and someone who wants to have choices
  • After paying the bill, we walked to the next door neighbor restaurant called Black Market to have a bit more food because hubby was not full. It felt a bit depressing as this was the first time we ever had to go to another restaurant to get "full". Mind you, we don't eat a lot, but the portion was just really small. Or perhaps we should have ordered the even more expensive menu.
  • Good staff and good service. 

Walkway at St Mary Residence

Black Market exterior seats before getting to Sushi Hinata

Sushi Hinata exterior

Sushi Hinata Menu

Lunch Menu Sushi Hinata

Dinner Menu

Green Tea and Appetizer
Superb Chawan Mushi -- this was the highlight of the meal
Sushi Hinata

Sushi Hinata

Bill for 2 pax in Sushi Hinata 

Bill for ham and 1 liter San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

Green Tea Ice Cream Sushi Hinata

Chawan Mushi and Green Tea

Iberico Ham with Melon at Black Market

Sushi Hinata
  1. Address: Bukit Bintang A-0-1, St Mary Residences, Jalan Tengah, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Black Market 
  1. Address: St. Mary Place, No. 1 Jalan Tengah,, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Open today · 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Doppio Cafe and La Juiceria Cold-Pressed Juices

Doppio Cafe - my kind of place that serves up good coffee and real cold-pressed juices!
Want to meet your friend to sit and chat ... however you don't really want to have coffee anymore?
Or, you want coffee but the people you are with do not indulge in caffeine?
Or, you have kids with you and you want to balance out the cafe visit -- a dose of coffee along with healthy juices?

The newest coffee concept in Kuala Lumpur is now open!

Doppio Cafe partnered with La Juiceria Cold-Pressed Juices to bring the coffee and juice lovers together. The best of both worlds all under one roof. You can even pick up a one-day juice cleanse at the cafe.

There are exciting things lined up for them -- perhaps almond milk lattes? A first in KL! Meanwhile, drop by to check out the new place at Platinum Park at the heart of Kuala Lumpur.  Nice venue for birthday parties or small events. Or coffee and juice mornings!

green tea latte, latte and cold-pressed juices at Doppio Kuala Lumpur

Coffee and Green Juice

Doppio and La Juiceria -  a new cafe concept that serves cold-pressed juices at the heart of KL

Best of Both Worlds - coffee, green tea lattes, and cold-pressed juices

Doppio Cafe, Lot 1.03 Menara TH, Platinum Park, KLCC 50450 KL
Monday to Sunday 8am - 7pm
Ramadhan Hours: 10am - 10pm 

Huckleberry Food & Fare at Damansara Heights

I have always asked why, oh why does Kuala Lumpur not have enough breakfast places. I was happy to hear that this new place called Huckleberry Food and Fare opened nearby my place.

Located at the shop lots at Damansara Heights, it stands out beautifully with their white exterior and flowers beside the al fresco seating. 

The interiors are beautifully designed, you can feel the rustic & artsy elements surrounded by friendly waiters. I loved the long wood table inside the cafe, which is perfect for families or big groups. 

I also met the managers and people running the place -- you can see they are working hard to make sure everything is going well.

Highlights for us were the cinammon roll and Kouign Amann (the most luscious, buttery bread you will ever eat in your life). I remember gushing over the Kiougn Amann of The Bread Shop (which is also located in the Damansara Heights area).

They had hot breakfast dishes, lunch menu and more. Only had the stomach to try to some of it. Will surely be back to try the others. For us, the pastries were the must-have's.

Beverage Menu
Food Menu
Pastries Galore.... breakfast for 3 adults 1 child RM87
Interior of Huckleberry
Huckleberry Granola

Huckleberry Granola and Coffee

French Toast

Shashuka - Tunisian style baked free-range eggs braised in slow roasted pepper stew

Breakfast Bill 4 pax
Hucklberry Food and Fare
2G & 4G Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, KL
Tel: 03-2098-7933
730am - 6pm

Revisited on June 27 Saturday Morning

Gave Huckleberry another visit and it was packed!

This time we dedicated our breakfast to just pastries and coffee.

Was disappointed with the cinnamon roll this round, because it was hard. As if it was overcooked or stayed outside for hours. I informed the waited and asked if this was normal, because last week it was oh-so-soft and yummy. One of the ladies came out to apologize and quickly replaced it. That was very sweet of them. This is all part of new opening jitters -- not everything goes 100% especially when so many people are coming at the same time... so we fully understood that some things could not be consistent. It was nice of them to offer replacement (and they did ask if I would like to just cancel).

Would still recommend their pastries -- and this round we tried the Almond Croissant. Not bad. It is hard to find decent Almond Croissant in KL. Even in France, not all places serve superb Croissant Aux Amandes.

Coffee is decent and will surely satisfy coffee lovers.

Al fresco seats. Helpful staff and owners.

Melvita and La Juiceria: Recycling Together

For the month of June 2015, La Juiceria teamed up with Melvita Skin Care to work together in recycling old La Juiceria bottles. It's as simple as bringing old La Juiceria bottles to any of Melvita stores in the Klang Valley -- and get free Melvita Skin Care samples! It's inside a cute little box with 3 samples inside.

Beauty Inside Out ... Recycle and Get Free Skin Care Samples
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