Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Around The World Dinner Buffet @ Garden Cafe, Golden Sands Penang

Henry Tan | 10:49 PM | | Be the first to comment!
It's school holiday! Bring your kids to Garden Cafe at Golden Sands Resort Penang to eat for free on Thursday for their Around The World dinner buffet. It was the first time for baby and I to dine there as we don't usually go all the way to Batu Ferringhi. So if you have kids, then that would probably be the best excuse for you to enjoy good food! 

Penang Buffet Dinner Kids Eat FREE!

Every Thursday - 6pm to 10pm 
RM98 nett per adult
***One child below 12 years old eats FREE with one paying adult ***

After the entrance of Garden Cafe, we were attracted by the Kids Corner where it is beautifully decorated with cartoon sea creatures. As usual, those cute little dining utensils are available for kids. Their food are much more simple such as sausages, Chicken fingers, spaghetti, fries, jelly pudding, mini cupcakes, ice cream and assorted snacks that kids would love! One thing that I love about Kids Corner at Garden Cafe is the chocolate milk drink. Who doesn't like it right? 😋  

After the Kids Corner, there's Salad Section where we can create our own salad. Different type of greens are available to mix and match, such as the bell peppers, cucumbers, capers, olive, pickled cucumber, strawberries and many more. You can also add cheese, crouton, and many different type of dressing. If you are too lazy to do one like me, there are at least 10 different ready-made salads. Some of those noteworthy ones are Lebanese Tabbouleh (sounds like Tak Boleh), Greek Fattouch and Fresh Sliced Cucumber Raita.

As usual, coffee machines and breads are available. But unlike any other hotels, Garden Cafe seems to provide many coffee machines, maybe they understand how important coffee is towards Penangites! 

For the Seafood on Ice Section, Garden Cafe offers Prawns, Mussel and Smoked Salmon. The options are quite limited but since the theme is "Around The World", this is just a small part of it. Nevertheless, we had quite a number of prawns, especially for baby, since she doesn't need to get her hand dirty as I did all the peeling. (*cough* good husband material here!)

Then starting with the Hot Pot section which consists of Minestrone Genovese and Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup. After the Seafood on Ice, the next thing you should have of course is a bowl of hot soup, personally, I prefer Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup as it kick starts your appetite! If you prefer something else, Garden Cafe also offers Roti Canai with Fish Curry, Malaysian Chicken Murtabak with Dhal Vegetable Curry or even Malaysian Chinese Char Koay Teow.

Next up, there's a long row of main courses at Garden Cafe with wide selection which include Chicken Cordon Bleu with Remoulade Sauce, Beef Satay, Lamb Chop with Thyme Reduction, Lasagna at Forno, Deep Fried Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce, Stir Fried Mixed Vegetable with Oyster Sauce, Baked Cauliflower Polonaise & Broccoli Florette, Chinese Squid with Ginger & Onion and Herbal Prawns.

After all the main courses, we had Penang Curry Mee at the Noodle & Pasta Action Station. Some extra ingredients can be added such as bean curd, cooked prawn, fish balls, squid, crab stick and so on. Not the best in Penang, but Garden Cafe certainly make it good enough to fix your craving for Curry Mee. 

Next, Garden Cafe also offers 3 varieties of Pizza at the Pizza Station. We didn't want to fill our stomach with pizza so baby and I just shared a piece of it. At the Today Carvery Section, we had Roasted Chicken with Home-grown Garden Rosemary on Bruised Cherry Tomato and also Roasted Beef with Dried Spiced Rubbed on Grilled Pepper and Onion. Both are accompanied with 2 different choices of sauce, namely Black Pepper Reduction and Brown Mushroom Sauce.

Since it is Around The World dinner buffet, Garden Cafe provide Shawarma as well as the Vertical Grilled Section. It is the Egyptian Chicken Shawarma with condiments and Arabian Breads. For most of the Malaysian, we always called it Kebab as it is available in most of the night market. But Chef told us that the actual name is Shawarma in Arab while Kebab is only meant for those skewers with pieces of meat. 

For Dessert Section, Garden Cafe presents a wide range as well starting from Banana Bread & Butter Pudding, Cinnamon Apple Strudel, Assorted French Mini Pastries, Freshly Cut Tropical Fruits, Caramelized Orange, Profiteroles with Chocolate, Mango Pudding, Raspberry Pie, Cream Caramel, Chocolate Mousse, Tiramisu and Charlotte Royale. 

Even though we are no longer kids with school holiday anymore, but overall, we had a great time there not just dining with the food but also get to catch up with fellow friends. So, be sure to put this family-friendly restaurant, Garden Cafe, in your next dinner buffet list! 

Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Tanjung Huma, 
11100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Call for reservation : +60 4-886 1911

Happy food hunting! ;)

You Have Been Misinformed About Germs in Airplanes

Henry Tan | 7:21 AM | Be the first to comment!
If you are a frequent flier, you probably have fears about the germs on airplanes. They seem like such infested places. There is a lot of evidence for the existence of many breeds of germs in planes. Diseases, especially the contagious kind, can be easily borne through the confined space of a cabin. However, clean-smarter.net says you may just be worried about the wrong germs. Here are some common myths about airplanes and the germs in them you shouldn’t be worried about.

Myth 1 – The Cabin Air is Dangerous
Airplane cabin air is filtered through the most stringent of standards. There are laws and regulations that need to be upheld. Specialized HEPA filters are present in all airplanes to filter out parasites and germs in the air. The real problem is the upholstery on the seats and tables in the cabins. These include handles, armrests, and more. If airplanes are properly cleaned, these won’t be an issue. However, these surfaces can be a breeding ground for e. Coli and other dangerous bacteria.
The biggest myth is that the cabin air itself is scary. This is an outright lie. The air in your airplane cabin is probably the cleanest you have ever breathed. If you do want to watch out for surfaces, take caution with armrests and tray tables. When you’re using the toilet, try to avoid direct contact with the handle when flushing.

Myth 2 – It’s Fine to Use the Provided Pillows
Most airlines today offer free pillows and blankets before the flight. These are usually offered by cabin crew and can be requested at any time. While many people use them without problems, they can be very unsafe indeed. This is especially true for the pillow. Pillows are typically thrown into luggage compartments after use by the cabin crew. They are rarely washed, and the cases aren’t changed that often. This can lead to a massive buildup of germs on the pillow. Bring your own neck pillow or don’t use one at all.

Myth 3 – Each Aircraft is Cleaned Between Flights
This is an outright lie, and whoever told you this is sadly misinformed. Aircraft are de-trashed between each flight, but a real cleaning is very rare. Aircraft cleaning procedures aren’t regulated, and the cleanliness of a plane is rarely inspected. This means that the airline is free to decide when to clean the craft. Most of them are cleaned once a month. That means all your surfaces have been used at least ten times before you did, without being cleaned before the flight.

Myth 4 – Airline Staff Prevent Diseases from Being Spread
There isn’t a lot of staff can do to stop the spread of diseases. Regardless of measures taken to filter the air, fluid-borne diseases can spread anyway. Thinking about flirting with the good-looking passenger next to you? Reconsider before you make any physical contact. They could be harboring all manner of viruses. Take the right precautions on your aircraft and learn the real horrors before flying if you want to stay safe.

Happy flying! ;)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sunday Mania Buffet Lunch @ Flamingo Hotel, Penang

Henry Tan | 3:10 PM | 1 Comment so far
Looking for a buffet lunch on Sunday in Penang for family day? Sunday Mania Buffet Lunch at Flamingo Hotel Penang maybe your best option! Flamingo Cafe, the 4-Stars beach hotel in-house restaurant is offering eat-all-you-can buffet lunch at a very affordable price of RM39.90 nett per adult. Best of all, children aged from 4 to 11 and senior citizen aged 60 and above can enjoy the buffet lunch at RM29.90 nett only!

Sunday Buffet Lunch for Only RM39.90 nett!

Since last year October, Flamingo Hotel has made the price of adult of their Sunday Buffet much more affordable than ever. Given the weakening of Malaysian Ringgit and the ever-rising cost of living, cost-conscious and frugal Penangites like me will look to get best value for money. That explains for the big crowds that we met during our visit. 

Sunday Mania Buffet Lunch caters to all walks of life, kid's corner with special kids utensils, vegetarian items, main courses and even outdoor live action stations featuring all the local delights. Spacious indoor sitting with air-cond or outdoor poolside sitting are available too. During our visit to Flamingo Hotel Penang, we saw many family and friends were there for their Sunday gathering

For starters, fresh fruits, cold cuts, salads and appetizers were available. For us, the food at kid's corner is pretty much like brunch as it features fries, nuggets, sausages, spring rolls, waffles, mini burgers and even muffins. 4 different types of porridge are available too, namely Broccoli & Cauliflower Porridge, Salted Egg Porridge, Anchovies Porridge and Chicken Porridge, certainly suitable for kids and elders. 

For the main courses, Sunday Mania Buffet Lunch offers Fragrant Tomatoes Rice (reminds me of my childhood), Steamed Layered Tofu, Stir Fried Crispy Fish Fillet, Curry Chicken, Beef Rendang, Vegetarian Curry Lamb and many more! Outside of the Flamingo Cafe, there are plenty more dishes and even desserts too. 

If you think that's all then you are missing out the highlight, there are plenty more outdoorFlamingo Hotel Penang probably offers the most live action stations among all the lunch buffet in Penang, such as Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish), Char Koay Teow, Mee Goreng, Chicken & Clam Mongolian, Roti Canai, Sandwiches, Penang Asam Laksa and even Cendol! 

Personally, I think those action stations at Flamingo Hotel Penang are livelier as everyone can witness how the chefs cook the food and that's very hype-building. This is especially true for those foreign tourists as they were amazed by all the different local delights and how those food are being prepared.The aroma of Ikan Bakar or Char Koay Teow can definitely make you hungry for more!

Overall, we enjoyed our Sunday Buffet Lunch at Flamingo Hotel Penang. With the price paid, I think it is really value for money given the wide variety of food, while does not hurt your pocket, especially if you are bringing the whole family. So wait no more, made your reservation for this Sunday! 

Sunday Mania Buffet Lunch
Time: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Flamingo Cafe

Adult - RM39.90 nett
Kids (4 - 11) - RM29.90 nett
Elders (60 & above) - RM29.90 nett

For inquiries or reservations, 
call 04-8927111 or email to fbm@flamingo.com.my.

Enjoy food hunting! ;)
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