Sunday, October 19, 2008

My 22nd Birthday Celebration @ Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in The Curve, Mutiara Damansara

Entry: 102
20th October 2008

Dear Diary,

22 years and 20 days old. Damn I'm old.... Luckily I have someone older.... My darling!! Muahaha... To pamper and spoil me and sometimes annoy and irritate me :p Erm, also to love me perhaps? Haha... He took me for a movie on my birthday and gave me the privilege of choosing the show at GSC 1 Utama. Sigh, I chose a show which almost ruined my entire day, Black Water. Why oh why did the show have to be so brutally gory? It sent shivers down my spine the whole day just thinking of the big bad croc that chomped everyone!! Nasty show... Should never watch something like this on my birthday ever again. Next time, only chic flicks allowed on my birthday.

After the movie, darling took me to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in The Curve for my birthday dinner. Really brightened up my day a whole lot. Well, how can it not with such good food?

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market is a chain of seafood restaurants inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Their menu consists mostly of shrimp dishes, but also other seafood, as well as Southern and Cajun cuisine, due to the main character Forrest coming from Alabama.

The restaurant has also gained fame for its unique paging system consisting of two license plates on the tables marked "Run Forrest Run" from Jenny's famous quote and "Stop Forrest Stop" based on the signs used to help Forrest when he played football at the University of Alabama. The red "Stop Forrest Stop" sign is used to signal that a table needs service and the blue "Run Forrest Run" means that all is well.

"Run Forrest Run" when you do not want to be disturbed :)

What's prince charming looking at?

Why it's their dessert and cocktail menu served on a ping-pong bat :p Creative!!

We ordered only one drink, their Mango Sparkler which is a unique mixture of mango, lemonade, orange juice and lemon-lime. Priced at RM9.90, this drink was huge and just the right thing to have with a platter of greasy food such as fried shrimps etc. Loved it!!

For our appetizer, darling ordered us Calamari Rings. It looked very appetizing when it came. Served along with the deep fried calamari were red bell peppers and pepperoncinis as well as their dippin' sauces. Yums... Crunchy and nice, however at the price of RM17.90, you get more salad underneath the calamari than the calamari rings itself. Me no likey :( But on the bright side, they served only calamari rings with no creepy crawlers whatsoever. Haha.. Just hate creepy crawlers. On the plus side, the food came amazingly fast!! Wonderful!!

We had two main entrees. The first being their famous Shrimper's Heaven (RM44.90) which came with 4 assortments of shrimps. They consisted of Coconut Shrimp, Chilly Shrimp, Fried Shrimp and Tempura Shrimp. Oh, not to forget fries and their dippin' sauces of course. We both loved the fried shrimp the most. The coconut shrimp was too sweet for our liking. Overall, it was a generous serving of shrimps with more salad beneath!! Hmm... I feel like a goat munching all those greens.

Our second main course was this lovely Bourbon Street Baramundi which is priced at RM29.90. This entree consisted of charbroiled cajun spiced baramundi with bourbon street sauce and shrimps, served over mashed potatoes. The sauce had a creamy buttery texture while the shrimps and mashed potatoes were just heavenly. Too bad the fish was a little on the dry side otherwise it would have been perfecto. The serving was just huge. Even darling with the no-wasting-food-policy couldn't finish the mashed potatoes. It would be advisable to share this among 2 people while dining as attempting to finish it yourself will be an utterly cloying attempt.

Finally we're moving on to dessert. My most favourite part of a meal. We decided to try their "That Chocolate Thing" which was highly recommendable on their menu. That Chocolate Thing which is priced at RM16.90 is actually a special jar of warm flourless Chocolate Cake, topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Whipped Cream, and drizzled with a Raspberry Sauce. Sounds totally devilishious huh? Well it was at first, till we made our way almost to the bottom. The thing is, darling and I both just adore Brownies and Ice-Cream a lot and we're very used to the texture of those served in Secret Recipe and Delicious. When you eat this, its like eating warm gooey mashed up chocolate cake soaked with melted ice-cream, whipped cream and raspberry sauce. It kind of was overwhelming for our tastebuds to handle. More like eating baby food or something. Enough said. Next time I'm trying their Bread Pudding thingy. The next table ordered it. Looked good! Overall, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. provides good food and excellent service. Their staff were friendly and helpful. Humorous as well! Would love to go back and try their cocktails and desserts. By the way, while walking in Sunway Pyramid the other day, we noticed that Bubba Gump will be opening a new branch there, next to Coffee Bean at the main entrance. Joys!!

Our couple picture taken by one of their nice staff. Look at me. I'm a Red!! Haha... This was darling's birthday gift to me this year. My very own authentic, 100% original Adidas Liverpool's women jersey with a mini little Carlsberg in the middle. Oh-so-cute-u-just-wanna-die!! I've always wanted one and now I have one, delivered all the way from the UK specially just for me at my size and it fits me so perfectly! I love it, I love it, I love it!! Hugs and kisses to Mr. Gong, the Red AIG Devil. You'll never walk alone. Now I want my own baby prints of Gerrard's name. *Hint to gong* We even got a few comments from the staff at Bubba Gump saying "Oh, Manchester and Liverpool huh..." Haha, nice :p

Another surprise from darling awaits me in his car after our meal :) What's in the box?

Fatal Attraction + Cookies 'n Cream Cupcakes from CupCakeChic, my favorite cupcake bakery in town. Fatal attraction is the one with chocolate frosting and cookies 'n cream is the one with the oreo cookie on top. A box of 6 cup cakes costs you RM25.00. When bought individually, a cup cake costs RM4.90. Expensive as they may be, these cupcakes are made with the best quality ingredients and best of all, they do not compromise size for quality. These cupcakes are definitely larger than your typical cupcakes around. I heart them. They sit next to J.Co donuts on my comfort food ladder.

Since it was still early, darling suggested that we go for a drink in Starbucks just to pass time. Stuffed from dinner, we shared this Mango Tea Frappuccino. Priced at RM14.90, this beverage is a refreshing combination of fruit juice and Tazo tea blended with ice. Quite nice as it wasn't too sweet for my liking. Also available in raspberry flavour.

All in all, I had a wonderful birthday this year celebrating it with darling. I appreciate everything and all the efforts and loving gestures he has made and not to mention all the trouble he went through to make that evening such a special and memorable one. It has definitely put a smile to my face and a cherished memory sealed in my heart forever. Thank you and I love you heaps gong... XoXo.... :)

Would also like to express my thanx to my family and friends who had remembered my birthday. Thank you for all your unforgettable wishes.

~* joychariz *~

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Pre-Birthday Celebration @ TGIF, The Curve

Entry: 101
19th October 2008

Dear Diary,

I know I'm like 19 days late since my birthday which was on Oct 1. Been really preoccupied with college, mood swings, procrastination etc. Nevertheless, better late than never right? Anyway, darling took me for cocktails the night before my birthday at TGIF in The Curve. Its kinda like a countdown to midnight to kickstart my 22nd birthday celebration. Old ady hor.... :p

I had the Ultimate Hawaiian Volcano (the cocktail on your left with the cherry) which is priced at RM25.90, while darling had the Top Shelf Ice Tea priced at RM24.90. Darling's drink tasted like their Long Island Tea, only stronger with much more vodka perhaps?

Since we already had dinner, Darling asked if I wanted dessert. Gosh, can I ever say NO to dessert??? We noticed that TGIF has changed their menu, adding more varieties and goodies along the way. Among the food there that caught my eyes on the menu was their new appetizer which was Fried Mac & Cheese. The description to it sounded perfectly yummy. Will wanna try that out the next time I dine there. I opt for their new range of mini desserts. There were about 4 or 5 kinds to choose from. We chose their Snickers and Strawberry Custard Mini Dessert which was priced at RM7.80 for 2. They charge you RM9.00 if you choose 3. Was not a very good choice though as it was really mini and too watery to be custard or even pudding! Darn, should have gone with our regular Mocha Mud Pie. Sigh.... I miss their Ultimate Mudslide cocktail....

So yeah, that was kind of it for the evening before we called it a night. Stay tune for my birthday post!!

~* joychariz *~

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Face to Face Noodle @ SS15 Subang Jaya

Entry: 100
4th October 2008

Dear Diary,

It's finally my 100th post. Yay!! I've awaited this day like forever :p So forever is finally here :) Last Monday, darling and I decided to have lunch at Face to Face Noodle shop located in SS15 Subang Jaya. We've just discovered that they have another branch tucked away opposite Sunway Pyramid. This is our 3rd time eating here. I find their pan mee just as nice, in fact probably better than those sold at the hawker stalls not to mention the nice comfy interior design of the shop which totally attracts customers, in this area, it attracts mainly students. The shop is mostly pack during lunch hours.

This is what I had, their Special Soup Pan Mee (RM4.80). I ordered a small size. You can have a large bowl with the addition of RM1 only. The soup was fantastic :) Tasted even better when I ate it with my favourite cili padi. Yes, I am a cili padi freak :p Darling can most certainly testify to that. Hehe...

This is what darling had, their Minced Pork Pan Mee. Priced at RM5.80 for a large and RM4.80 for a small bowl, this noodles came with minced pork, fishballs, and fried fish cakes. Darling said it tasted pretty good.

These are the nice lil condiments to add a kick to ur appetite :)

As darling was coughing and recovering from his flu, he decided to order a hot bowl of Lok Mei which costs RM2.00 per bowl. I can't really tell what was in it. Probably longans, cincau and jelly... Not sure what else. Darling said they gave a very generous amount of longans. Anyway, service was good and very prompt. Thumbs up to Face to Face Noodle shop.

~* joychariz *~

Monday, September 29, 2008

J. Co Donuts & Coffee @ Sunway Pyramid

Entry: 99
29th September 2008

Dear Diary,

I bet everyone has already heard about J.Co's famous donuts. Hence, no further introduction needed for this amazing donut except that I feel it's way better and nicer than Dunkin' Donuts or Big Apple's Donuts. I'm particularly madly in love with J.Co's Berry Heaven donut! One bite of it can really turn a bad day into a good one and my gloomy mood into a cheery one :) That's how effective this heavenly flavor is. It even relieves all PMS syndromes and 100% effective in stopping bitchiness, grouchiness and moodiness (Results may vary within individuals). One big side effect though, beware of putting on side bulges. These donuts are fried so its also 100% fattening!!! Sigh........ Damn, I think there is another side effect. Having one leaves you continuously craving for more!! This results in you buying more every time you visit Sunway Pyramid which on a long-term time frame, causes you to be $$-less. Sigh...........

I only eat J.Co's donuts :) 100% loyal!! They should give me a franchise... *grin*

And here is my orgasmic Berry Heaven. How I wish I can just indulge in a whole half-dozen-box without feeling the slightest pinch of guilt nor think of the calories going to my hips and thighs!! Come to think of it, this donut works better in satisfying me than chocalates! But I'll probably need both of these comfort foods when I really really have a bad day :p Not to forget a loving bf who delivers it right to ur bedroom doorstep and puts one into ur pouty sulky mouth. Haha... Thank you darling for the endless supplies of J.Co be it one, two, half-dozen, one dozen or even two dozens. You have truly been sweet thru all my cravings. Muax...


~* joychariz *~

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lou Gong's 25th Birthday Celebration in Tony Roma's @ The Curve

Entry: 98
24th September 2008

Dear Diary,

This overdue post is specially dedicated to a very very special person in my life.............

A Birthday wish for my special love,
Message sent by the purest dove.

Wishing you happiness and success,

With eternal love, I must profess.

I celebrate your birth today,

A dashing prince you always portray.

Best friends and lovers all in one,

We always have the greatest fun.

I only wish the best for you,

New experiences we will always pursue.

On this special birthday, I’ll hold you tight,

As our flames of love, begin to ignite.

The love of my life turns 25 on July 2nd this year :)

We celebrated by having dinner in Tony Roma's at The Curve. This is what my darling had. I've forgotten the name of this combo. But I think it's New York strip with ribs?? Or something like that. Haha... Sorry, was still in my MIA period so I can't really recall the names :p

This is what I had. Something similar to darling's entree but instead of ribs, I had shrimps and replaced my fries for rice. The shrimps were really really good!!! Grilled to perfection. Simply lip-smackingly good! Darling's one was nice too. Tony Roma's ribs are the best you can get in town :)

You and I together forever,
Nothing can stand in the way,
My love for you grows stronger each new day,
I've fallen deeply in love with you...

~* joychariz *~

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I'm Back!!!

Entry: 97
23rd September 2008

Dear Diary,

After being MIA (Missing-in-action) for over a year, sweetdiary is now back with even more exciting yummilicious foods that will make your cravings go "ga-ga" and wilder than ever!!
I most humbly apologize to my ever-so-loyal readers who have constantly been checking my blog for yummy updates. The foodie world never sleeps. As long as man shall breathe, wonderful food creations shall live.

Here's a sneak preview of the devilish secrets I've been keeping from the world during my MIA period. No, I haven't been starving, but indulging... Enjoy!!

Cocktails in TGIF@ The Curve

Pizza in Marco's Pizza @ Kelana Jaya

Cheese Burger in Wendy's @ Sunway Pyramid

Soft Shell Crab Maki in Sushi Zanmai @ Sunway Pyramid

Sushi King@ Sunway Pyramid

Lemon Meringue Pie in ZEN @ Midvalley Megamall

Fried Button Mushrooms in TGIF @ The Curve

Cheese cupcakes in The Loaf @ Pavillion

Sushi King @ Sunway Pyramid

Hairy Crab in Rakuzen @ Subang Jaya SS15

Chocolate Malt Cake in Marco's Pizza @ Kelana Jaya

Xiu Long Bao in Dragon-i @ Sunway Pyramid

Big Apple Donuts @ The Curve

Nasi Goreng USA @ Sri Petaling

Paddington's House of Pancakes @ 1Utama

Cocktails in TGIF @ The Curve

Cupcakes in Cupcake Chic @ The Curve

Spicy Salmon Temaki in Sushi Zen @ The Gardens

Noodle Station @ Subang Jaya SS15

Roti Planta in Steven's Corner @ OUG

Egg Tarts from Tong Kee @ Sri Petaling

Garlic Bread in Marco's Pizza @ Kelana Jaya

Rakuzen @ Subang Jaya SS15

Fried Durian Pancakes in Dragon-i @ Sunway Pyramid

Sandwich in Kim Gary @ Sunway Pyramid

Korean BBQ in Che Go @ Sunway Pyramid

BBQ Pork in Che Go @ Sunway Pyramid

Durian Pancakes @ The Gardens

Yakiniku Don in Sushi Zanmai @ Sunway Pyramid

Marco's Pizza @ Kelana Jaya

Noodle Station @ Subang Jaya SS15

Sushi King @ Sunway Pyramid

Treasure Box in Paddington's House of Pancakes @ The Curve

Brownies & Ice-cream in Delicious @ 1 Utama

Char Kuey Teow @ Subang Jaya SS15

Cheesey Wedges in KFC @ Subang Jaya SS15

Spicy Korean Ramen in Kim Gary @ Sunway Pyramid

Spaghetti Carbonara in Marco's Pizza @ Kelana Jaya

Cocktails in Laundry @ The Curve

J.CO Donuts @ Sunway Pyramid

Mr. Teppanyaki @ Sg. Wang Plaza

Cheesey Oysters in Shogun @ Sunway Pyramid

Spicy Beef Fried Rice in Gold Chili @ Subang Jaya SS15

~* joychariz *~