13 Mei 2013

PINK SERIES from Calais to Celebrate International Mothers Day

Last Saturday, May 11th 2013, I was invited to Calais - Artisan Bubble Tea & Coffee. At 1st I'm a bit doubt to attend this gathering. Since the place is sooo faarr away from my crib. The gathering placed in new Calais outlet in Mall at Alam Sutera. But my curiosity beat the long distance, and also because my hubby willing to drive me there hehehe...

The place is not too big. But it's so convy to sit. with a row of chairs and tables in-front of the open bar and also several bar chairs. I like the furniture. It's so unique. With a barrels hanging

Calais at Mall Alam Sutra

In celebrating International Mothers Day, Calais present the PINK SERIES. It's a 4 new kind of variant that inspire by a woman. Calais use watermelon and strawberry as a basic for this Pink Series. Why? Because according to research watermelon and strawberry contain vitamin A that good for skin beauty. Well... woman also needs beauty care from inside aight? And if you curious about this PINK SERIES, you'd better hurry. Because it only served from 8 May - 31 July 2013.


And here are the Fantastic four for PINK SERIES...

PINK SERIES from Calais
Strawberry Milk Tea
Regular   IDR 22.000       Large      IDR 25.000
Consist of milk, strawberry and tea. Shake it all, and we'll get the tasty strawberry milk tea.

Sourberry Smoothies
Regular   IDR 22.000       Large      IDR 25.000
I really loovveee this Sourberry so bad. Consist of sourplum, strawberry and milk. I like the acidity of sourplum and strawberry. Add it with popping pearls. It so freshening.

Watermelon Milk Tea
Regular   IDR 22.000       Large      IDR 25.000
I never thought that watermelon can be this great mix with milk and tea. It so tasty

Strawberry Blush Smoothies
Regular   IDR 22.000       Large      IDR 25.000
Blend strawberry with milk to get this yummy smoothies.

After tasting this PINK SERIES, I get confused which all great. Because all taste great. No Lie. But my favorite is Sourberry Smoothies. Uumm... Calais... Can I have 1 gallon of it? *run hehehe...

PINK SERIES
Beside tea, Calais also serve coffee and chocolate. Like the one that my hubby ordered. The real chocolate so tasty.

Signature Chocolate - IDR 25.000 (Hot/Cold)
Choose your favorite toppings, 'cause Calais have so many variants that you can choose. Try to mix and match between your drink and your topping. But whatever topping you choose, it's gonna be great.


Calais Toppings
*Picture Courtesy Of Calais

Calais also served a lite bite to accompany you drink your Calais. Here are some of them...

Lite Bite at Calais
French Fries IDR 16.500
Fresh string potatoes  deep fried in vegetables oil, then tossed with garlic and parsley seasoning. I think this french fries is so-so. Means nothing to special about this.

Calais Popcorn Chicken IDR 21.000
Hand-breaded crisp fried chicken generously sliced and topped with crushed basil leaves. Actually this popcorn similar like I used to buy in supermarket. But still, I like it hehehe...

Crispy Calamari Rings IDR 25.000
Calamari deep fried in a homemade batter recipe, served with squeezed of lemon. The batter really crunchy. The calamari also tender and not smell fishy. I like it.

All those lite bite came with peanut chilli and spicy mayo. Of course you don't get like the picture above. That just served for sample hehehe...

Overall, long distance worth so much with the freshness from Calais. Thanks Sara and Calais for having us and we still got goodie bags after it yeeaaii...

We are the Pink Team
Thanks for the goodie bag Calais
Calais Tea
Mal @ Alam Sutera #SF -11 Alam
Jl. Jalur Sutera 30D/18 (Alam Sutera)
Tangerang
P. +62 21 9917 0242
E. info@calaistea.com
FB Fan Page: Calais Tea
twitter: @CalaisTea


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06 Mei 2013

Taco Local

To be honest, I went to this place also based on my friend recommend. Since the place is next to Mangia, so after dinner in Mangia, me and hubby stepping in to TacoLocal.

Tacolocal only have several chairs with tables and also bar chairs. We also can see bicycle collection for those who have hobby with bike. The store is connected to Tacolocal area. If you want to smoke, choose the outdoor area.

Taco Local from outside
Taco Local indoor
Luckily, the waiter very patient explain all the menus to us. Well, since I'm still a bit full after dinner next door, I want to choose menu that not too full dish. And here what we ordered...


Taco Al Pastor
Single IDR 32.000
Double IDR 58.000
Grilled shoulder, pickled cabbage, salsa fresca, salsa verde and grilled pineapple. The chicken is so tender. A very well mixing between the sauce and the chicken. Pineapple make more fresh. But, what I don't like it left too sweet taste after it.

Carne Tortas - IDR 48.000
Yeeaahh... I know I said I already a bit full from earlier dinner. But I'm not eating it alone aight. There's my hubby who will finished it all Hehehe... Carne Tortas is a pulled beef, fried egg (I'm not using it), trijoles, cheese, salsa fresca, and mayonesa. I like this Tortas more than the Tacos. The seasoning more tasty.

Sauce Jalapeno and Chilli - Add it if you think it not spicy enough
Overall, this place is good just for hangout. Not so heavy meal with a relaxing place. Price a bit pricey. But, I still want to come back here someday. To diggin some burritos or quesadillas.

Taco Local
Jl. Panglima Polim 5, No.38
(021) 9494 9538
@tacolocal
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Mangia

I know Mangia when suddenly my eyes drooling saw AnakJajan twitpic. And plus I heard about this place from friend who took Zumba Class next to Mangia Resto.

Mangia took place in Panglima Polim street. Many restaurant and cafe around. Eventhough Mangia have petite restaurant, but it's pretty eye-catching. With 70's look decor and white theme for the restaurant, it seems cozy, like visiting Grandma house.

Mangia Venue
Luckily, I got a place in 2nd Floor. Because it's a;ready full and crowded in 1st Floor. It makes me stay in the line 1st at the beginning while the waitress find us a chair. With rustic and vintage interior, including with the menu list that they put upon wooden chopping board.

At 1st, I'd like to order Swedish Meatballs, but then they run out for the mashed potato. Even when the dinner time is about to begin. Finally... me and hubby ordered this one...

Penne Carbonara Spinach and Mushroom - IDR 47.000
Penne cooked al dente. Paired with a savory carbonara sauce. It so good. Not too creamy sloppy also. It all mixed with fresh spinach and mushroom. Me like it.
 
Nasi Jeruk Sambal Dory - IDR 39.000
A bit spicy rice with lime leaves taste. Even though the leaves taste overpowering, hubby still enjoyed it. But, dory cooked to dry. If Mangia cook it not too long, it would be a perfect dory.

Lychee Tea & Strawberry Tea - IDR 19.000
Strawberry Tea more freshening than the Lychee one. Lychee taste like too much water and ice than the lychee flavor it selves.

Overall, Mangia is so much worth to visit. Homey place, comforting food with reasonable price.

Mangia
Jl Panglima Polim V No.38
Jakarta Selatan
+62-21 72799674
@mangia_jakarta
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Cooking Class with TenTen Tempura House & Indonesia Food Blogger

Recently, I've got an invitation from TenTen Tempura House and Indonesian Food Blogger to attend TenTen new menus spread and for Cooking Class. I'm so excited for this event. Well, all this time, I'm so damn curious with TenTen tempura.  How they can make that tempura crispy outside but still tender inside. So here I am with several blogger mates early in the morning at 9am, even when Plaza Indonesia still not open their mall yet hohoho...


We are separated in 5 groups. With 1 group filled in with 5 peoples. The place became a bit crowded, since there are only 5 stoves to cook the rice and 2 deep frying pan that we can use together. But heeyy... the more peoples the more merrier aight?? hehehe... My fab team are Aline Foolosophy, Mullie MyFunFoodiary, Tikka The GourmetChic and Novi FoodieFoodgasme.

After a lil speech from TenTen, then Chef Dian from TenTen start presenting how to make tempura and omurice. It already succeed making me drooling.

Chef Dian presenting Tempura Omurice
and this is Tempura Omurice receipe...
Ingredients
Tempura Omurice

Ingredients:

Tempura
2pcs Prawn
40gr Sweet potatoes
8gr Green Beans
2pcs  Carrots
52gr Japanese pumpkin ( Kabocha )
70gr Nissin Tempura Flour (you can get this in big supermarket)
140ml Clod Water
Vegetable Oil for frying

Omurice
15ml Oil
10gr Julienne Carrots
10gr Green Beans
10gr Corn
10gr Onions
Salt and Black pepper
180gr Rice
20gr Butter
2 eggs
2gr corn starch mixed with water

Demiglace Sauce
27.5gr demiglace powder
250ml hot water

How To Make:
Tamagoyaki: Mixed eggs with cornstarch  and water, then whisk it. Heat oil on the pan, and pout the egg mixture to the pan evenly. Cook until done

Butter Rice: Heat oil on the pan, saute the onions, carrots, green beans and corn until it cooked. Put in rice, salt and pepper to taste, mix it well. Add butter then mix again.

Tempura: Mix tempura flour with cold water, put all the ingredients into the batter. Heat oil on the pan with low heat. Deep fry the ingredients one by one. Swirl some batter onto the ingredients to make extra crunch. Take it out when it turns to golden color.

Demiglace Sauce
Mix all the ingredients, stir it with low heat.

How to Serve
Spoon the butter rice into the tamagoyaki and fold gently. Put tempura on the side, served with chilli and tomato sauce on top the tamagoyaki that already filled with rice. Pour it also with demiglace sauce in the side of the rice.

Receipe
Tips & Trick:
- A good stove temperature to make tempura is 160-180celcius
- Use the vegetable that have a bit hard texture like sweet potato or carrot
- If you want to use chicken, use the breasts one. Because it more tender
- To get shrimp shape like in TenTen, give a massage in the back of the shrimp while you batter it. OMG... even shrimp need a massage hehehe...
- If you don't have Nissin flour like i mentioned above, just use flour the usual flour and mix it with egg with composition 1kg flour + 2litre of water + 2eggs
- To get golden brown color, just fried it 2-3 minutes.

After Chef Dian done demonstrating the Omurice Tempura, now it's our chance to make the duplicate of Tempura Omurice. And... we WON!! yeeaaiii... So excited... We named our dis with I Heart U Tempura. This just because we love tempura so much, and when we stack the veggies, the shape is just like the heart shape.

I Heart U Tempura
Our Team In Action
After that, the Chef told us the ingredients and the preparation for making pannacotta. Since it took a while to serve pannacotta, they only describe us the ingredients and the step by step of making it.

Since lunch time is coming, so TenTen generously served their newest and yummy donburi and tempura dish that we ordered at the beginning of the event.

Ebi Yose Katsu
Ebi Yose Katsu served as our appetizer from TenTen. Crunch batter outside and juicy ebi (prawn) inside. Pour with teriyaki sauce and mayonnaise. It so yummy...

Tenbara Donburi
Tenbara Donburi is what I had for my lunch. A bowl of rice topped with shrimp tempura, shitake tempura poue with tonkotsu sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. The taste is pretty great. Tempura texture still crunchy and the sauce a bit sweet and sour which is good.

Donburi is a meal which rice topped with tempura of beef dish. Beside Tenbara, TenTen also have many varieties of Donburi, like Seafood Furai Don, Tori Soboro Don and Spicy Beef Kinoko Don.


Above : Spicy Tempura, Blackpepper Tempura & Seaweed Tempura
Below : Curry Tempura
TenTen as a Tempura specialty have many bariant of Tempura. TenTen just launched several new menu like Kinoko Tempura that is served for ala carte or for Tendon menu (Kinoko Tendon). All those new menu launched to complete the existing menu like Original, Spicy, Seaweed, Curry and blackpepper. If you like a bit spicy choose blackpepper or spicy one. All those Tempura you can order ala carte or complete package with rice and miso  soup.

Foret Noir Cup & Oreo Cheese Cup
Foret Noir Cup is a chocolate mouse cake with dark cherry and rum. The cake is so moist. Meanwhile Oreo Cheese taste more milky. But the cheese cake and milk layer was not to moist and blend well. It because I still can taste the milk powder within the cake. So I like the the Foret Noir better.
 
Overall, I had a very great time attending this Cooking Class event. Beside my blogger mates that I already known, I also get a chance to met a new fellows from Indonesian Food Blogger. So... More experience, more knowledge and more foodies friends...


Thanks for the gift TenTen

Ten-Ten Tempura House
Plaza Indonesia, Level Basement Unit 16-17
Jl MH Thamrin Kav 28-30
+62-21 299 23730
Twitter : @tentenjakarta
Facebook : Ten Ten Jakarta






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