From Flour To Table: Pizza and Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know!

Fresh out of the oven, a sumptuous delight is waiting for you to relish. Your senses are overwhelmed with the distinct aroma emitted from the bread mingling with the irresistible scent from the cheese and its toppings. You simply cannot wait to chow down on this pizza! Yes, there is nothing better than sinking your teeth into the heavenly pie topped with generous heaps of cheese and sauce!

Famous around the globe, pizza has won the heart of even the most discerning diners! If you are one of them, it’s time to indulge in our “bite-sized” facts and figure out how pizza travels the world and ends up on your table! 

 

1/ The Origin of Pizza 

Click here to view Pizza at Luce Osteria ContemporaneaImage Credit: Luce Osteria Contemporanea

As pizza becomes ubiquitous, there are countless stories of how it was invented and in fact, most of them are half-truths, fables or hard-nosed opinions. Pizza is originated from Italy? It might stun you a little but Italy cannot really take the credit for inventing pizza! According to archeological evidence, pizza could be originated from the Middle East. It is believed that the pizza nowadays is actually a part of the lineage of Greek yeasted flatbreads (which is called “pitta” in Greek)! 

2/ What Makes Italian Pizza Become Popular All Around The World? 

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It is no doubt that Italy has successfully made pizza a phenomenal dish that is loved by foodies internationally. But have you ever wondered how?  Pizza lovers would be familiar with the story of how Queen Margherita got obsessed with pizza and made it the national dish! However, pizza scholar Zachary Nowak believes that it is hardly the truth! The fact is, during World War II, many allied soldiers stationed in Italy fell in love with this dish and brought with them the recipes when they got back home. Also, numerous Italian immigrants have traveled the world with this delectable delicacy. In the sixties, it was a big hit in America and well-known since then! 

 

3/ What Are The Differences Between Italian Pizza and American Pizza? 

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You might fall in love with both yet what distinguishes them from each other? Well, the key difference is actually in the sauce itself! While American prefers to use slow-cooked tomato sauce, Italian loves to use puréed fresh tomato instead! The crust and shape are also important characteristics to differentiate the two versions. To be called ‘authentic Italian’, the pizza must be round and no more than 13 and three-quarter inches in diameter with a crust of three-quarters of an inch thick or less. The dough must be kneaded by hand and prepared from traditional types of flour, yeast, salt and tomatoes.

4/ Where To Find A Sumptuous Pizza in Klang Valley? 

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Craving for a classic authentic Italian pizza or want to tease your palate with innovative pizza flavors yet wondering where to go? We have got your back. 

Here is our hand-picked list of top restaurants in town offering sumptuous pizzas! Check out Positano Risto, Luce Osteria Contemporanea, Nero Nero, Neroteca, Vineria.IT, Cicchetti Di Zenzero, La Risata, Ciccio Bar Pizzeria, EGG – 8 Gourmets Gala, SOULed Out Sri Hartamas, Botanica + Co, Raintree, The Lounge @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Uncle Chili’s Bar and Restaurant @ Hilton PJ, BLVD House, El Ibérico, Mezze Bar & Bistro, Table 23 Restaurant and Bar, Bon Appétit and Enorme.

What are you waiting for? Pamper yourself with a mouth-watering pizza now because you deserve it! 

 

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The Perfect Gift Ideas For Your Special Christmas 2018!

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Christmas 2018 is just around the corner and it’s the time of the year when we are all baffled to figure out what the best festive gifts would be for our loved ones. Overwhelmed with tons of Christmas presents to choose from or just too occupied with year-end work? Fret not as we have hand-picked the best gift ideas for you for a hassle-free and merry Christmas!

 

1/ Go With The Flow!

As the festive season is coming close, you might get into a melt down as advertisements and sales are all around you! However, there is no need to stress yourself because they could give you great ideas for your Christmas! Whether they are customized gifts or common gifts like a makeup set, books, Christmas toys or photo frames, they could make delightful presents.

Click here to view Christmas gift for Christmas 2018Tie for men

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A handbag for women

A fashion gift is never old-fashioned for Christmas! As shops are giving out Christmas sales, you should give it a try! For women, you can choose a customized pouch, shoes, a shirt or a nice dress. As for men, a trendy tie, shirt or shoes would be impeccable.

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Christmas hamper

Christmas hamper is a classic gift yet also a safe choice as it would easily gratify any receivers! If you love to customize your own hamper, don’t forget to put in some festive items such as sugar cane or ginger bread!

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Personalized cushions

Hardly anyone could resist a customized gift and it could be a great idea to send to your dearest one special items with their own personal remark! A choice of customized cushions, shirt or cups would be a perfect gift for the ones you love. 

Click here to view The Spa in Hilton Kuala LumpurA nice spa in Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Whether it’s men or women, who could ever resist the idea of treating yourself and your loved ones to a night in a hotel or to enjoy a nice spa? We would recommend you to try out hotels which their restaurants also serve Christmas feast and it would be a perfect experience. Here are a few that you should take into consideration – Paya Serai, Genji, Toh Yuen, Uncle Chili’s Bar & Restaurant at Hilton Petaling Jaya; Graze, Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Makan Kitchen, Tosca Italian Restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, Horizon Grill and Altitude at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur; LINK – All Day Dining at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar. 

 

 

2/ Remember That It Is All About Being Together!

Click here to view Christmas mealsTreat your family and friends to exquisite festive specialities

What would be better than spending your precious time with the ones you love and treating them to a hearty dinner filled with laughters or a relaxing brunch with great festive delicacies? Choosing a restaurant could be a pain in the neck but we have got your back! Take a look at our list of the Top Restaurants That Serve Christmas Menus in This Christmas 2018 or surprise your loved ones by dining in one of the Most Romantic Restaurants for Christmas Celebration.

 

A turkey would be a superb delight for a get-together during Christmas

Craving for crispy skin turkey to make your Christmas dinner fulfilled yet don’t know where to get one? Check out Soleil, Sapore, Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Horizon Grill at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, Suffolk House, Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, Pampas Sky Dining, Botanica + Co Alila Bangsar, Botanica + Co Bangsar South which will serve turkeys for this Christmas in Malaysia and you definitely should not miss out!

 

3/ Ain’t Nothing Better Than A Handmade Gift!

Even a tiny little thing can melt a heart as long as it is made with love! Worry that it would take your time and skills to come up with a perfect DIY Christmas gift? Good news is you don’t really need to spend hours to prepare as we have selected a number of handmade gift ideas that are easy to make and totally not time-consuming!  

Click here to view handmade Christmas gifts Simple fabric ornaments for house or workplace decoration. 

Get yourself a few colorful (and inexpensive) fabric sheets, a pencil, a scissor, rope strings and you are free to let your imagination flying high. Take a few minutes to sketch out the things he/she loves or simply start with little hearts, Christmas tree, a reindeer or even Santa Claus. It would take you only half an hour to make these do-it-yourself ornaments so why not?

 

Click here to view Christmas gift ideas for ChristmasHandmade Christmas cups

Amaze your family and friends with hearty handcraft Christmas mugs or cups! As simple as it sounds, all you need are paper cups, colorful Christmas wrapping papers and you are all set! Want to surprise them even more? Prepare an image that would fill them with laughters or warm smiles and print out by yourself!    

 

Click here to view Christmas gift ideas for Christmas 2018Simple DIY light decoration for house or workplace

Don’t hold yourself back when thinking about light decoration! It doesn’t require you much time and effort for a simple DIY one. Get some LED miniature light sets, small jars and it’s gonna be a piece of cake! Thinking to make your special ones feel even more in awe? Get a few table tennis balls (or string balls), a scissor and put each small LED light inside! You can decorate them on mirrors or any places you love!

 

Click here to view Christmas handmade gift ideas for Christmas 2018DIY Christmas cards

A simple Christmas card would only take you a few minutes to prepare but can be enough to warm someone’s heart! Just check out your stationery and you might find all the materials you need – colorful papers, a pen, glue and any decorative items you have!

 

Click here to view Christmas gift ideas for Christmas 2018Handmade cookies

If your loved ones have a sweet tooth, you should not forgo spending some time to go for handmade festive cookies! All you need are cookies dough, festive-shaped molds (Christmas trees, hearts or reindeers), an oven and it would be a blink of an eye! If you have no time for cookies, some snowman meringues (egg white, sugar and a few minutes in the oven) would be something that you definitely should consider!

 

 

4/ Finally, simplicity is not that bad! 

Simple things are sometimes the greatest Christmas gifts as it is all about love and giving! Follow are some simple gift ideas that you should give it a try! 

Click here to view songs for Christmas 2018Send a Christmas song and a Christmas wish to your family and friends

A festive season would not be complete without a nice song and a hearty wish! Baffled to choose a song for this Christmas? Here are a few songs in our list that you might consider – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Let It Snow, Jingle Bells and The First Noel.

Click here to view Christmas Gift Ideas Prepare a Christmas breakfast for your loved ones!

What’s better than waking up in the morning and being pampered with a cup of hot cocoa and a festive breakfast? Don’t be pulled back just by the word “festive”! It could be as simple as Christmas cookies or if you want to make it more special, prepare some pancakes, whipping cream, strawberries and you can turn the usual breakfast into a Santa Claus!

 

We hope you will have a Merry Christmas!
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2017 Food Trends

2017 Food Trends: What You’ll Be Eating This Year

Hello, 2017!

 

 

Every year there's bound to be different food trends shaking up the KL dining scene. In the past years, we have seen buzzing keywords such as mobile food trucks, cold-pressed juices and many more. Let’s hear what restaurateurs and global reports say about 2017 food trends.

 

 

Purple produce

 

2017 Food Trends_Savini Ristorante Italiano

Purple potatoes, purple yam, purple corn chips, purple cauliflower and asparagus are just some of the purple foods taking over Instagram. These purple produce brings diversity to a previously pale plate in the vegetable world, and, of course, makes our lives more colourful.

 

Have a very colourful dish and plating at Savini Ristorante Italiano >

 

 

 

Creative condiments


2017 Food Trends_Bistro a Table

Reports say to look out for black sesame tahini, habanero jam, ghee, pomegranate molasses, black garlic purée, date syrup, plum jam with chia seeds, beet salsa, Mexican hot chocolate spreads, sambal oelek or piri piri sauce, Mina Harissa, and Frontera adobo sauces. Definitely not something we see and eat everyday.

 

Pay homage to the creative and daring dishes by Bistro à Table >

 

 


Coconut everything


2017 Food Trend_YeziCoconuts have been ruling 2016 and 2017 will see this tropical fruit extending the lead, with a gamut of coconut-based products that are all set to storm the stage. Expect to find everything coconut from coconut spreads and coconut chips, to coconut caramels and the comparatively more pedestrian toasted coconut chips.

 

Embrace the first coconut-based steamboat broth in Malaysia from Yezi >

 

 

 

Part-time vegetarians

 

2017 Food Trends_Botanica+Co

More people are choosing to become part-time vegetarians for personal reasons, whether it’s health, environment, religion or something else. With more people looking for different types of plant-based diets, we shall see more organic and semi organic dishes fresh from the farm to the table.

 

Get some green love from Botanica + Co >

 

 

 

Japanese food beyond sushi

 

2017 Food Trends_Ishin Japanese Dining

Non-sushi Japanese food is on the rise. Ponzu, miso, mirin, sesame oil, seaweed, Japanese-style pickles, and plum vinegar are some of the ingredients in Japanese food that are growing in popularity.

 

Feast seasonal Hokkaido King Crab air-flown from Japan at Ishin Japanese Dining >

 

 

Very interesting.

 

 

 

5 Best Restaurants in KL with Peaceful Greenery

5 Best Restaurants in KL with Peaceful Greenery

Surrounded by vast greenery and trees, this list should give you some peace of mind while indulging in good food. Good food, peaceful mind, happy soul!

 

 

5 Best Restaurants in KL with Peaceful Greenery_Tamarind Springs

Only a 15-minute drive from downtown KL, the pavilions of Tamarind Springs take full advantage of its location on the edge of a lush forest appeal to those who love being close to nature; while its titillating traditional Indochinese cuisine of sweet, salty, sour and spicy have won many industry accolades and topped several gastronome scoreboards.

 


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5 Best Restaurants in KL with Peaceful Greenery_Botanica + Co

Inspired by the botanics, the feeling of dining outdoor amidst lush greenery is captured inside the restaurant as well. You may find one of KL’s most-photographed restaurants of 2016 – a sumptuous vision of Ficus trees standing tall amid a soothing setting that’s ideal for leisurely lunches & romantic dinners. Foods here used quality imported ingredients and also freshest local produce every day. 

 

 

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5 Best Restaurants in KL with Peaceful Greenery_Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Kuala Lumpur city, the elegant Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine is set amongst a magnificent pool of lotus blossoms. You can either choose to dine indoor, outdoor, or in one of their private huts which can fit about 8-14 pax, depending on the size of the hut. With their recent renovation completed, the restaurant looks more impressive than ever together with their quality authentic Thai dishes.

 

 

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5 Best Restaurants in KL with Peaceful Greenery_Bistro Richard RestaurantThis romantic dining gem is quietly tucked away from the bustle of the city, and nestled within the chic compound of Sentul Park. Bistro Richard boasts the feel of a typical European bistro, uniquely set in a lush, tropical garden setting with red and white chequered tablecloths, solid wooden Oak panels, all cosily lit by Tiffany stained-glass lamps.

 

 

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5 Best Restaurants in KL with Peaceful Greenery_Ciao Ristorante

Open since 1991, Ciao  Ristorante is the oldest Italian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant resembles a rustic Venetian country house with a cosy garden and small lake overlooking at the golf course, serving genuine Italian food in its own simple way that has characterized Ciao for more than 2 decades.

 

 

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