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Celebrate Margarita Day with 5 Fascinating Facts About Margarita!

Have you heard of Margarita Day? Well, there is and it falls on February 22nd! Of course, this is a great excuse for you to revel in this much-loved cocktail. Grab your chair, chill with a glass of Margarita and check out 5 fascinating facts about Margarita! 

Wondering about a place to indulge in this popular delight in Klang Valley? We save the best for the last so keep on reading and awards are waiting for you ahead! 

 

Fun Fact #1: Nobody Is Sure About Its Origin

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Theories are varied about how Margaritas were first originated. Some say that the first Margarita was mixed in Juárez, Chihuahua by Francisco “Pancho” Morales in 1942. Others believe the real inventor of this impeccable drink is Margarita Sames as she concocted this for her guests in her vacation home in 1948. Another common story is the cocktail was actually invented by head bartender Santos Cruz for his favorite singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee and named the drink after her Spanish version of name – Margarita.   

Fun Fact #2: Margarita Actually Means “Daisy” In Spanish! 

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Margarita is named after this beautiful flower? It might surprise you but it’s actually not! “Daisy” – a refreshingly tart cocktail with a slightly sweet undertone, is an old drink dated back to mid-1800s. This cocktail includes a spirit as a base, sugar with some citrus for a bit of sour taste. Many believe that Margaritas are inspired by this special cocktail as it is basically a tequila Daisy.

 

Fun Fact #3: What Is That Salted Rim Used For? 

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No matter how many variations there are, you probably hardly see a Margarita without its salted rim. The salt actually plays an important role to enhance the whole experience of this much-loved cocktail as it brings out the sweet and sour flavors and reduce the bitterness of the tequila. Furthermore, salt can intensify the aroma of Margarita, making it a more flavorful treat. 

 

Fun Fact #4: The Most Expensive Margarita In The World? 

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Would you be willing to pay $1200 for a glass of Margarita? It was in 2013 when the most expensive Margarita in the world was concocted at 230 FIFTH Rooftop Bar & Penhouse Lounge in Manhattan. This frozen delicacy was made using the most high-end ingredients with the tequila alone costs up to $1800 per bottle while its ice was made from a $450 bottle of Lois Roederer Cristal Champagne. Finally, the drink was poured into Ralph Lauren hand-blown Hungarian crystal glass! Half the money of this was donated to a charity afterwards. 

 

Fun Fact #5: The World First Frozen Margaritas Were Only Invented Around 50 Years Back!

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A world without frozen Margaritas? Yes, it was what happened before 1971! The first frozen Margarita machine was invented in Texas by a school dropout named Mariano Martinez. The 26-year-old restaurateur had an immense trouble creating the frozen drinks for customers at that time. The cocktails were time-consuming and easily melted! Inspired by the soft-serve ice cream machine, Mariano came across the idea to make a customized one for Margaritas and this machine can now be found all over the world! 

 

If you love to unwind with this incredible cocktail, here is a quick guide on where to find it in Klang Valley!
Want to celebrate Margarita week? Head to Chambers Bar at Hilton Kuala Lumpur for special Margarita event from 18th – 24th February to enjoy a variety of Margarita mixes or come to FOOK from 22nd February – 2nd March to relish special hand-crafted Margaritas from RM30! 

You can also pay a visit to BLVD House, Opium, Jing Ze, CÉ LA VI, SkyBar @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Nobu Kuala Lumpur, SaporeLa Bodega and Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill


Happy Margarita Day To All Cocktail Fans! 

 

 

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Weekly Reads: 5 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Tapas

Originated from Spain, tapas are now presented in restaurants from all over the world in the form of small plates, snacks or appetizers. From a bowl of olives to creative tapas with a peculiar touch, tapas are undeniably loved by many! While some may think tapas are just smaller versions of foods, they are actually more than that! Check out 5 interesting facts you might not know about these world-famous delicacies. 
 

1/ Tapas mean “cover”

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Did you know “tapa” literally means “cover”? Many believe that in the beginning, tapas were merely pieces of bread that were placed over a glass just to keep the flies away. It is said that during the 10th century, Spanish King – Alfronso, had a severe illness and all he could eat were small bites of foods with wine. Once recovered, the King declared that wine can’t be served without a small bite of food and there came the flourish of tapas in Spanish bars!  


 

2/ Tapas used to be free and were simple dishes like almonds or olives!

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Nowadays you can see tapas in various shapes and styles; however, when they were first originated, tapas were actually foods that required little to no preparation. As free snacks for drinking occasions, these small dishes can be as simple as a hunk of bread, a dish of olives, almonds or milk cheese! After Spain came in contact with other countries, tapas also started to evolve as bar owners had strived to come up with new ideas for tapas to stand out from the rest. 

 

3/ Tapeo – The Art Of Eating Tapas

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Spanish tapas are sumptuous yet the tapas concept is actually not only based on the food itself! Tapeo – the art of eating tapas, is simply the gathering of people to share and socialize. In Spain, it has become a part of the Spanish way of living – sharing memories and hour-long conversations with their family members and friends over a glass of wine or beer together with delicious tapas. Come to a tapas bar and you will be likely to see a lively ambience filled with laughter because after all, tapas connect people! 
 

4/ Tapas are varied in different regions. 

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While you may think that tapas are just the same all over Spain, they are actually more varied than you thought. Different regions have their own specialties and even their own stories! Come to the North for their famous mini toasts with scrumptious toppings, to the central and Southern Spain to taste Iberican Ham and Chorizo and head to the coastal South for fish tapas! Each city also has its iconic tapas such as Barcelona and their renowned Patatas Bravas (Spicy Potatoes). 

 

5/ There is something called Japas! 

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Inspired by tapas and traditional Japanese cuisine, Japas dining is one of the concepts that have quickly won the hearts of diners. Exceptionally versatile and has more to offer than sushi, Japas can re-interpret familiar foods into new creations. These bite-sized delicacies are usually made from the best-quality tuna, duck breasts and finest ingredients. In Kuala Lumpur, you can pay a visit to Babe or Kikubari, located in Damansara Heights, for special Japas filled with whimsy and wonderment. 

If you are excited to revel in sumptuous and authentic tapas in Kuala Lumpur, we have got your back! Check out SaporeTapas Club Pavilion, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill @ JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, La Bodega and Cicchetti Di Zenzero

 

ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Spanish Restaurants in Klang Valley

 

1/ Cava

Scouting for authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine around Bangsar? One should not miss out Cava! Located on the peaceful Jalan Bangkung, the restaurant is where Spanish and Mediterranean food lovers come by to unwind and savour exotic delights including tapas, paella and steaks.

The Baked Sucking Lamb is a signature dish that lamb aficionados simply cannot ignore. The enormous and mouth-watering piece of suckling lamb, served along with mashed potato and fresh vegetables, will immediately satiate your craving. The lamb has a satisfying airy light crackling skin outside and juicy, flavoursome meat inside. An irresistible delight!

The Cava’s Specialty Arroz Negro Paella is an eye-catching signature dish served in a big portion to be shared by 2 – 3 pax. A fair amount of squid ink is used to make the outstanding black color for the paella while the prawns give it a mild briny kick in flavor. Dip the fresh prawns in the mayonnaise or a bit of spicy chili sauce that comes along and their refreshing taste will enliven your dining experience.

The Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega, in a not-so-fancy yet elegant presentation, will entice your taste buds with its piquant flavor. A good dose of paprika is used to sprinkle on the aglio olio which results in a true burst in the mouth. The fresh Spanish octopus tentacles have a crunchy and juicy texture that goes well with the spaghetti. A soul-satisfying dish!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am; Sun & Public Holidays: 6:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: 71, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

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2/ Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

Located at the well-known Starhill Gallery, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill is a perfect dining spot for those who seek authentic Latin flavours with an exceptional Sentidos twist. Owning a long bar with a plethora of drinks and a comfortable dining room with classic specialties, the restaurant will give diners a unique and dynamic culinary experience with its vibrant cuisine.

If you have a knack for paella, this classic Mariscos Paella might be one of the top of your list. The dish is served generously in a pan with a variety of fresh seafood including prawns, clams, mussels and squid with a touch of chili. The delectable paella is perfectly cooked until it’s “al dante” (firm to the bite) and the Spanish rice soaks up a moderate sweet taste from the saffron and roasted garlic, making it a satisfying indulgence.

The next dish, Sautéed Garlic Tiger Prawns is a palate-teasing delight of which the flavors do all the talking. Three mouth-watering pieces of juicy tiger prawns, smothered in a mix of chili, garlic and olive oil, are set to entice the palate with their burst of flavors – a perfect start before the main course. A piece of garlic bread would be a perfect combination for the dish.

This Churros Mexicanos is a splendid dessert to end your meal. Coated with a moderate amount of sugar, the crowd-pleasing churros has a delicate sweetness that mixes well with the dark chocolate fudge dipping sauce which goes along. A crispy and luscious dessert to enjoy after a wonderful culinary journey.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Sun – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sat: 12:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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3/ La Bodega

If you are looking for amazing Spanish breakfast spreads, a wide array of hot and cold Spanish tapas and classic delights, come to La Bodega! Being the first authentic Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar in Malaysia since its opening in 1999, the éclat restaurant is not only iconic for its mouth-watering food but also for its exlusive wines that are hand-picked from Spain and Chile.

The Paella Valenciana Mixta is a perfect epitome of the union between the Romans and the Arab. The Spanish rice is perfectly seasoned with saffron for a mild sweet taste and skilfully cooked with a variety of ingredients, including prawns, chicken, clams, squid, mussels and peas. Embellished with a distinct combination of meats and vegetables, this fascinating paella will gratify diners “to the moon and back”.

If you are a true fan of prawns, here comes a dish you should keep an eye on. The Gambas al Ajillo is a sumptuous delight that is in high demand at La Bodega. Perfectly sauteéd with gloves of fine garlic, chili and olive oil, the tiger prawns are not only filled with flavor but also have a firm and fresh-to-the-bite texture that would make you crave forever more.

It would be ideal if your taste buds are delighted with something sweet at the end of the meal and the Duo de Cremas Catalanas is the perfect dessert for a fulfilled dining experience at La Bodega. The Cremas Catalanas, also known as the Spanish version of crème brûlée, are prepared in classic and coffee flavors with the sugar atop perfectly camarelized. This melt-in-the-mouth dessert is all you could ask for.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

>> Click here to check out all La Bodega outlets and reserve a table

 

4/ El Cerdo 

Stand out as the most porky-licious restaurant on the crowded Changkat Bukit Bintang street, El Cerdo is truly a home for pork flavours around the world, especially Europe, Carribean and Mexico. If you consider yourself a true pork enthusiast, pay the restaurant a visit for a superb lip-smacking porky ride.

The Spanish Ribs Platter has everything you could ask for. Three different types of ribs, namely Spicy Baby Back Ribs, Green Salsa Ribs and the highly sought-after Ibérico Ribs, are placed together on a sharing plate to satisfy even the most discerning diners. Each type of ribs is uniquely marinated with well-matched fine condiments and sauces. A dream come true!

The Crispy Pork Knuckle is a must-order signature dish when you come to the restaurant. The New Zealand Cured Ham Knuckle is marinated simply with black pepper and salt before being roasted to perfection to bring out the best of its taste. Take a bite into its crispy skin yet tender meat and you would not want the feeling to end. Potato dumplings, sauerkraut, apple mousse and mustard beer sauce are served along to well-balance the pork knuckle’s rich nature.

If you wonder why the Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is so flavorful, here comes the answer you might be looking for. The steak is marinated for 48 hours to absorb the piquant flavour from paprika and the aroma from fine herbs before being grilled to “à point” (the perfect degree of doneness). Sink your teeth into the steak and you might be awestruck with the tasty juice oozing from the tender pork meat. Served with jalapeno and smoked paprika sauce, this Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is a sumptuous treat.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Closed on Mondays in August 2018.
Location: 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

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Top 5 Tapas Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

Food Trend 2017 1.0 : Top 5 Recommended Tapas Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

In some bars, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. Others may still enjoy devouring them as a starter with some wine pairing. Read more to know where to find recommended tapas restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. 

Authentic Spanish and Mediterranean at Cava, Kuala Lumpur

Top 5 Tapas Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur_Cava

 A place you call it home for an authentic Spanish and Mediterranean dining experience, Cava in Bangsar features an amazing variety of all-time favourites that includes tapas, paella and steaks. The tapas serve here are catered not only for the meat lovers but vegans too. The team ensures the tapas quality is of top-notch by only selecting the perfect ingredients to create lovely vegan tapas range.

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A Very ‘Spanishy’ Experience at La Bodega

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With an extensive menu of traditional Spanish cuisine, La Bodega does not miss out the chance to show off an array of hot and cold tapas. The tapas culture revolves around the sharing of dishes over the companion of closes ones. The artistic of tapas creation from the menu is the combination of mixed ingredients ranging from poultries to seafood and vegetables.

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Naturally Grown Produces at Mezze Bar & Bistro

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At Mezze, the produces that they use are mainly grown naturally, with patience and where possible, locally supplied. Their tapas are complemented by a vivacious variety of small plates, charcuterie and cheese boards, not forgetting their wide selections of main courses. Tapas are always best friend to wines, remember to pair them with your favourite! Do not feel shy to ask for recommendations.

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“Cool, Casual Mediterranean Chic Ambience” at Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining

Top 5 Tapas Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur_Sentidos

Here is a great place to hang out! At Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining, you’ll find the informal and convivial atmosphere of Spanish tapas bar at Feast Village. Small portions of hot as well as cold tapas are served here and a must-try at Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining is their Sangria. Sangria is known as a delicious concoction of fruit juices and other ingredients with red or white wine incorporated.

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Irresistible Mouth-Watering Tapas at COMO

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Hot on the heels of the highly-popular Pisco Bar, which introduced KL-ites not only to a great range of unique tapas and drinks but to a diverse range of after-dark events, and resident DJS spinning techno and deep house tunes all night long. Serves about 20 different types of tapas from the menu, this is definitely a mouth-watering range of tapas to die for!

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Top 5 Best Wines Places in Kuala Lumpur

Top 5 Best Wines Places in Kuala Lumpur

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” – W.C Fields, circa 1930’s.
Are you ready to venture into these restaurants voted as the ‘Best Wines Places in Kuala Lumpur’?

WOW! Over 1000 wines selection at Vintry

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An exclusive place with the widest selections of wines of over thousands to choose from their collections! Choose your own bottle or even discover a brand new label to pair it with your hearty meal. If you can’t decide what you want, the sommelier would be grateful to assist you in selecting a bottle or more.

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Extensive Wine List at Savini Ristorante Italiano

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Featuring the latest Italian fine dining restaurant in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with an extensive wine list from all around the world. When food is concern, you will be experiencing a very classic cuisine with the freshest ingredients the chef can find.

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Flow of Wine with the Sound of Music at Opus Bistro

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Wines are the best companion to great food! Enjoy a succulent Italian meal with good and fine wines here. Good music not to be missed in this place!

TIP : A scrumptious plate of tomato-based pasta would be complete with a glass (or more) of medium-bodied red wines.

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Finessed Spanish-American Wines at La Bodega

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Elaborate with Spanish and South American wine list, La Bodega surely amazed you with their finessed wines selections. All you could ask for is their wine list! Where Spain is concern, Tapas are almost always accompanied by wine.In Spanish, the word ‘Tapa’ means ‘to cover’ and it’s accustomed to serve the wine by placing a piece of bread over the glass.

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Homey Wine-Out at The Barn

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A home for great wines and a smorgasbord of exquisite cuisine crafted to perfectly match your aperitifs, ambience and inner sense of gastronomic paradise.
NEVER leave the place without savouring some of the world’s finest, handpicked selection of old and new world wines.

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5 Restaurants to Treat Your Superhero Dad This Father’s Day 2017

5 Restaurants to Treat Your Superhero Dad This Father’s Day 2017

Be it a sumptuous buffet or set menu, make it a feast to all our Superdad!
 

Father’s Day Buffet Brunch at El Cerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang

5 Restaurants to Treat Your Superhero Dad This Father’s Day 2017_El Cerdo

Celebrate Father’s Day with unlimited pork dishes and pair it with free flow Cava, red/white wines and beers at El Cerdo’s Sunday Buffet Brunch! In addition, on this special day, brunch diners can bring home a free miniature whisky and photo memento! What’s cooler and better? Fathers eat for free! Hurry up! Seats are limited. Available on 18th June. Buffet price from RM108++ per person.

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Father’s Day Buffet Lunch at Genji Japanese Restaurant, Hilton Petaling Jaya

5 Restaurants to Treat Your Superhero Dad This Father’s Day 2017_Genji Japanese Restaurant

If your dad fancies authentic Japanese cuisine, celebrate your hero at Genji Japanese Restaurant, one of the top 10 Japanese restaurants in Petaling Jaya. The restaurant has several sections including a sushi bar, main dining space, two teppanyaki counters and six private dining rooms. On this Father’s Day, join their Father & Child Sushi making contest to win dining voucher worth RM150! Available on 18th June, 11:30am to 2:30pm. Buffet price is RM175 nett  per adult, RM85 nett per child.

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Spanish ‘Daddy Big Brunch’ at all La Bodega outlets

5 Restaurants to Treat Your Superhero Dad This Father’s Day 2017_La Bodega

Come celebrate daddy's day out with La Bodega’s special-curated "Daddy Big Brunch" that will surely delight all the big boys out there. Stand a chance to pamper your dad by winning an exclusive treatment voucher from Sothys, alongside a City Golf simulator voucher to soothe his swinging wishes. Available at all La Bodega outlets on the 17th and 18th June, 8am to 3pm.

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Parents’ Day Set Menu at Grand Imperial Restaurant USJ 19

5 Restaurants to Treat Your Superhero Dad This Father’s Day 2017_Grand Imperial Restaurant USJ 19

Enjoy a sumptuous 9-course feast of Chinese Cantonese delights at Grand Imperial Restaurant USJ 19 outlet till 30th June. Starting from RM688++ (5-6 pax) and RM988++ (8-10 pax), there are 3 different Parents’ Day special set menus for you to choose from, dishes including Steamed Dragon Grouper in Hong Kong style, Braised Whole Pork Shank with Mushroom, Braised Sliced 7 Head Abalone, and more!

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Father’s Day Buffet Hi-Tea at Cinnamon Coffee House, One World Hotel

5 Restaurants to Treat Your Superhero Dad This Father’s Day 2017_Cinnamon Coffee House

Head over to One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya for a Father’s Day hi-tea with a scrumptious spread of international and local delights that will certainly make the man of the house feel like a king. Indulge in delights including Basil and Mushroom Soup, Lamb Sausage with Potato Puree and Sweet Onion Sauce, Stewed Creamy Chicken, Sea Bass Fillet with Béarnaise Sauce, and more! Available on 18th June, 12pm to 4pm. Hi-tea price is RM118 nett per adult, RM59 nett per child.

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Thank you, Dad.