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Weekly Reads: In-TEA-resting Facts About Your Favorite Afternoon Tea!

Afternoon Tea is a long-standing British tradition and it has become so well-known that you can easily enjoy it at hotels, restaurants or even bars! Some of you might be frenzy advocates of this quintessential tradition for their delicious treats and etiquette, yet the following facts would make you treasure it even more.  

 

1/ The Origin of Afternoon Tea

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If you think reveling in an Afternoon Tea is interesting, you would also fall in love with the story behind how this tradition was originated. It is believed that in the 18th and 19th century, English people often got hungry during the long gap between lunch and dinner which was very late in the evening. Annoyed by this hunger pains,  Anna Maria Russell – the Duchess of Bedford, scheduled her time to enjoy a light meal of cakes and sandwiches which she believed was an excellent stand-in in the middle of the afternoon. She soon began to invite her friends along to enjoy it and so the craze became a legend.

 

2/  Is It “Scone With The Wind” Or “Games Of Scones”?

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The pronunciation of “Scone” is surprisingly still controversial up till now! It can either be pronounced as “Gone” or Throne”! Step back in time, the origin of the word “Scone” is believed to have come from the Dutch word “Schoonbrot” which means “beautiful bread” and later was changed to a shorter version which we know as “Scone”! There is no right or wrong in how you call it. Although you might keep in mind that some more pedantic experts would argue the correct pronunciation of scone is like “gone”!

 

3/ The Difference Between Afternoon Tea and Hi-Tea

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Many have mistaken “High Tea” and “Afternoon Tea” as one. If you do think so, this fact might surprise you! There was actually a huge difference between these two! “Afternoon Tea” (also known as “Low Tea”) was originated for the upper class, while “High Tea” was designed for a working-class man’s main meal of the day! The Afternoon Tea, therefore, will feature delicate finger foods ranging from small sandwiches to scones, pastries and cakes. On the other hand, as a working class could not afford such an indulgent treat, their tea set will be full of heartier affair like meat, pies and crackers and served on a high table as indicated by the term “high” in its name. Nowadays, fewer differences are seen between these two traditions. 

 

4/ Did You Hold It Correctly? 

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The standard correct way to hold a teacup is with one or two fingers of the hand put through the hole of the cup handle. The cup should be balanced with your thumb on top and your other fingers curled underneath. Although it’s not compulsory and unnecessary nowadays, the etiquette of holding a traditional teacup might be something you will find enjoyable to know. The holding can be a little tricky as you gotta try to lift your pinkie finger out to look proper. It is believed that the raised pinkie was started by a noblewoman and mimicked by the Royal family. 

 

5/ Milk First or Tea First? Jam First or Cream First? 

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In the past, milk is added to the teacup first to protect the delicate china from the hot tea. As time’s gone, it is more common now to add the tea first, followed by the milk. How about jam and cream? It has been a debate raging on for decades about whether to put jam or cream on your scone first! Actually, it depends mainly on where the tradition is from or where you are having your tea! In Cornwall, it’s jam then cream yet in Devon, people will do the opposite! 

Can’t wait to indulge yourself in an Afternoon Tea or High Tea in Klang Valley already? We have just the list hand-picked for you! Check out Newens Tea House, Pavilion Lounge at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Altitude at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, THIRTY8 at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Nobu Kuala Lumpur, The Lounge & Oro Cafe at Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Bistro 160 at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur!

 

 

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#MerdekaDay: A (Makan) Journey To Iconic and Historical Places This Merdeka Day 2018

1/ Step back in time to admire the glory days in the past at Old Malaya

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Old Malaya

If you want to be drifted back to the colonial time while enjoying lip-smacking delights, you cannot simply ignore Old Malaya. Located at Jalan Raja Chulan, the 99-year-old colonial building has been transformed from a prominent residential area to a dilapidated sanctuary and finally the home of numerous heritage-modelled restaurants that are much loved by Malaysians and tourists. Amongst towers of offices and gigantic malls, this old landmark stands out as a unique, worth-visiting aesthetic legacy to step back in time and value our past. Come to Old Malaya if you love to appreciate the glory days of Kuala Lumpur in the past through the remaining ornate walls that harken back to the old days.

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The journey to Old Malaya wouldn’t be complete without sitting at a restaurant here to revel in the magnificent view of the iconic KL Tower or the serene ambiance of this culinary enclave. If you have a knack for steak, there is no reason why you should not opt for one of the best steakhouse in town – PAMPAS Steakhouse at Old Malaya. If you are into Malaysian-accented culinary with a modern twist, walk in Manja and it won’t let you down. Pier 12 Seafood Tavern will bring you to the sea with its freshest seafood while Luce Osteria Comtemporanea is where you can find yourself an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza and Junior Chellapa will gratify your Indian food craving by showering you with authentic Indian dishes.

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KL Tower

A few minutes further from Old Malaya and you will set your foot on the highest telecommunications tower in Southest Asia – KL Tower. As the highest and most spectacular tower of Kuala Lumpur currently, the gleaming KL Tower has a spindle-like apex that allows visitors to admire the city centre. Boasting a theatre, an amphitheatre and beautiful cascading pools, this tower is a definite must-see sightseeing attraction. A visit to KL Tower would not be fulfilled without treating yourself to modern authentic Malaysian and international cuisine while rejoicing in the most spectacular view of the city centre at Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower.

 

2/ Visit Historical Trio at Once – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square, National Museum of Malaysia

The more the better, you ask? Buckle up and visit these famous landmarks – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square and National Museum of Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Designed by one of the most prolific British colonial architects – Arthur Benison Hubback, the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station has marked its 118 years old this year and one who came here would not stop admiring the gorgeous facade of the gazetted heritage building, the dome-capped pavilions along the roof line and the Renaissance-like verandas with arched colonnade.

Merdeka Square

It would be a miss if you don’t visit Merdeka Square where the Malayan flag was raised for the very first time and take joy in the annual Merdeka Parade here. Keep in mind that when you are admiring the lofty flagpole that holds the flag of Malaysia, you are actually seeing one of the top highest flagpoles in the world! Merdeka Square is not only a historical place itself but is also ringed by the majestic charm of heritage buildings such as the prominent Sultan Abdul Samad Building and St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral. Take a few steps further and you can pay the renowned Chinatown a visit.

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National Museum of Malaysia

Finally, don’t forget to spend your time in the National Museum (Muzium Negara) which is the most principal museum of Malaysia. Set up in 1963, the museum is a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage. With its magnificent exhibitions and galleries, the museum imparts knowledge through the country’s historical past. Remember to admire the 3 note-worthy galleries here which are the History Gallery that traces back to the original days, the Cultural Gallery with a collection of various aspects of Malaysian culture and the Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery that showcases ceremonial ornaments and instruments.

Feeling peckish after wandering for so long? Don’t worry as there are a plethora of delectable food around for you to pamper yourself.

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Just take a few steps away from the National Museum of Malaysia and you will reach Hilton Kuala Lumpur which is well-known for its notable restaurants. Rest at the newly refurbished The Lounge to adore the picturesque scenery or find yourself a comfortable seat at the polished marble counter at Oro Cafe with a freshly baked croissant.  Yearn for a big meal? Walk in the all-day-dining Vasco’s for an impressive buffet of Asian and international favourites or savour classic dishes at the authentic modern European restaurant – Graze. You can also delight your taste buds with Japanese dishes at Iketeru or dwell in prime aged meat cuts or robatayaki-style skewers at Chambers Grill. Don’t hesitate to go for Chynna where the marinated-to-perfection Peking Duck will satiate your taste buds.

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A few minutes further to Bangsar area and you are in the heaven of food! Head to La Bodega BSC if you are searching for Spanish food or Madam Kwan’s BSC if you love Malaysian-accented dishes. Visit Vineria.IT for authentic Italian delights or dance your way to Dancing Fish for lip-smacking Malay and Indonesian flavors. You can also opt for a Western meal at Ben’s Bangsar Shopping Centre or The Daily Grind Bangsar.
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle, Jalan Bangkung is a great choice where a long line of eminent restaurants are set to whet your appetite. Savour Italian dishes at Opus Bistro or Leonardo ‘s Dining Room & Wine Loft, indulge yourself in Western food at Bobo KL, Lucky Bo or relish Spanish delights at Cava.

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Truffle Roast Duck at Way Modern Chinois

Still want more choices? We have got your back! Take a short drive to Damansara Heights to treat yourself to Japanese Tapas (aka Japas) at Babe which is conceptualized by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey or relish Asian fusion dishes at PLOY. If you love contemporary Chinese cuisine, walk in Way Modern Chinois and try their iconic truffle roast duck or go to The Point or Mezze Bar & Bistro in case you are craving for Western-fusion delights.