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14 May 2022

Launch of The Chamber at The Starhill, Kuala Lumpur

Last Thursday saw the official launch of The Chamber at The Starhill, Kuala Lumpur.

The Chamber launch party was hosted by the CEO, Justin Lim, with partners Joseph Yeoh and Michael Chai. The 37-year-old Justin aims to offer a large curation labels and brands from the best vineyards, distilleries and breweries from his global travels.

30 September 2018

Sake Festival Malaysia 2018 (+Giveaway!)


In conjunction with World Sake Day (held annually on 1st October), Nomi Tomo Sake House will be bringing us Malaysia's first ever sake festival!

Who is Nomi Tomo Sake House? It prides itself as Malaysia’s largest sole distributor for craft sake and also owns the popular sake bar, Nomi Tomo in Damansara Heights.

Format:
The event will feature sake tasting stations with over 30 sake labels from the following 10 sake breweries - Bijofu, Dassai, Dewazakura, Gasanryu, Kirinzan, Niwano Uguisu, Masumi, Sakunohana, Seikyo and Yuki No Bousha.

There's also sake appreciation sessions conducted by representatives from selected breweries and certified sake sommeliers Micky Chan (Hong Kong), Elliot Faber (Hong Kong), Thomas Ling (Malaysia) and Danny Leung (Malaysia).

When:
13 October, 4-11pm

Where: 
The Gasket Alley - Lot 15, 13, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46200.

Ticketing:
Tickets can be bought at https://events.pouchnation.com/event/SFM2018
  • Early Bird Tickets @ RM70, 27th August – 10th September2018
  • Pre-Sale Tickets @ RM90 nett, 11th September – 30th September 2018
  • General Admission @ RM100 nett, 1st – 11th October 2018

This event will be cashless, so all transactions will be conducted through RFID tags through credits stored in it. Top-ups can be made via counters at the event.

Each ticket gets you RM100 worth of credits (to buy sake, food and other beverages) and includes a tasting glass, 3 free sake samples, a festival bag, an info book, and a few other surprises too. Other beverage and food vendors (from RM15-RM30) include:
• Sapporo Beer (Japan)
• Nomi Tomo Sake Bar
• Makhan by Kitchen Mafia
• Nomms
• The Ice-Cream Bar

Grab promo:
The festival encourages you to drink responsibly and have arranged for a Grab discount for rides to and from Gasket Alley.
Promo code name: SAKEFESTMY2018
Promo code value: RM5 off 2 rides
Validfor GrabPay (Debit and Credit card) payment only
Valid for the first 300 rides

For more:
www.facebook.com/sakefestmy/
www.facebook.com/pg/nomitomosakehouse
www.instagram.com/sakefestmy
www.nomitomosakehouse.com

Facebook giveaway:
I've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this event. For a chance to win, just do this:
1) Share this post on your facebook page (make sure it's public!)
2) Tag your friend that you want to bring along for the event
3) Say why you'd like to go for the event.
4) Drop me a comment on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ang3ltini so I know you're participating

Contest ends 5 October 2018, 5pm. Winners will be contacted via Facebook messenger over the weekend. Good luck!

19 January 2018

Gekkeikan Sake Food Pairing X Poseidon Caviar & Seafood Bar

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The good folks from Thirstmag very kindly extended their welcome for us to check out an exclusive seafood pairing by the newly opened Poseidon with Gekkeikan sake. And you know when there's booze, we're game.



The night featured a 4-course tasting menu by Poseidon's Chef Chris Tulseikrishnah Ramachandram and hosted by Cellar Eighteen’s Certified Sake Sommelier, Sebastian Chen. Sake and seafood are MFEO (made for each other), which makes sense because they both originated from and are abundantly found in Japan respectively.


The pairing menu covered:
-  Josen Karakuchi, a dry-styled sake was paired with some lovely fresh raw oysters.
- Traditional Sake, a full bodied spirit forward sake, was paired with hearty mushroom bruschettas with truffle oil.
- Cho-Tokusen with Gold Leaf, a little gimmicky (IMHO) sake which had gold flakes meant as a luxurious sake for gifting, was paired with savoury smoked trout
- Horin Junmai Daiginjo, made with the high quality Yamada Nishiki used for brewing premium sake, delicate and fruity, was paired with an exquisite royal fillet salmon. 

Credit: Thirstmag

We also had a taste of the Bizan Super Rice Shochu (25% ABV), which would've been a lovely as a highball, in my opinion. 

Being a seafood lover myself, we would have to make another trip back to Poseidon. They have a wide range of fresh premium seafood and being a caviar and seafood bar, its other highlight would be, you guessed it, its premium Beluga caviar, which is absolutely YUM.

As usual, we had a good time - made especially great with the usual media drunkards. Thank  you for the jio! <3

20 June 2016

5 Reasons Why You Should Kanpai with Sake Masters at Kampachi Plaza33

It's back! OMG it's back!!! For its 3rd consecutive year - Kampachi's annual KANPAI! with Sake Masters from Japan is BACK!!!

Kanpai promotional poster lifted off from Kampachi.com.my

It's one of the most awesome sake & buffet dinner session you'll ever get to experience in Malaysia, IMHO. I had the utmost pleasure of attending last year's session and loved every second of it - you bet your liver I won't miss this year's for the world.

If you are still in two minds about going, well, here are 5 reasons why you should NOT miss it (largely based on my previous experience, which should be similar to the upcoming one):

11 November 2015

Experience: Kampachi Sake Tasting & Appreciating Session

Kampachi probably holds the most number of junmai sake labels than any other Japanese restaurants in our country.

But what the heck is a junmai?

A table setting fit for a noble!

31 August 2015

Insta Weekly: Maruhi Sakaba - The Great Beer Bar - #MyTigerBites - 44 Bar Promos - Neroteca Brunch - DIY Old Fashioned

Last weekend, a good friend proposed that I should consider migrating from blogspot to wordpress, because it's more flexible and the layout allows me to come up with a very sleek, magazine-like feel.

He showed me a test site, which I really like. But I'm not sure if I have the time/energy/intelligence to toggle around with the coding. Wordpress, while is infinitely more moudable than Blogger, requires quite a bit of HTML knowledge to mess around with. I find myself not having enough time to even update this blog more than once a week (which I should because I have quite a few feature posts in the back burner argh!).

But I know that with Wordpress, readers would enjoy my blog more simply because it will look better, plus there are even more awesome, cooler usable widgets that comes with it. Oh man. How do I account for the opportunity cost of time vs traffic?

Let me mull over it for a bit more. I'm a really slow thinker. Meanwhile, here, the weekly update which I make myself to commit to (at least!):

1. Maruhi Sakaba - an Iazakaya that doesn't break the bank. 



3 August 2015

Insta Weekly: Homemade Drink - Wedding Planning - Kampachi Birthday

I turned 35 last Sunday! Happy birthday to me!

It was a bit of a bummer because just a few days before I started coming down with the bug and had the full blown sore throat, flu and slight fever  - it was like I was going through a growth spurt but not quite... maybe sideways? :)

It was an excellent birthday. Spent it with loved ones. Had tonnes to eat and drink. Presents are always a great bonus. And lots of wishes on facebook too, lol. I loved it all!

So I went to bed early last night from a full day of festivities and still recovering from the bug.. which is why this post is a day late. I've lost my voice today and am coughing nonstop. :( Not a lot to update from last week anyway because haven't really been feeling very excellent - probably because the bug was coming, lol.

1. Bailey's + Jameson. 


20 July 2015

Insta Weekly: Homemade cocktails - Launch of Hana @ Sunway Pyramid - 0% ABV beer - Gin Madness.

Last week I had an insightful conversation with a very famous wedding photographer who happened to be a very old friend of mine. He said I should really work on improving my photography skills if I wanted to take this content generating thing seriously. Because more often than not, it seemed that I don't put in enough effort into the composition of my photos - and readers these days, they love a good picture over wall-of-texts posts any day. 

Can't say that he doesn't have a point (double negative!). If it wasn't true, Instagram, Facebook sharing, and Pinterest wouldn't be as popular as it is now. And thanks to Twitter, I'm inclined to think that if a post is > 140 characters, no ones attention span can take it anymore.

Thing is, I'm one of those old-generation bloggers who's used to rambling on and on and on.... and old habits die hard. 

So what I really really want to know from you is this:
1. Do really good DSLR-quality pictures matter?
2. Do pictures matter more than words?
3. Long posts are okay, or just keep it short like Twitter?
4. Do you need a good combination of decently okay pictures with some accompanying drivel?

Because if it's #4, I hope I'm already complying by leaving you with Insta Weekly updates like this one:

24 June 2015

Kampachi Sake Dinner Series feat. Izumibashi Sake

The 4 beautiful Izumibashi bottles in a row
Kampachi  celebrated Izumibashi brewery's first visit to Malaysia with a dinner series that took place in Troika last 16 June &  in their outlet at Equatorial Penang on 17 June.

The 9-course Japanese kaiseki menu, created by Kampachi's Executive Chef, Koji Tamaru, featured seasonal seafood sourced directly from Japan. The meal was to be paired with 4 Izumibashi sakes.

We were also graced by the presence of 6th generation brewery founder/owner, Yuichi Hashiba & sake sommelier, Shigeyuki Masaki, who imparted some nuggets of knowledge about the brand and sake. Who knew that there was such a thing as a sommelier for sake? And how do I apply? :)

22 June 2015

Insta Weekly: World Gin Day, Kampachi dinner feat. Izumibashi Sake, P&C Bar, French Martini, Whiskey Sour

I'd like to share with you something interesting that happened to me last week.

I was at a bar for a quiet drink and bumped into some friends who knew that I enjoyed mixing drinks at home. Everyone was having fun and had quite a bit to drink... eventually I was asked to make a drink at the bar. Much to my reluctance, I did agree, but only after the bartender agreed to it as well.

Thinking back, I wondered how I could have handle that situation better. So many things could have gone wrong (since it wasn't a bar I was familiar with, and I'm actually not a bartender), but thankfully it didn't! Anyway, this experience made me realise a few things:

1. I really do enjoy working behind an actual bar - it's still such a thrill. How do I do something about that which is more feasible for my bank account? :P
2. I need to improve my mixing skills and confidence.
3. I need to learn up a wider repertoire of cocktail recipes.
4. I need to find a secret hide-away bar to drink in. :P
5. Don't get tipsy in a bar, just in case I ever get another opportunity like this again - since my "reputation" is at stake here haha!

That being said. Thank you all for the opportunity. You all know who you are! :)

So what else happened last week?

8 June 2015

Insta Weekly: Martin Miller's Gin, Ardbeg Uigeadail, Whisky Fling @ S&A, Revisiting WIP, Ippudo's new Geikkeikan Sake, Negroni Week @ Hyde, Nikka Taketsuru 12

Man, after last week, I thought I would go easy on the drinking and whiskies but apparently, I'm made of tougher (and more idiotic lol) stuff. This week's summary is a little late because I just came back from spending the weekend in Melaka for a friend's wedding which was also a great excuse to stuff my face with food along the way (sorry about all that food spam on my insta today lol).

I love Chinese banquet weddings. Bonus if the first four (out of 8, usually) dishes tastes really good (usually the appetiser, soup, white meat & fish) because I'm usually too stuffed to have anymore (after that it's commonly the prawns, vegetables, rice and dessert). Even bigger bonus if there's loads of booze about - this one had a whole lot of beer, wine and whiskies. Back in the day (I'd say about 10-15 years) ago - chinese banquet dinners predominantly featured brandy and at the most, blended scotch. These days? Single malt and Japanese whiskies are all the rage. Attending a chinese wedding dinner is really a good gauge of what the current beverage trend is. :)



Had this at O&A last week. Hmm, seems like I'm really into my gins now. :D This one tastes like it's in between your london dry & botanicals. Stuff like this reminds me why I love the beverage industry so much. You think you've tried a lot and then something new comes along to surprise you. I wish I could easily get one of these but unfortunately, it's not easy to get, and also in the premium category like your Botanist (which is already RM2XX duty free, by the way). I think I will invest in more gins, while the whole region is still mad with their whisky. Rums too. Once, the whisky craze dies down, it's likely we'll take to rum or gin. Let's see. :)

29 January 2015

Launch: Ippudo (yes that yummy ramen shop!) Bar @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

Firstly, let me get this out of the way - I LOVE Ippudo ramen. It is the best after-drinks food EVER. Nothing beats a pipping hot bowl of noodles swimming in a pool of delicious broth of pork after you're high from slightly over-imbibing. So what I'm going to say after this may be SIGHTLY biased. :P

I was so excited to find out that Ippudo launched a new bar in BSC last week - especially since it's going to be a full-fledged Japanese concept bar.

Sure you say, BSC is FILLED with bars. Do you really need ANOTHER bar?

Yes I say. Hell YES. A million times YES.

Some psychedelic lighting was happening at the launch party - but we were assured that on normal non-event days, it will be cosy & non-intrusive.