From Palestine with Love

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From Palestine with Love

“This is not a hipster cafe; never have and never will be.” And I couldn’t be more than glad to hear that. Located in Section 3, Shah Alam, there is no doubt that Spiced Pumpkin Cafe & Bakery faces strong competition in the local gastronomic scene, especially amongst the plethora of eateries within the area that mostly project ‘hipster’ vibe (read: Instagram-worthy décor but mediocre food). Spiced Pumpkin Cafe & Bakery, on the contrary, indulges its customers with remarkably satiating menu that makes the best dining experience, minus the hype or Instagrammable decor. This didn’t come as a surprise considering the owners – Mas Zuhairin Zubir (Mas) and Nur Azizarin Kusyair (Nur) who fondly dubbed themselves ‘pumpkins’ – have years of practice […]

Gaya Travel Picks – Where to Enjoy Iftar in Klang Valley in 2017

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Gaya Travel Picks – Where to Enjoy Iftar in Klang Valley in 2017

When you have been abstaining from eating and drinking all day,a satisfying meal during Iftar is a must.Follow the list below to find out our selected pick to conduct (or even celebrate) Iftar in Klang Valley this year

6 Places to Dine for Vegetarians in Kuala Lumpur

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6 Places to Dine for Vegetarians in Kuala Lumpur

Being the sole vegetarian in a family of staunch meat-eaters had its drawbacks, but it wasn’t entirely without its perks.

Family-friendly Dining at Owlery

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Family-friendly Dining at Owlery

Owlery Cafe Dine & Grind could just be your next ideal place to bring your family. Established since May 2016, this family-friendly dining establishment has been attracting a steady stream of young families and large dinner parties due to its generous portion sizes and relatively affordable prices. And that’s just the way Mr. Shah Fariz, one of the co-owners of Owlery Cafe Dine & Grind, likes it. Rather than attempting to replicate a hipster-ish dining, the ambience here strives to strengthen bonds and spur conversations by providing comfortable seating with a designated area for children to play. At Owlery Café Dine & Grind, parents can actually enjoy the experience of dining without having to constantly worry about their little ones and entertaining […]

Savouring Jumbo Flavours of Thailand at myELEPHANT

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Savouring Jumbo Flavours of Thailand at myELEPHANT

On a recent trip to Chiangmai, Thailand, a wise man once told me: “When you’re feeling hungry, eat Thai food.” Thai food not only fills up really well, but also has rich aromas and flavours that heighten our senses and increase the sensitivity of our taste buds, making the entire dining experience more gratifying. So on one fine afternoon, I purposefully headed to myELEPHANT, one of the best Thai restaurants in Kuala Lumpur for the past 10 years that shows no sign of waning. The owners had previously run another Thai restaurant called Dodee in Kuala Lumpur city centre; however, when they decided to move the business to Petaling Jaya, the restaurant was injected a fresh look and given a new name, […]

Huckleberry, a Seriously Sweet Renaissance

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Huckleberry, a Seriously Sweet Renaissance

“All sorrows are less with bread” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra For a person who loves pastry so much, it frustrates me to see the lack of bakeries or cafes serving real delicious baked goods in Malaysia. Though it is understandably not an originally Malaysian culture, eating properly baked pastries can be intensely comforting, satisfying and uplifting (and let’s just not talk about guilt here) – at the very least, it is the best way to start the day. For that reason, I am always on the lookout for great places that offer marvellously baked fares. My search eventually led me to Huckleberry, Damansara Heights. Interestingly, Huckleberry possesses two different identities: Huckleberry Food & Fare during the day and Huckleberry After Dark […]

Hitting the Seafood Jackpot at Crab Factory

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Hitting the Seafood Jackpot at Crab Factory

What could be more invigorating for a seafood lover than walking into a restaurant that offers the freshest, meatiest and juiciest shellfishes swimming with secret spices and perfect seasonings in a convenient boil-in bag? I stopped by at the Crab Factory in Petaling Jaya recently for a late lunch with my colleagues, and was impressed not just by the ambience, but also by its staggering array of treats from the sea that include king crabs, brown crabs, red lobsters, slipper lobsters and yabbies, all laid out for diners to have an infinitely delicious experience. Roughly three years ago, an avid traveller T.Y. Ooi decided to open a restaurant that embraces the Creole and Cajun cuisine after an eye-opening trip to Louisiana. Besides introducing […]

British Airways’ Top 10 Street Food Picks

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British Airways’ Top 10 Street Food Picks

British Airways announces its top picks on street food in Europe and North American in 2017. Travellers can now take advantage of the MATTA FAIR® special fares and travel to selected destinations to try out these mouthwatering street food. The special return fares start from RM2,588* in World Traveller economy class to London. Customers will land at the airline’s home – the award-winning London Heathrow Terminal 5 and from there they can enjoy stress-free onward connection to various cities across the UK, Europe and North America. Bookings must be made by 27 March 2017 on ba.com or at the upcoming MATTA fair for travel from 06 March 2017 to 31 December 2017. Vivian Tan-Loh, British Airways’ country manager for Malaysia, said, “One […]

Wood & Steel: Refreshingly Original 

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Wood & Steel: Refreshingly Original 

It was on a rainy Friday evening when my friend and I went to Wood & Steel in Kota Damansara, an area now regarded as one of Selangor’s currently hip neighbourhood. And if you know the Kota Damansara well, you will certainly be aware of the too many cafes around the area. Some goes the extra length to be innovative, while others remain true to the classic formula: good food, good place. Lately though, I have been hearing a few things about Wood & Steel, comments that usually went like “I eat there all the time,” or “the bruschetta they have is the best,” making me all the more intrigued. It was cold outside, so I was eager to get myself a […]

Reminiscing the Flavours of Great Instant Noodles

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Reminiscing the Flavours of Great Instant Noodles

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic about instant noodles since many of us in Malaysia, including parts Asia, grew up eating them. They have been part of the dietary staple – we eat them during cold rainy nights at home with family; during our student days, devouring them in between long hours of study at hostels; during tight budgets; and even while travelling across the world for easy, no fuss meal. In Malaysia, 1.3 million packets of instant noodles are reportedly sold every day. It therefore goes without saying that instant noodles are now a part of the Malaysian and Asian culture.

Good Taste Minus the Fancy in Kuantan

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Good Taste Minus the Fancy in Kuantan

In the midst of the current craze of over-the-top food presentations, funky interiors and all things hipster, one sometimes forget that eating out, above all else, is essentially about the food – no frills, no nonsense, just simple real good taste to be enjoyed by oneself or with good company. That basic principle has never been lost with Lila Wadi, Kula Cakes and Krim by Kula Cakes, all considered as top notch eateries in Kuantan that have been winning the hearts of connoisseurs and common diners alike.   Lila Wadi The song by Gardiner Sisters was playing on the stereo when my friend and I stepped into the dim-lit restaurant. But despite the slow acoustic music in the background, the place was […]

7 Places To Dine in Kuantan, Pahang

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7 Places To Dine in Kuantan, Pahang

Kuantan, to the Gaya Travel team, seems to be going on the right direction, providing friendly, laid-back dining spots that serve affordable serious food for both locals and travellers alike. The city is turning into a major culinary centre on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast through its wide range of eateries in the forms of artsy cafes, classic kopitiams, fine dining and traditional ethnic stalls, so diners will never have any problem in satisfying their palate. For travellers who are new to Kuantan’s gastronomic scene, allow us to introduce you some of the best places to dine, where memorable meals can be enjoyed without having to pay through the nose or drive extra miles to the outskirts. Check out our best 7 spots […]

14 Places To Visit In Jakarta

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14 Places To Visit In Jakarta

Jakarta – being the capital and largest city to a country with the largest economy in Southeast Asia that creates employment opportunity to millions of people – continues to flourish as a tourism hotspot, especially in anticipation of the completion of its new airport, scheduled to be ready by 2017, and the mass rapid transit systems, slated for completion by mid-2018.   The following are the places that travellers can choose to explore when being in this sprawling megacity: WEST JAKARTA 1. Kota Tua Jakarta (Jakarta Old Town) Jakarta Old Town is a popular meeting point. It is a historic place developed during the Dutch period, whereby most of its buildings are among the oldest in Jakarta. Travellers may ride colourful bicycles with […]

Slurping Goodness at the AK Noodles House

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Slurping Goodness at the AK Noodles House

AK Noodles House also takes pride in its popular fish balls and fish cakes made according to the original recipe of the founder, Mr. Tan Ooi Koong, who combines both traditional and modern techniques to achieve their chewy and compact texture.

A Night of Experience, Appreciation and Taste at Limoncello-Svago

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A Night of Experience, Appreciation and Taste at Limoncello-Svago

Limoncello-Svago Bistro & Lounge is the place where patrons should abandon their diet and savour a combination of simple homemade dishes and a flavourful unique cuisine that is a blend of Asian and Italian.

Backlane Loving

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Backlane Loving

I had a very nice time out with my colleagues that night. We ate, drank coffee, played monopoly and enjoyed each other’s company at a gorgeous spot near the popular Jonker Street called Backlane Coffee. It was a Thursday evening, and the shop was not full unlike during weekends, which was completely fine by us, who appreciate the peace and quiet every now and then. Backlane Coffee is established since late December 2014 by a young lovely lady called Shu Lin whom we heard is a trained barista from Australia. The shop is decorated in a heart-warming colour scheme that feels cosy, inviting and smells oh so good that I had the feeling that not only we were about to savour great cups […]

Top 5 Lesser-Known Hipster Cafes In Hong Kong To Explore This Summer

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Top 5 Lesser-Known Hipster Cafes In Hong Kong To Explore This Summer

Hipster cafes are aplenty in Hong Kong, but the best ones are usually the lesser-known cafes tucked away in the most unexpected places. While tourists flock to the usual coffee chains for a cup of coffee, trendy locals and long-time expat residents park themselves at the mushrooming independent cafes that allow them to spend a quiet yet pleasant afternoon without breaking the bank. Here’s a peek into the top 5 best-kept hipster secrets:   Café Hillywood Blink and you might just miss it! This hearty little café is so hidden that only eagle-eyed hipsters would be able to chance upon it. Located just across the street from Hong Kong Bowling Green Club, Café Hillywood quickly became a favourite hangout spot for locals […]

7 Ramadan Buffets to try outside Kuala Lumpur

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7 Ramadan Buffets to try outside Kuala Lumpur

Though it is already in the middle of the Muslim fasting month Ramadan, Gaya Travel believes that many Malaysians still look forward to meet and enjoy together the wide selection of buffet spread and cuisines offered by food and beverage outlets to break fast at sunset or to have dinner. The following are a selection of 7 Ramadan buffets that diners can experience when being outside Kuala Lumpur.   [iconboxes layout=”icon-inside-left”] [iconbox title=”The Saujana Kuala Lumpur” title_color=”” icon=”cutlery” icon_color=”white” icon_background_color=”purple” link=”” linktext=”” linktarget=”_self” description_color=””][/iconbox] [/iconboxes] Theme: ‘Juadah di bawah Sinaran Bintang’ (Feasting under the stars) Description: 18 live action stalls featuring Roasted Whole Lamb, apam balik (crispy pancake with butter and peanuts filling), tandoori chicken and naan bread, Lemang Bakar (roasted glutinous […]

5 Ramadan Buffets to try out in Kuala Lumpur

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5 Ramadan Buffets to try out in Kuala Lumpur

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating or drinking from Suhoor (before dawn or twilight) until Maghrib (sunset). Besides, it is also the month that provides the opportunity for family and friends to get together to break their fast at sunset with refreshing food and beverages, also known as Buka Puasa or Iftar. As such, Gaya Travel has selected 6 buffets that are worth trying out in Kuala Lumpur during Ramadan. Theme: “Selera Desa Nostalgia 60-an” Description: The Ramadan buffet at AnCasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur offers palatable menus to satisfy diverse taste buds such as nasi kabsah with kambing bakar (Arabic rice served with grilled lamb) and sambal udang petai (shrimp and stink bean […]