Monday, February 21, 2011

Dinner at Qba

A couple of weekends ago, we had dinner at Qba located at Westin Hotel. It was our first time there, so we were looking forward to a nice dinner with friends. I was quite trigger happy the whole night, taking photos of all our food and stopping people from eating first. Here are the pictures.

The obligatory menu picture

Our still empty table

The kitchen

Heard they had to fly in a special team to paint the walls this way

We had a full course dinner of starters, mains, side dishes, dessert & coffee. We were all stuffed at the end of the meal.

Wine to kick things off

Salad with blue cheese

Usually, i do not enjoy smoked salmon. But this time, i really enjoyed it. I fell in love with the first mouthful. It really melts in your mouth.

Smoked Salmon

Salad with grilled octopus

Steak fries as a side dish

Lamb cutlet with a banana fritter on top

Rib eye Australian Grain Fed Black Angus Beef

Burned Crème Catalane

Caramelized Argentinian Crepes with Ice-cream

illy coffee

Chocolate cigars to end the meal

It was a very satisfying meal at Qba. The steaks were all right, though Prime is still top of my list.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Monkey business

Happy Chinese New Year all!! How was your holiday? I was back in my hometown for about a week. Though the holidays are over, but CNY is not. The eating and gambling continues!

Back in my hometown, there's a popular park called 'Tanjung Emas' where lots of people go there for the playground, to jog, kite flying, or for a walk by the river. There's also a spot where there are lots of monkeys! People usually go there to look at the monkeys or to feed them. There's usually a trader selling snacks, so the monkeys will crowd around there. After so long, the monkeys are not afraid of people anymore. They can be quite bold and even snatch food from people holding any food. Monkeys eating out from packets of junk food are not a rare sight.

Each evening, locals will take a drive around that place to look at the monkeys. Just like the rest, I followed my brother and his family one evening to watch the monkeys. He parked his car by the roadside for baby Cheyenne to have a better look.

Monkeys sitting around the jogging path

Sometimes the monkeys will jump onto parked cars. If they see something interesting in the car, they will try to grab it only to be deterred by the windows.

I saw this poor guy trying to get into his car. He tried to shoo the monkeys away from the driver's door. After failing to do so, he had to get into the back door on the other side and then crawl into the driver's seat.

Poor guy managed to get into the rear seat

Successfully squeezed into the front

In the end he managed to drive off, but with a couple of monkeys car pooling.

Monkeys hitching a ride back into town?

That was sure an entertaining afternoon.