Sunday, April 29, 2007

Lyrical Lemongrass' Diary - 24 Hours of Indulgence

riseaboveFriday. 27 April.

7.45pm (15 minutes after arrival time for 1st ever food bloggers' gathering at Sandias, Damansara Heights)

Late!!! SMSes lambasted me from all directions.


No carpark! I drove past Sandias and saw lots of beautiful people.


Threw car on an illegal yellow line, jumped out and did the 100m dash to Sandias. I was too dishevelled to feel jittery, but butterflies came back as I made it past the front entrance. Nigel spotted me first and greeted me with a loud yell and a big warm hug which immediately melted my fears. Makan kakis, WMW, Precious Pea, Boo_licious and FatBoyBakes appeared soon after so I knew I was in familiar territory. I also managed to locate my Shah Alam makan kaki, Riz, and his friend, Adly from FriedChillies. Citygal kept to her perfume promise, while Jackson kept to his....other....promise. I shall never wash my cheek again.


Started warming up. Thanks Martell and Kenny Mah for constantly replenishing the fluid supply on our table. SC and SF seemed totally entertained by the banter (which progressively became louder and sillier with more Martell) going on in our little corner. The conversation was so loud that I had a hard time hearing Mei Yen, Bob (Mei Yen's fiance) and Tim at the other end of the table. No, it wasn't because my ears needed cleaning.

Between 8.30pm and hmmmm....11.00pm?

Ate a bit and photographed a bit. These are some of the pics I took (staying true to the code of ethics, I didn't photograph faces of food bloggers!):-

Serious foodblogger Tim from 3-meals nursing his Martell.

The very sweet SC from Food4Thot enjoying her Taquitos Fritos.

The whacky Riz Ainuddin from The Connoisseur in Me with his Postre Helado de Limon.

Kenny's lovely dinner date, Nisa, proudly displaying her Pollo a la Castellana.

Kenny Mah dipping his tortilla.

A very happy Jackson from Living in Food Heaven.


Left for The Attic, feeling a little hungry, but looking forward to the choc & cheese cake from Just Heavenly promised by Nigel.

nigel's cake
Perfection in a slice. I relished every bite.

12.00 midnight

As the hours went by, the night grew a lot more decadent. My code of conduct at The Attic does not allow me to elaborate further.


Left The Attic in an intoxicated state, thanks to a sensational cocktail - In Bed with KC (or is that Casey?). Who would have thought Tabasco sauce could do more than make Mary all bloody? Ask for that cocktail the next time you're at The Attic. If you're a masochist. It burns.


Jumped into bed.

Saturday. 28 April.


Woke up with a hangover.


Met up with Jason, WMW and Precious Pea for lunch. Made a pit stop at Precious Pea's place to see her new prized possession. Pumpkin is hyperactive and absolutely adorable!


Baby walrus or dog? You decide.


Made our way to Kin Kin Restaurant for their famous pan mee. By this time, everyone was ravenous, having skipped breakfast to pig out in the afternoon. The pan mee was worth the wait.

I must be a masochist. Why else would I continue eating the chilli despite seeing warning signals - burning throat, beads of sweat forming on my nose, tears torrentially pouring down my face?


Being the gluttons that we are, we made our way to Nam Chuan in Lucky Garden, Bangsar for a second round of food. Parked car, illegally, on yellow line near the roundabout at Lucky Garden.

sarawak laksa
Sarawak laksa.

hakka abacus seeds
Hakka Abacus Seeds.

Char koay teow.

At this point, Nigel graced us with his presence.


Reminded food bloggers that we were attending "Readings" at Seksan's in Lucky Garden which was scheduled to start at 3.30pm.

3.30pm (scheduled start time for "Readings")

Made frantic call to Kenny Mah to find out where in the world Seksan's was.


Parked car, illegally, behind someone's house, thereby effectively blocking the entire back alley. Greeted by the man himself, posing in his free Martell Rise Above T-shirt from the night before.

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Kenny went up first with his reading of I Am Woman, Is This Missing You and Only The Greatest Gets To Go. Wow!! Wow!!! Wow!!!!! Picture's a bit blur. I had the cheap seat.

Jerome Kugan went up next. His heart wrenching renditions inspired WMW to start singing about food throughout our journey back. I think she deserves a spot in the next Readings session. Can Sharon Bakar please take note? TQ. :-)

By this time, having had quite a big dose of intellectual nourishment, we were feeling hungry and ready for dessert, so we hopped and skipped away to my car as we headed to our next destination.


Home is where the heart is, and boy, were we at Home! Bakerzin at Bangsar Village.





Rushed frantically home. I was meeting my family members at 7.30pm for a night of culture.


Dang. We got our meeting place all wrong. They were waiting for us 25km away from where we were. So we agreed to meet up at MATIC instead.



Dance begins. Peace and quiet for 2 hours.

Note: Complete food reviews will follow in due course. This is just a teaser. I am still a food blogger at heart although I am contemplating moving to the dark side.

Other reviews:-


wmw said...

Ha ha ha..."Wonderfull" post! But where's that macro shot you took of someone's posterior? Hee hee...What a day! Food, Lit, Culture! Woo hoo

boo_licious said...

Wow, food and culture too. That's good! so wmw is going for the next readings?

Pssst, what kind of behaviour at the attic?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

WMW: hehe. macro shots of posteriors should be done when the subject is not wearing jeans.

boo_licious: wmw going for next readings to read or to be read to? hehe. And my lips are sealed as to what happened at The Attic. *grin* much u wanna pay me?

Precious Pea said...

Where is the photo of you and pumpkin??

wmw, you forgot one more item...singing. Remember? We learned that we can blogged about food through songs!!

Tummythoz said...

I knew I was missing out big time when I cannot make it on Sat! Err what's reading? Never been to one.

Xiu Long Bao said...

U all had so much fun on Saturday! Must be pretty exhausted huh?

Kenny Mah said...

No time to blog-hop and leave comments properly yet but I'd say this --- you lot are the very, very BEST! Crazy, funny, silly, happy, adjectives fail me...

...and seeing that shot of me, I now understand what Nisa means by me having no ass. *sobs*

k.t.x said...

i can see that the brandy was more demanding than the food. m i not right? lol.

really salute u guys. lol

Anonymous said...

Aww... Miss the atmosphere and you guys~~!! Thanks for everything you've arranged on Saturday *hugs*

Jackson said...

wow..... salute to you!! 24 hours non stop of indulge in food heaven!! Really nice meeting u, my darling!

Precious Pea said...

What did Jackson do to you???? ;) ;)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

precious pea: The answer to your 1st question is - I got shy. So no pic of me with pumpkin. Anyway, this is a pretty nice shot too mah. Scroll down for answer to 2nd question.

tummythoz: ya lar...I was so hoping you'd make it for the saturday gathering! You can get further information on Readings here:
Try to catch the next one!

xiu long bao: I'm still recovering, coz Sunday was another full day too. hehe.

kenny mah: Silly?? Hmmmmmm. Thanks for all the compliments tho. I'm sure all the food bloggers will be pleased to see that.
About the no-ass comment, I guess that answers wmw's question on why I didn't do the macro on your posterior. haha.

k.t.x: we didn't drink that much, did we? lol. Our euphoria comes from good food rather than good liquor.

jason: you're really sweet and I look forward to meeting up with you again. :-)

jackson: You're cuter in real life! Next time, join us for our makan session in Klang, k.

precious pea: Answer to question No. 2 - Sorry, but I don't kiss and tell. :-P

backStreetGluttons said...

dis one diary can sell us ah ?
wan to make movie can onot?
got so many you never tell yet

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

team bsg: Diaries turned to movies are so 2001.

Too bad you couldn't make it to the gathering. Heard loads about u.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

u crazy bunch..haha i m waiting for the next crawl..hands rubbing together...yummm

Anonymous said...

So much food that I don't know which one to comment on :O
I like the pan-mian, maybe because there's an egg there to tempt me.
Bet the gathering was fun with food, and new friends. :) So lucky.

Anonymous said...

Nice perspective on the Sandias photos! Different from the rest.

The abacus seeds were found in Nam Chuan? Looks good, was it?

I was just looking at boo's and your photo of the Twin Towers. I always think it looks so surreal at night, both in pix and real life, like it's just a hologram that will disappear any time! It's like it's superimposed in the KL cityscape!

Babe_KL said...

gurl, where did you find all the energy??? gosh i wanna see those USB!!!

just in case USB is Ultra Sexi Butt kekeke

Kenny Mah said...

I guess my USB is Ultra Sad Butt then, hahahaha...

Unknown said...

whoa..those food pictures with foodie hands are so creative..haha..the 24 hours feast was crazy but fun..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

joe: next time join us! After your exams, that is...

tigerfish: we're such gluttons, yah. lol. the pan mee was really good with the creamy egg mixed into it.

kat: thanks! the abacus seeds were nice, but can be a bit "jelak" after awhile. Chew chew chew chew. And yeah, can never get enough of the Twin Towers. It's so surreal.

babe_kl: energy comes from ALL that FOOD we were eating. hahaha.

And all those who wanna see pic of cute butt, please email me. hehehe.

kenny mah: humility doesn't become you.

kampungboycitygal: gotta credit the owners of the hands! Yeah, it was a crazy 24 hours. Still recovering..

bibliobibuli said...

haha okay noted!

thanks for coming on sat, even if the other kind of nourishment won over the intellectual nourishment

what fun to hang out with food bloggers!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

bibliobibuli: I had a great time at Readings. Will definitely show up at the next one...early, of course, so that I will have some time to chat with you. :-)

Kenny Mah said...

What becomes me then? ;)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

kenny mah: a cute butt for one. Don't you feel so cheap? ;-)

Kenny Mah said...

Less than cheap, my dear. I believe they call it priceless. Hahahaha...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Aah..slutty. Now that certainly becomes you. ;-)

sc said...

dang! i miss quite a lot of good stuff on saturday eh..if it's not for the trip i had the next day, would have joined u guys :(. was a pleasure meeting u, hope to join u for food crawls in the future!

fatboybakes said...

which one was SC ah?
aiyo, you so energetic hor. I felt like a zombie on saturday, and had to host dinner some more....

Anonymous said...

That's like the longest post I've seen. Gosh, I wonder how you manage to survive thru an ordeal like that ! It'll take me weeks to complete that article. Fortunately I decided against putting an article on our gathering... seeing so many of you has done up something. Here .. I am trying to keep up to my usual posting which is wayyyy overdue. Btw .. good stuff there....

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sc: I'll call you the next time we organise a food crawl. Can you email me your hp number please? thx!

fbb: sc - the girl you introduced yourself to 3X! your age is showing, darling.

timothy: it was great to have finally met you! Your camera quite canggih hor? btw, when u say "ordeal", are you referring to the entire 24 hours, or the writing of the post? Either way, it was a pleasure. ;-)

sc said...

have emailed you my hp no. check your mail! :)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sc: thanks dear. I replied but your mailbox is full. Not sure if you have my's been floating around the floggers group emails. Anyway, I'll call you later just to make sure you have it. :-)

sc said...

yes, i do have your number.. hmm, weird, my mailbox is practically empty..wonder why it's rejecting the emails. you're not the only one telling me that..:(

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sc dahling, get gmail. :-P

MeiyeN said...

nice meeting you! :D unfortunately, we didn't get to speak much... thanks for da direction to bananaleaf rest @ brickfields ;)