Showing posts with label JB. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JB. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jang Won Korean Restaurant & Just Want Coffee, The Garden

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Whenever the convoy heads to JB, we'll end up going to Jang Won Korean Restaurant for a hearty meal (previous visit here). We have yet to come across another place that can rival the wide selection of banchan (반찬) at Jang Won. As usual, Joseph is our defacto order-guy, so we just need to concentrate on filling up our mouths with food while he shouts out the order list in the background. 
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The Sisters untie! You can probably tell that this is a backdated entry given that I was still spotting my bangs, lol! Seriously trying to catch up on lost time heh.  While the others went for a "break", we spent time taking pictures, lol! Joycelyn is now a mummy to a sweet baby Valerie while Eunice has upgraded to Mrs Lik :) Will blog about their overseas wedding in another post when I sort out the pictures. 
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 The mandatory group picture. As I coined it, this is attendance taking - proof of who joined for the gatherings.
Jang Won Restaurant
K3-211, 2nd Floor, Block C
Kompleks Perniagaan, Taman Stulang Laut
Jalan Ibrahim
Johor Bahru 80300
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Joseph, being the 地头蛇, brought us to a cafe to chill. Before we departed Jang Won, Joe gave his smug look that the Sisters will love this cafe. We didn't believe him initially, but when Eunice also gave her nod of approval, we became excited. Sorry bro, we have more faith in your wife's taste.
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Located in a residential estate, the cafe is housed in an actual housing unit with its own garden! As soon as we got off the car, all the phones/cameras came out and the girls kept snapping away. Eunice showed me a picture of the exterior during day-time and mentioned that this cafe reminded her of our love nest, lol! 
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Googled for the day picture (credits to owner of pic). OK, I want to go back again during day time and re-take all the pictures. Little did I know that this was just one of the JWC theme cafe outlets in JB. When I have the time to sort out pictures from the SD card, I shall blog about the JWC visit in another entry. 
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Welcome to my The Garden. Both indoor and outdoor seats are available; given that it was a rather cooling night, we decided on outdoor seats to soak in the atmosphere. What a pity Leecher didn't join us for this outing~ I snapped lots of pictures & tapped on their free wifi to send those across to Leecher. 
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 No one helped us to arrange the tables, so we had to self-service. Since too many cooks (will) spoil the broth, we decided to make ourselves useful by snapping pictures/looking at the menu first. Eye-power at its best! 
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Love the simple floral arrangement :)  
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They serve mainly desserts, pastries and beverages like coffee/tea. The sisters headed indoors to look at the cakes on display. However, there wasn't much choices left, so we can only make do with what they had to offer. Meanwhile, we spotted the hardworking barista at work. 
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 The guys mass-ordered cappuccino (RM$11) for their caffeine fix.
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 You can either order the original latte (RM$9.50) or pick a flavour from the list provided at RM$11.50 per cup. The flavour includes rose, roasted almond, masala chai and passion fruit. We didn't want to be adventurous, so we stick to the original latte.
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For the non-coffee drinkers, I had to opt for pot tea (RM$18) which contains french rose and hibiscus. There is also a weekly selection of gourmet leaf tea at RM$11.50 each.
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Blueberry scone (RM$10.50). This comes in cranberry as well, but it was sold out so we couldn't get to try. 
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Cheesecake (RM$9) which was average at best. 
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Lastly, presenting 2 of their recommended items - Tiramisu (RM$13) and homemade waffles (RM$12). Waffles was average, nothing particular caught my tastebuds. I had my own share of hit-and-misses with tiramisu. I really dislike those with extremely soggy base. The Garden's version was almost my ideal type - not-so-soggy base, the ideal proportion of coffee, mascarpone and sponge fingers. The serving is just nice for one pax, but food always taste better when shared.
Just Want Coffee, The Garden 
Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra, 
Taman JP Perdana,  
Johor Bahru 81100
Tel: 07-2966530
Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays

Monday, August 5, 2013

Family Outing: Desaru Fruit Farm Tour Part Two

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Happy Monday! Don't you all love this week for we are just 2 days away from the long weekend :) I'm so looking forward to just spending time at home with Leecher & perhaps, go visiting cafes again. It has been a long time since my last Sunday Brunch entry . Since then, I  I have listed more cafes that I want to try to my ever-growing list. All that is left is finding time to drag my lazy body out of our comfy house :p
The 2nd installment of our fruit farm visit :) Halfway through the tour, we had a little break at Koi pond, where you are free to roam around the area for picture taking, having a drink etc.
Kids crowded around the koi pond to feed the fishes. Whenever I see koi fishes, it will remind me of those flags that I often see in Doraemon cartoon
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 "Koi" actually comes from the japanese word meaning "carp". Japanese families will fly these carp-shaped flags to celebrate Children's Day. Additionally, koi are symbols of love and friendship in Japan.
  
with Leecher :) 
 
Our tour guide, Ina taking a break & seeking shelter underneath the trees. 
 
Dear Leecher also took the chance to rest his tired legs. 
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Leecher spotted this mini durian & brought it to me. Knowing how much I hate durian, but this was definitely too cute to miss.
 
Fits nicely into my palm :) Even though it was a miniature, but the thorns still hurts! I had to hurry Leecher to snap the pic as the sharp thorns were pricking into my skin. 
 
We spotted a bunch of miniature banana too!
 
Bees! The farm had an educational bee keeping program, where we sat through the talk at the end of the tour.
 
We walked through the plantation, where we saw hectares of land filled up with all kinds of fruit trees. Even though we were tempted to pluck the fruits, but the nearby warning sign kept our hands in check :)  
 
Be prepared to be fined RM500!
 Another lil surprise awaits for us at the end of the walk!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Family Outing: Desaru Fruit Farm Tour Part One

 
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The outing continued with a visit to Desaru Fruit Farm. Desaru has always given me the impression of a beach resort, as we were there for our wedding pictures & I've been there with my family during Uni days. We started the day with a tour in the fruit farm.
 
There are several packages available from their website where you can opt for day/overnight tours. Alternatively, you can choose to just walk in and opt from their ready packages. We chose a package that includes a farm tour + box of fruits at RM$20 per person. Once you have paid, get ready to board the truck that will bring you to the fruit farm.
  
The roof was thatched using coconut leaves (I think), which provided us with shelter from the blazing sun.
 
Photo-bombed by Roger, lol! Leecher & I forgot to bring our shades from the car, despite me telling him not to forget to remind me. 
 
Once everyone is on board, off we went into the farm! The farm occupies over 180 acres of land, with all kinds of tropical fruits grown within the compound. A little googling revealed the farm won several awards from the tourism industry.
  
The journey started with a guided tour to the farm, where we all got off from the vehicle upon instructions from the guide.
Guess what are these?
Dragon fruits also known as Pitaya. They set on cactus-like trees 30-50 days after flowering & can sometimes have 5-6 cycles of harvest per year. We saw 2 different types, - one with a green surface while another one with a reddish hue (above). The reddish hue has pinkish flesh & contains stronger anti-oxidants. Thus, price also more exp, lol!
 
Our friendly guide for the day, Ina! She's well-versed in Mandarin too, explaining some of the terms in Chinese so the elderly will understand.
This is known as bread fruit - having derived its name from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a potato-like flavour, similar to freshly baked bread. This is one of the highest-yielding food plants, with a single tree producing up to 200 or more fruits per season.
 
How can I forget Leecher's favourite - Jackfruit? Haha, he can't forget the horror that he went through during our wedding day, lol! He was gamed for a picture, as long as he don't have to eat the fruit. 
Pulasan, a native of Malaysia. Many mistook this to be rambutan due to its uncanny similar outlook. Well, they have a reason to be confused, for both fruits originate from the same family, Sapindaceae.
We then crossed over to Passion Fruit Trail to explore more fruits. It felt like I was being transported back in time, at the kampong house where I used to live in. We had a small plantation at the back of our house in old Lim Chu Kang road.
Friends who know me will know that I'm not a fruit lover, but I always have passion fruit aloe vera bubble tea :) The passion fruit flower is the national flower of Paraguay.
We were thankful for "shelter" along this trail, even though it was minimal.
Banana trees, much to the delight of Daddy-in-law for he loves banana. The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. When a banana plant is mature, the corm will form a flower spike or inflorescence. We managed to see one that is partially opened (above). With the recent craze on minions, everyone started pronouncing banana as Bah-Na-Na, lol!
The trail continued with more explanation on the various types of fruits/plants that are cultivated in the plantation. 
Leecher saw this and pointed out to me, lol! This was actually a Mulberry fruit, but all I could think of was 
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Opps! #hangheadinshame, lol!   
Flowers were also blooming in the garden, much to my delight :) 
OK, my eyelids are getting heavier & I can feel the bed calling out for me. 
Have a good weekend everyone!

**Psst ... special thanks to Melvin for his contribution of pics on the blog (those w/o watermarks) ^^
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