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Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Nam Lee Cheong Wines and Royce Chocolate

Hello! Since it’s the weekend I thought I’d share something more relaxing, with more pleasure over the weekend; chocolate and wine

I was recently invited to a Nam Lee Cheong Wine and Royce Chocolate Pairing session by the butterfly project. Well it was a very interesting session, who doesn’t love wine, or who would reject chocolate ? Both are my favourite pleasure food, and to pair them both together, it is like a match made in heaven!

pure chocolate extra bitter - montes late harvest 2

Nam Lee Cheong is among Malaysia’s oldest and largest homegrown importer and distributor of wines and spirits. Distributing to hotels, hypermarkets, restaurants, retail outlets and end consumers, Nam Lee Cheong moves an excess of 1,000,000 bottles per annum. They also one of the biggest distributors of locally produced spirits.

Nam Lee Cheong has been a driving force of innovation in the Malaysian wine, spirits and liquor industry, from pioneering the concept of appointing dealers in the 70s to the development of the wine industry and classified growths. With the first wine shop opened in 1946 in Petaling Street, Nam Lee Cheong is now not only a traditional family business spanning three generations, they are grounded on strong professional integrity and traditional family values while moving forward in an ambitious yet customer centric approach.

nam lee cheong wine shop

Introducing Mr. Leong Keng Mun, the Managing Director of Nam Lee Cheong Wines who carried us throughout  the event carefully explaining the combinations between wine and chocolate, taste profile and changes after pairing wine and chocolate together.

Royce PublikaWhat other chocolate would be appropriate for this pairing non other than ROYCE Chocolate ? This is the outlet in Ben’s Independent Grocer, Publika.

Royce Chocolate and Nam Lee Cheong wineshop pairing in publika

There are 6 pairings to try out. Now what we do, first we get a little introduction to the wines, how to pair different wines with different types of chocolate (uhm, basically just keep trying)

Royce Chocolate and Nam Lee Cheong wineshop pairing

So, how do we enjoy this wine and chocolate pairing ?

First, you smell the wine. Twirl the wine in a glass and breathe in all of the aromas in a long, smooth whiff.

Smell Chocolate, lightly rub the chocolate’s exterior, place towards the nose and smell the chocolate to stimulate your senses.

Taste Chocolate, take a small bite and rest the tongue for 10-15 seconds. Notice the different aspects of the chocolate’s composition while it melt at different time. your senses would highlight multiple flavours throughout the experience

Taste Wine, Take a sip of win and sense the balance and complexity of the chocolate and wine on your palette. Start to move the chocolate around your mouth and lightly bite.

It all sounds so complex, but what you should do is to taste and smell each individually, then taste them both together. This will bring out a 3rd dimension taste to it.

R Chocolat Milk Cocoa - sweet lips moscato

First up we have the R Chocolat Milk Cocoa. A creamy milk chocolate, R Chocolate is filled with cookie crunch and milk cacao cream, which hightlights the flavour of cocoa powder.

The pairing wine, Warburn Estate Gossips Sweet Lips Moscato. Pale gold in colour with a green tinge. Scents of perfumed rose petal and hints of musk lingers in the nose. It is a full luscious wine with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. Has a hint of fig in your middle palate, finishing with a touch of apricot at the end.

R Chocolate - sweet lips moscato

When tasted both together, the wine seems to balance the sweetness from the milk cocoa solids from the R Chocolate and enhances the nuttiness of the chocolate. This combination brings up flavours of ripe jammy fruits, enhancing the characteristics of the wine.

bar chocolate creamy milk and pink moscato

Here we have the Bar Chocolate Creamy Milk by Royce. A milk chocolate that is abundant with the full richness and creamy flavour of locally drawn Hokkaido milk. Extra creamy milk is added to the fragrant milk chocolate, which results in a mild and gentle flavour on the palate.

From Nam Lee Cheong, we have the Warburn Estate Rumours Pink Moscato. Vivid rose pink in colour and in the nose scents of freshly harvested strawberries. Hints of cherry with flavours of strawberry in the palate and finishing with a light spritz.

bar chocolate - pink moscato

The happened to be my favourite combo. While the wine has sweetness of cherry and tasted floral, savouring both chocolate and wine together makes it less floral, but more structure with a mature taste.

Montes Late Harvest and Nama Chocolate Milk Cacao

Now this 3rd wine will be repeating itself with the next 4 types of chocolate. Funny how it’s the same wine, but paired with different chocolate, it gives a different character.

It’s non other than the Nama Chocolate Mild Cacao. No liquor is added to this Mild Cacao Nama Chocolate but the taste of cacao remains conspicuous, and this allows for an exquisite balance in the chocolate’s overall flavour. Indeed, its essence of cacao, subtly present here, that lends this Nama Chocolate its very name and expression.

Montes Late Harvest is a blend of 50% Gewurztraminer and 50% of Riesling. The first conveys apricot and honey flavours, finely combined with the typical mould of botrytis. The second gives the structure, freshness and typical mineral hints. The taste of this is creamy, full-bodied with a good balance of sugar, rounded by the acidity of Riesling.

 nama mild cacao - montes late harvest

Montes Late Harvest is a sweeter wine compared to the first 2. It has a strong honey taste to it. While combined with mild cacao Nama chocolate, it finishes strong with an enhanced flavour of dried mandarin orange peel. This gives a strong but sweet bitterness to the palate.

Montes Late Harvest and bar chocolate black

 

Together with the Montes Late Harvest, here we have the Bar Chocolate Black. This light-hearted chocolate celebrates the bitter-factor brought by cacao as its key ingredient. Both bitter and sweet flavours balance each other perfectly, resulting in an invigoratingly sour taste that permeates the mouth with each bite.

Standing at 63% cocoa, the pairing of both wine and chocolate results in a medley of chocolate and maple syrup. It also leaves the palate with a smokey toast at the end. This was my least favourite combination of the night.

pure chocolate extra bitter - montes late harvest

On to the 2 last pairings with Montes Late Harvest again, is the Pure Chocolate Mild Bitter and Extra Bitter.

Beautiful facade, weight, shape – everything is calculated to enhance the fine texture of these round discs bursting with pure chocolate flavour. The natural bitterness is due to its high level of cacao composition – 80% found in Mild Bitter and 90% found in Extra Bitter.

Pure Chocolate mild bitter - late harvestThe pairing of these two types of high cocoa ratio with the wine portrays very different result from its original chocolate state. As both has very high cacao content, they tend to be very bitter. But with the wine, it tones down the bitterness, bringing its original sweetness to the palate. The pairing finishes with a pleasant flavour of Lychee on the palate with a hint of smokiness.

I must say that this has been quite an interesting session of testing while learning the characteristics of chocolate, enhanced by pairing it with wine, and vice versa.

For more information about Nam Lee Cheong Wines, drop by their online store http://www.wineshop.com.my and get wines from all over the world delivered to you! FB : https://www.facebook.com/wineshopMY

Also, don’t forget to check out Royce’ Malaysia as well (www.royce.com.my)

Thanks to Butterfly Project for the invite.

 

Magnum Mini House of Pleasure

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MAgnum mini house of pleasure publika

If you’re in Publika and saw this HUGE Magnum Ice cream, you’re in for a treat. A pleasurably fun treat.

Magnum has recently launched its new creation, the Magnum Mini. Made from the finest Belgian Chocolate, the best chocolate in its class, the new Magnum Mini – a decadent bite size treat provides a moment of remarkable pleasure that can fit into any schedule, any time of the day.

Magnum Mini me

Magnum Mini Publika House of Pleasure

We are all entitled to little pleasures every now and then, regardless what form it comes in. For me, having to indulge in a delicious dessert after a long day, is one of the little pleasure of life.

Magnum Publika Event

The new Magnum Mini, now coated in thick cracking Belgian Chocolate (oh trust me, the chocolate coating was good!) comes in 3 different flavours :

  • Magnum Mini Classic; a smooth creamy vanilla ice cream covered in a layer of thick cracking Belgian Chocolate.
  • Magnum Mini Almond; a creamy vanilla ice cream, covered in a layer of thick cracking Belgian Chocolate AND crunchy almond pieces.
  • Magnum Mini Chocolate Brownie; a smooth creamy brownie flavoured ice cream coated in thick cracking Belgian Chocolate and chunky cashew nut pieces.

 

Magnum Mini made its debut among trendsetters and tastemakers at the Magnum Mini House of Pleasure in Publika – where the mega celebration party was held. Can you recognize some familiar faces?

Magnum Mini Moments Pleasure Seekers

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are at, having a little time off to rest and relax, have a personal mini moment and indulge a Magnum Mini whenever you want with less guilt (well since it’s a Mini now)

During the launch party, guests were immediately swpet away to a delectable array of mini indulgences. There’s an array of beautiful chocolate dessert bar, we got to decorate a 3D mini chocolate model and also enjoy a Magnum manicure!

Magnum dessert pleasures

Magnum Mini Event Manicure

chocolate blusher

Magnum Mini launch event

Met up with other girls, Kahmon, Kay, Shasha and a newly met blogger

Now if you’re wondering what’s beneath the HUGE Magnum ‘roof’, it’s the Mini House of Pleasure. Much like one’s home, one can feel free to indulge in little treats spontaneously and without any hesitation. In every room, you find one of the 9 Magnum Mini Moment Pleasure Icons reality projection.

Magnum Mini Publika

The Magnum Mini House of Pleasure will be open to the public from 24th October to 3rd November 2013 where YOU can experience for yourself, your own Magnum Mini Moments.

You then get to take photos with them and they would be uploaded to Magnum’s Facebook Page.

Here’s what we did!!

Pleasure Seeker - Elaine Daly Pleasure seeker - celebritiers

Magnum Mini Me

The new Magnum Mini is available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, and petrol marts. They are available in a multipack of 6 for a suggested retail price of RM 12.90

For more information on the new Magnum Mini, visit the Magnum’s FB page at http://www.facebook.com/Magnum

Don’t forget, the Magnum Mini House of Pleasure will be open to the public from 24th October to 3rd November 2013!!

[Brunch] Healthy & Delicious Brunch at BreadFruits

Hello!

Pardon my absence as I was relatively sick (like a dog) for the past 4 days. I was feeling much better today tho I still have this very annoying itchy throat that coughs your life out if it tickles. Errr yeah. But I was scheduled to meet some of my girlfriends for brunch, well, gotta go anyways haha cause didn’t wanna miss out catching up with them.

So I found this place called BreadFruits in Desa Sri Hartamas. I usually find out about new places via instagram, as I’m a IG-addict if you may call so.

breadfruits sri hartamas brunch

 

As the name suggest, you are going to find lots of fruits here. I like it that they use lots of fresh and healthy ingredients in their meals too!

breadfruit sri hartamas brunch fruitWhether you are looking for a cup of juice to boost your immune system or improve metabolism, or a cup of warm soothing honey lemon drink, you are bound to leave this place with a higher dose of vitamin c than when you came in.

Breadfruits desa sri hartamas brunch klTheir menu ranges from the regular weekend brunch, pasta, salad and sandwiches. Also on the counter are made to order fresh juice, danishes and strudels, coffee and another specialty, Malaysian Wild Honey.

breadfruits smoked salmon platter

Smoked Salmon Breakfast Platter, with avocado and capers, scrambled free range eggs, sourdough toast and arugula. (RM24.80+) Generous serving of smoked salmon, perfectly cooked scrambled eggs and such delicious combo of avocado, tomato and capers, drizzled with some freshly squeezed lemon. I could just eat the avocado all by itself. This platter comes with a small glass of juice of the day and a serving of coffee or tea.

breadfruits tree hugger vegan brunchThe Tree Hugger (RM 21.80), a vegetarian option. Sourdough Toast, mushroom, tomato, avocado, mashed potato, homemade baked beans and arugula. This baked bean is not your ordinary canned Heinz baked beans. It’s made with cannellini beans and a simple tomato sauce with what seems like olives. This also comes with a juice of the day and a serving of coffee or tea.

breadfruit sri hartamas 7min egg pastaThis dish resembles a homemade carbonara. The Brunch Pasta with 7 min egg (RM16.80) comes in a loadful of bacon, mushroom, cherry tomaty and arugula. Well, the egg ??

breadfruit brunch pastaPour out and stir it!. The ooey gooey yolk makes a good sauce.

breadfruit banana bacon french toastAnother dish well recommended was the Roasted Banana Bacon French Toast with Passionfruit Wild Honey (RM18.80). The bread seems more just toasted than dipped and fried with egg. But I can accept that. The combination of banana, bacon, cinnamon sugar and passionfruit AND honey seems good enough.

breadfruit delicious french toast banana bacon passionfruit honey

 

How delicious does that look!! I love passionfruit, so I love it when people use more of it, in drinks, cakes, dessert or dishes like this!

We also had some pastries after chatting for 1 hour, and some freshly concocted juices and the special Wild Honey Lemon drink to soothe my uber itchy throat. The bill came up to about RM 110 ish for 4 person.

I don’t feel greasy or uneasy at all after the meal, infact I was just fine and seemed like we just ate something very healthy! HAHA. There may be fat in avocado or smoked salmon, but they are all good fats, that everyone needs. So if you’re in for a healthy brunch option around town, Breadfruits in Desa Sri Hartamas may be the best bet yet.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BreadFruits/262169787225018

BreadFruits,
17, Jalan 26/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6201-0090
PS: you will see more Brunch posts coming up! It’s like my weekend to-do lately.
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