Known widely as the hot head that he is, world renown chef, Gordon Ramsay, is soon to be opening his first restaurant in Malaysia.
Scheduled for June, the restaurant is rumored to be called “Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill” and will be located at Sunway Resort in Bandar Sunway, Selangor.’
“For the first time outside of the original Mayfair outlet, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill will open with a varied all-day menu offering everything from snacks and light bites, to Gordon Ramsay’s signature dishes such as Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding,” said Sunway Resort on its website.
The restaurant will offer all-day dining and will be located at the lobby level of Sunway Resort. Door to ceiling frames also allow views of Sunway Lagoon outside.
Also known for his hit television series such as “Kitchen Nightmares” and “Hell’s Kitchen”, Malaysians are excited for what is to come and were quick to let it be known on Twitter, with many of them referring back to Ramsay’s most infamous scenes such as the “idiot sandwich” scene and of course, “where’s the lamb sauce”.
Other than Malaysia, Ramsay has more restaurants that can be counted spanned across the globe.Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill is already accepting calls for reservations and bookings
In a world where many would try to spread love, there’ll always be a few that will be spoiling the moment with spreading hate here and there.
Art for instance, can be a beautiful thing, yet a tool for the hateful; the swastika, the infamous logo of the Nazis is just among the many hate symbols that are visible throughout Europe used by Neo-Nazis, Neo-fascism and such. One man, however, has taken it upon himself to erase this vile form of “art” throughout parts of Verona, Italy and beyond.
For more than a decade now, Italian street artist, – Pierre Paolo Spinazzè has been covering up racist street art and offensive writings with images of what Italians have a strong love for, food.
Considered almost sacred by the Italians, Spinazzè has quite literally took inspiration from every other Italian dinner table and stick it upon the walls. Working under the pseudonym of “Cibo” which means food in Italian, the artist paints all sorts of food such as pasta dishes, fruits, desserts and cheese wedges over any hateful art he could find.
According to Spinazzè, “Verona has always been ‘black’,” — namely, a city that supports the right-wing ideology — “and for a person who works in the field of freedom, fascism is an obstacle.”
He also says that inspiration for his work also conspired from personal experiences he had with neo-fascists back in university.
“I have seen the marks of neo-fascist violence on my friends, as eleven years ago a group of neo-fascists killed a fellow university student. After that day I have decided that that was enough; and although it wasn’t much, I would have, should have done something about it.” Spinazzè said.
Shortly after, he came across the first piece of fascist art that he would soon cover up for the first time ever, with a painting of a wiener mural. A few days letter, he then noticed that someone had covered up his “wiener-piece” and it was then where he decided, game on.
“My weapons are art, culture and irony — three things that are completely unknown to these people,” said the artist. “Therefore, for each time they would come back to ruin my work, I would add murals of sauces onto the sausage. This way their hatred became part of my cuisine,” he added.
With over 319,000 followers on Instagram and more than 62,700 likes on Facebook, hundreds of hateful art covered up, and a local community who supports his idea, Spinazzè has not only succeeded with bringing the fight to neo-fascists without actually having to fight, but has also done it by using the most neutral way possible – food.
As “Cibo” puts it, “There’s no arguing at the table. “Many people can’t take to the streets, but with little money they can take part in the colorful battle.”
As Malaysia lifts the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in most states, there isn’t going to be much change for those in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as it is to be extended until December 20th in said districts.
Just five days shy of Christmas and with a global health crisis going on, celebrating the holidays at home may be an option for this year, because let’s face it, nobody wants a deadly virus infection for Christmas, do they?
So, how do you celebrate Christmas without having to go outdoors for the various Christmas displays and of course, large crowds.
Make breakfast ahead of time
Opening presents may be fun but can be time and also energy consuming, depending on how many presents you’re opening on Christmas day of course. Instead of spending majority of Christmas morning to plan and prepare for a hearty breakfast, utilize the extra time at home during the holidays to prepare it in advance. Try your hand at one you could prep the night before so all you have to do in the morning is to just simply pop it in the oven.
Go old school with decorations
Remember your grandparents’ favorite décor trends back in the day? What better year than to fling them out for the holidays especially when we all could use a little classic taste in our already bored up homes this year. Ceramic Christmas trees, yes, they are a thing, along with retor ornaments, wooden beads and the Christmas Village display you would see as a kid.
Christmas movie marathon
So, you’ve been stuck at home for the holidays and time is passing by slower than usual, why not consider a Christmas movie marathon while at it? Sure, the movies on T.V. may be great, but nothing beats that good old chuckle you get from watching classics such as the Home Alone trilogy, Harry Potter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and many, many others especially with the various streaming services offered these days to utilize from.
Zoom and Google Meet have possibly become more famous than anything this year, so make use of it to meet but not actually have to meet. Create invite links way in advance so that you give your friends and loved ones time to space out their calendars for some quality time together.
Send gifts to those near or far
CMCO doesn’t mean that you should forgo the gifts. As one of the most fun parts of the season, make someone’s day by sending them something to keep under the tree and to look forward to opening. You culd also plan a video call to see their reaction when opening your gift.
Christmas cocktails or mocktails
If you feel like it, you can have your very own personal holiday themed party at home. Embrace your inner bartender and create all the festive drinks your festive heart would desire. If you have kids, a variety of mocktail recipes are out there for you or your kids to try their hand at as well! And of course, we don’t have to tell you to drink responsibly during the holidays, do we?
As public health officials across the world are repeatedly advising to refrain from attending indoor gatherings especially during the holidays, some of us are pondering on the idea of skipping Christmas entirely.
So how do you tell your family that you’re planning to skip one of the most festive times of the year anyway?
1) Show that your reason is because you care
According to Dr. Nancy Hurst, if you say “I don’t feel safe…I look forward to having that spring get-together,” the relationship will likely strong enough to endure. Others say to use phrases such as “postponing” the holiday instead of “cancelling” it.
2) Covid-19 vaccine talk
Turning the focus on Covid-19 vaccine development could also help soften the blow by convincing those around you that perhaps the pandemic could be over sometime soon. Utilise the opportunity to suggest following local guidelines and also to find alternatives to large gatherings especially during this time of the year.
3) Go virtual
Video dinners, they are a thing. Facetime and Zoom are just among the many virtual options; make them seem more personal by sharing Christmas recipes prior and also to drop off on each other’s porches, that way you will be able to let people know that you want to see them and that you’ve thought about them enough to think of alternatives to be able to see their faces.
4) It’s not personal
If your family does in fact go ahead with Christmas plans and gatherings without you, don’t take it personal as you have no control over that. All in all, experts agree that there isn’t a safe in-person Christmas gathering and it takes just one person to start an outbreak
One of the many activities people have picked up on or have been doing more while social distancing at home is cooking.
While the pandemic has changed how we live our lives, almost all parts of cooking have changed too, from grocery buying, preparation to the actual eating of what we cooked as well.
The new normal
Many have felt rightfully unsafe during this whole pandemic to eat out and have resorted to having most of their meals at the comfort of their own home. Those who are working from home aren’t stopping for breakfast or coffee while on their way to work anymore, because they just aren’t commuting that often anymore nor do they frequent their usual lunch spots around the office area as they aren’t even in the office anymore.
According to a study by Acosta report, 55% were eating at home more often since the pandemic began while a study by Bloomberg also showed similar results with a third of those surveyed saying they plan to cook at home even more when restrictions are lifted.
As people log more hours in the kitchen, the same goes for their hours at grocery stores while shopping habits are changing as well. With the internet and various cooking personalities who share their recipes online, people are wanting to try new things with their food and move towards more complex cooking as well.
“People are moving on to more complex cooking, and we don’t see that going away,” Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen told The New York Times. The supermarket chain reported a 30% spike in sales at the beginning of the pandemic.
As thanksgiving came and gone, the traditional pumpkin craze was on for a while and other significant food comebacks include the ever classic instant noodles and any simple rice dish that one would conjure up with simple ingredients like eggs, spring onions, chicken, fish, carrots, potatoes and so on. A list complex food that has been trending includes baking bread, making ice cream, fish bowls and the iconic stay-at-home drink that is dalgona coffee.
More shortcuts and meal ideas
Consumers cook an average of nine meals a week and the average respondant cooked the same meal almost 28 times since the pandemic began. According to a survey by OnePoll 55% of 2000 consumers say that they are tired of cooking their meals at home.
Seven in 10 also wish that could cook a healthy dinner more quickly and 43% want to spend less time planning out their meals.
New routines also means new meal ideas. Ready-to-eat frozen meals are one less to worry about for household as both adults and kids are learning that the meal options offered at home are endless, whether it be leftovers from dinner or a slow cooked meal. Nontheless, it doesn’t matter how long this pandemic is going to last for as long as your imagination is still flowing and prepared to fling up your next meal without heading out for the same overpriced thingamajig.
Reminiscing back to our secondary school days, the sight of a Milo truck driving up to the school compound was always a sight to behold on as it’s pretty much the best part of the day for most who are already drench in sweat due to the weather.
With these iconic trucks comes every kid’s, or even adult’s, favourite chocolate malt drink; for some reason, many would also agree with the fact that drinks from the trucks always tasted better as well or some reason.
On its 70th anniversary, Milo is set for a blast to the past as these vintage cans have been available in Malaysia two months ago until now. The collection of vintage one-of-a-kind cans compromises of designs from the 50s, 70s and 90s
Other than that, a convoy of Milo trucks also travelled around the country in September. These trucks weren’t any normal truck though, as it bears designs of Milo trucks from the 1950s to the current design and were giving out Milo drinks for free.
The company’s chief executive officer Juan Aranols said that Milo has been a part of Malaysians and not only that as it has also played a significant role in our culture.
“We are proud of this legacy, which is proof of not only its goodness, but also the values of determination, resilience, courage and the never-give-up spirit that it champions through sports.”
“This year has been especially challenging for all of us, but these values have kept us going further,” said Aranols.
Milo business executive officer Ng Su Yen added that Milo shares a special bond with Malaysia that is deeply-rooted in the goodness it brings in the past 70 years.
With the holiday season approaching us and we prepare ourselves for a season of festivities, it is important that we remember those who are less fortunate and unable to enjoy the privileges as we do.
It’s always wholesome for people and businesses to give back, but significantly much more wholesome especially during Christmas. Anyway, what better way to celebrate the holidays by giving help a fellow person out there?
A story of two old friends portrays that exactly and is trending around local social platforms.
“Uncle Chew is one of my father’s school mates. Five years ago, my dad found out that he had gotten into a freak accident which paralysed the lower half of his body. He could not afford to work and lost his income. He was then abandoned by his wife and children” Twitter user, @Hilasaurus, said in a Twitter thread that has over nine thousand retweets and 11 thousand likes so far.
According to Hilda, her father and his other classmates have been supporting Uncle Chew with his rent and food as Uncle Chew struggles to gather enough money to support himself and resorts to only a meal a day at times. She too wants to play a helping hand in this and has chosen to help with the sales of her baked goods.
“This Christmas, we plan to send Uncle Chew a gift. A Christmas gift. I will be fundraising a total amount of RM10,000. I will be selling jars of chocolate chip cookies for RM30 per jar. This is only applicable to those staying in the Klang Valley due to the CMCO restrictions” she said.
“I chose these cookies because they remind me of home and unconditional love.
“My dad and I would spend hours baking these cookies in the kitchen every Christmas only to have them given away to anyone and everyone to enjoy”.
Due to the overwhelming response from the public, orders for the cookies have been halted for now as Hilda wants to “focus on the orders placed”. However, those who are willing to go beyond the cookies to can donate as followed and track their donations here.
There is still no word yet as to when Hilda all be reopening orders for the cookies again, but rest assured that this may not be the end of the story.
We’ve all been there, sitting down at a table in a restaurant only to find out later that the previous customers have left mountains of tissue paper on the table.
A horrifying sight not only for the waiters but also other customers in terms of sanitary issues at a place where most would want to enjoy their meal, it brings the question – do you really need that much tissue paper when having a meal?
On top of being hugely unpleasing to look at, it all comes down to two words – necessity and environment.
Do you really need that many?
What one would consider a “napkinholic”, a usual sight these days is to see people using up to 20 or even 30 pieces of tissue when eating, resulting in mountains of it that are contaminated with who knows what during this pandemic. The average person would go through an average amount of tissue paper, maybe three of four, but that seems to be rare these days.
The most basic of dining etiquette would involve being seated at a table and going through your meal without having to ask the waiter for more tissue every 10 minutes. If you’re lucky, you won’t leave a pile of used tissue on the dining table for the next customer and waiter to deal with as well; let’s face it nobody likes picking them up especially when someone else have been using them to blow their nose or wipe their mouths.
Even better? If you do in fact end up using more than you need, dispose of the used pieces of tissue yourself like how your mother used to tell you. Fold them up in a proper manner so that you don’t end up as that one person carrying a pile of used tissue paper across the room. Not only will you spare your trash from the waiter and next customer, but you will also maintain the much-needed cleanliness guidelines during a time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yes, it harms the environment
As humble as it may seem, tissue paper clearly has an impact on the environment. Imagine that, destruction of forests around the world in order for you to wipe your mouths or just to blow you nose; aside from the source of the material used for making tissues, some manufacturers also use dangerous and highly toxic bleaching processes; plus fragrances and other additives with dubious origins.
On top of that, it takes 0.26 litres to produce a 0.0023 kilogram tissue; to put it into larger perspective, 119,240,472 litres of water is needed to make 450,000,000 tissue used in just a day. This is all equivalent to 477 Olympic-sized swimming pools or daily water use for 315,000 to 393,750 people.
If you don’t need it, don’t use it. Some people might not like following this option, but bringing your own handkerchief means that you won’t have to ask for a piece of tissue paper or more from the waiter or those around the table!
Maybe it’s time we go green, but maybe it’s time to go decent instead for a change from mountains of tissue paper.
When the coronavirus hit, the north of Italy saw an economic crash and also hardship among many; in a time where many would ponder on where to get their next meal from, Gianni Bernardinello, an Italian baker, saw this as an opportunity to provide.
Outside his shop in Milan’s Chinatown, Bernardinello would leave baskets full of bread, pizza and sweets for anybody who needs it.
A sign above the basket would read “to give a hand to those in need, help yourself and think of others too”.
After leaving out the baked goods and goodies, he would then immediately disappear as he didn’t want to embarrass anyone he might kno who would be waiting in line for the hand out.
“He said he was putting out leftovers at night but I also saw him putting out fresh bread in the middle of the day,” Alessandra De Luca, 56, a client and a friend said, “He was really worried.”
Unfortunately, Bernardinello died on Nov. 9 due to Covid-19 at a hospital in Milan, his daughter, Samuela Bernardinello, said. He was 76.
Before falling in, he would be at his bakery everyday even though his daughters begged him to stay at home.
“Between these walls there wasn’t a day in 130 years that they stopped making bread,” he used to say, “even under the bombings in 1943.”
Bernardinello was born in 1943 December 22nd in Montù Becaria near Milan. He started working at 12 as a goldsmith apprentice and then later on in life as a fashion photographer and starting a yarn business. A crisis in the 1980s led him to wanting to sell a “product that the people always need,” he told his daughters.
He bought Macchi Bakery in 1989 and never looked back, learning the art of bread making as the years went.
The bakery today is renamed “Berni”, Bernadinello’s nickname, and is a meeting place in the neighborhood where locals would stop by for coffee or listen to Berni talk about drones that he built or jazz festivals.
Popularly known for its wide range of menu items and also extremely long queues and waiting time to get a table, Malaysians are well familiar with the Chinese hotpot chain – Hai Di Lao (海底捞).
The restaurant chain from mainland China has branches in One Utama, Sunway Pyramid and Pavillion, just to name a few; recent news would not involve any of those in Malaysia though but would involve Hai Di Lao as a whole.
Haidilao had recently sued another hotpot brand with an uncannily similar name – He Di Lao (河底捞).
However, a Chinese court has dismissed the lawsuit citing that the first words of both brands do not have the same meaning, where “Hai” means sea and “He” means river in the Chinese language. Furthermore, they don’t sell the name kind of cuisine as well.
Peng Dingyun, president of the Intellectual Property Tribunal of Changsa Court, added on by saying that the initial characters of the two trademarks are not considered similar as they have different pronunciations and meanings.
A deeper observation into both the brands would reveal that Hai Di Lao serves Sichuan-style hotpot while He Di Lao serves Hunan river fish dishes.
The board made the decision that consumers would be able to tell both from each other and will not be mistaking the businesses from one another.
Even though they won the case, Hedilao has changed their name to prevent any such issues from arising.
Learning from their lost, Haidilao subsequently went on to register 177 more defensive trademarks to prevent other establishments getting a free pass from them. The trademarks include “Gan Di Lao” and “Yue Di Lao”.