Friday, November 28, 2014

Starbucks, Menara Binjai

There are several branches of Starbucks around my office but requires some walking. So the nearest branch to me opened on 12 November 2014. It's just a stone throw away and the environment is great for hanging out or getting my work done.

Their display of cakes are so neat and its rich colours made me want to eat them all.

Spacious, brightly lit and quiet environment you usually don't find in Starbucks.

My usual Mocha Frappuccino.

Starbucks Menara Binjai (Beside CIMB Bank)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Europe Highlights: Germany

 I did not do much research on Germany prior to going there. I just know they have the best pork knuckle and it is the birthplace of Black Forest Cake or Black Forest Gâteau to the Brits. So I was kind of just following around the group. I find the air in Germany excellent and environment is well taken care of.

We didn't go to many places just the most touristy ones. It doesn't matter as it's my first time there and I have plans to go back there so I'm sort of just surveying all the places that I went. Everywhere is just so beautiful I can't take my eyes off for even a second!

Heidelberg Castle standing tall and strong amongst the forest. It was a sunny day and thanks to that, photos are captured beautifully without too much effort for an amateur like me.

Pastel colours are my favourite! I was totally swooned by these rows of buildings! Too bad we were short of time if not I would've sat down and sipped some espresso. It'd be perfect in such weather and view!

Every famous buildings I visit were under maintenance huh including the Cologne Cathedral above. I find old buildings very very appealing. Something about their rustic appearance which exudes melancholy which I love. It's pure artistic architecture!

Beautifully carved. The details will make you stop and stare in awe. I can't imagine the time and effort the people poured in to get everything done. It's just magnificent.

Sunny day is good because it was starting to get really cold. The only time when I appreciate some sunlight.

It's finally meal time! It was a hint at the beginning on what food I'm going to blog about. Did you guessed it right at first? Okay, probably nobody guessed but yeah you get the point. First up, Pork Knuckle! What I love about German Pork Knuckle is definitely its crispy skin and the smelly 'pork' smell usually present in local pork? Null! The size was too big for a relatively small eater like me but I did manage to finish most of it because it was THAT good.

Germany is also famous with their Oktoberfest and surely there'll be alcohol fused in their food. The Black Forest Cake I had was infused with rum. A thin slice surely wasn't enough. It was mind blowing I tell you! Delicious inside out!

You can find both the Pork Knuckle and Black Forest Cake I had at Café & Brauhaus Zur Mühle. It's located upstairs Drubba Shopping.

After a hefty meal, a walk along Europe's signature cobblestone floor is a must. Definitely not high heel friendly but my boot was made for walking so no problemo.

Café & Brauhaus Zur Mühle

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Europe Highlights: France

I admit that I'm not the most hardworking blogger but I try okay, I try. I'm going to blog about my trip to Europe this time. Firstly, I'd like to thank my mom for being the best travel mate one could ever wished for. We took care of each other and both are always snapping pictures. There were almost a thousand pictures in total but I'll just upload those I like the most.

First up, Paris, France. Everywhere is just so beautiful and dreamy. It's like your're walking in heaven. Paris is suitable for people who are there mainly to relax or shop. In terms of tourist attractions, I find it not as exciting as I expected it to be. Thank goodness the weather is excellent during our whole journey.

Road signs right outside Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

 I always thought Asia's traffic is the worst in the world but Paris proved otherwise. People will not budge for you and will stick as near as the car in front of them as possible. Cars could be turning left, right, u-turn anywhere. Quite chaotic.

When you walk, remember that you should be on your right. I made that mistake and the locals were staring at me.

When I was there, the Arc de Triomphe was under maintenance but they did leave a part of it for photographing purposes I guess. I really like how Europeans preserve their historic monuments or buildings instead of demolishing them. It's something the Malaysian government should learn from.

Of course the Eiffel Tower deserve a shot or two at least. Well, I took tons but this is the best shot. It was taken when I was on a cruise along River Seine. The structure is really beautiful if you look up from the bottom of the tower.

It wasn't a very relaxing tour this time so I could only manage to buy some Macarons from Pierre Herme Galleries Lafayette Haussman. The BEST flavour is definitely the ROSE macaron and Chocolate Praline macaron. I'm still craving for it so so much after coming back here. I regretted not buying more when I went to London afterwards.

In Paris, eat all the Escargots you can! The escargot I tried was cooked and soaked in herbs. It was the bomb guys! After you've finished it, make sure to dip your complimentary baguette with its leftover herbs in olive oil. Escargot à la Bourguignone, 7,60€. I had this dish in Le Panorama.
Walking on a quiet street. Their air is generally good and temperature was excellent! I love it when it's cooling especially when we have blazing sun all year long. The breeze was just so comfortable.

Next up, the view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower. So breathtaking! The wind is very chilly up here so prepare to "equip" yourself before going up. A first timer like me will uncontrollably keep staring and not move even a bit for minutes.

The river you see on the picture below is the famed River Seine.

Below are some of the buildings we saw during the hour of River Seine cruise.