Ipoh Dreaming… on a Chinese New Year’s Day
Wah Nam Kafe - Ipoh

I have been coming to the town of Ipoh for almost 20 years now and yet it still remains an enigma to me, and I suspect many who visit. Like the many thousands on this annual migration, we are here for Chinese New Year to visit relatives, my wife’s relatives who are here in great numbers. Read More >

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The Sommelier’s Palate – Rajeshwaran Gopal, Group Sommelier Samadhi Retreats, Malaysia & Singapore
Rajeshwaran Gopal, Group Sommelier Samadhi Retreats - Singapore and Malaysia

“Sherry is always a favourite at home, current pick is Valdespino Tio Diego Amontillado. The perfect complement for most of my late night takeout from the local hawker centre.”                               Sommelier Rajeshwaran Gopal Read More >

Firefly – That is the Malaysian Airline, not the glow-worm… or maybe it is–related
Firefly "Your Community Airline" Illustration by Mark A. Hicks and Discovery Education www.discoveryeducation.com

It a curious name – for an Airline – Firefly.

One’s first thought is they (the airline) must only fly at night, as we all know, Fireflies are nocturnal. Read More >

A Tasty Turn of Events – Kota Kinabalu Food Festival 2011
Kota Kinabalu Food Fest 2011

Kota Kinabalu’s first food festival makes its inaugural debut from 9th July 2011 (Saturday) to 22nd July 2011 (Friday). Appropriately themed as “A Tasty Turn of Events”, the Kota Kinabalu Food Festival is a 2 week showcase of Food & Beverage establishments in and around Kota Kinabalu.

Organized by Malaysia’s first premier online lifestyle magazine, LifeAndStyle.com.my, the crux of the Kota Kinabalu Food Fest is to discover and promote varied dining options in our city, catering not only to dedicated gourmands, but also to those of us who are very simply foodies at heart.

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Man & Wine
Sam Neill with fellow wine experts Curtis Marsh, Josh Jensen and Kai Schubert.

“Last night was a bit of a revelation for me,” he confesses, “I always assumed that when you come to somewhere like this you drink some pink things with an umbrella in them. Or beer.” And his colourful, dinosaur bedecked shirt does betray this misconception. Best known for his starring roles in Dead Calm, The Piano and of course Jurassic Park, Sam Neill was invited by “The Wandering Palate” Curtis Marsh, to host a wine-pairing dinner at The Datai in Langkawi.

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Sam Neill on the “Unparalled Passion for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay”
Antipodean Dinner at Singapore with Sam Neill Francois Labet & Andrew Jefford

Well, as the numbness of our body and brain subsides, it is now feasible to reflect on the Burghound in Asia events.

There were many highlights, although perhaps the star event of the whole program was the Antipodean Grands Crus, and that is saying something when you take in to account the incredible experiences we had,including the Datai resort, Langkawi Island (which you can read about on Sam Neill’s blog, 5 April 2011 Travelling Paddocks Proprietor into the Heart of Darkness).

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The Wandering Palate & Friends at The Datai
The Wandering Palate and Friends at The Datai

An  intimate evening with Sam Neill at ,The Pavilion, serving authentic Thai cuisine in a charming alfresco setting, in the canopy of the rainforest. The main dinning room will be the venue for the feature event “The Pearl”  with Allen Meadows serving a western-Malaysian influenced banquet.

Situated in the heart of the rainforest, in an open-air “Kampung Style” setting, the Gulia house serves traditional Malay curries and Indian specialities and will be the venue for our lunch with Josh Jensen  presenting Calera  Wine Co. wines.

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Life & Style Magazine: Personality of the Week
Life & Style Magazine, Malaysia

Curtis Marsh featured as “Personality of the Week” on Life & Style Magazine.

Curtis Marsh is one of the most assiduous and erudite, truly independent wine writers, commentators and presenters in Asia. With nearly 30 years experience in the hospitality, wine and media industries, he has travelled extensively throughout the vineyard regions of the world and the Asia region, with food, travel and culture featuring equally in his commentary.

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French Irony
Frangipani Restaurant

Driving back to Singapore from our Chinese New Year pilgrimage to Ipoh, we decided to stay overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Contrary to both locals and Singaporean’s who treat the motorways in Malaysia as a Nascar training ground, it is prudent to be wary of inane reckless drivers, taking one’s time and splitting up the trip. Incidentally, in the midst of a deluge of rain, we encountered an accident scene where no less than 18 cars were in nose to tail pileup!

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