Cava Bubbly Hi-Tea at La Bodega Lounge, Bangsar

Brunches and Hi-Teas have become a favourite of mine, given how weekends are now (very) precious to me and I want to enjoy them as best possible. On days we don’t host friends over for brunches, rif and I try to go out for leisurely brunches – often with good coffee and sometimes, with bubbly. :)

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Cava Fest at La Bodega Lounge

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Cava Bubbly Hi-Tea

I was quite excited to hear about the bubbly brunch and hi-tea promotion at La Bodega Lounge in Bangsar, a bubbly treat featuring seven exclusive Spanish Cava with accompanying canapés. We went for the hi-tea; RM220++ for unlimited servings of Cava and a hi-tea carousel of illy crèma, assorted macarons, chocolate brownies, crème catalane, grilled salmon and toasted Panini.

And the Cava paired nicely with all the above.

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Bodega Muga Conde de Haro Cava, NV

Come to think of it, Cava generally pairs well with canapés – it’s all about picking the right Cava for you. For rif and I, we both enjoyed the Bodega Muga (La Bodega’s house pour) best. This is a good Spanish sparkling wine in my opinion; full bodied with a zippy acidity and tight bubbles. A refreshing finish, I felt. Am totally ordering this on my next brunch outing with the girls this weekend!

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Salmon & Pimientos

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Villa Conchi Cava Brut Rose

The Brut Rose was less to my liking. This had finer bubbles and moderate intensity, but not much of the zippy nature I look for in a bubbly.

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Assorted macarons

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Chicken liver pate (not part of the Hi-Tea)

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Noche y Dia Cava Yellow Label Brut Nature

Brut Nature was a tad drier, with lemon notes and slightly bitter accents. This was better than the rose – bolder, with more character. This went well with the chicken liver pate I ordered. For some reason, I always order the chicken liver pate whenever I visit a La Bodega. It’s become a habit and one that isn’t too expensive – if I’m not mistaken, it’s RM18 per portion.

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Anna de Codorníu Brut NV

Anna de Codorníu Brut NV had the nicest packaging in my opinion and was the smoothest in texture among the seven cava. This had hints of almond and citrus grapefruit – fairly enjoyable. It wouldn’t make the top of my list for cava but it is a pretty decent bottle.

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Raventos i Blanc ‘de Nit’ Cava Rosado

The Cava Rosado is a very versatile sparkling and this paired quite nicely with the grilled salmon and also the pate. I liked the nose for this – fruity aromas, while the mouth was fresh and citric, with a long finish. I was under the impression that Rosado Cava would be a bit heavier, but this was very light and elegant.

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Villa Conchi Cava Brut Reserva

I liked both the Brut Reserva and Seleccion. The former was medium-bodied with a good fruit intensity and long finish while the Seleccion had floral notes and a lively finish. I had them both with the crème catalana and brownie – good stuff.

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Villa Conchi Cava Brut Seleccion

If Hi-Tea or Brunch isn’t your thing, you can opt to just go for just the unlimited servings of Cava (RM180++). For lightweights like myself, a glass of Cava is going at RM30++ for any of the bottles or get the discovery tray – RM90++ for a sampler of all the seven cavas. Since I’ve tried all seven, I’ll go for a bottle of Bodega Muga (RM190++) when I visit again this weekend.

The Cava Fest is available till the end of August 2014 and those celebrating their birthdays in July/August will get a complimentary bottle of Cava when you dine in. For more information about the Cava Fest, check out the official website here.

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La Bodega Lounge

La Bodega Lounge
18-1, Jalan Telawi Dua,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2287 3808
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The long weekend

rif and I planned a trip to Hat Yai with his parents during the Raya break but we cancelled our plans on the morning of our trip due to the bombing in Betong the evening before. The news made me uneasy and unable to sleep and we left KL for north at 5am.

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Took us more than 7 hours to get to Ipoh!

Traffic was horrendous despite leaving that early and we only got to Bidor at 10.30am. That was when he made the decision to stay in Ipoh instead, for peace of mind. And partly because we dreaded another 4-5 hours to get to Penang. As it was, we took another 2 hours to get into Ipoh so that was more than 7 hours of travelling time.

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Ipoh Kong Heng

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Graffiti art

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Hong dao bing (red bean ice) treat at Bits & Bobs

Since we went to Ipoh just less than a month ago for my birthday weekend, this trip was more for his parents to walk around and look see. And look see they did. Am glad we managed to get a full refund for our hotel room in Hat Yai.

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Customary dry curry mee

Had dim sum and then a seafood lunch before heading back to KL the next day. Traffic was good so we arrived home within 2 hours or slightly more. :)

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Plant nursery visit

And on the first day of Raya, I woke up at 7am because my man forgot to turn off his alarm clock. I thought I was late for work wtf. :roll: Went for lunch with his family and then visited the plant nursery to pick up a few greens for our home.

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Dinner for two, with plenty of leftovers

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Meatloaf and a green salad

Made dinner for him since we didn’t feel like eating out so much. It’s been a while since I made meatloaf. The last time I did was during my uni days and that was more than 7 years ago. Am glad my dish turned out ok, if I may say so myself hahaha.

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Have a great celebration! :)

Anyway, it’s a little late but here’s wishing all my Muslim readers Selamat Hari Raya! Hope you’re all having a great celebration and please remember to drive safe. Xoxo!

Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort

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Calming elements

Spa sessions are a luxury which I reserve for special occasions or when I get extra moolah from freelance work. They are also a luxury I enjoy when I do hotel reviews, not all the time but most of the time. I’ve been fortunate to try some really great spa massages, including this recent indulgence at The Spa Village, Pangkor Laut Resort.

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Welcome drink

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Reception

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Your spa journey begins here…

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Foot bath…

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…followed by Chinese Foot Pounding

My session began with a soothing foot bath and Chinese foot pounding, said to stimulate lymphatic drainage and boost the immune system. Soon after, I was escorted to the bath houses where I soon began the traditional Malay ‘circulating’ bath. My therapist Rina was most accommodating and explained the treatment process step by step.

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Traditional Malay ‘circulating’ bath

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Make a wish and toss the coin into the well

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I made my wish

I was first asked to make a wish by the well and toss a coin in. Then, the circulating bath began, where I moved from one water outlet to the other. It felt good as the water was crisp and refreshing.

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And did the ritual

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The ritual includes going from one water outlet to another

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And then the hot facial steam in awaken the senses

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Japanese-style cleansing

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Heated Rotenburu pool

After putting my head over four types of steam facial with different invigorating scents, I then proceeded to the Japanese bath followed by a dip in the heated Rotenbutu pool. I loved this pool experience because it was warm and soothing to the body.

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Hello from the pool! :)

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Signature Shanghai Scrub

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Fashioned to look like a Chinese kitchen

Finally, the Shanghai Scrub in a Chinese bath house fashioned to look like a kitchen. I enjoyed a gentle yet exfoliating wash, followed by a cup of ginger tea before my spa treatment began.

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Ginger tea after the bath ritual

I was given the Campur-Campur treatment, combining the best techniques of Malay and Thai massage. Steamed herbs were pressed along my body using a traditional steam pouch and the deft kneads from my therapist’s hands. My pressure points were tended to without causing too much tension — I was in a state of zen. :)

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Spa room

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Wood elements are aplenty

It was one of the most de-stressing massages I enjoyed – my tensed shoulders were significantly relieved and I felt lighter overall. As a memento of the spa experience at Pangkor Laut Resort, I was gifted the Batik Sarong I wore during the treatment.

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Campur Campur — a blend of Malay and Thai massage

Of the many spa massages I’ve tried, this is one of the few that pays great attention to detail and overall experience. Truly a relaxing journey from start to finish. For more information about Spa Village, visit the official website at www.spavillage.com/pangkorlaut.

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The Spa Village

The Spa Village
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Island,
Pangkor, PK, Malaysia
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