Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bistro Se7en and The Ribs Part 2



I had my first western style pork ribs 2 years ago when I enjoyed my trip in Australia, at Tony Roma's. Over here I can find the same restaurant in Sunway Pyramid and Cineleisure but all the chained stores only sell Halal and thus no pork served.

When I found this ribs restaurant, I begun to recall the juicy flesh when I bit and teared the flesh from the ribs and the tasty sum spilled from the bones when I sucked it like a straw, when I enjoyed the fabulous ribs in Sydney.

With a little "warm up" at Bistro Se7en, we walked into the Ribs...


We were welcomed by few rows of wines and the wines with varieties of sparkling, Shiraz and so forth are for sale...


If you notice from the first photo, this Ribs restaurant is under the Vintry group which is a wine specialist...


You can find the Vintry Wine Shop few doors away from the Ribs.

None of us are wine expert and we had our beers just before, so we headed to the dining table real quick for the big thing of the night.

The dishes came real quick, I guess within 15 minute after our order was taken. We had the signature Caesar Salad...


It's indeed unique that the calamari rings were so crispy to bite on them and with no oil spilled out! Thumbs up!!

My friend and I are big fan of crispy bacon (pork, not beef). We didn't see any bacon in the menu. Upon checking with the waitress, we were told that the menu has been changed few times since their opening in 2005 and they don't serve bacon anymore. However, with the kind service from the restaurant, we were offered a "special arrangement" to have bacon on our table, which the dish was ordered from their branch few doors away...


We were so pleased with the service and glad we had this dish! Not oily at all, with a balanced cook to make the bacon taste good to chew. With the spice on top of it and the vegetables to neutralize and blend all different tastes to the tongue, I was rather trying to chew the bacon wrap for longer time than swallow it right away. I recommend you ask for the "special arrangement", no regret at all. Alternatively you can try it at the Vintry Wine Shop.

The starters and the ribs were served almost the same time. We had the Today's Special, the Carolina Pork Ribs with Apple Sauce...


The apple sauce on Carolina ribs was good, but the ribs were a bit tasteless that the sauce and the spice did not permeate into the flesh.

And the signature BBQ Pork Ribs...


Needless to describe further since this is the signature of the restaurant. It just tasted good!

Overall, the ribs were good. The difference between the one I had in Australia with this, was Tony Roma's ribs (flesh) were juicier and the Ribs' one were dryer, the sauce for both were comparable. Also as general rule of thumb when enjoying good food, I recommend to have a taste on Carolina ribs or any lighter taste ribs before move your fork onto the BBQ ribs.

We were not done yet with 2 plates of ribs, just yet! Since we did not take any wine, we still had rooms in our stomach for some sweeties.

The tiramisu...


With some fun on the camera's AF illuminator...


Looks good? :)

And the caramel pudding (I can't recall the exact name)...


Both were so-so quality by my friend. But I would recommend for those who don't like too sweet. To me, both tasted just nice, not too sweet. We eat and think later but we must eat healthily with no worries on cholesterol and blood sugar thingy later right? :)

Here's the price for the main course...


And the contact. Apparently they have a branch at Jaya 33...


Info:
Bistro Se7en
N3 08.376 E101 39.467

Ribs by Vintry
120-122, Jalan Kasah
Medan Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
+6 (03) 2096 1645
N3 08.410 E101 39.457

Bistro Se7en and The Ribs Part 1

It was just another Friday, with a difference that everyone in my company was happy with year end "angpau" from my company. Especially during this tough recession time, I should feel thankful to my company. Some of my friends are still worrying if they would get theirs and very pessimistic with salary increment.

With extra angpau in the pocket, everyone tends to feel itchy to indulge self with something. No exception on me, and few of my friends who crave for good food like me. At the same time, I was lepaking at one of the online friends' blog and found out a restaurant that serves pork ribs! With few communication to friends, date and time was set quickly and we were on our way to the restaurant yesterday...

The restaurant opens at 6pm onwards. We left our office around 4:15pm and were undecided where to hang out for time passing. There are only 2 rows of shops at that area, we surveyed and decided to make a pit stop at a corner bistro, the Bistro Se7en located at the ground level of Sri Ayutthaya Thai Restaurant...


Perhaps we were early, not many crowd in the bistro. The weather was cooling with intermittent rain. We took a seat next to the old jukebox with 1015 CDs collection and with a dinosaur era amplifier...


Since dinosaur era, the jukebox no longer functional and no CD inside, and that's why I did not post the jukebox photo.

There was quite a few varieties of beers to pick. Since we only planned to hang out for an hour, we did not go for happy hour jugs, just some light cocktails, beers and 2 finger foods.

If you are OK with dark soy sauce, I would recommend you Black Fries (RM5.70)...


The finger fishes (RM7.70) also not bad, it's good as appetizer to prepare for bigger meal later evening...


Overall we felt the food was tastier than the other pub we visited in KLCC area. Atmosphere was good for talk cock sessions and price was reasonable and cheaper than pubs in KL.

Just about 6:20pm, one of the food kakis called. We checked the bill and headed to our dinner place, The Ribs.

Namewee's Mr Hew

This guy is back. Who is this guy?

I talked about him a year ago. He is now back with another production and made to the Chinese papers again. Unlike last time, this time he failed to make it to the headline of other languange papers. Why? 'cause the production is only related to Cina Babi society and therefore no other politicians from non-Chinese parties like MIC or UMNO really care about it. Remember, 308 election just over, and for Chinese politicians, MCA and Gerakan party election too. Hence who bother to make trouble at this time than to fight for more powers and authorities in the party?

Anyway, back to the MV. I found no surprise and it's like a rush making as I don't really hear any rythme in his rock MV. Perhaps he was rushing the production before people forget him? Or was he running of out idea? Or may be I don't enjoy rock genre, 'cause I'm a hip hop kaki. Yor~ yor~ Hehe...

Nevertheless, the lyric is meaningful and is reflecting what is happening in this BullehLand. I almost made it to such private school after completion of my primary school. My dad let me decide my own destiny whether to join my majority gang to the private school or get to the Sekolah Kebangsaan near my house. Imagine that at the age of 12 to make a live-crucial decision?! That's my dad ;) and that's how I learnt to make decision. At the end, I chose the latter 'cause I received strong opposition from my family's Teresa Kok, my sister whom I think got jealous lah. Hehe... Of course that wasn't the main cause, it's primarily that my parents would have to work harder to support me throughout my study life if I chose the former, just like what namewee explained in his lyric.

You can visit his blog if you are kepoh (busybody) to follow up for more news, or you can enjoy the ABC time over here. Be warned, it's 18SX. For ladies, you may also check out your exact cup size while enjoying the videos. :P



Monday, November 24, 2008

D-Link DNS-323 NAS Part 1

In Malaysia, we use "terror" very often to describe people. For instance, your peer told you that he just yelled and scolded the boss and you might react "Wow! You so terror!"

Another example. Your friend took half the time to travel from point A to point B which even Michael Schumacher may have problem to achieve that. You reacted "Wah Lau Eh, you damn terror lah".

In my daily life especially in office, my peers also use "terror" a lot. But this "terror" ain't the "terror" I explained above, it's spelled "tera". And I finally joined the "tera club".

Huh? What is this crap?

Look at this photo...


A network attached storage or NAS that supports up to 2000GB of data.

Yes, if you have made the right guess. 2000GB = 2TB = 2 terabytes. This was the "tera" I meant.

Perhaps it's the "Phase 1" of my 2-year mega project. It's rather an impulsive purchase 'cause I did not plan to execute the plan at this time being. But I came across this warehouse sale...


And the price list...


Darn tempting right? It's a 50% cut from the original price. No kidding as I confirmed the price with retail stores in Low Yat.

My initial target was WD My Book World Edition II in the price list, but I changed my mind after reading through some reviews. And at the warehouse I found this D-Link DNS-323 NAS which was often being compared with WD My Book World Edition II in the reviews I read...


With the latest price list from Low Yat...


It priced at RM395 at the warehouse sale, so I convinced myself it worth a try. Price wasn't the only criteria, at least it matches some other considerations such as, BitTorrent support, no restriction on sharing, FTP access and HTTP folder browsing would be a plus, iTunes and UPnP for AV server support. Most important is the BT support, so I don't have to switch on my PC 24x7 for download.

DNS-323 isn't my ideal choice. There are other NAS in the market has better features, such as Synology at the same price range. However, I've not heard about this company before and was hesitate to give a try on it 'cause there were not many reviews on its products. So, D-Link was a striped down decision.

Anyway, let's unpack the box...


The package: the GPL license for the Linux firmware, the manual and the utility CD, the NAS enclosure, the CAT6 cable and the power adapter.

The front view...


With the sticker teared off...


The side...


The rear with power supply at the left, Gigabit network port and the USB host for print server...


And with the front panel removed. 2 slots for 2 x 3.5' SATA harddisk...


Obviously the look isn't comparable with WD My Book. But with locked down in sharing certain file types in WD My Book, definitely D-Link is the wisest choice.

So now I am also "terror" huh? Oh, typo, I am also "tera". My geeky peers can no longer tease me. All of them have joined the "tera club" months ago and few of them even have built up their storage to 6TB!! Geek like us no longer talk about gigs business, we are "terror" (tera) in business now! Hehe...

I am the late comer :") in tera club but I am the first on NAS, all of them are on local USB storage. If I found this NAS a "fit-for-purpose" project and better than USB storage in coming times, then I guess it's a good start for my 2-year mega project.

Let me get myself a terabyte harddisk and fire it up for my "tera" business ;) and don't tease me anymore! :P

Sunday, November 23, 2008

GoMobile Expo 2008


After I had a peep on Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 debut, I headed to KL's PWTC for another gadget exhibition, the GoMobile Expo 2008.

Upon arrival at the hall, there were several other exhibitions going on, just to make sure I entered the right one, not the batik exhibition...


It's clearly that why SonyEricsson did not have their X1 official launch held over here, LG was the main sponsor of the expo and dominated a large area right after the entrance...


With chicks promoting the flagship phones, the LG Secret Black Label series...


Not that I was nerved with the sexy chicks, too crowded in the hall and basically there was no space and time for me to hold the camera long enough to take a steady shot...


And a long table of showing the "chat phone". This phone has been advertised on theSun paper almost everyday...


Hmmm... May be it can be an alternative to SE X1 or HTC Touch Pro. Hehe...


Found SE booth, and it was damn crowded by many people. Honestly, SE booth was among the busiest booth than other brands like LG, Lokia or Nokia and CSL...


With the same price at RM3199 for X1, the booth offered 8GB memory card, a speaker backpack (a bag with 2 built in wired speaker to plug into your SE phones) and extended 24 months warranty compared to only a mere 4GB card at 1U. The most attractive gift was the extended warranty, from SE distributor Midland directly. Installment plan at RM285 per month for 12 months was available too, paying excess of RM221 for the interest. Hmmmm...

The other crowded booth was CSL. Err... I guess this is a local brand, right? This brand was very aggressive in advertisements, you can see at least a full page ads on every issue of Mobile World magazine. They showcased their PDA phone...


Also mobile TV phone...


I wonder how often you watch TV1, 2 and 3 these days? Oh, 8TV can be received as well. And then a big giant of their 8MP camera phone with 3x optical zoom at RM988!


Price negotiable some more! My shirt was pulled by the sales representative to discuss further. He even waived the credit card surcharge, how desperate he was to secure the deal! He didn't know I am a big SE fan ;)

Not only mobile phones. Asus was there too to promote their latest netbook, the Eee PC 1000H...


The actual unit...


I didn't bring my Wind for comparison, but Eee 1000H was a little thicker and bulkier look than MSI. Performance response was good from Windows XP Home with 1GB RAM. Unlike the previous Eee, the keyboard was easy to type. From eye measurement, I gauged the keyboard size was similar to Wind.


Price at RM1799 for a longer life battery than Wind, perhaps a good deal as the cheapest Wind was RM1699 (6-cell battery) at Imbi as of last week price, running on Linux though. (Did you realize a conflict? The banner said 8 hours of battery life whereas the brochure above showed 7 hours? Hehe...)

Eee PC was not the only netbook there, Maxis was promoting their 3G broadband with Dell Mini9...


Beware of the trick by Maxis for the package. I don't want to comment any details here but read carefully the terms and conditions before you commit to Maxis. A clue here to you was Dell Mini9 is priced at RM1299 at Imbi's Dell Center, IMO, not a good netbook at its price though.

That's all about GoMobile Expo 2008!

Yeah, I was disappointed with the expo. It's sorta waste of time to me as I have came across all of the gadgets before the expo and I thought the Expo could be a little exciting and surprising with some new gadgets and phones or even netbooks. Perhaps I was having too high expectation. Price wise wasn't that attractive for most of the items. I just simply made a call to one of the big dealers in my home town to confirm the price without negotiation and I got much better deal than what I was offered in the expo. Chick wise, thumbs down too except one Motorola girl who looked like girl next door was so friendly serving me. Too bad, I could get employee purchase for Motorola items. Sorry girl.

Sighs. When talk about gadget expo, I believe Malaysia is still way way way behind other Asian countries like Singapore and Taiwan. Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)? Cyberjaya as Asia Silicon Valley? May be in the next century, not even year 2020. How I wish one day I could get full sponsor to fly me to CEBIT or COMPUTEX.

Oh ya, not to forget some gifts I received from GoMobile organizer...


Quite useful gifts when I go mobile right? LoL.