Anyway, last Thursday, I get a call from a rather excited Chief Editor, and Chef, Ryan Khang, who tells me, "Hey, what would a food magazine launch be without the presence of that very important group of people, the FOOD BLOGGERS?" and tells me to invite some "famous food bloggers". Of course, fame is very subjective. In my mind, the famous ones are those that I read, and who are my personal friends. So beware, this kind of vague instruction could very well lead to a nepharious form of flogger cronyism.
On my list of invitees who could make it, were of course, Boolicious of Masak Masak, the hawt hawt Ciki of Cumi & Ciki, (and Cumi), Babe in the City KL, Nipple Joe of Lots of Craving....together with the last minute stand ups, heh heh, Jackson Kah and Jules, who were both down with a cold, Paprika who had a family obligation, and those that couldn't make it anyway, due to their hectic social schedules, Nigel & Allan, and AWOL (A WHIFF OF LEMONGRASS). But yeah, in an ideal world, that would have been my more or less complete list of of Food Bloggers. Oh, I forgot Precious Pea too, who is perpetually packing and unpacking, from her staggering list of holidays on Air Asia. Datuk Tony Fernandez should give this woman a permanent seat.
The event was at Nikko Hotel. The carpark is a nightmare....cars going in and going out meet at a deadlock right after the entry barrier gate, and while the turn to the lower basement is like 20 feet away, it takes 10 minutes to get there, coz of the back to back traffic of cars exiting.
I digress. The editorial team was there, dressed up to the nines. No wonder the guy on the cover of the magazine looked familiar, coz it was Francois Loubet, the handsome french chef who teaches in Taylor's College. Other culinary luminaries were there too, such as the president of the Malaysian Chef's Association, I forget his name. Julie Wong, Boolicious' boss, of Flavours Magazine, with Jean Michel, from HTC, French Culinary School, the authoress of Fruitastic, etc etc and so forth.
Babe & hubby were already there when I arrived, and we were digging into the homemade dips prepared by Chef Francis Lim, whose class I attended in Cooking House once. The dips were excellent, ......much better than the hotel food that was served later on. But, we weren't there for the food, but for the glorious company of food bloggers.
One of the interesting items on display was that super blender that blends juices to a fine pulp, so that nothing is wasted. I had copious amounts of fresh fruit juice that night. How very healthy. Alas, they ran out of champagne too quickly, and Nipples, Ciki and me were foraging desperately for another glass of bubbly. Red wine was giving me a headache.
I LOVE chatting with Jean Michel, and his French Malaysian accent. Very funny chap. We look forward to sampling his cuisine at Cuisine Studio, Tropicana when he's back from his travels on 3rd December. He actually invited us over to go and eat there before he went overseas, but alas, I couldn't make it.
Well, although there was a fairly big crowd, us floggers I think had a fairly good time.
Big thanks to the Editorial team and Ryan for a wonderful time.