Friday, January 23, 2009

Life For Intermediates.....The Next Step After Beginners

The plan originally was to all simultaneously post on this day, the 23rd day of the 1st month of the solar year, in a writing style emulating him. The more I tried to copy his style, the blanker my mind became. Us mortals are destined to be the Antonio Salieris, juxtaposed against the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, cursed to a life of mediocrity. But unlike Antonio, one accepts this fact, and does not shake one's fist at the Almighty for unfairness.

But yeah, I digress. Fellow bloggers, Hairy Berry, A LilFatMonkey and AWOL have already beaten me to posting their tributes. I shall not even attempt to match their wit and gorgeous prose. However, it does come from the heart.

I was thrilled to receive an invite via Facebook, a few weeks back to be part of this wonderful event. Actually, the original plan was to attend the Macaroons class at The Cooking House, but Kenny Mah's 30th would trump any baking class any day of course. A bit too eagerly accepting the invite, like a zitty teenager who never gets any invitations to the school prom, I cancelled all other plans. The original venue, Palate Palette, was apparently going to be the venue for a junkyard sale, so not very appropriate, and Kenny frantically asked for recommendations, in a separate email thread that spawned a whole new slew of comments, from stalkers to support staff. You know its gonna be a good party, when even conversations of facebook with strangers, who are also invited, take on the tone of friends you've known for years.

I arrived at Dua Annexe, much like a "Rusa masuk kampung"... rather lost, and proceeded to Delicious Ingredients, the gourmet shop, thinking they and Delicious were one and the same, and asked the guy where Kenny Mah's table was.

He replies, "Datuk Kenny Mah"?
I say, "No, Encik only, as far as I know"

About half the guest were there, in a very well sunlit room. Very intimidating, for a shy person like me to be assailed by so many new faces. Luckily, AWOL and Hairy were there. However, everyone was VERY friendly, and conversations ranged from circumcision to boob size to cheese...all very unabashedly. Yeah, I like Kenny Mah's friends.



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The Youthful Looking Lad of THIRTY.

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The baby blue background of the collages are meant to complement the Delicious theme..... in case anyone was wondering.

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Look at all the happy looking people in the pics. All basking in the warmth of the friendship that was overflowing.....


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An English lesson here? Past tense, present tense, past participle and what have you?

And since this is ostensibly a food blog, I guess I should mention something about the food. The menu is the standard Delicious menu. What sets this particular venue apart is the location and ambience. Foodwise, ....

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The mushroom soup, which was very mushroomy, and still had chunks of mushroom. Very good, I wouldn't mind having it again. The garlic bread was okay too.

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AWOL's Thai Beef Salad. How very healthy. Looked good, but since she was ill, I didnt want to risk any contagious disease, and didn't ask to try.

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Hairy Berry's Salmon Pasta.... read his review if you want to know how it tasted.

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The spicy crab linguine doesn't look as spicy as the one in Bangsar Village. In fact, it looked rather pale. And apparently wasn't as spicy either.

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My nasi kerabu....the curry chicken was good, the rice was plain white rice, unlike the nasi kerabus elsewhere which are infused with herbs etc. There was a helping of ulam type vegetables on the side, which I quite enjoyed, but would have gone better with some sambal belacan. Shannon, the naughty boy, didn't eat his vegetables, I noticed. Had we been more familiar, I would've gasaked his veggies la.

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In Cod they trust. Apparently Alilfatmonkey enjoyed this tremendously.

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Duck confit pasta...again, not as vibrantly colorful as the BV branch, though they were rather generous with the duck, whereas in BV, you only get microscopic slivers ....almost fibres with a hint of duck....but this one looked generous.

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Fish & Chips. Love the way they served the chips, in the paper and all. There was a unanimous decision that fat fries are preferred over thin fries, unless they're fries from MacDonalds.

But yeah, it was a wonderful afternoon. I love the candour with which Kenny treats his friends, revealing everything from a woman's age to their cup size. On many occasions, conversations were worthy of sitcoms....

Anyway, since today is the real day, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENNY MAH, thanks for the good reading, and thanks for the lovely invite.


21 comments:

Julian Si said...

Beautifully written, gorgeous photos ... what a post!

I love the duck confit... need some lunch!

GONG HEY FATT CHOY, bro!

550ml jar of faith said...

Conversations worthy of sitcoms... I can just imagine the non-stop uncanned laughter spilling onto the streets. Lovely party, and love the different interpretations I've come across just today! Happy CNY!

Life for Beginners said...

"I shall not even attempt to match their wit and gorgeous prose."

Oh surely you jest, my friend! I was laughing so hard reading this... I have almost forgot what went into this little birthday lunch... Incredible lah ur eye for detail.

And knowing your amazing skill at candid shots, I'm thanking God that you didn't post some of the less flattering ones of me. The rest of them, well, that's their business lah... :P

P.S. A note for other readers, as FBB has said, you DO get more duck with the Dua Annexe's duck confit pasta. Don't ask me why, I just swallow only.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Ah, you've revealed so much, and yet not revealed everything...not bad hor, you got quite subtle skills.

thenomadGourmand said...

You write really well too FBB, seriously ;) - Alws enjoyed reading ur posts, luvv the wit n sarcasm!
What a lovely afternoon w gorgeous company!

qwazymonkey said...

LL said "Ah, you've revealed so much, and yet not revealed everything...not bad hor, you got quite subtle sklls."

Gotta agree with her. Simply love your English lesson on tenses. LOL.

fatboybakes said...

qwazymonkey...of course i have NOOOO idea whaaatttt u and your new BFF are alluding to. i was merely referring to ahem, shannon's english prowess ma.... (since i learnt he corrects ppl's english...)... [innocent doe eyed look]

TNG, aww, thanks so much for the compliment. when we meeting up?

AWOL, pbbbbbbthhhhhh....

LFB, thanks again...twas a great afternoon...

550ml, GXFC to you too ya. yes, uncanned laughter indeed, sigh, good times, good times. heh heh.

jules, my dear see foo, GXFC to you too! i love duck confit too!

duodishes said...

Two thumbs up for crab linguine and Thai beef salad. Looks like you had food, fun, friends...all the good f's.

Rasa Malaysia said...

Hey you, it was only 2 CNY's ago that we all first met, but Happy CNY! :)

breadpitt said...

happy new year to you .....wishes u happy LEMbu year,mooooooo!still dont know which 1 in the pic is you lol!

Yin said...

cantik! writing cantik, gambar pun cantik :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

love 'em pics of such sharpness and colours. and that usage of the delicious turqoise as the background for your collage is nice lar.

great party hor? and i agree lar, it was like meet old friends instead of making new ones. there's something about dirty jokes that really breaks the ice hor? lol!

backStreetGluttons said...

Its great to know you have an affectionate bunch of delicious kakis eveready to grow old once a year and yes why not !

Happy New Year !

Henry Yeo said...

You guys should declare 23rd January to be Life For Beginners Day

babe_kl said...

May the year of Ox bring you all the happiness, good fortune, health and prosperity you wish for.

Steve said...

"In Cod they trust." Hilarious... one simple line, and I find myself kakking my pants.

Nice post.

CUMI & CIKI said...

wa... getting more and more artistic.. nice layout of the shots.. against baby blue! ... cya soon :D

fatboybakes said...

Ciki dear, artistic meh? yes, see u soon. how's ur CNY been so far?

steve, glad u had a laugh, and oh, i didnt bother replying on the SHANG PALACE post cos its so old...but wow, sounds like you guys had a LOT for 3 ppl. what on earth possessed you to order that baby octopus thing!!! RM740 for 3 does sound very pricey.

babe, sama pada moo...

henry, wow, that is HIGH ACCOLADE for LFB huh...

BSG, long time no see!!!! thanks for all the fantastic food tips! GXFC to you too...

hairy berry, true, nothing like dirty jokes, and expletives to make one feel one is at home...

yin, aww, thanks...

breadpitt.... GXFC to you too..i still very shy mah....i dont think i am in any of the pics...not on this post anyway. in AWOL and nickhkl's post, maybe...oh, and in LFB post, definitely.

Rasa Malaysia, how fast time flies. that was such a life changing event...

duodishes, truly, what is life without the company of good friends and the love of family eh!

Steve said...

I stand chastised on the baby octopus fiasco, FBB. I shall ensure that I seek your counsel to avoid committing such errors of culinary sinfulness again!

Steve said...

is sinfulness a word, or did I just make that up?

fatboybakes said...

i'm sure sinfulness is a word, steve... and yes, good that you learnt from the error of thine ways.