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Review: "Be My Beau-tea-ful Valentine" Gift Idea by T Garden

>> Saturday, February 11, 2017

There's a French proverb that says, "Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace."

Since AP & I got married & moved into our new house, we've been blessed with a place to call home that comes with a small plot of empty land that I could get my garden growing. I've never had my hands into gardening since I've never lived in a landed property 'til 2 years ago, so having a small area to call 'my garden' sounded kinda fun :)

For those of you who have been following my FB or Instagram posts, you'll notice how crazy I can be when it comes to gardening (can be a perfectionist, even in gardening!) as I believe in the concept of "from the garden to the table". Seeing my physical plants bloom encourages me to 'bloom with grace' as an individual, wife & in all aspects of my life! :D

It's great to know that I'm not alone in believing in this concept as T Garden's flower teas are also organically grown without pesticides & can be consumed for general well-being.


French Rose Tea - RM10.00/20g in jar

I've written for T Garden last month, introducing the varie-tea of teas available in their range. This time around, I would like to share with you some of the benefits of consuming these flower teas, which you may want to consider purchasing for your own consumption or even as gifts this Valentine's Day. Giving your loved ones something different would be nice! :D

Review photos are taken right at my own garden! :P *wootz*

French Rose & Peach Flower tea
Women are highly concerned with their appearance (men are too, but more so the women), so keeping their skin glowing healthily is always something that they'll strive to do. Rose buds & dried, young peach flowers are packed with Vitamin C (plus Vitamin A & B as well). With our current environment & lifestyle, we're all exposed to toxins & free radicals that are harmful to our skin.

Consuming these teas on a regular basis can help improve the skin's complexion as well as boost our body's immunity, calm our minds on stressful days, aids digestion, weight loss & much more! It's also great for women who have menstrual cramps as drinking this tea will lessen the pain/cramps. You can read up more about these flower teas' benefits all over Google. Men should drink these teas too :D Who knows, it'll help you in ways that you can't be thankful enough for...hehe. 

Peach Flower Tea - RM8.00/20g in jar

Something that's created by the Creator can't be harmful to His own creation, can it? :)

I'm really intrigued by peach flowers as I love having peach tea & this baby flowers as tea are just aromatic :)

Jasmine Flower tea
More often than not, this flower is paired with tea leaves for consumption. The fragrant, floral scent of this flower just relaxes a person & it's a therapy on a busy day. The difference between drinking the flower by itself & drinking the flower paired with tea leaves such as green tea or oolong tea is the presence of caffeine. If you want your tea to be caffeine-free, just have the flower tea by itself.

Alike the French Rose & Peach Flower teas, this tea has also strong anti-oxidant properties that helps improve our health. One of the anti-oxidants called catechins helps to keep our blood pressure & cholesterol levels low/within optimum range. This is in addition to the other benefits to our immunity & skin's health.

Apart from the above, jasmine flowers also have antibacterial and antiviral properties. It's a great cold & flu reliever, for those who are suffering with constant flu like yours truly.

Jasmine Flower Tea - RM8.00/20g in jar

Diabetics can benefit from jasmine flower tea as well since it's claimed to reduce the blood sugar level. The compounds in the jasmine flower regulars sugar level as well as help build insulin within the body.

For any flower teas like these, drinking in moderation is sure to reap great benefits for a healthier lifestyle. Of course, if it's over consumed, you may get intestinal discomfort/pain from the higher level of acidity in your body. Well, these tea boosts metabolism & aids with weight loss, so it's not surprising that it's more acidic in nature.


I personally think that investing in such teas are an affordable investment considering the benefits & "ROI" that it gives on the long run when consumed regularly, in moderation. It's certainly way better than investing in cosmetics, medication & non-organic health products!


From just RM8.00/jar - RM10.00/jar for the flower tea series, I'll certainly encourage you to consider these as 'investment' in yourself & the lives of your loved ones. 


Buying 10 jars of tea (various flavors) costs you just RM100.00 & it'll be a way better RM100.00 spent compared to spending on stalks of fresh flowers/roses that you can't consume this Valentine's Day! Hahaha...you'll get a pretty paper bag for free with each jar too!

Yes, I'm the Ruthless Eater...give me anything good that can be eaten, can nourish my life/health & can heal my soul & I'll be satisfied to the brim :)

Check out T Garden's FB page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/tgarden.ktn/


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Review: EATEA, Kuantan - Asian Fusion Restaurant

>> Friday, February 10, 2017

*pork-free*

Give me a good plate of Thai Basil with Minced Pork/Chicken any time! Yes, add a piece of bull's eye fried egg & serve it with some warm rice....oolala...

EATEA took us by surprise! Its exterior looks like a classic Chinese eatery, but it is one restaurant that holds so much of stories in everything they do, from the restaurant's name, interior design, & especially their food! *yums*

Located on Jalan Air Putih 2, this spacious restaurant can be spotted from afar, especially at night, since its signboard is high above, at the rooftop. I noticed it from afar when I was waiting at the traffic light on Jalan Beserah, turning into Jalan Air Putih 2.


The specialty of this restaurant is actually Asian-Fusion, focusing more on the Thai-Chinese heritage. As you walk into the air-conditioned section of the restaurant, you'll notice a variety of wood-based decorations, which you may miss as "just some piece of wood".

Each display item has a history behind it & most of it are collected since the times where Sungai Lembing was still an active mining town. The owner of the restaurant, whom we were casually introduced to as Sum, took us on a mini historical journey through the different display items & shared with us how & where he obtained it. In time to come, we hope that he will put up some written tags/plaques to provide more information to diners who are intrigued to find out more :)


The historical display items, mostly from Sungai Lembing
One may wonder why are these displayed at the restaurant. It's through the decoration concept that you'll have a sense of who the owner & team behind this unique restaurant really are & what sort of food & drinks they would serve on their menu ;) Every little detail matters to them!

Open-air area
The restaurant is massive in space! Go over for a large group meal or yum cha session! They used to operate in a different business model, thus the space. But now that they're more focused, the space still remains although the restaurant has evolved in its menu & cuisine focus.

EATEA offers an extensive range of beverage, some of which compliments their food rather well. I managed to try 5 of their drinks out of SEVENTY different types of drinks available! Yes, no kidding. I actually did counted from the list of drinks on their menu :D


EATEA Mocktails (RM9.90/glass)
I Lap U: Sprite + Ribena + Lemon + Lychee
I Want U: Lemongrass + Soda + Mint Leaves + Sour Plum
I Hate U: Lemongrass + Soda + Ginger + Chili + Sour Plum
Their special mocktails were individually unique. Their "I Lap U" reminded me of the Ribena Longan drink at William's in Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya. Heh. It's quite a crowd-pleaser, especially on a hot day. "I Want U" & "I Hate U" tastes quite similar, but "I Hate U" has a different level of 'kick' as it has the evident taste of ginger & red chili. The heat in the sweet-sourish-savorish drink is quite mild, so don't be too afraid to give it a try ;)

EATEA Five Green Premium (RM9.90/glass) & Ice Coffee (RM2.80/glass)
For those who are more health-conscious or just needed some beverage to detox for the day, EATEA's Five Green Premium is HIGHLY recommended! I'm serious! There's cucumber, celery, bittergourd, green pepper/capsicum & green apple - NO sugar added, but it's not that bitter (at least not for me), slightly sweet-ish from the peppers, cucumber & green apple, I presume, & totally 'green' in taste...hahaha...it's truly refreshing & cleansing! You HAVE TO try it! *go green!*
Coffee-lovers should give EATEA's coffee a try. Sum said that he wants to encourage Kuantanians to drink the local Kuantan-roasted coffee, so he gets his supply of coffee beans from a local Kuantan roaster. I have to say that it's pretty good! Very aromatic, smooth & 'butterish' in taste, I think. I'm not a coffee connoisseur, so I can't tell you exactly how it tastes, but I enjoyed the glass of ice coffee :)

EATEA boasts of using fresh own-grown herbs where possible, so they've been planting & propagating their own lemongrass, mint leaves, & Thai basil as well. They still have to buy from the supplier as they need a lot of fresh herbs for their dishes, but they hope to see to the day where they have sufficient herbs for their kitchen.

Lemongrass

Mint Leaves

We had the opportunity to try some of their best sellers & one of their unique Western-Asian dish that you'll probably find it only at EATEA (throughout the whole of Kuantan).

Pad Kha Prao Kai (RM10.90/serving)
One of their best sellers is the Pad Kha Prao Kai/Stir-Fried Thai Basil Minced Chicken. We love the aromatic Thai basil in each bite of the minced chicken & the added heat from the chili padi/bird's eye chili as well. The dish is well-balanced in flavors as it's slightly sweet, savory & spicy, just alike how you'll get it in Thailand. We told Sum that we prefer to have more Thai basil so that the rich aroma will travel to our noses first before we tuck the delicious dish into our tummies :)

EATEA Curry Chicken Rice (RM8.90/serving)
This was good wei...we just wished it came with more gravy! The dish comes with a tender piece of chicken drumstick (I think it's been cooked for hours 'cause all the aromatic flavors have seeped into the chicken) & pieces of potatoes that melts in the mouth...oh my...lip smacking! I thought that it may taste nicer if some kaffir lime leaves are added to set it apart from other chicken curries & other dishes on their menu, since lemongrass is a star in majority of their dishes. It's something for the kitchen to experiment...haha...I'm no chef, so I can't guarantee that my recommendations will taste good :P

Affordable, must-try rice dish!

Grilled Khun Thai Chicken (RM20.90/serving)
You'll find this ONLY at EATEA. PerutBesi's recommendation is to eat the grilled chicken WITHOUT any sauces as the chicken is marinated so well with lemongrass & other herbs & spices. Thumbs up! We finished up the grilled chicken in a jiffy.
* you can opt for their home-made brown sauce or home-made sweet green chili sauce to go with this dish

Khun Thai Tom Yam Meehoon (RM11.90/serving)
Their tom yam meehoon is also not to be missed. I must say that it's a scrumptious bowl of Thai Tom Yam with vermicelli! I love the balance of sweet, sour, salty, & spicy in every mouthful :D It's not too spicy for me, but enough heat to qualify as tom yam. I love that it's the 'milky-ish' sort of red tom yam unlike those that we get from Malay food stalls. Another thumbs up! I'm pleasantly surprised...now I know where to get my tom yam meehoon fix. EATEA, please maintain this standard of delicious tom yam! I'll be back for more...

Currently, they're running a weekday set lunch promotion for just RM9.90 nett where you can get:
- 1 bowl of soup of the day
- 1 main course
- 1 drink

Be there between 12:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. to enjoy this fantastic deal!


EATEA is easily located if you're familiar with Kuantan. If Kuantan is new to you, just key in the GPS coordinates. I look forward to try more of EATEA's dishes as this restaurant seem to be pretty promising for a good meal & to be a good hang out place as well ;)


Give this place a try & let me know your thoughts. Restaurants always look out for customers feedback for further improvement, so I'm very fond of giving them constructive feedback to serve their customers better :) Looking forward to trying out their other dishes! (they're open for breakfast, lunch & dinner)


EATEA Restaurant
B1679, Jalan Air Putih 2
Kuantan.
Tel: (+6017) 278 1994
Business hours: Wednesday - Mondays 9:30a.m. - 11:00p.m.; close on Tuesdays
Email: 2016eatea@gmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/eatea.kuantan/
GPS: 3°49'49.8"N, 103°20'32.2"E



Ratings:
Presentation (does it look mouth-watering): * * * *
Price (is it affordable - more stars = YES): * * * *
Environment (is the place comfortable, cosy, clean, pleasant): * * * 1/2
Taste (is the food delicious, worth coming back for more): * * * *
Service (are the service providers friendly, efficient, polite): * * * 1/2


Overall:






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