20 Bucks Lunch @ Pasta Zanmai

This was my first time at Pasta Zanmai, Mid Valley. My colleagues and me were figuring out a place to eat after watching New Moon (mind you, we were starving after watching Taylor Lautner strut his packs) and Pasta Zanmai seemed like a good place. We had to wait for about 15 minutes though as the place was packed to the brim.

Since the portions are quite large, the four of us ordered just 3 ala-carte dishes and opted to share. There was the Toriniku to Kinoko no Cream Sauce - chicken & japanese mushroom cream sauce pasta (RM19). I found it a bit too creamy for my taste but once the chili flakes and ground black pepper was added, the taste was great. The meal had a generous amount of roasted chicken pieces so that was a plus point.

We also ordered Ebi to Mochi no Cheese Pizza - prawn & japanese rice cake cheese pizza (RM26). Ooo....this was my favourite. Medium-sized prawns and mushrooms with a layer of cheese just made the whole dish even more scrumptious that it looked in the menu.

The Curry Sauce no Omu Rice - fried tomato chicken rice topped with omelette & curry sauce (RM18) was equally good. At first, I was a bit sceptical about having rice soaked in thick gravy but surprisingly, the curry sauce was delicious! It has this tangy, sweet taste that really went well with the rice and omelette.

We didn't really do much on drinks as 2 pots of green tea was enough for us. I was a lil bit disappointed though - we didn't have any dessert! The meal was so filling that we just didn't have any room left for dessert. Sigh. The overall bill for the 4 of us came to about 80 bucks. So for 20 bucks per person, I think it's really worth it.

Happy Birthday to Me!

No matter what was going on (good +bad) in my life, I've always, always looked forward to my birthday each year. The anticipation of turning another year older, starting the day by having something sweet (no idea who started this tradition), indulging in my favourite treats (Famous Amos and Cupcake Chic) or buying something new for myself (this year it was a hangbag), are just some of the things that make November 16 special. This year was no different.

If you're wondering what are those white patches on my face and arms, it's whipped cream. Yes, my colleagues suprised me with a birthday cake and decided to stick to the tradition of 'creaming' the birthday person (guess who started the tradition in the first place? :P ). It was good fun and it felt great knowing these people took the effort to come up with something for me.

Later that night, two of my close girlfriends suprised me with dinner at TGI (I'm sure you know what happened next). At least this time, I didn't have to stand on a chair and wear a funny-looking hat :P

Somehow I consider my birthday the start of a new year for me, instead of just waiting for 31st December to look back at everything I've done and not done in the last one year. I can't honestly say that I made the best of decisions but hey, nobody is perfect right? If anything, I've learned from my mistakes and will probably continue making more mistakes in the future and learning from them again :)

This year's birthday was particularly special to me also because, I'm single AND happy. Unlike last year, just 2 weeks before my birthday, my ex-bf decided to end things. For a long time after that I didn't think I would ever feel that confidence, high self-esteem and self-respect that I had before. Suprisingly now, I do. Probably because I've been fortunate enough to have the best of friends and family with me. Just goes to show that I don't a man in my life to make me happy :)

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