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Stupid Cupid at The Bee
Pessimists of Valentine’s Day come this way. The Bee hosts this anti-Valentine’s festival with an ice-cream eating contest, storytelling session, music performances and tarot card reading (plot twist: read by the comedians of One Mic Stand). There will also be a photobooth, Nintendo consoles and prizes up for grabs.
Tales From The Bedroom: Save the Best for Last
If you don’t have plans this Valentine’s Day, this play may be the best idea yet. ‘The Best of Tales From The Bedroom’ makes a comeback after two stellar sold out shows in 2014 and 2015. This particular show presents the best stories from the last two years, along with a new take on 12 of their own selected pieces. Listen to uncomfortable stories of one-night stands, quickies that happen too quickly, conversations about sex and other private bits, and many more.
Tayangan Khas Wayang Pacak
Borrowing a tradition from the '60s and '70s local film scene, Komuniti Filem Titiwangsa (KOMFIT) hosts this outdoor film screening together with Frinjan. This edition’s pick is 2015 telemovie 'Melur Vs Rajawali' by Al Jafree Md Yusop starring Sharifah Amani and Shafie Naswip. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director and the cast and crew. If you like the film, you can buy the DVD at the venue.
Love & Money
Live Fact welcomes the Year of the Monkey with a pre-album launch gig by local rapper nemo (whose new album is set for release in March). Catch opening sets by Krayziesoundz, Arabyrd, Naufal & I-Sky, Reddi Rocket, Yahna, Vmprmyth, and Isaac Miranda.
New restaurants in KL
Goodness Greens Café
Now that La Juiceria has established itself as one of the city's leading cold-press juice brands, its next mission, apparently, is to promote clean eating with the opening of its first offshoot, Goodness Greens, where you can have vegan-friendly dishes, customisable salads, superfood-packed smoothie bowls and even rice bowls and pastas, alongside the juices that started it all of course. Part of the appeal of Goodness Greens is its customisable salads – and by customisable, we mean you get to pick everything from your base (brown rice, salad leaves, romaine lettuce or warm potatoes) and mains (choose from a long list of proteins, grains, veggies and more) to your topping and dressing. The salads are available in three sizes: petit (RM14.90), medium (RM18.90) and grand (RM23.90); the difference between each is the number of mains and toppings you get to choose – the actual serving size of the dish remains the same, so if you’re content with just four mains, a base and a topping, just go for petit (and use the money you save on Goodness Greens’ other specialities. We'll get to that soon). If you prefer warm meals, order one of the vegan soups (homemade with almond milk instead of cream) available in pumpkin, zucchini, carrot with rosemary and classic mushroom, or get the summer or pesto pasta. For snacks, try not to get too full on GG Dip (spinach and mozzarella dip with baguette slices), and for a light but nutritious breakfast, the açaí berry and dragon fruit smoothie bowls
This indie coffee joint serves your usual espresso-based coffees as well as cold brews in rustic vintage bottles. It may not seem the part, but Kult Coffee also serves waffles with ice cream, fry-ups, poached eggs, pasta dishes, and even nasi lemak – all of which, according to its Facebook page, are made from scratch. Its close proximity to record store Teenage Head Records means that you can swing by for a bite after some serious vinyl shopping.
From the team behind Maison Française comes French bistro and bar 2OX. Headed by Chef Thierry Le Baut, the restaurant on the Doraisamy stretch goes for a casual Parisian vibe with its elegant setting (white-tiled walls, leather and wood furnishings, a fine wine list) and classic French fare (duck rillette, toasted goat’s cheese, coq au vin). Go for the three-course sets that start from RM88++.
The team behind Section 17's The Humble Pie Co. have made a notable expansion in the form of Yellow Apron not too far away in PJ's Section 13, breathing some life into the office- and warehouse-dominated street behind Jaya One. On the inside, Yellow Apron fulfils the criteria of today's sought-after cafés (a clean, minimalist interior with plenty of natural light coming in). It's also very spacious, making it a suitable spot for families with young children. Currently, the menu at Yellow Apron features burgers, sandwiches, pastas and even some rice and noodle dishes, with plans of introducing a dinner menu of Malaysian-style tapas (or 'mapas' as they're calling it) soon. In the meantime, standouts include 'The Big Bold Beef Cheese Wasabi Sandwich' (like a roast beef sandwich but with wasabi in a pretzel bun), 'Curry Lamb Bam, Thank You Mam' (lamb shoulder curry with basmati rice), 'The Fantastically Fusion Fried Chicken Burger' (boneless buttermilk chicken thigh with sambal belacan), and 'Dancing Prawns, Swimming Chicken Fried Yee Mee Noodles'. At this point, you should know that Yellow Apron likes long, funny names. Other than black coffee by Papa Pahleta and a selection of teas, Yellow Apron also serves sangria and bottled beers as well as a range of mocktails. For dessert, there are (obviously) pies and cakes by The Humble Pie Co, including its famed banoffee pie and Musang King pie.
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