Last-minute party guide
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Guide to durian
June and July typically herald the peak season of durians in Malaysia, but seasoned fruit hunters will tell you that this year isn’t like previous years. Not only has there been a notable lack of durians on the racks, but prices have also skyrocketed to ridiculous levels. To shed some light on what’s going on, we spoke to two people: Erik Ong, the founder of the Durian King TTDI fruit store, and Lindsay Gasik – author of the upcoming book ‘The Durian Tourist’s Guide to Penang’ and blogger behind YearOfTheDurian.com – who has based herself in Southeast Asia and researched and studied about durians since falling for the fruit in 2009. Durians are in short and staggered supply this year. The long rainy season this year has reduced durian yield in two ways: first, by delaying the durian flowering process (which typically requires two weeks of drought) and second, by knocking off the flowers before they can be pollinated. ‘There is less durian overall, but the biggest thing we’ll experience is that all the durian won’t drop at one time, which keeps the prices a bit higher and make it feel like there’s a scarcity,’ says Lindsay. ‘The Johor/ Pahang season is delayed until mid-August or September, while Penang will finish by mid-August. So there won’t be the “glut” or oversupply that normally happens and drives the prices down.’ Be prepared to fork out two or three times more for durian. ‘We’re only expecting about 30 percent of the supply we had compared to last year, and even
What’s on this week in KL
Visual Arts Expo
The two-day expo serves as a showcase for the best in visual arts (animation, comics, film, music, video games), a platform for local creatives to exhibit their work, as well as an expo to connect vendors and sponsors. Bringing in the biggest players in the Japanese creative industry, Visual Arts Expo will feature guest appearances by several notable names in the industry such as Kazuya Masumoto (managing director of well-respected animation house Studio Trigger), comic artist Abam Apam, veteran anime screenwriter Pierre Sugiura and more.
Taps Beer Bar x Coley collaboration
If you’ve been itching for a taste of Rogue and Mikkeller spirits, you’re in for a treat. CK Kho from Coley - in collaboration with Taps Beer Bar - will be mixing cocktails with Taps’ new range of Rogue and Mikkeller spirits such as whiskeys, vodkas, rums and gins. However, if you prefer something lighter, CK will also be serving up craft beer cocktails as well. The best part is, you get to pair the beers, spirits and cocktail to find a mix you like.
Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run
The Men's Health Women's Health Night Run returns this July with partner AIA Vitality for this year’s night run at MAEPS, Serdang. There will be four categories: 12km and 21km competitive running, a 5km fun run, and this time, a 700m and 3km run for kids.
REVOFEV presents Blink-182 Tribute Show
Although you won’t be seeing punk rock icons Blink-182 perform on stage anytime soon, this tribute show is the next best thing. A list of local bands are set to make an appearance to perform their own renditions of some of Blink-182’s most popular songs. These bands include An Honest Mistake, I Lost The Plot, Spooky Wet Dreams and more.
New restaurants and bars in KL
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Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, arts and culture quarter, and now, café district. From the busy streets of Telawi to the more laidback Jalan Bangkung and Jalan Kemuja, we round up the best restaurants, bars, cafés and things to do in Bangsar.
Populated by expatriates and upper middle class families, Hartamas is fancy – even its name says so (‘harta’, treasure; ‘mas’, gold). This isn’t saying that the area is inaccessible for us 'mere mortals' – in fact, it’s quite the opposite now. With many cafés and eateries opening up around the 'hood, plenty of non-Hartamas residents flock here, and not just for the lineup of Japanese restaurants. By the way, we're also including the best places to eat and visit in neighbouring areas Mont Kiara and Solaris Dutamas. Fun fact: The area was the premise of a local TV show titled (surprise, surprise) ‘Hartamas’ starring Ida Nerina and Rashidi Ishak.
The wide land that is Damansara has the privilege of being both KL and Selangor. It can be confusing – Bukit Damansara for example, is not exactly near the main Damansaras while Ara Damansara is somewhat Subang (and sometimes even Shah Alam). To make things easier for you, we've picked some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and things to do in each Damansara area.
Damansara Utama is home to Damansara Uptown, the land of hard-to-find parking spots and more cafés than you can shake a stick at. We say park in the new Starling Mall and walk about the area before you eventually step in to an eatery. Here are our picks of restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in the area. PS: If your favourite spot isn't featured here, let us know in the comments.
Let’s not mask the fact that Sunway is an area dominated by students, which isn’t saying that it’s a bad thing. If you need help getting around the area, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is making things better. It’s fast – not a concept Malaysians are accustomed to hearing and practising. Let’s not also forget about Sunway Pyramid and Sunway Lagoon, where there are plenty of things to do. If you don’t have plans in Sunway, you do now.
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100 best local dishes and drinks in KL
We are a food city. One that caters to the food-obsessed; one that alternates between street and traditional dining, at any budget and time of the day. Here are the 100 best dishes and drinks that truly defines us, from the contentious nasi leamk to the humble roti canai. Loosen your belt – you've got much eating to do.
Best nasi lemak in KL
We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much.