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Introducing illycrema by Espressamente illy

illycrema is recently introduced by Espressamente illy. It is so good that one is just not enough.

illycrema is the frozen coffee cream with 100% illy Arabica coffee, without added hydrogenated fats or coloring. It’s a soft, fresh and velvety cream containing micro particles of ice. It is ideal as an after lunch dessert or for a pleasant break whenever you want.

illycrema
illycrema

illycrema is a delicious frozen coffee cream. Retails at RM10.

Aria
Aria

Aria consists of a fluffy layer of hot frothed milk, light as breeze, rests atop a refreshing shot of illycrema. Retails at RM12.

There are over 6 illycrema drinks to choose from.

Starbucks Red Bean + Green Tea Frappuccino

Starbucks Red Bean + Green Tea Frappuccino
Starbucks Red Bean + Green Tea Frappuccino

Starbucks Red Bean + Green Tea Frappuccino is one of the two new Frappuccinos introduced by Starbucks Malaysia for the summer.

First sip, Starbucks Red Bean + Green Tea Frappuccino tastes like Starbucks Azuki Frappuccino which was introduced about five years ago.

Despite the color, the drink tastes sweet which overwhelms the green tea flavor, making it different from the normal green tea.

Also available is Hojicha + Tea Jelly Frappuccino. Retails at MYR 15.00 for Tall, MYR 16.00 for Grande and MYR 17.00 for Venti at all Starbucks in Malaysia and Singapore for a limited time.

McCafe Kota Damansara – First McCafe in Malaysia

McCafe has finally reached Malaysia’s shore with its first McCafe opened for business in McDonald’s Kota Damansara on June 16, 2012. The cafe opens for business from 7am-12am daily.

McCafe Kota Damansara
McCafe Kota Damansara

First McCafe in Malaysia
First McCafe in Malaysia

McCafe's signage brightly lightened
McCafe’s signage brightly lightened

The menu
The menu

The menu is familiar and almost similar to the McCafes in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia.

Hot drinks
Hot drinks

Majority of the hot drinks are available in three sizes — small (8oz), medium (12oz) and large (16oz) except Espresso and Espresso Macchiato.

Cold drinks
Cold drinks

The cold drinks are available in two sizes — medium (12oz) and large (16oz) with a one ringgit price difference between the two.

Franke coffee machines
Franke coffee machines

Selection of cakes and muffins
Selection of cakes and muffins

Among the cakes available are Black Forest Cake, Mocha Marble Cheese Cake, Blueberry Cheese Cake — all priced at RM 9.90 per slice. Banana Walnut Muffin, Double Chocolate Chip Muffin and Carrot Raisin Muffin are available for RM 5.50 each. Also available are Brownie (RM 5.50).

Medium-sized Cappuccino
Medium-sized Cappuccino

Cappuccino tasted quite decent without any additional sugar or syrup. It was quite flavorful and aromatic and neither too strong or mild.

Medium-sized Iced Mocha
Medium-sized Iced Mocha

Iced Mocha was delightful with its rich coffee and chocolate flavors but a little sweet as expected.

Mocha Frappe sample
Mocha Frappe sample

We also had the opportunity to try the Mocha Frappe through the samples distributed. Frankly, it has too much whip cream it was hard to distinguish.

McCafe's banner outside McDonald's Kota Damansara
McCafe’s banner outside McDonald’s Kota Damansara

McCafe signage is also seen on the post
McCafe signage is also seen on the post

Verdict: McCafe has finally come to Malaysia. The coffee they serve are decent and affordable. Ambiance-wise, it can definitely improved by adding a door between the Playland and the restaurant to limit the noise from the Playland like how McCafe’s in other countries did. Additional flavors for the cakes such as Cookies & Cream Cheesecake would be certainly welcomed. All in all, McCafe may not be able to challenge established cafes like Starbucks Coffee or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, but they are certainly welcomed by all. After all, it serves great coffee at a fraction of a price.

Starbucks Half-Price Frappuccino Happy Hour in Malaysia

Starbucks Malaysia started its "Happy Hour" a week ago on Wednesday and Friday and Starbucks Card users get their Frappuccino at half-price on Wednesday, 5-7pm while everyone else gets the offer on Friday.

Starbucks Happy Hour, Half-Price Frappuccino
Starbucks Happy Hour, Half-Price Frappuccino

Starbucks Half-Price Frappuccino Happy Hour is only available at all Starbucks Malaysia for a limited time!

Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino blended beverage is the latest offering from Starbucks.

First taste, Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble is rich in chocolaty taste but yet not too sweet. The cookies used are Oreo cookies inclusive of those sprinkles at the top of the chocolate-flavored whipped cream.

Also available is Starbucks Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. Retails at MYR 15.00 for Tall, MYR 16.00 for Grande and MYR 17.00 for Venti at all Starbucks in Malaysia and Singapore for a limited time.

Starbucks Toastie

Warm Starbucks Toastie is a great way to start your day. Choose from Starbucks Chicken Toastie and Starbucks Tuna Toastie.

Starbucks Chicken Toastie
Starbucks Chicken Toastie

Starbucks Chicken Toastie is covered with cheese and chicken bits along with some aromatic herbs. Simply delicious.

Enjoy the Starbucks Toastie at MYR 5.00 with purchase of any beverage. If you have the Starbucks Card, you get to enjoy it at MYR 4.50.

Starbucks’ Charcoal Bamboo & Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

Starbucks Malaysia has recently introduced Whoopie Pie with Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and Charcoal Bamboo Whoopie Pie. Both are filled with mocha cream cheese!

Starbucks' Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and Charcoal Bamboo Whoopie Pie
Starbucks’ Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and Charcoal Bamboo Whoopie Pie

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie has distinct sweet and chocolaty flavor whilst Charcoal Bamboo is less sweet.

Both Red Velvet and Charcoal Whoopie Pie retails at MYR 6.50 each.

Chilla Cup Filled Pretzel with Pepperoni

Chilla Cup at Quill 7 Sentral is a great place for a good cup of coffee and nice breakfast.

Compared to our first visit to Chilla Cup, the food was less salty this time.

Like our previous visit, we upgraded our coffee to Latte for an additional MYR 3.00 each.

Chilla Cup Latte
Chilla Cup Latte

Continental breakfast
Continental breakfast

We chose beef bacon, hash brown and scrambled eggs for our continental breakfast set this time.

The beef bacon was less salty and less crispy than the first time, but it was better this time. The hash browns were delicious while the scrambled egg was also less salty much to our likings.

Filled Pretzel set
Filled Pretzel set

Filled Pretzel set with pepperoni
Filled Pretzel set with pepperoni

We also ordered breakfast set B or Filled Pretzel set with pepperoni (beef) as our preferred filling. As the pretzel also has cheese, the mix of both cheese and pepperoni has made it tastes like pepperoni pizza. Having pepperoni pizza for breakfast was perhaps a bit too filling.

Besides pepperoni, one can also choose apple cinnamon, sweet corn, sweet potato, red bean or hotdog (chicken) for the filling.

Verdict: The food was less salty than our previous visit. We were glad the management took notice of our review and improved the food. We truly enjoyed the food and the coffee, of course.

Starbucks Valencia Frappuccino

Starbucks Valencia Frappuccino
Starbucks Valencia Frappuccino

Starbucks Valencia Frappuccino is Starbucks Malaysia new drink for this Chinese New Year festive season along with Valencia Macchiato.

Starbucks Valencia uses sweet Valencia orange syrup which makes the drink tangy and sweet and honey orange. What’s better than that?

Get it at your nearest Starbucks store today. Available at all Starbucks Malaysia outlets.

Chilla Cup Breakfast & Coffee @ Quill 7 Sentral

Chilla Cup is a great place to chill out for a great cup of coffee and pretzels! Recently, my wife and I went to Chilla Cup at Quill 7 Sentral for a good cup of coffee and breakfast.

Chilla Buzz
Chilla Buzz

Chilla Cup has a disc-shaped pager like Tom Tom Coffee which vibrates once the coffee are ready to be collected at the counter.

Breakfast Deals at Chilla Cup
Breakfast Deals at Chilla Cup

Every breakfast sets come with either Americano or Gourmet tea. An upgrade to Latte or Cappuccino would cost an additional MYR 3.00.

Chilla Cup Latte
Chilla Cup Latte

As we weren’t a fan of Americano nor Tea, we upgraded our hot drinks to Latte.

The Latte was pleasant and aromatic as it was brewed from freshly roasted beans.

Continental breakfast
Continental breakfast

Breakfast set D consists of continental breakfast served with toast. For MYR 9.90, it comes with one choice of add-on sides while for MYR 12.90, it comes with any 3 add-on sides, MYR 15.90 comes with any 5 and MYR 17.90 comes with any 7. Add-on sides consist of beef bacon, hash brown, chicken sausage, baked beans, egg (omelete/scrambled), grilled tomatoes or sauteed mushrooms.

The beef bacon was quite salty, at times, I thought I was eating salty fish. The egg was also a bit on the salty side, so was the chicken sausage.

Pretzel set (Parmesan)
Pretzel set (Parmesan)

Breakfast set A consists of pretzel set and the flavors available are plain, original, cinnamon sugar or Parmesan.

Parmesan pretzel was also quite salty and cheesy as well.

Verdict: The coffee was good, the ambiance was not too bad as it is always nice to see white-collar workers walk past by starring at us enjoying a good cup of coffee at rush hour. However, the food was a bit on the salty side and could be better with less salt. Still, the breakfast sets are a steal as normally a cup of Latte/Cappuccino would cost around MYR 9.50 – MYR 10.50

Update: We visited Chilla Cup for a second time and found the food was less salty this time around.

Besides at Quill, Chilla Cup are also located at Solaris Mont Kiara and Subang Avenue Shopping Mall. Unlike Quill 7 Sentral which opens only on weekdays, the other branches open till late and on the weekends too.