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Friday, March 27, 2015

Eat Ice Cream Hard, Drink Coffee Harder : Häagen-Dazs x Illy Coffee Indonesia Workshop

Wassup guys, how's your weekend? Hope you're not getting bored of my food journal posts here. Anyway, do you like eating ice cream and drink coffee? If you do both, you must read this post until the end, I'm giving you another new experience of my food journal.


Häagen-Dazs
First thing first, let's talk how Haagen-Dazs created. Established by Reuben and Rose Mattus in New York in 1961. They made the name sounds Danish so people at that time thought the ice cream was from Denmark, which famous for its dairy product. Well said... the marketing strategy succeeded, and people fell in love with the ice cream. Now you can see Haagen-Dazs in many countries, including Indonesia.

When I was a little kid, I always thought its a very expensive ice cream, and didn't know what's the difference with my favorite popsicle I used to love eating. Until one day I ate this ice cream when I grew up, it's such a yummy premium ice cream that changed my perspective of ice cream as I used to think that the taste all of ice creams were same. So the younger me just like enlightened when ate Haagen-Dazs and it's like...


"OH THIS IS WHY HAAGEN-DAZS WAS SO DIFFERENT!!!"
*light of heaven shines on me with backsound of singing angels like in movie*
*okay, skip it*


What are you doing in Häagen-Dazs?
Eating ice cream, indeed! Also eating the cakes in night with friends. But in this post, I was having a food tasting session. At the first time I thought I would be introduced with new ice cream flavors, until at the moment me and Hans arrived there, we were just told that..... *drumroll*


Haagen-Dazs will introduce us the fusion beverages beetween ice cream and coffee!
Wa, wait... since when does Haagen-Dazs sell coffee?



Huh, never noticed if the coffee products sold in Haagen-Dazs are from Illy Coffee, the famous three generations Italian coffee roasting company which specializing in blended Arabica beans. So at that time we would be introduced the new menu of fusion beverages by Haagen-Dazs and Illy Coffee in Senayan City outlet.



The outlet.

Sorryyy dear Bradley Cooper for letting your face closed by lamp!

Favorite cakes, psst they are 50%-off if you buy it after 8 PM everyday.

Scooping the happiness.


Haagen-Dazs doesn't only sell ice cream, but it also sells breakfast! Yeah... but only available in Plaza Senayan and Citos outlets. Couldn't wait to start the workshop anyway!


Let the session started!


The drinks
Welcomed by Angga Krisnawan, Brand Executive of Haagen-Dazs Indonesia, and the session opened by Arief Budiman, National Trainer and Quality Controller of Illy Coffee Indonesia, and also a professional barista for 14 years. He presented us the benefits of coffee for health and many more things about coffee, such a nice information to know.



Arief Budiman.



Enough for the presentation, let's show us the ice cream instead!!!
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Cookies and Cream Espresso (Rp 60.000)
Mr. Arief showed to us how to make this beverage. First, pour a shot of double espresso into the glass and pour blended cookies and cream Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Garnish it with whipping cream, put a cookie and mini scoops of ice cream onto it, and pour some chocolate powder on it. VOILA! You can serve it hot or cold. The taste of espresso is hidden in this beverage since it is more sweet, suit for you who doesn't prefer coffee.


Pouring the blended ice cream.

Garnishing the beverages.

Cookies and Cream Espresso. (Rp 60.000)



Tiramisu Coffee
The second one, Mr. Arief showed us to make the famous yummy cake into a beverage. This one tastes really like tiramisu cake, light texture came with balanced bitterness and sweetness. He made many alternatives of this tiramisu coffee with various latte art on it. Unfortunately, this one is not for sell in Haagen Dazs, and only shown for demonstration. Feel so lucky anyway I could taste this one. :')



Behind the scene.

Tiramisu Coffee with Latte Art.

Another latte art.

With ladyfinger cake.



Iced Caffe Latte (Rp 26.000)
Espresso mixed with frothy milk. This one is bitter than the first ones since the main composition used only espresso, the adding of frothy milk doesn't make it sweeter anyway since no sugar added, but it makes the taste of espresso milder than the pure one.



Why so serious???

PHOTOBOMBED BY WIBI, HAHAHA!

Iced Caffe Latte. (Rp 26.000)



Mocha Dreamland (Rp 60.000)
What's next? The last one was my favorite!!!! It was a Belgian chocolate ice cream mixed with espresso and coffee jelly, and topped with two mini scoops of ice cream. Look at the photo below, aren't you craving for this one? The cute presentation came with rich flavor, and the blend was sweet yet creamy. My favorite thing was sucking up the grass jelly in the ice cream. Recommended to try! Yummy yummy yummy.



Mocha Dreamland. (Rp 60.000)


Haagen-Dazs also held a latte art competition, so there were 3 lucky competitors from us which joined the mini competition.



Mr. Arief showed to us how to make a latte art.

Using their own creativity to make their own latte arts.




So happy to taste all of the new signature beverages from Haagen-Dazs,
hmm.. but wait....





Guys, are you looking some more?

TA-RAAAA!!!!

Another bonus from Haagen-Dazs!!!!


The final dessert at the day was brownies cake with ice cream on top! Available in two variants : vanilla or chocolate. I took the vanilla one, but seemed the flavor was little bit mixed with strawberry. Always love Haagen-Dazs' ice cream, not too gummy yet too airy. Haagen-Dazs was too generous, since we all were already full and planned to share a plate, but they still made us this dessert one plate for one person. THE REAL ICE CREAM PARTY WOO-HOOO!!!!



Delivering the samplers.


Conclusion

  • The venue is comfortable.
  • Overall, the new beverages aren't disappointing.
  • I hope the Tiramisu Coffee will be available in Haagen-Dazs, so whenever I want it I can buy it. *heartbreak*


Feel so lucky to join this workshop, since I never heard that Haagen-Dazs held a workshop except for this one. This one is an new experience since so rare of finding tasting session beside food, and met a lot of new friends in culinary thing! Although this one was the most epic food tasting I ever attend, the place was kinda petite but 30-ish people packed inside the venue feel like a sardine inside the can LOL, but who cares, the more the merrier. :D



P-R-E-T-E-N-D-I-N-G.
(Photo credit : Ci' Wibi)

Toast for the ice cream and coffee party!


Another story.....
At the night, the caffeine made me awake all night until 3 AM HAHAHAHAH since I'd drunk many shots of coffee at that day. Felt little bit exhausted because I had to go to church in late morning and make assignment. Luckily Mr. Arief explained how to reduce the caffeine inside body before the tasting session :

  • Eat banana, it contains potassium which is able to neutralize the caffeine.
  • Drink water in double portion than the coffee you drink.


Couldn't sleep because of... THESE.
#guiltypleasure


No no no banana, I don't like it. I prefer drink water as many as I could to eat banana at that night, my stomach was full of water since I drank like a thirsty camel LOL, but thank goodness it worked. You can try this if someday you're still awake because of caffeine.

But if Haagen-Dazs hold another tasting session with lots of caffeine like that again....... SURE I WILL ATTEND IT AGAIN!!! *then prepare a gallon of water first in home before tasting LOL*



The last but not the least,
Thank you OpenRice Indonesia + Haagen-Dazs x Illy.





Häagen-Dazs
Senayan City, Fl. 5
Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19
Senayan, South Jakarta

T : +62 21 00 8071272727
Hours: Mon-Sun 10.00 -22.00

Wi-fi : YES
Credit Card : YES
Price Range: Rp 100.000 for two
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An Elite "Warteg"! Publik Markette Grand Indonesia

Guess what I was doing. Yep, doing an ass-ignment without sleeping all night long, ended with so drowsy at morning. Almost puked coffee I'd drunk the night before inside my friend's car (I think) as I was having butterfly inside my stomack. Ended with sleeping inside campus' iMacs room, bothering the lecture given, with other sleeping friends who were also drowsy of awoke all night. And.... still continue my beautiful nap on my bed for hours, and woken by a call from The Boss.

And now, ended with sitting in front of non-stop working laptop since last night to post up this one. Thank God no ass-ignment to submit tomorrow!!!!! So, let's start this food journal.


Publik Markette
Went together to Jakarta Culinary Passport 2015 with fellow foodies to Grand Indonesia after had a food tasting session in Plaza Indonesia, after that we went to East Mall and saw many newly opened restaurant there. But the one that intrigued our eyes was Publik Markette, since it was super newly opened (only few days before we came there) there and I'd read some food reviews about Publik Markette on my blog feeds.

The interior inside was SO SO SO PRETTY!!!! Couldn't take my eyes of Publik Markette at that time, I said to myself that I wanted to be there. Alfa asked us how about having desserts there? I said a big yes to him since I was so curious at that time. Took a long waiting list, but it worth for me, I loved the interior.


LOOK!!!!!


The interior is kinda like art deco interior with gold and little touch of green from the plants. Seems unique since I never see interiors with art deco style with green color palette. There is separation beetween the non-smoking and smoking section, we chose to be in smoking section since it was located next to window. Hmmm, you know, it's the favorite spot for foodie to take great pictures HAHAHA. Let the pictures talk about the things I love from my visit to Publik Markette.



The hanging lamps with touch of gold.

Big window with touch of art deco design.

The bar.

Spotted some lovely details inside.


So, what's unique?
Ismaya runs Publik Markette with a new concept, most of the foods menu are changed daily, so if you have lunch on Monday you won't see the same foods served on Tuesday. I guess this is a new refreshing concepts since Publik Markette's are market driven.

I love the semi open kitchen in Publik Markette, you can see the people in the kitchen preparing delicious things. Anyway, the foods are displayed in glass display table, see the tempting foods and pick those!



Find your favorite letterings on the glass display. ;)





Yeah, in my opinion,
Publik Markette is also a innovator for touchscreen technology in hi-end restaurants.


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Seriously, don't take it too serious. I mean..... just touch the glass display and point at glass whatever you like, and the foods will be picked up for you by the waiter HAHAHA! However, Publik Markette reminds me of my favorite "warteg" near my campus. :')

For those of you who don't know what "warteg" is, it's short for Warung Tegal, a simple low-cost yet homey restaurant which sells wide range of cheap-priced dishes. Just point whatever you like on the glass display, so the foods will be picked up for you and served in plate.

So, this is how if Ismaya runs a warteg, and it must be an elite "warteg" like this. Oh, how I love warteg so much, so that's the way how I love Publik Markette at the first sight LOL. Just kidding, pardon my cheesy sense of joke. :p

However, they call this canteen food display as "Food Gallery". Go to the food gallery with the number on your table, then pick everything you want in the gallery, let your foods ordered input in cashier and just sit and wait until your foods will be delivered on your table.



Complimentary breads and mashed potato.

See the kitchen situation with your own eyes.

Can you guess what it is?

The one that will pick your foods up.

Bakery section. :9

So tempting, isn't it?

Cakery section.

Fresh cold juices in bottles.



The desserts
So excited to have desserts inside Publik Markette at that day, the place was so nice despite super packed inside.


Pump Up The Beet (Rp 38.000)
Girls, order this one if you care about having a smooth and nice skin. It might be an ordinary purple juice at the first time I looked at it, but it's a mix of beetroot, pineapple, orange which contains more vitamin C and antioxidants. Tasted great.


Tropical Sunrise (Rp 38.000)
Mixed juices of greens, pineapple, cucumber, lemon and honeydew. Sounds healthy!


Pump Up The Beet (Rp 38.000) + Tropical Sunrise. (Rp 38.000)


Spanish Chocolate Tart with Extra Virgin Oil and Sea Salt (Rp 50.000)
An unique chocolate cake with caramel and some thick chocolate layer. Love the texture and taste the chocolate cake differently as it's little bit salty.


Crack Pie (Rp 55.000)
This one is super recommended by me, served with caramel and chocolate sauce topping makes it the most tempting one. I lose words for describing this, how about tasting it by yourself? ;)


Pumpkin Pie (Rp 55.000)
Not too sweet, but you may try it if you love pumpkin pie. Not a big fan of pumpkin, even it's made into a cake.



From left to right :
Spanish Chocolate Tart with Extra Virgin Oil and Sea Salt. (Rp 50.000) |
Crack Pie. (Rp 55.000) | Pumpkin Pie. (Rp 55.000)



Hmm... wait...
Food bloggers will always do anything to get good angles and photos. So, we were the only people who stood up and took pictures with DSLR camera for a long time, and we even didn't touch the foods until we got some good photos. Perhaps it caught attention to someone who was in charged there. A tall man with glasses later came to us and he asked questions.


"Food bloggers, aren't you?"


I'm always be the insecure one if a waiter or manager comes up to me and it ends with prohibiting me taking pictures with professional camera (well said, mine isn't too professional). But, he allowed me to take pictures everywhere I liked in Publik Markette WHOA SO HAPPYYY!!! Even he suggested us to take pictures in the food gallery and even tasted some foods served at that day.

After had a chit chat together with him, the tall man later left us for a while, so me and others still thought about the ambiguous words he said. It was clear until he came back again and said : we could take every food we wanted in food gallery. So we did it, accompanied by him.



Here were the picks of the day!
Actually at that time we were so hungry, but... photo first before we ate!!!


Nasi Briyani with BBQ Beef Brisket and Yorkshire Pudding. (Rp 155.000)
The BBQ Beef Brisket is soooo tender, easy to cut, and I love the seasoning. Perfect to be eaten along with your Nasi Briyani. Anyway, you see a bread comes with the Nasi Briyani? It's Yorkshire Pudding, however it doesn't taste like ordinary bread. Crispy outside and the texture is soft and kinda bland inside, I bet you'll like it, yummy!


BBQ Beef Brisket with Yorkshire Pudding (Rp 20.000 - ala carte) and Nasi Briyani. (Rp 155.000)



BBQ Pork Corstone (Rp 80.000)
Never saw a bread with pork topping like this haha, the bread is crispy and the pork so tender! Non halal.


BBQ Pork Crostone.



Balinese Corn (Rp 20.000)
Corn with spicy Balinese seasoning, tasted so Bali when you ate this. My friend who didn't like eating spicy things said it was super hot, so I suggest this one if you're a spicy foods lover, like me. Actually I didn't feel the corn was hot.


Balinese Corn. (Rp 20.000)



Crispy Pork Belly (Rp 155.000)
Remarked this one as one of the best pork belly in town, comes with lovely juicy texture and perfect seasoning. What could I say? SCRUMPTIOUS! Recommended one to order! Non halal.


Crispy Pork Belly. (Rp 155.000)



Bacon Mac and Cheese (Rp 40.000) 
Expecting much from this, but however this tastes so plain for me, like cooked without seasoning. Hmm.. I even didn't notice if there was a bacon inside.


Mac and Cheese.



Herb Rotisserie Chicken Half (Rp 115.000)
Best food to share with your friends, the chicken was juicy and tender, easy to cut and the came in generous portion of meat. The seasoning for me is not too strong, so I recommend you to eat this one with chili sauce served along the chicken.



Herb Rotisserie Chicken Half (Rp 155.000) with Spicy Asian Green.



How was my day?
  • I bet you'll quickly love this place, great interior comes with great service from the chef, waiters, and even the manager.
  • Frankly speaking, the foods are kinda pricey, but most of all food we tried came in big size and so goddamn scrumptious!!!! Really, I'm not exaggerating.
  • Be patient to be in waiting list. :)

Actually we got surprised in Publik Markette since all the foods above are complimentary from the tall man, yeah your eyes don't wrong to read the red bold words. So we actually had a second impromptu food tasting at that day. #RejekiAnakSoleh #MimpiApaUbiSemalam




#RejekiAnakSoleh #UbiMakanBesar


And I consider it as my birthday treats from Publik Markette, since this "surprise" came a day before my 21st birthday (Yeah I know it's pretty late as my birthday's in February, blame the assignments for the late posts). So happy! :)






The last but not the least, thank you for the tall man a.k.a Raynald, manager of Publik Markette (I just knew his name lately from other foodies) who came to us. It's been a pleasure to meet you up and feel the new concept of Ismaya Experience. Best of luck to Publik Markette!



Thank you dear Raynald for having us.


P. S. : I ate in Publik Markette on Saturday. Food Gallery opens everyday in 11.30 - 14.30 for lunch and 18.00 - 21.30 for dinner. Food Gallery closed in 15.00 - 17.00 so you can order ala carte at that hours.



Publik Markette
Grand Indonesia
 LG floor, East Mall
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1
Thamrin, Central Jakarta

T : +62 21 2358 1281 /
+62 21 2358 1282
Hours: Mon-Sun 10.00 -22.00

Wi-fi : YES
Credit Card : YES
Price Range: Rp 500.000 for two
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