Sunday, July 22, 2018

Family Fun: Moscow State Circus 2018 in Aberdeen!

We are back in Scotland for our summer holidays and what better to kick it off than with a visit to one of the world's most spectacular circus displays, the Moscow State Circus.

The Moscow State Circus began their Aberdeen leg on the 19th July and will be performing here daily (except 24th and 31st July) - check the website here for show times!

Set in the Hotel of Curiosities, the world’s most famous circus will bring its latest and greatest production GOSTINITSA - a rapturous and passionate new circus experience that fuses the Moscow State Circus with the glorious Golden Age of Hollywood, and promises all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat thrills for the whole family.

This two-hour long show was entertaining and nothing short of extraordinary, with award-winning clowns, the Chervotkins Duo guiding us through the show with their funny antics and had the audience in stitches. BabySumoKids favorite were the Didyk Troupe, which performed acrobatics on Europe’s only DOUBLE Russian swings, with performers flying through the air and somersaulting from one fast moving swing to another.... amazing!

The marvelous Alikhanov Troupe will feature three acrobats performing on two ten meter poles balanced on the single shoulder of a man, climbing and spinning to the very top of the same pole.

You can also catch Unicyclists the Gorodetskiys Duo and the sensational trapeze artistes, the Peruskins Duo and Anna Rastsova.

Bell Boys with their rope tricks

Magnificent trapeze action.. flying through the air with utmost grace

Performers balancing the stick on their heads with three lady performers perched on the top.

One guy, three girls... wow!

And then this...!

Hula hoops


High wire... performer standing on the shoulder of another performer

Doing splits high up while balanced on the gentlemen's head!

And then it was three performers walking the high wire!

Didyk Troupe and the Russian swings... check out the video here!

The Moscow State Circus will also be touring in Dundee (8-12 August), Newcastle (15-21 August) and Leeds (23-28 August). For more information or to purchase tickets for the Moscow State Circus, please visit their website.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Tangerine, THE FACE Suites, KL: Rooftop Fine Dining Restaurant

THE FACE Suites is a luxury all-suite hotel in the Golden Triangle boasting immaculate views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower from the 51st Floor Sky Deck. Perched on the rooftop is Tangerine Restaurant, a modern Western fine dining restaurant whereby guests can dine to the view of the KL city skyline while enjoying the evening sunset.

The elegant restaurant is modern and tastefully designed, with orange accents to match up to the restaurant's name. Helming the Tangerine kitchen is Chef de Cuisine, Siti Arini who is classically trained in French fine dining cuisine.

The menu, which changes every 3 months is both innovative and exquisite, with a choice of either 3, 5 or 7-courses. We had the 5- course set dinner, which is priced at RM318 nett per person.

If you enjoy the niceties of fine dining such as amuse bouche and petit fours, Tangerine is one of few restaurants in KL which offer this. Chef Siti Arini plays around with the amuse bouche, depending on ingredients which she gets her hands on - so there is always an element of surprise for diners here.

To tease our palates, the first amuse bouche of the evening was Smoked salmon with fruit caviar and cucumber sphere. This prelude to our meal gives us an insight of Chef Siti Arini's playful and inventive side.

How many ways can you serve a tomato? Well, here at Tangerine, you can enjoy seven spectacular ways a heirloom tomato can be prepared. Imported from Australia, the tomato is transformed into various forms with different flavour and texture profiles - Granita, Gazpacho, Caviar, Tomato compote, Semi dried tomato, Tomato salsa and Tomato dust.

For the second course, Hubby went for the King crab served with kiwi, kyuri, melon, yogurt dressing and cilantro oil, while I had the Cheese agnolotti with shaved truffle, fennel puree and hazelnut foam. The pasta parcels were delicious, with sweetness from the fennel puree well balanced by the earthiness of the truffles.

For our second amuse, we were served a crustacean espresso with a prawn cracker. A smooth, intensely flavoured seafood bisque.

The third course offers diners a choice of either Hokkaido scallop or Seared foie gras... as a fan of both these ingredients, it was a really tough choice but I settled for the scallop. The plump, juicy scallop was beautifully cooked and was served with a mushroom souffle, crusty kale and shimeji mushrooms.

Hubby had the foie gras, which was seared and complimented by candied kumquat, smoked duck, puy lentil and a vanilla glaze. The foie was rich and luscious and the kumquat helped cut some of the richness of the foie. Lovely!

Palate cleanser - berries and mint

For mains, diners can choose either the Kyushu Wagyu MB10, Hillside lamb rack, Wild turbot fillet or Free range beef short rib. I had the Wagyu and it was amazing! Chef Siti Arini sure knows how to cook meat. Absolutely tender and melt-in-the-mouth goodness, I savoured and enjoyed every mouthful of it. The beef is simply seasoned with pink salt flake and served with parsnip cream and seasonal vegetables. Please note that there is an additional charge of RM100 for the Wagyu.

Hubby had the Hill Side lamb rack, which is rubbed with spice and grilled to perfection. The meat was well seasoned and tender and was served atop a broad bean hummus along with a herb tuile and pickled onion petal.

For dessert, diners can choose to go for the lighter Apple caramel sorbet or the rich Marquise made with Cuvee bali 68%, followed by after dinner treats of candies and cookies. If you want to impress your date, you know where to head to on your next romantic rendezvous.

Opening times: 6.00pm to 10.30pm daily.

Location:Tangerine Restaurant, Level 51, THE FACE Suites, 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2168 1670


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