All posts tagged: drink

Craft Beer: The Case of Value

Originally posted on Generation Y Retirement Account:
You may have discovered (in person, or online) that I have quite a love held for craft beer. Leave it to residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest abundant with hops, or the fact that Portland is the U.S. city that has the highest amount of craft breweries per capita – there are several other reasons why I choose to fork out a little extra for the value I receive when choosing craft beer vs. macro-brewery options. Now, this isn’t to say that I scoff at the big guys in the industry…I just have more reasons as to why I go for supporting the craft beer industry. In fact, I’m not quite alone! According to a Time.com Money article, “43% of millennials say craft beer tastes better than mainstream brews…” and there’s a strong correlation of sales in the craft beer industry booming as millennials reach the age of 21+. Here are my 5 reasons to show the case of value for craft beer – cheers! (*insert beer mug emoji here*) 1. Craft…

Of Coffee and Macarons.

Originally posted on SHEU QUEN | THE RACONTEUR:
A coffee and some macarons help me relax better with my book. | Photo by Anna Verdina (Karnova). When I think of relaxing with a cup of coffee and my book, I always ask myself, “Where should I go to have my daily cuppa and maybe something to nibble on while reading my book?” That question never fails to escape my thoughts before planning my day. Sadly, not many cafe joints here can give me what I need as most of them are frequented by young Malaysians and their big groups of friends. Don’t get me wrong, people here are free to go wherever they want to and with whomever they wish to be with. All I’m saying is that when you see large crowds at one place means the place is either a popular destination or it’s a rather small area and can only hold so many people at one time. So it’s back to the drawing board again and revisit your cafe blueprints and find another…

Napa Valley, California

Originally posted on Chey Chey from the Bay:
Day tripping to Napa Valley is one of my favorite things to do while visiting home in San Francisco. Visiting wine country has definitely taken on a new meaning since my kiddie days, but even if you’re not into wine, the scenery in Napa is unbeatable, the restaurant selection is on point, there’s shopping & galleries, pretty areas to stroll through and did I mention it’s beautiful and relaxing? It’s the perfect place to get away, and if you’re already in NorCal, it’s ideal to visit for just the day or weekend. Hello wining & dining at its finest! Here’s a look at what I did on my last trip to Napa Valley with my parents. I can safely say I wish I never had to leave, but alas I live in reality, and am writing this from good ol’ NYC. Napa Valley is home to some of the best food in the country– from Michelin-starred restaurants to neighborhood eateries, this whole area is pretty much a hotbed of culinary superiority. R+D Kitchen in Yountville…

But First, Coffee.

Originally posted on SHEU QUEN | THE RACONTEUR:
A little coffee goes a long way. That’s how my day is supposed to start. | Photo by Medical News Today. I was never a coffee drinker until I tasted the magic of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. When I was young, my dad used to take the family out for supper and it almost always was to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at a neighbourhood mall. Back then, life was much simpler and we needn’t have to worry about traffic, rising costs of living, and undesirable folk (mostly snatch thieves and kidnappers). My usual order used to be iced blended mocha frappuccino (more chocolate than coffee). My parents would always have something with a dash of espresso. One day, I decided to try some. Oh, I will never forget that initial bittersweet hot liquid that slid down my throat. I swore that coffee must be the vilest beverage ever, second to wine. Yes, I don’t have a taste for wine. Champagne, maybe, but not wine. But that…