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Friday, April 17, 2009

Mystery With Culinary Flair

A couple of days ago, Mom went for a little dinner with Gramma at this apparently 'cool' place (though why it was called cool when it didn't involve me, I don't know!). I guess I can't really do it right, so I'm going to pass it on to her just this once. *wink*

Thanks, Scottie! What a little good boy you are...=) Well, I actually got some invites to go for a mystery party dinner called 'The Pink Lace Diamond Murder Mystery Party'. Just the name of it sounds pretty intriguing already! It's like 'Cluedo' but with actors acting it out in the midst of dinner guests instead of a board game...The guests get clues on the mystery, and try to figure out who-dun-it, the motive and how it was done! The dinner was to raise funds for Salaam Wanita, a project started to help disadvantaged women lead independent lives.

This was part of the place where the dinner was held, called SOHO KL. It actually looks very posh and expensive, but my camera skills need work. LOL!

The restaurant's called Michaelangelo's and the big centerpiece of the room was this GORGEOUS painting of the creation of Adam by the famous Michaelangelo.

Like I said, it looks very kind of reminds me of 'Hell's Kitchen' a little, except that Gordon Ramsay is not around. LOL!

On to the food, shall we? Here was my iced lemon tea...not enough tea. Tasted a bit dilute to me, but oh was free flow. Go figure.

The pretty h'ordeuvres that were served...don't really know what were the toppings, but I tasted tuna, some tomatoes, definitely olive oil, possible olives, and some great herbs and spices. Delightful!

Waited for quite a while before dinner was was a buffet, so naturally I took a little of (almost) everything. LOL! Clockwise from the top: Roast chicken served with a lovely creamy sauce, potatoes with veges, roasted potatoes, some stir-fried vegetables, and some AMAZING fish with I-don't-know-what's-in-it-but-it-tastes-like-tomato-and-oregano sauce!
I have to say, there weren't many varieties of food as was expected, but what was served were delicious. And surprisingly, we all felt full after savoring these little servings. Maybe that's what fine dining is're supposed to eat slowly and savor it, so even though the servings are (always) small, you feel quite full afterwards.

We couldn't get enough of the amazing fish fillets, so Mom and I took some more to share...=)

And then we got desserts! Cream puffs and bread pudding...yummy! The top layer of the bread pudding was quite crisp and crunchy,giving way to the softer layers underneath (which also had some banana inside). Topped with some of the sauce, it's sweet heaven! The cream puffs were great too, but the pastry was a little too hard for me. Still, great desserts!

Then, it was mystery time...=) I won't go into details with the story of the mystery coz it was very long, but there were two murders committed by one (or more) of the casts. The actors act out a few scenes, and the guests (divided into one team per table) were given clues in the form of small notes. There were A LOT of notes! LOL! Anyways, from all the (many and complicated) notes, we had to try and come up with a theory on how the murders were committed, who did it and why. It's quite a long game, but interesting indeed!

My only quip with it was the acting. Now, I'm no actor myself and I admire those who are brave enough to stand in front of a crowd / camera to act, but I feel like the scenes were a bit over-acted. It feels a little fake, especially when the actors try to put on some 'accents' to try and potray the characters, which is a bit no no for me. =\ If done properly, a good accent is great, but it's clear that the accents were put on, so...meh. I think if the cast were given local names and scenes were closer to home, it would be more believable. But still, the concept of the game was cool though, and I had a great time deciphering the clues. =)

My team managed to guess (partially) the culprits behind the murders at the end...YAYY! We got little souvenirs for our efforts...and at the end, all the table centerpiece flower pots were given out to all the guests as part of the event organizers' bid to go green! All in all, it was an enjoyable time...=)

Okay, okay're boring people already! That's it from us now...stay tuned for the next post which includes a video, treats, and silliness! *wink*


10 paws to this post!:

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Hmmmmm. Food for thought. Must be where the expression came from.

It sounds like a fun evening, except for the hams that weren't served with the dinner. But still, enjoyable.

The food .... yum, yum. Did you happen to come home with any crumbs in your purse for Scottie to taste?

Checkers said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! And the food looks great! I bet my palate would have enjoyed all of it!


JD and Max said...

Hi - sounds like great fun. We bet Scottie could have sniffed out the culprits almost immediately! Lotsa love - JD and Max.

Maggie said...

the food is gorgeous..i am drooling now..
hey but i love it!! :)

Aki and Poopie said...

we love mysteries and we love food! so all in all, we give your mum 36 paws up!! :D

drooly kisses,

Akiand Poopie

Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds very neat! It reminds me of that Girls Next Door Episode...bol.

Sniffs and licks,


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I hope she at least let woo khyss her face khlean so woo khould PRETEND to have shared it with her!

Please thank her fur sharing the evening with us!

Happy Weekend!


Petra said...

Boy, your Gramma sure knows how to pick good restaurants! The food looks fabulous and the entertainment very interesting!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Scottie, I sounds like your mom had a fun evening for a good cause. I think you would have been BORED, however! Just remind mom she owes you a fun trip to the Park and a special munchie treat because of your "neglect"! :)

Lorenza said...

Hi, Scottie and Mom!
Sounds like a pawesome time! Yummy food and an entertaining game!
Kisses and hugs