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FoodFriends supporting Breast Cancer Awareness,
"Luscious ladies Day in Shades of Pink" was an event in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness but more important it was a morning to celebrate live.

It was a perfect opportunity for women to spend precious time together and enjoy some of life's little pleasures.

Cancer affects all our lives at some points and most people know someone who has been affected by it.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, second only to skin cancer
Breast Cancer Awareness month is a reminder to women across the world of the value of early detection and through fundraising and support groups, hope is given to women in need.

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6th Luscious Ladies Day in Shades of Pink
2-5 October 2014

Go Pink this October to support Women's Cancer Awareness month.A big THANK YOU to everyone for supporting the 6th Luscious Ladies Day in Shades of Pink events.

St. Patrick's Festival in Penang

The Inaugural PIA St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Malaysia

Saturday, the 8th of March was not only an historic date for Penang, but also for Malaysia, as it marked the first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade to take place in the country. After extreme planning and organising, with numerous floats involved and lots of Craic throughout the evening, the PIA succeeded in launching a hugely colourful and memorable event. The parade was held at Straits Quay which was a fantastic venue, with a lengthy promenade perfect for the parade’s procession and flanked by its beautiful marina. Click here for full story and photo gallery.

Penang Irish Association's St. Patrick's Ball 2014

This year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Ball was held on Friday, 7th March 2014 at the elegant E&O Hotel right in the heart of George Town, Penang. Tickets for the event were sold out three months in advance, as through the years, the PIA's St. Patrick's Ball has steadily gain popularity as one of the best parties to attend in Penang. Click here for full story and photo gallery.

5th Luscious Ladies Day in Shades of Pink
E&O Hotel, Friday, 4 October 2013

Go Pink this October to support Women's Cancer Awareness month.A big THANK YOU to everyone who supported the 5th Luscious Ladies Day in Shades of Pink and made it such a great success.

Press: The Star, Monday, 7 October 2013
Positive in pink for a good cause
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Discovering what makes uncomplicated fish and chips truly delicious at Uncle Albert's Traditional Fish and Chip, Straits Quay

I am very happy for my dear friend, Maggie T as she makes one of her life long dreams come true with the launch of Uncle Albert’s Traditional Fish and Chips at Straits Quay. She has always wanted to open a restaurant and where better than to have it here in Penang, one of the top food havens of the world. Together with Liam Healy, they bring authentic fish and chips to the shores of George Town. This is their second chain in Malaysia, with its inaugural induction in Ipoh in July 2013. Click here for full story.

Bordeaux Rendez-vous 2013, 30 April 2013 at E&O Hotel
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St. Patrick's Celebration 2013 at E&O Hotel
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Flametree Wine Dinner, 9 November 2013 at Feringgi Grill
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Luscious Ladies Day in Shade of Pink
5 October 2013 at E&O Hotel

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Tropical Christmas at Holiday Inn
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Christmas Cooking with Chef Bob at E&O Hotel
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Black Tie Wine Dinner at 1885 – A Gourmet Affair
E&O Hotel, 18 November 2011
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Spasso Milano
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3rd Luscious Ladies Day in Shades of Pink
E&O Hotel, 7 October 2011

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Press Release

• When Irish girls just wanna have fun
• Thinking pink for charity

Battle of Chefs a Penang signature event
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A playful rendition of Australian Bouillabaisse MOD OZ Cuisine
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Dinner with Sam Neill at the Datai
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Cooking with Young Living Essential Oils
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Exclusive Food Tasting Reception by Pacific West
Maggie T

In January 2012, Jo, Rosie and Maggie T were invited to an Exclusive Food Tasting hosted by Pacific West's Corporate Development Chef, John Redding and his Product Development team.

It was a very interesting morning of tasting new products and getting information from Chef John as to why he choose these ingredients and how he blended flavours and ingredients together and also to get the right nutritional value. An example of blending flavours together which worked perfect, in my opinion was the herb crusted salmon served with Leek Coulis with Curry and mediterranean style vegetables. (Click here to see recipe from John for Leek Coulis). This dish was my favourite of the morning and am sure it will be a big success for Pacific West when/if it goes on the market!

John knows from all the comments he received on the morning that he and his team are going in the right direction to bring new healthy, tasty and nutritional choice of meals to the market. We would like to thank Chef John and Pacific West (the taste the world loves!) for the invitation and the opportunity to be part of this process of choosing new products. Looking forward to next time!

Truffles Wine Dinner at G Hotel

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Chinese New Year Celebration Courtesy of Food Friedns, E&O Hotel and Chef Bob

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Christmas Cooking with Chef Bob
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Spanish Wines with FoodFriends at The Wine Shop
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A Decadent Afternoon with FoodFriends

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Pink Wine Dinner in Pictures

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Baked Camembert with Thyme and Garlic

Bruschettas with Mozzarella, Vine ripened Tomatoes and Asparagus Spears

Chickpea Salad

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Cacciatore

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Mini Mince Pies with Orange Brandy Syrup Sauce

Oven Baked Tortillas

Baked Salmon in Fillo Pastry

The Heat is On

Juices & Smothies

The taste of India

Biscuits with Coffee

Pies: Chicken, Meat or Fish

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Restaurant Reviews

Delicious Cafe opens at Straits Quay, Penang!
Penang, already world famous for its food, has added several good exciting eating place since the opening of Straits Quay in November 2010. Everyone has been talking about and waiting for "Delicious" to open its doors on 1st May 2011. Click here for full story.

Irrawaddy Fine Foods
Irrawaddy Fine Foods is the latest venture from Penang-based expatriates Chef Tommes and Louise, who also run the award-winning That Little Wine Bar on Chow Thye Road. Click here for full story.

Aqua - a Mediterranean Journey (Tapas-Bar-Restaurant at Straits Quay)
I visited Aqua with Jo and two guests from Europe; ironically after traveling literally across oceans from Europe to Asia they found themselves taking "A Mediterranean Journey" for lunch at Aqua in Straits Quay. Click here for full story.

Kafe Mews at Muntri Mews
In July 2008 George Town Penang was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site and this recognition created awareness among people with vision to invest in George Town. Click here for full story.

Matsu Restaurant
Matsu, a Japanese-inspired restaurant opened in the newly refurnished Lone Pine Hotel in Batu Ferringhi. Matsu (Japanese for Pine) is located over Lone Pine's trendy new Batubar at the front of the hotel.
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Healy Macs Irish bar and restaurant
For many years we Irish and other discerning imbibers bemoaned the absence of a proper Irish pub in our adopted city and jealous of those in Kuala Lumpur. Click here for full story.

Cheeky Duck Asian Kitchen & Bar
Penang's newest 'in place', Straits Quay is located in Seri Tanjung Pinang in Tanjung Tokong, just off the main road to Batu Ferringhi. Many bars, coffee shops, restaurant and high-end shops have opened here and the place is already a very in vogue nightspot. Click here for full story.

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Viva Penang!
BBC's Audio slideshow: Penang's melting pot.
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Press coverage: The Star, Saturday October 24, 2009
RM13,000 for IWA cancer fund. Click here for full story

Expatriate Lifestyles visits Penang

"Ireland!" the crowd shouts for the eighth time toward six bottles of whisky at the front of the room. They're not calling to the liquor though. Instead, at the head of the hall stands Eugene, quizmaster for the Penang Irish Association's second quiz night. Click here for full story.

Bulli for me
GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE: Such is the demand to eat at el Bulli - the Spanish restaurant voted the best in the world - that diners are chosen by lottery. Irish Times web designer Chris Carpenter got lucky, and invited his colleague Kilian Doyle to accompany him. They were blown away by Ferran Adrià's 35 magical courses - as much a crash course in chemistry as a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience
ON A ROCKY outcrop in a wild, rugged corner of Spain's Costa Brava lies el Bulli, widely acknowledged as the greatest restaurant in the world. Click here for full story

"Exotic Jams and Pickles" - very tasty and worth a try!
by Inge Viermann
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Catering with a difference
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Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow
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Helpful tips and ideas on designing your dream kitchen
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Salad Nibbler: recent research has shown that starting with a small salad curbs your appetite. Click here for full story.

Drinking water before eating curbs appetite.
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Torch Ginger or Ginger Flower
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Healthy juices for total wellness
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Herbal Teas
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Peroxide, who knew?
(Safer and healthier than bleach)
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Chef Bob rates 12 out of 10
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Book Release
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Gourmet Secrets online is made possible by FoodFriends, an active and growing group of people living in Penang and all over the world – with a passion for food and its associated pleasure, like wine and friendship. FoodFriends began in 2006 as a small gathering of expatriates who enjoy spending some free time sharing culinary secrets. The group has since grown and meets twice a month, exploring new epicurean delights - learning from the specialist chefs, discovering novel gadgets and expanding culinary skills.

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