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Tiramisu Martini

10 May Tiramisu Martini - Featured

For Mother’s Day this coming weekend, we at Cham Cham Guide decided to make a drink just for the moms. Now, the only mom we can speak for is the one that brought us up so, drawing from that inspiration, we made a list of things she likes and things that would go well in a drink. After ticking many pork related things off the checklist, it came down to coffee and cakes.

Now, put coffee and cake together and you have tiramisu. And who doesn’t just love tiramisu?

The absolute best tiramisu I have had to date was at this quaint little Italian restaurant in Plaza Damas called Sure Pizza. This little establishment was run by an all-the-way Italian chef, Paolo who would, on good days, serenade his patrons from beyond his open kitchen. Everything about that place was magical. His handmade tabasco sauce… His zuppa di pesce… His pate and crackers… And the tiramisu just absolutely soaking in coffee liqueur…

Tiramisu @ Sure Pizza

I will be eternally bummed that the place closed down. Sigh.

*wipes away tears*

Our Tiramisu Martini tastes like a thoroughly well soaked tiramisu. A good balance of coffee and sweetness while the Irish Cream gives a nice smoothness to the drink without the creaminess.

OK, to start with, what you’ll need to make a Tiramisu Martini is creme de cacao, coffee liqueur, vodka, Irish Cream, vanilla essence, and crushed ice.

The martini glass rim requires icing sugar, cocoa powder, and instant coffee.

Tiramisu Martini - What You Need

Icing sugar; Milo; Nescafe; Baileys Irish Cream; Kahlua; Grey Goose Vodka; Star Brand Artificial Vanilla Flavouring; Mozart Chocolate Cream Gold

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Spring Parade

3 May Spring Parade - Featured

This Sunday, unlike other sundays, is gonna be monumental. As a young Malaysian, this 13th general elections sets the bar for our futures. The months (years, really) of bickering between the parties will finally see fruition!

I’ve seen friends who used to scoff at the subject of politics suddenly flood their Facebook walls with all manner of elections related, campaign related, campaigners related content. Did you know that our 1st-time voters make up a whopping 30% of the 13million existing voters? That’s how much we, as a nation, and as owners of this beautiful country, love Malaysia. It’s also a reminder of how strong just one vote is. It is our duty as citizens and our responsibility as taxpayers to vote, not for our own selfish short-term needs, but for the future and for the generations to come.

I’ve sung Negaraku every Monday for 12 years in school and I know the Rukunegara by heart. All my family is in Malaysia and I do not have any affliations to China. I don’t even know how to read and write in Chinese and my Cantonese is atrocious. I only love one country. This country. And if it comes down to it, will only shed blood for one country. This country.

My dear friends, we are the same. It doesn’t matter what our ethnicity is. We are Malaysians. We went to the same school. We played the same games. We enjoy the same amount of public holidays. We have the same memories. Most importantly, we share the same home. Neither of us are more Malaysian than the other. Neither of us should be made to feel that way.

– Amelia Tan, GE13: To my dearest BN supporting friends

Today, our Spring Parade is a symbol of unity, of fairness, of integration, and of a greater Malaysia. (Malaysian Spring)

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Chocolate Raspberry Dream

20 Mar Raspberry Dream - Featured

Easter’s rolling round the corner! Have you seen all the candy and chocolate bunnies in the supermarkets lately? So much fun! 😀 But first, let’s take some time to learn just a bit about Easter and what it really means.

So, of course chocolate eggs are a derivative of an age-old tradition, just like every other holiday we modern day folk celebrate. But even so, so what? I say it’s all in good fun. We could use more excuses to make a fuss over.By the way, have you people seen these series of videos called How It’s Made? Check out how chocolates are made.

OK, enough with the educational videos! Let’s mix some booze! In commemoration of Easter, I present to you the Chocolate Raspberry Dream.

The Chocolate Raspberry Dream looks great for an afternoon tea-party, though the taste can be a tad bit strong for the day. It’s not a very sweet cocktail as the only sweet ingredient is the crème de cacao. The raspberry taste is mild giving a hint of a sour note while the crème de cacao adds a fragrance. Continue reading

Spotted Bikini

4 Mar Spotted Bikini - Featured

I know this is really nothing new, but it’s 11pm and I’m on a bit of a diet. So, obviously I’m browsing food porn endlessly! Just done updating my Flipboard with food related content. Browsing through imgur for cute cats but keep clicking on stuff like this, this, and oh-god-this. And then, there is this; the motherload: FoodPornDaily.

Brownie Cheesecake

Will you look at that! Omaigod. Thank goodness it’s too late for a cake run.

Alright, as a distraction to myself, I will teach you how to make a cocktail. We tried making the Spotted Bikini a few weeks back and was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Milk and passion fruit make a very pleasing pairing.

The Spotted Bikini is a very exotic tasting cocktail as it really plays up the taste of the passion fruit. The prominent sour tones are perfectly balanced with the addition of milk. The taste of this cocktail is rather mellow, with hints of sweetness from the passion fruit. Continue reading

Indian Summer

29 Jan Indian Summer - Featured

Happy New Year, cham chamers! How has everyone’s start of the year been? Personally, it’s been really tough getting back into the groove of things. The festive season really took its toll on me, and along with the new year comes all these personal expectations and planning, planning, planning.

I’ve never really understood nor appreciated the notion of New Year’s resolutions. It’s so insincere and so fleeting. I feel that if you were truly honest with yourself, you’ll find that you won’t be making resolutions but goals instead, foreseeable things that can tangibly be achieved with careful planning and a little discipline. So, my plans for 2013? Achieve financial goals, run more marathons, say ‘yes’ more, and the most significant one is to chase after my dreams. Each of us are born with innate talents and we shouldn’t short-change ourselves just because our environment and circumstance dictates otherwise.

Well, to that end, let’s get right back on track and make us some drinks! Today, we’ll be making an Indian Summer. The Indian Summer is a deceptively strong drink. It has a strong coffee note, and can be pretty sweet to taste. If I had to describe this drink, I’d say it’s like drinking a wood scented pot-pouri. Full of flowery tones and pleasantly heavy. Continue reading

Santa Suit

19 Dec Santa Suit - Featured

Santa by Thomas Nast

Did you know that the first illustrations of Santa and his infamous fur lined red suit started in the 19th Century? Illustrations by artist Thomas Nast had surfaced in the early 1900s that would later be made popular by none other than the official sponsors of everything, Coca Cola. Though the image of our modern day Santa’s true origins are still very much debatable, his red suit is undeniably Coca Cola. Santa used to also wear green suits and tan suits back then before he got splashed onto Coke’s advertisements wearing the company’s colour and a jolly round belly. Thus was born the era of the red suited Santa.

If you found this little information tid-bit terribly dull, well, so did I. I couldn’t really care much about Santa’s suit, but apparently people on the interwebs do! So, I should too! Here’s my version of the Santa Suit! It’s red and white and fluffy around the edges too.

Santa Suit - Closeup

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