Monday, January 5, 2015

(Late Post About) Our 1st Wedding Anniversary

*(Also A Review of Minori Restaurant at Royale Bintang Hotel. IDEK. This Post is Confused)

So, we made it to the 1st year mark smoothly, alhamdulillah. hehehhee.

I have soo many things I want to write about this marriage, but I don't want to jinx it, so, I think it will suffice to simply say how grateful and lucky I am that I'm married to my husband, who always supports me and who makes me just....happy. Alhamdulillah.

Being a compulsive planner, I tried coming up with a plan for our anniversary about 1 month before the D-Day. Initially, I wanted to check us into a nice hotel, and just relax, you know, do the touristy suff, like go for a dip in the swimming pool, watch TV, wake up go downstairs and have buffet breakfast and the likes, but the husband said that he did not see any point in booking a hotel if we'd only be staying around KL, and I really was swamped with work, so I did not want to drive anywhere out of KL.

So the second plan was to have a nice dinner. My plan was to go to a buffet at KL tower, or Hyatt 38, have a nice dinenr while looking at the beautiful night view of KL, but the more I think about it, the more I don't feel like going. One, you have to drive ALLLLLL the way to KL (we're staying in Damansara and has been anti-KL traffic since) for a dinner, and two, the food was rather over-priced for my taste. Don't get me wrong though... I don't mind paying (or I don't mind letting my husband pay :p), as long as I think it's worth it. But, RM45 for a plate of Kuey Teow?? Yeah... maybe not.

So in the end, after a looooong search, I came across MINORI restaurant, newly opened in the corner of Royale Bintang hotel, that does buffet for a very reasonable price (about RM110 for a lunch buffet). So I thought "Hmmm, Japanese food, an a-la-carte buffet (which means that you can just order what you want from the menu and not walk around), and less than 5 minutes drive from home, this is perfect!". And so, that's where we ended up spending our anniversary at. And I loved it!

On the day (well, actually we celebrated our anniversary a bit early because the actuall date falls on a Monday), after we finished our chores (you know, laundry, and cleaning and what not-we're very responsible in this aspect), I dolled up, he shaved, and we went on a date. :)

I bought this scarf just for my anniversary, I wanted to look pretty and not Darth-Vader like.

Phones were absolutely banned during the lunch. Calls and messages were left unanswered for the duration of the lunch. The only topic allowed was topics related to our marriage.

Us - my eyes were earching for the waiter beacuse I was very hungry
A little bit like self-reflection - how we think we did the previous year, points that can be improved, what we love about each other, what we are grateful for... you know, the mushy stuff. It was lovely. :)

And we ate... ohh boy, did we eat!!

We decided that we should pace ourselves (the buffet time was about 2 hours and a half), so that we can continue eating for the whole 2 hours. So we steered clear of rice. And let me tell you, the food served in Minori was delectable!

The chawan-mushi was smooth, the sashimi cuts were thick and sweet, and melts in your mouth, the croquets were creamy and yum. You know what, I'll just let the pictures do all the talking.

Chawan-mushi - our first dish at Minori, Royale Bintang.

Age dashi tofu

Eda mame


Gyuu-tataki with Ponzu sauce

Crab Cream Croquets



Soft-shell crab


Cold-soba served with dashi and quail egg (my husband loved this!)
Home-made caramel pudding
Monaka - I had like 3 of these.

Green tea Ice-cream with anko 

So, during dessert, I noticed that my husband was a bit jittery, like his eyes kept darting all over the place, but I just put it down to excitement. Because I knew he absolutely loves Japanese food.

But then, a waiter came to us, carrying a bouquet of flowers, and said "Your husband wanted to surprise you..Happy anniversary!", and handed me to bouquet.

I almost wept.

My husband is very sweet, but he's terrible at these grand gestures (bless his heart). So, I know for a fact that things like this must have taken him a real emotional and mental effort to pull and I loved him for it.


 It was a very lovely lunch.

Dear husband, I know you sometimes visit my blog.

Please know how lucky I think I am to have met you, to have married you, and to have embarked on this journey together with you.

I was in love with you the whole 8 years we were together before tying the knot, and I am even more in love with you now. You are my bestfriend, and I feel safe and happy whenever I'm with you.

Here's to many more adventure, and here's to forever.

I love you.

Xs and Os


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