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DCOVA Cafe, Logan Heritage – A Place to Hang Out for Coffee

Recently it is getting so common to see lists of Penang famous food shared over in social media sites. I have recently discovered a list of Penang’s 10 new cafes. Unfortunately, the information listed is not very accurate especially on the operating hours. Also there isn’t much introduction or highlights of what do the cafes have to offer and what makes them so special. So it has become my job to find it out myself.  Most of the new cafes only start operating at 11 am or 12 noon. For someone like myself who usually wake up at 9+ during weekends and start to look for breakfast during that time, this is not really practical. Out of the many cafes, only one that I have found to be operating before 10am, that is DCOVA Cafe.

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DCOVA cafe used to be known as “Light House Coffee“. However, this cafe was taken over by another owner and hence the name changed as well. The cafe is now known as “DCOVA Cafe”.  DCOVA Cafe is located at the central of town. If you are driving to town area from Penang Bridge via Beach Street, you will surely pass by OCBC on your left. Keep driving and just before Standard Chartered Bank, turn left to Union Street. Keep driving until the junction which leads to the one way street of Penang Street, at the next junction turn into Bishop Street. Drive for another 50 meters and keep a look out on your left and you will see DCOVA Cafe is there.

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Que Huong Toi Cafe, 正宗越南小食馆, Jalan Sungai Pinang – Authentic Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese food is a very rare cuisine in Penang. There used to be some nice Vietnamese restaurants in Penang few years back but not many of them survived until today. Recently there seem to be a few Vietnamese cafe’s started to pop up in the town’s vicinity. One of the nice and famous one is Que Huong Toi Vietnamese Food.

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The location of Que Huong Toi Cafe is at the middle of a bustling street. If you are driving down town from Penang bridge via Jelutong Express, take the left junction which turns to Sungai Pinang. After you are out from the junction, you will find Sungai Pinang food court is on your left. Keep driving until you reach the traffic junction in front of you, turn left and you will see Que Huong Toi Cafe is on your right. The cafe is a quaint little cafe with only few tables. Other than the boss, most of the workers here are Vietnamese.

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E & O Hotel, Sarkies Corner – Jamuan Buka Puasa

Bulan Ramadhan is the holy month for all Muslims in the world. During this month the Muslims will fast for the whole month in order to purify and cleanse the body and soul. The fasting of the day will only end at dusk when the announcement is made and prayer is done. At this time the end of the fasting day is called buka puasa.

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For those musliman and muslimin that looking for a great place to dine after a long day of fasting. One of the great place that you can try out is the E & O Sarkies Corner that serve buffet for Ramadhan.

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The E&O Hotel has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. It is very easy to locate E & O Hotel. It stands at the intersection of Farquhar Street and Penang Road. The hotel is about 20 kilometres from the Penang International Airport and if you are driving from Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, keep driving until you pass Farquhar Street at the junction that will lead to one way street. Keep driving for a few metres and you will see E & O Hotel is on your left.

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Varieties of food available at the Sarkies Corner as below:

Noodle and Wok
Penang Char Koay Teow, Yellow Mee, Mee Sua, Wantan, Mee Maggi, Beehoon, Bee Tai Bak.
Choices of Mix Vegetable Served with Chicken Soup and Clear Soup.

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Via Pre Italian Restaurant, Weld Quay – Quiet and Cozy Italian Breakfast

My job requires me to travel frequently to outstation and I was also stationed out of town for some period. A quiet and peaceful weekend to spend with my family is a great weekend for me. Since Penang has many little cafe’s to offer for breakfast and coffee, I always hunt for a good place to have my Sunday breakfast/brunch with my family in town. There are a few nice places where we can have a quiet and cozy environment for breakfast. One of them is Via Pre Italian Restaurant.

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Via Pre Italian Restaurant is known for its fine, authentic and exclusive Italian food. However, little did we know that this place also provides a reasonable and delightful breakfast everyday. Via Pre is very easy to be spotted. If you are driving from Penang Bridge to town area via Jelutong Expressway (a.k.a Jalan Tun Dr. Lim Chong Ewe), drive all the way down until you reach Penang Jetty. Just opposite the Jetty, you will see a heritage building with the signboard, Via Pre.

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One thing nice about this place is its cozy environment where there are not many people to disturb your peaceful Sunday morning.

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Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, The Best Brew – Sipping In Style

Four Points by Sheraton Penang has been around for some time. However, The Best Brew @ Four Points is a new hangout in town where you can have a glass of wine or some drinks to chill you day.

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Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is also previously known as Tanjung Bungah Hotel. It is located at Jalan Tanjung Bungah. The hotel is just located along the road en-route to Batu Ferringhi. After by-passing the Chinese Swimming Club on your left, keep an eye for the hotel which is just a few blocks from the swimming club.

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There is a bar counter which serves other drinks besides wine and beers. It is a relaxing place to sit and chit chat with friends after a long day.

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For those who love socializing, there are cocktail tables specially for you to have a chat and some snacks.

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Kim White Curry Mee Review

Lately there is a wave of instant white curry noodle in the market. There are at least 6 brands that I am aware of.  One of the latest addition to the instant white curry noodle family is Kim Curry Mee.

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Glow Hotel, Zest Bar Cafe – Show Your Gratitude on Father’s Day

The term “Father” is easier to pronounce than being one ourselves. Father will usually be the second one to be remembered in the family after mother. This is because traditionally mothers are usually the one who look after the kids, while fathers are working hard outside to be the bread winner of the family. Father’s day was not celebrated or made known at all until recent years it is celebrated on the third week of June.

As an appreciation and gratitude to all the fathers, Glow Hotel in Penang is treating Daddies to their decadent lunch menu during this coming Father’s Day from 11:30am to 5:00pm, 15th June 2014.

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It is not hard to locate Glow Hotel. If you are at the center of Georgetown Penang, drive to Macalister Road. If your direction is heading to Pulau Tikus and Komtar is behind you, you will notice Menara UMNO is on your right. Keep driving for another 200 meters and you will see Glow Hotel is on your left.

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Zest Bar and Cafe, is the dining area for Glow Hotel. The place is simple yet cozy.

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