Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pizza Hut's Cheesy Bites Trio

Pizza Hut's Cheesy Bites is back with 3 times and flavour and 3 times the YUM factor!

I went for pre-launch party for a first-hand tasting session.  Joanna and her sister, Jocelyn, was my food kakis for the evening.  We started off with the Hut's platter, which we finished rather quickly, followed by the Thick Fries on Dips.


Jocelyn and I couldn't stop munching on the fries with the Cheese dip that was so gooooood. We just let Joanna have the barbecue sauce instead. Hahaha. Also, we were both ganging up on Joanna the whole night. :P

I love cheesy pizzas. Alien and I always only order the stuffed crust pizzas at Pizza Hut for the cheese.  But the new Cheesy Bites Trio pizza is a new cheese experience as it comes with 3 sprinkle flavours on top of your usual cheese bites:

1) Chipotle

2) Parmesan

3) Sesame

Each bite is stuffed with smooth cream cheese, or any 3-flavour cheese filling for a delightful cheesy surprise.  A cheese dip is also served on the side for the ultimate cheesy indulgence.

The last time during Pizza Hut's Christmas Pizza Party, they had organized a friendly pizza-making competition among bloggers, so it is no surprise that we have another one this time! :D

But before the competition, Pizza Hut staff (Albert) first did a demonstration of how the pizza was made:

Each cheese-filled bite was twisted into position, coated with garlic oil, then sprinkled with the 3 flavours.

After the crust is made, he smeared the sauce on the base, then filled up the pizza with the ingredients to make a Hawaiian Pizza - ham, cheese, and pineapple pieces.  One last check and the pizza can be sent to the oven!

My team's representative for the pizza-making competition was Jacqualine (or Mrs Tan), and Christina represented the other team.  Although both teams completed their pizzas at about the same time, my team won because of generous servings of ingredients, cheeses and sprinkles!  Both of them got to bring home the pizza that they made.

The moment we've been waiting for.... pulling out of those bites and just sink your teeth into the
Cheesy Bites Trio!! 

Cheesy Bites Trio Pizza

Feedback from the other bloggers was that the Sesame flavour was their favourite. At our table, we love the Chipotle! It gives an additional sweet, peppery and smoky taste to the already cheeeeeeesy pizza.

Besides the pizza, we were also served the Hut's Chicken Steak and Seafood Parchment Pasta.  The chicken steak is now my second favourite item in the menu.  The meat is succulent and the gravy savory, and it didn't taste oily.

The Parchment Pasta on the other hand seems to get spicier and less tasty each time I try it (first try was during the launch 3 years back).  For people like me who doesn't eat spicy food, I didn't enjoy the dish at all because it was too spicy to taste anything.

Jocelyn and I were super full by the time we finished the pizza, but this Joanna ah, still got space for dessert so she happily had her share of B&J ice-cream.

As per its usual meals at the restaurants, you can try the Cheesy Bites Trio with Soup of the Day and Sparkle drinks.   I've never tried the delivery before, but the Fun Meal comes with Honey Roasted Wings and Mini Hash Brown.

Hello, Mrs Tan!

So bring along your family and friends to try out the new pizza!
Cheesy Bites Trio  Pizza is available at all Pizza Hut restaurants and delivery service till 2 July 2013. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hannibal Premieres on AXN!

I had the privilege of catching the premiere of Hannibal earlier this month before it was aired in Singapore (AXN) on 9 April 2013.

Hannibal is a new 13-part series based on mythology and infamous character portrait of Dr Hannibal Lecter from the Thomas Harris horror novels. The chilling series takes viewers back to the beginning and introduces two of fiction’s most enigmatic characters for the first time. The programme stars Hugh Dancy (The Big C, Confessions of a Shopaholic, King Arthur) as Will Graham, Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans) as Hannibal Lecter and Laurence Fishburne (CSI, The Matrix) as Jack Crawford. The show is executive produced by Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) and directed by David Slade (Twilight Eclipse, 30 Days of Night, Awake pilot).

Will Graham is a brilliant, empathic FBI profiler who is able to mentally re-trace the twisted thoughts and methods of the agencies most-wanted serial killers.  His boss and handler, Jack Crawford harnesses Will’s uncanny ability to see into minds of the evil, recognizes his need for psychiatric help after a particularly disturbing case. As a result, Will finds himself assigned to the care of the highly-respected psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Unbeknownst to Will, there is a reason Dr. Lecter has particular insight into these horrible crimes and the psychopaths who commit them. What follows is a masterful mind game set against the contrasting worlds of good and evil where lines blur, elegance breeds horror and nothing is what it seems.

I first read about Hannibal in 8 Days and it caught my attention because of Dr Hannibal's character. For some unknown reason I have a growing interest in murder and thriller stories, so I was intrigued to know more.  

After watching the first episode, I have to admit I was a bit lost as it wasn't like the mainstream shows that I've watched.  It began with murder, then there were flashbacks and investigation.   Hannibal isn't your usual TV series.  I was, however, very attracted to the direction of videography. There were scenes that were shot so beautifully despite it being with blood and all.  

Plot wise, I guess I'm still one who prefers to not know who the killer is until the very end. 

The following day I recommended it to my colleagues and manager and it turns out they were already fans!  My colleague, C, says Hannibal kept her captivated through the backtracking and imaginations, and though it may be confusing at times if she doesn't follow consistently, she likes that it is fast-paced, unique cutting styles to get different perspectives and will only find out more towards the end of an episode. 

I quote her,
"The relationship between Will and Hannibal is like a strange romance between the two of them, and I can't wait to see how this further develops" 
I really recommend this website for fans of Hannibal as you can read all about the characters and storylines in detail.

But for more behind-the-scenes and revelation of plot every week, go download this app on your smartphone to interact with particular scenes as you watch the show.

This second screen Hannibal viewing app is available through iTunes for all iOS mobile phones and tablets and is meant to accompany the drama as it synchronises to each episode as it airs live, and also use audio watermarking technology that will trigger it to synchronise during video playback. 

You will be able to access exclusive Hannibal content, learn more about characters, watch relationships unfold and access behind-the-scenes footage. Integrated social media elements will enable viewers to interact directly with the show and other fans in a hosted Hannibal community.

I believe this will further your interest for Hannibal, as you can clarify or find out more information about the story through this app. 

Last but not least, Hannibal is aired every Tuesday at 10pm (for Singapore) on AXN (Ch 511) Powered by Blogger.