Healthy Eats – Chopstick Diner & The Magnificent Seven Movie Review
If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’d notice that I mostly do premium to high-end establishments. While the food is pretty awesome most of the time, the inclusion of a lot of rather fattening ingredients such as cream and foie gras. While they are certainly delicious, they are not the most healthy ingredients around therefore I decided to try something different for a change. Hence I decided to contact the folks from www.chockstickdiner.com who very generously delivered a whole bunch of healthy lunch boxes for me to try.
Chockstickdiner is an online delivery service delivering healthy lunch boxes to working people from Mondays to Fridays. It is a healthier alternative to eating some greasy hawker food or chap fan at your building’s cafeteria and saves you the trouble of walking out to a coffeeshop or restaurant for lunch.
Roasted eggplant and pumpkin paired with lettuce, and red pomegranate with homemade Tahini dressing. The Tahini sauce is made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds and can mostly be found in Middle Eastern cuisines. It was a nice accompaniment to this salad and provided depth of flavour for the roasted eggplant and pumpkin.
Shredded pieces of red and white cabbage with Thai basil, chillies, coriander and poached chicken pieces. This salad comes with homemade peanut dressing and fried onions.
Slices of smoked salmon on a bed of cos lettuce, Parmesan shavings, croutons and beef bacon bits with a hard boiled egg on top and served with Caesar dressing. I liked the fact that the croutons were still crispy even though it was in the box together with the salad.
Tender grilled chicken on a bed of crispy cos lettuce, Parmesan shavings, croutons, beef bacon bits, hard boiled egg and homemade Caesar dressing. I quite enjoyed this one as I do like Caesar salads.
Red, purple, green veges all wrapped in rice paper with tender pieces of chicken and strands of rice noodles or meehoon with a spicy sauce. The sauce is really spicy and is a great accompaniment to the spring rolls!
Wholesome Box – RM9.90
There’s also the wholesome box which is different every day. Pictured above is the content of the wholesome box on Monday – Meatless pasta which was tossed with aromatic spices which made me feel like I was somewhat eating rendang but without the meat.
Chicken rendang with tomato rice. This was actually my favourite dish of the lot! Tender and flavourful chicken rendang accompanied by fragrant rice.
They also have some additional items to go along with your meal:
- Amazin’ Graze Rosemary Pepita (pumpkin seeds) Crisp 50g – RM7.50
- Amazin’ Graze Coconut Curry Lime Nuts 50g – RM7.50
- 10g Chia seeds – RM3.00
- Matcha Maiden – Organic Matcha Powder 70g – RM82.00
- Crush Mango Fresh Juice – RM10.00
- Crush Citrus Goji-Ra Juice – RM10.00
- Crush Banana Pineapple Juice – RM10.00
Free delivery for orders above RM50.00 and for orders below that amount there will be a delivery fee of RM5.00
Chopstickdiner currently delivers to Petaling Jaya (Postcode 46000-46200 excluding Sunway area), Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Mid Valley, Bangsar, Bangsar South, Sentral, Damansara Heights, Taman Desa. Additional delivery charges may apply for deliveries outside these areas, while a minimum order of five (5) lunchboxes is required for delivery to locations in Shah Alam or Klang.
Chopstickdiner also provides healthy meals for corporate clients, including catering for meetings and small functions, and can cater up to 100 boxes per day, however minimum one (1) day prior notice is required. Chopstickdiner also makes tailor made orders, however this will require minimum (3) days advance notice.
More info at http://www.chopstickdiner.com/
Photo credits: Chopstickdiner.com and author’s own
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Now I don’t often do movie reviews, but I’m a real fan of Western movies and I do remember watching the original 1960 film which was based on the 1954 Japanese language film “Seven Samurai”. Gen Y and millennials probably wouldn’t have watched the original movie but I’m sure Gen X and 80’s babies like myself would remember the iconic soundtrack which was used in an 80’s TV commercial featuring cowboys riding across the plains.
The remake differs from the original in many aspects including the storyline, however as it is still based on the original, look out for some familiar character traits as well well as sub-plots from the original.
The sleepy but gold rich town of Rose Creek falls under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), determined to be the next industrial baron in the United States. The desperate townspeople, led by eye-candy and relative newcomer Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven (7) outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). The seven gunfighters liberate the town from Bogue’s men then train the townsfolk to repel the retribution that’s coming.
I like how the remake embraces ethnic diversity more than the original, including in the ensemble an Asian, a native American, an African American, a Mexican, as well as an Irish and two Caucasians. The action is fast paced however I felt that the 132 minute movie length is too short to adequately develop any of the characters properly.
The Magnificent Seven opens in Malaysian cinemas on 22 September 2016.
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Visuals courtesy of Sony Pictures Malaysia.