Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cat In The Box, Three Little Birds & The White Fly

Sniffing out a menagerie of caffeine bars launched in recent weeks: Cat In The Box at Jaya One, Three Little Birds at Sentul & The White Fly at Setiawalk in Puchong.

First up, Cat In The Box, hidden within the Center for Asian Photographers community center in The School annexe of Jaya One.
October 2014 Update: Cat In The Box has moved to Empire Damansara at Damansara Perdana.

Cat In The Box is meant to help keep the center buzzing as a meeting point for photographers; here's where folks can come to chat, check out exhibitions, purchase gear particularly for outdoor shooting, engage in workshops & even organize trips & tours focused on photography.

It's welcoming, comfy & roomy, thoughtfully stocked with books & magazines (not only on photography but food & other topics too) for customers to browse while nibbling on cream puffs, bagels supplied by Subang's Brooklyn B & chocolate peanut butter cakes.

Cat In The Box features coffee made with single-origin East Timor beans roasted in KL. Also available: Fruity & herbal teas & milk 'frothies' (the recipe calls for fresh milk from local farms blended with natural syrup & poured over ice).

Next up: Three Little Birds at Sentul East's D7 office building; powered by the forces behind Artisan Roast, it's the latest in a line of spin-offs that also hatched Bangsar's Nowhereman Coffee less than two months ago.

Folks will flock to Three Little Birds; the cafe takes flight with the expertise of endlessly energetic barista Joey Mah (he'll spend more time here than at Nowhereman for much of January) in an immensely inviting space that's made distinctive with custom-built furnishing, shimmering sleekly & serenely in the sunlight amid hues of leafy green outside.

Right now, the coffee's light & nicely nuanced (a little nutty?), extremely easy to enjoy.

Valrhona mocha; it's not hard to let time fly here. Nearly three hours whisked by before we left. 

Three Little Birds is working to boost home bakers by not only providing an outlet for their products but also helping to refine the recipes. Little Tee Cakes (which also supplies to SS2's Standing Theory) currently has a Nutella-loving creation here that's been tweaked to contain more brown sugar than white (Mah says the cafe absorbs the cost of pricier ingredients).

A lingering look at the Epoxy-coated floor before we soar away; for curious cats, Three Little Birds could be construed as a humorous reference to Artisan Roast's Michael, Amirah & Joey (even though one's really a prominently big bird). 

Wrapping up at The White Fly Caffe, a newbie in the Setiawalk complex that's increasingly flooded with coffee joints (CAFFEine, Tipsy Brew, etc).

The White Fly's catchphrase: "Italian coffee, made by Italians, Italian-style." And yes, there appears to be an Italian barista behind the counter, though we neglected to interrogate him.

This one's fun: Affogato, conceived with chocolate ice cream instead of the usual vanilla.

Personal notes as we all embark on 2014: This month marks the five-year point for Eat Drink KL, dovetailing with a milestone of 10 million page-views for this blog so far, organically reached through no marketing gimmicks or giveaways (thank you for reading!), with unprecedented growth that could see that 10-million total nearly double by the end of 2014. 
It's also time for me to leave my full-time job in professional journalism at the organization where I've worked since 1999. What's ahead for me following my resignation is uncertain, but Eat Drink KL will continue. Plus, the ongoing eBook & upcoming email newsletter linked to this blog will be cornerstones in a stepped-up effort to (1) encourage readers to seek out more restaurants, cafes & bars that we might all enjoy, & (2) help these places earn the following they deserve. 
Genuine thanks in advance for feedback & backing.

Cat In The Box
Level 1, The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya
Currently noon through 9pm daily
October 2014 Update: Cat In The Box has moved to Empire Damansara in Damansara Perdana

Three Little Birds
D7, Jalan Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
Currently 10am through 6pm daily

The White Fly
Ground Floor, Block B, Setiawalk, Puchong
Thursday-Tuesday, 11am-11pm

The latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favorites for January-March 2014 is now available online, featuring 100 pretty nice eateries, including more than 20 new entries for this quarter. The eBook can be read & downloaded for free, convenient reading on computers, tablets & smartphones. 
Please click here: http://eatdrinkkl.publ.com/Eat-Drink-KL-100-Favorites-Jan-March-2014 (This link expires April 1, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link).


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46 comments:

  1. Happy 2014!
    Photography and coffee, hmm I love both! :D

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    1. CK: wishing you safe and happy adventures in 2014! :D heh, maybe can check out Cat In The Box before you leave. they have some interesting equipment/merchandise there as well as people who'll be happy to talk about photography (and coffee!) :D

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  2. Wow, 600k page views in a month! AWESOME Sean! Congratz on achieving 10M views too!

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    1. Ken: thank you! and as corny as this might sound, i really should mainly thank the people who are reading and viewing =)

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  3. Congrats on your 10M views! Looking forward to more good places/restaurants/cafes in 2014

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    1. Chong: thanks! as always, 2014 will probably be an interesting year, with evolving trends and hopefully some good gastronomic adventures and pleasant surprises =)

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  4. So many new cute places! Congrats on your new ventures, 2014 is already shaping up well :)

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    1. Footfringe: yeah, worth exploring if you're heading to those neighborhoods =) thanks, cross fingers, haha :D

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  5. Names sound like children story books. That Affogato sure looks good.

    10m views!!!!! *faints* Truly awesome!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, it was fun combining these three places in one title :D and ya, i loveeeee affogatos. i could eat them everyday, haha :D thanks, i didn't think 10 million was gonna possible, but i'm thankful =)

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  6. Happy New Year 2014, Sean! Wishing you all the best in your next move, and keep up on writing the good food around Klang Valley. Certainly been a gastronomic adventure reading your blog, that's for sure. Good luck!

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    1. TzePing: thank you so much for reading, and for your thoughtful feedback. i'll do my best to keep on writing. here's wishing you a great 2014, full of excellent eating and wonderful cheer =)

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  7. wow! congratulations on ur 10 million pageviews! and I love ur blog, will continue to support Eat Drink KL ^^
    Good luck and all the best, hope 2014 will be a better year for u! =D

    Heaven Knows

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    1. Chiew Nee: thank you! that's very kind of you to say, and i appreciate it. i hope you have an amazing year ahead too! stay happy! =)

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  8. Congras on that milestone!!! Blessed new year Sean:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: thanks, evelyn! here's wishing u and your loved ones a happy and healthy year as well =)

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  9. Hey Sean,

    Congrats on this AWESOME milestone! 10 million page views on the first day of 2014 ;) All the best for your new ventures and we will definitely support you any way we can if it is F&B related. Always a pleasure reading your food blog and I can't wait to find out what is in store for your loyal fans this year.

    Happy New Year Sean!

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    1. Jimmy: thanks for always being a beacon of positive vibes here, i really appreciate it! i know 2014 will be an interesting year for you too, and i wish you the best as well in everything yummylicious. it was good to meet u briefly in 2013, and i'm looking forward to seeing u again later this year =)

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  10. Lovely photos and great review, Sean. When I saw the name Cat in the Box I was thinking of a cat cafe that has real cats in it. I wish you all the best in your current and future endeavours, my good friend. Happy 2014!!! :)

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    1. Linda: thanks so much! yes, i love the name 'cat in the box,' and i'd love to have seen cats here too! maybe a cat cafe will open later this year, i'm crossing my fingers for that. i'm looking forward to this year, especially with encouragement from friends like you. wishing you a wonderful year too =)

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  11. Wow...10 million pageviews...congrats!!! =)

    Wish u the best of luck in ur future undertakings! :D

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    1. Ulric: thank you! i'm expecting to have much more free time for makan after resignation takes effect next month ... see you for lunch or something! :D

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  12. Notice any nice cakes from The White Fly Caffe?
    Waaahhh.... 10 million pageviews!! That's alot! Congrats Sean ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ooo, the white fly has Chocolate Walnut, New York Cheese and Mango Yogurt Cheese :D thanks! i appreciate that =)

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  13. Amazing journey so far Sean
    I'm so glad to have met and known you. We need to have more of the 3-4 hours dinner chatting over anything and everything.
    Also, I'm glad to tell u that I have fabulous news too for this year, a personal one.
    Will share over makan soon! :)

    PS: neglected to interrogate the Italian barista? How come.. not cute? :P

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    1. Rebecca: thanks! one of my favorite experiences from this blog is having the opportunity to become your friend too, becky. really glad to hear that 2014 is kicking off so well for you, and will definitely see you super-soon!!! :D p.s. hahah, well, to be honest, the barista wasn't incredibly friendly, heh =)

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  14. The cafe and coffee culture is certainly rocking the scene here - I'm sure there are loads to come in 2014! Congrats on your blog's great milestone and all the very best in your new adventures :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, i feel like i've drunk more coffee in 2014 than all my previous years combined! but not complaining so far, heh :D thank you, chris! am looking forward to the future =)

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  15. Cool, more coffee! ^_^ I'm just not sure if the coffee here in Perth tastes the same as the ones back home. Hmm....

    Happy 2014 to you, Sean! Hope the new year will provide more opportunities for you to explore the various food outlets in town. Just don't go overboard. =P

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    1. Waverly: bring on the coffee! :D haha, i hope you're enjoying the time Down Under, and that 2014 is starting well for you. and as for not going overboard, heh, no promises on that! thanks for the kind wishes :D

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  16. Three Little Birds has such a nice ambiance.. I would come here even if I wasnt a coffee drinker. :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true, it's pretty much the perfect place for an afternoon escapade! :D

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  17. I'm starting to get confused with so many cafes serving pretty similar foods kan?

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    1. KY: heheh, you have a good point. here's hoping 2014 will bring us more diversity, ya! =)

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  18. Wow.. congrates for the great achievement.. Keep it up!

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    1. Summerkid-summergirl: thank you for the encouragement! :D

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  19. Congrats!! ur blog has been a source for me to refer whenever I don't know where to go for makan ^^

    I thought it was A cafe name at first when I looked at the blog title xDD

    Not really a fan of coffee and vanilla, but the things about photography of Cat In The Box sounds attracting, and the Affogato with chocolate ice cream!!

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    1. Irene: thanks! i hope you've enjoyed most of the restaurant recommendations so far! =) heheh, ya, all three cafes have nice names. and yup, they have interesting concepts too! :D

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  20. Wow, sean, TEN MILLION!!!! you da man!!! bow bow...so honored to know you. was the nutella cake good?

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    1. Fatboybakes: thanks, it's a nice round number, giving me a bit of reassurance and a much-needed shot of confidence as i leave the safety net of my longtime job, heh =) ya, the cake was nice. there was something like a crumbly moistness in the texture that i enjoyed, and the flavors were mild but nuanced, with strains of dark choc, hazelnut and maybe some caramel too, i thot =)

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  21. All the best in the future endeavours :)

    Have you heard that there's an actual cat cafe in KL?

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    1. Lifeasacynic: thank you! :D and yes ... wonderful news for friends of felines! penang will apparently be opening one too in a few weeks =)

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  22. What a remarkable milestone, congrats Sean! 2014's just the year to go for change in a big way! I too just left my trusty job end of the year to take a leap into the unknown. Here's to this wonderful blog's every success!

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    1. Min: thanks so much! i really hope 2014 will be a fantastic year for you and your family too. am crossing my fingers that in several months, we'll both be able to look back and say with satisfaction that we made the right choice. wishing you the absolute best of luck =)

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  23. too many coffee places... I'm spoilt for choice now. Happy New year to you!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, there's something in nearly every neighborhood now! =) thanks! wishing you the best and belated congratulations on your nuptials =)

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