Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

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Brunei Foodie Event: Buzzfest 2013

It’s good to see how Brunei’s local community doing well in terms of selling their home made food online through Facebook and Instagram. Some call them E-vendors or Instagram Food Businesses, the popular ones are usually in very high demand and this 28th of April – the owner of @shiizcandies and Bruneibuzz.com decided to organise Buzz Fest 2013, featuring various popular and upcoming Instagram food businesses.

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A food and fashion event featuring big names like Enya Bijoux (Hand made beautiful accessories and jewelry) , Vanilla Kitchen (famous for elegant desserts) , Maurina Café (Popular Brunei Blogger), Food Remix (Peri Peri Chicken & Swedish Meatballs) – it’s bound to attract quite their loyal followers!  DSCF2460

Shiiz Candies has been getting quite a lot of attention for many reasons. They serve one of the hottest wings in town, cheesy and creamy Philadelphia steaks, Prawn Sandwiches and cheesy fries (oh I miss them!)

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These Bloody Spicy wings should come with a warning. Bite into one – at first – one would feel – nah ~~ it’s not THAT spicy .. but give it a few seconds down the line – and you start to wish you could dive into a pool of iced water. It has that hot numbing feeling that lasts for a while and only the bravest and the chili passionistas should give this a shot! They are not for the faint hearted! Try it ~ I dare you ~

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One of their range of sandwiches ~~ hmm … steaks, chicken or lamb anyone?

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Grilled lamb chops specially for Buzzfest 2013 ~~ the Shiiz Candies team is out to impress!

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They still have one of the most addictive fries I’ve ever tasted! Every time there’s a football match – I would wish for one big big serving of these cheesy fries!

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The owners of Shiiz Candies are always there to satisfy your foodie cravings through instagram!

Follow them @shiizcandies on Instagram.

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Seeing famous blogger and fellow foodie from Love Food Hate Waste Mr Kurapak himself behind the stove is one of the big surprises for me! Wonder what he is selling?

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He’s the owner of @chili_bomb which sells Cheezy Beef wraps!

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Yummy spicy saucy beef cooked on the spot, wrapped in tortilla roll, served with chopped vegetables and shredded cheese! Oh Mama Mia!

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Oh how could you say no that that!? Hmmm…..

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Not surprisingly – they sold out their food in less than 2 hours!! Very in demand indeed!

For all your Chili Bomb cravings – follow @chili_bomb on Instagram 

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Cakes and Crafts was also there with their popular photo booth with lots of props for people to camwhore! These three ladies certainly had fun!

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Maurina made a name for herself with her salted caramel cream pies! For this event, her salted caramel no bake cheesecake made an appearance and was very very well received!

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She also featured quite a few croissant sandwiches but what caught my fancy was this oh my god prawn and avocado croissanwich! NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!

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She also served a wicked pandan iced tea at Buzzfest 2013!

Follow her on Instagram @maurina for more delectable salted caramel goodness and croissanwiches!

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Marul Mr Geek In White was also there to help a friend sell some yummy croissants!

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Yummy stuffed corned beef or chicken croissants!!

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Rolled Pastry! Such a treat!!

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Sugar Rush shared a table with Maurina as well to showcase their range of cupcakes.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes anyone?

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Peanut butter ~~ hmm ~~~ how not to like?

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Yusrina a.k.a EnyaBijoux was also just next table to showcase her talent for hand made jewelry.

Follow her @enyabijoux on Instagram! You will be amazed at her creations!

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Smile for the Food Blogger’s Camera~~~

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Both their tables also sold the Pink Desserts Recipe book, which featured many great recipes during the Ultimate Food Bloggers Challenge 2010 with a dessert theme. It’s only $10 and proceeds will go to fund breast cancer research. My winning recipe for this challenge is also featured in this book! While stocks last!

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Vanilla kitchen brought their fridge with them to keep their yummy macarons, cheesecakes and cinnamon rolls cool. I must say I am a fan of her instagram and enjoyed looking at her yummy creations!

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Not your average cheesecake here ~~ this is the ultimate vanilla bean cheesecake specially made by Miss Vanilla Kitchen ~~ OM NOM NOM NOM!!

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*gasp* Salted Caramel Macarons …… so pretty …… pose for me darling …. don’t be shy ~~~ yes that’s it ~~~ seduce me ~~~ love me ~~~ *snap snap*

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Usually the macarons I’ve had tend to be too sweet but Vanilla Kitchen’s salted caramel is just right and I loved their salted caramel ganache! Thumbs up ~~ I can’t help but admire how pretty they are still ~~ hmm … those beautiful ‘feet’ (only Macaron bakers will understand this)

Follow her @vanillakitchen in Instagram for all her superb baked goodies!

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Another baker was there as well selling macarons! Step forward Baking Obsessions ~~ where they made interesting hello kitty macarons!

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Oh my Hello Kitty! So cute! Too bad I did not manage to try any of them ~~ *picture taken from their instagram*

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I always have an ‘obsession’ with Crème Brulee ~~ hmm

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Banana Toffee and Pie = Banoffee Pie ~~ always a hit!

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This is something new to me – Banana Crumble Tart – I usually see apple crumble but banana is a first!

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Follow this sweet lady of Baking Obsession @bakingobsessionbn in Instagram to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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There’s also a stall selling pies – but what’s so interesting about this stall you ask?

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That Pie Shop (yes that’s the name) was there to showcase his yummy shepherd's pie. Short simple and sweet presentation ~ very down to earth -- the one man army! His pies were sold out pretty quick as well!

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Food Remix has gained quite a following lately for their interesting dishes, combining flavours from different cultures. They are busy all day long during Buzzfest 2013. The best part ? They did their cooking ON THE SPOT! Oh yes!

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I managed to catch a glimpse of their peri peri chicken grilling in action on a high quality cast iron enameled pan – is that a Le Creuset!? *drools – my favourite brand for cast iron pans and dutch ovens)

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Oh my Swedish House Mafia Meatballs ~~ don’t you worry don’t you worry child ~~~ I’m gonna eat all of you ~~ don’t you worry don’t you worry ~~~~

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A very friendly chef! Follow @foodremix on Instagram for international flavours combined!

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The Sandwich Club of Brunei features a great choice of sandwiches with different toppings to choose from.

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Their Belutak Sandwich is one of their bestsellers! Be sure to check them out on instagram @the_sandwich_club_brunei 

 

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Doug’s Cakoi has gained a lot of publicity lately especially after published in the Brunei Times for his unique cakoi (fried dough) stuffed with chicken or beef!

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Doug’s friendly and not camera shy! Their cakoi is of course freshly made on the spot at Buzzfest 2013!

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They are so popular that they even have a numbering system in which you take a number and order your cakoi! Very good idea as they were very very busy cooking as much cakoi as possible for the customers.

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Nothing beats the sound of a sizzling piece of dough on hot frying oil ~

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Do you want extra cheese with that Cakoi?

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This chicken cakoi reminds me of Roti John – but served without the egg in between fried cakoi ~ hmm..

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Beef Cakoi ~~ I should had asked for cheese to go with it!!

Follow the friendly Mr Doug @dougscakoi on Instagram to get updates on their special Cakois~

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Besides food and fashion – there were also live bands and artists showcasing their artistic talents ~ here’s a very good painting done by Stitchy ~~

For customized art – do follow @stitchy_27 on Instagram

On the same day ~~ the group of powerful women E-vendors from Wingit Foodie Event were also active at Wingit Residence with their own event.

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This time – they have the added fun of lucky dips to win prizes, improved layout for good traffic flow plus new vendors. I went there after Buzzfest but was too late to check out Burgers Beyond as they were sold out. Another new vendor I saw was selling Churros

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Hmmm ~~~ fry baby fry ~~~ sizzles ~~~

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Look at that! Churros waiting to cool down slightly to be tossed with cinnamon sugar!

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Can I have mine with extra chocolate sauce please?

For more information about the vendors of the Wingin Shakin Bakin Singin events ~~ click here for an introduction

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