Malta Lunch Blog

A week of panic, good work, late nights and alot of fun

June 10th, 2009

The new maltalunch website was launched just a week ago. It’s the result of 6 weeks hard work by the excellent development team over at ActiveBoxSite in West Java Indonesia – Thanks for all good work Erwin!

It has been tough fixing all bugs, getting user accounts back in place and importing the old blog. Felt abit nostalgic looking back at the very first blog post written back in 2007 for at that time “The lunch”. Then we lived on a simple free Google Blogspot address whilst now the muscles are on a custom PHP cms.

Hope you like the new site and feel free to come back with relevant feedback. And don’t forget to follow us on twitter.com/maltalunch and join our facebook fan page

The super marketing strategy of maltalunch

May 24th, 2009

Admit that you feel a part of the maltalunch community when you’ve just written your first restaurant review, that’s why I’m no longer writing the review myself but let YOU stand for the content. Not is it only easier for me, but lets the whole Malta community of restaurant visitors share their experience, and not only mine so often sarcastic view on things.

I don’t do any advertising for this site, I’ve tried some well targeted facebook PPC (Pay Per Click) ads, but soon realized that those will have my out of business in no time. Instead, I use tools such as twitter, the facebook group, but most important my restaurant visits to engage in a conversation about maltalunch. Good ideas spread!

Now go on and make us both a favor and buy Seth Godin’s Permission marketing from my Amazon.com affiliate store. I’ll promise that the 15% rev share I get will be invested in this site.

Seth Godin Permission Marketing

Seth Godin Permission Marketing

Get your fundamentals in place before you do advertising

May 22nd, 2009

About a week ago I received a promotion newsletter from TEMPAsian and the Palace Hotel, well unfortunately they insist on sending it as 2Mb jpg images so I couldn’t actually read it. However, I’m sure it was nothing in it for me but just another “hey, we got a special Sunday menu”.

Anyway, as the top floor restaurant have this amazing outdoor terrace with stunning views over the whole island I decided to take my girl out for a romantic dinner. Picker up the phone to make a booking: “…possible to get a table outside on the terrace?”

– Well, sir, the terrace area is not yet fully operational?

When we arrived we saw a couple sitting outside dining. It had to be a table outside or else we’ll go somewhere else. “Mela… earlier today it was windy… hence I told you it was not fully operational”

Windy? It has been 31 degrees and not even a candle would flicker on the heights of Melliha. Maybe, just a very wild guess, it is so that it’s just so much more convenient for the staff to serve patrons inside. Anyway, just a hot tip for your restaurant, you have Malta’s best ninth floor terrace… you should use it and it will have way better ROI than your 2Mb image newsletters.

Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen

May 22nd, 2009

Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen provides a personal look at modern Indian cooking, showcasing new versions of her native cuisine that pay homage to tradition but also acknowledge the everyday lifestyle of India today.

While Bhide’s recipes use authentic spices and techniques, she departs from the stereotype of complicated meals that take hours to prepare. Her recipes focus on spices and flavor, spanning the gamut of Indian cuisine. She also includes recipes for meat, rice, breads and desserts. Highlights include coriander-and-fennel crusted lamb chops, curried scallops, and onion bread stir-fry.

Scattered throughout are personal stories on a variety of subjects, including a visit to Vaishno Devi Maa’s Temple and recollections of a meal prepared by grand master Indian chef Imtiaz Qureshi. Bhide also provides a detailed spice pantry section and an insider’s guide to time- and labor-saving ingredients. The author offers a refreshing look at the diverse and changing cuisine of India, with a new perspective that will be embraced by Indian food lovers everywhere.

Happy Days with the Naked Chef

May 22nd, 2009

Jamie Oliver’s third cookbook doesn’t disappoint! Fans of his previous two cookbooks will be pleased with his latest offering which showcases Jamie’s signature fare:  fresh, snappy, elegant dishes that are actually very doable in your own kitchen. Chapters cover salads, soups, pasta, fish, meats, breads, desserts, as well as some welcome sections highlighting roasted veggies, some fun options for cooking for and with kids, beverages (soft and hard), “Quick Fixes” which covers fast ways to prepare your favorite basic entrees, and “Comfort Grub” – an international jaunt through a selection of hearty, homey comfort foods.

Aside from the great recipes and sharp photography, Jamie’s charm, zest for life, and pure appreciation of food shine through on every page. Although I have known folks who cringe at Jamie’s cavalier “handful of this, heap of that ” style of measuring, I found that he has grown a little less ambiguous as time goes on and the recipes in this book reflect that growth and precision.

Another small thing I found very helpful (as the wife of a vegan): the index of the book kindly flags vegetarian dishes, making it easy to sort quickly through options for restricted diets. Whether you’re an old fan of Jamie’s shows or a new convert, this is a great addition to any kitchen library.

From $25.51 on Amazon.com

Love Cappuccino

May 17th, 2009

Saturday morning Cappuccino at Fresco’s

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Maltalunch: Power to the user

April 26th, 2009

Although my article in today’s issue of the Technology Sunday was emphasizing the business opportunity on facebook, the moral of the story was to empower your user network.

By providing you with a great online and collaborative platform for sharing restaurant recommendations, maltalunch has empowered its community.  

 Power to the user

When was last time you got a food menu on a flight?

April 20th, 2009

It’s by no means an understatement that Emirates is a 5 star air line. Our short flight from Malta to Larnaca took only just about 2 hours but we’re served the best inflight food I’ve ever had. 

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“Harri harri, we have customers!!”

April 20th, 2009

I’m in Nicosia Cyprus over the weekend and got the advice to try Habibi Lebanese restaurant  by a friend of mine here in Malta. 

It appeared that the restaurant had moved from it’s previous location in Larnaca, near the airport, to Nicosia. So it was easy to find. Outside the restaurant there was two old Rolls Royce car’s parked.

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As we entered the restaurant we didn’t know what to expect, it was completely empty, due to the Easter holidays we later found out. We walked cross the restaurant and found, what we also learned later, Mr Habibi’s son himself, sitting comfortably in his sofa smoking water pipe… do we dare to eat here??

Well, we had to try it and the man seemed glad that he got some guests. “Harri harri, we have customers” he yelled to the kitchen. 

There was no menus but Habibi insisted we tried the traditional Lebanese course which I’ve no clue what the name was again. 

During or two hours in the restaurant we got served with the most amazing Lebanese food, hot and cold, sauces, salads, meats, you name it. 

Lebanese food Habibi Cyprus

If you’re visiting Cyprus and have your way by Nicosia, give it a try!

New summer shoes for only €14

April 15th, 2009

Walking back from lunch at the German sausage van I passed by Just Jeans on Manwel Dimech Street. How about these for €14? Pure bargain! 

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