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California Raisins | A Healthy and Tasty Evening with World Class Chefs, Chef Emmanuel Stroobant !


Mouse mommy has a nice dining experience with the goodness of California Raisins. As we know, California Raisins are all naturally sweet without added sugar, a good source of fibre, potassium, cholesterol-free and low in sodium
Great as healthy snacks and as well as sugar replacement for many recipes in cooking and baking.


The Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) ushered in the auspicious new year with a sweet repertoire of specially-crafted delicious recipes using California Raisins at the Samplings On the Fourteen Restaurant at Berjaya University College.


All of the KOLs were pleasantly thrilled as we “eat close and personal with the chefs” - watching them demonstrate on the versatile California Raisins in a four-course dinner. 


The culinary gourmet recipes as prepared by the respective chefs:

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (3 recipes)
1.    California Raisins, Crab & Cauliflower
2.    California Raisin Pasta With Fennel & Prawns
3.    California Raisins With Beef Short Ribs & Winter Fruits


Chef Erich Anton Roos (Dessert)
4.    Symphony of California Raisins consisting of :
·      California Raisin muffin with cream
·      California Raisin cinnamon ice cream
·      Apple puff


Mouse mommy was enjoying the dining moments with California Raisins. Creative recipes with nice combination of food served.


The California Raisins, Crab and Cauliflower is delicious and suits my tastebuds. Each bite of it was feeling satisfied. Well-blend and rich in food ingredients.


Chef Emmanuel Stroobant needs no introduction as the Belgian’s 2-star Michelin celebrity chef had his first brush with culinary business when he started working as a kitchen help as young as 16 years and worked his way in the culinary world within a span of a decade, notably hosting the AFC channel for many years and opening his first restaurant in Singapore called Saint Pierre.

Chef Erich Anton Roos, a Swiss national with 40 years of culinary and international  working experience which covers many Western and Asian countries. Currently based in Bangkok, his role are focused in consultancy and strategic planning for kitchen training needs in international hotel chains.


RAC’s Trade Promotions Director for Malaysia, Mr Richard Lieu says for most consumers, especially children, California Raisins are a healthy snack compared with other snack foods, as they are naturally sweet and do not contain any added sugar. California Raisins are also a very versatile ingredient and can inspire a wide repertoire of dishes—from appetisers and main dishes to desserts and beverages—especially as consumers are becoming more health conscious and more adventurous in their culinary endeavours. “We are very honoured and delighted to work with Chef Emmanuel and Chef Erich to create scrumptious recipes and amazing tastes using California Raisins this time to celebrate the start of 2020 with Malaysian influencers,” enthused Richard. 


More than just an appetising delight, raisins are a great source of nutrition which is  suitable to incorporate into meals amidst rising health issues due to unhealthy diets.


Richard adds that raisins are ideal for any occasion, as they are ready-to-eat, tasty and healthy. A package of California Raisins fits perfectly in a purse or briefcase They also conveniently fit in lunch boxes, gym bags, and in your desk drawer. California Raisins are also economical, do not bruise and are easy to use straight out of the box— no washing, peeling or chopping required—so one can create a simple meal.


Ms Tan Yen Sing, a certified clinical dietitian also was present to share on the goodness and benefits of California Raisins.


Ms Tan said studies have shown that increased consumption of fruits & vegetables more than 5 servings a day is related to a 17% reduction in coronary heart disease.
“Good nutrition is the best approach for preventing diseases and being healthy. Raisins, high level of polyphenol antioxidants containing about 3,037 ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – a method in measuring antioxidants in food) in about 2/3 cup. This essential substance are vital for protection against oxidative stress which is related to aging and disease,” said Tan.  


Raisins, though small, must not be underestimated for their health benefits. Tan explained raisins containing 35% fructose and 35% glucose are natural fruit sugar which is a good source of energy and has no fat & no cholesterol.  It is a healthy snack and is also a sugar replacement for many recipes in cooking and baking.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that adults consume 1½ to 2 cups of fruit per day. A portable, readily available fruit, such as California Raisins, is ideal to help fulfill this quota. In fact, it only takes ½ cup of raisins to equal a whole fruit serving vs 1 full cup of fresh fruit.


There are many benefits of California Raisins. Naturally sweet, do not contain added sugar and great source of fibre. 

It is also a source of potassium (an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function), cholesterol-free and naturally low in sodium. Suitable to eat as snacks or for cooking purpose.


California Raisins also known to contain phytonutrients that suppress the growth of oral bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. Good for children and adults.




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Scholastic Reading Lounge For Children And Families Opens In Sunway Pyramid, Level 1, Blue Zone



Scholastic, the world’s largest children’s book publisher and distributor today has officially launched the brand new Scholastic Reading Lounge in Sunway Pyramid


The Scholastic Reading Lounge is the first program in the country to be recognised this year as part of the KL World Book Capital 2020 (KLWBC2020).


Thank you for promoting reading habits for family especially kids! The Scholastic Reading Lounge is created by Scholastic in collaboration with Sunway Malls with the objective to promote literacy and bonding for families. 


The lounge is equipped with Scholastic bestselling books that cater to children across all ages and will host regular reading activities and workshops, encouraging families to read together.


Speaking at the launch, Selina Lee, Asia Vice President of Scholastic shared, “In today’s world where everyone in the family is looking at their phones more than they are talking to each other, reading should not be an activity we expect children to do on their own in isolation. Just as eating together as a family is important to help a family connect and build relationships, reading together becomes more impactful and meaningful for children when it’s done together with the family.”


Selina Lee also shared that according to a reading habit study conducted by Scholastic, 40% of children ages 6-11 still wish their parents would read to them. Meanwhile, 85% of children ages 6 – 14 who are or have been read-aloud to consider the activity as a special time with their parents.


On behalf of the advisory committee of KLWBC2020, Mr. Arief Hakim Sani Rahmat, President of Malaysian Book Publishers Association (MABOPA) said, “We’re pleased to have Scholastic as KLWBC2020 partner. As one of the world’s largest children’s book publisher and distributor with 100 years of experience in helping children learn to read and love to read, we are sure Scholastic will make KLWBC2020 much more exciting and impactful.”


Mr. H.C. Chan, Chief Executive Officer of Sunway Malls & Theme Parks said, “By collaborating with Scholastic, our young visitors, from pre-schoolers up to young adults, can now have access to over 600 quality books. And I must emphasize that this privilege is absolutely complimentary. It is an initiative for our community and visitors alike.”


“We are excited to be a part of Scholastic Reading Lounge as it is a great initiative to provide a platform for children to begin their digital learning journey. We believe that cultivating reading habit should start at an early age hence, prioritising younger generation is the key to success for a brighter future”, said Mr Jack Yeo, Head of Retail, XOX Mobile.


The Scholastic Reading Lounge is open to the public daily from 10am – 10pm and is located at Level 1, Blue Zone, Sunway Pyramid (opposite Tealive). The lounge also welcomes advance bookings for educational visits from schools and learning centres throughout the school year.

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