Our Secret Santa Xmas at Betty’s!

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I’ve always heard of people doing Secret Santa gift exchanges during Christmas, but I’ve never had the chance to do it myself! I thought it’s a really fun idea, to buy something nice for a friend without his knowledge! :) So, I took the chance this year to organize one with my fellow tweeples. :) It started with a FB message to everyone in the gang, just to test water, but it turned out that everyone was game!

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Picture of piggies at Betty’s Midwest Kitchen

It was quite simple: I just had to enter everyone’s email address in SecretSanta.com, and an invitation would be sent out. The attendees had to RSVP and after that, I just needed to click a button to ask SecretSanta.com to match the Secret Santas to the recipients randomly. It will automatically send an email to all the attendees, informing them who their Secret recipient is. This way, no one, including myself, would know who is buying for who! Plus, we all could write down our wish list, in the hopes that our Secret Santa would be generous enough to grant us our wish! *LOL*

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Welcome to Betty’s Midwest Kitchen

On that day, we all gathered at Betty’s Midwest Kitchen for our early Christmas lunch and Secret Santa exchange event! All our gifts were placed under the Christmas tree. :)

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Our gifts under the tree

Before we did the gift exchange, we had a hearty lunch! Most of us ordered the Lemonade for our drinks. It was slightly sour and refreshing, nice on a hot afternoon.

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Homemade Lemonade (RM2.50)

While everyone was looking at the menu and deciding what to eat, look at what Ethan was doing! Digging his nose while playing with Iphone! That’s what I call multitasking! *LOL*

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Saucer and Foong ordered the same dish of Classic Meatloaf, which I thought was juicy and tender. Loved the sweet taste of carrots bits which was infused within the meatloaf!

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Classic Meatloaf (RM16.50)

William ordered the Beer Batter Fish. I didn’t get to try this, I wonder if there was really beer inside. *LOL*

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Beer Batter Fish (RM22)

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Pork Chop with Apples (RM23) ordered by Erika

The star dish though, was the Pork Belly ordered by Grey! Just look at it! Crispy, slightly charred edges and golden brown skin! It had the right balance of fatty and lean meat, and it was so good! I only had the lean meat which would usually be a dry but this wasn’t at all. It was tender, moist and flavourful! I wish I had ordered this for myself.

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Pork Belly (RM27.50)

Ethan and Merryn had the Bacon Tomato Spaghetti which was not bad. These days, I seldom find tomato spaghetti that impresses me because I’ve cooked and eaten too much of it at home! *LOL* OK, I’m not bragging here but when you cook and experiment too many times, you generally set a much higher standard for that particular dish.

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Bacon Tomato Spaghetti (RM15.00)

As for me, I ordered the Pork Chop with Country Gravy, which was quite disappointing. For starters, the pork chop was tough, dry and perhaps overcooked. It was also bland if not for the gravy on top. The only saving grace for this dish was really the gravy. It was a little buttery, creamy and was pretty delicious.

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Pork Chop with Country Gravy (RM23)

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Pulled Pork Burger (RM12)

Last but not least, I ordered a plate of ‘Dog Food‘ to be shared. It was a glorious plate of fries, drenched with gravy and cheese, baked in oven. Just look at the amount of cheese and gravy on top! It was really cheesy and delicious. I wish I had ordered this earlier because by the time they arrived, I was already full from my meal. Still, it was such a delight to eat these with friends.

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Dog Food (RM9)

Now, after pictures of food, it’s time for some pictures of the gang! Look, Ethan is picking his nose here AGAIN. :P

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Merryn, William and Ethan

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Witch and Saucer

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Adrian and witch

Couldn’t stop laughing at Foong’s shirt, which said “I’m with Stupid” with a finger pointing to his left. So lucky that I didn’t sit beside him! :P

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Foong’s T-shirt

Guess who was the ‘stupid’ one? Served Quachee right for he was the latest to arrive! Almost 2 hours late ok! So he had to be the one sitting next to Foong. :P

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Quachee acting ‘stupid’ :P

Look, both Foong and Quachee were pointing at each other to be the ‘stupid’ one. :P

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Who’s stupid?

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Grey, Erika and Eric

Then it was time for Secret Santa exchange! First off to get the present was Adrian. We’re supposed to guess our Secret Santa but it seemed that his Santa was leaving quite a prominent ‘hint’! Look at the small Panda symbol there! Now there’s no need to guess who his Santa was. :P

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Adrian’s gift from his Secret Santa

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A set of cards and Doraemon robot!

As for Foong himself, he got a his head finally! Ever wonder why he always didn’t appear in our pictures? Because of his missing head! Now with his Panda head back into possession, he can now take pictures with us all the time. Thanks to his Secret Santa Eric. :)

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Foong and his Christmas gift

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Grey’s present

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A Bali Spa CD from Erika

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Saucer’s gift

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A whole bag of NIPS!

Carol was part of our Christmas exchange but since she couldn’t be there, Eric accepted her gift on her behalf, while describing it to her on the phone. :)

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Eric with Carol’s present

In return, Carol’s gift is for Erika! It was a nice feather hair band, which I forgot to snap a picture of. :(

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Erika’s gift

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Eric’s gift was from Quachee – a book!

As for me, my Secret Santa was Adrian! The kind magician gave ma  Starbucks tumbler! Now I can get RM2 off whenever I order from Starbucks! Yay! :)

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witch and her Starbucks Tumbler

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Ethan’s gift from Grey

As for my secret recipient, he’s no other than Quachee!

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Quachee and his gift

And I got him a cheeky T-shirt! He didn’t want anything that’s not practical so I got him a shirt, something that he can wear everyday. But with a twist of course! :P

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The T-shirt for Quachee

But he looked good in it! Don’t you think so? :P

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Secret Santa and the Secret Recipient

Before we left, a group picture of all of us! Would have been perfect if Carol was here.


Merry Christmas from all of us!


Funny picture for the album!

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What are your plans for Christmas?

Betty’s Midwest Kitchen
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43,
Aman Suria Damansara,
47410 Petaling Jaya,
Tel no.: +603-7880 0196
Opening hours: Tue – Sun (11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm) Closed on Monday
GPS Coordinates: N3 07.314, E101 35.703
Website: http://midwestkitchen.com.my

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  • December 22nd, 2010 12:42 PM

    ooh, sounds like fun. aisayman, i still havent tried this betty’s midwest kitchen place. food looks good.

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  • December 22nd, 2010 12:43 PM

    Wahh…all post up so early…I plan blog this on christmas eve!! hahaha

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  • December 22nd, 2010 12:43 PM

    yeah…i wished I had the pork belly too!! darn whoever who told me the pork burger here is fantastic!! LOL

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  • December 22nd, 2010 12:44 PM

    Indeed was a fun gathering…looking forward for more to come!! XD thanks witch for organizing this!! haha

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  • December 22nd, 2010 2:16 PM

    next year! im in ok! sad cant make it this year. :(

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes, next year you have no reason to be not in! :P

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  • December 22nd, 2010 2:16 PM

    LOL!! ethan digging nose while playing iPhone!! hahah!! very multitasking huh

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  • December 22nd, 2010 2:17 PM

    hahaha!! Foong reserved the seat for QC is it?? mwahahaha!!!

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    foongpc Reply:

    Yes, I reserved the seat just for him. I even asked Eric not to sit there unless Eric wants to be stupid! Haha!

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  • December 22nd, 2010 2:20 PM

    hahaha!! really missed the fun! but seeing u guys so happy there, i feel happy too!! weeee!! i love my gift!!

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  • December 22nd, 2010 2:21 PM

    HAHAHAHA!!! Now we know that Panda Foong always blush! LMAO! look at his cheek!! :3

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  • December 22nd, 2010 2:40 PM

    The last time we had something like this was half a decade ago!
    Yuh … how I miss gift-exchange sessions.

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  • December 22nd, 2010 3:00 PM

    Nice decor. Didn’t you post on this before? I thought I already commented. I always thought the things here are expensive…until I saw the ones in this post…and ours look nicer, probably taste nicer too. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    I guess you must have seen this before on Merryn’s blog :P

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  • December 22nd, 2010 3:03 PM
    Leo (thule)

    Aww! I miss these occasions! Nowadays, I only celebrate with my family ie, wife & daughter (but the son will arrive next week!) where have all my friends gone???
    Other than that… Betty’s is a place which is so near my house and being a babitarian, I should have come long time ago! but then… SIGH!!

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Love your term of ‘babitarian’! LOL! And congrats on your upcoming baby boy!! :)

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  • December 22nd, 2010 3:07 PM
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  • December 22nd, 2010 3:07 PM

    The panda… -_-”

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  • December 22nd, 2010 4:43 PM

    what a great idea! summore sooooo near my work place, never call. chisss! hehe

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Didn’t know you work nearby mah.. now that I know, will you call next time! ;)

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  • December 22nd, 2010 5:20 PM

    really alot of fun ahh you gys.. but no doubt that this is one of the best place to go for western food!

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  • December 22nd, 2010 5:29 PM

    I love this secret santa thingy! it was great fun and thanx to u witch for organising this :D

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  • December 22nd, 2010 10:12 PM

    visit there not long ago.. nice

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  • December 22nd, 2010 10:51 PM

    Fun party there, I wish to have a party like that too with my friends :)

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  • December 23rd, 2010 5:05 AM

    aww the food look nice =) and what a fun!

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  • December 24th, 2010 2:16 AM

    We had lots of fun didn’t we? Must have another Secret Santa gathering next year! Meantime, let’s think about angpow gathering for CNY!! haha!!

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  • December 24th, 2010 2:17 AM

    Oh I like the meatloaf at the beginning but after some time, I felt yucky! Dunno why! Still I’ll recommend it!

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  • December 24th, 2010 2:18 AM

    The pork belly looks good, but Grey’s one looked overly burnt!

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  • December 24th, 2010 2:19 AM

    LOL @ Ethan multitasking! Must be Merryn’s teaching haha!!

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  • December 24th, 2010 12:01 PM
    mommy ling

    Yes, being here once. The foods are good. Love it especially for pork lover like me..LOL!!

    Merry Xmas to you and family.

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  • December 27th, 2010 9:49 AM

    I have yet to prepare another feast for the new year’s eve!

    Happy holidays!!!

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  • December 27th, 2010 9:50 AM

    ooopsie how come that comment above got posted here???

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    LOL! Technical error? :P

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