So while I was in NY, a very good friend of mine treated both me and the Beau to the most delicious dinner I’ve ever had in my life. Notably, its #5 on the list of the World’s Best 50 restaurants. It was a very very generous treat from them and I can’t thank them enough. But what is it about this restaurant that makes it so memorable other than the very delicious food? The food is sourced organically. In addition, the staff were very attentive, and obviously know what they are serving very very well. Each course seemed to be accompanied by their own waiter. I’ve never had foie gras before, and I didn’t think I ever would. But I did have it this time (and probably the last time). I totally did not expect that it would be so creamy and good. And it was so nice meeting up with old friends and having a good laugh and just relaxing. The decor of the restaurant was also very cool. It is placed in this cool art deco building with super high ceilings. I think it used to be a bank. Unless you know that its a restaurant, you would not have guessed that it was a restaurant. We had walked past it a few times but never thought very much of it. Unfortunately, because it was fine dining (and honestly, I haven’t had much opportunity to do much of that), I didn’t take out my mobile, and since I’m not very good with using the Casio Exlim under dim ligh condition, my pictures weren’t the best. But oy vey! I’ll always remember how good the food is…hopefully we’ll get to go again!
So Valska posted this video of an animated ad on facebook and I LOVE it. Its such a sweet advert even though its for the lotto. Basically this security guard works for a mannequin factory. And he decides to set the mannequins up for his co-workers to amuse them in the daytime while he’s sleeping. In return for making their days merrier, they include him in their group lotto. And voila! They win. He sees that they win in the newspaper on his way to work but when he gets there, they are there to celebrate it with him! Isn’t that absolutely the sweetest?
phew! Its been a while, hasn’t it? I haven’t really been blogging recently. But I have a really really good excuse. Vacation. Well, its a good excuse for me anyway.
When the Paris attacks started, I was actually in Chicago’s Sears Tower, on the 103rd story, staring out into the city, waiting for the sun to set. It was heartbreaking. How do you explain something as horrific as this to anyone, let alone a young child? Its no wonder that this video has been making the rounds on the internet…
On a brighter note. Christmas is coming! I know that a lot of my American friends are rolling their eyes that Christmas music is already playing in the malls because Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet! But I, for one, rather enjoy the Christmas music playing in the background ad nauseum. Its fun. It doesn’t make me want to buy anything. I just like how happy it makes me feel. And you know when I know that the holiday season has started? The John Lewis Commercials. The holiday window displays at Marshall Fields on State Street. The lights being turned on on Oxford Street, or Orchard Road. The Starbucks holiday cups (but seriously people, a cup is just a cup. Just give my pumpkin spice latte pronto!).
That said, I do understand that there is a point where celebrating X’mas early is too early.
Well, that’s it for this week! Have a great week everyone!
I took my first walk along the Strand this week. I forgot how refreshing that can be. As per my usual habit I stopped at the Starbucks at Manhattan beach for some refreshments. I found that the store has been refurbished. At first I wasn’t a huge fan of the interior. I thought it was too dark but then i realised they were trying to zen out the placed with quiet calming music punctuated by the coffee making sounds.
I was a very good girl and ordered the lowest calorie breakfast sandwich.
Then i found that their tables have these wireless charging stations so people aren’t tripping over wires anymore.
I’m finally in LA. And for the first time ever, I was upgraded to Business Class on Singapore Airlines and OMG. ITS LIKE THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!!! I don’t know why I see Facebook posts from people complaining about the SQ business class experience because in my opinion it was fantastic. Even better than first class on United ( my only other experience not in cattle class).
First of all, the seats convert into beds. And there’s proper linens and blankets and nice comfy pillows. And they give you slippers. And they know me by my NAME. I mean, how cool is that? And there’s champagne the minute you get on board. Too bad I’m on a diet. See how strong my resolve is??
And the food. It’s served in courses. Not on a tray with all the courses at once. And there’s a table cloth over your pull out table! I thought u was in an Elizabeth Taylor movie!!! The plates comes out after you finish each course.I’m serious!!
And the screen is bigger than my laptop!
It puts a whole new spin on the idea of having breakfast in bed!
At the end of the flight I really didn’t want to get off. I hardly watched any of the movies I had earmarked because I was sleeping so damm comfortably!
Thank you SQ for an incredible experience!!!!
That’s it. This is the end of the road. Leaving this weekend for LA. I mean, whoever heard of dieting while they are on vacation? And the dress? It only sort of fits. As in I can zip it up, but I can’t really hook it up. So I might need an alternative dress after all.
Current weight: 63.9 kg
Waist: 33.0 cm
vices:1venti mocha frappe, 100 gm famous amos cookies
Exercise: 40 laps
I’ve always maintained that the local iced dessert, ice kachang, made of shaved ice, is the best dessert for a hot hot day in Singapore, even better than ice cream which melts and gets all sticky on you. But recently, a friend introduced me to bingsu. For the uninitiated, bingsu is a cold korean dessert of shaved milk. I’m a little lactose intolerant, so I was a bit wary of this dessert when she took us to Nunsaram at Orchard Central but we just had a huge meal of korean bbq and dessert was desperately needed as a finishing touch.
Anyhow, there were a lot of flavors of bingsu to choose from, but thankfully my friend is a decisive sort of person, or we might have been the whole night and still not come to a decision! So we ended up with one with almonds, and there were some berries (I think). And I think it was shaved coconut milk. The serving size was huge though. Luckily we knew our limits and only ordered one. If we had ordered two or more, I don’t think we would have finished it. Their bingsus were between $13-$16. I know they had other korean desserts there as well, but that’s all we ordered.
Frankly, $13 is a bit much to pay for what is essentially a variant of ice cream. But the novelty factor is there, and I’ll be honest, it tasted quite good too. It was very smooth, almost like ice cream, but not as sticky as ice cream and the texture of it was quite fun. But its definitely one of those things that you would go to once in a while, for like say, someone is in town to visit, or there’s a special occasion to celebrate. To simply satisfy my thirst, or to cool me down….probably too expensive. For that, I’ll stick with my $2.50 ice kachang.
oy vey. Time is a-ticking. I really need to fit into a dress. Maybe I should suck it up and buy a new dress because no matter how hard I try, this exercise-diet thing really isn’t working for me. Without chocolate, I’m grumpy as anything. With chocolate, I get sad because I can’t fit into my dress. *wail*
Current weight: 63.9 kg
Waist: 33.0 cm
vices: 2 venti mocha frappe, 100 gm famous amos cookies
Exercise: 50 laps
So in Singapore, we don’t judge a restaurant by its decor or its ambiance (well, I don’t anyway) because like any true blooded foodie, we know that good food is judged by whether or not the tables are full and how much food there is on the table.
So one day, my aunt decided to treat us to dinner. I really don’t remember what the occasion or if there was one except that maybe she wanted someone to be there to accompany her to dinner. Anyway, she decided to treat us to a typical teochew dinner. We met her at Chao Shan Cuisine, which is located on Beach Road. Apparently its supposed to be a family business and there’s another one with a similar sounding name due to some rival fractions within the family. Anyway, my aunt said that this is the original one and so die die almost must try!
Their fish porridge is supposed to be one of the best. I have to say, it definitely tastes a lot better than what my grandmother makes. Her’s is always very watery and it feels like you are filling your belly up with rice water, but even though this is watery (apparently all Teochew porridge is like this), you can taste the sweetness of the porridge. I really enjoyed the steamed fish which was fresh and bouncy. Given my past experience with Teochew cuisine, I was surprised to find myself enjoying the food. My grandmother is teochew but her food is always very oily and “wet”. My mom mostly cooks Cantonese cuisine which tastes completely different.
Anyways, like I mentioned earlier. The ambience? Well, its not air conditioned. It doesn’t have mood lighting and whatnot. But the tables? Always full. Its always a long wait to get a seat and the bigger your party is, the longer the wait. We ate outside, al-fresco style. And it was definitely worth all the perspiration!