Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Inedible it may be but with the promise to last for quite a while...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Some were downright useless but nevertheless served it's purpose to tickle my funny bone, others were original - filling my tummy with lots of cocoa. I kept all of the non-edible ones while sharing some of those edible ones.
And just when I thought there could be no more surprises, I received a small parcel on Christmas Eve lying on my table. I had to rip it open and to my surprise, it's a hand-made Christmas card from Ericia!
It was so exquisitely made that I had to simply show it off on this blog.
The design is screaming out loud at the theme no matter which side I flip. Great job!
The last time I recall ever making or receiving hand-made cards were during my primary school days. So one can simply imagine the warm fuzzy feeling I felt when I received the card.
Quoting the Mastercard advertisement:
Item: hand-made Christmas card
Quoting Baby Alicia (who is the first person I showed the card to):
"美美" - which translates to pretty or nice or beautiful or in simple baby terms, anything that is pleasing to her eyes. Mind you, baby only speaks the truth.
The food fare was simple but nevertheless, tummy filling.
The non air-conditioned restaurant offered a vast view of the sea but the afternoon sun was scorching hot that day. Nevertheless, I could imagine the venue to be a great place to sit back and enjoy a chilling cocktail while the sun sets over the horizon.
Merry Christmas Uncle Edwards!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Previously, the pineapple filling was self-made and it tasted great. This time round, to save some time and effort, I bought a packet of ready-to-use pineapple fillings from Sheng Shiong at about $5.
If you have the time, do try to make the pineapple fillings yourself. The ones I bought from Sheng Shiong is way too sweet and after baking, it became a little too hard when biting and also sticks to the teeth. Definitely a no-no for elderly with dentures.
Anyone who knows where to buy good quality pineapple fillings, do let me know. Thanks!
The food listings on the menu were almost foreign to me having had close to zero prior experience in authentic Indian cuisine except for the knowledge of naan and bearing in mind that roti prata does not originate from India.
Feeling slightly adventurous, I ordered the South Indian Set and just as a backup, I proceeded to order the Garlic Naan Set as well.
Both set lunches came with the main course accompanied by several small bowls of gravy. In the end, what started with just a simple vegetarian lunch ended up in a tedious mathematical attempt of permutation and combination of rice, naan, cracker and gravy to find the best match.
In the end, after having my tongue numbed by the spicy gravy, I could only offer the following comments:
- the thin crackers seen in the extreme right side of the South Indian set is definitely my favourite. It goes well with any of the gravy and even on it's own!
- the murky looking sauce seen in the extreme right side of the South Indian set is actually red bean soup. I quite liked it as it's not as sweet as those sold in the dessert shops.
- the garlic naan was quite a disappointment to me as it resembles just a stab of thick dense bread with no garlic or toasted bread fragrance whatsoever. I always had nice savoury memories of the bread and thought it was such a basic primary source of carbohydrate in the Indian's diet that it just simply can't go wrong. I was wrong though...
- the rest of the gravy are not so fantastic either
For sure, I'll not be returning to the same restaurant and as a rule of thumb, I'll definitely be consulting my Indian friends before I go on my next Indian food 'adventure'!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
On this very day, arrangements were made to gather the entire family at the shop for their last lunch at Sausage Co.
We practically cleaned out the remaining stock of Bockwurst before we proceeded to attack the Bratwurst. :P
Through Sausage Co., I learnt that if one dares to dream and dreams hard enough, the dream would surely materialize. Regardless of the outcome, the learning process and experience is uniquely yours and yours only to keep .
Monday, November 17, 2008
It had already served hotdogs for a solid 18 months, braving the thinning crowds and the consecutive closing down of neighbouring shops at Icon Village.
Compared to 18 months ago, the speed of serving up piping hotdogs was greatly improved, skills of toasting the buns and grilling the sausages were honed, rapport built with the regular customers, menu improved, shop front customized and even my mother learned to take orders in English!
On this very fateful day, 7 days before the official closure, I made my way down to the shop. I had to have my two favourite sausages: Bockwurst with salad & Bratwurst in a bun.
So much was learned, the efforts and hard work were all worth it! :)
I'm truly proud of my mother and brother!
So while I was scouting for a casual lunch venue one fine Saturday, it came as an extravagance when a suggestion was made to lunch at Jack's Place. I was still resisting the idea until I glimpsed at the menu and it came as a surprise to me that the price is actually quite affordable.
I was full of anticipation after I gave my order and couldn't wait to relive the fond memories of the juicy steak....
When it finally came, I was all armed with my knife and fork. The moment my teeth sank into the piece of meat, I was like "wait a minute....". The second and third mouthful only confirmed my doubt.... I have had better ones....
I'm still not sure if one's taste bud evolves with age? Like the concept of money, when it used to be a great deal to be able to save $50 in a year, it is now barely sufficient to even last me for a week.
Gone were the days....
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It was drizzling lightly when I got there and it was pretty much what I had in my mind - the impressive pagoda, the calm lake, the pavilions, the nicely trimmed bonsai, statues of ancient heros and everything oriental.
What I did not expect to find was The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum. For a mere $5, I entered the world of more than 200 turtles and tortoises from no less than 60 species.
Yep, it's food alright! :)
It's easy to miss this section of the crowded shopping complex with it's numerous shops and roll-cart stalls lining the shopper's walkway if not for the huge crab display.
It's only a small corner really and there's only about 6 Japanese restaurants at the moment. But what fascinated me and had me happily clicking away at my camera were the large and colourful food displays outside the restaurants. And it seems like there are already plans to further expand this section of the shopping complex to accomodate more restaurants or shops!
Being the greedy Singaporean, my family chose the largest restaurant - Kuishin Bo. It's a buffet restaurant with nice, spacious seatings but a long queue.
The buffet spread has not so much variety and the food tasted okay. More interesting for me would be the dessert section where I find the tiny cakes and doughnuts adorable and simply irresistible!
As baby Alicia would have put it :"Mum Mum Mum Mum Mum...."
Monday, October 27, 2008
The place has became more well known to both locals as well as foreigners compared to a year back - perhaps due to the hype created by the government when they announced their plans to transform the Kranji countryside into an agriculture cum entertainment centre (whatever that means...???)
The restaurant have a fixed menu as well as seasonal dishes based on the farm's harvest. The food might not be that fantastic but they are truly unique (check out the dishes I had) and definitely healthy (harvest from it's very own organic farm!).