Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Sprained ankle aside, I made a trip to the Club 21 Sale. Still reeling from the last Club 21 sale 6 months ago, I was determined to exercise restraint this time around and was successful. My bill had 1 digit less than the last one. Picture above shows a dove grey leather necklace by Natalia Brilli. I bought the matching bag in the last sale.
Scored a bag from Isabela Capeto, the new up & coming label. Handmade in Brazil, This felt and brass bag reeks of the new age yoga vibe. I was lucky too. The sales assistants said there were fewer small label or high-end IT bags. I spied 3 Dolce & Gabbana patent totes that were snapped up the moment they were displayed. Loads of CK and DKNY though.
New fuchsia Dolce & Gabbana flats for me (yay!). I just realized I always get at least 1 item from D&G at these sales.
And 1 more pair of shoes for the road. I always cave in to toy shoes. By Dress Camp a Japanese label.
I also picked up this leather CK organizer. Hhmm...not sure what I am going to use it for.
You know there is more than just clothes and accessories at the Club 21 Sale. There is also stuff for the home and tech gadgets (because Christina Ong also owns Apple Ishop, Shambala Yoga and a Club 21 home section). Had to get my hands on Shambala's house brand "Shelter" shampoo and conditioners.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The newly refurbished grand dame is now a mixture of colonial architecture and modern design. Quite a different vibe offered by mixing the new and old in 1 space.
Museums are always trying to reach out to families like the Zoo. It's always interesting to see the new ways they execute it in.
It's interactive art that even adults can join in on.
Love Tank (The Temple) by S Teddy Darmawan. what's with camouflage and art. Didn't Murakami come up with a camouflage print for LV last year as well?
End the visit at Novus cafe, next to the Museum Gift Shop. With piping hot Italian thin crust pizzas and gourmet sandwiches. For dinner, there is Novus the restaurant with its foam and cheese desserts.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
True to the restaurant's reputation, the Cantonese cuisine had touches of western influences that added to it's finesse. The first course of Beijing duck with pan fried Foie Gras was a crowd pleaser even with the old folks. Followed by Shark's fin soup, an essential wedding dish known for being rich in collagen. Hai Tien Lo's version isn't so much soup as chunks of shark's fin in a reduction.
Oh, did I mention free flow of alcohol (spirits, wine and hard liquors), Chinese tea and soft drinks are a must as well. Chinese are known to be hard drinkers. Picture above shows a deep fried lobster coated with butter, milk and lemon.
Then there is the fish. It is an understatement that your entire dinner will be judged by this one dish. It will be remembered by all your guests for years to come. It has to be fresh, firm and perfectly cooked (not over, not under) in a clear & light sauce so the fish isn't overpowered. I remember for my Brother's wedding, the chef served the fish separate from the sauce. Pouring in the hot liquid on the fish only at the table. Thereby ensuring the fish was perfectly cooked and pleasantly warm. They did this for all 78 tables.
The evening ended on a cool note with Coconut ice-cream in a pool of avocado cream.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Just when you cannot stomach another sandwich, you walk by PS Cafe with its made from scratch pesto, freshly baked gourmet breads and sweet juicy chicken. I think you can guess my favourite item on the menu...chicken sandwich, followed closely by the Blood Caesar Salad with half a fresh lemon and egg confit.
During the age when boutique cafes were all the rage (remember DKNY Cafe or even fashion cafe?), Project Shop (same people with Blood Brothers) started their own cafe as well. The food was so good that I stopped bothering with the clothes and started coming here only for the food.
The quintessential 60's designer who was known for his experimentation with colour and construction. Every mod house you loved back then had this guy's furniture and influence on it. Sounds similar to Pantone colours doesn't it. Picture above shows his signature Panton Chairs (1968).
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The ultimate comfort sandwich. Coffee Club serves up Croque Monsieur Remix. It's got 2 types of cheese (Gruyere & Mozzarella) and heaps of it! I couldn't really taste the bread in the thick heady melted mix. yuumm... Then there was the cream, the butter and smoky chicken with drizzles of pesto. All the different textures and medley of flavours at once. I just had to post a picture of this humble sandwich.
Friday, May 22, 2009
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The first time I had steak tartare was at L'Angelus with my colleagues. Since then, I always order steak tartare whenever available. If you've been around Singapore, there are not that many places that serve this, even after including the Japanese restaurants (beef yukke?).
Still, nothing I've tried has come close to L'Angelus version that is absolute delish! Now I understand Karen's enthusiasm for this restaurant. This place serves basic french food in a quaint family run atmosphere. Think bistro food at fine dining prices. Before you write this place off, you have to know the service is warm & friendly and the food definitely above average. Staples like Blue Cheese Steak Frites, Carnard d'Orange. Be forewarned that Steak Tartare and Crepes Suzette are prepared table-side. Reservations are always required.
To see how steak tartare is normally prepared, you can follow this link to a video: http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-steak-tartare. Just so you know how fantastic their version is.