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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Outfit of the day - blue tube gown

"You feel very romantic when you're in a ball gown. Everyone should wear one once in a while." - Carolina Herrera

Yes, this will do very nicely. There are the colors of stormy seas and colors of calm seas in a single dress. Tube gown with ruffled details in 2 shades of blue.

Dress: Press (SGD$139.00
Necklace: Tiffany and Co
Bangle: Hermes
Watch: Rado

Saturday, 12 August 2017

[Media Invite] Dinner at Verdure Cafe @ Thomson Road

1218 Upper Thomson Road #01-02 Springleaf Nature Park, Singapore 787136
Tel: 8692 6288

Verdure Cafe is situated among lush greenery at Springleaf Nature Park, offering a beautiful glasshouse concept that allows diners to enjoy the views of nature easily. Interior is modest and decor is simple, understated, elegantly enhanced by the greenery surrounding it. Menu is largely Italian, priced at pocket-friendly range, and service is friendly.

I was honoured to be part of invited tasting at Verdure Cafe, attended by representatives of Hungrygowhere and other familiar food reviewers.

They started us with a cute pot of Truffle Fries (SGD$8.90) preparing the palate for more things to come. This was pretty good- aromatic of truffle's signature taste but not overpowering.

Moving on,  Mixed Platter Appetizer (SGD$18.90) served on tiered high-tea style trays, comprising Deep-fried Chicken Winglets and Drumlets, Chicken Strips, Bacon-wrapped Sausage, Calamari Rings and Potato Wedges. I loved the calamari rings the best, because of the thin batter around thick squid flesh.

Next, Chilli Crab Pasta (SGD$16.90) - springy spaghetti tossed with chilli crab paste, shredded crabmeat and egg. I thought that a higher level of spiciness might have enhanced the creamy flavor better. The saving grace here was the use of actual fresh crabmeat, not flour-mixed crabsticks.

The Black Pepper Smoked Duck Aglio Olio (SGD$14.90) was created from al-dente spaghetti tossed with olive oil, herbs, chilli flakes, garlic, mushrooms and black pepper smoked duck. Pasta had a bounce to its texture and redolent of earthly mushroom notes amidst its tangy deliciousness; the smoked duck was tender and moistened, every bite a swishy  joy.

Following that, Chicken Chop (SGD$14.90) which consisted pan-grilled chicken thigh topped with mushroom sauce; served with salad and fries on the side. Chicken was succulent and bathed tastefully in earthly mushroom aroma.

Then it was Salted Egg Chicken Burger (SGD$14.90) - crispy charcoal buns flanking crackling chicken thigh fillet topped with luscious salted egg sauce; salad and fries were served on the side. This was another memorable dish for me.

The Stewed Beef Curry Rice (SGD$16.90) was a new item and utterly satisfying, composed of stewed beef curry, carrots, potatoes and fragrant rice, served with keropok on the side.

Finally, before we moved on to drinks, we also tried the Salted Caramel Lava Cake (SGD7.90) which looked better than it tasted. Sweetness was definite, and expected, however the lava cake - this made the cake almost soggy.

We enjoyed very much their various organic teas, such as my Rose Hips Tea (SGD$6.90) and the Peppermint Leaf Tea (SGD$5.90) served in a very beautiful teapot.

Other interesting beverages included the Zucchini Refresher (SGD$4.90), Lychee Tea (SGD$4.90), Peach Perfect (SGD$4.90), Fizzling Passionfruit (SGD$4.90), Rose Hips Tea Float (SGD$6.50) and Mocha (SGD$4.90).

I will definitely like to be back here for the cosy setting and lovely glasshouse concept; as well as try other signature dishes such as their Prawn Aglio Olio and Foie Gras French Toast, etc. Thank you Hungrygowhere for the invite and Verdure Cafe for hosting us!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Lunch at Noodle Thai Thai Kitchen @ Beach Road

327 Beach Road, Singapore 199560
Tel: 6909 0759 / 9783 3647

I was introduced to Noodle Thai Thai Kitchen by a fellow member of a certain networking group. He claimed that the food was very good but me being the typical skeptic had my reservations. However, at  the end of my dining experience, I had to agree that it was awesome, in fact.

So, Noodle Thai Thai Kitchen is located at Beach Road and serves up authentic Thai food at very affordable pricing, in a modern setting rich in Thai cultural decor. Their specialty is the springy jade noodle but feel free to order other dishes as well.  Ordering is done at the counter but the serving crew is friendly and patient.

I had the Grilled Chicken Jade Noodle (SGD$7.90) comprising moistened strips of grilled chicken with the slightest hint of smokiness. A sunny side-up egg and crackling wanton skin added flavour and texture. Other than that, the bouncy texture of the green noodles delighted the palate much too.

For desserts, we had the Sticky Mango Rice made up of the sweetest and juiciest mango slices, coupled with sticky purple rice and white glutinous rice.

I will be back to try out other dishes such as Tom Yum, Pad Thai etc, since our other fellow members cum lunch partners were full of rave.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dinner at Beast and Butterflies @ M Social Hotel (Revisit)

90 Robertson Quay, Level 1, The M Social Hotel, Singapore 238259
Tel: 6657 0018

My first visit to Beast and Butterflies (review here) left a good impression, therefore I had been wanting to return. What better time than now, a simple celebratory meal with The Beau?

Ambience was the same, a beautiful, mystifying combination of eclectic and futuristic - think colorful lava lamps, overhead lamps with loving images, ipads adorning walls with haunting glow and yes, glimmery benches in another section. All that, coupled with lampshade and books.

Service was ultra personable - the gleam of the crew's smiles only added to the stunning ambience. Food items were as I remembered them a year ago - Western Asian fusion dishes.

We started with Duck Crispies (SGD$) - deep fried duck rilette dumplings that all but crumbled blissfully before the interior melted lusciously upon the tongue.

Ham Hock (SGD$ for half / SGD$ for whole) - was crackling Pork Knuckle served with Asian sauerkraut and spicy chilli dip.

Lobster Porridge (SGD$35.00) with abalone slices was as good as I remembered it to be- saccharine broth being the best feature.

Last but not least, Yam Brulee (SGD $10.00), thick creamy taro paste aka "Orh Nee" beneath crusty caramel sugar topcoat, a beautiful rendition of how east meets west.

Finally, we had the extinct version of a stunning Aquarium Cocktail (SGD $50.00)- blue curacao and all, except that the colorful jelly mimicking sea coral and fish are no more. It was a gigantic drink and we had fun finishing it throughout the meal.

It was yet another lovely dining experience here, with scrumptious food and excellent service all around. He gave it thumbs up too.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Outfit of the day - reflections of pinstriped jumpsuit with turqoise top

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it." - Alexander McQueen.

Black pinstriped jumpsuit with turquoise top within. Suitable for work, functions and dates.

Jumper: OAMC (SGD$69.90)
Blouse: Topshop (SGD$49.90)
Necklace: Christian Dior
Bracelet: Tiffany and Co
Watch: Rado

Monday, 31 July 2017

Lunch at Carol Mel Cafe @ Tai Seng (Revisit)

1 Irving Place #01-30 The Commerze @ Irving, Singapore 369546
Tel: 6635 5755

Cravings for a Signature Whimsical Waffle (review here) brought me back to Carol Mel Cafe at Tai Seng Area on a rainy afternoon.

The cafe was blessedly quiet at that time, not sure it was a good or bad sign. Good for the patrons I guess? Anyway people started coming in around 3pm, which was good for business.

Cafe's interior was dimly lit but brightened by natural sunlight streaming in, a rather fetching sight. Faux brick walls and some art adorned the sides, great for Instagram-worthy photography.

Started with their special Sakura Matcha Latte (SGD $6.00) which was beheld beauty in the rawest form - depicting a sakura tree and using specially-sourced Matcha powder from Japan. It looked inviting yet at the same time, stunning; I almost couldn't bear to drink it. The other 3 flavours (subject to availability) you can choose from are the Taro, Pumpkin and the Blue Peaflower.

Taro Latte (SGD $6.00) was another astonishing beauty and Damien the barista had cleverly written my name as part of latte art, with a cute design. Yam flavour was deliocious, bursting through the beverage slowly, like a sensation.

Iced Mocha here has a class of its own, served in a lovely bowl glass and comes with a marshmallow for that added sweetness. 'Secret ingredients' allowed for maximum enjoyment of this beverage, like liquid Ferrero Rocher. After we slurped the last drop, we ate the straw too.

I was also persuaded to give the Zhi Char Salted Egg Luncheon Fries (SGD $12.00) a try; this item is only available after 2.00pm. What's so special about their spam fries is that they do it the traditional Cantonese homemade style by frying the raw egg yolk with spices before tossing the luncheon fries in to absorb the salted egg sauce. Instead of being too rich or salty as I had feared, taste was surprisingly light, as was texture. In fact, each strip of luncheon fry was almost delicate, melting readily in the mouth, laden with lovely hints of curry leaves and salted egg yolk. Oddly, I also finished off all the crispy curry leaves.

Cold Seafood Pasta (SGD $16.90) comprised loads of seafood (prawns, salmon roe) with threads of angel hair pasta. Delicious could not even begin to describe it, but let's say that it was so good, I'd pay twice the price for this served at a restaurant.

Then it was time for their most special Signature Whimsical Waffle (SGD $16.00), composed of crispy buttermilk waffle, chocolate brownie ice-cream (usually ite salted caramel ice-cream), bananas, melted sharp cheddar cheese, figs, strawberries, blueberries, marshmallows, maple syrup and sprigs of parsley. The flavours burst was akin to the palate's dreams come true, threading through the sweet and the savoury, the fluffy and the juicy.

Was very happy with my revisit of Carol Mel Cafe and will definitely be back for more.