Friday, April 24, 2015

Breaking the Fast : RV Burger in River Valley

Five individuals with very different personalities living under one roof.

Sounds like a perfect plot for a TV sitcom right? That's life with the Normanton Kids. Each one has his/her own quirks, mood swings and ideals yet we still manage to get along quite well. I guess, at the end of the day, we all know that have each other for support, love and acceptance. For Paul and I, we see the NKids as our family here in Singapore. We can really say that they've been there through our ups and downs and they've made living in a foreign land still feel like home.

So, just like any family, we went out on Easter Sunday to hear mass and to have a good meal. Paul and I have been abstaining from meat for most parts of Lent while my friend I was on a strict healthy (read: fruits and veggies) diet the entire week. Finally, we're saying yes to meat when Easter Sunday came! Hooray!

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Browsing through the Entertainer App, we chanced upon RV Burger which was just within walking distance from Great World City in River Valley. We've been passing this area a number of times and seriously thought that RV Burger was a bar that comes alive just at night. Well, what do you know?! It's actually a restaurant that specializes in burgers and grilled meat. We each had our choice of meat entrees. C went for the Mixed BBQ Platter (S$25.90) which was quite a surprise as he got one of the smallest appetite in the group. Needless to say, his order garnered a couple of "ooohs" and "aaahhhs" from everyone in the table as it's complete with a slice of pork chop, chicken breast, beef striploin and gourmet sausage. Basically, it's every meat lover's dream.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Co+Nut+Ink Coconut Ice Cream in Sentosa

Summer is finally here and it's really really really HOT!

The weather app says it's about 34 degrees celsius outside but honestly, it feels like it's up to 40! A simple walk around the corner would easily let sweat beads form on your forehead. What more climbing up 3 storeys and walking for 2 blocks under the scorching sun. I swear, I looked like I ran a marathon with the way my cheeks  would turn so red and I'd be perspiring like crazy. All I want is to dip myself into a cold pool...oh, and to have some refreshing coconut ice cream too! 

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Let me tell you about the time we visited Co+Nut+Ink in Sentosa. Located at the Beach Station, we took the tram that took us all the way to Siloso Beach. Along the way, we spotted a simple white stall with a long queue in front of it. This immediately caught our attention and piqued my curiosity on what the stall is all about. Moving closer, we found out that they're selling Coconut Ice Cream! Oh em gee! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Go West : The Tiny Roaster in Singapore

Paul normally has Saturday work which means, I'm pretty much left on my own to laze around the house or to do some serious running/climbing/kicking/stretching/(fill in with crazy, adrenaline-high action here) at the gym. Not wanting to sound cheezy but I do miss him so much throughout the day. Weekends, after all, are never fun when you're alone right?

Once in a while though, I'd go and visit him at work! Not in a creepy, clingy way, of course, but I'd time it when his work is about to end or it's near his lunch break. I'm thankful for the mall that's within walking distance from his clinic and most especially the little foodie spots that I'd discover in the most unexpected places. 

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Take The Tiny Roasters, for instance. I chanced upon this one morning and was immediately drawn towards this small, cozy-looking coffee shop. Stepping inside, you'd be greeted by the warm delicious scent of coffee. They mean serious coffee business here as the only thing on their menu are drinks. Coffee, to be more specific, and not a single food item. Okay, they do have one dessert but it's in the form of an Affogato (a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso). 

Friday, April 17, 2015

What's New: The Entertainer (1-for-1) Tab

Who doesn't love discounts, right? 

I'm really so happy I stumbled upon The Entertainer App late last year. I swear, this has totally changed my food tripping ways. Now, we've become bolder and more adventurous in trying various restaurants, cafes and even bars all over Singapore. The beauty of The Entertainer App is its ability to offer 3 1-for-1 deals. From 1-for-1 main dishes, 1-for-1 burgers to even 1-for-1 hotel nights! Imagine being able to enjoy these things and to pay just half of the cost. 

I realized that I've been blogging quite a lot about the different establishments while using The Entertainer App. To make it easier for you all to search, I decided to put them all in one tab, which you can access above *point up*.

Better yet, just click on that cute big smiley below:

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Food Intolerance Test from Hi-Precision Diagnostics, Manila

If there's one thing that can ruin a good trip, then that would be falling sick. Okay, maybe catching a cold or cough could cause you sleepless nights but at least you can still go about your trip and eat to your heart's desire. However, when tummy troubles strike, then that's another story.

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Newlyweds Franny & Paul in Kuala Lumpur
Take it from me, the girl who spent 90% of her 2-week honeymoon with a rumbling, extremely gassy tummy that has forced me to run to the nearest toilet at any given time. No thanks to that bag of popcorn that I pretty much single-handedly consumed for the first 3 nights of our honeymoon. This has hindered me from enjoying most of our meals as I had to resort to bland and tasteless congee, banana, apples and hydrite most of the time. Well, I surely made up for all that, now that we're here in the Lion City for good.

So, what really happened then? As it turns out, my body can't seem to accept and process corn among many other items. This is what doctor's would now call -- Food Intolerance. Very different from Food Allergies, mind you. As the latter is more related to affecting one's immune system which causes blockage in the breathing passage or small rashes would appear. Food intolerance is our body's way of reacting abnormally towards certain food items. It can then cause the feeling of bloatedness, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, weight gain and a lot more. Unlike Food Allergies, Food Intolerance manifests its symptoms at a much slower pace.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Singapore Food Culture : Chicken Rice

Much has been said about Singapore being Asia's foodie mecca. As a growing melting pot of various races and culture, this is the place where one's taste buds can easily be satisfied with a wide-array of gastronomic choices. However, if we stop and think about that ONE Dish that speaks strongly about Singapore's heritage and culture, for me, that would definitely be the Chicken Rice.

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Chicken Rice is a simple dish that bursting with so much flavour. Just like our little red dot that may be small in size geographically, but what lies within are various personalities with stories that spans over five decades and more! Each bite brings out the best qualities of the tender chicken meat, the fragrant rice, and the subtle yet remarkable spicy and salty kick of the ginger, chili and soy sauce. Each ingredient working together to leave a delicious experience every single time.

*This is my entry for The Great Foodpanda Blogger Contest 2015 by SethLui.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

OC Food Trail : I Wanna and YiLi PaoPao Ice

"A party without cake is just a meeting." - Julia Child

Who loves dessert? I do! I do! I dooooo! ♥

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So, to continue our lunch food trail in Orchard Central, our next stop after enjoying our healthy salad bowls at Green Rabbit were two must-try dessert places that you all shouldn't miss. First stop was at I Wanna, a pretty and very feminine cake shop that specializes in mini cupcakes!

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We all know that Singapore is literally bursting with so much dessert places much more those selling cupcakes. However, what makes I Wanna different is its Lychee Red Velvet Cupcake (S$1.80/piece) which really blewed me away! It has this sweet lychee flavor that gave a really interesting angle to the moist, chocolate-y red velvet mix.

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