Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lunch + Tea = Tunch at Grand Park City Hall, Singapore

We all love to brunch. Who doesn't, right?

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However, when you're too tired to wake up a little before lunch then you can now have Tunch! I tell you, it just gets brilliant each time. Tunch is the perfect combination of lunch and tea time allowing yourselves to enjoy a wide-array of dishes with the addition of your favorite tea time selections.

Last weekend, I was invited to try the Long Weekend Tunch at Grand Park City Hall. The buffet line-up closely focuses on a number of Asian favorites such as the local Rojak, Kueh Pai Ti, two types of congee and what I loved most was the dimsum station. I have to admit that there weren't a lot of items to choose from but the best buffets are really about quality over quantity right?

Let me take you on a tour around Indulge at Park and tell you more about the dishes that won my heart (and tummy) that afternoon.

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I always like to start my meal with a plate of sushi and sashimi. Look at this "bento box" of colorful hand-rolled makis! Everything looked so beautiful that I had to stop myself from getting one of each. Definitely don't want to receive murderous looks from the diner queuing up behind me.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Brunch Love : Artistry Cafe in Jalan Pinang

Often times, I'd say that Singapore is Asia's booming food mecca. Seriously, you'll never run out of things to eat here. Think of any cuisine and chances are you'll find it here in the Lion City. From hawker centres to restaurants, there has also been an abundant growth of cafes for the past two years and that has brought about a nationwide love for brunch.

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With the many choices available, I have to admit that it's really hard to find a favorite. Sure, there's that hawker stall that knows exactly how I want my Seafood Fried Rice cooked (no peas, no corn) or that kopi shop selling my favorite Iced Kopi-C and Steamed Chicken Pau but other than that, it's really hard to specify one or two restaurants that I would end up visiting over and over again. I'd say it would take a special establishment to make me go back for two consecutive weeks at the very least. 

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I must have said that before I actually went to Artistry Cafe. Once again, an interesting cafe in the Kampong Glam area, I chanced upon Artistry a month ago when my best friend L and her hubby T and baby TS came to visit. Given that they have a very busy schedule, we agreed to meet up for brunch. That way we will have enough time to catch up and we would be done by the time Baby TS' nap time rolls in. They don't accept reservation so I highly recommend for you to go early especially when dining with a big group or you'll end up in one of those tiny tables with not-so-comfortable chairs. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Truly Italian at Sopra Cucina in Claymore Road

A few weeks ago, our dear friends Ro and Peter were in town. Of course, Paul and I wasted no time in meeting up with them and that means being able to share a good meal with our friends whom we missed so much. Days leading up to our dinner date, I research on possible places where we can take them to. I immediately ruled out Chinese/Singaporean food as they might have quite a lot of that already. Then I thought of the kids. That's when I decided to focus on pizza and pasta = Italian food.

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That's when I came across Sopra Cucina at the Ground Floor of Pan Pacific Orchard. This restaurant specializes in Sardinian cuisine which comes from a province in Italy called Sardinia. I remembered my first taste of Sardinian cuisine not so long ago where I was able to try fregola for the very first time. It was an interesting cross of pasta and rice which is normally cooked in rich tomato-based sauce.

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We were a big group that evening where the kids had their own table and we adults got our own too. Our meal began with a basket of complimentary bread. I love crusty bread where you get a balanced texture of crunchy crust and a soft, pillowy dough inside. The best way to enjoy this is to dip it in a balsamic vinegar-olive oil mixture.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tiramisu Hero at Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore

Just recently, I stepped into the most Instagrammable cafes here in Singapore. It was after our dinner at Punggol Nasi Lemak when O suggested that we go check out Tiramisu Hero for dessert.

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I really didn't thought much about it but I was surprised at how pretty every nook and cranny of the store was. I really had to stop myself from taking photos of the cafe in every possible angle. I just love how cute, stylish and in a way, quirky it was.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wine and Dine at Bistro 1855 at Suntec City

Here's the best way to end a busy work day -- Top a wooden board with an assortment of cheeses, fill up your wine glass with your favorite bubbly, bring in a good mix of friends and do this repeatedly whenever you feel like it. 

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It was only Tuesday but Paul and I were both so excited for this fun food tasting at Bistro 1855 with the folks from Entertainer App. At one side of the restaurant, you'll find the Bottle Shop where you choose from a wide-selection of wines and decide later on if you'd like to enjoy this with your meal in the restaurant or to bring it home. As soon as I entered the restaurant, I suddenly remembered my friend I whom I know would definitely love love love this place.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spruce in Phoenix Park, Singapore

As soon as May rolled in, this also signaled the start of a whole new batch of birthday celebrations with the NKids. For the past 3 years, we have been eating out to celebrate all of our birthdays and there's that traditional birthday salubong where we would wish the celebrant Happy Birthday, watch him/her blow out the candles and enjoy a slice (or two) of the birthday cake! Regardless if our birthday falls on a weekday and we all have work the next day, this is one tradition I don't think we ever will miss. This is just one of those things that make the NKids feel like family, don't you agree?

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So, last week, we celebrated O's 30-something birthday! The celebration began the weekend before his actually birthday where he treated all of us to a yummy dinner at Spruce. I think I was the most excited about this as Spruce has been part of my list since last year. Finally, we're able to try it! Yay!

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The restaurant is located along the very quiet and exclusive Tanglin Road and is within Phoenix Park. It's not very accessible to public transportation as the nearest bus stop is 5 minutes away and it only services 2 bus numbers! Anyway, for O, we were all game to walk the extra "mile". Nax!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ponggol Nasi Lemak in Jalan Besar

This year we celebrate the 50th year of Singapore so in line with all the SG50 celebrations that have been happening around, let me share with you some of my favorite Singapore dishes one at a time. Today, I will talk about the glorious Nasi Lemak.

My first encounter with Nasi Lemak dates all the way back in 2010. It was during our one-week-long honeymoon here in Singapore where I had my first taste of that fragrant coconut rice with ikan bilis (dilis), lots of garlic peanuts, egg and fried chicken. I fell madly in love with Nasi Lemak that I would order it every chance I get here in Singapore and when we continued with our trip to Kuala Lumpur. Fast forward to today, I've lost count of the number of Nasi Lemaks that I've already had. To me, it's one of my favorite comfort food where I can always be sure of it's consistent delicious flavor and the viands that come with it are pretty straight-forward, simple yet always satisfyingly good.

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So, for one of our food tripping weekends, Paul and I decided to check out the much talked about Ponggol Nasi Lemak in Jalan Besar. Thankfully, we didn't have to travel all the way to Punggol to be able to try it. Also, we're so happy to have O joining us for this trip as he knows Jalan Besar pretty well. By the way, did you know that Ponggol Nasi Lemak actually do not have a branch in Punggol? The original branch originated from, then called, Ponggol but has moved to Tanjong Katong, Upper Serangoon Road and recently opened their 3rd branch in Jalan Besar.

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