Thursday, April 27, 2017

O Mamma Mia lands in Singapore!

Growing up, pizza has been one of my favorite comfort food. I guess I've told you about this before and I hope I haven't bored you out. It's about my regular afternoon snack routine with Pan where we would order a box of our favorite local pizza together with a bucket of mojo potatoes and we have been having this for close to 30 years. This has been our signature sisterly bonding activity and just recently, Pan and I did this again when I was back home for a wedding last January. Yes, not even a fully made up face and my long gown can stop me from enjoying our favorite snack. I have a strong feeling this practice is meant to last a lifetime and we'll continue to have our pizza afternoon sessions for decades to come. I can't wait for Pan and I to also share this tradition with our little ones for them to hopefully love pizza that way we both do.

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Anyway, since I've moved to the Lion City, I got to admit that I've always been on a hunt for the best pizza in town that's affordable and easy to have access to. It has been four years since and I'm thisclose to accepting defeat and believing that delicious commercial pizza is not just one of Singapore's forte. That was until Paul and I chanced upon O Mamma Mia, which recently opened at Clementi Mall. As we descend the escalator, we immediately smelled the delicious aroma of freshly baked pizza and everything that comes with it -- tomatoes, basil, the works! Guess this didn't only attracted us but pretty much most of the mall goers as there's a permanently crowd in front of the restaurant. Sitting capacity is very limited as I feel that O Mamma Mia meant for customers to just choose their pizza and pasta and have them to go. 

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Checking out the line-up, I was also surprise that each slice goes below S$5 and it's not a tiny slice, mind you. It's one that can definitely fill you up for a good afternoon snack or if you want something light for lunch. Majority of the pizza flavors go for about S$3.90 so I noticed a lot of the customers would get more than 2 at a time. There are 15 flavors available but this rotates on a regular basis so you'll probably see 6-8 at a time. As for the pasta, there are 5 different types of pasta noodles to choose from and you match this with your choice of sauces too. The pasta dishes are priced slightly higher than the pizza but wait till you see the serving size, it's HUGE! Price ranges from S$7.90 to S$8.20. Still very reasonable if you ask me. 

Now, let the tasting begin! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Back at Yentafo Kruengsonge at Kallang Wave Mall

It has been raining on-off for the past weeks here in the Lion City and seriously, it has been a challenge to pull myself up from bed as this is just the perfect time to curl in bed and sleep all day long. I really can’t wait for the weekend to come as I have big plans of hibernating for as long as I can.

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When it comes to rainy, cold weather, it’s also the perfect time to enjoy a bowl of delicious noodle soup. This then made me think about that dinner that Paul and I recently had at Yentafo Kruengsonge. It wasn’t my first time there as I’ve been to their Cathay Cineleisure outlet but this time, we went to check out their Kallang Wave Mall outlet, which I feel is much bigger and has better seating capacity as compared to the former one.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Something new at Dolce Vita Restaurant, Singapore

“Change is good”, they always say. While my OC-self tends to squirm at the thought of dealing with any change in my routine more so a change in my comfort zone, I can’t help but agree. With change, come new discoveries and opportunities, after all. I also believe that change helps us grow in life. We deal with new challenges; we conquer bigger obstacles which leads to a more fulfilling reward at the end of it all. We come out a winner after every change.

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So one big change happened to one of my favourite Italian restaurant here in the Lion City. Dolce Vita Restaurant's head chef, Chef Marco Manocchio, who has been with the restaurant since 2015 recently launched a new menu featuring some of his personal specialties. How's that for a good change?

I was one of the lucky ones (thank you my lucky stars!) to be invited to try a simple repertoire of Chef Marco’s new dishes. Let me share them with you!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Chef du Partie (CDP) Global Table at the Powerplant Mall, Makati

For the past 4 years, I’ve kept this growing list of restaurants that I’d love to try whenever I get to fly home to Manila. Of course, given that I am only home for a very short period of time and our schedules are normally filled to the brim with errands, family meals and reunions, more often than not, I only get to cross out an average of 5 restaurants during every visit and this is definitely not enough to keep up with the never-ending growth of new restaurants opening in the metro alone.

CDP Global Table at the Powerplant Mall has been part of my list since my first year here in the Lion City. Thankfully, I finally got to cross it out from my list last December when I met up with my best friends T and E for our annual Christmas gathering. With everyone’s tight schedules, we agreed to meet up exactly a day before Christmas Eve. Talk about cutting it real close!

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T was able to make reservations, which I think was a good move given how packed the restaurant was that night. This is also being operated and managed by the same group running Mamou so we all have high expectations on their steak as this is one of our Mamou must-have dishes. Mamou is known to have two sittings per night so I had a feeling CDP implements the same rule but this wasn’t mentioned to T when she made the reservation. Anyway, we all ensured to get there on time to avoid losing our table. For starters, we had Pig’s Ear Fries (Php. 295) which caught my eye as I thought it sounded very interesting. We love pig ears found in sisig so I thought it might be the same. What came was a bowl of crunchy, deep-fried fries-like pig ears. It was yummy and quite addicting especially when dipped in the anchovy vinaigrette served with it. After a while though, the flavor felt too much and luckily, we had another starter to balance it out.

Monday, March 20, 2017

RedRing Treasures Cutlet Noodles in Wisma Atria

Lately I've been craving for fried chicken. Deep-fried, crispy chicken with rice! It doesn't matter if it's the kind that comes in a bucket or the one that's served on a plate, de-boned and ready to eat. The worst thing about it is my cravings come at the middle of the night keeping me wide awake as I nurse my growling tummy. Gah!

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Then, I suddenly I remembered that dinner that we had at Wisma Atria's Food Republic where Paul and I got to try RedRing Treasures. It was upon an invitation from Roy and his father David to try their specialty -- deep-fried chicken cutlet served with your choice of noodles or rice. If there's one thing that everyone should know about food courts, be prepared to stumble upon great and yummy things in there. Roy is based in the US as he's finishing his studies there, so we got to sit down and chat with Mr. David who told us the story of how RedRing Treasures came to be. Apparently, they started in Holland Drive where Mr David and his wife carefully perfected their chicken cutlet recipe as well as the sauces used for their noodles.

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The secret lies in the careful and precise preparation of each dish. They actually have a system for everything so each cutlet is timed to ensure consistency, the recipe is kept top secret within the family members and they personally see through the operations of their stalls on a daily basis. Talk about dedication! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#FrannyCooks : Abalone Miso Butter Pasta

My goodness! Where did the time go? Can you believe that we're already halfway through March and this means, the 1st quarter of the year is almost over! What's more shocking is the fact that I haven't shared a single #Frannycooks recipe with you all this 2017. I seriously have to start catching up!

To make up for the delay, here's sharing with you one of my favorite creations as of late. Since watching the Travis Family on YouTube for more than a year now, one thing that I look forward to is seeing the Dad, Benji, cook up a storm in their beautiful kitchen. He's an amazing cook! So amazing that I make it a point never to watch the vlog late at night just in case he cooks something so mouthwatering and I'd end up so hungry. One thing that he loves to make is Sweet Potato with Miso Scallion Butter. I've never had this before nor had I ever paid much attention to sweet potatoes before learning about this. Luckily, I was able to buy a bottle of Organic White Miso from Nature's Glory and I tried my first ever Sweet Potato with Miso Scallion Butter by using a recipe I just got from the internet. It was delicious! No wonder, Benji's family loves it so much. Now, with a full bottle of miso, I can't keep on making sweet potatoes right? I gotta get creative!

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So over the CNY long weekend, I took charge of cooking our meals since luckily both Paul and I got a couple of days off from work. Since abalone (鲍鱼) is known to symbolize the golden nugget, then this ingredient surely plays a big role in all Chinese New Year celebrations and gatherings. Since I'm no Chinese master chef, I prepared this recipe using the best way I know how. PASTA!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei opens at Peck Seah Street #hamburgkeisuke

There's a new kid in town today! After treating our taste buds to all sorts of delicious ramen creations and some to-die-for gyozas too, Chef Keisuke Takeda is back with a brand new concept and this time burger or beef lovers will surely rejoice!

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Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei offers two set meals only and even with just these two, it will really be hard to choose which one to go for. The restaurant will specialize on freshly ground and formed a la minute US Prime Beef Patties served with a piece of deliciously deep-fried ebi fry, grilled tofu, miso soup, rice and the best part -- an unlimited trip to the salad bar plus the egg station!

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