Archive for April, 2011

Under the weather….

I’m suffering from a horrible cold right now. Half my head is clogged and my nose is like an uncontrollable tap which decides to turn on and off without warning. To make things worse, I still have a huge meeting to attend tomorrow. The consolation is at least I do not have a sore throat, and after tomorrow, I can rest to my heart’s content! My boss had generously told me that I can take 3 day’s worth of MC on Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Isn’t that wonderful?!?!

I don’t even know who I caught the cold from. None of my colleagues are sick. Interestingly, I managed to escape the flu bug every time it has hit my colleagues. I was just thinking how strong I was not to have fallen sick with a flu or cold for at least 1 year, despite infectious souls parading near me. I guess I gloated too soon. I sure hope I don’t pass on the bug either, for it’ll still be I who have to man the fort if my colleagues topple.

As with all other times that I fall ill, I try not to medicate unless absolutely necessary. So far, I’ve been drinking lemon juice with tea as well as lots of fruit juice and fruit and garlic. The garlic worked wonders the last time I thought I was going to get a sore throat. I think I just didn’t eat enough cloves this time, and it wasn’t raw enough either. BTW I think the best way to juice a lemon is to get one of those knobbly things and shove it in a cut lemon. I learnt another trick lately if you don’t have that implement. Cut a lemon in half and use tongs to squeeze it. To think I’ve been using a stupid spoon to try and scrape out the juice all this while!

I WILL get better tomorrow. I’m going for afternoon tea on Saturday and I ain’t postponing that!

Goodwood Park – L’Espresso

Me and my afternoon tea. Nothing puts me in a better mood than the idea of having some English afternoon tea. If I had my way, I would have it every day :)

I think the Goodwood Park serves one of the best value for money English Afternoon tea buffet in Singapore. It costs about $38 if I don’t remember wrongly, and they have it every single day of the week! There are very few places in Singapore that serves English Afternoon tea buffet on weekdays. Off the cuff, the only other one I can think of is Rose Verandah at Shangri-La. Fullerton Hotel has a refillable tiered set, and that’s pretty good as well.

There are many places that charge over $30 for a 3 tiered tea service, but it is not refillable. Unless you just want to munch a little or share 1 set between 2 people, don’t you think it’s much better to pay a few dollars more to get so much more?

Anyway, I shall leave you to enjoy these pictures i took at L’Espresso during my week long birthday celebration. The food is really as good as it looks :) ! Oh and one reason why you really should try out L’Espresso is that they have free flow of Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream! How cool is that???? And I can load it with as much almond flakes as I want. Vanilla ice cream and almond flakes are a match made in heaven, trust me on that.

L'Espresso - Blueberry Layer Cake L'Espresso - Canapes L'Espresso - Canapes (2)  L'Espresso - Canapes (3) L'Espresso (7) L'Espresso (13)

L'Espresso Canapes and Finger Sandwiches

L'Espresso - Creme Brulee (2)

L'Espresso (28)

L'Espresso - Strawberry Shortcake

L'Espresso - Fruit Tarts

L'Espresso - Scones

L'Espresso - Half eaten quail egg

L'Espresso - Iced Chocolate

Goodwood Park Hotel Lobby L'Espresso Seating AreaL'Espresso - Goodwood Park swimming pool

  The pool looks very inviting I must say.

L'Espresso - Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream with almond flakes

Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream. As much as you want! Can you beat that???

Read about my reviews on other excellent Afternoon Tea places in Singapore

Capella Hotel Sentosa, The Knolls

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 1 (Sweet)

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 2 (Savoury)

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard

L’Espresso at The Goodwood Park Hotel (Previous visits)

Check out 365days2play’s review on where to find the Best Scones in Singapore

Goodwood Park Hotel, L’Espresso
22, Scotts Road, Singapore 228221.
Tel: +65 6737 7411
Fax: +65 6732 8558

http://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com

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Chinta Manis at myVillage

*Bloggers’ Invite*

I feel like an ambassador of myVillage. After 3 months, I am still not done with the posts of my numerous visits there, and guess what, I was there again today. After this post on Chinta Manis, do keep a watch out for reviews on Daikokuya, Bakerzin, Obolo, Da Paolo Gastronomia (coffee visit), Old Hong Kong Taste (2nd visit!) and Shin Kushiya (2nd visit!).

Ok so back to Chinta Manis. Everyone has heard of Bengawan Solo, which is famous for its kuehs and Chinese New Year goodies such as love letters. You may even have heard of Kedai Kue Kue, which also sells kuehs, although I have never tried it. Chinta Manis is the new kid on the block, just about a year old with 3 outlets already, the latest one being located at the basement of myVillage.

Meaning “Sweet Love” in Malay, Chinta Manis combines both heritage and innovation by serving a range of Nyonya Kuehs and Desserts, all hand made and without any preservatives at all! Chinta Manis prides itself on being modern. To keep up with the changing tastes, they’ve even come up with things like Chendol Agar Agar. Apparently they are quite sellable. One of the business partners of Chinta Manis told me many of the people who buy the Chendol Agar Agar are youngsters who love the idea of trying out new things.

I have to admit I am not an expert at kuehs so I’ll be keeping my comments short. I hardly eat any these days although when I was younger, my grandfather used to buy lots of them, especially my favourite Pulut Seri Kaya. I still love Pulut Seri Kaya but these days I like ondeh ondeh too because of the gula melaka liquid inside them.

Chinta Manis - Chocolate Ecstacy (2)

But the one thing you definitely have to try, and you must listen to me because I’m a self-proclaimed expert on chocolate cakes Smile, is the Chocolate Ecstasy Cake. It’s really damn good. For only $4.50 for a small chocolate cake, it’s a bargain, when similar looking cakes from Canele are going at almost double the price. This Chocolate Ecstasy Cake is deliciously chocolatey with a good combination of sponge in between the fudge layers.

Chinta Manis - Chocolate Ecstacy

After trying out the single serve, you can consider buying the whole chocolate cake, for a birthday or for days when you need to ward off depression.

Chinta Manis - Goodies!

See the 2nd tier, that’s the Chendol Agar Agar. Is that creative or what?

Chinta Manis - Rempah Udang

Rempah Udang $1.20 – Some prawn thing with rice I believe

Chinta Manis - Pulut Seri Kaya

Pulut Seri Kaya $0.90 – The top part is kaya jelly while the bottom part is sweet rice. I am so used to the Bengawan Solo or the traditional ones which are rectangular. Those sweet tooths (or is it sweet teeth) amongst us would love it that the ratio of kaya to rice is higher than the traditional type. The yellow one is durian I believe. The ones I sampled there were fine, but the rice on the ones I bought back home was kinda of hard. I wonder if it’s a no no to keep kueh more than 1 day?

Chinta Manis - Pulut Inti

Pulut Inti $0.90 – That’s the green one.Didn’t get to try this one.

Chinta Manis -Kueh Lopis (Green), Ondeh Ondeh (Yellow Round), Kueh Koswee (Brown) and Ubi Kayu (Yellow Cube)

Clockwise starting from the green one Kueh Lopis $1 for 2, Ondeh Ondeh $0.70, Kueh Koswee $0.70 and Ubi Kayu $0.70 – Tried these at home. Didn’t like the Ondeh Ondeh because it didn’t have the squirty gula melaka liquid in it. The Kueh Lopis rice was also rather dry. The Kueh Koswee and Ubi Kayu tasted fine but texturally were not as bouncy as the ones from Bengawan Solo. I have no idea which is supposed to be the authentic style, you decide.

Chinta Manis - Ondeh Gula Melaka

Ondeh Gula Melaka $2.50 for 6 – I love eating this because of the gula melaka liquid in them. The more liquid the better. I just love it when the liquid squirts out with the 1st bite. It’s always a wise idea to close your mouth when eating this! I tried some this evening. They were also little hard and dry but thankfully still retained enough of the gula melaka.

Chinta Manis - Goodies! (2)

Chinta Manis - (9)

 

Chinta Manis @ China Square Food Court
51 Telok Ayer Street #01-03
Singapore 048441
Tel: +65.6225.4754 | Fax: +65. 6225.4729
Business Hours
Mon – Fri | 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sat – Sun | Closed

Chinta Manis @ myVillage Serangoon Gardens
1 Maju Avenue, # B1 -05K
Singapore 556679
Tel: +65.6634.5424
Business Hours
Mon – Fri | 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sat – Sun | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Chinta Manis Kiosk @ Daily Toast
65 Killiney Road
Singapore 239524
Tel: +65.6235.0065
Business Hours
Mon – Fri | 7:00am – 7:30pm
Sat – Sun | 7:00am – 3:00pm

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

It was the Partner’s birthday, so it became my turn treat him to a lavish meal. The idea of having good meat for dinner never fails to perk him up so we decided on Lawry’s as the restaurant of choice. I was pretty keen to go back to Lawry’s again since it has now relocated to Mandarin Gallery in Mandarin Orchard Hotel. We got a nice seat by the windows overlooking Orchard Road. Those dining in bigger groups should ask for the pretty booth seats.

Lawry’s is famous for its prime rib roast beef. There are a few other choices of main courses to choose from like Lobsters, Fish and Chicken Cordon Bleu, but since Lawry’s is famous for it’s prime rib, then that’s their speciality and probably the best tasting dish there.

We both chose the Lawry’s Cut which is 280gms of the Prime Rib for about $80+ and comes with a Spinning Salad, Yorkshire Pudding and Mashed Potatoes.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

First, we had a glass of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon to get things started. I love drinking wine when eating steaks and roast meats. The wine tastes nicer and so does the food. And it just feels so much more festive with a glass of wine in hand! It’s too bad that prices of alcohol are so much higher in Singapore than elsewhere. 

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Bread Basket

Bread basket – Normal tasting bread.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (2)Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad

The Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad– The waitress will literally announce aloud to everyone that this is Lawry’s famous original spinning bowl salad. She will then make a performance out of mixing the salad dressing into the salad ingredients. The metal bowl is placed in another bowl of ice so it spins like hell during the demonstration.

I found this quite hilarious the 1st time I saw it several years back. Isn’t this supposed to be some posh restaurant, and not a circus? The staff did not skip a beat when the next table totally ignored her. They must feel totally jaded with this performance if required to repeat this numerous times a day everyday!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (3)

The salad tastes good. The vegetables are fresh and crisp and almost makes you believe you’re neutralising the bad effects of eating so much red meat later on. Though strictly speaking, one should omit the salad dressing to be truly healthy. I finished the whole lot, fried croutons and all. Lawry’s even serves you a chilled fork, which is thoughtful of them. But can someone tell me why this salad is famous because it sure doesn’t look that stunning, appearance wise.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm)

This is the 280 gm cut of delicious roast beef. Before we ordered, we were wondering if we might be able to finish 280 gm. I said, go for it since the 200gm roast beef is only about $10 cheaper. (If necessary, we can dabao!) Turns out I managed to wallop the entire piece of roast beef. It was really a very delicious piece of meat. It was cooked exactly to the doneness that I wanted, it was juicy, and it was tender all round. Really delicious, to the extent that I wish there was more of it!

The gravy looked a little watery at first, but it went really well with the meat as well as the Yorkshire pudding. The staff will offer you refills of gravy too, which I gladly accepted, using the Yorkshire pudding to mop up all it’s flavourful goodness. Btw, I just LOOOVE Yorkshire pudding. It’s supposed to be a damn fattening thing. These days, Yorkshire pudding is cooked by pouring a thin batter made from flour, eggs, and milk into a preheated and oiled baking pan. But in days past, fat drippings from roasting the meat was used. Or perhaps, it’s still done now, depending on the restaurant. I’ve seen Jamie Oliver do it once on TV. The amount of oil used was almost equal to the amount of batter! Still, when having a celebration, let’s go all the way!!!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm) (2)

If you don’t want mashed potato, you can ask for fries too. I recall previously they used to serve baked potato. Wonder if they have that if we ask.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Carving Station

The chef skillfully carving up the meats

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Horse Radish

Whipped cream horse radish to go with the roast beef. Delicious!

Lawry's The Prime Rib

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

333A Orchard Road #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery,
Mandarin Orchard Singapore 238897
Tel: 6836 3333 Fax: 6235 0300
Reservations:
reservations@lawrys.com.sg

Operating Hours
Sundays – Mondays: 11.30am – 10.00pm
Fridays / Saturdays / Eve & Public Holidays: 11.30am – 11.30pm
(Last Order at 10.30pm)

http://www.lawrys.com.sg/

Lawry’s has a number of on going promotions. Eg DBS and POSB cards get 20% discount. Check it out!

Beer on the Beach

Beer on the Beach

This shot was taken at Scruffy Murphys at East Coast Park. It’s one of the few places where you can enjoy a beer al fresco next to the beach while watching the skaters and cyclists go by. Another nice place would be at Sunset Cafe, but they only open at night if you’re going on a weekday.

I never used to like beer when I was younger. The strange thing is, I seemed to have developed a taste for beer in recent years. I still can’t finish one on my own, but it’s pretty enjoyable sharing one with the Partner. It’s very difficult to find New Zealand beer in Singapore. For many years, it was simply not available in Singapore. Then a while back, the brand Tui was sold in Carrefour. Don’t know if they still do. The really strange part is that the 7-11 near where we live sells DB Export. But the one that we like best, Steinlager, isn’t available here, which is really dumb because Steinlager is New Zealand’s biggest export beer.

If anyone spots any NZ beers being sold in sunny Singapore, please give a holler!

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