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Grand Salads Bistro

*Invited Session*

Just before my Norway trip, I received an invitation to check out Grand Salads Bistro. It’s not often that you find a cafe touting healthy food so I was really excited to know about the existence of this place. Grand Salads Bistro is located in the Buona Vista area. Have you heard of Fusionopolis? Well Grand Salads Bistro is located at the Solaris building, which is an extension of Fusionopolis. It’s near the one-north MRT station.

If you think that Grand Salads Bistro sounds familiar, it’s because of the Grand Salads bars located in Suntec City and AXA Tower, all owned by the petite and soft-spoken Israeli Michelle Kanner. Grand Salads Bistro offers salads and sandwiches on weekdays to the lunch time office crowd. However, on the weekends, which was when we were there, the bistro focuses on brunch/lunch items.

The brunch menu isn’t very extensive but we managed to each find something that we liked. The food is prepared by Michelle herself together with her helpers. The portions aren’t large, big eaters may need to order side dishes to share. You won’t find any deep fried food or oily food here. The dishes don’t make you feel like you’ve sinned. Instead, you get the light hearted feeling that you’ve done something good for your health for once.

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I really really really love the decor of Grand Salads Bistro. It looks like some New York styled deli! The place is bright and the high ceiling gives the feeling of great spaciousness. It helps that the bistro overlooks a lot of green shrubs.

Grand Salads Bistro - Cappucino and Latte

One latte and one flat white $4.90 – Nice coffee that came with a biscotti each

Grand Salads Bistro - Anti-Pasties Platter Set B

Bite selection of Mini Sandwiches, Veg & Dip, Quiche and Olives $12.90 – Love the vegetable quiche. We were thinking of whether to order a quiche on its own or via this platter here and quite regretted not getting a bigger quiche even though the accompaniments were tasty. I think most Singaporeans would not be accustomed to eating olives, prunes and chickpea puree aka hummus for breakfast, but it is a refreshing change. I love olives dearly, and I can’t understand why the Partner doesn’t, even though he loves olive oil. But whatever he doesn’t like, is a extra bonus into my mouth. Yes that little bowl there is a bowl of garlic. We polished it off wholesale.

Grand Salads Bistro - Buenos Dias

Buenos Dias (Mexican Breakfast) $12.90 – Traditional Mexican omelette with tomato, mushroom, onion, peppers and cheese, with premium veal sausage. The veal sausage we were told was organic and imported from New Zealand. You can’t find this sausage in Jason’s supermarket! Really tasty, juicy and cooked with just a tinge of char. Grand Salads Bistro should consider having a sausage dish on its own! Omelette was also nice and light tasting with all the diced veggies in it.

Grand Salads Bistro - Homemade Fruit Pickle

Michelle’s really into making her own fruit chutney. I can’t remember what they all are, I think grapefruit was one of them, and of course the garlic in the jar on the right. If you’re nice, she might just give you some to try!

Grand Salads Bistro - Pickled Grapefruit

You either like it or you don’t! I loved it, sour zing and all!

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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!

Rustic Garlic Bread

Home made rustic garlic bread

Last weekend, I was horrified when I discovered a slight soreness in my throat. Usually, for me at least, a sore throat is a precursor to a full-blown flu / cough cold. Having really important meetings to attend the following week, I thought it was absolutely vital that I should banish away the sickness and stop the sore throat from growing into something bigger.

The Partner suggested having Garlic bread for lunch that day. At first, I said no, because garlic bread is “heaty” right? But then again, garlic is supposed to be really good at helping to fight off infection. Torn between wanting to actually eat tasty garlic bread which might potentially actually be beneficial, and fearing that it would accelerate the cold, I decided that we should only half toast the bread, so it would only be half as “heaty”….

Remember the lovely gift basket we got from Bakerzin? We froze the bread when we first got it, and used it for the garlic bread. It’s so simple and healthy actually. First slice the bread, then apply a liberal amount of butter onto each slice. This is for taste as well as for the garlic bits to stick on. Next, dice some garlic, as much as you can possibly tolerate. The more the merrier. Sprinkle them onto the buttered side of the bread (obviously) and chuck the whole tray into the oven. In about 5 – 10 minutes, you have a lovely and healthy snack! We sprinkled some herbs we had handy around, and it was a delicious lunch.

And yes, I managed to get through the entire week without a single sniffle, although my throat still feels somewhat sore even till today, though nothing like the full blown thing.

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