Archive for July, 2013

Essential Eames : A Herman Miller Exhibition

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You may have heard of Herman Miller, and you may also have heard about the $1000 Herman Miller chairs. But have you heard of Charles and Ray Eames?

Charles and Ray Eames were the designers behind many of the furniture you see at furniture company Herman Miller. Making its Singapore debut at ArtScience Museum, Essential Eames : A Herman Miller Exhibition captures the spirit and philosophy behind the most famous couple in design, ie Charles and Ray Eames. They are the ones credited with changing the way the 20th Century sat down.

If you love furniture and you love design, you should check out Essential Eames, as it features over 100 pieces of furniture, some of which are rare and never before seen works from the Eames family collection as well as the Herman Miller archives.

I won’t say too much here, I’ll leave you to enjoy the pictures and of course you have to go to the exhibition that’s going on now at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. No photography allowed by the way. Smile 

Essential Eames (17)

Essential Eames (18)

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Fern and Kiwi

I’m always on the look out for New Zealand things in Singapore since the Partner is from New Zealand. I’d heard about the opening of the  Fern and Kiwi restaurant in Clarke Quay some months back but I just didn’t have the opportunity to go there. It used to be relatively easy for me to get to Clarke Quay, but these days, Clarke Quay is so far out of the way that it’s hardly on my radar when it comes to weekday dinner venues.

So I was delighted when the Amazing Zespri dinner was to be held at the Fern & Kiwi. The meal was very kiwifruit inspired so you won’t actually get to order these dishes below. However I would not hesitate to return to Fern and Kiwi again because those dishes we tried that night were great!  In particular, I really liked the chargrilled lamb that was done just right. The kiwi relish that came along with it was superb and I just mopped it all up.

Amazing Zespri Kiwifruit Dinner at Fern & Kiwi

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit (1)

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish (2)

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish

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Where to celebrate the Royal Baby’s birth in Singapore

I don’t know why the British Monarchy is so fascinating but there’s something just magical about royalty and such. Even though we know the story of how Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, I find it very hard to tear my eyes off the TV screen if there happens to be a program on about them. I particularly love Kate Middleton’s immaculate dressing! She doesn’t have to resort to what I would label as “indecent exposure” to look attractive, unlike so many other celebrities. Most of the time she’s all wrapped up, long sleeves and knee length skirts, yet heads still turn, and that is what I love about her!

And of course, everybody now wants to know more about the little Royal Baby! Can you believe that there were more than 25 THOUSAND tweets per minute about the birth of William and Kate’s baby during the peak? I’ll admit that I was one of those people who contributed to the frenzy on Britain’s 3rd heir to the throne!

I almost feel like I ought to be in London celebrating the Royal Birth!! I thought I would come up with this list of British places to celebrate the birth of William and Kate’s baby right here in Singapore. A big congratulations to the royal couple on the birth of baby Cambridge. Let’s celebrate!

~~~~~ British Restaurants and Pubs in Singapore ~~~~~

The Queen and the Mangosteen

Rabbit Carrot Gun

Jamie’s Italian

The Ascot

The Royal Mail

The Bank Bar + Bistro

London Boat Quay

Outpost 903 Gastrobar

Fosters Restaurant

Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant

Rise Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has been open for a couple of years now. I’m sure most buffet fanatics out there would have tried this buffet by now. I’ve dined at Rise Restaurant on a couple of occasions but they were always ala carte orders. So I decided the time was ripe to take my parents for a nice lunch at Rise Restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the pricing. $49++ for weekend lunch buffet makes Rise Restaurant a very value-for-money buffet, don’t you think? This is especially when you consider the size of the spread.

Even though I look like I’ve been gorging on buffets quite often these past few months, the truth is that I haven’t actually gone for a lunch or dinner buffet in about a year! All the previous buffets you’ve read about on this blog this year were Afternoon Tea buffets, which ahem, is quite different from a lunch/dinner buffet!

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Dessert Station

I’m a sucker for pretty desserts. The dessert display at Rise Restaurant is definitely worthy of being part of an Afternoon Tea buffet. My idea of a good afternoon tea dessert display is that it has to be whimsical and eye-popping.

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Decadent Chocolate Cake (1)

Decadent and regal looking 3 layer chocolate cake

I am not one to eat desserts before mains, but when it comes to posting pictures, who’s to say we can’t post pictures of cakes and sweet treats first?

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Lamb Shank in Kiwifruit Recipe

Lamb Shank marinated in kiwifruit and sage

We have been eating very often in the past few days so the Partner decided to cook a Sunday Roast for a change. Lamb Shank marinated in kiwifruit and sage, with parsnip, kumara, potato, carrot and onion as accompaniments (left to right). For us Asians, this may look like an immensely complicated dish, but it is actually fairly straightforward (for an expert like the Partner according to him) as most of the cooking is done in the oven. Really, the most difficult task is to make sure the meat doesn’t burn. Cooking a roast does not require tedious dicing like you would have to for Asian stir-fries and there is no slaving away over the hot wok to prepare this meal.

Sunday Roasts are common for the British and Australians/New Zealanders, but what makes this more Kiwi is that it’s a Roast Lamb. Also, it is less common to find sweet potatoes (aka Kumara) in a British Sunday roast. Kumara is common in New Zealand because of the Maoris. BUT, most importantly, a key difference for this Sunday Roast that the Partner cooked is that the lamb was marinated in Kiwifruit! See below for recipe. Smile 

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