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Little Sailor Girl

Candid!

I love dress up parties.

Usually I find it a bother to search for an outfit to put together, but I often end up really satisfied with the outcome. Like this one.

My girlfriend’s 21st birthday party was last Saturday, themed “AHOY!”. Instead of the mermaids she suggested girls to dress up as (since she was a sea goddess), I decided on being a little sailor girl.

I’ve been told one time too many lately that I take these themed parties too seriously. It’s probably true.

What am I wearing today?

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Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Orchid Hotel

What a beauty; I couldn't stop taking photos even whilst halfway through the bowl!

I am finally back with a post. It’s been a crazy past two weeks, I can’t even begin to describe.

Quick update: I am about to leave my job (yay!), so starting next week it’ll be back to the kitchen for this home girl. I cannot be more elated. Oh joy!

Today’s feature is about a restaurant my girlfriends and I visited earlier this week. This dinner was just what we needed to perk up a Monday to chase away those blues.

While it was pouring heavily outside, we were huddling comfortably in a little bustling eatery at Orchid Hotel — slurping down what I’d like to call “artisan Maggie mee”.

Oh yes, it’s time to say amen to ramen!

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The Coffee Daily

It was a quiet Sunday when I, together with an old friend of mine, decided to catch up over a  little coffee (and tea, and cake).

It’s been four years, but as we’ve found, some things never change. The choice of place (he recommended) was perfect too — absolutely fitting for the kind of nostalgia we needed.

This is definitely one place I’d consider a “hidden find”, and literally as well. For those unfamiliar with the north-east area, I would say locating the café might be a challenge. Then again, if you’re fond of Serangoon Gardens (cue: Chomp Chomp and the like), this little den is just on the way in.

Don’t let its location stop you from paying a visit though, because I’m quite sure you’re gonna like what you find here 😉

Count your blessings because I’m about to reveal one of Serangoon’s probably best-kept secrets…

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Cajun Root Beer Steak with Sweet Peas

Can't say how much I love beef, mmm.

Ever had one of those sudden revelations lingering in the realm of exotic flavours? That aha! moment when you’ve got different foods in your mouth and your tastebuds tell you “oh my goodness, this just might work”?

I can’t imagine how else it could’ve dawned upon Roger Mooking that steak should be marinated with root beer, if he hadn’t had half-chewed beef in his mouth while taking a huge gulp of A&W.

Because, trust me (and trust me because I’ve tried), the two are a match made in heaven.

To have them separately is one thing, but root beer infused steak? Ohhh, there’s a whole new world.

Read on for the recipe!

Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole and Salsa

Seasoned chicken with red and yellow peppers!

Does K ever cook with me?

Well, today’s post will provide an answer to that question.

Of late, K and I have found that baking and cooking together can be such a splendid way to spend quality time. So yes, he does cook with me sometimes! And then, of course, comes eating together which is possibly the best part ha ha.

K eats a lot of chicken (since it’s one of the cleanest meats) and so I’ve picked up this preference too. We tend to have that kind of influence on each other 🙂

But that also means having to source for all kinds of new (healthy) chicken recipes — I’m currently even reading a book on it — to prove this meat can be so versatile, and to avoid the boring “same old same old” ways of preparing chicken.

Today’s feature is something we cooked two weeks ago. Talk about a symphony of flavours and this is definitely what I’d like to call a winner winner chicken dinner.

Read on for the recipe!

The Line Buffet, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Endless salad spread.

One will be easily spoiled for choice at The Line. Serving up a wide array of international cuisines, The Line could not better represent the diverse flavours you can find in little cosmopolitan Singapore — and all made with choice ingredients.

I had the pleasure of partaking in the buffet feast last Saturday, as part of a committee treat for some Hall committee I was involved in the past year. And, I must say that food is an excellent way to express appreciation (aha! the glutton in me speaks again).

Tried as I may, I was struggling to have a taste of everything available. But, alas, it was impossible. In the end, in the battle of (wo)man vs. food, food won this time!

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An Afternoon of Exploration: lunch at The Plain and tea at ReStore

I can’t say for sure I know much about Tanjong Pagar. It’s always been a business district, as far as I know.

Of late, though, Duxton Hill has been home to many eateries that are gaining in popularity. And within Tanjong Pagar itself, little cafés have sprung up,  making the place sparsely garnished with little food surprises.

Having heard some reviews about The Plain, my girlfriends and I decided to give it a try. So yesterday, we met there for lunch.

Coffee drinkers make better lovers.

Continue exploring!