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I swear, K is a much sweeter and thoughtful lover than I am in our relationship (my BFF can attest to this).

He was apologetic that we couldn’t dine together on Valentine’s Day last Friday night as it’s customary for him to have dinner at his grandma’s house on 元宵节 (the 15th day of the first lunar month). So this dear guy promised and delivered a superb home cooked meal for me the very next day! A menu singlehandedly planned (by him, of course) and centred around all my favourites: salmon sashimi rocket salad with avocado and pistachio drizzled with orange dressing, egg scrambled asparagus, and Nobu’s miso cod marinated with mirin and sake. The latter had a distinctive yet subtle sweetness and was so incredibly delicious (I’m being objective here though it’s hard) that I felt sad when the last morsel was gone…

This may very well be the best and most unforgettable meal in my life so far, so thank you K!

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I’m not MIA-ing. Yet.

Hi there! How’s everyone doing?

Apologies for the lack of updates! Not in town at the moment cuz I’m currently on holidays in Europe 🙂

Flew into my favourite London last week, just spent an amazing 4 days in Scotland and the magical highlands, on the way to Dublin now (free wifi on the airport bus!) where I’ll spend another 4 days in the Irish land, then it’s off to Barcelona (can’t wait for tapas and cava!) before heading back to Singapore (sigh) at the end of next week.

Will update again once I’m home! Check back soon ok?

Till then, xoxo.

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PC down, can’t blog 😦

Be back soon.

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Restaurant Week is Back!

Happy Bunny New Year to everyone!

How has your new year been so far? Hope it’s been great meeting up with relatives (you see once a year?) and friends, collecting red packets, and chowing down all the festive eats!

Speaking of eating, I’m happy to report that Restaurant Week 2011 is back! And it’s bigger and (hopefully) even better this time round~

Image Credit: DiningCity.com

For those who need a memory jolt, Restaurant Week is a popular international event for food lovers to enjoy meals at established local restaurants at an irresistible fixed price of S$35++ for a three-course dinner and S$25++ for a three-course lunch from 21 to 27 March 2011. Restaurants awarded DiningCity Star will charge a supplement of S$15++ for lunch and S$20++ for dinner.

This year, 76 restaurants are coming onboard, including 38 new participants such as Salt Grill & Sky Bar (I’m interested in Salt!), KU DÉ TA, Stellar@1-Altitude, Boathouse, Le Saint Julien, La Villa, Table 66, Kinki, Matsu, Wild Rocket, One Rochester, 1 Twenty Six, Clifford (Fullerton Bay Hotel), and My Little Spanish Place.

Restaurants taking part again in the upcoming March 2011 edition include Absinthe, Garibaldi, Bedrock Bar & Grill, The Cliff, Forlino, Il Lido, Novus, Oso, Brasserie Wolf, OTTO (my personal favourite!), Picotin,  Krish, Private Affairs, Tatsuya, The Song of India and Takumi Tokyo. 

Image Credit: My Little Spanish Place

For singles out there, Restaurant Week will also play host to ‘Eat, Drink, Love – in collaboration with Lunch Actually. This event is a great opportunity for eligible food lovers to make new friends in a relaxed environment and at the same time enjoy a quality dining experience. ‘Eat, Drink, Love’ will be held on 23 March 2011 and 24 March 2011, and features a 3-course dinner at Brasserie Wolf and Chef D’Table, where diners will swap seats and get to meet a different person at each course.  The fee for this event is S$65 per person (S$60 each for a maximum of 2).  The first 20 applicants stand a chance to win invitations to the exclusive Opening Event at the Tower Club on the 22 February from 4pm to 6pm. Interested parties, please visit www.lunchactually.com/eatdrinklove for more details.

*That sounds fun! Should I take part? LOL*

To add more excitement to the whole event, DiningCity.com is offering a pair of air tickets to Amsterdam worth S$3,200 (courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) and a meal for two at a top restaurant during Restaurant Week in Amsterdam in June 2011!

And that’s not all.

Diners also stand a chance to win a very special exclusive dining experience brought to you by BMW and The Cliff Restaurant at The Sentosa Resort & Spa. The winner will be chauffeured in a luxurious BMW 7 Series to enjoy a tantalising 3-course Restaurant Week set dinner for two and a bottle of champagne on 24 March 2011 evening.

Here’s the most important part: bookings are open to the public on 23 February 2011 on www.restaurantweek.sg. Note that down and let’s start counting down to a whole month of feasting! 🙂

P.S. AMEX Centurion members and all other cardholders can enjoy priority booking from 14 to 15 and 16 to 20 February 2011 respectively. You lucky people, I’m envious!

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From Me to You

I just watched ‘From Me to You’ (Kimi ni Todoke), a film adaptation of the romance manga by Karuho Shiina, on the flight back from Tokyo to Singapore and it’s really fantastic!

Image Credit: Crunchyroll

Here’s the story:

Kind and well-meaning but socially awkward, Sawako Kuronuma (Mikako Tabe) is nicknamed “Sadako” by her classmates because of physical resemblance to the main character from the horror movie “Ring”. Her life then takes a turn when Shota Kazehaya (Haruma Miura), the most popular boy in school, falls for her…

Such a typical boy-meets-girl, girl-meets-boy, they-fall-in-love kind of plot, ya? But I like it cuz it’s more than just a no-brainer love story. It’s about friendship, courage, acceptance, and a love so pure, so honest and so innocent that I wonder whether it exists in our world today… Plus, some of the scenes are funny and makes me laugh, haha.

I googled around and found out that there’s also an anime adaptation of the manga =) Gonna go watch it now, ciao!

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Chanel Chocolates?!

Whoever makes these Chanel chocolates is so brilliant! Don’t you want to pluck one out from the screen and start eating it?? I know I do 😉
Image Credit: Peace Love Chanel

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Last week was an exciting one for me cuz within 7 days, I’ve stepped foot in Shanghai, Sydney and Bangkok~!

Shopping was awesome in Shanghai, so much so that I forsake a taste of the famous xiao long baos for more retail therapy. After plenty of hard bargaining, we made our way to Bellagio Cafe 鹿港小镇 (上海市水城南路101号), a Taiwanese eatery with several locations throughout China. I was very taken with the spinach in broth with preserved egg cuz it was deliciously aromatic and apparently quite a common dish in Chinese restaurants. Guess I gotta start exploring Chinese cuisine more one of these days… When I get tired of Japanese and European food, that is.

In Sydney, I didn’t bother to go sightseeing since I had already been there before doing all those touristy stuff. Dinner was at Fujiya Japanese Restaurant (605-609 George Street) where the waiting time was horribly long and I waited for more than an hour for a seafood okonomiyaki! Luckily, the company was great so I wasn’t bored to death waiting for the food to come. And just for the record, I’ve had better okonomiyaki in Singapore =)

Bangkok was just touch-and-go so no shopping or eating was involved, unless you count inflight meals, haha. That said, I’ll always have fond memories of this particular turnaround cuz I got to sit in the cockpit during takeoff/landing for a grand finale, yay!

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