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Singapore - Wandering around the Duxton area on a Saturday

We had lunch at Muchachos on Keong Saik Road and then wandered over to Duxton Hill to Merchants to pick up some wine and on to Group Therapy for a coffee and finally we wandered into a bookshop which was awesome called Littered with Books and came out with 5 books each!

I had to take a picture of this coffee shop on Keong Saik Road. Read it out loud :)

There are slight seasons in Singapore, it is spring at the moment and everything is flowering which makes it nice and pink.

Colombo - Colombo Fort Cafe in the Dutch Hospital for lunch

We needed lunch and we were a bit late so we figured the more local places like Pagoda Tea Room would be sold out so we instead down to the more touristy part that is the Dutch Hospital. The Dutch Hospital (quite logically) used to be a hospital but was renovated and turned into restaurants and shops. It is a pleasant place to hang out now.

We chose to eat at the Colombo Fort Cafe, the far left corner when you come in from the main road.

This is what I ordered, Vegetales a la parilla. Very nice actually, the bread was not great (the "crostini") but the veggies themselves were nice; aubergines, mushrooms, peppers, courgettes and asparagus with some roasted tomatoes, with a balsamic which I found a bit sweet but it was still very enjoyable. 950 rupees so 9.50$

Singapore - Home Cooking - Another Saturday, Another Experiment inspired by Pinterest

After a long busy work week, we fancied spending Saturday relaxing at home and it was my turn to cook, so I yet again turned to my Pinterest boards for inspiration. I have added links to the two I used most (chicken and vegetables) down the bottom of this post.

I am really inspired by some of the dishes on Pinterest, it is great fun to scroll through pictures of meals and pick one to recreate. I had a few in mind when I headed over to our local supermarket (the wonderfully cheap Sheng Siong) to see what they had, as they don't have all ingredients, mostly more local Asian ones.

I managed to pick up some chicken, some grated coconut, potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, snow peas, leeks, tomatoes amongst other things and headed home.

Here is the full plate:

Singapore - Home Cooking - G's Sri Lankan curries

G got creative the other day and made me some lovely Sri Lankan curries.

Singapore - Hua Yu Wee - Old School Singapore Seafood joint on the East Coast

Another work dinner! I know I know, I seem to have a lot of them. But this time, we insisted it be a bit more low key as we were all bored of the 5 star hotels and Chinese meals. They force us to be on our best behaviour and I don't think our customers feel that comfortable there either. So when one of our counterparts suggested we go to their favourite "family style" seafood place on the East Coast, we looked it up and saw it was one of the last traditional easy going seafood places in Singapore, we thought "yay" and booked it. Or we thought we had, turned out we booked the next night but they still luckily sorted out a few tables for us which was very nice.

So what did we eat at Hua Yu Wee? Well, lots of seafood of course, but not only. First up was deep fried baby squid with a sweet sticky sauce. Some liked it, some didn't. G says you have to understand it isn't really squid, don't think of it as such, think of it as a nice bar snack.

This fried …

Singapore - Home Cooking - A Random Saturday Night Experiment

I have been busy with work, so G has been doing a lot of the cooking. So come Saturday, it was my turn. G was having a nap so I went to the supermarket alone, if you know us, you know what the means. He tries not to leave me on my own in shops as I tend to come back with more than I can carry! Well, I did myself proud on the shopping and used Pinterest to try and get some inspiration for dinner. I decided I fancied some noodles and when an auntie in the supermarket had grated peanuts, I asked her were she found them and decided to make a veggie noodle dish flavoured with peanuts and tamarind. I also decided to make a marinated chicken with coconut and lime as the main flavours, and then used the marinade to make a sauce by cooking it down whilst I grilled the chicken on the griddle pan. I then decided to pair it all with some fried baby kailan I found with some oyster sauce and garlic.

Here is my usual collage:

Singapore - Group Therapy Cafe, Duxton Road

Another day, another Entertainer App place though we didn't use the app this time as we had already had lunch, and they only have the mains on special. So we just had a coffee and a dessert after burritos at Muchachos (where we did get to use the one for one).

I liked the place, G was less keen as he found it a bit noisy (he has a much lower noise tolerance compared to me) and it was true that one of the baristas was very very clattery. I like the decorations:

Singapore - Senso on Club Street for Italian Prosecco Brunch

We decided to use the Entertainer app for the 1 for 1 deal at Senso - the prosecco brunch at 98$ would pay for the whole application!

So how does the Senso brunch work? You pick whether you want free flow prosecco (98++) or prosecco / beer / wine (128++), we went for the standard prosecco brunch as you have the choice of pink or normal prosecco, both of which were lovely. You have a buffet for the starters, a buffet for the dessert, and in between you order (as much as you want) from the menu on the table. The portions are  designed so you can taste a few different pastas and mains and not feel too full. You can also order some of the specials but they come at an 8$ surcharge and included things like asparagus risotto.

Salads, Meats, Cheeses, Breads, Seafood

Here are the salads, I had some of the pasta salad (pesto) and the couscous salad. 

Singapore - Tandoor Restaurant in Holiday Inn for fancy Indian food

We had a work dinner the other day and we were bored of the usual places (we always end up at a sit down Chinese type of place like Imperial Treasure) so we decided to look into Indian places. We asked a colleague of ours and she recommended we check out Tandoor as a high end Indian option.

I went in with low expectations, Tandoor in is the Holiday Inn after all, but I was pleasantly surprised after all! It was a nice setting, and nice food. I am the supposed Indian expert in our office (and for customer meetings too!) so I was tasked with ordering along with my colleague P as it was her meeting that had led to us going out. 
We started with some poppadums, two types. I really loved the one with the black flecks, it was loaded with pepper. Yummmm.... made it nice and spicy too.

With the usual mint sauce and mango chutney.