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Singapore - Wine Family Gathering - 19th of October - Chijmes - Discount code inside!

If you have been reading my blog religiously (which of course you have right? :D) you will know I went to the Wine Family Gathering last year and enjoyed it tremendously. You can check that post out here:

And some more info about Wine Family (cheap wine for the win!)

Now we are coming close to the 2014 edition of the Wine Family Gathering and as I know the founder, I want to share some more info with you and hopefully see you there (I will be going!). And since I know the boss, I have the pleasure of being able to share the Friends and Family rate with you which is a great saving, 22$ for 4 hours of wine tasting with various other interesting things like cupcakes and cheese and singing, with a 10$ voucher for purchasing wine. Win win win I would say, especially since the rate at the door will be 28$! So read on and hit the links below to get…

France - Home Cooking - Is 5 different curries / Indian dishes enough for a dinner party? ;)

We were back home in France at my parents' place to do some wedding planning and to surprise my brother for his 18th birthday. He had no idea at all that we were coming home and his face was a picture! He was so surprised and it really made the 18 hours in Economy worthwhile :)

On his birthday, my parents invited a bunch of friends over and we were given a few criteria for dinner to work within. My vegan sister. And a friend of my parents is allergic to capsaicin, the active ingredient of chillies and peppers. Hummm. OK. And we were told we were making curry if I remember correctly! So what do you do? How do you make curry, but without either chillies or peppers, or cayenne pepper powder, and including vegan dishes? Hummm..... challenge accepted! Read on to find out how we managed 5 different curries with my vegan sister and our guest managing 4 curries each when we ran out of gas half way through!

Procida, La Lampara Restaurant in Marina Corricella

Procida was magical... beautiful.... and we did also eat rather well! We did the usual trusty googling / TripAdvisor (though we mostly use TripAdvisor to check out the really negative reviews and laugh at them!)  and came across La Lampara on Marina Corricella. It looked pretty good, and apparently the views were lovely so we wandered down. We were a bit unsure that we were going in the right direction as you have to come down as if going to Il Maestrale, turn left and warn North East up the Marina Corricella past another restaurant and head up the hill a bit until you think you are walking into someone's house but it is actually a restaurant, don't worry. And yes, the views are amazing. And the food ain't bad either ;-)

Positano, Italy - Next2 for modern Italian cuisine

We walked past this place the night before and saw it was busy and full of Italians which we took as a good sign. We looked it up online and Next2 got a lot of good reviews, from Italians, so we decided to give it a go. It was slated as a bit modern Italian cuisine and people raved about the courgette and truffle pasta so off we went!

We went relatively early but had to sit inside as theoretically everything outside was reserved (I say theoretically as there were only tourists sat inside, but we didn't let that bother us). I feel stupid that I didn't bring my proper camera, I only had my phone so the pictures aren't great and they don't do Next2's food justice.

Singapore - Cicheti again - Couldn't do cold turkey on pizza so working my way down slowly (addiction is hard ;) )

You know I like Cicheti (as shown by my previous Cicheti posts! and  ) and after the Naples pizza pilgrimage with all our favourite pizza places in Naples, I was still craving pizza lots and lots. So when a colleague suggested we take customers for pizza, I was of course totally in. We took 16 people to Cicheti for lunch and they all really liked it!

Here is what we had that time and further down you will see some of a previous Cicheti trip. We started with some starters (duh...) and I really liked this one, a salad of roasted pumpkin, rocket, oats and hazelnuts with a yoghurt sauce underneath. Really really yummy.

Mussels in a tomato sauce.

Procida - Il Maestrale restaurant in Marina Corricella

We landed on Procida just around lunch time and the hotel recommended we head down the Marina Corricella just close to our hotel and eat at Ristorante Il Maestrale where we got a 10% discount by saying the hotel sent us.

Procida is just so gorgeous, so gorgeous. And the Marina is no exception.

Our food at Il Maestrale, very nice!

Procida - my post box obsession - Il Postino

I am virtually loath to even discuss this place on the blog. It is that lovely and virtually untouched that I worry about it being swamped with tourists! But it is so pretty and peaceful and lovely and amazing that I just can't resist putting it on the blog. Part of a famous Italian movie called Il Postino (the postman) was filmed in Procida (just off the coast of Naples) and the post boxes and house signs had me absolutely fascinated so I kept taking pictures of them and wanted to share them with you.

I love how they hang their rubbish out rather than it being on the floor or in a bin.

Naples at eye level (a.k.a. lots of graffiti and street art)

We loved Naples, we really did. I don't think it is everyone's cup of tea, but we felt right at home. Maybe because it is the polar opposite of Singapore so it was refreshing, a total (chaotic) breath of fresh air. I will post a few different times about Naples, and I have gone through a whole load of pizza posts already (see our Naples top 5 pizzas post here)

Naples is full of contradictions. Eye level is a mess in the older section of the town, but higher up is still pristine in most of the city! And we went for a walk, turned a corner and were suddenly in the posh part of Naples, which reminds me a lot of Nice with the Promenade and the gorgeous buildings. Very confusing place :)  You have well healed professionals drinking next to very alternative people :) Interesting interesting place. It totally grew on me and I will be back, and not just because of the gorgeous pizza!

I will start with the grungy dirty street-art / graffitied side of Naples. All the walls, churches in…

Singapore - Butterfly Garden at Singapore's Changi Airport, Terminal 3

We were at Singapore Changi airport the other day, at the Food Village upstairs in Terminal 3 when we decided not head out the way we came (the way closest to check in) but headed out the back way to avoid the crowds and we came across a sign for the Butterfly Garden. I had never quite figured out where the Butterfly Garden was so I dragged my husband in with me!

I am so glad I did as it is gorgeous and fascinating and random. You realise you don't even think you are in an airport anymore, how crazy is that? There are two levels, you can also get in via the ground floor. And below are some of my shots on my small camera, would love to go back with my proper SLR!

Singapore - Give The Entertainer App a try = 19$ for one month

Hey all. As you may have noticed, I have been using The Entertainer application for about a year now and used it to great personal (financial and foodie gems) benefit! :) For example, here are some of the posts related to places where I had a one-for-one offer via The Entertainer application:

Third and Sixth for burgers
Bergs.... also for burgers
Coq and Balls
Senso for prosecco brunch
Lime is also on the list though I haven't used my vouchers there yet, but I hope to go soon as I have been there twice for brunch already!

And here is a post I wrote about The Entertainer before I had ever even been in touch with their Singapore team (that only happened more recently related to the Giveaway)

Friends have been using for a range of things including for example Ben and Jerrys ice cream, and we have plans to head to Candlenut, plus to revisit Saha Indian Restaurant and Bar. We want to go back to Saha before the end of …

Singapore - Saha Indian Restaurant & Bar- Modern Indian food in Duxton - The Entertainer

OK, so last night we went to Saha in Duxton for a tasting. Thanks for the invitation The Entertainer! I think you all know about The Entertainer if you have been reading my blog but here is a link for more info in case you are interested. Basically The Entertainer is an application you purchase with a lot of one for one deals on restaurants, hotels,  spa treatments and so forth. I was very excited to be invited as Saha was on my radar from the moment it opened, you all know how I love Indian food, so Indian food and cocktails was obviously a huge win for me!

Saha is a new Indian restaurant opened by Chef Abhijit Saha from India who also opened successful restaurants in India and chose to set up a modern Indian restaurant here in Singapore where he thought the techniques and flavours would be well received. We had a chat with him and thought he was very nice, even having won a variety of awards!

The idea behind Saha is bringing Modern Indian Cuisine to Singapore, combining regional In…

The best pizzas in Naples and why we liked them!

OK, as you may have seen over the last few posts, we ate a lot of pizza whilst on honeymoon! And we went to the Mecca of pizza a.k.a. Naples, where pizza is meant to have been created originally. And oh my does Naples know how to make awesome pizza! Pizza pizza pizza everywhere! My idea of heaven even though Naples is maybe not everyone's idea of heaven as it is rather chaotic!

I would call this "The Top 5 pizzas in Naples" but that might be cheating as we only went to 5 pizzerias in Naples, and one of them we went twice. We had a hard time picking an overall winner as they were all good and for different reasons. But we persevered, for our readers, and we succeeded. But I will also highlight what we liked at each pizzeria. Here we go!
Here are G's pizzas
And mine, I have one less as I had the same pizza twice so only pictured it once.

Pizzeria di Matteo - Our Favourite Pizza in Naples

OK, now we are there, the pizza place we jointly chose as the top pizza place in Naples (for us). So much so we went back there for our last pizza in Naples! You must be wondering why considering all the awesome pizzas I have posted so far! It was a really hard decision, we loved di Matteo but we also loved Starita and Sorbillo.... But in the end, the toppings won out. Yup, we chose this place because of the quality of the toppings. We weren't swayed by the purist approach of discussing the dough or the tomato sauce, even those are still very important! But the toppings here just stole the show. I am also highly amused by their promotion of Clinton visiting them both on their menu and their site! Based on their site and the walls, they have also won many awards and World Championships. So we aren't alone in our view that this is the best pizza in Naples!

My usual collage, here the food from our two visits to Pizzeria di Matteo in Naples. 

L'Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba - Oldest Pizza in the World (well, at least Naples!)

I used my Google and TripAdvisor skills again and came across what is rumoured to be the oldest pizzeria in Naples and therefore the world since pizza was apparently born in Naples. Pizzeria Port'Alba started in 1738 as a street stall and then in 1830 became a sit down meal restaurant.

It is around the corner from our hotel on Piazza Bellini, down an alley way that in the dark seems a bit gloomy and scary but we walked through it during the day and it was perfectly normal and filled with schoolbook shops!

We were cold so we sat inside but would normally probably have chosen to sit out on their terrace the other side of the alley.

Pizzeria da Gino Sobillo - Amazing Neapolitan pizza in Naples

Now here we go for another contender for our top pizza in Naples. Again, not quite the winner but another close one. Top 3 for sure. What we loved here was the dough, and G really loved his margherita pizza. Loved it. And great value for money, this must have been the cheapest pizza we had.

Naples - Pizzeria Starita a Materdei - Fancy and Creative Pizza

We rated this place, we really did. It didn't win overall (I will of course let you know which one did) but it was a really close second. And we basically decided there are different pizza places in Naples for different goals. Pizzeria Starita a Materdei is where you go for creative pizzas, fancy pizzas, random but interesting flavour combinations and of course for dessert. :)
Here is what we had for our lunch! It was amaaaazzzzzing. 

The famous Pizza da Michele in Naples (Eat, Pray, Love)

I am sure you have heard of Da Michele. Surely you have if you have ever discussed pizza in Naples. It is probably the most famous of the pizzerias in Naples and since pizza is basically from Naples, then it would be the most famous pizzeria in the world. And it was featured in Eat, Pray, Love as the character played by Julia Roberts eats there! More interesting to me, Heston Blumenthal had a pizza episode on his In Search of Perfection show and he went to Da Michele to check out their legendary pizzas!

When we planned our trip to Naples, we spoke to friends from Naples and other Italian friends and all of them insisted we had to go to Da Michele. So not only did Heston rate it, all our friends did too. So it was really building up in our minds as the ultimate pizza experience.

I researched it, of course I did. And I was surprised to find out that they are actually not traditional as they don't follow the standard for Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) since they use fior di latte mozza…

My honeymoon - The Pizza Pilgrimage & Courgette Crusade - Sneak Preview

Sneak peek of our honeymoon which was basically courgettes and pizza, sometimes in the same dish!
Neapolitan pizzas, Roman pizzas, pizzas by the slice, fried pizzas .... Courgettes, courgette flowers, courgette sauce, pickled courgettes... Pizza, pasta, bruschetta, starters and so forth!

Individual posts to come of course and I will add the names of the locations when I write each post :) And back to yoga and a diet for me!