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Home Cooking - Our First meal at home - Roast Chicken and loads of trimmings

So we went shopping at DIA the other day, not the fanciest place ever but it sure is cheap. I will write up a post about what everything cost so you get an idea of the cost of living in Nice. I was very happy to see the cheap prices after Intermarche gave me a bit of a shock to the system! Much nicer to get 2 kilos of leeks for 2 euros....

Anyhow... This is the result of my evening of cooking, well I did everything but the chicken, that is the hubby's job. So we had a roast chicken (humungous thing - over 2 kilos and a proper organic farmers chicken that had run around for ages and had huge legs), cooked down leeks, roasted leeks and mushrooms, roasted spiced potatoes and broad beans with peas, shallots and cherry tomatoes.


Home Cooking - Sri Lankan - Mushroom coconut fry

I didn't have time recently to put together a Meatless Monday post as I have been away and then busy with the move. I hope to pick that thread back up when I get back to Nice and have access to loads of fresh veggies!

So for now, I am falling back on a previous meal we put together, with our usual Sri Lankan food obsession!



Singapore - Tandoori Corner - Lovely Authentic North Indian Food & The Entertainer App Discount Code

This is my last weekend in Singapore. I don't quite realise it yet to be honest. But for our last Saturday we decided to try a couple of new places. Dinner was at Candlenut (post to come - it was awesome) but for lunch we finally tried a place really quite close to our house that I had seen highly reviewed on Tripadvisor but just never made it to!

We saw that this year Tandoori Corner was on The Entertainer application (all my Entertainer posts and the post about The Entertainer 2015) so we really just had to go! So we took a break from packing and headed over the CTE to Balestier Road. You really should get The Entertainer application - use this discount code before end Feb for 10% off - totally worth the investment, trust me: 2015ALVIN


We are now very glad we did decide to head over to Tandoori Corner as the food transported us back to India, where we spent a month going around Rajasthan. The food at Tandoori Corner isn't fancy, it is lovely and homely and tastes great, rea…

Meatless Monday - Protein packed stir fried veggie noodles

I was home alone last week as the hubby was in China for work. So I had to actually cook for myself when I realised I should stop ordering food in ;) Also I realised I was feeling a little weak and dizzy, and it was most likely due to my habit of not really cooking meat for myself, and a tendency to mostly eat vegetarian even when I am out. So I decided to make myself a big vegetarian (even vegan) dinner and load it full of protein and at the same time have my next Meatless Monday post.

It did make me think just how careful you need to be if you are vegetarian, even more if you are vegan and you really need to plan ahead if you want to be sure to get all the nutrients you need to be healthy, either by cooking yourself (and making things like nut cheese) and frequenting a lot of "health" restaurants or by filling up on supplements to get all your required vitamins and minerals. I prefer the healthy cooking option though.

So what did I make? The protein packing came from havi…

Nice - 3 things I love about my hometown

I was contacted recently about a new blogger competition with Accor hotels where you can win a prize of a weekend away and other gifts. I am of course in :) If you would also like to join in (I know a lot of my readers are also bloggers) then check out the following link: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/content/tale-of-3-cities.shtml

I immediately thought of my hometown of Nice. Well, my adopted hometown, the place I have lived the longest in my life so probably the closest to a real home I have. What do I love about Nice? Well, many things (and I just published a post about what I am looking forward to in Nice), but for the sake of this post I will pick three categories 1) food / wine 2) colours/buildings 3) location / sea.

This is after all my blog, so why don't we start with food :)
Food and Wine If you follow my blog, you know I am obsessed with pizza, totally obsessed, to the point of being crowned the Pizza Queen in Singapore and having planned my honeymoon around eating …

Siem Reap, Cambodia - Sister Srey Cafe

We were wandering home after dragging ourselves out of bed to go have a bite at The Hive (post to come) and more coffee at Little Red Fox Espresso Cafe when we bumped into our friends the Expat Kiwis who were chilling out at Sister Srey Cafe. We joined them there and were glad we did as we ended up at Sister Srey 3 times during our visit including our last meal in Siem Reap!


I am feeling a bit bad I didn't bother using my proper camera during the first visit! You will recognise the ugly pics ;)



I like the ethos of Sister Srey and the origin of the name (short version - they are sister from Melbourne and "Srey" is the Khmer way of saying sister) - check out  Beiruti Brit's post for more detailed info on the origin. They give a chance to Khmer students and their children, giving them flexible options to make money, learn English as well as study.

The Sister Srey coffee (locally sourced) is well balanced, strong enough for my taste, and as BB says, quite fruity, which…

Things I will miss about Singapore and what I am looking forward to in Nice

As I am in that in between moment in the middle of quotes for removal companies and planning flights etc, I wanted to take a second to take stock and look back at what I will miss. What would you miss and what would you look forward to about heading back to Europe?

Things I am sure I will miss about Singapore

Wide variety of food options at great prices from hawkers to fine dining. New cafes open all the time, new restaurants open, new menus or creative ideas pop up regularly. Indian food. If you read my blog you know just how much Indian food I eat! I will miss Khansama, Murugans, Komala Vilas and my hawker options on Kitchener road... I can cook lots of different Indian dishes but not thosai / dosai. *sigh*DIN TAI FUNG! Oh how I will miss my dumplings and their perfect fried rice.  Kailan! I love my green veggies so much we bought some kailan seeds to hopefully plant on our balcony. And my Thai lunches at Rochor. City life. The sheer number of options for everything will be something…

Best things I ate in 2014 around the world - Eating out

I am looking back over 2014 and of course thinking of food :) I have gone through some of my favourite meals of the year to share the highlights with you. They are from all over the place to be fair but it seems I didn't have any new very good Thai food this year, I should work on that next year! Same for Indian, we mostly stuck to our usual favourites and the ones we tried were not mind-blowing. The only decent one was Sakunthalas, we liked the curries but not the starters.

Pizza

Winner - Di Matteo - Naples, Italy

This pizza won our pizza pilgrimage through Naples so it had to come out on top of my pizza list for the year! Check out this link for more info on my yummy vegetarian pizza:
 http://www.mylifeinsin.com/2014/09/pizzeria-di-matteo-our-favourite-pizza.html


Runner up - Starita - Naples, Italy

If you read my post about all the pizza we sampled in Naples then you will know just how much I loved Starita a Materdei, especially the pizza G chose with a nut base, smoked mozzarella,…

Siem Reap, Cambodia - The Little Red Fox Espresso Cafe

Guys, you know I love coffee right? Well, when we decided to head to Siem Reap, I thought I would look into cafes in the town as I imagined that around New Year's caffeine would not be a luxury but rather a necessity.

Little Red Fox Espresso Cafe is a newcomer on the Siem Reap coffee scene and is already looking like a contender for the best coffee in the Angkor Wat vicinity (though the people who sell you a coffee for a dollar or so when you do the sunrise Angkor Wat run are a close second ;) ).

We wandered in still a little confused after a fun night catching up with our friend N who just moved there for work. We had lunch before, with a nice but not so strong coffee, but we really needed some "jingly jangly juice". You know the type right? When your fingers start buzzing? Well that is the type of caffeine high you will get at the Red Fox!


The owner's dream, coming from Brisbane, was to have a cafe here he felt at home, with a vinyl player and a cold drip coffee…

Soon to be 'Living in Sin' no longer

If you know me personally or follow me on Twitter you may by now be aware that 1) I am married 2) we are moving back to Nice very shortly. So even more the reason to change the name!    

Why is that? Well people often ask me about the meaning of the title of the blog and depending on their background they may guess one or the other significance of my blog's name. 
Most, especially the Christian among us, will guess the more colloquial / "religious" meaning (though it was always meant to be tongue in cheek) of living together before marriage hence "Living in sin". 
The second meaning is usually understood by people I work with. You know I work in the travel industry and the airport code for Singapore Changi airport is "SIN" so by living in Singapore I am "Living in SIN". 
So what now? I am no longer living in "sin" as I got married last summer. And come end of January I will no longer live in "SIN". I am still planning o…

Siem Reap, Cambodia - Cuisine Wat Damnak a.k.a. when is Joannès Rivière getting his Michelin star?

The one place I was sad to have missed last time I came to Siem Reap was Cuisine Wat Damnak which was shut early October when we first visited Siem Reap. Luckily, when we returned end of December 2014 / early January 2015, Cuisine Wat Damnak was open and the amazing Beiruti Brit booked us a table, with a specific vegan menu for me (you need to book ahead, it is super super busy and let them know beforehand if you need veggie/vegan or dairy free etc). Can I have a woohoooo? Trust me, it is totally worth the whooping and woohooing! What did I have? The vegetarian menu was 5 courses for 22 USD or 6 for 26USD and of course we all went for 6. The veggie menu was vegan as long as you didn't touch the pandan cream on the dessert, and you could even have a vegan dessert but I saw chocolate and that was history...
 The vegan menu was as follows: Amuse BouchePomelo and rosella salad with lemon basilPuffed rice with coconut, mushroom and peanut sauce, herbs, flowers and local cruditésCaramel…

Meatless Monday - Spicy noodles in coconut sauce with roasted veggies - You take chilli ah? Of course I do ....

It was my turn to cook the other night. This sometimes terrifies my husband as I can be rather heavy-handed with the chilli. And this day was one of those days.... There is a reason I get some quite impressed looks in Singapore accompanied by the exclamation of "ah, you take spice!".

Yes, I "take" spice, I love hot food. To the point where with this noodle dish I had sore hands from chopping chilli but my mouth was fine (though the hubby did have a bit of a coughing fit when he first tasted it (I then added some lime juice to balance it out)).

Depending on whether you use real fish sauce, this dish can become non vegan, so pick carefully what you use for the savoury hit. You can go for fish sauce or vegetarian fish sauce, and lime juice is always useful to cut through coconut also.

So what was this meal? Spicy noodles with a curry paste in coconut milk with roasted veggies. Read on for more info!



Yangon, Myanmar - Cannot afford The Strand Hotel? Drink at the Strand Bar (during happy hour!)

We couldn't afford to stay at The Strand Hotel in Yangon as much as we tried to justify it to ourselves! So to get at least a feeling of it, we went and hung out at the Strand Hotel bar for a while. Lovely experience. It was a while ago so I cannot totally remember the names of the cocktails we had but we really had a lovely time.

This fruit based (papaya I think) cocktail with rum (I chose Myanmar dark rum instead of bacardi) was made fresh for us with fresh fruit in front of us at the bar. 7$.


The making of:


Lemongrass martini 7$:


Singapore - Yhingthai Palace for fancy Thai on Purvis Street (Little Thailand? ;)) Worth the money?

A team member is leaving and another just arrived so we decided to have a team lunch. My husband suggested we check out YhingThai Palace on Purvis Street which is so close to Jai Thai and First Thai, making me wonder whether it is a bit of an offshoot of Golden Mile, a Little Thailand number 2 in Singapore :)


Yhingthai is much fancier than First Thai or Jai Thai (though not many place beat Jai Thai for value for money Thai for me) and looks quite nice inside - you can see some shots of the interior further down the post, with the YhingThai Palace menu.

My global conclusion is that whilst everything was perfectly nice, it just wasn't very exciting to me. I love Thai food for the bold flavours, the slightly rustic side to it, hitting you right in the face. YhingThai Palace is more delicate, more in the Royal Thai style, but I find these places less interesting. Just my personal view, and those who are less of a spice freak may actually prefer YhingThai Palace. I would prefer to go …