Thursday, March 30, 2006
Gone in 60 minutes!
I must say that my family is so well-trained when it comes to buffets that we formed an unspoken game plan to handle the 60 minutes challenge ;D First came the super fresh sashimi slices and the popular seafood/beef/chicken/vegetable kaminabe (Japanese paper pots). Mom oohed and aahed over the unbelievable freshness of the salmon and mussels the whole afternoon while I enjoyed the tasty miso-seafood soup stock and the fresh prawn tempura.
I usually make it a point to try different types of sushi and was rather impressed by the selection served - after all, they boasted "more than 20 kinds"! Our dessert platter consisted of petit cake and pastry slices, the most yummy being the "Beard Papa" type puff pastry and freshly made mochi with peanut, red bean or green tea filling :D There was also a mini chocolate fountain, but the chocolate's richness paled in comparison to the one at the Fullerton.
stormiii at 12:11 am
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
To Have and To Hold
Somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which I cannot touch because they are too near;
Your slightest look easily will unclose me though I have closed myself as fingers, you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens (touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose;
or if your wish be to close me, I and my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly, as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending; nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility: whose texture compels me with the color of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing;
(I do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses) nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands.
- E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)
The wedding of Suk Joo and Catherine which I'm super looking forward to :)
This poem was chosen by the groom for his bride. Enough said.
stormiii at 2:55 am
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Outwit. Outlast. Outplay.
Lab pets of the moment, the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) grow at break-neck speed. They feed on anything, even their own kind...But Carmen and myself have been feeding them with fresh, juicy caixin leaves and cleaning out their petri dishes in the hope that they will survive till metamorphosis. The insect type and not M>phosis the shop ;)
Give this a shot if you're game! A personality test based on your DNA??!!
stormiii at 1:38 pm
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Lunch with Prada
Fancy having lunch at a posh venue that won't leave a gaping hole in your pocket? How about The Marmalade Pantry, the only eatery inside Palais Renaissance (entrance at basement)? My cousin and I arrived at the place a little after 2pm and it was still buzzing with the Saturday lunch crowd. No worries about a dress code at a tai-tai place like the Palais since most people came in casual weekend wear and the Singaporean trademark - Flip Flops ;)
While a couple of food blog reviews for the Pantry recommended their burgers, I went for something healthier in lieu of the sinful dessert and the miso baked tofu with vegetable tempura and ginger soy dish was perfect as a simple starter on a hot day :)
Apparently, the Pantry had some input from a New York cupcake designer (wow, I wouldn't mind such a professional title!) and I don't know whether combining Nutella and chocolate cupcake was pure genius, but I was already in 7th heaven after the first mouthful!
The sticky date & toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream also came highly recommended. While not a must-try, its certainly something different for a sugar-high weekend.
stormiii at 11:45 pm