Saturday, April 5, 2014

Trivento Tribu, Pinot Noir Argentina 2010

Argentina Trivento Tribu, 13.5% vol ($13.90)

I had thought all pinot noir grapes to taste somewhat there, but guess i am seriously mistaken. The Trivento, described of having "red fruits and violets; young with a touch of smooth oak" - was too abstract to be readily savour.

We both though it's a dry blend; not that i'm complaining because compared to the sweet
Pinot Noir of Naked Grape, i would prefer the drier blend. It depends on what's your take.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Alan Banana Leaves BBQ Seafood

We complaint about the less than satisfying chili sambal used on the Stingray and the stir-fried Squids which we had expected to be done on a hotplate BBQ. Maybe we made the wrong choice of BBQ stalls at Pasir Panjang Food Centre; there are a handful of them here? But Alan was observed to be the most popular.

Back home, i googled and found fave reviews on them, on the same food we were served. 

If you too feel that they are the best, you should try the Tokyo BBQ, at West Coast who actually spoils us. We couldn't accept anything less; except that Alan's Stingray is really plump and thickly sliced - it is value for money.

BBQ Stingray ($10)

Sambal Stingray ($10)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often.

"This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. If you don't like your job, quit. If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, size them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion." -  HOLSTEE

Came across these life quotes after installing Pocket Apps - it lets you save articles on the web pages that you like to read it later, offline. I didn't use the Apps to save anything cos we were too busy to find things to read on the internet, so i actually benefited from Pocket's weekly email to me that listed top 5 most popular read - Pocket Hits, they call it. Now, that's what i need.

And i like this read. Especially ringing, "When you eat, appreciate every last bite".

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Simple Waraku Dinner

A basin bowl sized Udon and hotplate pork Katsu were our dinner at Waraku. Looked little? But we were definitely bloated.

It's been a long while since we last visited Waraku, and food is still pleasantly 'Japanese'.

Nothing seems to come between me and the Waraku udon; i always, very often have it on our visit here. I like that it is more plump and chewy than the others. The pork katsu too, was thick and juicy, yet even more enjoyable was the egg omelet, serves over egg stock amd raw eggs! It was enticing, from the moment it bubbles its way to the table.

Pork Katsu on egg stock ($12.80++)

Udon with Chicken ($10.80++)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Food, Inc. (2008)

With all urgency, i urge you watch the Food Inc.

Not another documentary pressing on the cruelty of us being the carnivore, but one that tells the carnivore the food that it is eating - especially yucky if you are taking in lots of factory processed food.

The film touches only briefly, and does not build on your sympathy for these cultivated animals for food; but once you understand that there are things more intolerant than the killing, it is enough to put you off the next Fast food meal or packaged meat from factory farming.

This is one important film to watch. Now i know where, and how those food on the supermarket shelves comes about; and i could make the choice.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

No Relish for Salt

Home-Styled Mushroom Cream Soup ($8.80++),
made with Swiss button & shiitake, drizzled with truffle oil

The evening starts quite wonderfully at the cozy restaurant of Relish by Wild Rocket as we enjoyed the whiff of truffle oil in our thick soup. Then, expectation drops drastically when the mains came up.

Grilled Pork Chop ($21.80++)
served with secret anchovy salsa verde, mashed potato, mesclun

Presumingly, a slab of naturally flavorsome grill was to be served but the good ingredient ruined by being over-salt. And having extra salted and fishy tasting anchovy salsa on our meat is rubbing salt on the wound.

Tasted some quality minced beef in the burger patty, but it was again overcast with salt. These savory dishes certainly goes well with the many choice of alcoholic drinks here; but we have no relish for salt.

Wild Rocket Beef Burger ($15.20++)
served with arugula, Sarawak pepper cream, sun-dried tomato relish and choice of fries or salad