Friday, July 22

Flying Pig from Fat Saigon Boy (Telok Ayer Street China Square Food Centre)

Now I rarely get excited over sandwiches. Literally as rare as seeing a Flying Pig. I do enjoy a good sandwich every now and then, but most times, they are reserved for last-minute-sad-meeting-lunch-fill-ins. So yeah, sandwiches are not something I rave about. 

But that is exactly what the Flying Pig sandwich from Fat Saigon Boy made me do! The hunkersarus sandwich left me raving about to my friends throughout the day.

The freshness of pickled vegetables and cilantro, alongside flavorbomb spicy pulled pork, stuffed within a soft but crisp baguette. On top of that, it is pretty darn filling. Look at the size of that badass... Can't wait to get my hands on this again.

Wednesday, July 20

PS Cafe, please wake up

Whoa PS Cafe, you guys seriously need to up your cake game. The cakes over the past few visits have been pretty disappointing - and this coming from someone who used to LOVE coming here for desserts and even made a list of all the things she has tried. The Southern Chocolate Pecan Pie was duly indulgent but the Flourless Orange Cake was a chunk of dry blah. Don't go near it, my friends.

Monday, July 18

Dulcet Studio, Paragon

After family lunch at Tampopo, we made our way to Calamansi at Paragon. Instead of their healthy wholesome juices, we ordered a few desserts to share. 

The chocolate raspberry roll was surprisingly delightful. The tanginess of raspberries cut through the rich decadence of chocolate sufficiently, without clamouring for more attention. 

We had a couple of eclairs, the Vanilla and Venezuela. I should just admit I am not into eclairs. I can appreciate the work gone into making them but taste-wise, they were quite middling. 

The Mont Blanc is a favourite among the family. They have a full-sized version which makes me wonder if I should get it for my birthday... Hmm!

If you are a matcha fied, you should't miss out on the  Matcha Cream Puff. Available for a selected period only, the Matcha Cream Puff was simply delectable! Though hardly photogenic compared to the other fruit-crowned cakes, a thinnish choux pastry breaks open to reveal an intense rich and unapologetically oozy matcha pastry cream. We should have definitely ordered more than one. 

Wednesday, July 13

Russell's birthday

Last weekend we celebrated Russell's birthday with a small 'do with our family and friends.
Post-Nara, the Firstborn wholeheartedly embraced the idea of a deer-themed affair, which I was more than happy to oblige. I recently discovered the joys of Carousell and ordered some decorations from there; a dramatic green showpiece took center stage and we were ready to go.

Clowning around with a new app before the party

 Mexican Caesar Salad

Bulgogi Beef Nachos + Salsa

Bulgogi Beef Nachos - Up close and personal 

Clams Carbonara

Sausages - Bangers, Chorizo, Cheddar Links

Grilled Sweet Barbecue Chicken -
So good, thanks to Cold Storage! 

More cheesing around... 

A successful family photo in under 3 takes

A scrumptious Strawberry Hill from Patisserie Glace fulfilled his clearly-inherited love for strawberry cakes

Hello deer!

What made this occasion extra memorable was the fact that Russell actually enjoyed his birthday party. Our friends will never forget how he burst into frightened tears when we sang 'Happy Birthday' at his first birthday, so they were all surprised by how chatty and energetic he was this entire time.  Good times indeed. 

Monday, July 11

Oriole Cafe, 313 Somerset

Oriole Cafe at 313 Somerset is probably one of our favourite cafes. The vibe is relaxing and unique without the feel of a mall haunt. The food is pretty good and arguably reasonably priced for a Orchard Road cafe. The fish tacos and Cubano are right up there, but this time round, we tried different dishes. 

Without a doubt, one of the better Caesar Salads out there. I might have preferred a heavier crackling of black pepper but other than that, it was pretty much perfect. 

Yup, and this happened. Country fried steak, or more commonly known as Chicken Fried Steak. A slab of sirloin deep-fried, served on a heap of garlic roasted mashed potatoes, bacon, sunny side-up egg and truffle béchamel sauce. Hearty heavy stuff. Schedule a nap after this. 

Creamy and comforting, the Pukka pie is a not-so-humble chicken pie. Size makes for a good adult snack or kid's main dish. We ordered this for the kids but adults had fun with it too. 

Sunday, July 10

Russell, 4 years old

Or as you would say, "48 months old, Mama!"

Yes, dear Russell, thank you for reminding Mama.

At 48 months old, you are my little man. You had to grow up almost overnight when your little brother came along. When Papa travels for work, you know that you are the de facto man of the house. You were an extremely introverted child and you have since grown out of your shell, much to our astonishment. You have acquired a taste for positional authority with your younger brother, but don't forget, he is here to make you feel less lonely when Mama and Papa are no longer around.

Your love for numbers is awe-inspiring, but I worry, the praise and fawning has made you unreceptive to trying new things for fear of "failure." You are quick at navigating the world, knowing whose buttons to press and when, but you struggle to navigate within yourself. I will constantly remind myself to be gentle with you, and even more so because you have such a forceful yet sensitive nature.

Love, your Mama

Friday, July 8

Chocolate lava cake from Chocolate Origin, 313@Somerset

Between this and a Sanum from Llao Llao, the Sanum is without a doubt more bang for buck. But I had a chocolate craving to scratch and no frozen yogurt (even with the bells and whistles) was going to cut it. The idea of a chocolate lava cake is pretty awesome and the lava cake itself is suitably dark and decadent; now if only they could level up that sad vanilla ice cream.