Friday, February 24

Friday 24th finds

Must read //

NASA's discovery of 7 Earth-like planets beyond our solar system. This is really exciting stuff... Can you imagine being on one of these planets and watch the rest orbit by? I can only imagine the look on Russell and Lucas' cherub faces: Mind-blown!

Majoy love for this FB page and for ripping apart so-called influencers xoxo

Must make //

Corn on its own is yummy but grilled corn is wow-za!

This toffee cake is after my heart.

Must visit //

The distinctive Starbucks in Fukuoka on our trip in April. Anything else worth checking out in Fukuoka?

Love this blog - The Shared Plate - where everything is not just communal, but to be shared.

Wednesday, February 22

A Wedding Do-over

When I first read this article "I Got Married 18 Years Ago, And Now I Want A Hipster Wedding Do-Over," I almost jumped out of my seat in agreement. I totally identify with Christine Burke's longing of a wedding do-over. I probably wouldn't want mason jars and burlap buntings, but I would love to have a wedding that truly reflects our taste and style. The venue, the decorations ... and oh the dress! The things I would do-over in a heartbeat.

Thankfully, the groom isn't one of them. 

Till this day, I have MAJOR hang-ups about my wedding dress. It was a pretty dress but it wasn't my dress. I got it because KW liked it most out of all the dresses I had tried on and it was important to me that he liked the dress. Ladies, take my advice, go with your gut - otherwise your poor husband will be on the receiving of self-pity regret for the upcoming years (and guys, stay out of this decision).

Gosh, I was such a people-pleaser. In the end, we had your average "gate-crashing in the morning, followed by tea ceremonies, and ended of with a 600+ pax wedding bonanza at Shangri-La Hotel where we didn't know 60% of the attendees." Our parents were happy. Drama-free. Yay.

While we might plan our wedding a lot more differently today, I appreciate how life has turned out for us each and every single day. Our wedding was a chapter in our lives, an old chapter. One that took us on a shared journey of growth, appreciation and of course, love. Our wedding was in the past and we have a future together.

But would I want a wedding do-over? Abso - freakin - lutely.

Monday, February 20

Feb Fab Weekend Play Date

KW and I are technically considered introverts. We are selective about the people we spend our time with - and even more so with whom we invite over to our place. Over last weekend, we re-connected with one of KW's friends from university and had our friends over for a meal. Now I don't have many friends with kids so I'm always delighted when KW's friends bring over their little ones.

Tandoori-spiced grilled salmon salad with crispy fish skin 

Brown butter sage pasta with garlic and sage panko crumbs 

Juicy grilled jerk chicken 

Plenty of desserts including these babies from Laduree (love the packaging) 

Took more than 10 shots... These kids - so precious!

Friday, February 17

Weekend Maruders

My favorite scene at home: The boys entertaining themselves, 
reaching out to each other when needed. 

My second favorite scene at home: My boys. Period. 

With his ruddy cheeks and swept hair, introducing our own little "Spicy" Lukee.

The other day I bought the fanciest of toys for the boys. One that unleashes the fantasies of creative minds and entertains them for hours. Introducing: A4 70gsm paper. (Why hello there, Lukee) #parenthoodscore #cheapotoys

Random: I was judging my thighs at the gym when I remembered Russell Facetimed me yesterday just to say "hi" and blow kisses. Then I thought to myself, the people who matter most to me care about the size of my heart - not my thighs.

TGIF... Onto the weekend!

Wednesday, February 15

A dozen sweet nothings from Baker V

Ordered a bunch of cupcakes from Baker V for a dear friend for her birthday. There were 4 different flavours - salted caramel, red velvet, lavender earl grey and rose. I surprised myself by liking the lavender and earl grey cupcake most (nothing like potpurri, thank gawwwd). A 5 year old gamely choped one red velvet, scoffed it down in minutes and asked for another (sorry, mummy said 'no'). Good stuff and they were so purrrr-dy! 

Monday, February 13

The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough, Serene Centre

Hole-in-a-hole. Gentle friendly vibes.

Yummish toasts - 
hummus + dukkah & almond butter + honey

Granola. Crunchy and healthiesh. 

Friday, February 10

Luxe brunch at il Lido at the Cliff, Sofitel Sentosa

Chinese New Year has come and gone like a tidal wave of camaraderie, laughter and never-ending feasting. I particularly enjoyed and appreciated this year's Chinese New Year - hanging out with family back from overseas and multiple meals spent with my really big extended family. I don't ever want to take this for granted.

This year, we also celebrated my father-in-law's birthday at il Lido. il Lido now resides at Sofitel Sentosa. From a utilitarian space to a breezy sanctuary, the move is a good one, especially since Sofitel Sentosa is a beautiful resort hotel. Every first Saturday of the month, il Lido hosts a Saturday Prosecco Brunch, where diners get to enjoy a hearty 4-course semi-buffet Italian brunch.


Appetizers to Share

Crispy Prawns with Paprika Sauce
Smoked Salmon with Sea Urchin & Orange Emulsion
Burrata with Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes
Mushroom Flan with Truffle & Prosciutto Volute
Scallop Salad with Passion Fruit & Mango Salsa
Parma Ham with Rock Melon
Homemade Focaccia & Breadsticks

Don't the appetisers look awesome? They were to us as we were starving. But really, the riot of colours and textures yelled out "Tuck in now!" Yeah I know I have issues if food is talking to me. I think part of the allure if you get to taste everything and accidentally help yourself to more to stuff you enjoy. A superb way to start our meal!

Pasta to Share

Spaghetti with Crab & Smoked Nduja
Trofie with Truffle Pesto & Cheese Fondue
Pappardelle with Beef Cheek Ragout & Marsala Wine

Service was a little slow and I believe the kitchen has troubling juggling the crowds due to two huge groups. The pastas were big on wholesome homely flavours wounded around toothsome textures. We each had our preferences but the truffle trofie took the prize home for being most moreish.

Mains (Choose one)

Pork Knuckle with Pepper Sauce
Sea Bream with Celeriac Cream and Lemon Capers
Smoked Lamb Loin with Dijon Mustard and Paprika

I thought the weakest link of the meal were the main courses. They were decent but nothing as spectacular as the appetisers. To be honest, none of the mains really called out to me. I chose the sea bream which sounded innocuous enough, though the same can't be said for the celeriac cream (ugh!).  I liked my sea bream but KW's smoked lamb loin looked and tasted a little sad. Portions are pretty small too though the entire meal ended up being very filling, so this might have a wise decision.

Dessert Station

Buffalo Ricotta Cheese & Orange Cheesecake
Strawberry & Vanilla Mousse
Latte Brûlée with Red Berries
Banoffee & Toffee Tartlets
Assorted Macaroons

Desserts, on the other hand, were stunning. Props to the dessert chef! An indication of a dessert chef''s technique, in my humble opinion, are his/her abilities to craft a chewy-on-the-outside-creamy-on-the-inside flavour bomb of a macaron - and the macarons here are delectable! The tarts were lovely, and the mousse was irresistably smooth and tangy. The treats were unapologetically sweet and we sure ended on a sugar high note.

Brunch at il Lido was quite the treat and surprisingly quite kid-friendly too. If you are game for some post-brunch manual activity, you can take a dip in the pool after your meal - but the only thing I wanted and did was take a nap.