Wednesday, April 20, 2011


On a Tuesday when solo vascular depressingly ended at 9 plus, where all the hos were still around surprisingly (and comfortingly!). Z and I met for dinner/supper. She was in a roast chicken mood but I could think of nothing less than cocette (which doesnt serve roast chicken on tuesdays!!!!) Hence we landed up in Prive (Keppel Island) where I finally finally gotta try the small bites, which is prob their idea of bar food. First up, the fries with the awesome truffle mayonaise, makes a dallop of difference. Chicken wings fried in shrimp paste with Thai chilli sauce. It was crisp and tasty but i still miss Bonchon loads.
Onion Rings with thick thick batter - prefer the lighter ones a la Da Mario
Mushrooms with cheese - these were the most delicious morsels of fried stuff in awhile.
Trio of mini Wagyu burgers- the meat was steak in chunks, and was really delicious between butter toasted buns. Simple and good.

Z stopped really early leaving me to finish most, and we were both most dreadful of work cm. Sigh to brunch and dine all day'd be a luxury.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

CM-PB brunch, K Ki, Green Pumpkin

It was a post very good take Sat (only 6!!) and we ended changes by 11. So did date so we happily arranged to meet at CM-PB (Block 7, Dempsey). Despite it being raining and there was not really much shelter and we kept thinking of changing brunch places for shelter. Sheltered date with a brolly like a very patient servant outside her taxi door (though grouch was that i didnt open the door for her like a true gentleman doh) She felt bad having to divert work to cheang (thanks!) but hearing the rants of the two faced cons and the incessant screaming kids was hilarious and boy was i glad i was spared of all that lot. Perhaps not in R2/3 when it comes to paeds surg. I was really enticed to try the brunch at CM-PB after I saw the scrawlings on the glass panel when I was here watching soccer with bro nights ago and the name scrambled eggs with truffle oil seemed to summon me back and it did, no doubt. Unfortunately these eggs were not piping hot (Why!!) else it'd have been divine.

The chilli corn carne with Wagyu 'd have been great if it was piping too. why guys! Still, the brewerkz one is a mighty killer one, anytime.

We walked all the way to the very crowded House and the even more crowded PS (brunch is the new red) so we decided to hail a cab. Actually me town vs date suburbs got us to Ann Siang. Couldn't wait to try K Ki (Ann Siang Hill). We walked a loop and I totally bypassed it towards Club street when date pulled me back to this unassuming shop steps back. To think I missed it for Shots when i was here with daddy!

K ki is subdivided to the quirky vintage section and the cakes section. attracts hordes of curious tourists and cake chasing fans. I'd like to think i'm part both.

By the way, none of the cakes had names of description, and date was amazed I could chant back the descriptions after the owner introduced them all once! I wish I had similar talents for work.
And the cakes were all too tiny; we felt we could have one of each (there were perhaps, 10 of them?!). We started with the cheesecake with a rockmelon core. This was really light and the cheese whipped so finely it just melted.
This chocolate dome was flavoured with a tinge of caffeine, and has a praline core. Very interesting to eat.
The Mont Blanc came out moments later (with the dark chocolate raspberry cake!) when we went to check out the display again (cos we started off with 2 cakes which obviously was over in a gulp)
Date had coffee at CM-PB and was totally at unimpressed hence we had a second round of drinks at Shots (Ann Siang Hill) my second time here after dad's- hers a Hazelnut latte and mine a tiramisu latte (above). A very fascinating whirl of colours, and taste to match as well. we spent the afternoon getting annoyed at loud storytelling jappies, and enchanted with the blackwhite shots of the photo mags. Every single one of our outings seem to have a component of magazine browsing, bimbotic or not.

When evening dawned and it was less hot to browse, we walked to Chinatown, and through Smith Street, we discovered the 4 seasons 4 d effect of a poster and some really cool table mats (too sharp for my table) and also, a Tin Tin memoribilia shop! How oddsome!!

Cos we were on the NEL line, I thought I'd kill some time before meeting the sibs at Kenny Rogers (little did I know they were so early!!) We headed to Nex, where date's mind was dead set on Green Pumpkin (basement 1, Nex). At first, the joy of finding it, but to the horrors after the cakes, the signature boobs buns were all wiped out!!! All cos she wanted to continue the cake bonanza, with this pumpkin Mont Blanc. Definitely not as refined as that of K Ki's.
On the other hand, I wanted to try the Green tea swiss roll with Red bean. Now im dying to try the Rich and Good swiss rolls, and also the green tea swiss roll from Bread Talk.
After visiting the library - and being so happy amidst all the new books!!- we wandered to the roof top , and discovered the pet walk area (and a lift all to them too!) and the wild wild wet area, where kids were lining up to pray to the rain gods, till the bucket turned over getting them all a good slappin. And a boy who made the other boys ram their crotches onto the pole, in a bit to high jump over. Tall kids can be meanbeans. Haha. Well, I don't bully date ;)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Beef Chilli Cheese. With Corn Bread.
Corned beef sandwich.

Fridays is a lunch out day so during our 2nd fri of the month, we were given 1.5 hours to do changes (despite having k&t breakfast! they were surprised we could have more haha), and we rushed along to the cons carpark where ms chng was waiting and collected K on level 2 on the way.

We met Sj at Brewerkz (Riverside Point) for lunch - at the alfresco area cos it was a nice cloudy day. And good thing so too, cos we had extra entertainment when Mich Chia and Bryan Wong was actually filimg right about beside us..its been quite a recent whirlwind of star gazing recently with apple hong at tj pagar and kym ng at taiwan airport.

We started with Nachos and when everyone's burgers and fish and chips came they were rather overwhelmed by the size! Kels and I ordered the beef chilli cheese and the Corn beef sandwich. Loved the beef chilli cheese and had the corn bread during my call after. The corn beef sandwich had a nice crusty rye bread with slices of corn beef and cheese. Mighty tasty Reuben it was. Wanted to finish up Sj's fish and chips as well but it nastily fell. Oh well.

Post lunch the cons had varying destinations (join the dark side....) and we headed back and back to my Fri call. quite a good call, with Colin even being able to scrub for the laprot. First call back at shagggh's good.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Curious Tepee

I found a lovely place at the heart of Orchard Road to idle away the afternoon in a quiet place with sensual music, a Penguin classic, and a lovely flat white. And a thought about going to the Mosaic Festival. Need to find my balance again, after the ridiculous absite exam that took me 2 hours at ttsh. and to think I just came back from taiwan days back! holiday mood aint that good for exams. Later was in a dilema with dinner with z vs going to join short at butter, but early am sunday rounds are just such a bummer. actually, age is, rather than the rounds. The next day I couldnt help but share my new found gem with short. we finished rounds early enough so we took a cab down to a Curious Tepee (*scape) Honestly I cant really remember the name of this sandwich (mediterrenean?) but I remember it was the spicier of the two sandwiches up for offer. Its loaded with chunks of chicken, cheese, avocado and egg. Chips on the side too. Very very deliciously healthy sandwich that tasted good in everybite.
Grilled vegetable tart that turned out to be surprisingly good. Loaded with cheese and generously filled with thick slices of grilled vegetables, this was simple comfort food.

Took a bus back home after, basically to spend more time with bro before he books in. And, we were due to catch Man U vs Liverpool after. The macs at Rideout we will never go again, it was crowded to the brims of the alfresco area and we had to hurry to Holland V where the whole wala wala stretch was full max, and we were lucky enough to secure a seat right below a slightly blurred (but big!) screen at Three Monkeys (Holland Village). A rather blarrh nachos, and an equally blahhh iced chocolate to wash down all the excitement of the match, although we were late enough (but didnt miss out all the excitement though when we were trying to find a place, the oohs and aahs really frustrated us!!). Cheerios to liverpool. To the Kuyt, whom we've always been laughing at, well done on your hat trick!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ananda Bhavan

It was the first lunch we had at Tiong Bahru Market cos we discovered that no one takes the free shuttle on a day when it rains and when its slightly past the lunch hour of 130pm. So we happily hopped on, and to our joy, we triggered memories of the Tau Kwa Pop (its damn awesome, but its in my archive), Jian Bo Chwee Kuay, and the marvellous Beef Horfan from the cantonese stall. All of which I had during my med sip days with marc and jeremy (boy I miss them and their appetite loads).

We ended at a rather decent time so that Kels could get her brows threaded at my place where I dropped her to park and rather short changed on parking, and we decided to trawl the Little India streets at night (a first for us both and a real eye opener!!), in a bit to find Chellas (as recommended by smallpotatoes) and food 03, unfortunately both failed - we walked all the way to the spanish tapas place but we didnt feel like it. So we ended up triggering more nostalgia for me at Ananda Bhavan (Serangoon Road) , where I had my first taste of Indian food during med school.

This place is owned by Krith's dad and during the anat class days, we will all train down to Little India to have a taste of the very delicious naans at her place. And not to mention, her birthday at the main branch further down, opposite to Mustafa. She's the one who also introduced the anat girls to the farrer park threading and eventually to vanessa (much more convenient).

This picture shows the very delicious fried puff (its actually empty inside) - called Batava or something along those lines. Its extremely tasty with any of those 3 dips. Very carbolicious and oily but totally worth it!

We also ordered a Salt Lassi and its hands down, the saltiest drink EVER.especially since the yoghurt was also unprocessed. Its the kinda yoghurt that I open and i think that its spoilt (i hope its not, but we didnt get no stomachache).

Garlic naan, Cheese Naan
Butter naan, Kashmiri nut naan

This particular branch is vegeterian, hence its mostly carb stuff. You should check out all the quotes on the walls of the 2nd level restaurant which compares herbivores vs carnivores. Some of it is quite hilarious, esp when it talks about the digestive systems. Which Kels and I don't mind (she orders naan all the time).. I tried all 4 when Krith treated us and my favourite is the Kasmiri nut one cos its sweet and really unique. Dips wise I really like the cottage cheese sauce, where the cheese has the consistency of tofu. I believe it was Kels' favourite too.

Eventually I hope to get down to trying more Indian food..and finding Chellas and Food03!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Blu Kouzina

Clearly, if I do not blog about this stat, I will lose the receipt and the sms and I won't be able to recall the name of this place, nor any of the complex Greek dishes we had, which is a shame cos they were all really quite delicious, albeit unique.

So this place is called Blu Kouzina (893 Bukit Timah Road). Suggested by Qian, in place of my suggestion of brunch at Artichoke (i think its a little too far for her haha). It was an early Sun for me - my last vascular weekend when clam rounded late at 845ish yays and even then with breakfast I still finished up by 1130 to meet the girls at the place.

The lovely bread with the lovelier spread of dips - salt, olive oil and pepper. What a shame I couldnt enjoy the health benefits of olive oil and chose the death of butter, claims the owner. Oh well..butter makes my world go round. yummers. It was so good we had two rounds of this (the picture features a half eaten basket) without asking, the generous them.

Fried bread with feta cheese (Tiganopsom)tastes remarkably like Greek prata.
Salad (Xoriatiki)- doused with lotsa cucumbers (crisp, juicy ones), olives, and tomatoes. and capsicum. A very light olive oil dressing and a dollap of feta cheese to top it all. I thought all that was missing was meat. But I guess im missing the idea of a SALAD in the first place.
Eggplant with minced meat (beef) and potatoes - it was like a Greek lasgna with the addition of slices of eggplant, and potatoes instead of pasta. Beef was also marinated well - solid stuff. With the crisp cheese top layer lay another layer of cream.
Qian's Beef - very much like a greek kebab.
Jas' lamb chops with her very cute rice-in-a-tomato. Very much like the one I had in Italy, the tomato rice. She hardly has lamb outside (i only like lamb burgers cos the patties are solid, unlike the very skinny lamb chops). I hope to convert them with the very yummy lamb ribs at the Disgruntled chef.
We ended off with a dessert called Baklava - i think they havent made enough cos to the left is Baklava, and the one on the right is the complimentary dessert! Jas and I thought that Baklava was a Russian dessert with lotsa clotted cream, but obviously we havent eaten Greek dessert before, and their version of Baklava even. This was a dense, nutty dessert - a walnut core, with surrounding oatmeal and a biscuit crust. On the right, the dessert was more flaky with the beehoon like crust holding it all together - it too, has a walnut core right at the centre. Very unique, very sweet, sealed our palate.

Thanks Qian for the lift back - we passed by the huge old holland road field (sigh, holds lotsa nice memories of the attempted kite flying and the helicopter flying too, with him. not to mention the attempted picnic.) Lovely weekend to cherish.