Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hi-tea buffet at Goodwood Park Hotel

Beef and foie gras sandwiches at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Bite size smoked beef and foie gras sandwiches! Luxurious or what! Both taste very full-bodied and rich (no pun intended!).

Mango and prawn croissant at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
I guess you only see mango and prawn croissant in Singapore and not anywhere in Europe. Such a local yet delicious variation!

Fried stuff at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
The fried stuff are nothing to shout about, but the potato balls are nice though, crispy on the other, soft and rich inside!

Creme Brulee at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
I can't count how many failed Creme Brulee I have tried in Singapore, but this one is the real thing! The caramelised sugar on the surface is thin and crispy while the custard itself is simply eggy!

Scones at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Scone is a must in English hi-tea, and whipped cream and jam are must for the scones! The scones are really rich and sweet, but the whipped cream magically makes it "lighter"!

Cakes offered at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Not really a cake fan myself, but the chocolate cakes really show you the meaning of "Death by Chocolate"!

Cafe Panna at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Didn't really like the light Prince of Kandy tea that I ordered initially, but this Cafe Panna is real good! Fragrant and strong espresso with just a little dash of whipped cream!

WHERE: L’Espresso in Goodwood Park Hotel, Hi-tea buffet

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Focaccia with sardine

Focaccia with sardine

After having tried all wholemeal and multigrain breads in the supermarket, I really can't bring myself to buy another loaf for lunch. In fact, the only bread I would really love to have a bite then was a good double cheese burger! Ahhhh~~

Of course, I was still conscious of the calories and fat content in a double cheese burger, so instead of walking straight over to Mac, I u-turned to the other bakery at a corner. Still thinking of my double cheese burger, I bought a focaccia bun from this ATAS Swiss Bake. Yah, I know facaccia is a kind of Italian bread covered with lotsa herbs and even more... olive oil! But since it is made of wheat flour, I guess it's not that bad right? (well, at least better than a double cheese burger, right?)

The focaccia bun has a very strong garlic/herb fragrant, while tasting very soft and chewy. It actually tasted very well with the sardine! Which is kinda expected because, just like pizza, focaccia goes very well with tomato paste. The few lettuce leaves I added complemented the whole sandwich seamlessly with its sweetness and freshness as well! On the whole, it was a good sandwich for lunch, and yap, I forgot all about my double cheese burger!

Next time, Mac!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Sardine and cheese sandwich

Sardine and cheese sandwich

If you're lactose intolerance and you've drank so much soya milk that you think you started to look like Mr Bean, another good source of calcium will be to get a can of the good old Sardine because one fish will give you 100mg of calcium already!

And so I bought a can of Spicy Lime flavoured sardine, spread it on 3 slices of Low GI Nutri Multi-Grain bread, slap on a piece of low fat cheese, and TADA! My Lunch was prepared in less than 5 minutes.

When it was finally lunch time, I suddenly had the idea "hey, why not heat it up in the microwave oven? Maybe the sardine won't taste so fishy then?". But boy I was so wrong to do that to the sandwich! The whole sandwich was heated up alright, but the bread became kind of soft and soggy as well! But luckily the melted cheese blended well with the heated sardine (which indeed had no fishy taste after heated up), so it was not so bad.

But I guess I still prefer a toaster...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Two very sinful food

Fried hokkien prawn noodles and Fried white carrot cake

Fried Hokkien prawn noodles and fried white carrot cake in the background.
Sinfully fat!

MacDonald's Cinnamon Melts

Cinnamon Melts from MacDonald's
Sinfully sweet!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bread for Lunch - No Mom, the NTUC aunty didn't bully me

Shaved ham on my ham and cheese sandwich

After eating all the different kinds of tasteless chicken luncheon, I really need some meat that has the taste of... meat! So I went to NTUC to get myself some honey baked ham. However instead of the "normal" version, I got the shaved version. Shaved ham is also honey baked ham, cut from the same chunk of meat, the only difference is that it is sliced very thin. So thin that you'll need to stack a few pieces together in the sandwich, so thin that my mom thought that the NTUC aunty was being unfair to me...

MOM: Cloudy, did you get the ham from that aunty that we usually get our ham from?

(Oh yes, even in the NTUC, my mom knows who sells what at every single counter, from fishes to vegetables to, oh yes, ham! Talk about Aunty PR Power!)

CW: Nope, another aunty packed that for me!
MOM: Ah! See! She bullied you!
CW: What?!?
MOM: Did you see what you've bought? She has packed for you bits and pieces of leftovers! They're all thin and broken!

Oh well... and so I carefully explained to my mom how shaved ham is supposed to be thinly sliced and that I was not being "bullied". But she was still skeptical until the point when I mentioned that shaved ham is very common in the ATAS ColdStorage, and when she felt that since the Ang Mors like it that way, it should be normal!

Anyway, go pack some shaved ham into some slices of multi-grain bread, add a piece of low-fat cheese, spread some butter (thinly please!) and shower some black pepper, and you've got yourselves a delicious sandwich! Try it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Baked beans will always go well with bread!

Baked beans and BBQ cheese on corn bread

The British loves to have their toast with baked beans and a sunny side up. And baked beans is not only nutriitious, but very economical in UK. While we were studying there, one normal can of baked beans costed less than S$1! And their beans look really cute as well, about just half the size of our Singapore beans! But the taste is still the same of course! The canned tomato paste taste!

Today's lunch is gonna be baked beans and smoked BBQ cheese (yah, I know it's the same cheese again, but I have to finish the pack of 12 yeh...) on corn bread. The sweetness of the corn bread, plus the distinctive tomato taste of the baked beans, add that to the fullness of the salty smoked BBQ cheese, marvelous!

Though baked beans is not part of our usual breakfast in Singapore (as compared to the popular zui kway and fried bee hoon etc), we do have quite a range of selection of these beans. There is the normal one, the spicy one (hey, anything and everything has the spicy version here!), the cheese one, the vegetarian one etc. Of course the health and weight conscious me will get the low fat one!

As for the high fiber one, that is one can of beans that I don't get it. One portion of normal baked beans is already containing about 6g of fiber, which is like a quarter of our recommended daily intake. You just have to add in a couple of fruits and vege to make it 100%. So unless you really hate fruits and vegetables, you really don't have to rely on your high fiber baked beans to get your fiber of the day!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Mushroom luncheon with BBQ cheese with Japanese rice seasoning!

Mushroom luncheon and BBQ cheese in corn sandwich

Again, I've bought a hundred grams of practically tasteless mushroom luncheon. So I guess these mushroom and carrot luncheons are just colorful luncheons that taste... tasteless? And so I opened the fridge door and looked around for help. Caught this packet of Japanese rice seasoning sitting quietly at a corner and decided to give it a try. Hey, if these seasoning can give tasteless white rice great Japanese flavor, why not to colorful tasteless luncheons?

So here we go... corn bread plus mushroom luncheon, plus smoked BBQ cheese, plus salmon rice seasoning, and one bite! And that was one rich bite! The salmon, seaweed and sesame taste from the rice seasoning merged so well with the sweetness of the corn bread and smoked taste of the cheese that it actually leveled up the whole sandwich! My cheap local sandwich has become an ATAS Japanese sandwich! Cool!

Friends, you must really try this! Next time you eat your sandwich, add in some Japanese rice seasoning! Oh... where to get them? Hey, you can get them at just 2 dollars at Daiso!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Carrot chicken luncheon and BBQ cheese sandwich

Carrot chicken luncheon and BBQ cheese sandwich

Mom complained that the chicken luncheon that I bought previously was practically tasteless, so this time round, I bought the carrot chicken luncheon instead, thinking that at least there is going to be some taste of carrot.

But no, it didn't... Maybe I'm just not sensitive enough (okay, I was expecting STRONG carrot taste like the Pokka carrot juice), but I really couldn't taste any carrot out of the luncheon. But hey, if the luncheon is not strong, just get stronger cheese and bread!

So in the end, I tied the carrot chicken luncheon up with smoked BBQ cheese and Fruit & Grain Bread. The "smoke" and "BBQ" taste from the cheese was there but not very strong as well, but the cheese does have a fuller taste than those low fat cheese. The Fruit & Grain Bread is really nice with abundant raisins and the sweetness of the bread actually goes well with the luncheon and cheese!

To make it even better, I baked the sandwich in the oven for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese! Yum!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Oh we forgot... iPad does not support Flash

Got iPad No Flash

Today, our female colleagues wish to take a look at the iPad which created such a big hoo-haa. And this is what happen when you pass an iPad to a non-IT lady...

First question was "Wah... so many fingerprints! But don't have such a big screen protector right?"

Upon knowing that it is on WIFI, one of them clicked on Safari with great excitement. But her excitement didn't last too long because she surfed to Facebook and after a few clicks, encountered the No-Flash error.

"Like that cannot play my Pet Society lor? Oh... then also cannot harvest my crops leh!"

If Apple is keen on taking in this group of customers, they better build in Flash support on release 2...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

iPad out of the box

Cloudywind Flickr page on iPad

The iPad created a huge commotion in the office when it is finally here! All in the team fought to hold it, touch it and sweep their fingers on it, those from the nearby departments tried to take a glimpse of it, and the IT guys even offered to exchange their 32" Samsung LCD TV with it!

So what did we do with it now that it is in our hands? Firstly and most importantly, the must-do type-anything-on-the-keyboard test! Ok, proved can put on table and type comfortably on it... Next! We managed to get the IT guys to key in the wireless router password to go online! But our LAN is kinda slow though... Next! Watched a HD video on Youtube, and the color and resolution is indeed fantastic! The speakers abit soft though, but hey, that's why we've got portable speakers! Next! My favourite - photos viewing!

But for some reasons, the iPad's bluetooth refuses to detect any nearby bluetooth devices so we couldn't transfer any photo over, so we ended up looking at Flickr... but still, nice colors and resolution again! Someone suggested it can be used as a fine digi photoframe, but... abit too expensive right?

My manager suggested that the iPad will be great for reading on bed, which is really true. After all, it's so precious and not very light, so I can't imagine holding it with one hand and viewing it while standing in an overcrowded MRT train...

Now we just need to get hold of some games on the iPad...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Corn bread with Teriyaki mackerel

Corn bread with Teriyaki mackerel

I've been having tuna too often too much and when I saw Teriyaki mackerel, I decided to give it a try. Just in case it tastes too fishy, instead of the regular wholemeal breads, I bought the sweeter and more fragrant corn bread to go with the fish.

The corn bread from Gardenia is white bread, but at just 141kcal for 3 slices, it can be considered as low cal food. And together with the low cal mackerel, the meal will be pretty calories friendly.

Surprisingly, the combination was fantastic! The sweetness and fragrant of the corn bread totally went well with the slight saltiness of the Teriyaki mackerel! I'm sure going to try out corn bread with sardine next and see if it can overcome its fishiness as well!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Healthy version of Elvis' favourite

Banana peanut butter sandwich

Do you know what is Elvis Presley's favourite sandwich? Toasted bread slices with peanut butter, sliced banana, and fried bacon. Honey is sometimes included. And the sandwich is frequently cooked in a pan or on a griddle. Now you know why he ended up looking more like Garfield before he died.

Today I've come out with a healthier version of Elvis' favourite. Swap the toasted white bread with 3 slices of Softmeal bread from Sunshine that'll cost you just 210kcal, and the fried bacons with chicken ham. The banana and peanut butter can remain though. And there you are! A much healthier version and tastes not so bad as well!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Turkey breast and cheese

Turkey breast and cheese with banana

Turkey breast and cheese in multi-grain bread, with a banana as side!

All of us know that turkey breast is good for you, better than those pork ham anytime! But do you know that you can't get turkey breast in NTUC or Giant? Perhaps because of the high price of these imported turkey breast (erm... you know we don't rear turkey here in Singapore right?), as just two big slices will cost you more than 4 dollars!

The Multi-Grain bread from Gardenia gives you 237kcal in 3 slices, which you can easily burn away with a 30mins jog. What I really like about it is the abundant of seeds (I guess flex seeds?) and grains in it.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Honey glazed chicken and cheese

Honey glazed chicken and cheese

Honey glazed chicken and cheese in fruit and grain bread, with cherry tomatoes!

The aunty at NTUC said that the honey glazed chicken is made from chicken breast so it's supposed to be lean. But to me, it just taste like... hmm... ham... Seriously, anybody knows how does a fatty chicken "ham" taste like?

The fruit & grain bread from Sunshine is really filling at 104kcal per slice! Guess I'll have two slices instead of three next time round...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Beautiful flowers in the Chinese New Year flower marts

It's Chinese New Year again, and time for Singaporeans to decorate their homes with beautiful flowers! Though Singapore is a tropical country, this is the time when flower marts all over Singapore will be selling spring flowers that are supposedly only suitable for colder weather. Usually, these spring flowers barely last after the 15 days of Chinese New Year. But still, Singaporeans are happy to bring them home, just to be happy for the new year!

Flowers in a CNY flower market

Flowers in a CNY flower market

Flowers in a CNY flower market

Flowers in a CNY flower market

Flowers in a CNY flower market

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sneak in to preview the Resorts World

Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore
The colorful and loud-theme-song-filled escalator leading up to the Resorts World.

Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore
As the sign says it, this is the entrance to the Casino. Those "MRT gates" are categorized into Singaporeans/PR and Foreigners. So as to avoid the situation where a chao ah beng or gold-chained uncle queues behind our precious rich VIP ang moh tourist?

Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore
No idea what is a "Casino Entry Levy" and where this big gate leads to... The gate deco reminds me of the coming Chinese New Year though... and why is this the only place where there is a Chinese translation?

Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore
Expensive shops line the shopping gallery. Not stuffs that an average Singaporean could afford. But then again, they are not the target audience, so I suppose it doesn't matter.

Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore
They do have some neat looking lighting on the ceilings.

Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore
These contemporary statues look kinda misplaced in the what looks like ancient Italian themed hotel lobby to me. Maybe fusion?

Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore
The restaurant in Hard Rock Cafe Hotel. The staff in Hard Rock Cafe Hotel are the only ones that greeted us with friendly smile. The rest in the rest of Resorts World? They ignored us as if we are not real guests (maybe we looked like we were there to fix the computer?), and one at Hotel Michael told us "This place is not open for the (poor) public yet" sternly.

Photographs are taken using Nokia N97 camera phone, at the Resorts World. Parking rate is S$6 per hour most of the time, but S$1 per hour from 12-2pm, so best time to visit will be your lunch time.