Read. Do. Make. Eat. 25.9.2015

Cooking, Eating Out, Stuff to do, Thoughts

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Read.

The new Mindy Kaling book, Why Not Me? This book has been responsible for all the scream-laughs coming from my bedroom this past week.

Do.

Go Christmas/whatever shopping at Public Garden! This month it is weirdly enough in the Suntec Convention Centre but maybe that’s good because #haze.

Make.

Some blueberry inspired things, like that crumble pictured above or these Clinton St. Baking Co’s blueberry pancakes.

Eat.

Speaking of, there’s a Clinton St. Baking Company in Singapore now. It’s apparently expensive and very hip.

Read. Do. Make. Eat. 28.8.2015

Cooking, Eating Out, Stuff to do, Thoughts

Eat some ice-cream. Here.

Eat some ice-cream. Here.

Read.

SO cute AND helpful. This writer followed her Mom around Costco and this is what she learned.

Good looking people share the contents of their fridge. What? Why? Because they’re good looking and that makes me care.

Do.

It’s the last weekend of the Singapore Night Festival – gotta love it when people try to marry the (supposed) mundanity of museums with the novelty of staying out past your bedtime.

Practice your (insert language here).

Make.

Banh MI. BANH Mi. BANH MI.

Eat.

This chocolate bar.

The SGD18++ six-plate degustation pasta with wine at Bottura. Can you say value for money?

A parting thought – what do you guys think about cookbooks? I think they’re beautiful but I never use them – I either find recipes on the Interweb, make something up or call my Mom.

READ THIS: VOLUME 9

Thoughts
My not so sad breakfast this morning of the always satisfying Nutty Cranberry Granola - recipe from Shutterbean

This morning’s breakfast was the always satisfying Nutty Cranberry Granola – recipe from Shutterbean

It’s been one of those weeks – where I’ve been staring down the clock at work.

Just wanting to be somewhere else.

On vacation? Maybe? Sunning myself by the pool in some beautiful far away land? Ok – yes, definitely.

I could stay in any one of these beautiful hotels. My favorite being this ridiculously escapist Moroccan spot or this hotel ON A CLIFF in Portugal.

But first I need a new swimsuit. Ooh how about this one?

Before I wear that though I better make sure I’m all fit – I’ve been getting inspired by Lydia Elise Millen – Fitness, beauty, fashion and life(Style) blogger and all-around very pretty person.

And maybe when I’m on vacay I can use this stunning MAC eye quad by Pedro Lourenco ?

While I’m at it Imma gonna make sure I eat all them popsicles and partake in this new churro-ice-cream abomination.

Yeahhh.

READ THIS: VOLUME 8

Cooking, Thoughts

Its been a while since I’ve done a Read This post so here goes.

And I’m not just doing one because I don’t have a food post up my sleeve and have to make do.

Ahem.

Blackberry, Honey, and Yogurt Ice Pops

Blackberry, Honey, and Yogurt Ice Pops

After a wonderful gift from Hattie (AKA popsicle molds) i was able to jump on the summer recipe bandwagon of icy treats. These Blackberry, Honey and Yogurt Ice Pops/AKA my first popsicle experiment totally lived up to my expectations. There is tang from the yogurt and lime and richness from the pureed blackberry. My version used sugar syrup made with raw sugar and vanilla extract!

There’s a Cafe Fest coming up in Singapore that I’m super excited about. Speaking of cafes, despite new ones opening up all the time (I’m referring to The Tastemaker), I still stick by my old favorites, Artisan Boulangerie Co. (for their great service, coffee and quiches) and Tiong Bahru Bakery (for their pitch perfect Almond Chocolate Croissant).

Despite not delivering any food posts this week – I’ve been preparing food at home non-stop. My new favorite lunch are these Peanut-Sesame Slaw with Soba Noodles (I added baked tofu), this parmesan vinagrette is great with romaine and I baked Lacy Coconut-Topped Brownies for a sweet treat!

World Cup! World Cup! World Cup! It started y’all.

There are a number of different ads out there but this one by Beats wins – simply because of the sheer number of celebrities in it.  See if you can spot all of them.

*Photography by Hoi Yee (paper_shins).

READ THIS: VOLUME 7

Thoughts

Happy Good Friday y’all! WOOT!

The beautiful beach at Sapi Island.

The beautiful beach at Sapi Island.

Planning to go to Kota Kinabalu (KK) for a holiday? Here are a few tips:

  • You need to book wayyy in advance if you want to climb Mount Kinabalu. I did not and had to enjoy the moutain from afar…
  • Best place for food in Kota Kinabalu is Fatt Kee Restaurant. Order the Assam Fish Curry and Sabah Chai (veg).
  • Visit the Poring Hot Springs (2 hour drive from KK) and stay/eat at Round Inn where the service and food are awesome.

Can’t stop binge reading Gemma Burgess‘ New York set chick lit – Currently feverishly flipping through Love and Chaos.

My plans for this lovely long weekend include:

Finally If Google Was a Guy is really spot on. Heehee.

READ THIS: VOLUME 6

Thoughts

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These look amazing don’t they? Well I FOOLED you – because they were super undercooked due to some extremely inaccurate oven temp conversion action! I still ate one.

Which Celebrity Decorator Get’s You? I got Jonathan Adler and I think yes. It’s accurate.

A workout to try next time I’m running outside.

I can never figure out my face shape – pentagonal?

 Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day is coming up on April 8th! Let’s go together-gether!

*Photography courtesy of Hoi Yee (paper_shins)

READ THIS: VOLUME 5

Thoughts

Why is Divergent worth a watch? There’s action, (a) hot man/men (depending on how you like them) and a non-annoying heroine!

I LOVED this article on how to live well without spending too much. A timely reminder for an already expensive 2014!

This write up about the contradictions of what millennials eat and drink cracked me up. I’m also basically guilty of doing/thinking all those things.

SO awkward. I love it.

Apparently there are 3 different attachment types when it comes to relationships.  Secure, Anxious, and Avoidant. Guess which one I am?? You can pigeonhole yourself here.

Want condensed news so you never look a fool in public again? Subscribe to The Skimm. WARNING: A little too US centric.

Secrets about flying. I don’t know if I find this interesting or if it’s just making me more anxious.

Shhh don’t tell anyone but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying these 2 wedding blogs: Style Me Pretty and 100 Layer Cake.

And finally – there’s a reason why Pharrell’s “Happy” makes us happy.

SO LET’S DANCE.

READ THIS: VOLUME 4

Thoughts

When you are sick – there is nothing to do except feel sorry for yourself and drink soup.

OR you could feel sorry for yourself, make soup AND a grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
You KNOW what I’m sayin’.

So, Cuddle Parties? They’re a thing. And they’re now in Singapore.

Being sick has meant time at home to rediscover old TV favorites, like New Girl. I don’t have strong opinions about Zooey Deschanel (except her hair is AMAZING) but it might interest you that the carefree/zany/beautiful women that she typically portrays have a name – Manic Pixie Dream Girls.

Next time you want fancy take-out – consider hitting up PS Cafe Petit at Tiong Bahru. The PS Bolognese Pizza is yums. One tip though – get your wine elsewhere.

I watched Philomena last night – you know that Oscar nominated movie that didn’t win anything (apart from American Hustle) – and it was lovely. A very tightly told story which made it effective.

BTW going to bootcamp with friends is a really fun way to hang out. Especially love/dread battle rope!

READ THIS: VOLUME 3

Thoughts

Cilantro Lime Hummus

 

If you’re in the Tiong Bahru area please go shop at Foodie Market. They have cheap(er) cheeses, salmon, frozen fruit, meat and THINGS. Just go. Ok so I went to the Foodie Market, where I bought cannellini beans, so I can now make the famazing looking Cilantro Lime White Bean Hummus pictured above. Consolidated Cafe List in Singapore. You’re welcome. Things you should stop worrying about in your 20s! Cliche BUT some are especially true. Esp the bit about losing touch with some friends. And get over your FOMO already. Forgive me for another list post – but this Disney gif list of things you learned in your twenties is TOO cute. And here are the MOST FATTENING FOODS on the planet. I need me some super premium ice-cream stat. I’m planning on buying either an IKEA RAST or TARVA chest of drawers and then hacking it so it looks like this or this. Who wants to help? So that viral First Kiss video is basically a staged ad – this video on the other hand, isn’t. This one’s more awkward – but it’s also sexier and I think there’s – more tongue???

READ THIS: VOLUME 2

Thoughts

I’ve been doing some really satisfying reading/watching/skimming and I’ve gotta share!

The Book Thief (the movie) just came out and is supposedly good and usually I’m not averse to watching movies about books BUT it’s a movie based on a book about books – so no I had to read The Book Thief first. It’s a children’s book and it’s riveting – good pacing and a surprising narrator.

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Here it is on my handy dandy Kindle in its awesome Timbuktu case (FYI they don’t sell that case anymore).

This morning I discovered the delightful i am a food blog – the title is too cute – and the photography and inspiring twist on food just makes you want to read and savor every post. I’m itching to make these Earl Grey Tea Latte Pancakes.

The Everygirl is a website targeted at 20 to 30 career woman. It’s laid out beautifully and basically I’m just all over the home tours coz dayamn.

Also a new obsession of mine – Couple Blogs. Can I be painfully chic like Susk and Banoo or amazingly put together like the Rockstar Diaries when I grow up???

Recently I’ve been really wishing that I was creative and crafty. But I’m not… so… DESIGN LOVE FEST is fulfilling that part of me right now 🙂

Also I finally listened to everyone around me and started watching House of Cards. You should too. And then we should start a Robin Wright devotional group together.

Finally something a bit serious, which i know I don’t usually do, I read this article at xoJane (great website for women just generally) and it made me tear up. I think sometimes we don’t realize we really aren’t immortal.