Birthday Toast at O Batignolles

Thank you, everyone, for coming. I’m turning 28 today and it’s funny because many years ago, when I was 16 I was living in Korea and that was when the 2002 World Cup was taking place in Korea. I remember thinking how when I turned 20 and the World Cup was in Germany that would be a great time to go to the World Cup because I’d be so young and then the next time in 2010, I would be 24 and that would be great too.

I completely ruled out the Brazil World Cup in 2014 because, of course, I couldn’t attend the World Cup by then. I would be 28 and have children and be far too OLD to attend a World cup.

What I’m trying to say is that even though life didn’t turn out the way that I thought it would, I find that I am so happy to be where I am today.

And honestly, I look way better during this World Cup than I did during any of the previous ones!

It has been a good and also hard past year and I can truly say in this past year I have learned which friends make me feel alive and I am so blessed to have all of you.

Thank you for everything!

My beautiful and super tasty Strawberry Birthday Shortcake from Flor Patisserie
My beautiful and super tasty Strawberry Birthday Shortcake from Flor Patisserie
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READ THIS: VOLUME 8

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).