Ran across this item while browsing at Dean and Deluca in Orchard Central. Ever tried one of these Green Musk Melons? At 100 SGD (that’s 80 USD or 50 GBP) a piece I hope they are absolutely fantastic! That’s one food item you don’t let rot in your refrigerator.
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Posted in Expensive Eats, Fancy Eats, Food, Food Photography, Foodie Photo of the Day, fruit, Grocery Store, grocery stores, Photography, Singapore, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged dean and deluca, foodie photo of the day, fruit, green musk melon, grocery store, orchard central, Singapore on April 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in burgers, Food, Food Stalls, Peranaken, Restaurants, Singapore, take out, Tanjong Pagar, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged Asian, CBD, Food, no msg, Peranakan, restaurants, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Thai, the Loving Hut, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole Earth on January 24, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Dear Whole Earth Singapore,
I love you.
I was taking a graphic design short course in Tanjong Pagar when I found this vegetarian place that specializes in Peranakan and Thai cuisine.
A main with brown rice after tax and service charge was $24, so it’s not particularly cheap. It is, however, healthy and delicious with nice interiors. I even experienced good service.
If you are a vegetarian but have always wondered what some of the classic Asian dishes taste like (hello shark fin soup), you must go here. My penang rendang was made of pan-fried mushrooms and had an amazingly meaty texture with the perfect blend of spices.
I took a look at the dessert menu and passed in favor of a green tea ($1.50) at the nearby divey but vegan Loving Hut. Excellent tactic as tea to go at the nearby western coffee stands was $4-$6. People, it’s just hot water and a tea bag I’m after.
I figured I was on a roll so the next day I gave Loving Hut a chance. This was a much less exciting experience. The vegan ocean burger was, shall I say.. disgusting. The lemon ice tea was full of sugar. Why do people pre-load sugar? I really wish they would stop. Singapore does indeed have a sweet tooth that I am missing.
In summary, in two days I had good vegan food and not so good vegan food near Tanjong Pagar.
OMG I just found out that you can get Whole Earth delivered.
Whole Earth is located at 76 Peck Seah St (Tg Pagar MRT Exit A)
For Reservations: Tel: 65 6323 3308
Open Daily. Operating Hours: Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm (last order at 2:30pm) Dinner: 5:30 to 10pm (last order at 9:15pm
Posted in Cheap Eats, Food, Foodie Photo of the Day, fried, Hawker Food Diaries, Singapore, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged Food, foodie photo of the day, fried, Hawker Center Diaries, hawker market, Holland Village, Singapore, thai food, Vegetarian on December 28, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Watch out, it’s a bit spicy.
Posted in culture clash, expats, Fashion, First World Problems, Food, fried, hair, Singapore, Stereotypes, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged ang mo, bad hair day, bad haircuts, beauty, being different, Caucasions, chain restaurant, cheese fries, Chili's, comfort food, emotional eating, expat, first world problems, fitting in, hair, hair style, salon, Singapore, style, stylists on November 10, 2012 | 1 Comment »
I’ve never had things not made for me.
That’s a lie.
The original plans in the engineering building at my university did not call for a women’s bathroom. The school compensated by converting the one on the first floor into a ladies room, much to the chagrin of the men.
And the entire thing about being a female engineer is really a bit abnormal in the first place.
Then there was that period of time- my entire teenage years- when I was too tall and skinny to fit into normal jeans or trousers. Everything was just a few inches too short leaving my socks showing and submitting me to high school mean girls shouting “There’s a flood!” when I turned the corner. Although the bully experience was scarring, you don’t get much sympathy for being too tall and skinny.
And then I gave up eating meat, so there was that. But I lived in Austin, and then London so that wasn’t too much of a problem.
But mostly I fitted in. I’m right handed. I’ve never had a disability, unless you count being severely clumsy.
Then I moved to Singapore where my average height self and husband stand up tall over the rest and not eating meat is something the Hindus do, not the Ang mos.
But the daily struggle is the clothes and the beauty products. My friends back home were shocked to hear that in Singapore I was an XL.
Sure you can get the same high street items as you get anywhere like Gap and Zara, but they aren’t guaranteed to stock your size.
For the record, I’m not overweight.
And the beauty products are to lighten skin and smooth the hair, while I already get pretty pasty and have hair so smooth and flat that it will hardly hold in a ponytail.
The sales ladies don’t understand and in their aggressive nature proceed to tell me how their smoothing serum is great for Caucasion hair.
“But lady, look at it. It doesn’t need to be any straighter. It’s already limp and lifeless,” I try to reason with them.
They can’t seem to answer my question as to why the skin product they are pushing is allegedly good for Caucasians. I then realize I am only being placed in one category: white.
This is the portion of the post where I apologize to all my black female friends and acquaintances whom I did not take seriously enough about their hair and beauty product struggles. Obviously my problems are not the same, and yet I still feel traumatized.
I’m made to feel racist when I request a hair stylist who can deal with REALLY fine and thin hair. “All of our stylists our good with Caucasion hair.” That’s not what I was asking, and by the way I ask this question at all new salons. That includes in the US and Europe. So really, please don’t take offense!
These are first world problems, I know, but you don’t mess with a girl’s hair.
My last haircut left me feeling pretty sad. At the end of the haircut, I had to ask for more product. And more product. “My hair is so fine it’s falling in my eyes,” I had to point out.
“Oh sorry,” she said. “Most Singaporean girls don’t wear product in their hair.” I tried to smile, but couldn’t help but think about how I had just paid her $70 to teach her how to cut my hair.
I know there must be very talented hair stylists in Singapore, I just have to learn where to look.
I walked straight out of the salon- one I found on expat forums described as being cool and chic and good with fine hair but ended up being for the over 40 and not working expat wives who like to tell their nodding stylist over and over again how things are in America- and straight into a plate of cheese fries.
If you are going to engage in emotional eating, might as well do it full force.
I guess I should be grateful that there are some things you can get everywhere.
Author’s note: In case you are desperate for a reminder of home, there’s a Chili’s at Tanglin mall and Clarke Quay in Singapore. Normally I wouldn’t condone this behavior, but hey, there’s really no shame in it from time to time. I know a foodie friend who once drove 2 hours in the UK just to go to a TGIFriday’s. Think about how desperate he must’ve been.
Posted in Cheap Eats, Food, Food Photography, Hawker Food Diaries, Holland Village, Singapore, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged Carrot Cake, Eggs, Food, Hawker, Holland Village, Hot Sauce, Market, Radish, Singapore on August 1, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Carrot Cake in Singapore is made of neither carrot nor cake. Woh.
The dish is basically an omelet, or maybe more of a fried egg, with steamed rice flour and radish “cakes” and spring onions. You can get it black or white. The white is without soy sauce and the black is with soy sauce, which is more popular in Malaysia.
Why do they call it carrot cake then? Well apparently the radish is known as “white carrot” in Chinese.
This one is from Holland Village Food Centre. $3 for a small, $4 for a medium, $5 for a large, prices in Singaporean dollars. Honestly I’ve seen the small and medium portions and they seemed the same, so I’m not sure why the price difference. Maybe the man thought I looked a bit skinny when I ordered the small.
Have it with hot sauce. Lots and lots of amazing hot sauce. Yum.
Posted in burgers, Chelsea, Food, Food Photography, Foodie Photo of the Day, fried, Restaurants, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged burgers, byron, courgette, courgette fries, Food, food photography, foodie photo of the day, fries, london, Photography, zuchinni on September 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Cheap Eats, Food, Lebanese, patio, Restaurants, Soho, take out, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged Beirut, cheap eats, Food, london, patio, restaurants, Soho, Street Food, take out, Vegetarian, Yalla Yalla on August 5, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
First I saw a blurb about Yalla Yalla on Time Out. Then Gourmet Chick lists it as a top ten cheap eat in London. The very next week, the Hungry Engineer and her husband are visiting London from Austin. They give me a run down of the top places that they’ve eaten so far in London. They do not shut up about the batata harra at Yalla Yalla.
“We know” says April. “It’s weird to say the best thing we’ve eaten is potatoes but they were so good!”
I resolved to scope this Beirut street food venue out.
Yalla Yalla has two locations near Oxford Street. The one I visited is tucked away in Soho in a street that is more of an alley. To find it I cruised down Brewer, poking my head down every street I passed until I finally saw the yellow Yalla Yalla sign. For the record, Green’s Court is between Lexington and Wardour. It’s not a place that you just bump into while not paying attention.
The small cafe was full with people waiting for takeout and eating in. There were a few full outdoor seats as well. The secret is out.
I slipped into the only small empty table and started contemplating my order.
I settled on the lunch special – a wrap (I chose halloumi) with a side of hummus. I added an apple mint ginger lemonade. How can you resist a drink like that?
I left completely stuffed. I could have done without the hummus and pita bread.
I returned a few weeks later for another halloumi wrap, this time to go. I waited outside as the order was prepared and took my wrap to devour in the park. I’ve really got to make it back again to try out those potatoes.
Yalla Yalla on Green’s Court is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 10am – 10pm.
People love Sacred. Time Out recommends it, my coworker recommends it, random stranger on the street recommends it, so I decide to try it.
Sacred plays on it’s name as a place of worship. The barista is set up on a pulpit and the congregation spills out onto the street at it’s Soho location near Carnaby Street. This makes it a very nice place to hang out on a sunny day soaking up the rays or people watching, on your lunch break, or in-between shopping.
Sacred offers plenty of sandwiches and pastries. It’s run by New Zealanders who sell things like jelly lolly cake. My experiences at Sacred and the Roastery are causing me to wonder what exactly is the deal with antipodeans and London coffee shops. Two coffee shops in a row- is this a chance thing or are NZ natives really into their coffee hangouts? I think I’m going to have to make a trip to New Zealand to get to the bottom of this. Either that or call up a friend and ask. The former option seems more dramatic and fun.
I had scrambled eggs with feta and spring onion on wholewheat toast and an Americano. This set me back between £8 and £9. Quite a bit for what is basically an egg sandwich and regular coffee. It took about 20 minutes to get my eggs and coffee, even though there weren’t many in the congregation that morning. In their defense, it was early morning so there were probably a lot of unseen to go orders and I think one of the baristas was training. Also, the coffee was very good.
Posted in Bakery, cake, Cheap Eats, coffee, Food, gluten free, Restaurants, Soho, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged Bakery, Cake, cheap eats, Cupcakes, Food, gluten free, Hummingbird Bakery, Soho, Vegetarian on April 5, 2011 | 2 Comments »
I don’t have a sweet tooth so I don’t crave more than the occasional cookie or candy. Even when I do indulge, I will usually only have one or two bites. I would say this is a good thing except I tend to crave the fatty savory foods instead. It is more likely for me to dive into a bag of crips (chips) than a bag of biscuits (cookies).
However, while Rachel was in town we developed the wonderful habit of topping off our meals with a treat. I was getting a welcomed crash course in London pastries and sweets. We just finished a meal in Soho when I remembered that Hummingbird Bakery was around the corner. It had been recommended to me so I suggested we go there.
Hummingbird Bakery makes American style cakes, cupcakes, brownies and pies and even has a gluten free selection of treats. After much deliberation, Rachel chose a red velvet cupcake and I chose the tiramisu.
All throughout Rachel’s visit we had been sharing food but we both drew the line here. The tiramisu, which is only available on Wednesdays, was so good that I might have involuntarily bitten off someone else’s fingers if they tried to come near it. That is a huge endorsement from a girl born without a sweet tooth. This may have been the best cupcake I have ever had.
Hummingbird Bakery has locations in South Kensington, Notting Hill and Soho with a Spitalfields location scheduled to open in May of 2011. Check their website for more location details and hours. http://hummingbirdbakery.com/
11-13 Soho St
Vantra is a casual restaurant in Soho that specializes in raw, vegan and gluten-free foods. The cafe is open and inviting with large wooden communal tables and an organic food bar.
“So how does this work?” I asked Molly.
“You can either pick from the foods behind the counter and pay per serving or you can get a takeout container and fill it up completely from another bar yourself and pay per box.” she explained.
“Kind of like Luby’s but healthy and minus the take-out option.” I reasoned.
The take-out self service option starts at £4 for a box and is available Tuesday through Friday. The food bar offers many selections for £1 to £2 per small bowl. In addition, you can grab crackers and dips, dim sum, kale chips and truffles for dessert.
After struggling a bit with the process, getting the attention of the staff, and making our choices, we finally settled down to a table in the back. Some of the items were better than the others, but most were tasty. At £1 or £2 per item, it’s OK if you get something that’s not your favorite. You load up with different curries, vegan stroganoff, vegetables, noodles and salads to try and go for it.
We decided to try some of the vegan raw truffles. I want to say they were great, but honestly they were just OK.
I love this concept and am grateful for this option. During my visit it was obvious that there were still some kinks to be worked out, particularly when it came to the staff. Vantra is still new and going through an adolescence phase. I will be back regularly to check on it’s progress.