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Self-inflicted cruelty : food recollections at 12.39am.

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A delightful, fruity trifle at Hawksmoor.

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Perfect fish and chips in a quiet fish place (forgot the name) in Angel.

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Delectable pork sliders with jalapeños at Opera Tavern in Covent Garden.

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And this calamari with fried garlic flakes and curry leaves (I think?) that I still dream about, from Hix.

This ties up the chronicles of our Europe trip in August. It really was glorious and I’m so glad we had those adventures.

This Saturday, we’ll be off to Taiwan with M’s family – I am looking forward to chowing down on street eats, enjoying the cool weather and family time. In the meantime, this week is shaping up to be a flurry of catching up with close friends over more food, which is my idea of heaven. Happy to be having distractions from the infamous post-production blues (since Red Riding Hood ended 3 days ago).

May you all have a lovely pre-Christmas week – eat lots, laugh lots, and have a great holiday break! Love, Z.

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Happiness comes from inside.

Given that the audition tally for June stands at “0” (is it weird that I am rather relieved?), I decided to give myself a bit of a compassionate break, and indulge.

Plus, when one has been besieged by a nasty flu bug for a few weeks and finally regains some semblance of humanity, one eats to savor life again.

IMG_3469Tsujiri at 100AM is so good, I had to think selfishly hard about whether to share this amazing gem of a dessert destination. Its macha sundae with azuki (red bean – but doesn’t the Japanese name sound so much cuter?) and rice balls is simply intoxicating. (Tip : I would pass on the macha roll cake; was a powdery let-down.)

The ice cream has a rich green tea flavor, and a smooth and light texture that’s rivaled only by Haagen Daaz. This sundae has occupied my psyche so much lately that it is now my iPhone wallpaper. (Safe to say I’m obsessed.)

IMG_3304I love Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers program – even though the poor man seems to eat alone all the time! Cue : awwwwwwww.

M caught an episode where Nigel prepared this pasta with sausages sans casings, caramelized onion, coarse grainy and smooth mustard, and cream, and decided to try it out on me. I thank the TV gods for that moment of serendipity that led to this dish, because it was absolutely yummy and comforting.

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After a long hiatus (read : a month or so), I returned to my udon obsession. The way that egg so carelessly sprawls itself over the noodles, and the way that butter cube perches so awkwardly… somehow makes me happy inside.

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Charlie & Co’s The Producers burger has also been on the brain for a while now. I add in a fried egg for good measure – that just takes it up to a celestial level (for me, anyway). Portobello mushroom, crunchy greens, salty, gummy haloumi, and a fried egg. Oh. Be still my heart.

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Ever since I realized Dorset Cereals do nothing but give me a sugar high and early lunchtime hunger pangs (damm yoo muesli!), I decided to cook myself breakfast before work when I can. This morning, I gingerly cooked a portobello mushroom and stood a safe distance glaring at it while it splattered angrily in the pan. And of course, a fried egg. Umami heaven.

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Lunchtime creeps (as Su my colleague would call it) to Ikyu in Tiong Bahru with M was perfectly yummy. Set lunch was delicious. Our appetizers of spring salmon roll and wagyu yakitori meatballs were super tasty but both portions were a tad dismal. The main rice bowl with 4 or 5 sashimi cuts, tamago, and sweet mushrooms more than made up for it. We left full and happy – albeit craving for Tsujiri’s green tea ice cream in lieu of the milk-heavy macha ice cream we got at Ikyu to round out the meal. Heh.

… Also, I think this post is proof that I will never survive a carb-less diet of any sort. Ahem.

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lazy haze.

This past weekend seemed to have been set on slow-mo’, which was fantastic.

Saturday morning, Di + Yixiao + I whiled away 3+ hours at Maison Ikkoku for a leisurely brunch. Those leather benches are so comfortable! And I’m absolutely in love with the decor.

The rest of the weekend was family time (dinner with the folks, afternoon visit with my grandma who was lovely and healthy as ever :-)), bonding-with-TV-and-husband time, and mani-pedi time.

Now that it’s Monday, I’m in a bit of a weird headspace. Looking forward to Gaga tonight!

(Hypebeast / Sarah’s Loft )

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weekend #49.

This year’s office outing and Christmas party brought us to an indoor archery range.

Us Robin Hood wanna-be’s.

It was good fun, but also really hard! On my very last try, I scored three bullseyes (! all clustered together! ).

You know what they say – quit when you’re winning and all of that.

We ended the day at Spruce with a lovely dinner – everyone was meant to wear wigs! Let’s just say it was a wild, fun-filled night. :-)

The day after, the weather cooperated and we enjoyed our favourite fish soup noodles in cool, rainy breeze.

Sunday was tea day – TWG time!

Ohhh. Cream and tea jelly. NOM.

… With scones and matcha financiers! Sadly, scones were much harder and drier than I remembered them to be.

The financiers were pretty good though :-)

I just realized there’re lots of circles in the pictures above! LOL. Can you spot them too?

What are your plans for Christmas? It’s getting really festive already, with lots of presents, gatherings, dinners, and celebrations to attend! I’m really looking forward to next week when my office shuts for a week. It’ll be great to hit the ‘re-set’ button in preparation for 2012.

Also excited for our trip to Hanoi over the New Year. Bun cha and cha ca la vong, here I come!

 

 

 

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Hong Kong : Ngau Kee.

One of the highlights of the trip? The visit to Ngau Kee – a down-home, ex-dai pai dong place, where some of our good friends are regulars. They knew exactly what to order. The best was the stuffed eggplant – mmmmm.

Other popular favourites were the salted egg with bittergourd, and the deep fried pork.

After dinner, we headed to a secret bar nearby tucked inside what is a bustling marketplace by day. It was awesome. But in keeping with the spirit of the place, I’m not going to tell you exactly where it is ;)

The foot massage that followed at a nearby foot reflexology place was just stellar. Perfect way to end a great night.

 

 

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