- First ever Singaporean wedding (apparently, those throwing the wedding get the attendees to pay for most of the affair – no gifts or registry here)
- Understanding the disrespect of Indians
- Mutton soup
- Formula 1 (the only night event on the circuit – bucketlist worthy!)
- Inglorious return to rugby
- Loads of Tex-Mex in Texas
- Atlantic coast airport delays
- RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!!!
- Watching 2 UT football games and seeing 2 defeats by 2 Oklahoma teams
West Coast Plaza
Braised duck-the longest line at the food court. The porridge is not a bad way to go as the porridge masks the duck texture. The braising sauce seals the deal.
CKT/carrot cake stall (a few stalls down)-the white carrot cake is damn tasty. The radishes really make it.
A little girl on a bike and a car both approached an intersection. Of course the car took the right of way and made the girl wait in the middle of the road.
Who is the idiot sodcasting Katy Perry on MRT? F-that is my alarm. My bad, ya’ll.
Ayer Rajah FC, A Rashid Khan Mutton Soup (01-58)-mee siam. I should have just stuck with the namesake dish.
Abdus Salam Rojak-I had no idea what stuff is and conservatively picked random items out. The sauce is warm, sweet, and has a kick. Most people drench their items in the sauce, but I enjoyed gingerly dipping the constituents (the bready/vadai thing and the potato were tasty). This was healthy and kindof tasty, considering it is a sort of salad. Rojak is like a SE Asian garbage plate.
Fusionopolis-is it an innovation hub or a mall? It is a beautiful building, though. The food court and restaurant selection rival most malls. The sweet and sour pork at the Miniwok stall is quite solid.
E-Sarn Thai Corner-the red curry is quite tasty, but a bit pricier than Thai Fusion. The Thai iced tea was also delicious. I may have to come back for their lunch sets.
Queenstown Library-They have free Wireless@SG, but they charge you to use their computers. Like they always say, subsidize the rich and make the poor pay. They have lots of periodicals for browsing.
Cafe Galilee-This may be the best Western food that I have had at this price-an avocado sandwich on focaccia bread with crisps for $4. Yup.
First ever Singaporean wedding. With no dancing, open bar, or cake, this was definitely not a Western affair. The food was good, there was free flow wine (I may have been the only one taking advantage of this), and there was both English and Chinese commentary. We will file this under “cultural exchanges”. Hopefully, the American weddings I go to will be a bit more boisterous.
Hooters-They had local and imported waitresses and the wings are pretty tasty. The ice cream waffle was average.
Ananda Bhavan-“The stamina of a camel, the strength of an elephant and the beauty of horse are all sustained on a vegetarian diet.” Ideology aside, the vegetarian food is all good. Vadai, appom and putu mayam are wonderfully complemented with sambar and coconut chutney. The pav bhaji was the dank. I would have been okay with substituting a more “desi” bread for the pav.
What the Little India is going on? The place is packed with Bangladeshi males. This experience certainly sheds light on why so many Singaporeans have such a negative response to South Asians. I really feel like I am no longer in Singapore.
Sagar Ratna-finally, a place that has vermicelli kheer in Little India. Not too bad.
Balaji Bhawan-kulfi on a stick. The folks at the Texas State Fair need to develop a deep fried version of this!
There is a dude on the bus sporting an Astros hat! I wonder if he knows what the Astros are.
Sheng Ji-the sweet and sour pork is crispily good, but the mixed meat fried rice is even tastier.
Remember when your mother warned you not to make faces because your face would get stuck like that? The older generation did not heed their mother’s warnings.
Chilli Padi-I did not expect them to pull off the ayam buah keluak, but they rocked it. I did not see any nuts in the dish, though. (Was I supposed to?). Hooray for simplifying your menu, but boo for forcing us to get sets.
I am sitting at the bus station . . . next to an Ang Moh . . . that casually dropped “lah” in conversation. Wonders never cease.
The Leng Kee Community Centre actually has a decent basketball court, but no gym. The Queenstown Community Centre has both. The gym is supremely weak and an accident waiting to happen.
Zion Rd Food Ct, 28 Chinese Cuisine-Kway teow brings a smile to my face. The grilled beef makes me yearn for grilled fajitas-this is pretty well cooked.
I heart fruit stalls, and there are two right next to each other.
Great World Centre and River Valley Rd is right up the street. Maybe I will try Spize sober!
Yang Hua Cake House-$1 Moon cakes. These are probably leftovers from autumn festival. At this price, you cannot complain. I am a fan of lotus paste.
I scored free Formula 1 tickets in the 11th hour! I wish knew what was going on, because then I would not have missed Massive Attack, whom I have wanted to see live for like a decade. Why were they not headlining tonight instead of the calypso cover band (who was a lot of fun) or the K-pop group? As you guessed, this is more event than sporting. This is still a bucket list event as this is the only event on the Formula 1 calendar at night. The scenery is amazing as this takes place on the streets of downtown. My seats rock as I have view of a turn where I can see brakes glowing red with heat. I can of course take in the Flyer, Sands, and the Skyline. Big ups to my friend that hooked me up! He is actually a big F1 fan, while all I can surmise is that Michael Schumaker nabbed 6th place in today’s practice run. They even let us wander onto the track after the laps are done. That was pretty awesome! Even though Singapore allocated more time to the “side” events than actual racing, I wish I knew better what was going on. I must expand my horizons past American sports if I want to keep myself entertained here.
Queen’s HK Bubble Tea-cheap, good, and on the sweet side
Mushiya Steamers-$1 steamed muffins at close. We nabbed the last raspberry, for the win.
Go India Express (Orchard)-Unfortunately, they were closing. However, they did offer paneer tikka and roti. I wish I knew that the paneer tikka came with a delightful rice.
7-11 mashed potatos are not too shabby! The machine spits out liquid that quickly emulsifies into the proper consistency. Hooray for technology!
J. Co Donuts-yum yum. Always a hit with the peoples.
So the Bedok Kings practice on an artificial surface. It is okay, I could probably use the aggressive exfoliation.
Ya Mahyuddin Al-Jailani-daalcha and prata are always a good bet. Fruit juices are also refreshing.
I am living the dream! I have just experienced the Toto washlet. No messy hose or nozzle, just a direct jet of water to wash your sphincter. Now, I have to somehow get my ass on the Toto with temperature settings and massage features.
Ayer Rajah-just thinking about this place gives me the warm and fuzzy tinglies. I decide to have a wander through Ang Chee Sia Ong Temple across the street since I am never here during the day. There are lots of dragons.
A. Rashid Khan-why can’t I quit you? Their sup kambing may be one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted.
Shenton Way Power Stall-there is no excuse for soggy pratas. I understand preparing the dough in advance, but you should fry it fresh to order. Never again will I buy food from a place that needs touts..
Mesmerah Food-a tale of two pisangs. One is fresh and ginormous and the other is smaller and has been sitting out a bit. Both are breaded nicely.
One of the refineries is spitting out a plume that looks like South America. Uh oh . . .
$1.50 lychee pearl tea at the MRT station-a little sweet, but as good as anything in the States but cheaper
Redhill FC-there is a lot going on here considering it is 9 at night.
Redhill Curry Rice-luckily the aunty doused everything in curry (despite me wanting to limit the curry to the rice), because she scooped the kind of veggies with the bee hoon noodles that I do not like. I think the Chinese are the only ones that do curry pork and that is a shame. It is also a shame that these Economic Rice-type places cannot scoop different items and keep them separate on the plate. There is a was a lot of flavours going on. The aunty is very sweet and offers me free chicken curry and rearranges all her dishes when she sees me whip out my SLR.
I have no business stopping at the pancake stall. You cannot offer strawberry pancakes and not expect me to take a pass. The pancakes are fresh, but the filling is more syrup than fruit. I should have went with a native filling. I know better.
I cannot wait for the Circle Line to open up as I am tired of jostling for the 200 bus.
It turns out yesterday’s plume was just Shell’s largest refinery in the world. Why do I keep volunteering to live in these refinining towns? Is my next move to Rotterdam?
Why are there so many huskies in Singapore? Those poor guys must be miserable in this climate. Man, their fur sure is pretty, though.
Middle East Day at NUS catered by Cafe l’Cairo. Too bad they closed their stall in the business canteen. There is lots of yum afoot.
Coffee shop by Saint Andrews Junior School, pork rib noodles-servicable but I would have liked more ribs.
You would think that I have learned not to waste my hate on people here, but I have not. Today, someone in a car actually hit me. When I turned to scowl at them, they were locked in their tunnel vision and just motored off. Typical.
Johnny English 2-not terrible, eh. I never saw the first one, but this was hardly plot-driven so I doubt that it added anything.
Adam Road FC-such a small footprint but it packs a punch. Unfortunately, the two legendary nasi lemak stalls are closed. I am betting the sisters that own them are duking it out.
Bahrakath Mutton soup-the leg bones are 100 percent fat, but the broth rivals that of my boys at Ayer Rajah.
Hoo Cheng Big Prawn Mee-the prawn are on steroids, but the noodles are just too fishy for my taste.
Taj Mahal-the teh hahlia was definitely tasty, but I may be getting over ginger now.
Osteria Mozza-the Burrata Bacon presented on the cracker was delightful. Primi is right as it is hardly a real main. The pork loin was the dank even though it was not fatty. They pulled off the pepper crust without going overboard. The Borsellino was apple deliciousness!
Bazin-sublime skyline views!
Hooked on Heads-The a la carte buffet is the way to go. I am officially a fishhead curry aficionado! The pineapple fried rice also knocked my socks off. The rendang was average, but the Thai green curry and chicken curry were solid. The banana fritter (extra) was superlative.
Mouton Cadet-I cannot believe the landlord left a 1988 Bordeaux for pipardoojane. It appears that it was actually purchased in 1988 and still has the duty free label on it.
Deepavali Festival-they had the same vadai stall as the Hari Raya Festival (but not the wing vendor, booooooooo). This is more about the clothes, and even the men’s clothes are shiny.
Usman’s Restaurant-they still do not have the haleem, but they make up for it with the chana daal, ladyfingers, and tandoori.
L’Entrecote-Do one thing and do it well. They do steak. I suggest getting the sauce on the side since a good cut of beef stands on its own. The sauce more than makes up for a slight lack of flavour in the beef. The pomme frites are ridiculously tasty and free flow. The 2008 Carmes Cantillac is like the Bordeaux I had earlier and super smooth (almost watery). I cannot say I cared for the pate-it was like a salami that has gone bad (to be fair the texture did not suit me). The escargot was amaaaaaaazing. The half baked cake was perfect. Although this food is hardly local, what a last meal in Singapore!
Changi Airport, Terminal 3-Even though the butterfly garden underwhelms, this terminal is ridiculous with a GYM, lounges and plenty of comfortable places to sleep.
United to Tokyo-I wish I had not force fed myself breakfast at 6 in the morning, as they served breakfast shortly after takeoff. The flight is half empty so there is plenty of room to stretch out and get some zzz’s.
Inglorious Basterds-I am not afraid to say again that I love Brad Pitt movies. This is pretty brilliant.
Hangover 2-I am not sure whether this is brilliant for recycling the first movie’s plot or if they were too cheap to write a new script. A different role for Mike Tyson is hilarious.
The Continental entertainment system is generally the dank, especially considering the budget Asian airlines I have been travelling on. On demand movies, TV shows and music all rock. I just wish I made it through the Last King of Scotland. Some day . . .
7 October 2011
Cutten BBQ-I am so glad I discovered this place near the ‘rents’ house
Chicken sandwich-after scooping off the mayonaise, this was brilliant
Sliced beef sandwich-wonderfully fatty and they do not skimp on the brisket
Baked potato-we had no business getting this, but we did because my mom and I are gangster. Sliced brisket on a loaded baked potato is ridiculously over the top.
Teotihuacan-returning to the barrio
Beef fajitas-I love the slightly charred tips of the beef and the greasy flour tortillas
Fried cinnamon ice cream-it is like sopapillas with ice cream. Dessert before dessert.
El Bolillo-this place made living in the barrio worth it. I am still having trouble getting used to the expanded digs.
Flan-this is damn near identical to the egg custard Mom makes, equally unhealthy, and equally delicious.
Tres leches-I hate that they adulterate a great base product with whip cream and strawberries. Luckily, that stuff can be scooped right off. The cake soaked up the three milks wonderfully. Who knew soggy would be such a desirable attribute in a cake?
Ruby Tequila’s-iT is what you expect when you see the suburban get up and flair (go watch Office Space) everywhere.
Tortilla soup-eh, unnecessary filler
Fresh guacamole-I am stunned that they made this tableside.
Chicken enchilada-this was not bad at all. I am also a fan of the dry Mexican rice.
Fried ice cream-solid
The fajita beef was not bad, I would have liked it grilled a bit longer.
Guacamole-I am a sucker for their tableside preparation and their four serving size does not skimp.
Chili con queso-free courtesy of Foursquare. Yup
Sopapillas-topped with honey and cinnamon, it is as delicious as you would expect.
Agora Cafe-I miss this part of town. No Frapaccinos here.
It turns out that OU does not suck this year.
Chocolate Bar-if you walk out of here without a smile on your face, you may be dead.
Frozen berry ice cream-yum
Daal puri-why does this not exist in Singapore? Mom and I innovated a healthier baked version that is not bad at all.
Beef fajitas-why is this so wrong when you leave border states??
Laphraig Scotch-this is very different from any scotch I have ever had. It has zero bite and has a very strong smokiness (likely from the aging cask).
Goodson’s Cafe-this is what is good in Texas. Good folks and good food.
Chicken fried steak-not minced meat, but real steak
Chicken fried chicken-like the steak, it is breaded with corn flakes and has the gravy on the side. I prefer the chicken, and it may be the best I have had.
Macaroni and cheese-creamy and oozing with cheese
Fried okra-ranch dressing as a dip is actually brilliant
Han’s Bierhaus-how have I not been here before. It is small and homey, but you are more than spoiled for choice.
St. Arnold’s Oktoberfest-I only like St. Arnold’s Amber Ale and their Christmas Ale.
BB’s Cafe-how did I live down the street from here, regularly stagger past this place on the way home from bars, but I have never even seen this. I love their small and low-priced options so you can try a few different things.
Boudin balls-more deep fried goodness
Abita Purple Haze-you can me a girl for drinking this and I would not care.
Gumbo-wow, I missed this more than I thought I would.
Crawfish etouffee-if mudbugs were in season, this would be epic. The crawfish were smallish, but the base makes up for it. Etouffee is easily my favourite Cajun dish.
Cheesecake Factory, Red Velvet Cake-why would you mess this up with whip cream? Is it not good enough?
Chilling at ATL-“I am from New York!”. Thank you for letting us all know, hahahahaha!
Katy Perry comes to the Big Apple with DJ Skeet Skeet. Could this warrant a trip back?
Mama’s Cafe-eat everything here. The serving size is twice as big as I would like, but no one seems to mind.
7B-Where is it? 7th and B. Real simple.
McKenna’s Pub-closed, I am wounded
Poppyseed bagel on the corner of 14th and 8th-the vendor gives me shit for me being a tourist with my camera. Who cares? Him dousing my bagel with cream cheese makes up for it.
It is nice to be able to get on public transport without getting manhandled. Asia, this is not.
High Line Park-this is the kind of clever reclamation of wasteland that you would never see in Singapore.
Nerd Con-that is why everyone is in sci-fi costumes.
Union Square Farmer’s Market-what a pleasant surprise. I grab a delicious scone. The vendor makes the same tired joke about charging me to take pictures. Real funny.
Flight out of JFK delayed due to weather-shocking. Delta makes it worse by hassling me for not showing up at the scheduled time. I received an email alert stating that the flight was delayed by an hour-why should I show up on time if they do not? I get hit with a fine if I am late; should I not get credit if they inconvenience me?
Buffalo-how I have missed you Upstate
Free warm cookies at check-in at Hampton Inn. I tear into cinnamon raisin before realizing there is one last chocolate chip-DAMMIT!
Drinking with Grandma and the rest of the groomsmen’s family: Paint stick from Home Depot modified to deliver 2 cans of beer in well under a second. These guys are brilliant and I am clearly outclassed.
RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!
Gameday-grey, dreary and sideways rain. A perfect day to get married!
On a random note: Buffalo has some cool architecture. Even Frank Lloyd Wright has work here.
The wedding was way more religious than I cared for. I suppose it is not about me. The highlights:
1. Being preemptively reprimanded by the deacon (?)
2. The priest referencing the “social establishment” where the couple met
3. The flower girl turning around and waving vigorously in the face of a man kneeling in prayer behind her.
Pre-game/Aardvark reunion at Salsaritas: the food is average but there is no arguing with $3 margaritas that are actually tasty.
1. RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!
2. Another damn Oklahoma team beats us
3. Prom pictures
4. The rest is a little hazy.
5. RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!
1. Heckling the old lady trying to use the waffle iron
2. Piecing together the reception
3. “Our wedding party is way more fun than the other party at the hotel. They do not look hungover at all.”
4. RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!
5. Telling the bride I forgot her present in Singapore and her threatening to kill me. The two events are unrelated.
Anchor Bar at the airport-nothing special. The Anchor Bites with the spicy BBQ sauce is pretty common fare and hard to mess up.
A day of my life has disappeared thanks to crossing the International Date Line. Flying Air China was not as bad as I thought it would be. They do, however, use planes from the Cretaceous Period. The entertainment system consists of a projector from the 80s showing commercials.
Beijing Capital Airport is spotlessly new (I am guessing thanks to the recent Olympics). International transfers (as in Tokyo and Singapore) are a snap. They do one better than Singapore by not forcing you through security twice. I cannot seem to connect to the free wi-fi, even though I was able to register successfully (the Chinese monitor internet usage). The airport does offer free water dispensers and plenty of places to take a nap.
Il Siciliano-why did this place have to open up AFTER I moved out of this building?
The eggplant parmigiana and prosciutto di parma were both stellar; the latter was still fantastic the next day. I was not all that impressed with the risotto funghi porcini, but risotto in general is kind of average for me.
I am beginning think my strategy of showing up to rugby practice once every 3 weeks and working out at a similar frequency will probably not serve me well in this weeks debut for the Bedok Kings.
Hawker centres are seriously the best thing about Singapore: cheap and mostly freshly made food and cheap beer. Plus, people are their nicest around food.
How the food court at Potong Pasir has eluded me during my time in Singapore is beyond me. Today, I started with the pork pie and xiao long pao from the Chinese stall. Both were all sorts of epicness. The pork pie was probably the closest I will get to daal puri in Singapore. I will take that. All that plus a can of hTwo0 set me back a cool $6. Yessir!