Tarte Tatin

Easy Tarte Tatin recipe

Say tarte tatin, and you’re likely to get oohs and aahs around the table, but little do your guests know – it’s really very little effort! Now, of course, if you’ve been trawling the net in search of tarte tatin recipes, you might just get a little wary of the methods and equipment needed. That […]

Ice Hotel Scenery

Super-cool stay at the Ice Hotel, Sweden

En route on an attempt to see the Northern Lights in Abisko, up in Swedish Lapland, we stayed one night at the famed Ice Hotel. This hotel is truly unique – the fact that every year, the hotel starts to melt back into the river Torne, the ice from which is used to build the […]

Cho Omakase Unagi

Value for money Japanese set lunch at Cho Omakase, Boat Quay

Walking past the many ramen/bento restaurants along the Circular Road stretch around Boat Quay reminds me of the quickie lunches salarymen in Tokyo would have – slurping noodles whilst standing up or being in and out of an eatery within minutes. Cho Omakase at Lorong Telok, however, serves up a quick and satisfying Set Lunch for […]

Saha Singapore Mushroom Biryani

Innovative Indian cuisine at Saha

Now we all know Indian food hasn’t yet fallen victim to the “tiny plates” movement, I mean, give me a mountain of rice and drown it with curry, right? But in Saha’s case, Chef Abhijit Saha’s mixing of traditional Indian with innovative techniques is worth checking out. Originally at Duxton Hill, Saha has moved to the […]

Italian Osteria Pork Belly

Bustling Italian Osteria at Hillview area

So crackling “my hubby could play a drum solo on it” pork belly. ‘Nuff said. Ok, not ‘nuff said. This wouldn’t be much of a post if I only wrote 15 words now, would it? So there I was, up in the hilly areas of Upper Bukit Timah and it was dinner time. Located at […]

View of Reykjavik

Romp around Reykjavik in 2 days

Pre-trip research painted the citizens of Reykjavik as being a super-jeep driving, music loving, hot dog-eating, bar-hopping friendly lot. Yes, I got to experience three out of the four traits and if I hadn’t just narrowly missed their annual music fest, Iceland Airwaves, I would have experienced the 4th. More on the super-jeep loving part once […]

View from Castle House Lake Tjornin

Castle House – your home in Reykjavik!

Castle House Luxury Apartments – I can’t imagine a more homey yet classy place to stay at in Reykjavik! We had just come off a long flight from Singapore to Iceland and by the time we had reached the hotel, we were tired. It was late at night, also because we had gone to the Blue […]

Blue Lagoon Reykjavik

The Blue Lagoon. Billed as the “must-visit” attraction in Iceland. Sorry, but that really depends. As timings would have it, we arrived rather late into Reykjavik on a cold October day and by the time we reached the Blue Lagoon at 5pm, not only was it dark, but it was also raining. Tip: The guides say you should […]

Sushi Samba Counter

Argentina meets Japan at Sushi Samba, Iceland!

Argentina meets Japan in Iceland at Sushi Samba! Well, not quite just Argentina but as billed on their website, South American and Japanese cuisine pair up to take centrestage at this kooky, buzzy restaurant. We walked in without reservations on a busy Saturday night and no problem, they settled us in quickly. It probably helped […]

Fishmarkadurinn Desserts

Icelandic Seafood feast at Fiskmarkadurinn!

When it comes to Iceland, lamb and lobster rule – luckily they’re my favourite kind of food! Fish restaurants abound in Reykjavik, all proudly showcasing their variety of happy swimmers and amongst the best is Fiskmarkadurinn, sister restaurant to another popular restaurant, Grillmarkadurinn. You could choose amongst the many ala carte items that all sound […]

Gion Hatanaka Ryokan Dinner

Ryokan stay at Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto

Right. Ryokans. Tell me a few years ago that I should be paying $800 a night to sleep on the floor in a spartan room in Kyoto and I would have checked you into a spartan room with padded walls. But, the older, wiser me has reconsidered this. Especially the older, wiser me who has […]

Jomon Inside View Sake

Jomon – funky izakaya at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

Jomon, a buzzing izakaya in bustling Roppongi Hills, is a quirky, fabulous find. I mean, when asked if we would like a window seat, we were promptly shown literally to a window seat, sitting on the floor, looking through a window, with our legs hanging out onto the streetside. The atmosphere too is really fun. […]