.. With DH. (wrote this post back in Dec, but didn’t post it) He had a couple of business meetings in Singapore the beginning of this week. He drove so I went along. Usually he goes by plane but this time he needed to bring back the wine he shipped back from Napa Valley. He bought 27 bottles from Opus One, the Limited Edition Vertical 2005, 2006 and 2007. We opened one at another restaurant. We let JC, dh’s French buyer, choose a couple of wines at Lawry’s. We all had the restaurant’s famous prime rib. Dh and I shared the 15oz diamond cut because we also shared an order of baby back ribs. We could’ve gone to Morton’s but were just there in Hong Kong. I was longing for some good prime ribs and Lawry’s certainly satisfied that craving.
We also went to Long Beach Seafood at Eastcoast Parkway. This was my first time there. We certainly had the best. The men opened a couple bottles of whisky and lots of great wine. We had sashimi geoduck and lobster, tiger sea mantis w/golden garlic, Alaskan king crab, renown crispy duck, BBQ fish. We couldn’t finish the food. I would’ve eaten more , but was a little ill. The next day, we had brunch at Marina Bay casino with dh’s bro and family bf departing for home. We had the usual dim sum dishes like siew mei , chee change fun, etc. It was ok. The outstanding dish was the melt in your mouth egg tart, and the salted butter pao. I think we just had too much good food and couldn’t appreciate anymore food.
Alaskan king crab
lobster and geoduck sashimi
Rich, rich , rich…but oh so melt in your mouth yummy. First time dh and I ever made a special trip to KL for lunch just to taste this special beef. On Fridays I don’t drive any kids to school, so was homefree. We decided to go to Prime at Le Meridien because htis Blackmore beef is only available in July- August. Blackmore wagyu beef is the finest beef that we’ve ever had with a 9+ marbling grain fed for 500-600 days. We ordered a set of oyster blade served with double consommé with sides of somen noodles, tofu cubes and honshimeji mushrooms. This RM528 set also came with wild berries w/ whipped cream and evian water. Loved the ponzu sauce that came with it. We also ordered a Blackmore wagyu sirloin that came with garlic mashed potatoe and med grilled veggies. On top of that, Chef Anton came to the table to explain to us the types of sets they were offering and what was available. We were confused with what the waitress was trying to explain to us. He ordered Master Kobe chuck flab tail(near the neck of the cow)for us to try, simply melt in your mouth. The Chef said it was on him, so after we finished our dinner we sent a glass of wine to him. Will put in photos later. What a great lunch that was. Meant to post this back in August.
We took the kids back to the states for their year end holidays last Nov-Dec. We went to CA(Hollywood, San Diego, & San Francisco), Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe/Mammoth Lakes, and Iowa. Ate at many fabulous places. Will back post those restaurants later. I got a chance to spend Thanksgiving with my siblings and cousins. That was also the highlight of great eating for me.
Before Turkey Day, we had a bbq-chicken, pork ribs and 2inch thick steaks plus great salads. We had so much meat that night and were all so finger licking good. I didn’t have time to take photos of the other meats and salads. I was too in awe of the giant steaks.lol The steaks were simple worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Dh made sure I was in charge of those so my sis wouldn’t marinade it with anything fancy or funky sauces. But the marinades she put on the chix and pork ribs were so good. The kids got to make smores(1st time ever) after the steaks were done. That was fun for them. My sis actually made a pit for barbeque right in the middle of her garden. Thanksgiving was wonderful. We wnet to 3 houses. I didn’t touch any turkey at the first 2 houses. I was saving my stomach for Melody’s roast turkey at my sis’ house. The turkey was covered with beer, apple cider and salt overnight. Onions and celerys were stuffed inside when it went into the oven. She worked all night chopping and preparing the ingredients for the next night’s feast after just arriving hours only from LA. I helped out by making salads(7-layer and taco) and appetizers(jellos with fruit, devilled eggs and pastry filled with munster cheese, spinach and beef with marinara sauce. Dh bought 2 very expensive French champagne-Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rose (for toasting Melody’s(my niece) engagement to Chris and celebrating Thanksgiving. Lots of guests brought wines. My sis invited lots of people, not just family. She also had Esaan food b/c she knew I love it. It’s been 8 years since I went back to Iowa. It was great to be around my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews and cousins I hadn’t seen for a long time. The turkey was the best I’ve ever had in a long time-so juicy and tasty. I will use that combo of beer/ apple cider from now on when I roast turkeys.
We went to Singapore last wknd. Both dh and I had to do some banking there. Plus, dh had 3 nights of SPG redemption left. Had to use it by the end of the month. We chose the St Regis again b/c it’s convenient for me to walk from the shopping complexes. This time we had lunch and brkfst at the hotel-Brasserie Les Saveurs, an intercontinental restaurant with French brasserie favorites. It was raining and we were hungry after checking in. Dh checked out the spread and it looked very good. The restaurant had his fave French oysters from Quiberon Bay. He had a dozen of those. Loved them with raspberry vinegar w/onions. They were $3 a piece. I never had them and have to admit they’re the best oysters I’ve ever had. The sashimis were perfectly cut, not cubed, especially the hamachi. Had a second helping of those. I loved my baby salad greens with walnut dressing. Will have to look up a recipe for that dressing. Grilled prawns were perfect with my salad. The clam chowder was too creamy for me. My main course was pan-seared Pacific seabass. Dh had the wagyu beef cheeks. I almost got that too but we were going to Lawry’s for dinner that night. Dessert was ok. I had creme brulee, choc mousse, and cheese cake. Didn’t have any of the yummy pastries. I had to control myself. We will try hightea or dinner there next time.
We usually have breakfast at the hotel. I have my eggs and sausages and dh has to have his eggs benedict. This time I also had muesli with fresh berries.
Cousin Emma was staying the night on Sunday, so I let the girls help with making pizzas after their swimming classes. They each made their own pizzas selecting their own toppings over flaky crust. I made one for Justin cause he wasn’t interested in making his own. I had diff meat toppings of bacon, pepperoni, hotdog sausages, and smoked chicken; three cheeses, mozzarella, light American cheddar and Galbani Italian cheese and also onions, mushrooms and pineapples. Besides their own mini pizzas they can also have the chicken/sausage and bacon/pepperoni that I made.
Aly and DH had b-days in June and Justin’s was in July. And I just now have time to post about it. Been awful busy. Aly wanted a black forest cake so I attempted to make one. Turned out pretty good. She said it was definitely better homemade. I made choc mousse for DH again. And this time I put brandy on the whole cake instead of half like last year. Justin wanted a forest cake but with blueberries. I made him one like a blackforest cake but with blueberries instead of cherries and used a blueberry cake recipe instead of choc sponge. Fresh blueberries were sprinkled on top of the batter b/f baking. The “blueberry” forestcake had 4 layers of cake with cream in between and frosted with cream cheese frosting. He was so tickled by seeing blueberries on his cake. For some reason I couldn’t find fresh blueberries that week and had to go to 3 stores to find some. Will post the recipes when I have time.
Alyssa has extra classes (tuition) on M, W, and Thu after regular classes and since last month has been taking lunch from home. I will pack what I’ve made for lunch that day or give her left-overs from the previous night’s dinner. She was ok with buying lunch from the school canteen. Pretty simple stuff that she likes(tofu, chicken, green veg and rice). Now, the rules have changed. Children have to line up in single file and pay at the end after selecting the food. And her main teacher has been making her class copy 2 essays after their last class. They are always the last class to come out. She said by the time she gets to the canteen, most of the good stuff is gone and left with yucky food. I can actually leave her lunch at the guard house and some ladies who volunteer bring them to the canteen for the children to their designated tables. Did that a few times and she couldn’t find her Thermos. Now, I’m forever waiting by the gate for her to pick up her lunch. I guess I don’t mind so much as long as my child has a good lunch. She only wants rice with meat and veg from home or fried noodles. She won’t take anything soupy. My firstborn is very picky. I few times I had to buy her chicken rice from the hawker shops by the school cause I made porridge or soupy noodles.
rice with roast duck and left-over vegggie beef stirfry