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.. 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.

prime rib

sea mantis

Alaskan king crab

lobster and geoduck sashimi

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December 2, 2010 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Blackmore wagyu

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.

October 26, 2010 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Thanksgiving with my family

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.

January 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Brasserie Les Saveurs @the St. Regis Singapore

Brasserie Les Saveurs

Brasserie Les Saveurs

salad-fresh baby greens and grilled prawns w/walnut dressing

salad-fresh baby greens and grilled prawns w/walnut dressing

sashimi

sashimi

clam chowder

clam chowder

fresh oysters

fresh oysters

dessert

dessert

beverage

beverage

eggs benedict

eggs benedict

eggs and sausages

eggs and sausages

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.

September 16, 2009 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Girls making pizza

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.

girls making pizza

girls making pizza

smoked chicken/sausage pizza

smoked chicken/sausage pizza

girls making pizza4

August 10, 2009 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

Grand Imperial Restaurant

This is our new favorite Chinese restaurant in Bangsar.  Went there for dim sum one Sunday after Dhamma Sunday school.  We got there 1:45pm and the place was so busy.  We had to wait 10min for a table.  The manager came to sit and chat with Dh, so he’s been going there quite often with his friends.  Hmm…this is our only 2nd time as a family.  Oh well, the food is great.We ordered a few favorites like prawn siew mai, prawn dumplings, fish balls, radish cake, yam dumplings cheong fun, kai lan and chicken feet.  The chix feet sounds gross but it;s actually quite tasty.  The one here was a bit too sweet.   The kids didn’t like the pan fired fish cake.  Dh and I had to eat those.  I quite like the sauce that came with it. It’s a lot like the Thai sour sauce for seafood(lime, hot chilli and ginger).  The kids love the friend squid tentacles with mayo sauce.  Dh had to double the order.  The dumplings and chee cheong fun were average.  The radish cake and fried yam dumplings were excellent.  We would have dim sum there again.

 

May 10, 2009 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Epicurean walk

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Dh and I indulged in a gourmet “dine around” at the Laguna Resort  on our last night in Bali. We started  the 5 course meal at 7:30pm at the bar with cocktails and canapes to salad and soup, a couple of entrees and ending with dessert, coffee and liqueurs at the gazebos by 9:45pm.   The food was a good sample of the restaurants available at  the Laguna.   By dessert time, we couldn’t eat anymore.   The ending at  the gazebos was nice.   From one restaurant to the next, we were escorted by a butler.   Dh made it a point to get the chefs’ names from each retaurant.  We got very friendly with the staff.  I think we were the only couple signed up for this dinner special.  We started at 7:30 and didn’t see anyone else having the same things, unless they started much earlier.  The menu included strawberry mint mojitos, canapes of salmon sahimi,  cauliflower parfait topped with prawns, mutton balls at the Cascade Bar;    Dumplings in tomato consumme and carpaccio with mango and baby greens at SariMayan(Indonesian fusion cuisine restaurant);  Grilled barramundi with mashed turnips, 2 ways lamb(ground mutton battered slices and grilled lamb steak with red wine shallot sauce at the Seaside Cafe.  Very interesting dishes.  The barramundi was excellent.  I loved the baby greens with mango and carpaccio.   The assorted desserts were ok.  I think we were too full to appreciate those after  eating so much.

 

 

April 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

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