Food, Glorious Food!

April 18, 2010 / Daily Life / 13 Comments

My posts haven’t been easy reads lately, so I wanted to throw in a photo entry for a refreshing break. The theme for this entry is all about food! Happy salivating!

Blogger Chicks Day Out

Once a month, Brenda, Dayna, Cherlynn, Teddy try to meet up to unite in our hatred for IE6 celebrate our love for blogging. For our March meet-up, Teddy unfortunately fell sick, leaving us ladies with no choice but to have a scrumptious lunch at Relax Bistro, followed by an afternoon of shopping (where I got an awesome Hugo Boss top for S$87!!) and comfort food for dinner.

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Photos courtesy of Brenda and Dayna

For lunch at Relax Bistro, I had mushroom soup and my usual oh-so-yummy grilled chicken glazed with honey apricot mustard jam with a side of pumpkin puree.

Cousin’s Wedding at Thistle Hotel, Johor

Over the Good Friday weekend, I attended my cousin’s wedding in Johor Bahru, a small-ish town in Malaysia. It’s been over a decade since I last visited Johor and nothing seems to have change.

Anyway, here are some shots of my hotel room, some make-up I bought at a super discount and 2 of the 9 courses served at the wedding. The glutinous rice was apparently really good but I didn’t try it since grains are a no-no on my diet. Oh and there’s a rare photo of me looking very, very stereotypically Asian with monoeyelids. (I only get single eyelids when I’m heavily sleep deprived.)

Wedding at Thistle Hotel Johor

Dinner at Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant

My friend celebrated her birthday at the Valencian restaurant last night. The food was pretty good but the wait for the main courses was way too long for someone who had a long day at work. And since it’s the type of cuisine that required everyone to share, this was one of the rare occasions where I had to deviate from my no-grain, no-processed-food diet.

Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant

For a name like Serenity, I was expecting the ambiance to be, well, more serene. As we walked in, we were greeted by loud Spanish music reminiscent of Enrique Iglesias’ and Ricky Martin’s numbers. But then the live band started playing, and the ambiance was finally there. They played an assortment of bossa nova and slow rock like Bryan Adams and Jason Mraz.

Ambiance at Serenity

Appetizers

We were first served with sauteed garlic mushrooms with bread — which I didn’t take a shot of because I was famished — followed by bacon-wrapped asparagus and marinated pork skewers.

Bacon-wrapped asparagus

The bacon was a little too salty for my tastes but the marinated pork was pretty good.

Pork Skewers

Main Courses

30 excruciating minutes later, the first of our main courses finally arrived.

Squid Ink Fideua

This is squid ink fideuà with a generous portion of squids, shrimp, capsicum and scallop. Fideuà is a paella with vermicelli. Since it was my first time trying fideuà, I was expecting to be wowed by some exotic tastes but it tastes just like rice vermicelli, which is a staple in Chinese cuisine. How anticlimactic!

Paella Valenciana

After another 15 minutes and a reminder from the slightly miffed birthday girl, we were served Valencian paella. Now I’m no paella expert, so perhaps I’m too easily pleased, but this was good stuff! It had just the right texture — not too sticky like Japanese mochi but not too dry like Chinese fried rice.

Dark Chocolate Cake from Awfully Chocolate

Since the birthday girl has been itching to check out Awfully Chocolate, we got her a dark chocolate cake from there. It’s so good! It’s not very sweet and not too disgustingly rich and had just the right amount of chocolate!

Awfully Chocolate - Dark Chocolate Cake

This ends my rare food-centric photo entry! On a side note, I think I’m starting to take better food shots. Perhaps it’s time to get a new camera! 😀