An aspiring wordsmith with an ephemeral attention span, drawn to stirring ideas and visual images that evoke thought and awaken an inner consciousness. Ever eager to grasp an understanding of differing perceptions arising from cultural nuances and subtle variations in the way we view the world around us.

The owner has a weak spot for fast cars. He is at times prone to misanthropy but given some space, he will return to his happy self. He craves excitement brought about by change to his surroundings and the people he meets, for stagnation and predictability bore him and cause overwhelming disinterest.

 

A layover in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle from Castle Terrace

Last summer, we spent a couple of nights in Edinburgh during our trip to the UK. This was the penultimate stop of our road trip, having departed London towards Royal Leamington Spa for lunch, before heading to the Lake District for a couple of days. I remember our time there for a few reasons, one of which was that we experienced some of the driest and warmest spells in recent history. In fact, I…

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A little feast at Dodd’s

Lobster ravioli

After an extremely exhausting day out hiking in the Lake District, we drove from the last stop of our itinerary at Watendlath Tarn to Dodd’s Restaurant for dinner. Stepping through the door, we were blanketed from the chill evening air outside by the warmth of the kitchen and busy atmosphere throughout the restaurant.

Despite a filling lunch at Chesters by the River, I was still feeling the…

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Dinner at the Chop House

Dinner and yummy nosh at the Chop House

USDA prime ribeye

Earlier this week, I had a team dinner at the Chop House in VivoCity, a little get-together after busting our chops for the past couple of months. The atmosphere was undoubtedly casual and fun. Being a Tuesday evening, it wasn’t too crowded and service was attentive and swift. Being the sister restaurant to Wooloomooloo Steakhouse at Raffles City, I had my expectations of the beef on the menu.

In…

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A mid-week date night at Sugarhall

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On my morning commute this Wednesday, I was scrolling through my favourite restaurant and cafe reservation site and stumbled upon Sugarhall, a rum-themed bar and steakhouse near my office. Feeling spontaneous, I made a dinner reservation and duly informed my other half. Being next door to Jigger and Pony, the by-now well known cocktail bar of the same management, Sugarhall is a more casual…

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Anyone can say ‘I love you.’ Look out for those who will give you the last bite of their ice cream. Grand gestures impress you but it’s the little things that you can’t live without.

Bar grub at Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel stocks over 20 craft beers and ales on draft, with an equally impressive menu of burgers. It’s a must-visit for me when in Edinburgh.

Red chilli squid with lemon and garlic mayo

After driving north from the Lake District, we spent our first evening at Red Squirrel, a bar I read about that stocks over 20 varieties of craft beer and ales on draft. Apart from booze, the place is also known for its extensive menu of burgers – I counted 10 different varieties during my visit but the menu could well have changed since last summer.

The interior consists of regular dining tables…

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iworkinpr:

Trying to brainstorm pitch ideas around yet another holiday

Ha ha

iworkinpr:

Trying to brainstorm pitch ideas around yet another holiday

Ha ha

Digging into Dancing Crab

Lobster roll

This year, we decided to celebrate my dad’s birthday at Dancing Crab, a seafood restaurant linked to the TungLok Group but more importantly, it serves Cajun seafood with a strong influence by Creole cuisine. I stumbled upon Dancing Crab in May as I was at the Grandstand in search of lunch options, only to discover that Modern Asian Diner had been replaced by this. The concept isn’t new – The…

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Two days in the Lake District

For a lifelong urban dweller, a couple of days in the Lake District can be a welcome retreat from an unrelenting city life. It’s an area of boundless natural beauty in the summer, selflessly sharing its panoramic landscapes of mountains, crags, tarns and of course, lakes to whoever decides to visit and enjoy the countryside.

The view from our room

The view from our room

Having set out from London in the morning, with a…

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Assembly Coffee - Don’t be late!

Assembly proudly considers itself part of the third wave coffee movement. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, and haters gonna hate, but at $4.50 for a flat white, this is the real deal.

Flat white

I’ve walked past the entrance to Assembly Coffee a couple of times when heading to Mr Prata for dinner after a few rounds of Ultimate with some folks after work. This past Sunday, I finally made it to the cafe with Pris for brunch, and I’m glad I did.

Assembly proudly considers itself party to the third wave coffee movement. They state it boldly at the bottom of a single-page website. To the more…

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A beach-side dinner in Bali’s BREEZE

Overlooking Seminyak Beach, BREEZE offers a beachfront setting and an unimpeded view of Bali’s sunset.

Dinner by the beach

The journey to BREEZE at The Samaya from our resort took us some time, but I knew it would be worth it the moment we arrived in the late afternoon. As one would have come to expect in a locale renowned for its hospitality, we were warmly welcomed and despite arriving ahead of our reservation, the front of house staff was accommodating and took us to our table, which overlooked the shore.

Overlook…

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Necessary Provisions - A pleasant hangout

Necessary Provisions - A pleasant and novel hangout tucked away deep in Eng Kong Terrace

Iced coffee with milk

It’s no secret that I enjoy a nice cup of coffee, whether it’s a shot of aromatic espresso, a creamy, full-bodied flat white, or a cooling iced latte. I am not, however, fussed about latte art, as that is garnish which will never compensate for sub-par beans or burnt milk.

Occasionally, though, I will indulge in a little novelty, which brings me to Necessary Provisions, a corner cafe at Eng Kong…

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Old is Gold - Fosters Steakhouse

Fosters is an English cafe-cum-steakhouse at the corner of Holland Village. I’d been there at least a decade ago with my father for lunch, and thought now would be as good a time as any to return with Pris for a meal.

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Late in the afternoon on Sunday, we were pondering what we might have for dinner. The idea of steamboat (which I dislike with much vitriol for reasons unexplained) was tossed out, and barbecue restaurants were on the table until we realised the majority of them were Korean (which cuisine I’m not particularly fond of) and that the Japanese alternative was pricey to the point of deterrence. We…

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On the Table - Great coffee and brunch fare

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After picking through Honeycombers’ list of new cafes in Singapore in search of one that’s reasonably near the central area, I decided to check out On the Table, which is opened by the same team behind Lola’s Cafe in Kovan. Knowing that Dutch Colony Coffee Co. supplies the beans to this cafe made the decision an easier one. Their beans often deliver a strong body, a characteristic I really like…

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