I know. I know, I’m horrible. But it’s been a pretty crazy month, so I’m not sorry. Since I started my new job, my life has never revolved more around food, drink, and the gym than before. Unfortunately, curating this blog has suffered the company of the back burner as a result. So I’m back. I’ll try to post more than once a week, but I can’t really promise anything*.
In the meantime, here’s a bit of a treat, and a means to ease my way back in to posting. In the first few months of this year I have been lucky enough to indulge in some truly amazing dishes, and would like to walk you through what I will call Quarter 1 Highlights (Top 5 best dishes in the first 3 months of 2013 and where to find them!). Here they are: in no particular order:
1. Pizza from Acqua (Italian Restaurant, Shangri-La Mactan; Cebu, Philippines)
Though I chose to include this particular picture of Acqua’s Salmon and Caper pizza, I’m actually just a fan in general of all their pizzas. Over our 4-day stint there, we ate at Acqua 3 different times and each time could not resist ordering pizza. We also sampled their Quattro Stragiono (olives, artichokes, mushrooms, and cheese), Pepperoni, and Hawaiian pizzas. None disappointed.
2. Proscuitto Panini with Truffle Mayo and Mozzarella from Club Street Social (Club St., Singapore, Singapore)
Not to be put off by the $$ pricing, this panini is great value for money. It comes on delicious ciabatta with a hefty serving of proscuitto, dripping in mozzarella and aromatic truffle mayo. They don’t scrimp on any of the ingredients, and you definitely leave feeling more than satisfied. At about $17, this sandwich is worth every penny. I’m sure I’ll be back for more!
3. Different Banh Mi choices from NamNam (Wheelock Place, Orchard Rd., Singapore, Singapore)*
I went back to NamNam multiple times in a week to have this Banh Mi when I first discovered it because I loved it so much. It is delicious and at Subway-6″-sub prices is much better value for money than the aforementioned. The one in the picture is a Chicken and Pate Banh Mi*, but I’ve also had their Cold Cuts Banh Mi. Each one comes with a hefty spread of pate on one side of the bread, and a lot of cilantro, lemongrass, chilis, and fresh mint or basil. The meats and cuts all taste fresh too, and everything comes together in the most deliciously refreshing (and filling) sandwich you can get at this price point.
On one visit, I took my discriminating best friend with me, and the place has his seal of approval as well. 😉
4. Lamb Meatballs (Cafe Le Caire, Arab St, Singapore, Singapore)*
These lamb meatballs were perfectly cooked – with none of that lamb-y aftertaste a lot of picky eaters complain about, and with plenty of spice and flavor. At only $8 a plate you get a lot of bang for your buck with this baby, and if eaten with some Pita on the side, you’re pretty much set for the afternoon.
Cafe Le Caire is one of my favorite Middle Eastern restaurants in Singapore, and never fails to satisfy, in my opinion. I’ve also had their shwarma rice and on this day I went with a friend who ordered chicken shwarma rice and raved about it on her own blog.
5. King Fish and Prawn Ceviche with Tomato Compote and Balsamic Drizzle (The Marquee, Shangri-La Mactan; Cebu, Philippines)
It’s sort of cruel for me to include this here because it’s highly unlikely people will actually be able to taste it themselves, but I couldn’t help myself. Though there were plenty of delicious highlights to that trip in Cebu for my cousin’s wedding, this had to be one of the best. Everything about this dish was balanced – the flavors complemented each other perfectly, and as an appetizer preceding some heavy steak cuts and rich desserts, this was definitely the perfect “grand entrance” to any massive, multi-course meal.
Alright, that’s all I can offer you guys for now. I’ll be back soon. Probably to talk about how I’ve managed to keep my figure despite all these delicious dishes. 😉
*Not to be misconstrued as deep-seated commitment issues or anything.
*Forgive the photo, it was taken on my phone.
*For those unaware, Banh Mi are sandwiches from Vietnam – fusion style on freshly baked French baguettes with mixed meats (grilled chicken, cold cuts, etc) and Vietnamese spices and herbs reminiscent of what makes Pho so good.
*Yes. Another phone photo. SORRY, OKAY, I DON’T LUG MY HEAVY D7000 EVERYWHERE!