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First Sweets of the Year @ Jones the Grocer

On the first day of new year, we headed out to Ion Orchard to send in my wallet to Prada for repair (the crystal studs had rust in them *sob sob). It was surprisingly quiet in town and traffic was particularly smooth on a public holiday.  We walked past Jones the Grocer several times at Mandarin Gallery but we did not find a chance to go in for a try given that it was always pretty crowded. Given that it is a quiet public holiday in town, we were torn on whether we should have our tea-break at Jones the Grocer or Becasse. Since we have always wanted to give Jones a try, we decided to forgo the latter for this time and headed on to Jones instead.

Here’s what we ordered,

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Strawberry tart(top left), Strawberry banana milkshake(top right), Lemon meringue tart( bottom left) and Long black (bottom left)

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Tea time at D’Zerts Cafe

On a random Sunday before our spa session, we decided to go somewhere near for a quick lunch after dropping Ashley off at my mum’s place. That’s how we chanced upon D’Zerts Cafe conveniently located  at Jalan Pari Burong where we are having our lunch. Although we did not have sufficient time to stop by for desserts straight after lunch, the waffle dessert that they advertised on their window was lingering in my mind. Therefore, I thought, “Let’s check out this cafe on our way back since it is on the way to pick up Ashley.” Indeed, we went back to try out the desserts right after our spa session.

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D’zerts Cafe

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A Lovely French Birthday Dinner Treat in the Suburbs at Vis-a-Vis

Like I say, these few months have been full of celebrations and finally, it’s my hatch-day on the 4th September. Although my birthday fell on a weekday this year, Colin specially took leave to spend this day with me and Ashley. It’s a blessing when you have your loved ones spending this very day with you even if you cannot have meals at the poshiest restaurant in town (you would get what I mean when you have a little one at home). One of the frustrating things on arranging of a lunch/dinner venue on this special occasion with a little angel in tow is that some restaurants are practically baby-UNfriendly (whereby they do not allow prams in their restaurant premises or kids under a certain age to dine indoors) so I definitely understand Colin’s difficulties in finding an ideal restaurant for my birthday especially I am also as fussy a eater.

So extremely glad I am when he found Vis-a-Vis, a cozy French restaurant located in the suburbs at Jalan Kembangan. The restaurant is like a hidden gem exuding with a rustic charm of country Provence and most importantly, without all the parking hassles of downtown dining. Furthermore, the friendly service provided by Francis and Michael added on to the wonderful dinner experience and Chef Jeremy even came out to explain on the best way to taste the dishes such that our palates are full satisfied.

Here’s a look at some of the dishes we had that night.

Entrees Chaudes

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Foie Gras

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Buddha Jumps Over the Wall @ Ban Heng Restaurant

This is a month of celebrations. After celebrating Colin’s birthday on the last day of July, next comes my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday on the first week of August. It is never easy to think of dinner venues for birthday celebrations, let alone a 60th birthday celebration. After much deliberation, we decided to go for a chinese delicacy, Buddha jumps over the wall at Ban Heng Restaurant. Earlier, we have tasted the dish two years back when my parents gave us a treat in celebration of the July babies at home and we were satisfied with the quality of the dish. So, I thought, “Why not celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday there this year?” Colin agreed and I proceeded on with the restaurant reservation a week before the celebration. Here is the world acclaimed Buddha jumps over the wall at a glance.

Buddha jumps over the wall

Buddha jumps over the wall

Round 2 tasting Abalone, sharks cartilage and sea cucumber

Round 2 tasting
Abalone, sharks cartilage and sea cucumber

Round 3 tasting Pork tendons,black mushroom in broth

Round 3 tasting Pork tendons,black mushroom in broth

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Steak Night at Greenhouse, Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Earlier in my post on Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, I mentioned I wanted to deviate from Colin’s favorite steaks to bring him somewhere different on his birthday. But once again, our fate with steaks never ends when my mum made reservations for a birthday dinner treat at Greenhouse Ritz-Carlton Hotel and as the title suggests, “YES, it’s steak night!” Instead of just classic steaks, we were surrounded by 11 hearty beef dishes prepared by Executive Chef Massimo Pasquarelli including a 36-hour Braised Beef Shank, Grade 5 Tomahawk Wagyu Beef and Wagyu Burgers a la minute. We were practically spoilt for choices given the variety of beef dishes and not let alone, there was also a wide variety of cold dishes, Indian cuisine, garnishes and desserts to go along for a hearty buffet meal.

Here’s a brief look at a portion of the buffet spread of the night,

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