Try Again?

11 November 2017

New York is not my favorite city. The subway stations rarely have escalators or working elevators, and there is no air conditioning (I think I got so used to super efficient Singapore). Maybe I wouldn't have minded so much if it weren't so dirty, stinky, and we didn't have a toddler. Speaking of our daughter, there was hardly any place to change her diaper, and the few places that did provide a changing table, needed cleaning.

We were in New York last month for a wedding and that's basically all we did. It's also possible that the fact we spent most of our week adjusting to Hannah's jet lag contributed to our not enjoying ourselves much, as we didn't really get to see or do anything. So, I'm thinking of taking another trip there and starting all over again. Second time's the charm?


Char

20 January 2017

Right now I feel like I just want to mindlessly munch on Char's Butter Chicken. I've passed by this restaurant before as it's just a two minute walk from the apartment, but never even thought of stepping foot inside. It wasn't until a friend suggested that we have lunch here that I got to try them out and now I think I'm in love!


Butter Chicken (SGD 14)

The star of the show is actually their Char Siew, which was good, but I just can't get enough of their Butter Chicken. I've since had it many times and have yet to tire of the taste. Truth be told, I liked everything I've eaten here including the vegetables.


Special Char Siew 100g (SGD 6)



Three Treasures (SGD 14)
Chinese spinach cooked in a delicious broth with salted egg, century egg and egg

And the best part is, I don't have to miss any of this because they recently opened a branch here in Manila!

For those in Singapore, the place is usually packed during lunch so it would be best to make a reservation beforehand.

Ollella

15 January 2017

Many stores have come and gone in the four years that we lived on Petain Road, and I was never really interested in any of them until Ollella opened shop. Named after the owners, sisters Marcella and Olivia, they mainly sell desserts - luckily for me. But as someone who has tasted everything on their regular choux menu, I can attest that not only do they taste good, they also look great! (I wish I had a picture of their packaging as I loved that too.)

It was so convenient to have them downstairs especially when we needed to give a gift. I would just call and our order would be ready for pick-up by the time we got out the apartment's main door.


Though there's one thing on their menu that I really loved - the Smoked Salmon Choux (SGD 7.50).


For me, this particular choux has the perfect balance of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy. And the only thing that kept me from eating it everyday was the fact my wallet would suffer greatly along with my weight.

Here's hoping they will still be around by the time we go back to Singapore for a visit.

 
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