February 11th, 2010

Dango

Goulash


'Upsized' Goulash with extra bun


My Swedish co-worker has a favorite lunch time cafe that he frequents regularly. I'd say, at least once or twice weekly. He orders the same item every single time - large bowl of Goulash with an extra bun. The first time I visited Foo House, I ordered the standard goulash and it was too little hence this time around, I decided to go for a large serving.

Foo House is a small cafe/pub along Changi. The chef is Robert Foo, ex executive sous chef at the Grand Hyatt in 2005. He was the one who helped set up the Mezza9 and was in charge of the cuisines served at Pete's Place, Oasis and The Cafe. His cafe decor is not grand like the restaurants that he used to work for. In fact, it is rather simple and homely with a relaxed feel to it. It feels like one of those little places around the neighbourhood where you can saunter in in casual bermudas/shorts and flip flops and no one would bother.

The people are friendly although service can be slightly slow when busy. I have not tried the rest of the dishes but the goulash was a decent satisfying meal. It is thick with chunks of beef - I did wish that the chunks were bigger with more bite but the meat was tender so the size didn't bother. Some might find the goulash slightly salty, for me, it was fine because it went great with the soft buns. That entire bowl with two buns, was sufficient and my tummy was happy.

Prices are okay. The larger goulash with the extra bun cost S$9.50 (excluding taxes). I had say this is a nice hangout place for a casual meal with friends. I heard that at night, the pub atmosphere is pretty cool.

Speaking of food, I just found out how soft shell crab is made and I am sort of horrified. I love soft shell crab handroll or sushi but now, I am not sure if I want to eat it because it is kinda cruel :\

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Foo House
6 Jln Pari Burong (near Bedok Fire Station)
+65 6445 3110
Closed on Mondays







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Men versus women


Our brains


I was tagged on this photo in FB and this was too funny not to share.

Obviously, the atom size portion of the female brain for 'direction sense' completely applies to *ahem, yours truly :P Like one of the guys said, the only directions a woman knows is to the local shopping mall! Sad to say, I get lost even in one, not to mention finding my way to one :P






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To eat, or not to eat

Besides making healthier food choices, there is also the question on whether to eat food products that are sourced or produced in an inhumane method.

For example, sharks' fin. I don't request for it but if it is served at a wedding dinner, where I guess, the deed has already been done, I admit that I eat it. But it is a cruel way of obtaining this 'delicacy' at the expenses of an animal's suffering. I don't like sharks because they are scary to me but neither do I wish for them to have such a sorrowful ending.

Perhaps that is why some people choose to be vegetarians although there are arguements against that where a plant or vegetable is still a living thing afterall so eating it or 'killing' it isn't right either. And it can go on and on. I doubt I will ever turn vegetarian - I need my meat. But I hope that at least the origin of the meat that I eat is from an animal that is not badly treated. If it is killed, it should be done swiftly so that it doesn't suffer in pain.

Foie Gras is another delicacy. I've tried it a couple of times, it is nice but I don't particularly crave for it. I've read about the cruel methods on how foie gras is produced and I guess, it just sounds too cruel..

I was told that the way soft shell crabs are obtained is cruel. I tried to find out more online but couldn't find much. I am not sure how much of this is true but apparently, in order to obtain the soft shell crab, it needs to be killed when it molts its shell. However, when it does is unpredictable and if for example, you have a farm of 100 crabs, not all of them molt at the same time. Hence, their legs are chopped off so that they cannot move. As a natural instinct, they will start to shed or molt its shell. Its body gets naturally 'soft' too which is desirable. They are then killed.

I love Spider Temaki so this is sad news for me if it is indeed true!

Have you heard of wine-fed wagyu? I have heard of corn or grass fed beef but not wine-fed. So I did some research and found this and this. They claim that the cattle enjoy the 'special mix' of wine feed but to feed them 1 litre of red wine for 60 days, that sounds extreme to me. Doesn't that kill their livers and cause them to be drunk or 'hungover' all the time??

I am sure many have watched Food Inc or read or listened to Omnivore's Dilemna and would probably be taken aback by the details. I can't say that I have taken any action right now, but it has definitely been in my thought process!

So, how far will you draw the line in making decisions on what to eat or not to eat?







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Meme

Ganked from A, D and J!


1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Nope. Andrea Marie was the second choice. It was supposed to be Cheryl Marie but my Granny didn't like the actress Cheryl Ladd and violently objected. Hence, my mom went to her second option.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Mmm. Can't exactly remember.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I can barely read my own handwritting so what do you think?

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Fish.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Nada.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I guess so.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? Hardly.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? NOPE!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Too many so the first off my mind - Quackers' oatmeal squares.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I slide them off - I know it's really bad for the shoes though :\

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? It's a toss between vanilla and green tea.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their eyes and smile.

15. RED OR PINK? Both!

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I get over-sensitive and paranoid..

17. WHOM DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My good friends that have moved overseas.. AM, D and TS

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST? If you want to.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Not wearing pants but a black dress with black shoes.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Nothing.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Red

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? B.T's facial toner, my garnier and TIGI shampoo, freshly baked chocolate cake, hot chocolate, tomato based sauce, anything citrusy, yuzu, truffle oil..

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? B.T

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? There are 3 of them I got it from and they're all cool :)

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Gymnastics, running, swimming

27. HAIR COLOR? Dark brown with natural highlights.

28. EYE COLOR? Dark brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No. Lasik!

30. FAVORITE FOOD? Chocolates, cheese, ramen, pasta

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings. I don't watch scary movies.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Sherlock Holmes.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? See 19

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Both

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? No idea.

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? B.T -_-

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Cycling home from Siberia.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My mouse.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Chuck

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)? Does music count? :P

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? The Beatles.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? The States.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I've been told that I am a good presenter.

46 WHERE WERE U BORN? Mt Alvernia.

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? Everyone who is keen to do it!







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Ah Wee

Friends do make you smile

It was a frustrating day. Sometimes I think that being efficient (inherited genes from my Mom) means that I get impatient when there is inefficiency. It frustrates me. Anyway, I am not going to fret my silly head over it. Plus, the wonderful smell of B.T's homecooked oxtail stew is wafting through The Studio and it is insanely good.

But that is not the key topic of my entry.

For the frustrations that I had today, my friends made it up for it. I had yet another chat with the one who calls me a 'donkey'. Yes, it is true that we chat more often now that he is miles apart. But the call came about because silly Whatsapp didn't deliver my message and he got worried that something had cropped up. ARE YOU OKAY??? CALL ME! Anyway, that was a good excuse for a catch-up call with more name calling. Donkey, monkey donkey monkey.

Then mid-afternoon whilst I was staring at yet another spreadsheet, I receive a lovely email reply from a friend. Since he was online, we started chit-chatting and I love the feeling when you catch up and connect with a friend. So he says that my downward dog is the worst that he has ever seen and I had better work on it and show an improvement. So my retort was that he had better blog or update on FB or something because his updates are so slooooow or rather, non-existent. Either that, or just email me more often :P

I wrote an entry just for you.

Ooh! I got so excited and was eagerly waiting for his update and when it comes in, it's about EARTHQUAKES. -_- It was a funny entry but I guess, I didn't expect earthquakes. Bwhaahahahhaa. I was expecting some recent photos since he's into photography or Ironman training updates etc.

Anyway, J, I know that you are reading this by tomorrow morning. You owe me another long email :P I think I should re-read your Japan adventures all over again.

I love my friends :)






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