Indonesian food: Sedap!

People often ask me if I miss Singapore. My answer typically starts with “not really, though I miss my family and friends, and also the food…” before I launch into a discussion about the absence of hawker centre and kopi tiam (coffee shop) in Europe and the lack of no frills, quality, reasonably priced Asian eating places…

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Stop and Stare

Before I moved to Brussels, I spent a sabbatical year in Paris during which I learnt to cook and edit photos in Photoshop, went for French classes and diligently did my homework, as well as explored the city on foot almost every other day. Quel plaisir! Paris is a city that is made for walking…

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Lijiang 思念丽江

寒冷的冬天,品尝来之丽江的“女儿红”普洱茶, 感觉真舒畅。。。 August 2008: Lijiang, Yunnan 2008年8月:丽江,云南 It was my first time in Yunnan. I was there for work, a photo shoot, and stayed at Banyan Tree Lijiang.  Lijiang is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage Site: Old Town of Lijiang (丽江古城), which consists of Dayan, Basha and Shuhe villages.  The preserved Naxi architecture and…

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Le Galopin

I came across Le Galopin while researching for somewhere to bring my friends from Singapore who were in Paris at the same time when I was back in the city for a short holiday. That it is at Rue Ste. Marthe in the 10th arrondissement was a key deciding factor as the area isn’t overrun…

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Red wine pasta

I wanted to have some wine with my tapenade chicken dinner last night, so I opened a bottle of red knowing that I’ll have to finish it, somehow, by today as I’m going on a business trip tomorrow. And since I don’t feel like drinking 2/3 bottle of red wine today, I thought that I’d…

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Brazil nut pesto

I love Brazil nuts. As well as pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, and also the humble peanuts. I’ve a special affinity for Brazil nuts. Maybe it’s because of its creamy taste or crunchy texture, or that I’d almost always get a larger bite of Brazil nut than any other nut in a trail mix, thus making…

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Sputnik has landed…

On my terrace, which has just enough space for a table, two chairs and a small grill. We were at Mmmmh! yesterday to buy a Peugeot (pepper grinder, not car). Lo and behold, there was a special weekend sale with 20% off various barbecue-related products. AB had been talking about getting a grill for months…

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