Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Evading from Bonta's extravagantly conceit menu, i saw myself plunging into Spizzico on intuition-driven impulse. And i met MINO.
The reality figure of BFG-alike Hagrid (Mr Potter's third arm at Hogwarts), Mino was sheer opposite from his intimidating frame. No haughty airs, no intrusiveness, no explosive attitude or temper... just a humble chap who gets involved in even menial tasks at the restaurant. Despite his managerial stature.
Awesome man. He made my meal.
The food didn't disappoint badly either.
To begin with a steaming-hot bread basket was impression won over. Excellent sheets of pizza bases in there, akin to the naans.
They've got sticky sauces.
Sauces that cling so huggingly onto the strands like okra's gooey substance. Probably the effect of pasta-cooking-liquid, which unfortunately wasn't to dad's favour. Soupy whitewine sauces for Spaghetti Vongole is best for him.
Spaghetti Marinara ($22)
The next sticky thing upholds the title of Seafood Galore. Swarmed by a plethora of crab halve, mussels, clams, shrimps, squids... and crayfish! was my Spaghetti Marinara minus the cream.
Mino approached to deliver his testimonial on desserts. which all turned out to be out-of-the-box creations.
From the unornamented Panna Cotta Caffe looking like an overturned tofu (and tasted like one too!) slashed with coffee syrup.. to the Tortino Cioccolato -warm chocolate cake- involved in its stack between vanilla icecream and milk-soaked cake crumbs in a sundae glass. Both were total eye-openers.
Just like how Mino conducted the night.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
And a well-cooked spaghetti coated in mild garlic infused evoo, deglazed with an optimal touch of sweet white wine gracefully hits the bullseye.
Like this one.
Ordering from Al Dente's menu posed no hassle for me. There is nothing like a seafood marinara vs smoked salmon fettuccine dilemma to ponder about.
Linguini Spaghetti con frutti di mare quickly takes on the elaine's-next-best-choice slot.
Of course the italian meal began with a bread basket. Three varieties were offered here- foccacia. baguette. pizza crust. with an exclusive pumpkin dip by the side.
here it is again.
The only problem lied in a communication glide with the waiter. frutti di mare here is a prawns-mussels-clams mixture. But my no mussels request was misapprehended as a no shellfish order, hence it became an all-prawn affair.
Still, a Spaghetti con
frutti di mare gamberetti to slurp up.
Not to neglect, the spaghetti alle vongole and its excellent import of clams. Hailing from Tuscany are these plump and voluptuously juicy fleshes under solidly green-splashed shells. its time we dismissed the littleneck toddlers to shame~
Perhaps because im not the all-chocolate appreciator, the waiter's recommendation of torta di cioccolato didn't win me over. A bitter-headed torte and condensed-milk-heavy raspberry ripple scoop just failed to spark up fascination.
the night gets prettier!
and especially when the customer flow is measly enough to neglect. you just feel like the area belongs to you. enjoy that feeling lots!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
At Hokkaido, a concidental meet with these fitting bento products spelled an indefensible spending. Tokyo Hands ain't Daiso where $2-ses depart with small pinches...they go by hundreds to thousands of yen! and i swear it wasn't easy to nitpick from such an extensive bento section.
They appear gloriously even at the supermarkets. from biscuits, chocolates, beverages to frozen products... Anpan man & friends are a commonsight.
Mum's a thrifty character. She is one person who would steer clear of festive menus at restaurants because those exorbitant 3-digit figures daunts her so badly.
That's mum we can't change,
But there was something i hoped i could do...
Extra virgin olive oil, sea salt & balsamic vinegar
With peppered tangerines, lemon cream, mesclun salad, French dressing
Green spinach fettuccine in butter herb sauce, confit scallops, chilli flakes, diced strawberries, balsamic glaze
Red Snapper fillet, wild garlic sauce, seasoned vegetable nibbles, roasted garlic baby potatoes
Oven-roasted marinated pork loins, deglazed pan gravy, mesclun salad, roasted garlic baby potatoes
Molten dark chocolate centre, vanilla icecream, fresh berries
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sided by indian pappadums and my darling smoked salmon silvers.
I add smoked salmon to anything, and almost everything =D
Epicurious beef burger ($18, +$2 for extra bacon)
Monday, February 2, 2009
For a quirky horses-in-breakfast-vicinity experience, saddle club is the place to go.
NO MORE TINY BISCOTTI THIS TIME ):
count on Dome for bestest biscotti nibbles.
Pancakes are clearly the morning bestsellers. Three griddled rounds puddled with blueberry sauce, fuss-free to easily load you up. Plus three extra points for piping the whipped butter~
I love headstarting my day with an ideal carbo+protein pairing. The omelette encasing my choice of mushrooms & bell peppers, thick brown toasts and chopped fruits would fit the bill if NOT blemished by the oil-overload. Even the 2 piped butters cant save that.
And i quickly vanished off after brekkie to snap the horses outside. at least they move slowly to accomodate to the lazy mornings creed. looks like i've got to find a new spot to laze my sundays away.