Fun in the sun

These instagram photos are telling us to make full use of the endless summer days here in Singapore, so have some fun in the sun!

My checklist includes:
– chill out at the pier with a good cup of latte
– cycle to an old school kopitiam for breakfast
– potlucks, picnics and barbecues with homemade lemonades and frozen magaritas
– take up a course on kayaking, wakeboarding, surfing (wavehouse) or windsurfing
– rent the different types by bicycles, skates etc at east coast park
– weekend trip to Nikoi Island at Bintan

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Brussels Sprouts

Brussells Sprouts Special Mussels, Brussels Sprouts Platter and Belgian Wings

Beer, Braised Lamb Shank with Gibelotte Sauce, Caramelised Shallots, Mushrooms and Smoked Bacon, and Steak Frites with Salad: Classic Sirloin with Fries, Side Salad and Caramelised Shallots with Garlic Butter sauce

When attempting to make up our minds on what’d we be having for dinner, I waved for a waiter and pointed at the menu, confused by the multitude of mussel & clam serving varieties. “I’m lost. Can you help me?”

“Well, let me see. You are at Brussels Sprouts, East Coast Park Playground, Block F, Unit Zero One Twenty Seven.”

…and that was where we spent a lovely Sunday evening. Having been to Brussels Sprouts at Robertson Quay, I like their new outlet so much more. Being away from the city, this relaxed environment, with high wooden beams and the beach in close vicinity is perfect for chilling out with friends over mussels, free flow fries and booze.

The service staffs at Brussels’ Sprouts are stars. They are easygoing, attentive and reactive. Every time I checked on an order, or asked for another bucket of fries, I’d be confident of getting a response within a minute.

Larry, coming from Oklahoma, had little experience with mussel and clam types’ seafood and was naturally cautious (as everyone would be when conquering new shells). When we ordered the Brussels Sprouts Special, a broth made from celery, parsley and heaps of pepper, he loved it. Looks like their signature mussels don’t come with a reputation for nothing.

Only thing I wouldn’t order again would be the Platter. It wasn’t as satisfying to the palate as the Wings, Lamb Shank, Steak or fries were. Sounds like I already know what I’m ordering next time when I return, and return I would.

http://brusselssprouts.com.sg/
902 East Coast Parkway, Block F Unit #01-27, Playground @ Big Splash
Tel: +65 6346 4344

The Lion King Musical

I went to the Lion King Musical at Marina Bay Sands last evening in two minds. One expecting to be wow-ed, the other really skeptical about how a musical can deliver the endearment that the Disney cartoon did. I grew up with the Lion King. I know all their songs by heart and crooned to them in the shower. I played Hakkuna Matata games on sega saturn consoles. It’s going to be difficult for any reproduction to ignite the same feelings of tender affection I had for the original cartoon.

But the show started with a bang. In only a few minutes, the performers – in the most inventive and amazing animal outfits – managed to whoop up the excitement and spirit ala Mardi Gras. They came from all ends of the theatre to fill the stage, and the audience was treated to a resplendent display of zebras, leaping gazelles, an elephant, birds swooping overhead and even a rhinoceros! The cheetah is a puppet glove worn by a lady who moves with the lithe and grace of someone’s who is one with the animal she’s controlling. At that point I remember I had wished for three more pairs of eyes to fully absorb the details and movements of the parade on stage, but alas it’s over as quickly as it started.

The musical continues to astound with the vocals, stage props, choreography and costumes. I thought Pumba, Timon and Zazu were positively shining performances. The hyenas were absolutely believable – I forgot more than once that these were actually people in costume. The cast was so professional and enthusiastic it felt as though were doing the performance for the first time.

They didn’t deviate much from the original cartoon, delivering almost every tune with out a glitch. My partner particularly loved the energy of young Simba. He was impressed at how well-adjusted and well-rehearsed the boy was on stage. And that must mean a lot, because his favourite character in the cartoon is Simba as well.

I had bought the tickets (C class reserve) more six weeks ago. The C-class reserve seats cover a selection from a wide area. If I paid the same price for my tickets six weeks ago, I would have sat multiple rows behind and in a far less central seat. But my view was perfect and unobstructed. Just a word of advice – if you’re going to book tickets, since they have now extended the show to early September, make sure you book them in advance! http://thelionking.com.sg/

Just to remind you of the Lion King Magic, maybe start with an old Disney clip:

For the skinny

The Famous Tiffin Punch

Decided to try Skinny Pizza at Raffles City shopping mall when I met up with my friends who used to interned with me at a media production (mad)house. We were quite enthusiastic when we ordered The Famous Tiffin Punch, but it wasn’t as great as we thought it would be. The only thing special about the $60 bombay sapphire gin, lychee liquer, pressed grapefruit, ginger and Mumm champage mix was that it was served in a tiffin carrier. Beyond that it tasted pretty much like an average cocktail.

The pizzas were quite delightful though. The wild mushroom truffle pizza and squid ink pizza had their unique taste on the crispy crust, but the portions were too small. A meal just isn’t satisfying when it doesn’t fill up our stomach. Y’know I am quite puzzled why the waitress told us that it is 1.5 person portion per pizza.

Now for my dish, I ordered the old-fashion american sliders because I knew the pizzas weren’t going to be enough for me. I know I shouldn’t expect much out of them because it is a pizza place but I was pretty unhappy with the sliders. Did I make all the wrong food choices that day that they turn out to be at their worst state?
1) The well done beef was too dry, tough and plain.
2) The sautéed mushrooms and onions is probably the worst out of the five choices.. It didn’t add much taste to the beef and there were too many raw onions for my liking
3) The fries were greasy and if you know me well enough, you would know that I’m not health conscious. It takes quite a bit of oil to bother me

http://www.skinnypizza.com.sg/
252 North Bridge Road #B1-63/64 Raffles City Shopping Centre Singapore 179103

Happy finds

1) The largest Forever21 outlet in Singapore is now at OrchardExchange. It is just above orchard mrt where the old Popular bookstore used to be 😀

2) Yummy beef noodles at ION food court. The one that I used to eat at Scott Shopping Centre food court in my school days!

3) Calendar looking polaroid album that allows me to feature different photos! Yay to my compulsive shopaholic, photo maniac, stationary hogger needs

4) $4 bright happy orange manicure at Far East Plaza

– Eileen

When craving meat, go Turkey.

It’s easy to look past this place for two reasons despite it being located in prime real estate. Ironically the reason why it’s so easy to find is the same reason why it’s so easy to miss. Kebab Station is situated right next to McDonald’s play ground at East Coast Park but it’s dull photography and old furnishing pales in comparison to the bustling and brightly lit McDonalds it hides behind. Secondly, middle eastern is not always the first recall for lunch or dinner choices, especially when on a beach outing.

But Kebab Station serves remarkably appetizing and purse-friendly Turkish food and we’ll highly recommend the people sitting next door in McDonalds to take a real burger (with real grilled beef) over an unthawed beef patty anytime.

Eggplant Dip and Lamb Pide

Plus I would pick a Turkish Pide over an American/ Italian pizza any day. They just do it so much better. We really cleaned the plate off for this one.

From top left in clockwise: Chicken Kebab with rice, Lamb Kofte, Beklava and Grilled Combo

We went for the simplest and least-simple items. Beginning with the Chicken kebab rice, which turned out to be a dinner that fell squarely in the zone of my moderate expectations. No surprises. It’s warm, boring and filling.

The Grilled Combo was a mish mash of everything they serve – lamb, beef, two kinds of chicken, fried drumlets, pita, rice and lettuce with mayonnaise and chilli sauce. It is great if you are undecided and want a bite of everything (which is likely to happen given the lure of many enticing choices).

We’ve been here a few times and The Beklava has always been a staple. Disappointingly, it didn’t taste as good this time around; there was too much syrup. However, if you’ve never had a Beklava, it’s still a must-try. Also, you won’t find the yogurt drink on the menu but ask for it. When you do, they’ll prompt you with a “sweet or salty?”

We always go for sweet – but choose otherwise at your own risk!

Kebab Station
1000 East Coast Parkway, Block B, Unit 3 Marine Cove, Singapore
Daily: 11.30am – 12am