CUT, by Wolfgang Puck

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”
-Virginia Woolf

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ steak?

Well i do, and the strange thing is, i only started enjoying steak about a year ago. Prior to that, the only meat i ever order are chicken and pork. & when my boyfriend introduced me to good steak (because he is a steak lover), i tend to opt for medium-well (because i freak out at the sight of blood and the redness of the meat); Nowadays, i enjoy the medium-ish kind of done-ness to my steak.

Anyways, i had a luxury of dining at CUT, by Wolfgang Puck – an Austrian celebrity chef who has more than 10 fine dining restaurants in world and has snapped up several awards as well as an appearance as a guest judge in Gordon Ramsay’s Hell Kitchen.

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I extremely adore the ambiance of the restaurant – really cosy and dimmed lightings gives it an elegant feel along with the decorations of “candles” as well as a “walk-in” wine display
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The wide selection of steaks available that night ranging from U.S.D.A to Australian Angus to American Wagyu.
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Our first appetiser of the night is this “American Blue Crab and Shrimp “Louis,” Spicy Tomato-Horseradish” – I would rate this a good 8/10; refreshing and light, yet extremely tasty and full of flavours!

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The next is this “Hokkaido Scallop “Carpaccio,” Shaved Myoga, Wasabi-Kosho Ponzu” – I am actually not a fan of raw food (and yes i don’t eat sashimi etc.) But i generally enjoyed this dish. The scallops were fresh and the seasonings complemented well with each other. I would give this a 7.5/10

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& here is the main star of the night! I ordered the U.S.D.A. Rib Eye Steak, medium. Although leaning towards the fatty-side (due to the cut of the steak which value is attributed to the marbling of the fats and the juiciness that is suppose to ooze out when u cut in), i enjoyed the steak very much. For those who don’t really like the “beefy” taste and smell of steaks like me, this steak is season to near perfection. The charred layer over the meat is where the explosion of flavours are. Comparing this to Mortons Steakhouse at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the steaks at CUT are much more flavourful.
However, it was a tad disappointing as my boyfriend’s Bone-in-Rib eye Australian Angus was more of a medium rather than a medium-rare, which he requested & being a steak lover like him, he didn’t enjoy his dining there as much as he did in Mortons.

& it’s dessert time!!

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One of their season dessert is the Rumbaba – candied pineapple slices, sauteed pineapples, vanilla ice cream coupled with a sponge cake soaked in RUM! I am an extreme fan of anything pineapple (especially the pineapple carppaccio i had in Paris), so i am obviously BIAS towards this dessert and i give it an 8/10.
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Valrhona Chocolate Souffle, Crème Fraiche Cream, Hazelnut Praline, Nutella Ice Cream – definitely a must-try for chocolate lovers! 7/10

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Warm Pear Crumble, Cinnamon Oat Streusel, Ginger Ice Cream and Wild Berries
This is love.
The coupling of the ginger ice cream with the sweetness of the pears and sourness of the berries compliment each other to perfection. LOVE IT 8/10
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Complementary dessert from the restaurant – nice little macaroon, marshmallow and blueberry jam cube.IMG_6958

#OOTD: Love Bonito everything from head to toe – blazer, dress & heels;
Prada Bag, MK watch

& signing off with a pretty much satisfied meal at CUT, by Wolfgang Puck.

CUT, BY WOLFGANG PUCK
Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore

Eat, Pray, Love

It’s NOVEMEBER. gawd how fast time flies – and yes i haven’t blogged for a long time due to the massive workload i have in school, but today i just finished the FINAL essay of 2011, so i’m highly delighted and decided to do a quick update on what has happened in the month of November (besides studying and essays)

ANYWAYS, first and foremost, i would like to announce that i have been formally accepted into UCL for SEP and my fellow NUS-UCL friends and i are going crazy with all the admins and documents required of us, but yet at the same time, it’s taking my ENTIRE mind OFF studying and exams.  BUT it’s definitely worth it.

EATS AND BIRTHDAYS.

This month started off with MANY birthday celebrations, mainly 21st birthdays and more importantly, my bf’s 21st birthday – honestly i love his birthday celebrations; quality time alone with different groups of people close to him (unlike my mash up and rojak birthday party)

WEDNESDAY: celebration with EUG/holiday INN/ZOUK/pissed drunk -.-‘’ (not cool)

FRIDAY: steamboat with army friends/apple strudel/tiramisu/alcohol/Club SOUL

SATURDAY: home cooked meal from ME to him (damn i can cook)/ Town/shopping/Michelangelo’s restaurant

Loving my new Love, Bonito Alexandria dress!

Look at the gorgeous sequins and gems! (sorry this photo does not do justice to the “bling-ness” of the gems) & my daisy ring from ASOS.com

 1. CAPESANTE a GAMBERI – A delightful pan-seared scallops topped with caviar served atop a bed of onion confit and garlic tiger prawns perched on sun-dried tomato pesto and lemon butter. (4/5 stars)
2. BEEF CARPACCIO – Thinly sliced tenderloin of beef sprinkled with truffle oil, arugula, salt and cracked black pepper topped with parmesan shavings (3/5 stars)
4. QUARANTAOTTO – Michelangelo’s signature dish! U.S.D.A. boneless beef short ribs braised for a minimum of 48 hours served in a sherry broth sided with delicately whipped potatoes scented with white truffle oil. (limited servings daily!) (3.5/5 stars)
5. AGNELLO di MICHELANGELO – Their famous char-grilled rack of lamb finished in the oven in its own juices served with a mint sauce sided with seasonal vegetables and truffled mash potatoes. (4/5 stars)


6.FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE – classic chocolate cake made with ground chocolate and almonds drizzled with raspberry coulis and vanilla gelato. (4/5 stars)

Absolutely love the outdoor dining of this restaurants and the personal attention given by the staff to us in making the birthday celebration a special one! (They even give us a birthday card with our picture printed on it – just like what Morton does) – SWEET. I would definitely recommend Michelangelo’s as a restaurant to go to for any special occasion or even just for a gorgeous and sumptuous meal! The prices are pretty reasonable for the quality of food you get and it’s just WORTH IT.

Michelangelo’s restaurant – 60 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278124 (Tel: 64759069)

SUNDAY: Champagne Brunch at Ritz Carlton/Town (WILL BLOG MORE ABOUT THIS SOON –too awesome to not share it with you guys, but meanwhile, it’s 3am and my laptop is running like a snail..)

SNEAKS:
Loving my Love, Bonito Dennison dress in Burnt orange – they have just awesome dresses for so many different occasions!

travelogue – Paris day 2

THE LOURVE
The first half of day 2 in Paris was spent in the Lourve; the largest collection of art in the world. With over 35,000 works of art over 60,000 square meters, it would take nine months just to glance at every picture and art work; so be sure to do your research before your trip to the museum, just to ensure that you have time to visit the areas that interest you most. The Lourve consists of paintings and art work from many famous artists, such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli as well as the well-known portrait, the Mona Lisa. The Lourve is a temple to art and history, and i believe that every one who visits Paris should set aside some time to visit the Lourve, whether you have much or little interest in art pieces.

The Lourve is located at Place des Pyramid and they are open everyday of the week except for tuesday, from 9am to 6pm; and it costs EUR10 for an adult to a full day access to the manificent Lourve. My advice is to reach early, even before the Lourve opens to queue, ensuring that you can visit a less crowded Lourve. Once the crowd sweeps in, photo-taking will become a pain with people everywhere; ensure that you put on some comfortable walking shoes, the Lourve IS huge.

BREAD FOR BREAKFAST(:
LUNCH!

on the way to CHAMPS ELYSEES!

The Champs-Elysees
Paris’ most prestigious avenu; a gradiose display of the French power and prestige, the Champs Elysees is one of the most famous streets in Europe stretching nine kilometers from Place de la Concorde and the Obelisque up until the Arc de Triomphe. It was formally the epitome of glitz and glamour, many think that the broad avenue has lost its historical charm but today it is filled with tourist and many restaurants and shops can also be found here.

The Champs Elysees is home to many of the famous brand names like Chanel, Gucci, Loewe, Prada, Miumiu and the largest Louis Vuitton in the world. Apart from these, you can also find other smaller brands like H&M, Zara, Promod etc. SHopping madness! The H&M here is one of the best i have seen; because it’s gigantic. Be sure to grab whatever you want, when you return the next day, most of the sizes would have been snatched up.

THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE

Heres another photo of the EIffel from my apartment(:
and i’m taking forever.. to post up all the 5000+ photos from europe.

Random post

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This post is posted using my phone because they are photos from my iPhone, hence the quality may not be as good! Anyways, dre went for a haircut soon after we got back from Europe. He decided to try a new hair stylist who is more accessible, so we found this place in far east plaza, on level 5. I can’t remember the name of the place, but currently they are having a $15.90 promotion for cut, wash n style and they are located near the escalator section of fep; and they offer manicure services too! Great guy and skills; dre was extremely satisfied with his styling n I’m sure he will return there in the future!(:

After the Europe craze, I return to try some more new products, make up, hair etc and these are the ones I felt useful and deserves to be shared!

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Essential damage and care moisturizer. I used it quite some time ago and I find it really good! I have also blogged about the hair mask some time ago; an they are both really nourishing for my dry and frizzy hair. (also featured in the July issue of Cleo)

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Maybelline’s unstoppable and non smudge eyeliner. In the past, I used za’s pencil eyeliner before switching to M.A.C and now to this. I prefer to use the kind where I don’t have to sharpen and I dislike liquid eyeliner. Za’s one was pretty terrible – hard to draw, light colored n easily smudged. The MAC one was one of the best ($29.90); but I lost it in Rome): so I decided to try this maybelline’s eyeliner ($9.90) and it proves to be just as great, although it doesn’t stay on as long, it’s still a great eyeliner to own.

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Also featured in Cleo is the Maybelline’s baby lips. I love the smell of the orange flavored ones and it’s pretty good in reducing the dryness and cracks of my lips.

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Ever since I chopped off some of my hair the other time, I’ve been wanting to grow my hair faster; so I read up and researched on ways to grow it faster and some easier methods I tried was to use a shampoo with anti-dandruff uses as well as applying heat to your hair and prevent breakages to it. Amazingly, my hair is growing faster than the average rate of hair growth!

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Top: cotton on, belt: love,bonito, skorts: H&M, necklace: Chanel, watch: Jowissa, bag: coach Madison

Going to see a doctor now): bye!

travelogue – Paris, day 1

    EUROPE TRIP – 3RD JUNE – 19TH JUNE 2011

It’s been more than a week since i got back from my europe trip, and i’m totally missing it. The culture, probably not so much, but the weather, food (except the bread), gorgeous and breath-taking architectures with extremely rich history, sceneries and so so much more – gosh i cant wait to return there next january! Sorry for the slow update both here and on facebook, apart from the slowness of my internet as well as my laptop; i’ve been really busy as well. Currently i’m on an attachment at a secondary school for my MOE scholarship – and it’s depriving me of my long hours of sleep!

Anyways, i wanna publicise this particular show, THE VOICE. An amazing singing competition with great talents and big voices! The judges are Christina Arguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton. Really great show but sadly it’s only 12 episodes long, but do catch it!

Back to Paris!

After about 17 hours of flight journey, including a three hour transit in Dubai, we are finally in PARIS! It was just exciting but terribly tired because of the overnight flight.

Here is our amazing apartment, Adagio City Aparthotel Tour Eiffel (15 mins walk away from the Tower!); located in a pretty central place with full view of the Eiffel Tower; never imagined waking up to see the Eiffel Tower right infront of me!

On the way to the Eiffel Tower!

The Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris, and one of the most recognisable icon in the world. The tower was named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel and was constructed as the entrance arch to the 1889 world’s fair.The Eiffel tower stands at 1,063ft tall, almost the height of an 80 storey building.
It was a waste that we didnt get to climb the eiffel; not even the first storey ): due to time constraint and the the insane number of tourists there during our three night stay in Paris. Oh well, if i ever return to Paris, i’ll definitely go up to the third storey!

A tourist doing the eiffel tower pose!

The Parents!

Beautiful horse with extremely fluffy legs!

The waiter who served us during our dinner!

One interesting fact about dining in Europe is, unlike in Singapore where we commonly face each other while dining; people there often sit outside(perhaps due to the nice cool weather) and they do not face each other while having their meals; and every place serves BREAD and water is pretty precious there.

French Onion Soup! – Dre’s favourite; a must have for almost every meal during our stay in France.

The plant building!

The best part about summer in Europe, or anywhere else near the poles, is that you get longer days where you can accomplish so much more! In these pictures, it was about 930pm in Europe but it feels like 6 plus in the evening back home.

River Seine. A major river and commerical water-way in France. It is approximately 776km long and consists of over 300 bridges within Paris as well as dozens more outside the city.


The beautiful night view from our hotel (:

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Greetings from France

It’s been almost a week since I touched down in Paris! Currently, I’m in the city of nice, a beautiful place, full of life, colors and culture.

Will be leaving for Rome tmr morning; and will only be bck in Singapore on the 19th! So if u guys are dropping me any comments or emails, do wait patiently as I don’t get wifi very often

My main purpose of blogging is to urge everyone to sign this petition to save the world saddest dolphins! http://www.avaaz.org/en/saddest_dolphins/?copy don’t be lazy k! JUST CLICK! u could save these amazing creatures!

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Anyways here’s a shot of the Eiffel
Tower from my hotel room! Stay tune for more!

Table 66

Went to table 66 for dinner to celebrate aunty joyce’s birthday – it’s located somewhere in tanjong pagar. I LOVE the ambience and decorations there, service was great and the food was delicious too!

our lovely present to her, a pair of swarovski earrings(:

i love breads!

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first dish on the UOB menu is the Prawn Cocktail with avocado mousse, confit of momotaro tomato with mango seaweed dressing – presentation A+!

Dish two: Foie Gras with compressed watermelon, wild berry coprote and baisamic vinegar reduction

third dish: Beef Carpaccio with arugula salad and white sesame dressing

fourth dish (main course – either this or the one below) – Grilled Lam Rump with roasted herb chat potato, anti pasto and fig chutney

the other main course – Sous Vide Citrus Brined Chicken Leg with sweet corn, wilted spinach and chardonnay cream sauce

i found the spoon extremely interesting! LOL

dessert: chocolate mousse (and i really know the exact name!)

apple cumble!

I in love with oversize clutches right now, and especially with this green leather-y one which i bought from NUS bazaar awhile ago. and recently i just bought a new clutch from http://bagmeback.webs.com/ LOVE it. (: