Saturday, April 09, 2011

That Little Wine Bar

Tucked in a quiet street lined with trees, just mere distance from the busy Burmah Road, is a restaurant with a nice ambience that with a little bit of imagination, can transport you to some place in Europe...

The owners are Europeans and they themselves are good enough models for the place; sitting at the veranda, enjoying a glass or two. Sure know how to give passers-by a good first impression.

This was also the place that gave me quite an eye-opening experience during my first visit. It's like a ritual of mine to try all the mushroom soups of different restaurants so it was no surprise I ordered the wild mushroom soup then. My expectation was of course, the usual creamy mushroom soup that we have come to expect from restaurants like this. What was served was a bowl of clear broth with mixed mushrooms thrown in and pieces of parmesan cheese, a dish that I would associate more with Chinese restaurants. I guess it was only due to my limited knowledge of European dishes but I knew I wasn't going to be ordering the mushroom soup the 2nd time around. It did came in an interesting-looking bowl though...

Didn't make any reservations but were lucky to get a table in an almost-hidden corner; perfect for privacy, photo-taking, and checking the place out ☺

The seared foie gras as appertizer was good (I know, I know I'm not supposed to eat foei gras and support the force-fed campaign but my friend had never tried foie gras before so...) Anyway for comparison, I would prefer chilled foie gras served with baguette - which I had in Paris - over seared.

What I would truly recommend is the mushroom quiche. Put aside the fact that anything with mushroom goes well with me 99% of the time, the mushroom quiche was simply delicious. The softness, airy texture combined with the savory taste of mushrooms....ahh, it's no wonder I ate quite a portion..

For dessert, it was apple pillow with cream and vanilla ice-cream. Oh, and it came with a generous dusting of icing sugar. Not too bad but not as memorable as the quiche though. (Yes, read between the lines; try-the-quiche!)

And I must say, they do have quite a selection of wine. From where we sat, we had a direct view of their wine closet. The house wine, Chilean merlot, was smooth yet not too strong. Okay, not an expert when it comes to wine but it did go well with the meal..

Overall, a great place for a quiet evening ♥

Saturday, April 02, 2011

iPhone: Cut the Rope

Cut the RopeIt's been ages since my last game review. I used to play a lot of PC games but then it dwindled. There are just so much going on that games were sorta pushed down the priority ranks.

But not anymore. Not when I got an iPhone. You cannot begin to imagine the hundreds and thousands of games out there that you can play on-the-go and at any time of your convenience! I have even found myself playing games in the mornings while eating my breakfast *sheepish smile

The genre of games are massive. But if you are into iPhone games, I'm sure by now games like Angry Bird and Cut the Rope are household names.

Are you 3-Star material? :PI am not so sure about Angry Bird - not really my kinda game. On the other hand, I am a fan of Cut the Rope. It is an amazing, brain-tingling, patience-testing game with a totally cute interface. And cute is just not enough to describe Om Nom, the adorable monster thingy that appears in a box one day at your doorstep. It feeds on candy which you must, yes, "cut the rope" where it is hung on so that it drops into Om Nom's wide gaping mouth. Of coz to make it harder, you have to swing/cut the candy to get 3 bobbling stars in each level before dropping it to Om Nom to qualify for a 3-star expertise.

The main game comes with 6 boxes, each with its own theme and 25 levels. Naturally, moi's aim is not just giving the candy to Om Nom - its the 3 stars I'm aiming for (unlike a friend of mine who only played to go through the motions until I incepted her with the power of 3 stars!).

And since Thursday, I could proudly say I am an all rounder 3-star achiever *grins

Oh, and there's this free add-on where you get a holiday gift box with another 25 levels to complete. Also, did I mention how cute Om Nom is? Super duper adorable. Every single action/antics/emotions by Om Nom makes me go "awww.." I wouldn't mind such a pet..hey, just feed it candy only, rite? *winks

Adorable Om Nom

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