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Friday, 10 April 2015

Celebration on yacht

Date: 25.12.2014


I didn't really mentioned about last year's Christmas celebration in my social media.

It's freaking awesome.

We rented a yacht, yeah.

Booking was made about 2 months in advance with Marine Bookings.

As I was busy to the brim during that period of time, ordering BBQ food from a caterer saved a lot of hassle.  Chose EZ BBQ as it's not too far from my place at Geylang and they provides vegetarian skewers for my kid sis who was then on temporary vegan diet.

My order was about $160, didn't reach their minimum order of $300 for free delivery.
So, 能省就省 , we picked up from them, wasn't too difficult.
Ticked the items against my order before packing them into plastic bags, paid cash.  We were all done within 15mins on Christmas noon before heading to our meeting place at Sentosa Cove.

Here's Sentosa Cove with one stretch of private yachts and speedboats.

There's a Cold Storage and 7-eleven here, very convenient for last min top ups.
Tip:  Ice cubes are cheaper in Cold Storage than in 7-eleven, not by cents hor, by dollar.

2 yacht crews came punctually to lead us to our yacht, the excitement began as we were lead through the restricted entrance.

Introducing Yacht Annette, our playground for the next 4 hours!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  My gawd!!
This yacht can accommodate up to 18 pax, there were 14 of us and we had plenty of space to jump and laze about.

Mai tu liao, let's sail out!

Meanwhile, let me show you the facilities and interior of Annette:

"Living Room" with glass panels which peeps through outside.

It has a double kitchen sink, stove, oven, rice cooker, electric kettle and a bar fridge.  The small counter tops are good enough for some cutting and preparation of food.

Bar fridge.

They called it 2 bedrooms although it's more like giant pigeon holes fully occupied by the bed, heehee...

This "room" got sliding wardrobe at the side.

This is another, climb up the beds if you need a doze, heehee....

There are 2 toilets and they are as compact as those on planes, only slight bigger to accommodate the shower area.

Ruffle hem blue top was sponsored by Zalora.
Wearing specs due to some eye infection >.<

Enjoying the sea breeze...

MBS and Singapore Flyer were so far and so small!

My Darren like a boss.

My niece Janelle in her own thoughts....

King Luis trying to keep calm and not to puke.

We anchored near Lazarus island.



Lazarus island is Singapore's most well kept secret.  The beach is amazing!

From a distant, we saw clean white sand and clear blue sea waters, beautiful like a postcard.
We didn't take any pics of the beach as we didn't want to risk our hand phones getting drowned.  Nobody's able to get to the beach without getting wet.

Sis and little Karsten canoe over to the beach while the other swam over.

While the rest were having fun in waters, I found my fun with fire - BBQ!

Teriyaki chicken, sambal sotong and prawns were all neatly and professionally packed in foils by EZ BBQ.


We had black pepper lamb chops and otah.....

We grilled pineapples....

We had satay...

Talking of which, the satay came in a spill-proof package, delicious and hassle free!

And, we had a lot more!!

We even had champagne!  Weeeeeeeeeee....

Sunset was beautiful, Darren was shiok max...

Night scene.  This was the best a handphone could capture, the real dazzles were captured by our eyes.

The sky gotten dark came really fast, we managed to see a bit of fire work from Sentosa.  After which, we sailed back to Sentosa Cove.

Sorry, I can't stand my high pitch either >.<

If budget allows, renting a yacht out to the sea for birthday celebrations, weddings, events etc., is far more interesting and exciting than any location on land.  We had such a smashing and memorable Christmas!

Really have to thank my kid sis that everybody gets to enjoy a private yacht.




Monday, 6 April 2015

VeganBurg at Jalan Eunos

Date of visit: 06.12.2015



My impression of vegetarian food is nothing more than economical vegetarian bee hoon at coffee shops or food courts, which I don't mind eating once in a blue blue moon.

Vegetarian is comparatively boring when I have so many tempting choices all around.  Vegan dishes from what I think is less tasty without meat.  Imagine, just greens, fungus and soya bean, what else can be created out of these limited ingredients??

 My first visit to VeganBurg made me realize how stupid I had been to presume.

We had drove pass VeganBurg along Jalan Eunos several times but never thought of visiting until my kid sis was having vegetarian diet for a period of time.
So we had to accommodate her and we finally made a stop here for the first time.


It was very much like a fast food restaurant selling ordinary burgers.  Order and pay at the counter.

Some items could be collected immediately at the counter while some needed a little bit of time, so a buzzer was given.

The interior was really cute, all green and woody, it's like walking into a courtyard.
I was wearing shorts that day and the carpet grass on the bench was pricky big time on my thighs lolxx...

I wasn't sure what to expect, so I was taking it as a pity-ful meatless healthy meal, get done with it once and for all.

The meal came in a army mess tin.

Smoky BBQ + Broccoli + drink S$11.80

Wasabi Burger + Fries + Drink S$11.80

Very very surprise, the above vegan burgers tasted like REAL BURGERS!  The soy patties were flavorful just like meat patties we used to have, and the great thing was, the patties were literally oil-less!  Together with fluffy wheat buns, the taste was near perfect for my taste buds.  Very soon, I totally forgotten that I was eating vegetarian.

Order some sides that came with paper tubs and tooth picks.

Spinach Pops S$3.90
Although called Spinach Pops, the balls were 80% mashed potato balls with some spinach.  I am not a big fan of potatoes but these were not bad.  Crispy on the outside, smothering soft inside.

Vegan Franks S$3.90
This tofu thingy was freaking yummy!  Never know tofu can taste almost like a real hot dog. I said "almost", cos the real hot dog is more bouncy to bite into, this were soft tofu.  Still fascinating to us, we ordered another serving.   If not for the expensive price, we really would like to order a few more.

This was my first try on vegetarian burgers, not able to compare it with others.  All I can say, the meal did not disappoint and we had a great time.  The pricky "grass" didn't bother too much but I'll wear something longer to cover on the next visit, heehee...

VeganBurg
44 Jalan Eunos
Singapore 419502
Tel: 6844 6868

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Crab Buffet at Brizo Restaurant & Bar, Park Hotel Clarke Quay

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No matter how fierce they are;

No matter how strong they are;

No matter how hard they are;

We will fight on.... with bare hands, with pliers and with all our might!

WE WILL, STILL EAT THEM UP....
 CRABS!

Eat more than 20 types of crab dishes, together with wide spread of other seafood and lips smacking desserts
at
Brizo Restaurant & Bar at Park Hotel Clarke Quay.

Eat until shiok Crab-tacular Crab Buffet from now till 28 June 2015!
Image from www.facebook.com/parkhotelgroup
If you are a crab lover, you can't miss this buffet!

Brizo is thoughtful to provide diners with aprons and disposable gloves.
I didn't use the gloves as I find it a pleasure to smear my fingers with sauces and lick them clean later.  Ya, very unglam one, heehee.....

White wine was great with seafood.

Anyways, you will find the following crabs pics far more interesting than my selfie >.<  Cheers!
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Salads

Appetisers.  you are looking at Alaskan Crab Claws, Chilled Flower Crab and Australian Spanner Crab accompanied with chilled prawns, scallops and some top shells.

Close-up of the big fat Australian Spanner Crabs, *wipes saliva*.

Have to move my camera to the other side of the counter to show you salmon sashimi and sushi!

Everybody at the table was like "Ewwww...." when I was digging the top shell.
It tasted like chicken gizzard lolxx....

Moving on, woks and woks of pipping hot crabs, so much variety that it wasn't possible for me to try every flavor.

Dim Sum style - X.O. Steamed Crab in Egg White

Close-up
This is a MUST TRY!  Never know steam crab can be this good.  Crab meat was bouncy and sweet, the XO savoury sauce was perfect with it.  Beneath was a soft bed of steamed egg white covered with sauce.  The taste was uncomplicating, it's just so simple yet so good!

Black Pepper Crab
Love this, cos' the black pepper sauce was moderate and not over bearing.

Butter Crab

Salted Egg Crab
Suppose to be my favourite way of cooking crab, but there was too much flour for my liking.

Heavenly Fragrance Crab
Another MUST EAT.  Stired fried with chilli, grounded dried prawns and various spices.  This is really delicious and unique, only at Brizo and no where else.

If you can't do without carbs, here's some crabful ones:

Penne Rigatoni with crab meat

Baked crab meat in cream sauce

Laksa, with crab meat of course.

The gravy was crazy yummy, but it didn't taste like laksa, it's thick, more like curry.

Everybody was busying digging into the above dishes when I discovered this pot:

Indian Chilli Flower Crab Masala
The pot didn't look impressive, but the taste was POWER!  MUST MUST MUST TRY!
The chef is an expert in this!

It's not too spicy, yet the punch is there.  I can literally drink it like coffee.
I "wiped" the bowl clean with a mini fried bun and popped it into my mouth, awwww.......

Was already quite full but the curry was too good to resist.
My "part 2" was eating it with prata.  This has got to be the best curry I ever eaten so far, yums....

Morale of the story:

Open every lid at buffet counters, you never know there's a great surprise waiting for you!

Taking into consideration that diners will be too comfortable to move after some time, Brizo will bring to your table
Crab In A Pan.

Make your order, and Crab In Pan will be send to your table pipping hot.

Crab In Pan with Cioppino Sauce
The pan is  totally hidden beneath the paper :P

Crab In Pan with Mariniere Sauce

Crab In Pan with Bouillabaisse Sauce

Happy girl Michelle and happy auntie ;D  Wefie made possible after we cleaned our hands and we were ready to attack the desserts!

Here's the pretty counter of fruits and desserts.

Chocolate Fountain Fondue

Assorted fruits and there's some cute colorful macarons.

Cakes, puddings and durian mousse!

Delightful little shots.

At the side of the desserts buffet counter, there's a fridge of.... ICE CREAMS!
You really have to wear something loose to give space to expanding tummies lolxx....

Michelle's plate.

Mine!

There are more dishes which I couldn't manage to take photos.   You can expect only the freshest crabs and seafood!  I would say it's worth every penny you spend!

This awesome crab buffet is available only for a limited period:

From now to 28 June 2015
Dinner only from 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Wednesday and Thursday
Adult: S$68++   Child (6 - 12 years old): S$34++

Friday to Sunday
Adult: S$80++   Child (6 - 12 years old): S$40++

Child under 6 years old FREE!

For reservations call 6593 8855
or
Book online HERE


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Brizo Restaurant & Bar
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street
Singapore 237983
Image from www.parkhotelgroup.com/clarkequay/