Thursday, September 11, 2014

One Night Only: Quique Dacosta in Singapore @ Sofitel So Singapore.

The wife and I were recently in Barcelona and Madrid in Spain for a holiday. This was the aerial photo that we took and we see lots of rectangular shape plots. We are missing Spain and all the Spanish food we had. Some of you probably ate virtually with us on Instagram too.

Spain By Air

After we booked our flight tickets, we were browsing through the World's 50 Top Restaurant to see where we can go. It was a futile effort for us, the places required a few months of booking! It was also difficult to route the cities we wanted to visit to the restaurants as they are like 300 - 700 km apart from where we are.

Flying or taking a train to Valentia from either Barcelona or Madrid will means we will be travelling more than we get to eat and sight see.

Quique Dacosta

105 km from Valencia is the coastal town of Dénia. It's also where Chef Quique Dacosta who is touted to be one to watch out for after El Bulli closed. The NYT says so!

Good News!

If you are into Spanish Avant-Garde cuisine, three-Michelin-star Chef Quique Dacosta will be in Singapore for a ONE DAY only dinner at Sofitel So Singapore. It's a specially crafted five-course menu priced at $538++ and every dish will be paired with fine wines from Spain’s Castell d’Encus winery. The dishes being presented will include:

The Haze – a dish that recreates the taste of humidity and warm of the earth after a storm – featuring pine nuts, raw peas, pig crackling crumble with mushrooms, black truffle and small flowers – paired with a Taleia 2012

Cuba Libre of Foie Gras – a Dacasta signature of melt-in-your-mouth foie gras with cream, veiled with coca-cola and rum and granita of lemon with brioche on the side – paired with Ekam 2012

The Hen of the Golden Eggs – a poached egg cooked at low temperature with a broth of chicken and vegetables, coffee and gold – served with Ascup 2011

Ashes Rice – soft senia rice with smoked black truffle, braised pigeon, chanterelle mushrooms, inspired by the rice of Valencia after harvesting and burning – paired with Quest 2011

Chocolate Sand – a signature delight of textures and tastes of chocolate – paired with Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2006

(This is a sampling of what you will get when you order the tasting menu at his restaurant. )

There's only spaces for 100 diners though. If you are interested in this dinner, you can call  +65 6701 6800

Xperience Restaurant
Sofitel So Singapore
35 Robinson Road
Singapore 068876

Tel:  +65 6701 6800

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Ugly Cake Shop, a licensed online cake shop & Cupcakes Giveaway

Not too long ago, I was at a pop-up event where beautiful ugly cakes / cupcakes and beautiful accessories were sold. Wait, that sounds like an oxymoron isn't it? Beautiful Ugly Cakes?

Yes, they were very beautiful Ugly Cakes. You can read more about Ugly Cakes at or their Facebook page.

They call themselves ugly because they don't use artificial colouring, artificial flavours, fondant, gum paste or marzipan in their bake goods. Those are ingredients that usually make cakes look very pretty. If you are ok to use safe artificial colouring because you want certain colours, tell them. They will do it for you. I saw some Tiffany Blue cupcakes that were gorgeous!

Ugly Cake Shop

So where was the pop up held? At a very hipster looking place. A nice little cafe and bar that carries the cakes and cupcakes made by the Ugly Cake Shop. If you are in the area, drop by this place. Even if it's not for cakes, but for a coffee or some beer. They do have a nice collection of beer here!

Ugly Cake Shop

Let me tell you a secret, the baker behind this ugly cake shop is not ugly at all. She was leading a team at Singapore's State of Fun (I am sure you now where that is) before she decided to fulfill her dream of having a cake shop.

Her bakes are named quite interesting after her ex-colleagues and friends! Take a look at her collection here, maybe you might know her ex-colleagues!

Ugly Cake Shop

The pop up was held at the back of the cafe. Never knew it was big enough to have this and it's air-conditioned too!

The cakes, cupcakes and jewellery do match don't they? So there's an alternative that you know now, if you are looking for healthier food for yourself and family.

Ugly Cake Shop

They use high quality ingredients. Good butter, French cocoa etc.
I know people want to order birthday cakes that are beautiful, tasty and also healthy.

Ugly Cake Shop

If you buy their bake goods, you are also indirectly contributing to a under nourished kids at Timor-Leste. I also love the fact that Ugly Cake Shop gives part of their profits to a school in Timor-Leste. The school has a nutrition fund and the kids that are under nourished are fed through this fund.

Ugly Cake Shop

The more I like at her cakes, it reminds me of photos in a Donna Hay magazine. Don't you think so?
I am so so tempted to use my finger to swipe some cream off!

More matching blings and cakes! The beautiful blings are all from
Take a look at their prices, very reasonable!

Ugly Cake Shop

Their cupcakes are delicious, moist and taste very real. You know when you bite into it, that there's no artificial additives that you sometimes get from other places. Just ask kids to blind test and they can tell!

The folks at Ugly Cake Shop is generous enough let me have a giveaway. 8 boxes of cupcakes will be given away. Each box will have: one lemon cupcake, one strawberry cupcake, one peanut butter cupcake and one Big Daddy cupcake.

The Giveaway:
  • 8 persons will win a box of cupcakes with 4 flavours in it each.
  • The winners will have to collect the cupcakes from their kitchen at Ang Mo Kio.
  • The contest will be held at the Facebook page. All you have to do is to "Share" the page, and tell of something beautiful or something ugly turned beautiful.
  • Contest is for readers who are living in Singapore.
  • Closing date for the contest is 10 September 2014.
  • If winners do not reply within a stipulated time, new winners will be picked.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

#FIJIWaterLimeTruck Pop-up raised $9,821.00 for Charity - Willing Hearts.

On 15 and 16 August 2014, The Lime Truck, winner of Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race", in a collaboration between FIJI Water and Kerbside Gourmet whipped up some great food at Orchard Gateway.

FIJI Water Lime Truck

It was a pop-up event that had all proceeds going to Willing Hearts (, a local charity / soup kitchen that provides 3000 meals daily to the needy in Singapore.

For the 2 days, the #FIJIWaterLimeTruck raised $9821.00 for Willing Hearts. For all of you who were also there, thank you for your generosity in buying the food.

FIJI Water Lime Truck

That's Daniel Shemtob serving food to the crowds!

Daniel's the CEO of The Lime Truck and he's quite a talented guy who have 2 successful restaurants in LA. For more details, you can go to

FIJI Water Lime Truck

There sure was a huge crowd and the food was sold out quite quickly. All thanks to these people who bought a few sets, they helped raised funds for Willing Hearts.

Willing Hearts do need volunteers, to help prepare the food and also to deliver the food. When I was more energetic, I woke up early on Saturdays before sunrise and took a bus the soup kitchen and cut and cut and cut lots of onions, vegetables etc. If you have time, go volunteer your time and energy!

FIJI Water Lime Truck

This truck you see is actually Kerby. I am sure you have seen Kerby without this temporary green skin at my pop up events.  I was standing there looking at them serve out food and the crew are such happy people.

Here's a short clip that I took on Instagram on 15 August.
Love the way they shouted the orders that came in.

FIJI Water Lime Truck

The menu for the 2 days. Each was $10 and it all came with a bottle of FIJI Water.

FIJI Water Lime Truck

Braised Pork Belly Taco with Tomatillo Pico de Gallo and Sriracha.
Oh, it was so so lovely, the pork belly and the Sriracha that was drizzled over it. The fatty pork belly went very well with the Mexican salsa. It cuts through the fats of the pork belly and quite yummy with the hot sauce.
 FIJI Water Lime Truck

Fresh Fish Ceviche Tostada
The fish cured with citrus juices was very appetizing. One of it is not enough and it makes you even more hungry!

FIJI Water Lime Truck

Blue Crab Jicama Taco
A very different kind of taco. Never thought that the bang kwang we usually eat can be made into tacos. Ideas for the next house party!

FIJI Water Lime Truck

I hope they come back for Round 2 soon!

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