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November 18, 2018

Dean & Deluca, Bangkok…worth visiting whether you’re in the mood to eat or not

Famed for its appearances in Hannibal and American Psycho, celebrity customers and fancy food, New York City’s gourmet grocer, the quintessential lifestyle brand, Dean & DeLuca is now a massive multi-channel retailer of gourmet foods, drinks and kitchenware.

The Lobster avocado poached egg toast – lobster salad, avocado, poached egg on toasted sourdough, rocket, balsamic – is as Instagrammable as it gets. It certainly takes poached eggs to a new level. Most importantly I am left thinking there are things here I want to come back for.

Any place with that sort of thing like the lobster avocado poached egg toast on the menu surely deserves my deep respect. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 22, 2018

Jucker Farm, Zurich…honestly fascinating & relaxing

There is one thing that will catch your attention the moment you make your way to Jucker Farm: The magnificent view over the turquoise lake and the rolling hills. In the background, you might even see the snowy Alps.

The food in the canteen style restaurant is not fancy but quite tasty. There are piles of cake, waffles, pancakes… fresh salads, müesli, smoothies… and also, hearty meals like rösti with fried eggs, quiches and on the nostalgic black stove simmer two different types of soup. There are amusement areas for kids – a dwarf goat petting zoo, a rabbit pen (including baby bunnies), and old tractors for the children to explore – including an apple garden – an accessible labyrinth made up of 5,900 apple trees that provide apples for the table and for producing cider.

Juckerhof in Seegraben, located on the picturesque Pfäffikersee is about a 30 minutes drive from Zurich.

Nothing spells relaxation more than having lunch on a table overlooking the tranquil Lake Pfäffikon. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 18, 2018

La Petite, Singapore…a laid-back neighborhood gem

La Petite is Singapore’s affordable, approachable, laid-back French restaurant.

The sauce in the escargots (6 pcs) with croissant and salad is almost as delicious as the escargots themselves.

In this age of Intagram, it might come as a surprise, then, that the most brilliant dish at La Petite is also the downright ugliest. To roll out a cliché: Looks aren’t everything. I had the Confit de canard w/gratin potato. Damn, it’s a good dish, both thrillingly new and comfortingly traditional.

La Petite doesn’t blow you away in in the same way that other spots like Les Amis do, nor does it intend to. It’s an assured, steady-handed restaurant. Tres bon, La Petite, tres, tres bon. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 14, 2018

Brunch & Cake, Barcelona…some of Barcelona’s prettiest dishes

Barcelona may not yet specialise in the lavish, unlimited-champagne brunches so common in places like Hong Kong and Dubai, but an increasing number of restaurants are offering innovative and intriguing brunch menus. The inventive and affordable menu at Brunch & Cake came groaning with dishes so tempting I didn’t know where to start. And crucially, the food is tongue-tinglingly delicious.

Can’t stomach another eggs Benedict? Their take on egg benedict: shrimp, poached eggs, lobster hollandaise and salad on house made black bun is an altogether more exotic experience. Spoil yourself with the house made nutella pancake, sugar free cocoa sauce, choc chip cookie and grilled banana, or for a healthier option, go for banana matcha pancakes, poached pear, banana/cacao “nicecrem”, pistachio and vegan strawberry sauce (no sugars, baked)

They’re all so enticingly and beautifully presented that choosing just one can prove unexpectedly time-consuming. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 9, 2017

Les Bouchons Rive Gauche, Singapore…deliciously affordable steak

Eating steaks can be an expensive business, but you needn’t spend big money to eat good ones.

Although not cheap-as-chips, Les Bouchons Rive Gauche is a quaint little French restaurant at Robertson Quay. Although I had a placed a reservation, the table I was allocated was in a twilight zone spot of the restaurant….partially inside and partially outside the restaurant. I ended up being moved to three different tables that one evening. That would have, on a normal night, spoiled my mood and appetite but the restaurant manager – Valentine, was absolutely gracious throughout and did his best to ensure we have a good experience.

Now about the food…you can demolish either the grilled rib eye steak with “vigneron” butter or grilled sirloin steak with herbs, both served with Mixed Salad & Free Flow of Home Made French Fries. Either one and you will end the evening feeling pretty damn satisfied.

I need to tell you about the fries. They are cooked in duck fat. Duck, fat and fries are three words that please most people. Combining them is a very beautiful thing. There’s no looking back once you have tried these brown and crispy fries.

While not quite as revelatory as the hype might suggest, Les Bouchons Rive Gauche certainly dishes out good steaks. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 6, 2015

Burger & Lobster, London…deserves every bit of oohing and aahing

There’s no printed menu, they told me, only 3 options. A blackboard by the entrance announces “Burger or lobster or lobster roll. All with chips & salad. £20”. That’s it.

You get a pretty big, stonking beast of a lobster with lots of meat inside and it comes with a bucket of perfectly golden crisp fries and underwhelming salad. You have a choice of steamed or grilled. The lobster – steamed to a turn and marked on the griddle – lay there and I could have swore I heard it screaming to be anointed with garlic butter. DO get that lemon garlic butter – that stuff is addictive and it’s hard to stop yourself from just drinking this butter concoction.

The decor is… different. The restaurant has a modern feel with statement lighting. The staff trained to exhibit well-judged chirpiness. The service was on point and the food comes out QUICK! You have my lobster-loving heart here.

When you name your restaurant after what you serve, you’d better do it damn near perfectly. Burger & Lobster has a huge bang for its buck. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 20, 2014

Panera Bread, Washington DC…reliable, tasty, somewhat healthy

I have a love hate relationship with the Panera Bread. Love the food. Panera is officially my go to spot for bread and soup…they have a large variety of bread, pastries, and sandwiches. Hate the lacklustre service staff. Panera is also the first in its industry to post calorie information voluntarily at all company-owned cafes.

I always go for the “Pick 2” option which allows you to combine 2 of the following: Half Pasta · Cup of Soup · Half Sandwich · Half Salad.  It comes to around $9-10 but more than anything else, it is the perfect portion size for me! Their soups especially when served in the soup bread bowl, are so DELISH and good enough to pop up in my dreams!!! The bread had a nice crunch to and it was fresh.

I am not saying Panera Bread is the best place ever.  But then again, there are times when you are not looking to be fancy and you need a reliable, tasty, somewhat healthy (oh, the sodium!) meal and Panera is just the spot. This is the true truth as I say it as it is….

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March 3, 2013

Wolfgang Puck Express, New York…probably the best airport meal I’ve ever had

If you are in transit at Terminal 7, JFK Airport, New York, this is a good place to grab a quick  bite before boarding the plane for your next destination.

Even though the the restaurant itself is a counter service restaurant, their one server is not the most cheerful person in the world.   You won’t get no love from her.

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Get the BBQ chicken pizza, and you can thank me later. It is a lovely crispy crust pizza (if only the crust was a tad thinner) topped with amazingly fresh ingredients like the tomatoes and onions.  It’s become the standard that I use to compare pizzas, and theirs is definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried. The meat was tender, the BBQ sauce was flavourful and rich and the amount of cheese was just right. Each bite was a great mix of flavours and completely satisfying!

The Create -Your-Own-Salad is another one to check out. The salad qualities here are at least on par with the entree salads of the better restaurants in the city.

I will say though that the food was great quality which is why I decided to rate the outlet a 3/5.  It would have been more if the service would have been there. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…..

October 20, 2010

Lido Atputas Centra, Riga…Mind-blowing buffet. Worth the money and experience.

One of the best places to eat in all of Riga. They have a mind-blowing well assorted buffet filled with all the best of what Latvian cuisine has to offer. The system: a point-and-order combination of traditional local staples like solyanka soup and rye bread mixed with spaghetti, potatoes, chips, salads and meat dishes, all charged for by weight. It’s filling and there’s something for everyone’s tastes and it’s the perfect accompaniment for the home-brewed beer which is, of course, the main reason to visit.

There’s even a bar downstairs and one big log cabin with a windmill at one end. This place has the feel of a roadside inn on steroids.

LIDO combines good traditional Latvian food, some international dishes, good home-made Latvian beer, good atmosphere and lots of fun! It’s a really good place to taste Latvian food.  It’s well worth the money and experience to go there. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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