27 October 2014

Grub Noodle Bar


The Mr and I made a quick little escape on Saturday night to check out Grub Noodle Bar.  A few friends have been recently so I was keen to have a taste.

Aiming to be a late night supper joint, the noodle bar is only open nights and there are only 2 main dishes, laksa or beef noodles.  But these are special noodles. You get fresh soft egg noodles accompanied by a gorgeous beefy broth - there was so much flavour!  The beef goodness comes in the form of minced beef, beef balls and your choice of beef cut eg brisket, rump, sirloin or ribeye. There was certainly no shortage of meat and all for under $20.

They also have a range of starters if you are feeling more adventurous.  We had the Hokkaido Scallop Tataki which was well balanced, fresh and citrusy and some pretty off the charts good Chicken Drumlets which were coated in curry leaves, garlic and sesame seeds.  I am still dreaming about that chicken.

I definitely recommend Grub Noodle Bar if you are looking for good food and a casual night out.

24 October 2014

to the weekend...

I can't wait for the weekend - there is so much to look forward to!  Saturday is chockers as we are taking the little girl to the zoo in the morning, then off to a little boy's birthday celebration and date night with the Mr.  Sunday means family skype chats, breakfast at our favourite cafe with friends and a chilled sunday afternoon in a park or by the river.  

Happy Friday!

16 October 2014

Summer wonder

I can't wait to get back home for our Christmas holidays in December - one week in Brisbane and one week up at the Sunny Coast.  This beautiful short film celebrating Summer and 40 years of Country Road makes me miss home!

14 October 2014

A cynic's guide to green smoothies


For a while now I have seen a lot written about green smoothies and to be honest I didn't get it.  

I read interviews in beauty and celeb blogs and there was always some reference to green smoothies as part of a morning routine. Instagram and social media were flooded with images of folks traipsing around with their green smoothies and eating raw this and that.  I thought it was all a bit over the top and just some food fad.

I was a cynic to say the least. I am a food loving, coffee and wine drinking girl who likes to eat bread, rice and all the stuff you aren't 'meant' to.

But a few weeks ago I started making some changes.  For most of this year I have been feeling run down, tired, was getting sick alot and just feeling 'blah'... My iron, zinc and vitamin levels were way down.  I had previously put it down to just being busy and stressed with work and life but something really needed to change.

My time off between jobs gave me some time to get back into exercise.  I also have a few friends who recently made some lifestyle changes including eating cleaner, going paleo, cutting sugar etc with positive results.

So I was inspired to give some new things a go.  About 3 weeks ago, I started making green smoothies every morning and started eating a little 'cleaner' and I feel so much better!  More energy, clearer skin and I have lost a little weight.  I think one positive decision naturally leads to others (ie if you start the day with a healthy choice, it will likely affect your other decisions during the day) so I definitely recommend it!

A few helpful links are below if you want to try out a green smoothie (and despite what you read you do not need a $1000 blender - our normal cheap one works fine).


I have only used one recipe so far and have adapted the Glowing Green Smoothie (recipe in the links above).  Except I don't buy organic and just keep it pretty simple by adding anything green I can get my hands on that is not super expensive (eg kale, lettuce, spinach, celery) and add apple, pear and banana.  For sweetness I use a mix of water and coconut water/juice and some almond milk,  If you have some mint lying around add that too as it makes it extra yummy.   We chop ingredients the night before or you could do a big batch on the weekend and freeze it.

For parents, the little Miss loves these smoothies too which to my delight has increased her vegie intake as she is currently in a 'I don't eat anything green' phase!

24 September 2014

150 new cafes in Singapore

You may have seen from some of my previous posts that Singapore is benefiting from the opening of a load of 'third wave' cafes which very much pleases this coffee loving girl.  

However I was surprised to see that 150 new cafes have opened in the last year.  I know Singapore is foodie central but that is pretty insane! Check out the full listing on Daniel Food Diary.  So many places to try and not enough days! :)

My coffee at an old fave, CSHH 

23 September 2014

He for She

You may have already seen this (as it is has garnered lots of media/social media attention) but I encourage you to watch it if you haven't already.

Emma Watson delivered a brilliant speech a few days ago on feminism and a new UN campaign that has been launched to promote gender equality.  She asks both men and women to take action.
“The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating….If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too, reclaim parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves."
Moving and Inspiring.  More on HeforShe here.

21 September 2014

A draped scarf

I am loving belting a scarf over my dresses at the moment after seeing some recent outfit inspiration from the Burberry Fall 2014 collection.   For me it also hides the areas I am particularly self conscious about (my tum tum) and gives me a way to wear pretty scarves in sunny Singapore!





20 September 2014

Giamba Debut

It's fashion week season and my Instagram feed has been full of gorgeous models, beautiful clothes and stylish fashion bloggers who are traipsing across New York, London and Milan.

What caught my eye the other day were the shots from Giamba, a diffusion label by Giambattista Valli which made its debut in Milan.

Feminine and girly with lace, florals, polka dots and ruffles - I thought it was a beautiful launch collection. See the full collection on style.com





18 September 2014

Exploring Singapore: Tiong Bahru


Yesterday I took advantage of my child free time off and spent a lazy day exploring Tiong Bahru - one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore.   The area is a mix of the old and new and is full of character.  It is has been undergoing a bit of a renewal over the past few years with cafes, bakeries and small and eclectic boutiques moving in.  A great area to explore and spend some time.







I started my morning at Forty Hands and caught up on my news and social media over a piccolo latte and eggs benedict.  I then crossed the road to check out a new little urban grocer pop up (Crateful), walked through the various criss cross streets past Flock and One Olive down to Tiong Bahru Market where I eyed off lots of fresh flowers, housewares and the hawker stalls.  Next stop was over to Eng Hoon Street by Tiong Bahru Bakery, Orange Thimble and the gorgeous Bloesom. 

I headed back to Yong Siak Street as Books Actually, Woods in the Books and Strangelets had opened in time for a long browse.




It was so lovely to have a couple of hours to myself!

Other Tiong Bahru guides are here (City Nomads) and here (Singapore Foodie)

17 September 2014

career tips from smart women



One of my frequent blog reads, A Cup of Jo is featuring career themed posts this week.

Her first post from earlier this week set out some quotes and tips from some inspiring women... below are some of my favourites (mostly from the hilarious and cool Tina Fey!).  Although a career driven post, I think a lot of the below applies to life generally. 

On being confident: 
I love women who are bosses and who don't constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don't ask, "Is that OK?" after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like "mark my words" like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that?
Mindy Kaling
Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions. No one wants to go to a doctor who says, “I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk to you about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?” Make statements, with your actions and your voice.
Tina Fey

On dealing with critics:
My unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.
Tina Fey

On being flexible: 
I used to dream about one day being at Wimbledon. I could taste the strawberries and cream I could see myself curtseying there at center court. And I didn't make it there, obviously, as a tennis player, but let me tell you even though I had a mic in my hand instead of a tennis racket for ESPN when I went to cover it for the first time; to me it was like 'check! Wimbledon.' You have to be creative in reaching your goals and I think that's what really helped me so much in my life both professionally and personally. Just not being too rigid. Having goals and setting goals, but being flexible with them and knowing that it might not quite look like how I think it's going to look and that's okay.
Robin Roberts

On letting go of perfection and being good enough:
I think this..."perfectionist gene" that too many young women have holds them back, and instead they should be really aiming for "good enough." You don't have to be perfect. Most men never think like that. They're just trying to figure out what's the opening and how they can seize it. They're not thinking about, Oh my gosh, I'm not perfect, my hair's not perfect today, I wore the wrong shoes. No.
Hilary Rodham Clinton 
The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30...What I learned about bombing as a writer at Saturday Night is that you can’t be too worried about your "permanent record." Yes, you’re going to write some sketches that you love and are proud of forever—your golden nuggets. But you’re also going to write some real shit nuggets. And unfortunately, sometimes the shit nuggets will make it onto the air. You can’t worry about it. As long as you know the difference, you can go back to panning for gold on Monday.
Tina Fey
 

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