Attended the first day of Wine Fiesta 2016 today held at Clifford Square and this year’s theme “Rising Roots” focuses on eco-conscious wine makers producing wines naturally. The event also features more than 70 winemakers worldwide with more than 350 wine labels.
I was also invited for the special wine pairing segment featuring 4 labels from the exhibitors and awesome bites from Chef Dave of Burnt Ends.
I would to thank The Straits Wine Company for their invite, totally enjoyed myself!
Event Dates: 21-23 Oct 2016
Venue: Clifford Square (Beside One Fullerton and Fullerton Bay Hotel)
Dress Code: Come in really thin and cooling clothes. Trust me I was swimming in my own sweat!
Parking: One Fullerton. Beware it’s $1.07 every 10mins. My parking came up to $22+!!
Haha how can I miss that out right? Food leh! Haha! Other than foods by Burnt Ends which I’ve featured in my previous blog entry, here are some of the feature foods from some of the awesome local restaurants that is at Wine Fiesta 2016! Go check them out!
Dates: 21-23 Oct 2016
Venue: Clifford Square
Time: 12pm to 10pm
Dress Code: As cooling as possible!
Parking: Damn ex at One Fullerton. $1.07 per 10mins!!! Uber there! 😉
You know Whampoa is a place where many Legendary Hawkers come from. There’s Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat, Rojak, Fried Hokkien Mee, and this 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles. The original stall still operates at the Whampoa market by the Aunties while 3rd generation daughter Ruifang, operates at Tekka Market & Food Centre. Ruifang left the corporate world in 2013 to continue this 60 year old legacy by her grandfather. She is one of the few young hawkers who believes in keeping the tradition and legacy alive so that our kids and grandchildren know what we enjoyed during our times. I am extremely proud of these young hawkers and respect what they are going through.
There’s only Kway Teow, Mee and Beehoon. So I usually order Beehoon + Mee dry. Dry so that I can taste the lovely legendary homemade sambal chilli and the blend of flavours coupled with freshly fried pork lard and shallots. My verdict is the noodles were really yummy and ingredients were generous even for portions of $3. The broth was bursting with flavours, flavours of umami sweetness from so many prawns cooked in it.
$3 or $4.
5-15mins depending on your luck.
665 Buffalo Road #01-326 Tekka Market & Food Centre
Was invited by Asylum Theatre (Thanks Dean!) to watch a play recently at the BlackBox located at level 5 of the National Library. As usual, I will not describe much about the play but will prolly and hopefully arouse your interest to go watch it.
DEATHTRAP is an original play by Ira Levin which is Tony Award nominated and the longest running thriller-comedy in Broadway history! Directed by award-winning playwright/director Dean Lundquist, DEATHTRAP is truly a masterpiece on its own. I love how the whole play twist on top of the previous twist and on top of yet another twist! Director Dean even commented it has “more twist than a pretzel!” I couldn’t agree more along with many hilarious moments! Love the casts in this prop and set heavy production, displaying world class acting prowess, and convincing lies which to the audience may be confused if they weren’t paying attention! 😁
However to me, this production has deeper meanings to tell its audiences.
1. The maliciousness of humans in their quest for riches and power. This is very true in this world we live in, not just in plays or TV dramas.
2. In the play, Sidney Bruhl was facing a dry spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. This is the real situation in today’s local production scene! The weak supports/sponsorships from the relevant authorities/organisations in this theatrical industry, which is why many have liquidated and talents have moved on to other industries. Cos these Actors/Actresses, Playwrights, etc. don’t find it viable to carry on anymore. With better support, Playwrights would have been more motivated to write awesome scripts and Actors/Actresses would have more awesome productions to act in. Production houses would have more budget to pay their casts and staff, tickets would have been more a little more affordable to a bigger piece of pie, which will then arouse more locals to be interested in watching plays and musicals, which will eventually support the industry. It’s all a vicious cycle and it has to start from the top.
Oh by the way, you can use the ticket stubs to redeem one-for-one drinks at Mr Punch Public House at 26 Seah Street! So it’s all worth it! 😉 Check out some of the pics taken from the play. Some are courtesy from Asylum Theatre.
Found this rare gem from leads from some of my customers. This stall heats up some serious Malaysian style herbal Bak Kut Teh and stays hot in the claypots! Damn yummy lah!
I was highly recommended to the dry Bak Kut Teh so I ordered that. Really good with strips of yummy pork which tasted like from the jowl part. Not too salty and super yummy with rice. Came with a bowl of soup which was bursting with herbal infusion and quite peppery. Wonder if the peppery part if added to suit Singaporeans? Well, it’s not bad so no complains! I will come again with the other foodies to try the vinegar pig trotters and the Bak Kut Teh soup version.
$6.50 for the claypot and $0.50 for rice.
10mins cos cooked on the spot. Lunch hours be prepared to wait from 12-2pm.
Last night’s WICKED The Musical was an experience which many describe as an extraordinary. I will not write about the story line here cos it will spoil your night if you’re watching. But I’ll give a general review of it.
Very interesting story line cos wickedness was not present with the casts that I would have thought. There were a lot of discoveries along the way cos I didn’t read about the reviews prior, so it was the right choice. But after the intermission, it was a little draggy and the old man in me started to feel restless. Luckily I didn’t doze off or else whole theatre can hear me snore! Whole musical was 3 hours including intermission of 15 mins! Ended at 11pm thereabouts!
The casts all acted and sang very well even the smaller acts. The main casts obviously were awesome and I was very impressed by their vocal powers! So captivating! Ladies would love the male lead. Voice was smooth and swooning!
Mastercard Theatres has extremely good acoustics and sound projections. BUT, the seats are seriously uncomfortable and not suitable for a long performance like this. It was also pretty warm last evening, temperature control is bad. I was literally feeling hot throughout the show. Ladies, forget about your shawl or cardigans, you’ll appreciate carrying lesser things into the theatre.
I reckon naming the stall is pretty important especially for first timers trying out the food. I’ve been seeing this SG Prawn noodle place for the longest time near my cafe and decided to try this time round. So is it a hit or miss? See my comments below.
One sip of the broth sends umami vibes down my throat and its something not attainable by MSG and just prawn shells. Broth is the result of a lot of pork bones and prawn shells boiled over hours and maybe even days to get the taste. Pork ribs were tender too!