Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Win $200 Cash!

Last night I had a really fun time. Doing what? Exercising! Yeah, that surprised me. I normally hate doing any sort of physical activity (which explains why I gained double digit kilos in the past 3 years or so). But it was fun because I had a physical trainer with a smiley face and who was making me do some interesting exercises. At the end of our session he asked if I was interested in booking more sessions (the 3 I had with him came with joining the gym), and I really wanted to! But it's so expensive! *Sobs*

You know what would be really nice right now? Cold hard cash. I'm sure you agree with me. Well, you can have just that! I've gotten together with some awesome ladies to give you a chance to win $200. All you have to do is enter in the rafflecopter below!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Foodee} Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill @ Riverwalk

One of my favourite Italian restaurants in Singapore just threw an exclusive 10th anniversary media party and I was one of the girls who got invited to go. How lucky am I???



I brought along my friend Cate as my plus one.


We both really enjoyed stuffing ourselves full of the delicious food. Omnomnom!

This was the menu:


Let's break it down, shall we?

First up: appetisers. I actually didn't get to taste them all because I was late. I did get to taste the grilled asparagus with parma ham and panzerotti and liked them. Cate said everything was yummy, with the asparagus being her fave.

CARPACCIO DI POLPO - sliced octopus, lemon, fennel
NIZZARDA SALAD - mesclun, fresh tuna loin, quail eggs, green beans,
cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, anchovies, sherry dressing
PANZEROTTI - pizza doughs stuffed with chef's creation
POLENTA HERB FRIES - fried polenta mixed with herbs and truffle mushroom sauce
ASPARAGI ALLA GRIGLIA - grilled asparagus, parma ham

I was so excited when they served 3 kinds of pasta. Cate and I both had the spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese as our favourite among the three because it was so deliciously cheesy. But the risotto and crab meat linguini were both so tasty as well. If you love Singapore's famous chilli crab, you'll love the linguini.

GNOCCHI AL GORGONZOLA - spinach gnocchi  with gorgonzola cheese
RISOTTO AL FRUTTI MARE - arborio rice with seafood
LINGUINE AL GRANCHIO - crab meat, chili, tomato cream

Then it was time for the main courses, and I could not help but exclaim how delicious the potatoes were, and I was not alone in my reaction. Seriously, what did they cook those in?? The grilled pork ribs that those came with were sumptuous too, but my favourite meat on that chopping board (how cute is that serving dish, by the way?) was the cod fillet. I was sad I couldn't get more of it! The chicken skewers were not bad too.

GRILLED PORK RIBS - pork ribs, mixed salad, potatoes
CHICKEN SKEWERS - chicken, mild spice, herbs, vegetables with chickpea dip and served with pizza bread
COD FILLET - cod fillet, thyme, sundried tomatoes, sauteed spinach

And just when I thought I couldn't possibly eat any more, they served us this porcini e scamorza pizza, which I loved because I love cheese and mushrooms.

PORCINI E SCAMORZA PIZZA - Porcini mushrooms, cow's milk cheese

However my favourite pizza of the night was the tartufo pizza because it was like having breakfast on a pizza. I mean, that's what it felt like, anyway, because of those cute sunny side up quail eggs. :D

AL TARTUFO PIZZA - black truffles, quail eggs, mushrooms

But even though I was already full to bursting, I still had room for the highlight of the night - desserts, what else? Everyone literally squealed when this was served in front of us. Gosh my mouth is watering even now as I look at that picture again! #foodbloggerproblems

Everyone couldn't stop gushing about the soffiatto - the chocolate molten cake with starcciatella gelato, which has always been my favourite at this place. It was my first time to try the sweet pizza, however, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really loved it even though I normally hate cinnamon and raisins. The tiramisu and carrot cake were not bad too.

SOFFIATTO - Italian style dark chocolate molten cake with stracciatella gelato
CANELLA SWEET PIZZA - cinnamon sugar with mascarpone and raisins
TIRAMISU - classic Italian recipe with mascarpone cream, espresso and lady finger
CARROT CAKE - moist carrot cake with cinnamon and walnuts, topped with frosting

We washed that all down with vino. I usually can't stand red wine, but theirs was delicious, so bottoms up!



It wasn't just the food I loved, but the new look of the place, which had been renovated and now looks a lot prettier!




It really is a great place to hang out, with good food and vibes, and right beside a river too!

On top of that we had some entertainment in the form of a violinist and artist who painted a masterpiece on the spot, and went home with a goody bag that contained a pack of zita pasta, a cute Italian beer with a glass, and a can of Italian roast coffee. Everyone on our table really had a great time.


So I'm sure you will too! :)


P.S. This is a behind-the-scenes look at a media party:

FOOD PAPARAZZI

"Smile, food, smile!" I actually really said that, much to my new acquaintances' amusement.

P.P.S. I blogged about Ricciotti before, here.


RICCIOTTI PIZZA PASTA GRILL
Opens daily, 9:30am - 11pm

20 Upper Circular Road
B1-49/50 The Riverwalk
Singapore 058416

Tel:(65) 6533 9060 Fax:(65) 6535 5915
Email:riverwalk@ricciotti.co
Website : http://ricciotti.co/riverwalk


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Funny Friday: Oh What Tangled Webs We Weave

Some time back, a couple of friends confessed that they were avoiding another friend.

"He was forcing us to treat him and his friends to dinner tonight," one of them explained, "so we told him we couldn't because we have our event to go to." Our event was actually in the afternoon.

"So now we can't post pictures of the event yet because he might see it on instagram and figure us out," he went on. "So we'll post them tonight to pretend that it's happening at night."

"But what if we have dinner tonight after the movie?" I asked. "How will you be able to post those pics then?"

"Then I will pretend that it happened before," he replied. "I will caption it as 'chilling before the event.'"

Okay my head hurt a bit.



I thought this was the perfect moment to talk about one of my favourite episodes on Big Bang Theory which is very hilarious. In the episode called "The Loobenfeld Decay" (S01E10) Penny invites Leonard and Sheldon to a show where she sings. Leonard knows she sings horribly, so he lies and says that they can't go because they were attending a science symposium.

That should have been fine, but Sheldon feels that the lie could easily be verified by Penny if she went on a website and saw that there was no schedule for that particular symposium on that particular day (which Penny was very unlikely to do).

So, the next day, Sheldon approaches Penny to tell her that Leonard lied to protect Sheldon, that the truth was they were actually going to help Sheldon and his family stage an intervention for Sheldon's drug addicted cousin "Leopold." He then asks Penny to pretend not to know about it so as not to embarrass Leonard. Later, he tells a frustrated Leonard about everything and tells him to pretend not to know that Penny knows he had lied to cover up for Sheldon.

I know, right. Getting confusing yet?

But it gets worse. Or better (in the funny sense).

On the day of Penny's show, she drops by Sheldon and Leonard's apartment and wishes them well for the symposium. Raj and Howard, friends and fellow scientists, get angry that they were left out of the "symposium." So Penny tells Sheldon to tell them the "truth" about going to an intervention. After she leaves, they explain the truth. They then decide to go to Long Beach where the "intervention" was supposed to be held, to make it more believable, but to do something else there.

Later on when they are back home, Sheldon suddenly bursts into Leonard's room to wake him up and say that there was a flaw in their lie, based on the personality and motivation of "Leopold."

The next morning, Leonard wakes up to find a stranger in their kitchen. It was an actor that Sheldon had hired to pretend to be his cousin Leopold. You can watch the scene below. It's really funny.


Later on when we were at dinner, I suggested to my friend that maybe he could hire someone to pretend to have seen him at the "evening event."

"When you're out with him," I explained, "this actor will suddenly show up at your restaurant and say, 'Oh hello! What a coincidence to see you here! Didn't I see you at the evening event at *insert specific date here*? That was a very nice event, wasn't it?'"

You know, just in case his friend had doubts, to make sure he covered all his tracks.

It's the perfect plan. Sheldon likes this.

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