This week has passed in a blur of food and fashion. Not that I am complaining. It is, sadly though, worth noting that if you eat to much food, the fashion bit doesn’t work all that well (Spanx, here we come).
Monday was delicious dim sum at the luxy, laquered Shang Palace. Rather a cheering start to the week and courtesy of the lovely chaps at the Shangri La. I loved the fact that the ha kau – the cornerstone of any dim sum lunch – was topped with gold painted ikura and had just the right amount of crunch.
Extra points: the dim sum chef is a woman. It’s a very male dominated area of speciality, she must be about the only one in existence…and that alone has to be worth supporting (I’m coming over all #GirlPower. Apologies. It’s all Sheryl Sandberg’s fault).
Tuesday was the FIDé Couturista Fashion Party. Here I am with James Tulley, Vice Chairman of Fidé Fashion Week (centre) and the fabulous JS (left).
The Raffs in the rain is always rather a cheering sight and on Wednesday afternoon, during the massive tropical downpour, it played host to La Perla and their exquisite new collection
I loved their scuba jacket (not, you may be surprised to hear, officially called that) which took the form of a fabulously well cut, sharp-shouldered jacket that’s made from neoprene – the same fabric as wetsuits. Good for tropical downpours and days like today…and not, at all, for scuba diving.
They also had all the usual suspects too – ie silk slips and underwear – and do a great line called underwear = outerwear: wear your pretticoat to the office, as a dress. I’m not quite brave enough (and luckily work from home).
Wednesday evening was the launch of the touring vintage poster exhibition from the well known Hong Kong gallery, Picture This, which is on Ion Art Gallery. It’s only in Singapore until 1st December. Catch it if you can…oh, and bring a large cheque book along; these puppies don’t come cheap – also applicable for La Perla. Confused as to how a vintage poster could possibly cost so much? They are all from first ever print runs.
Dinner on Wednesday was organised, by chance, a hop, skip and a jump away from the art gallery at the new ION restaurant Saveur Art, bought to you by the two boys who have been demystifying French food for a while now. This is the group’s third restaurant. Three of us had the breath-takingly good value four course set menu, priced at $52. The last bargain in Singapore?
Whilst I can’t say a bad thing about the food, (I really can’t, it was excellent, especially the egg confit and truffle starter) I simply hate eating in malls. The restaurant decor was also rather questionable but the concept of no airs and graces – just good food, is a pretty winning formula. Note that orders for the set menu must be placed by 9pm.
Thursday was back to reality as I interviewed Ah Kuan, my lovely pork butcher at Ghim Moh market. He is going to be featured in a book.
I love that his favourite food is in keeping with his line of work: char siew (honey-glazed roast pork).
Friday, I took a bunch of 12 lovely ladies to lunch at Ah Bong, in Tiong Bahru, for beautiful pasta dishes around the $6 mark. It was a huge success and it’s a great place to take the fam to on a weekend (not Sunday though, when it’s shut). Read about Ah Bong and why you should try it, here.