A whole new world – Grilled Avocados w Soy sauce

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FYI: Persea americana a.k.a avocado is actually a berry!

I love avocados. In smoothies, or fresh ripe avocados on my vegemite toasts, and even just as is with salt; avodcados are all good. Though composed of 75% fat, the fat in avocados are actually good for you. Studies have shown that the monounsaturated fat in avocados are good for your heart; the fat contains a substance, phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, and this has been clinically proven to lower LDL (the bad stuff) and triglyceride levels, while raising HDL (the good stuff) levels.

Apart from being great for the heart, it has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s, and cancer, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging factors, being packed with antioxidants!

Though best consumed fresh, ripe and raw, I know the creaminess and texture of the berry does put some people off. The action of cooking (applies to everything) causes the fruit to lose its vitamins and antioxidants, but if you’re caught in a situation where you have unripe avocados sitting around, and needing to whip something up for a party, here’s an idea.

So my family is pretty big on cooking, and being away from home gave my brother time to cook for himself and try out recipes. Grilled avocados – my palette was blown away, and I now have a new favorite dinner starch.

Grilled Avocado with Soy sauce – The recipe
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Simple, what you need:
1. 2 unripe avocados – preferably NZ avocados (I find them more fragrant than their US/Mexican counterparts)
2. 2 teaspoons of Soy Sauce
3. Nonstick pan.

Steps:
1. Core and peel avocados – This is a little tricky as unripe avocados are pretty tough to get through. Make sure you have a sharp small knife to do this.
2. Cube the avocados
3. Heat up a non stick pan (you make use olive oil to grease the pan)
4. Dump in the avocados and cook over low heat til avocados are soft and caramelized on both sides.
5. Add the soy
6. Quickly remove from pan

Serve with salad and some grilled chicken, or a good slab of grilled fish. The taste is quite similar to that of grilled potatoes, sans the starchiness. Don’t believe me when I say its good? Try it for yourself then and tell me otherwise (if so!)

T.

When it’s time to let go

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So I have a few pieces to sell off to make way in my overcrowded and overflowing wardrobe unit. And there is this cool and easy to use app that can help!

Carousell App allows quick uploading of shots of your potential sale items, and a quick input form to indicate the item name, description and price. It also allows for Geotagging of the location of your preferred meet up spot to hand your buyer the items.

So if you have anything you wish to sell, do it via Carousell!

With regards to the problem of my wardrobe, you can take a quick look at my Carousell listing:

http://carousell.co/tabitha.anastasia

T.

If she may be Queen – Lady M (Singapore)

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Above all the activities and reflections and readings, I must say food is something I can get pretty passionate about. Not necessarily fussy, I believe the word is particular when it comes to what lands up on my plate and what I allow my body to have.

I am one who doesn’t own a sweet tooth, so desserts can get a little tricky. But when I do find something, believe me, it is definitely worth the calories.

I am pretty sure, Lady M is a name not unfamiliar to foodies out there, but in case this is your first meeting with her – Lady M® Confections is the pioneer of the Mille Crêpe cake. The signature cake, Lady M® Mille Crêpes, features no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes layered with amazingly light pastry cream, gently caramelized on top until golden.

Definitely a work of art, I cannot imagine having to make this to be honest; layering each dainty piece of crêpe after crêpe, each laced with the perfect amount of fluffy pastry cream. But the end result? You get this wondrous slice of heaven, a combination of creaminess and the almost burnt taste that comes from the caramelized layers. It is literally like taking a bite off the clouds with layers of golden sun rays.

Though the branch in Singapore does not offer as many selections as their branch in NYC, Lady M in Singapore is still one place to go for a cake fix that would definitely be satisfying. Tea and a slice of Mille Crêpe cake, honestly, what more can you ask for?
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Lady M Singapore is located at:

6 Raffles Boulevard

Marina Square Shopping Centre

#02-103
Singapore 039594

http://ladym.com.sg/

Restaurant Week – Sabio by the Sea

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“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

In to its 7th year, Singapore restaurant week returns with a bigger selection of restaurants in Singapore. Restaurant week went over the week of 7-13th of October this year, with seats being “choped” up really quickly, so if you didn’t manage a slot, better luck next year!

Sabio by the Sea
The 8th restaurant concept created by the Deliciae Hospitality Management in Singapore, Sabio by the Sea is a grill and tapas restaurant located in Sentosa Cove. And airy and spacious restaurant facing the marina, it didn’t feel as if we were in Singapore at all.

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For Restaurant Week, Sabio by the Sea had a straightforward but very satisfying lunch set that came with a refreshing glass of Gazpacho, followed by Caviar de Berejenas (which is an eggplant mash served with garlic toast), Tapas of the day (we chose Grilled Mussels and Spanish Ham Coca) and Churros.

 

From the Gazpacho, to the last bite of Churros, I would admit this was one meal of greatness. Flavors were honest, and well balanced, with each dish living up to its full potential of being what they should be. The Spanish ham was freshly shaved off the leg of cured meat, and the churros (good lord, the churros) would easily be the best in Singapore (enlighten me if I am wrong here).

 

With the yachts basking in the glory of the sun at the marina for a view, the cove being mostly secluded and emanating a sense of calmness – along with good food, what more can you ask for; ’tis life’s simple pleasures.

 

T.

 

Sabio by the Sea

http://sabio.sg/bythesea/

31 Ocean Way
#01-02
Singapore 098395

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Introducing – Social Print Studio

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“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away,” – Eudora Welty

If you haven’t yet heard of Social Print Studios, it’s about time you updated your list of iPhone Apps. These are the guys behind printstagram, the app that allows you to transform your instagrams into prints. Print Studio on the other hand, allows you to print snaps from your iPhone’s camera roll. The App provides extremely quick deliveries of your prints; international shipping via FedEx, whilst providing you the tracking number so you can monitor the shipment.

One thing great about this app is that it gives you a wide variety of choices in terms of developing your prints at really affordable prices. You can choose to have 48 mini prints at only 15 USD, mini squares at 15 USD for 48, and even mighty sized prints that cost 15 USD for 24 pieces.

My prints were delivered to me within 3 days of me confirming the order – nothing like heading to office on a Monday and being greeted by the FedEx dude with a box of carefully picked prints. Just one note on this, make sure you choose really sharp photos to have printed, this ensures that the prints come out looking the best they possibly can.

The app is very simple to use, shipping is quick, all you’re left to do mostly, is to savor up the pretty prints and memories that get delivered to your doorstep.

 

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Print Studio is available for download in Apple App Store.