7 July 2017

We had a go at Seven7h Cucina on 7th July 2017. It is not always that you get an affordable halal Italian restaurant in Singapore. 
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I actually loved the laid back concept of the restaurant. We chose an outdoor seat so we could chill with the music which was playing in the nearby bar. 

While we couldn’t wait to stuff our faces, we had our must have mocktail “Perawan Mojito” and Cold Flava Latte first. 

Since I’m a huge potato lover, we had Tartufo Fries as our side (shoestring fries with white truffle oil, grated parmesan cheese and coriander). The cheese was shredded so finely it made the dish taste so heavenly! 

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My main dish was Carbonara, filled with cheese, turkey bacon and 64 degrees poached eggs (I’m an egg lover too!). Although I prefer my gravy to be a little thicker, the egg yolk was runny (in a good way of course) and made the dish simply delicious. The portion size is perfect for one. I actually finished my food for the first time!!! 

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Bug (men gotta have their meat 😜) decided on Pizza Berg. Came served with truffle fries and side salad. He went with Angus beef, caramelised with onions, red chilies, pomodoro sauce and mozzarella cheese, stuffed into pizza dough. Definitely not the dripping wet kinda burger he likes but the Pizza Berg was awesome nonetheless. 

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We will love to come back to try some others on the menu. A plus for us as it is so near home. 

Verdict: 4/5

Be ready to spend $7 to $30.

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Simply Wrapp

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It was Simply Wrapps for dinner last night. Recently went Halal, we couldn’t wait to grab some. Being 10mins away, Ion Orchard which is located at #B4-20 was the nearest for us.

Since it was our first time, we had one of the chef’s creation. You can actually come up with your own delish invention from the wide spread of healthy ingredients.

If you love clean eating, I prefer mine dripping wet tho, Simply Wrapps are amazing! I have to warn you though, the wraps are huge! We shared one and still got to bring home some! Definitely worth the price.

Verdict: 4/5

For more information: http://www.simplywrapps.com

 

 

The Silent Wife

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by A.S.A Harrison

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman

Image courtesy of http://www.overdrive.com

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She lies to settle score. He decided to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that cant be made, and promises that wont be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

Verdict: 2.5/5

The Silent Wife claimed similarities to Gone Girl, which, to my opinion is not true. I was flipping pages feeling really disappointed. By the time I got halfway through the book, Todd was still not dead, yet. It was a big mistake to compare The Silent Wife to Gone Girl. They are completely opposite. In Gone Girl, there was a murder at the beginning of the plot and you have no idea how the victim disappeared and why but in The Silent Wife, you already know what is going to happen right from the start, no mystery to it.

But I do feel that the main characters of this book are interesting. Jodi is calm and cool on the outside but suspense simmer around her constantly. She is a psychologist by trade and she knows herself deeply but as you progress deeper into the book, you will learn how complex she is. Todd is so self centered, will never see how his actions impact others.

I am not crazy about the ending either as I find that it was really predictable. But nonetheless, I will still watch the movie once its out. So please, go read it if you enjoy psychological thrillers like this. This is just mild crazy for me but it might be super twisted for you. Enjoy!

The Mad Sailors

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Bug decided to take me to my favourite place in Singapore (Arab Street) since I was in PMS mode. I wanted to have fried western food so Bug suggested we go for a good ol’ English meal. So we decided to have a go at The Mad Sailors.

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Picture courtesy of themadsailors.sg

The Mad Sailors is located right smack in the middle of Haji Lane. The cool contemporary cafe is decorated with padded sofa benches, wooden tables and floorboards, books, posters and dim warm lighting which makes you feel so welcomed and at home. We were greeted by a sweet lady who I think really loves what she’s doing. She was all smiles and warm which gave her customer service a plus. The cafe was almost full downstairs but we were too lazy to go up to the 2nd floor which we were told by the way, was more cool for the hot weather and there were also more seats. We decided to get a small little corner seat by the window. We truly enjoyed the ambience.

Our food took awhile to arrive, which we didn’t mind at all. We were so entertained with the atmosphere in the cafe, people watching and we had our kiwi-lime and mint drink that came in this cute green bottle.

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I wished I had brought the green bottle home. Imported directly from the United Kingdom! Kiwi, Lime & Mint at $6.50

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Beautiful Golden Fish & Chips $20.00

So it was Haddock Fish & Chips in housemade batter served with fresh slaw for us. This is sooo good! The best Fish and Chips we’ve set our tastebuds on! I promise you! The fish was fresh, and although the serving doesn’t look that huge a portion, the fish was really meaty! And yummy!

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Amazingly wicked Fried Mars Bars with Ice Cream $14.00

This one up here is definitely a sugar rush goodness. Not for the faint hearted. You’ve got to be all crazy for sweet sugarly desserts to go for this. It’s simply delish! Cool on the outside, battered warm and caramelized mars bars on the inside. I couldn’t finish this on my own no matter how much I love desserts. The serving was huge! We love this. Really packing on the calorie.

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Yummy – Yums Yums!!!

Verdict: 3.5/5

It was one of the best food adventure we had this year… Well, we are still in the month of January. We love the atmosphere in the cafe, the food was great, pricing goes well with the food, service was wonderful! Yes, we will return again for sure! Gosh, I miss the haddock fish and chips already!

Check them out at:

http://www.themadsailors.sg

How to get there:

24 Haji Lane

Singapore 189217

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday – 1100hrs to 2200hrs

Friday – 1100hrs to 2300hrs

Saturday and Sunday – 1000hrs to 2300hrs

Contact:

+65 82482853

Please make a reservation for a table to avoid disappointment

ask@themadsailors.sg

The Girl On The Train

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia

The Girl on the Train was rated 6.6/10 on IMDb and received 43% from rotten tomatoes.

Cast:

  • Emily Blunt
  • Haley Bennett
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Luke Evans
  • Justin Theroux
  • Edgar Ramirez
  • Allison Janney
  • Lisa Kudrow

This is a 2016 American psychological thriller mystery film based on a novel written by British author, Paula Hawkins which launched at No.1 on The New York Fiction Bestsellers of 2015 list for both print and e-book.

Rachel an alcoholic, who was traumatized by her recent divorce, spends her time daily on the train which passes by the home she once shared with her ex-husband. To take away her pain, she focuses on fantasizing about “the perfect couple” who live in a house just two houses away until one day, she saw something that left her as a suspect of a missing person.

Verdict: 3/5

I tried to look for the original piece over kindle but I couldn’t find it. I read that the book scored better than the movie. But since I am truly a psychological thriller fan, I had to watch this. And I didn’t regret it at all. Put aside all the comparisons you have between ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Girl on the Train’. Even though both uses the word “girl”, Rosamund Pike in ‘Gone Girl’ is a psychopath, manipulative, cunning woman and Emily Blunt in ‘The Girl on the Train’ is just a mess drunkard. So you see, they are not very similar at all. I simply love how Emily Blunt brought her character to life while maintaining her accent!

Working Title – Burger Bar

One of the things I enjoy most is trying out new places that serves good food and provides a cool place to chill in. Bug decided to take me to the famous Burger Bar in Singapore.

Working Title is one of the cool cafes situated along the stretch of eateries at Arab Street (full address can be found at the end of this post).  The hipster-styled interior sure does its job in making you feel really comfortable. Although the lighting was rather dim which made it really hard for us to get good photos of the food as you get shadows at almost every angle, they make you feel really relaxed and all you wanna do is get your food and drinks and unwind after a long day.

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Flat white $5.00 & Ice Hazelnut Latte $5.00 + $1.00 (Ice) + $1.00 (Hazelnut syrup)

Although Bug thought he had better Flat Whites before, I actually liked the Hazelnut Latte. It was easy for me to swallow considering I was still recovering from a bad throat infection. I had one of the staff to add more ice in mine as I like it really cold.

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Mid wings that are really crispy! Love it! $11.00

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Hawaii Five – O served with fries $20.00 

Oh my gosh! Just look at that! This is a double chicken katsu topped with pineapple slice (I had mine removed – not really a fan and they did not reduce the price for me, unlike the ice hazelnut latte which i had to add more cost for the ice and syrup) , mild cheddar, fresh slaw and turkey ham with teriyaki in a toasted brioche. Although I wished it was more wet and sloppy, it tasted quite good actually. 

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Baconator served with fries $20.00

This is how Baconator looks like after you dissect it into a quarter. Grilled beef patty and crispy turkey bacon topped with mild cheddar, caramelized onions, fresh slaw and tomatoes with garlic mayonnaise in a toasted brioche served with crispy fries. Bug thought it was rather dry but the patty will definitely fill your hungry tummies!

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Fries that was served with the burgers

Here’s the thing. I love my fries. I can have them like anywhere, anytime or anyday for any occasion. In fact, I love my potatoes or chips or whatever you call them. So this one up here is nothing to die for. Did not really impressed me much. It was just plain for me.

Verdict: 2.5/5

Working title – Burger Bar is rather costly. Nice environment, not much service, and food was just alright for us.

Check them out at

http://www.workingtitle.sg

How to get there:

48 Arab Street Singapore 199745

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday – 1100hrs to 2200hrs

Friday – 1100hrs to 2300hrs

Saturday and Sunday – 1000hrs to 2300hrs

Contact:

+65 82482841

Milk And Honey

by Rupi Kaur

is a book of poetry depicting love, loss, abuse, violence and womanhood. It comprises of four chapters with each delivering a dissimilar intention.

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It is a sure 4/5 as I feel every woman needs this somewhere easy for her to reach in times of hardship. No matter what bitter moments you are going through, Rupi Kaur gives you hope that you are never alone. And you, are a survivor.

Let me share with you some of my favorite lines…

” you tell me to quiet down cause my opinions makes me less beautiful but I was not made with a fire in my belly so I could be put out 

I was not made with lightness on my tongue so I could be easy to swallow

I was made heavy half blade and half silk difficult to forget and not easy for the mind to follow “

” if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise ” 

” it takes grace to remain kind in cruel situations “

” I like the way the stretch marks on my thighs look human and that we’re so soft yet rough and jungle wild when we need to be 

I love that about us how capable we are of feeling how unafraid we are of breaking and tend to our wounds with grace 

Just being a woman calling myself a woman makes me utterly whole and complete ” 

Absolutely beautiful.