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Friday, October 28, 2011

Espumita

As some of you might know, I named my jewelry line after my sweet holland lop bunny, pequito. A year ago, we decided to get pequito a companion, because we felt bad that we spent such long hours at work, and spent some time looking for another holland lop girlfriend for him (we read that bunnies of opposite sexes usually get along better than those of the same sex).

Since I haven't blogged for so long (more than a year until recently!), I haven't yet introduced you to Espumita! (It means Little Bubble; Pumita or Pumi for short, like Pequi is short for Pequito- Little Freckle):

 

She actually hasn't yet fully lopped both years, and maybe she never will, which is actually really adorable! When she is very relaxed (which is rarely, she is much more skittish that Pequi who will sit on your lap to be cuddled for hours), both her ears will be lopped, and when she is very nervous, both ears will be up, but most of the time she looks like this, one up and and one down!

She also loves to squeeze herself into tight places (and yes, I love chick flicks):



Here is one of them cuddling:


I think that Pequi is very happy to have a partner in crime!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Singapore Restaurant Week- Le St Julien, Chef d'Table, Brasserie les Saveurs

I don't usually like to splurge on food, especially not in Singapore, a foodie city if there ever was one, where no restaurant or even hawker food stall could possibly survive if it was mediocre. But, I'm also a sucker for a good deal, and hence, whenever Restaurant Week rolls around, I browse through the selections and see if there is anything that I deem a good enough deal to splurge on. What do you know, Restaurant Week in Singapore this season falls during my birthday week (yes, you get a lot more leverage out of your birthday if you stretch it out over a week, hoho) and hence there was an additional reason to splurge!

I decided to try out Chef d'Table at Chijmes, Le St Julien at Fullerton Water Boat House and Brasserie les Saveurs at St. Regis this week (the latter two of which had a surcharge of $20 per person, up from the usual $35 dinner prix fixe). I really miss the Restaurant Week offerings in Boston (where I lived for 6 years), where you had the option of wine pairings with every course. But perhaps that would be too expensive to implement in Singapore since alcohol is so highly taxed.

First up was Chef d'Table, helmed by Executive Chef Jason Lee who used to head 7 on Club, a restaurant down the street from where I used to live. I must say, as a non-surcharge restaurant, they completely blew me away, perhaps even besting the other two restaurants that I tried. To start with, I had the crispy fried home-made tofu perfumed with white truffle oil and laced with mushroom mirin-soy sauce. This was melt-in-your mouth delectable and light, you could taste the tofu and yet all the subtle flavours of truffle and mushroom infused it with such fragrance. My friend whom I was dining with had the salmon carpaccio nicoise, arugula salad and red wine caramel, which was a very generous portion and very fresh. After the appetisers, we were given a small cup of lobster bisque, which was probably the most delicious things I have eaten for a very long time. Just thinking about it now is enough to set my salivary glands to work. Every sip was so rich in lobster flavour, and comforting in texture, it was like an entire lobster might have been used to make a small pot of this. So, so so delicious. I would go back just for this. For the main course, we both had the five spice crusted Dory fillet with sautéed cream cabbage with port wine and sherry vinegar butter sauce. This was again very delicious, and also in such generous portions, we were both mmm-ing and ahh-ing through the meal. The salty spices blended perfectly with the juicy yet flaky fish. For dessert, we had a just-right portion of rich almond chocolate fondant, which I polished off with great satisfaction... Considering this was not a starred surcharge restarant (or even if it was, I would venture to say), this was an amazing value meal all around.

Next up, we had lunch at Le St Julien at Fullerton Water Boat House. This was the meal I was most excited about, and perhaps I was already setting myself up for disappointment since I had set the expectations so high. My husband and I both had the paté to start, which I found so-so (waayy to rich and heavy) but which my husband really loved. I ordered an extra side of their signature lobster bisque ($22; wondering how it would compare to the one I had at Chef d'Table and hoping for another orgasmic experience), while my husband had their house mash ($12), well, because he loves mash. Their lobster bisque, which comes with shavings of gruyere, was delicious, but not very much better than that at Chef d'Table (especially considering a serving was $22 for lunch compared to the $35 four-course meal for dinner at Chef d'Table). For the main course, we both had the crispy rice with duck confit, which was pretty delicious and quite unique. I liked it a lot. For dessert, there was only one option, a strawberry shortcake-like pastry with dark chocolate mousse and raspberries. This was nice, but not amazing. All around, for a $70 per person lunch (including tax and service), this was probably not the bestest deal.

Finally, we had dinner for my birthday at Brasserie les Saveurs at St. Regis. They do get the most points for ambience and service, we had a great feeling in the place (but perhaps it was the bottle of wine we ordered from the convivial sommelier; hard to tell!). To start with, we had a light amuse bouche of a minty-cucumbery chilled soup which was unique and a pleasant palate cleanser. For the first course, I ordered the french crab and avocado with herb salad and balsamic sorbet, which was completely delicious with VERY generous servings of sweet crab (I love crab!). My husband had the escargots, which to me tasted kind of chewy with a mushroom-like texture. Next, he had the baby artichoke risotto, while I had the slow cooked pork belly, both of which were very good. The pork belly melted in your mouth with just enough salty bits to accent the rich pork flavour. I might return for this! Finally, to finish, I had the slow-baked apple with calvados custard cream and green apple sorbet whilst my husband had the Araguani and passion fruit cream parfait, crunchy chocolate, served with raspberry sorbet and passion fruit jelly. I thought that the apple dessert was quite special whilst the husbands was delicious but not too surprising. All in all, a pricey night out but we did feel like it was worth it.

I love Restaurant Week!! Now, if only they would start offering wine pairings...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Don't settle


You've probably already seen this video of Steve Jobs giving Stanford's 2005 commencement speech that has been making the rounds, but just in case you have not, here it is.




When I heard the news that Steve Jobs had passed away, I was strangely emotional. I have been using Macs ever since I had my first laptop at 19, and since then have not been able to switch to anything else. The amazing thing that I was surprised to find out about him was that he was neither a software programmer nor a hardware engineer nor a manager. Instead, he was a designer (and some would say, a showman). How inspiring! He will be very much missed. I wonder, if he had lived another 10 years, what else would he have brought to us?

Monday, October 10, 2011

New website feature: See prices in your currency!

Ever since I moved to Singapore, I've been worried that customers might be confused by which currency my prices are in. Because my merchant account is based in the US, and I'm not selling enough volume to warrant a big overhaul, I had to stay in USD, but added "All prices are in USD" all over the site.

Finally, I decided that I didn't want to worry about the nightmare situation where a customer buys something thinking it is in SGD when it is actually in USD anymore. Chris at Aeolidia helped me to add a currency conversion button on every item page, and I really wonder why I didn't do this sooner!


If you are a non-US customer, I hope that this helps your shopping experience at pequitobun!

Sherry xo

Sunday, October 09, 2011

New look!

I know, I've neglected this blog for a shamefully long time (1.5 years since my last post!?). My husband is currently designing a blog for his upcoming project, a cool collaborative writing site called Wribly and he has inspired me to do something with my woefully neglected blog. I tried a few things this weekend, including hosting Wordpress on my site, but finally decided to stick with blogger. I did change up the design but it needs a lot more work.

I guess all the cosmetic changes won't matter if I don't actually do any blogging? I will try. Let's see when the next post will be!
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