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This is the second Saturday in a row where I’ve rolled outta bed at a too early hour. This time it was because of Isaac and Pui and their love of hiking and because of Jade Garden and my love of eating (btw, the Jade Garden at Plaza Singapore = not worth yer time).
Since dinner on Friday including Peking duck. Saturday included a hikety hike hike to burn that overzealous duckie off.
And then afterwards we had some roti.
I’m supposed to be in Bangkok right now relaxing with some iberry after a long day of ziplining in the rainforests of Chonburi. Instead, I’m chillin on the couch watching the first season of The OC with the brothers. What are the odds that my brother would develop a 101F fever, sore throat, and nausea 8 hours before our flight? Sigh. Grounded.
This does mean I have lots of time on my hands and thus have fewer excuses to drag my feet on the ol’ blog. In truth I’ve been feeling wishy washy about it. To blog or not to blog? I’ve been taking the camera out less and less, feeling less impressed and less intrigued by the yum yums to be had all over the island. Too lazy to document any culinary magic happening in my humble kitchen. In short my friends I’m feeling all blogged out. I’m trying to get revved up about it again so let’s begin by a post that needs, nay aches, to see the light of day.
Nags and I with the leadership of some of our favorite true blue Singaporeans, Melina and Isaac, put together an office food tour to visit 4 of the island’s tastiest hawker stalls. Please make way for the gluttony of 1 rainy Saturday in Singapore, 17 hungry tummies, and 4 hours of num nums in the tum tum.
The fun started in Tiong Bahru which I have to say has a pretty nice, modern hawker center. Very spacious, adequately clean, and lots of variety.
I’m watching a show about that crazy huge Mormon family that has 17 kids. They have found another couple that also has a ridiculous number of kids and shares the same fashion sense. How nice.
A few weeks ago we had a team event (good segue, eh?) that involved running all over Mt Emily Park and shooting each other with 2.5 kilo laser tag guns. As could be expected, 3 hours of non mortal combat can really give a girl an appetite. Since we were in Little India we shlepped over to Jaggi’s which, unbeknownest to me, is a Singapore institution.
First of all, the place is immaculate. Very clean. Even the bathrooms are sparkly. They really took the government sponsored ‘Singapore-let’s-have-clean-bathrooms’ initiative seriously. I can respect that. Nags, Chandra, Pearl and the rest of the crew did all of the ordering while I busied myself with taking pictures.
I think I’m allergic to something in my room because every morning I wake up with allergies. I’ve had to start with the meds again to try and ward off the symptoms. The confusifications (yes, I made that up) happen when I wake up wondering if I’m starting to catch a cold or am just suffering from the allergies. A survey of the office turned up no recognition of the word ‘Airborne.’ Boo.
Anyway. We went to the Chevron Plaza for lunch today which I have to say is going to be a fave. There’s lots of variety at the food court in the basement. There’s even a fruit stand and a kaya toast shop. You remember kaya toast right?
What caught my eye was an Indian guy slappin’ down discs of dough onto a hot griddle. Took me about .5 seconds to decide to queue up.
Hands down the best meal I had in India was served by the swanky Novotel Hyderabad. Beautfully spiced and baked tandoori chicken served with smooth and creamy dal. Topped with a small side salad and steamy, crusty naan. The chicken portions were HUGE on this one. Two really big chicken legs with that tasty blackened skin from being in the tandoor. You could really taste the yogurt seasonings. I had dal a bunch of times while I was in India and this was the best. Creamy with a kick, the texture was really above par and the sour cream swirl gave it a nice touch. This meal left me happy and full!
It took 4 plane rides but I finally made it to the Taj Mahal in Agra this past weekend. Pretty awesome right? Love’s greatest monument did not disappoint.
On our way back to the airport, Mr. Kuggi, our awesome driver/tour guide, took us sightseeing around Delhi. For lunch we ended up (fittingly) at the Taj Mahal Hotel, a swanky 5 star establishment not far from Delhi’s famous sites. The hotel has a number of different restaurants. We settled for the all-purpose, safari-themed Machan. Machan refers to the platforms that they used to build on top of trees so that royals could spot game during expeditions.