Saturday, June 25, 2011

The last of Singapore and return to the Bean!

After a tumultuous trip (major turbulence syndrome...yuck) I am back in familiar Boston, safe and sound.
Singapore was amazing, I am pleased with my culinary itinerary. Here are a few of the most interesting things I tried in my last few days (and a special thanks to Ritz Camera, who were able to salvage my corrupted files and put them on a CD...):
Up first, the infamous Durian fruit:
It looks and smells awful, but actually tastes quite nice. It is like the avocadoof fruits, with a rich and particular taste, a bit sweet and a slightly bitter after taste. Not my absolute favorite, but definately something worth trying.

A famous seafood dish most commonly found among the restaurants lining the Singapore River is their Chili Crab. Huge succulent crabs are smothered in a very spicy but sweet chili sauce. This was as delicious as it was messy, there is no way to eat this elegantly:) 
The local coffee pronouned 'Kope' is brewed jet black and sweetened with condensed milk. I had mine to go and was presented with an iced coffe in a was probably my most favorite discovery of the trip!

Of course, what would a trip to Asia be without a visit to the dumpling house? Din Tai Fung is their most famous dumpling house and they serve up delicious steamed dumplings filled with ground pork and a soupy broth. They litteraly explode when you bite into them...makes for a rather comical experience if you are unaware!
With all of these local eats, I could see myself staying much longer, but all good things come to an end and I would rather leave wanting more than to overstay my welcome.
On another note, it is nice to be back and I have hit the ground running! Today, along the Cambridge Parkway, The Museum of Science, in partnership with Whole Foods, hosted Let's Talk About Food, an event from 10 to 5 promoting the relavence and importance of food in our cutlure and society.

I am also really looking forward to the Taste of Cambridge, a fabulous event which, luckily for me, was postponed until this Tuesday 28th due to bad weather. It will be held at the Charles Hotel from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  As many of you may know, Cambridge is home to some of Boston's best chefs and restaurants.  To have the opportunity to experience a bit of everything all in one place is something you do not want to miss. I will be going to take a peak around and am very excited! It will be the perfect way to reintegrate myself into the bostonian food scene especially after such a different perspective!
Oh, and on top of being a major culinary event, Taste of Cambridge is a fundraiser for organisations such as The Salvation Army and The Cambridge gotta love a ticket that works to satisfy your stomach and your conscience!


  1. Welcome back to the States!! I love this blog!! it makes me hungry!

  2. It's great to be back! The sun even came out to greet me today:)

  3. Love your photos-- especially the to-go bag of coffee! Too funny. Was great meeting you (briefly... in the elevator) at yesterday's Boston Brunchers event. Hope your week is off to a lovely start.

  4. I am glad you enjoy the bag of 'kopi', I thought it was ingenius:)
    Great to meet you as well and I look forward to seeing you at future events!

  5. Welcome back. You are a braver person than I. After all I have heard of durian, I don't think I will ever be brave enough to try.

  6. Haha, all you would have to do is blindfold yourself and plug your nose and you would be just fine!