In the bustling city of Singapore, there are a number of nature sanctuaries, of which the MacRitchie Reservoir is the oldest. Around the reservoir is over 1 square km of primary and secondary forest with various trails of different lengths. So the other day, I decided to take a break and take a hike through nature.
Rou gu cha, or bak kut teh, is one of the local must-haves in Singapore so my Airbnb hosts took me to the well-known Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha the other evening. Bak kut teh literally translates to meat bone tea and started out as a dish for the poor in order to supplement their insufficient diets. Today, it is one dish amongst an entire feast.
I’ve been feasting on the food here in Singapore for a week now, but one of the most notable items I’ve devoured is actually a dessert that is very common in the Western world: cheesecake. My hosts took me to Brew and Bake for dessert the other evening and told me that I must try their cheesecake. So I did.
Blue Duck Tavern is an open kitchen restaurant in DC that embraces rustic American fare in an eloquent way. Before I went, I wasn’t sure what to expect at this location in the Park Hyatt since I hadn’t yet been overly wowed by the standard cuisine in the nation’s capital. Thankfully, I ended the week with a breathtaking meal at Blue Duck.
I looked up non-touristy things to do in New York City and came across MoMA PS1. So I met up with some of my friends in Queens to check out this contemporary art branch that was currently featuring an artist named Mike Kelley. Apparently, he is one of the most influential artists of our time.
Spice Market is the place to go for delicious Southeast Asian fusion and some of the most fit waiters you’ll find. The waitresses all wear orange uniforms that show off their backs while the men wear more conservative outfits that look like fashionable prison uniforms. After getting over their Southeast Asian inspired costumes, you will definitely be enticed by their menus.
A couple years ago, I went to Doughnut Plant for doughnuts, and I ate about 5 of them at once. They were soft, fluffy and perfectly flavored and pretty much on par with what I think are the kings of Chicago’s doughnut frenzy, Doughnut Vault and Firecakes Donuts. Unfortunately, we went a bit too late that time and were stuck with only a couple of the more normal flavors like vanilla glazed. So imagine my glee when I found out that the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle sells Doughnut Plant doughnuts in the bar area!