From fine dining, to more treats!
Once in a while we usually go away to the mountains. We enjoy these “personal retreats”. The chalets there are quaint, and being up at the foot of the highest mountain in Borneo, it is often cold in the nights. This is why, despite being near the equator, these chalets have nice, soothing modern floor fireplaces built in. Nothing beats having a hot cuppa in one hand and a riveting book in the other, curled up next to a crackling wood fire, inside the house when it is cold and windy outside. The dancing flames and light are therapeutic to the weary body and soul.
Now to get the calendar out and compare mine with Hubby’s!
Just to add on to my last post about special dinners, I want to make it clear that I am not the only beneficiary to such dinners Ha ha! What do I mean? Behold!An entire flight of red wines! And I do not drink! (I am allergie to the stuff) So Hubby is the one who gets to enjoy this!
Not bad eh?
Of late Hubby has had to make trips away more. Sigh (Is that why I get taken out to dinner more often Hee Hee!) He now has to go into plantations that are often quagmires and muddy! Ordinary shoes not only get bogged down and stuck in the mud but also a nightmare to clean after (I should ask for MORE special dinners!) Some days I think the shoes are ruined….
So now I tell him he has to get some special shoes for this sort of work.
To be precise, he needs tall mens boots. No he is not tall. Ha ha! Far from it! I am taller than he is! But that is a story and a post for another day! Back to the boots then. With these, He can wash boots down from the hose outside the house before he comes in. Then we will both be happy… Of course I will still want my dinners!
With the General Elections over, you would think that we would have our letter boxes back.
What do I mean? Well, during the run-up, we would come home and find our letter boxes stuffed with literature. This campaign period was two weeks of busy-busy-busy sifting through our regular mail from the publicity papers. One would have thought that since so many things are digital, from advertising contents, magazines and books to the social media on the internet, people would not refer to the printing press anymore.
But not so fast. Prints is very much alive as most people still like the feel of a hard copy, be it a book or magazine. And obviously brochures never went out of fashion. Why? Because it is more convenient to give out brochures than to email contents to someone we do not have contact with on the street. Or as in this case, whom we hope will vote for us even though we have no personal contact! So don’t write off the brochure printing companies yet, breathe a sigh of relief that the GE is over, and yes, look out for some other regular mail…. !
Now I MUST tell you about the lamb we had the other night. I kid you not. It was so tender that the meat slid off the bone super smooth and easy. Just look at it!
The sauce was a perfect complement. And there was just enough of it – the way food served at fine dining should be.
The vegetables? Diced carrots and celery were surprisingly a good combination to go with the entire dish – both the taste and texture were yum!!! As a vegetable lover, I found myself looking for more. Haha!
So yes, nice food… stay tuned for more coming up later….
Oh wait, I forgot to tell you where…
Hmmmm best to leave it for now. It was a review we did. So we can’t reveal it yet HeeHee!
Well, the General Elections is over here… for now. There is talk about a lot of irregularities going on, and in particular, people are concerned about the financial status of the nation. Some say the nation is going into bankruptcy under the present government! Strong words, and is translated to many trying to do their bit to save. Some serious investors, like a friend of mine, look towards gold and platinum coins. He tells me that these are a hedge from the uncertainty of paper currencies. Perhaps he is right, because despite the current slump in prices, the trend is still upwards. The current political climate is is making my Hubby consider doing likewise…
Taking a break from the gastronomic documentary, for your information, we just bought a mattress.
“So what’s the big deal”, I can hear you ask.
Well, up until we bought this, we have been one mattress short! Haha! Some days when we have visitors, we have to plan the musical chairs of mattresses… except this is more like musical mattresses. Haha!
We have always bought mattresses that are firm and hygienic. Over the years we found that we trusted mattress latex ones as the material that could give us a good night’s rest – it does not deteriorate quickly and it supports our backs very well.
So after the hefting and heaving of the mattress up the stairs by ourselves, Hubby and Arrow #3 enjoyed a quick rest on it before being on their way again Haha!
We were told that the spaghetti was good. Not a traditional style one but with a slight whiff of other herbs because the chef is from Sicily. How could we resist?! So I ordered it.In the dimmed warm lighting, the serving looked fantastic. A dash of black pepper and I eagerly tucked in.
Surprisingly, the taste was not what I expected. The golden-red hues teased me to anticipate strong flavours. Instead I had a gentle caress at the tip to the back of my tongue. Delicate but nicely balanced. Not an unpleasant surprise. Makes me think I ought to read up more about Sicilian diet and taste!
Overall, very pleasant. Hubby and I shared, and he finished it!
So Hubby takes me for dinner at a fine dining restaurant at the edge of the South China Sea (This is not an exaggeration. Just a boast! Ha!)
The occasion? Pre-Mother’s Day. Also a chance to review some nice food. Yum…. Oh, and yes, it is free. So why not….
Whilst waiting for our main course, we have a bread basket to nibble on. I love those long sticks. Dont know the name but enjoy gnawing at them.
Then there is that wafer thin piece. Love it. Crunchy with flavour.
But after that, I must stop. Otherwise there is no room for the rest of the evening’s meal!
Well now, what can you say to someone who has three sons, two grandchildren and then remarries and has yet another child – a girl this time……. Yes indeed! Get out the champagne, the best little cigars, the trumpets, the cymbals and drums….! The age difference is twenty years – I kid you not! Whilst I don’t envy their night-times at this age, I am certain he will make a superb Dad. His three sons are a testimony to that! Now for the baby pictures….