Regarding Pete Wells on Guy Fieri


I’m sure everyone has read Pete Wells’s review of Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square. It reads like a PR agency’s nightmare.

Almost everyone on the Internet has been praising Pete Wells on his straight-forwardness, his honesty, integrity and independence from paid reviews, etc. But I cannot help but wonder why would he choose Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square. It’s like going to KFC and complain about it being a fast-food restaurant chain.

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Posted on 19th Nov 2012 in Musings  |  Comments off

Fried Egg Memories

It's not a fried egg if it doesn't have Crispy Brown Edges

I had a grandmother that cooks. She cooks so well that I always look forward to Sunday lunch when she and my aunts and mom would whip up a storm.

And besides my grandmother’s chicken wings – which my mom says is her recipe – I always look forward to the fried egg she cooks. Crispy brown around the edges, with a little bit of dark soy, it forms its own sauce as you break the yolk over rice.

On my list of comfort food, this ranks among the top.

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Posted on 11th Nov 2012 in Musings  |  3 comments

And now for something completely different…

Nothing like Champagne to do color balancing. :)

This food blog is neither closed nor dormant and I aten’t dead. I’m busy with work what with having a day job and all, so it’ll take a little time to update this blog.

Before I sign off, I would like to share a thought with you:

I’ve been receiving a lot of email from people talking about their disdain of Bordeaux wines because it is “boring”, “mainstream” or “uninteresting”. I find this grandstanding tedious.

Unlike them, I am unable to make such a judgement call, mainly because I don’t think I drink widely enough (I try my best though). And frankly, I think no one has either.

In any case, these discerning people would seem more credible to me if I didn’t see them eagerly hold out their glasses for a pour of, for example, a Ch. Lagrange 2007.

My guess is that they’ve been drinking a different kind of Bordeaux.



Posted on 9th Nov 2012 in Musings, Wine Tasting Notes  |  Comments off

Casual Saturday Lunch

Braised Beef Short Ribs

I’ve begun to lose interest in Beef as a meat because the variety of beef out there has gotten boring; it’s always Wagyu this and Kobe that. Sadly, they all taste the same and they are all prepared, in my opinion, improperly for this breed of cattle.

Ryu Murakami once wrote that people are brand-conscious because they are unable to discern quality for themselves and hence rely on brands to tell what is good and whatnot. And in doing so, we lose the ability to think for ourselves.

Mindful thinking replaced by fast, flashy blurbs.

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Posted on 29th Oct 2012 in Italian, Meat, Musings, Singapore  |  9 comments

You don’t have to know how to cook to be a food blogger but you’re missing out


I do love to cook for friends

An alert reader, P.Shihui, forwarded to me a rather angry blog article titled “Must a Food Critic Know How to Cook?

Obviously, according to Betteridge’s Law of Headlines, the answer is no but the blog entry goes on at length to justify why a food critic does not need to know how to cook.

My first impression was: I don’t think a food blogger is automatically a food critic and wow, someone’s feeling very insecure.

I won’t go into the blog post itself because it’s rather tedious but I’d like to share my thoughts on the joys of cooking and how it makes me, I feel, a better food blogger.

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Posted on 13th Jun 2012 in Food and Drink, Fun, Musings  |  10 comments

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