It’s the Annual Singapore Food Blo Pornographers Luncheon!


Unlike the still-born socialist blogging association of Singapore, the annual food bloggers feed has been successfully organized for a few years now. This year’s social event had many changes and to my (and I’m sure, everyone’s) delight, it was for the better.

And this time, through the efforts of the intriguing Ladyironchef and the ever delectable HauteStuff, a group of food pornographers descended upon Gunther’s, which goes to show that you don’t need a manifesto to gather people, just the promise of a good meal.


They say that when you travel overseas, it takes some time for your soul to catch up with you and until it does, you feel slightly lightheaded and off-balanced; this is explained as jet-lag. Whatever it was, the first impression when I, having arrived in Singapore a few hours earlier, walked into the private dining room of Gunther’s was that I may have walked into a convention of deeply religious photographers, what with all the cameras lying around glasses of water and plates of bread. It was a surrealist plateau that was almost Episcopalian in its parsimony, indicating that I seriously need sleep.


I was seated next to an Italian whose name I do not know because we didn’t bother to introduce ourselves (and Brad and YX have not published the blog URLs yet) but we hit it off immediately, chatting like old friends because of our mutual love of food. Nearby was M.Eats who revamped her site because of ridiculously unoriginal poseur. Not that I’m envious, but I do suspect that if I accumulate a flogger, it would be something like “Fatter Than His Food Allowance”.

And yes, “Fats Out Loud” would be a good name for a Blues band.


Generally, us food bloggers are a pretty obsessed bunch when it comes to food; all aspects of it from cooking to eating to creating food porn. For example, I bought a DSLR for the sole purpose of recording what I put in my mouth, this explains why my portrait shots suck: I can’t, except in very tragic situations, eat them. This is why, I suspect, we take pains to upgrade our cameras whenever possible.


So how was the food at Gunther’s? Well, one blogger I know came along simply because it was Gunther’s. This special lunch was a mystery because all was revealed to us was “Carte Blanche”; this sounded rather dodgy until I remembered that some of us pay hundreds of dollars to a Sushi Chef to feed us whatever he feels like.

Anyway. I was late so the cold starter of a slice of tomato covered with the blood of a blood orange and a single Fava bean came to me warm. Gunther’s signature cold pasta with caviar was so heavily Truffle-oiled that even the salty caviar was overwhelmed. But, like a cold Cha Soba, it was very refreshing. The odd item was the White Asparagus with done with a sauce so complex that it needs Brad to bug Gunther to send us the menu before we know what it is. Slightly overcooked but still sweet nonetheless.

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The Black Angus Ribeye was a surprise from Gunther. Actually, since the menu wasn’t published, we didn’t really know if this was on or off-menu (if a tree falls in the forest, etc). This perfectly cooked beef was marred by the harshness of an acid that present in the Bordelaise sauce (red wine vinegar instead of red wine?) M.Eats had fish which she thought was a very fresh sea bass and some lucky girl (whose name I don’t know because the blog URLs have not been published yet) had a pork chop that inspired some envy. And finally, dessert was a warm, comfortable apple pastry. With shots of coffee being shot.


Lunch was fun. I like the idea of a lazy weekend lunch where people can mingle, chat and share gastronomic adventures and, to fully express the concept of “Wai Sek”, go for a second lunch after the first.

Gunther, who has never disappointed, did an amazing job to feed so many of us with his special menu while running a full house in the public section.


Food blogger, not food blogger, foolish definitions by the insecure are irrelevant and inconsequential as Ralph Waldo Emerson succinctly puts it: “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”.

Call us what you will so long as you also call us gregarious and convivial because there is nothing like a roomful of like-minded people who elevate the culture of food to that of a love affair.

And, yes, we will always have food porn.

Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine is at 36 Purvis Street #01-03, Singapore 188613, Tel: (65) 6338 8955 Fax: (65) 6337 3770, Open from Monday to Saturday Noon – 3pm, 6:30pm -10:30pm, dining on Sundays only.

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Posted on 26th May 2009 in Food and Drink, Food Bloggers Dinner, French, Musings, Singapore


There Are 31 Comments


ladyironchef commented on May 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

HAHA ivan u mentioned that we haven published the list twice! i know i know, going to do that soon. heh. it was nice finally meeting you! i also suck at taking portray shots. haha

“Call us what you will so long as you also call us gregarious and convivial because there is nothing like a roomful of like-minded people who elevate the culture of food to that of a love affair.

And, yes, we will always have food porn.”

I totally agreed and know what you mean πŸ˜€


Camemberu commented on May 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Bravo! Very, very well-written! You really captured the spirit of the event.

LOL@fat food allowances! And many other references. πŸ˜‰


yixiaooo commented on May 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

yoohoo! glad you came … and even happier you enjoyed yourself =)


Fen commented on May 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Wow, I agree with Catherine, beautiful piece of writing and it conveys the atmosphere and thoughts of the outing…

Yuan and I really enjoyed the chat and it was nice of you to drop by and self-introduce… Looking forward to more meet-ups…

Last but not least, the shot of Nic was fantastic… The expression and posture of him… Wow… says it all that we, foodies, are passionate in whatever we do =)


Weylin commented on May 27, 2009 at 10:20 am

Great! Now I know what I missed:)
How small was that apple tart/pastry!


ivan commented on May 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

@camemberu: Thanks! And now people have written in to complain and intimidate. Fu Screw that talentless emo cun toe-rag is what I’d say if not for the fact that the intimidated have asked me to delete that paragraph just to STFU that .


ivan commented on May 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

@yixiaoo: for you, always a pleasure. Sorry I was late though.

@ladyironchef: Great job (you too YX) in organizing a very successful lunch. Thanks for the updates. πŸ˜›


ivan commented on May 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm

@Fen: Thanks! I realized that it gets boring after a while to describe course after course because, after a while, the well runs dry. It was great meeting you and Yuan; I hope you like the photos (of you as well).

I am very comfortable with noise in my pictures because it gives a nice gritty feel and a sort of authenticity.


ivan commented on May 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

@Wey: You missed a lot and were missed. We had fun rubbishing other blogs. Just kidding! Mostly. More time was spent talking about food, photography and food photography.

The pastry was about the length of a 10″ boning knife and about 1/2″ thick. Basic apple-raisin-and-slightly-cinnamony jam filling.


Nic (KHKL) commented on May 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm

and they said porn was never healthy. i guess they’ve not discovered food porn just yet..haha!

great fun that afternoon! and i’m still thinking about your description of the soft-on-the-inside-crispy-on-the-outside ribs! πŸ™‚


thehungrycow commented on May 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Hey dude, great write-up and pics as always! Glad we had the ‘2nd lunch’ which made me feel that I actually had lunch. Lol. See ya at Forture!


Fen commented on May 27, 2009 at 11:23 pm

True, at times I run out of ideas of what to write and I am not as well-read as you… Keke…

Definitely like the photos, thank you for the candid shots…

I guessed noise is alittle tricky for me. At times, I do have out of focus pictures so sharpening with noise is a complete nightmare for me but nevertheless, it is more important to have the shot than to miss it all together…


ivan commented on May 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

Totally agree on capturing the moment. As we discussed, it is more important to capture the memory than to have a technically perfect shot. So I just shoot and shoot and occasionally I get lucky because someone might like what they see.

For the lunch I took close to 150 shots. πŸ˜€

I love the lighting in that private room; a lot of shadows and light.

I adopt a “light-touch” approach with the Sharpen tool (I use either Picasa or Lightroom), probably because the D300 (the NR is fantastic) and the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 are very good equipment.

Come to think of it, I should probably update my photo page on this blog. It’s very outdated. πŸ™‚

As for writing, like photography, it’s all a matter of practice. Writing (and shooting) nonsense is fun. And occasionally, I get lucky and someone might like what they read. πŸ˜›


keropokman commented on May 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

Such enthusiasm in the writing above!

Nice to have met you and listening to you tell stories. It was fun!


Mia commented on May 28, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I’ll like to clarify that I changed my blog title, not revamped my site. And the only reason is simply because I’m not that skinny anymore.


ivan commented on May 29, 2009 at 3:16 am

Oh, you know how it is, change something and it’s a whole new you.

Whatever the reason, it’s a fresher, lighter and unfettered you. πŸ˜€


maureen commented on May 29, 2009 at 10:36 am

hello ivan!

nice meeting u on that day and hearing ur lovely stories of sakae & the fish at serangoon 1001! πŸ˜€

great write up!


ivan commented on June 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

@maureen: Hello! It was great sharing stories with you. We are planning more meals, so hope to get together with everyone soon.


sooks commented on June 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

Now I know what I missed.
Wished I could have been there to join in the always interesting food conversations.
Food looked great btw.


ivan commented on June 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

Thanks. Well, the invitations (pretty exclusive, I heard) were sent out, so it was too bad you couldn’t attend.


yixiaooo commented on June 8, 2009 at 11:14 pm

hey ivan,

correction! invites were sent out (sooks also received one) but we also blogged about the event so it was by no means “exclusive” … unless you aren’t a food blogger.

sooks, catch you soon!


ivan commented on June 9, 2009 at 9:59 am

@yixiaooo: I detect a low blow πŸ˜‰ M.eats is going to get another sob story and I will get blamed (as usual). Sigh…

Sometimes, I think it’s easier to just be who you are and not pretend to be some invulnerable ice queen only to turn out a drama queen. It’s so disingenuous.

Anyway, I find that food bloggers are an exclusive bunch in the sense that we can easily alienate, in our conversations, people who aren’t passionate about food.


yixiaooo commented on June 10, 2009 at 9:06 am

hey ivan, please don’t take it personally. water under the bridge ok?

see you on thursday!


ivan commented on June 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

Relak lah. I’m not the one running to people bawling.


Camemberu commented on June 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Man, this post just keeps getting better and better, with the funny comments! lawls!


Colin commented on July 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

Oh this looked great! The annual food bloggers’ lunch/dinner (luncheon? meal?) seems to be held earlier and earlier each year…

Seems like the food bloggers’ community is definitely thriving. Though given the amount of food we consume, I suppose that’s not all that surprising.


ivan commented on July 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm

In many ways, it’s better that way because there’s no competition from holidays and other obligatory festivities.


s toh pc commented on April 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm

yo, enjoy yr site,
how to join annual food bloggers’ meal?


ivan commented on April 26, 2010 at 2:18 am

@s toh pc: Well, first you need to have a food blog.


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