Wednesday, December 5, 2007

turning of age.

finally! after almost all the 1986 babies in this world celebrated their 21st birthdays, it was time for mine! =) i didn't want a party because I've always thought that it was weird to have different groups of people in your life to come together and talk amongst themselves, not to mention the 0.001% of the time you really have to get a decent conversation going, but i really wanted to take this day to thank everyone who's been a part of my 21 years. and so i succumbed.

mike brought me to Food for Thought for dinner one day and boy, the moment I walked in, I fell in love with the decor and ambience. it looked as if a whole english diner together with its traditional glass panels, chalk written boards and pastry stands just migrated to S'pore. It boasts of being "a quirky little indie diner where you can get great comfort food at a fair price... and discover simple ways to give back to the local and global community". all i could think of was cosy, cosy cosy! it was a tough fight between Charlie's Corner's laidback atmosphere and this, and i eventually settled for Food for Thought. Sorry Charlie!

diner's namecards-turned-invitation cards.

on a small budget and space constraint, it was torturous limiting my guest list to 20. sorry my dearest hcanoe babes for meeting you all at a separate time! fast forward a flurry of planning and emails, the day came for my very first partayyy.

balloons were purple.. not blue!!!

it was a thanksgiving themed dinner, with a specially created menu thanks to Chef David.

starter: shitake mushroom and fennel soup

mains: roast leg of lamb withrosemary and garlic, beef striploin with onions and thyme, slow roasted pulled pork steaks, gammon ham, mixed green salads with oriental dressing, roasted corn with chilli and lime butter, potato gratin with cream and onions, sweet potatoes, handmade foccacia

dessert: red velvet cake

drink: watermelon mint freeze/lychee sage freeze

the full works.. gorgeous platter

the food served was nothing short of fantastic. my favourites were the pulled pork, potato gratin and the sweet potaoes. the pork was roasted until it was soft and every bite was flavourful. the sweet potatoes were extremely fragrant and.. sweet! special mention should go to the corns! it was a simple dish but it was the best corn i've ever eaten. the food was much nicer than those served on the main menu, if only everyday was thanksgiving day. =)

i've never seen a red coloured cake in my life until the day mike brought me here. Chef David refused to tell me what ingredient made the cake red though. the recipes online added red colouring but since Food for Thought doesn't approve of artificial flavours, mike suggested cherries but i think it's beetroot. B-E-E-T-R-O-O-T! *gasp* who cares what it's made of anyway as long as it tastes devine.

my birthday cake

the desserts are all made by various hidden "Aunty Talents" in Singapore. a great concept i must say. the signature cake would be this Shi's Old Fashioned Red Velvet Cake, doesn't disappoint if you're a cream cheese lover.

i must also add that a portion of Food for Thought's profits goes back to society via various community projects such as the Clean Water Fund. the staff were all very friendly, making you feel happy just being inside the diner. All in all, i'm very impressed by the concept of the diner and though there are some kinks to be evened out, such as the efficiency of the service, i'd give them two thumbs up considering it just opened in July.

Kanon the Kamera

dear friends and beloved family, thank you for coming, and thank you for Kanon. =)


Mike said...

You take amazing photos! Do you take them spontaneously? Or does a good photographer have to 'adjust' the surroundings?

chian lin said...

thank you mr mike! sometimes you do sometimes you don't, like i purposely put my balloons behind the red velvet cake.

chian lin said...

even then, can you spot the mistake i made? my plate to hold the cake is so obiang haha.. should be white!