Words of Wisdom Inspired by Food

I never worry about diets . The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.

Now that the Chinese New Year festivities have ended, some of us may experience a tinge of guilt from the amount of eating that has taken place. After the 2018 Christmas season, there was the 2019 New Year celebrations, following by CNY 2019 and Valentine’s Day. There has been too many occasions (and excuses) to eat. In the course of writing our stories we have come across quite a few quotes that remind us of the happy side of eating. We have compiled some of them for your reading pleasure. We hope these food quotes will provide words of encouragement or entertainment as we continue the struggle of eating without guilt (or gaining weight).

Singapore Food Blog- The Ordinary Patrons
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CNY Popiah Feast ft. Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah Skins


The best meal that we had (so far) this Chinese New Year period was at the popiah party at a friend’s place. The secret of a good homemade popiah? Lots of juicy ingredients prepared with passion, some special ingredients and Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat popiah skins which our hosts insist on using year after year; even though they live on the other side of Singapore, in the West.

CNY popiah feast 2019
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New Eastern Kim Tee, #4 Bak Kwa in Singapore. No queue required


New Eastern Kim Tee Bak Kwa was ranked number 4 in Singapore by 8 Days magazine who conducted an undercover review of 12 famous bak kwa in Singapore. Their findings were published in an article 12 Famous Bak Kwa Brands, Ranked From Worst To Best on 20 January 2019. The review turned out to be useful for us as it uncovered some of the lesser known brands such as New Eastern Kim Tee. Their outlet at Tangs Orchard is a useful one for those who does not wish to queue for hours at the legendary Lim Chee Guan at Ion across the road. Is the New Eastern Kim Tee bak kwa a viable alternative?

New Eastern KimTee
New Eastern Kim Tee Bak Kwa (Minced Pork, 500g)
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Takashimaya CNY Fair 2019 – 8 ideas that will wow your guests this Chinese New Year


The Takashimaya Chinese New Year Festive Celebrations 2019 (sometimes affectionately referred to as the Takashimaya CNY Fair 2019) takes place from 10 January 2019 to Sunday 3 February 2019 (the first day of Chinese New Year this year falls on Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019). As usual, the popular CNY Fair is held at the Takashimaya Square, the open event space at basement 2. We stopped by on the first day of Taka CNY Fair 2019 to have a look.

Takashimaya CNY Fair 2019
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Eat, drink and play at the Munich Oktoberfest 2018


Oktoberfest is now celebrated in many parts of the world, including Singapore. This year we were at the right time and place to be able to experience Munich Oktoberfest 2018. It was a chance for us to get into the spirit of the celebrations and to get a feel of the passion that the Bavarians have for this event. This is short summary of what we saw and what we ate.

Munich Oktoberfest 2018

When is Munich Oktoberfest 2018?

This year, the Munich Oktoberfest 2018 is held from 22 September until 7 October 2018. The event is said to draw several million visitors each year. Which works out to several hundred thousand a day, with a higher concentration on weekends and from 4 pm on weekdays. It opens from 10 am to 10.30 pm on weekdays and from 9 am on weekends. We were there from 2 pm to 5 pm on a weekday. Initially, we could get entry into most tents that looked interesting to us. But from 4 pm onwards some of the more popular tents were turning away new visitors who did not have a reservation.

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