…….. WORDS FAIL ME.
Little bear, Mama bear, Big bear
Chris came back (early) yesterday morning at about 2AM.. and I couldn’t be happier. Things just aren’t quite right when half of you is missing :( Hunter’s been lovely all week (whew) so at least that’s a relief, but nothing beats having our little family all together again.
Hunter’s gurgles of delight and expressive face when he saw Chris in the morning when he woke up was priceless. He really did miss his Daddy!
I reckon the Sophie The Giraffe company ought to use Hunter
as their model in TV ads, since he loves it so much. Heh!!
23 Nanjing East Road
So as I was saying… I liked Shook! so much I decided to go back that same day for dinner – this time on a quiet dinner date with Chris. Co-incidentally, it was also our last night in Shanghai, so we wanted something memorable… hence the location at The Bund.
This time, Shook! was transformed into night time dining.. with mood lighting, much quieter ambience, and a different menu offering their full range of a la carte dishes. The menu is pretty exhaustive, and so tantalising that we had trouble figuring out what to order ;) It took a bit of back-and-forth and listening to the waiter’s recommendations before we finally decided on our choices. We were very fortunate to be allocated the best table there – a corner table right by the glass windows overlooking The Bund area. Gorgeous!
We were treated to a complimentary champagne with bubbling pearls. OK I think it had a much more eloquent name than this, but I forgot ;) It was fascinating to look at – the pearls going up and down the bubbling champagne, and they burst as we drank. Novelty!
We thoroughly enjoyed the dishes, which were all brought out beautifully presented. The portions are not large (considering the price), but enough so that we were full at the end of the meal. Fine food, lovely ambience, and good service – a nice way to remember our last night in Shanghai :)
Our table view at Shook!
Champagne with bubbling pearls
Our last night in Shanghai :)
Trio of crab
Lightly dusted cajun spiced seabass with pimento mayo, avocado, cucumber salad and a twist of chilli
Slow braised grain fed beef cheek with a humble mash, crisply cooked bacon, and caramelized grenadine onion
Sides of fries and mushrooms
Tiramisu with creamy white chocolate, marsala panacotta, and espresso
Lemon tart with mint sauce
Upstairs balcony area for drinks
Chris’ 30th birthday present was actually three-fold:
1) Hunter – he wanted a baby by 30. He got one :P
2) Family keychain – a little memento of the 3 of us for him to carry around in his pocket
The 3rd present (watch) was almost as painful as the 1st one ;) I could’ve spent the same money on a car, or on 2 (!) Hermes birkin bags, but nooooo… got a watch instead! LOL. After much deliberation and shopping around together many months ago when I was still pregnant, we decided on the limited edition Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox International.
750 were made and his is number #24. We particularly liked it because of the sleek black alligator leather band and shiny watch face. The central disc has names and timezones of 24 cities, which we thought is a nice touch because he’ll always know what time it is for Hunter and myself when he’s travelling on business. And frankly, it was the only watch that I thought was drop-dead SEXY.
It was THE most expensive thing I have ever purchased in my life. To be honest, I never knew how $$ watches could be?! Even if I combined ALL my bags and shoes, it doesn’t even make up the value of the watch.. cripes. But I justified it because Chris never buys anything from himself, yet always encourages me to spend money on myself every time I want something. I reckon he fully deserves it and it was well worth it, Plus, a watch can last a lifetime.
What makes this particularly special for us is that we’re going to engrave it with “BURGESS, 2011”… because 2011 is the year Chris turned 30, AND the same year Hunter was born. So the watch will be passed down to Hunter when he’s older. I think it’s a nice touch and makes the gift even more meaningful :)
Inside the watch boutique
A pregnant me, about to bite the bullet and buy the watch!
Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox International
A lovely surprise to come home too when I was feeling down yesterday.
Thank you Chris :)
I got home from work and stepped in the front door, and Chris greeted me with a proud grin. The whole place smelled awesome because he was making….. Guinness and Steak Pies for dinner!!
Needless to say, I was completely blown away :)
He’d made up the Guinness and steak stew 2-3 hours prior so it was all really tender and full of flavour, so all that needed to be done was to cut out discs of puff pastry to make the pies, and dollop in the stew. And voila! Man, THEY WERE GOOD. Not being biased or anything. Puff pastry is one of my favourite foods in the world, and the beef was just so so tender. It was all kinds of fantastic.
I savored every bite because after a whole day at work, it’s utterly indescribable how nice it is to step through the door and have dinner lovingly cooked. It was like 1/3 part yummy food, 2/3 part LOVE :)
Most impressively, he did every single thing himself, and without a recipe! Remember when we were at Cookyn with Mervyn a few weeks ago in Singapore? He basically based it on that and amended it to the ingredients he had at hand. Very clever :P
Thank you for the wonderful home-cooked meal hon!! It was almost as tasty as you are :)
Guinness and steak stew after cooking for 2-3 hours
Our pies, packed into Chinese bowls cos we didn’t have proper pie pans, lol
Warm, delicious, and filled with love. Much like my husband :)
Hard to believe it’s been a year since we created our wedding website.. seems like only yesterday we were writing the content and happily putting up the site as preparation for our wedding! How time flies :)
We celebrated our 1st Year Wedding Anniversary dinner by splashing out for a degustation meal at the famous L’atelier Joel Robuchon that has been awarded 2 Michelin Stars (yay!).
It’s set up Japanese style, with dining around the counter. We loved it because it meant we could sticky-beak at all the people running around in the open-kitchen, cooking and putting the dishes together. We were amazed no one crashed into each other, considering the quiet but frantic activity in there!
The meal was flat out amazing. We adore degustation meals and this didn’t disappoint. Each dish came out so artfully decorated, and the ingredients were really fresh and blended well together. Everything was divine but I loved the desserts the best. They were beautiful! And a gorgeous array of flavours in both the dessert dishes.
A totally stunning meal. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves :) Thank you Chris for the wonderful anniversary dinner!
L’atelier @ Joel Robuchon
Gorgeous Japanese-style dining
Pretty flowers and greenery
A glass of white Pinot
Big basket of baguette!
L’amuse bouche – orange and carrot gazpacho with cumin crisp
This tasted exactly like the description, lol
Le Caviar – sur une pomme de terre a l’anguille fumee, fleurette au raifort
Outstanding! Who knew something so simple like caviar and potato would taste so good..
Les Tomates – anciennes relevees de sumac a l’huille provencale
At first I didn’t like the idea of eating just tomatoes, but these were sooo sweet
Le Foie Gras – de canard chaud, aux cerises et amandes fraiches
LUSCIOUS. Adored this :)
La Langoustine – en ravioli truffle a l’etuvee de chou vert
Great bite to the ravioli, and I adored the truffle sauce.. mmm..
L’oeuf – cocotte a la creme legere de girolies
Like a super-upper-class version of soft boiled eggs ;)
Le Rouget – aux aromates, releve d’une vierge a l’huile de pistache condimentee
Loved the red snapper fish, as it was perfectly cooked. The decoration – too cute!
La Caille – farcie de foie gras et caramelisee avec une pomme puree a la truffle d’ete
Pigeon stuffed with foie gras, with truffle mash potatoes. How can that possibly go wrong?!
L’agneau de Lait – encotelettes a la fleur de thym
Super tender lamb…. mmmm…
Les Fraises Des Bois – sur une gelee au limoncello et son sorbet acidule au fromage blanc
I normally don’t like fruit desserts, but this was PERFECT
Le Chocolate Tendance – ganache onctueuse au chocolate araguani, glace au grue de cacao, biscuit oreo
My favourite by far. The presentation was enough to make me squeal!
As was the dish itself.. a creamy chocolatey concoction of AWESOMENESS.
Little soft caramels to finish off the meal
Anniversary bliss :)