Wine Connection Cheese Bar

Wine Connection was definitely the place to be in Singapore this Valentine’s Day.
Most tables were pre-reserved for loved up couples, ladies carrying rose bouquets and nervous first dates.
This was also where I was taken for my Valentine’s date – no roses for me though just lots of cheese, cheese, cheese and wine, what more could you want?!

Located on Robertson Quay, Wine Connection is the perfect escape for expats, or locals, wanting to pass on the noodles and rice for one night and try some European culinary delights.
Consisting of three bars in total, Wine Connection is made up of a wine shop (the cheapest one I’ve found in Singapore so far), a buzzing tapas bar and, my personal favourite, the cheese bar.
AJ surprised me with a booking in the cheese bar and as we took our seats with an old wine barrel as a table it felt like we had been transported back to Paris for the evening…oh la laaa


The cheese menu is split between hard, semi-hard, soft, blue and goats cheeses with all but one of the cheeses coming from France.
We went for one of each type which was served to us with condiments and a selection of breads – there is an option for cold meats as well.
I washed this all down with a glass of South African Cabernet Sauvignon.
The perfect date restaurant with a calm and relaxed atmosphere and a touch of Parisian chic.
You can find more details about Wine Connection here.
What did you do this Valentine’s Day?

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The Grill @ The Dorchester, London

London is full of classic, grand hotels that are renowned internationally.
The Dorchester falls in to this category and can be even described as one of the leaders of the pack.
Located on Park lane, Mayfair, overlooking Hyde Park, it is a favourite for celebrities and wealthy tourists living the jet set lifestyle.
As this is my last week living in London, where better to dine than in the opulent surroundings at The Grill at The Dorchester?
Look at the detail that has gone in to the flower arrangements – beautiful!

The Dorchester London - 01 The Dorchester London - 02 The Dorchester London - 03We started with a broccoli-flavoured Amuse Bouche…The Dorchester London - 04

Starter was delicious hake wrapped in lettuce with mussels and cucumber.  The little black dots are lime-flavoured meringues with charcoal colouring….The Dorchester London - 05

Main course was salmon washed down with a delicious Alsace Riesling.  The salmon was perfect and the flavours complemented each other amazingly.
The boys went for pork which looked impressive but none of us were willing to share with each other as it was so good!
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Dessert was a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and hazelnut Molineux.
Crack open the chocolate ball and it oozes with warm melted chocolate all over your plate….
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Surprisingly, the restaurant and the hotel as a whole was extremely quiet.  We’re putting this down to it being a Tuesday night in January because, quite simply, The Dorchester is lovely – the perfect place to take the parents of if you are celebrating something special!
Fantastic food and large portion sizes – we all left in massive food coma!
Fingers crossed I can find a menu as good in Singapore!!?

Birthday in Bath – Part 1.

Last week was my birthday.
As it’s only weeks until the big move to Singapore, I spent it at home with my favourite people where I was spoilt to a weekend in the West Country
Firstly, I was whisked away to Bath Spa for a weekend of overindulging and relaxation at the famous spa.Singapuresling.jpg

AJWe arrived mid-afternoon and stopped off for some afternoon tea at Sally Lunn’s tea houseSally Lunn's House.jpg

DSC03074Sally Lunn’s house is the oldest in Bath and a big hit with tourists with queues often out the door and in the cobbled street.
It’s quaint and typically English and the ultimate place for foodies – for the famous Sally Lunn bun alone…….Sally Lunn bunThey are huuuuuge and this is only half a bun!
The recipe to make a Sally Lunn bun is a secret but it’s a cross between a crumpet, bread and cake and is served with sweet or savoury toppings – I went for almond butter washed down with some peppermint tea.

After an afternoon of wandering around the little streets and the magnificent Abbey we headed for a twilight spa session at Thermae Bath Spa.
The rooftop heated pool is great during the twilight session as it’s all lit up and looks over the lights of Bath, as well as the Abbey.

We then hit the town….DSC03085 prosecco DSC03090

DSC03091Dinner was at Jamie’s Italian in Bath.
Day and night, Jamie’s Italian restaurants are always packed – probably because you know you are always guaranteed a great meal!

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Jamie's Italian

DSC03096I went for salmon with roasted veg….

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….AJ went for the more manly giant meatballDSC03098

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