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- My hot husband taking me out on a date.
- The beautiful white and stark blue decor at Blu Kouzina.
- Some of the tastiest meatballs I’ve ever eaten!
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Today’s date was our “K” date – so we [tried] to fly kites, and we ate kiwis.
There’s no obvious need for Gideon for an “I” date. Consequently, babysitting was arranged. Yippee! We were overdue for a child-free date. I made contact with Gideon’s Singapore grandparents and worked out a time for them to come watch their surrogate grandson. Additionally, I told them it would be a surprise for Andrew.
Monday night as Andrew called me to let me know when he’d be leaving work, I told him that Gideon and I would walk down to meet him at the bus stop. As this is pretty common, he had no reason to suspect any plans beyond a normal evening. When he got off the bus and met me, he noticed I was wearing a dress, and their were two individuals waiting to whisk Gideon away; then he had reason to suspect.
I convinced the husband to play along and just follow me to our destination. He didn’t know until we arrived at Itacho Sushi that I found a way to have sushi for an I date. Any reason for good sushi, right?
And boy was it good sushi! I followed the suggestion of an online review and ordered the gyoza (Japanese dumpling – we normally love these anyways) with green tea salt.
Intriguing you say? Oh, it was – but delicious! It added a depth of salty flavor that enhanced the crispy dumplings!
The dishes seemed to be served as they were ready because Andrew’s salad and our edamame (deliciously salted!) were served last. Instead, after the gyoza we were served our sushi.
First up was pork sushi.
I know it sounds weird. Believe me, I had a hard time trusting that something that doesn’t swim in the sea could make good sushi… but it was moist, fall-apart-in-your-mouth, and flavorful – the things good sushi should be!
Next we did a standard tuna. Predictable, but still tasty.
To keep in theme with ordering intriguing menu items we tried the roasted duck sushi.
Absolutely bursting with flavor!
All in all, a delicious dinner, but not so filling that we didn’t save enough room for dessert. We walked to Little India for dessert. While walking I asked Andrew if he had any guesses what we were going to do for dessert. I looked at his face and then quickly decided I didn’t want to know if he knew or not, so I changed my mind and informed him to tell me later. Fickle me.
It’s not uncommon for it to be quite warm in Singapore, even in the evenings. It was probably in the 80s as we walked to dessert. So it is only fitting that we completed our walk at 320 below – somewhere where we could cool off!
The intriguing name comes from the fact that liquid nitrogen boils (turns to gas) at -320.4F!!! (That’s -195.8C for the non-Americans reading, and 77K for the nerds. Anyway you put it that’s cold!)
“Alright, now you’ve gotten out of hand,” you might say. “How does liquid nitrogen fit in with an “I” date?”
This awesome shop uses liquid nitrogen to make Ice cream! You pick your flavor. Then they put the ingredients into a standard Kitchen Aid mixer. What’s not so standard is what happens next: They turn the valve on a pipe right next to the mixer that pours liquid nitrogen (abbreviated LN2) into the bowl, essentially instantly freezing the ingredients. Because it is done at such a low temperature and because it happens nearly instantaneously, you don’t get the annoying ice crystals that is notorious for messing up the consistency of ice cream. Instead, the result is one of the creamiest ice creams known to mankind! (I’m done with my Chemistry rant for now.)
Besides the fact that we are two science nerds, it was a lot of fun to see the process happen right before your eyes as they whip up your personal serving of ice cream.
Andrew picked out the owner’s recommendation, “Bailey’s Chocolate.” For the myself, the idea of having “Tiramisu” in creamy ice cream form, was irresistible.
While the chocolate was good, the tiramisu was a definite winner. Since we were the only ones in the shop, and the ice cream was that good, we just had to have a round two! This time we chose Raspberry frozen yogurt and lemon sorbet.
The lemon sorbet wasn’t as tasty as we were hoping for. (Hey, we had really high expectations based on round one!) But the raspberry frozen yogurt was probably the best frozen yogurt I’ve ever had. And that’s high praise.
You know how I changed my mind about asking if he had a hunch about where we were headed? Well, good thing. Because somehow he had spied the ice cream place in his facebook news feed, and with an I date… well he’s a smart cookie. Good thing I didn’t know the surprise was spoiled till later.
Looking back, I realize now that the date ended up being quite an interesting one, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Oh yeah, I can’t end a post about an “I” date without saying, “I love you, Andrew!” 🙂
Ooops – I quite forgot that I never posted pictures from our F date.
We were so blessed by my sister’s visit. We soaked up all the babysitting my sister had to offer. She watched Gideon so that we could take our D date.
And then we were blessed again (okay, again, and again, and again…) specifically for my birthday. Her gift to me was for Andrew and I to go out to a fancy dinner. She would be the financier of our fancy dinner and our babysitter as well! Andrew took away the need for my indecisive self to decide on a destination: He picked out the place and made reservations for the night after my real birthday.
We went to Flutes.
Okay – so maybe we weren’t going in order. But I figured it was such a fancy date that we couldn’t not let it be our F date. Who cares about E anyways? :p
The atmosphere for the date was just perfect.
It was light enough that you didn’t feel like you weren’t struggling to see what the nuances of color on your plate were, but dark enough to feel cozy and romantic. While you could hear other people in the restaurant, neither did you feel like you had to raise your voice to be heard by your partner. It was just the right ambiance for a “fancy” dinner 😀
But of course, I enjoyed the company even more than the atmosphere.
It took us a little time to decide what we wanted to select from the menu. Andrew chose the “Chef’s Table” set menu, while I decided to go all out and pick out individual choices for each course.
The soup was so rich and creamy but so good, compared with Andrew’s bright flavor’s:
As much as my scallops were delicious, Andrew’s foie gras was probably my highlight of the night.
Yeah, you read right. We had a fancy dinner – so we did it in style, with a pallet cleanser. Actually, we didn’t plan this except for that it was part of Andrew’s set meal. But when they brought Andrew’s out, they also brought a complimentary one for me. I guess they didn’t want me to feel left out!
It was just the right bite of citrus flavor to prepare our tastebuds for the richness of the main course.
The lobster probably won the most impressive and flamboyant presentation award for the fancy dinner.
It was surely some tender and flavorful meat! This was Andrew’s highlight. It was that good.
Again, only Andrew’s set meal had dessert. Good thing too, because I was quite stuffed.
I was hesitant to try Andrew’s Chevre Panna Cotta because our last fancy dinner had panna cotta that we were both less than impressed by. However, I’m glad it was part of the set, because it was delicious.
They gave me a complimentary Chocolate Hazelnut Pie.
It was an absolutely wonderful FABULOUS FANCY F date! (I’m sure we glad we didn’t resort to French Fries for F 😉 )
Thank you to my sister for a great birthday gift.
C = my turn.
I met Andrew as he got off the bus from work with his favorite Starbuck’s beverage:
Coffee-base, sugar free vanilla, venti (we shared) frappucino with 2 shots of espresso
We headed off to get some Chicken Satay from the Clementi Hawker Center.
We took our dinner with us to the Chinese Garden.
Our timing worked out that we arrived at the twin pagodas in the gardens right as the sun was setting.
We had ourselves a nice little picnic on the water.
Since Gideon came along with us, the least he could do was give us his Cheerful Company.
This date made us realize how we need to get out to the park more with Gideon. He acted like he had never seen grass before! He really wanted to eat the grass. (In his view, I guess there was a lot to go around.) We distracted him with a cucumber.
It was a convivial date.