Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cavalock and Wargaming Dessert Weekend

Looking at my recent posts, it would appear that I'm eating waaaay too much beef lately. And that's never good or at least it's what folks are saying these days. So something healthy for a change, and what's more healthier than ice-cream and waffles? Hah!

Last weekend saw me in Tiong Bahru and it's a neighbourhood that I don't normally find myself in. But I think I now have a couple good reasons to drop by more often. For starters, my friend's latest Creamier outlet is there. Yah, I know its been there for a few months but it was just easier to head to the other outlets for me. Nicely hidden in that neighbourhood, bit of a walk from the main road and bus-stop too.

One of the best performers on UK's stock market, Games Workshop has opened their second Warhammer outlet in Tiong Bahru. They are behind the miniature games that I play, like Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. The one where I spend hours and hours painting. I was there for the shop's opening and they had some limited edition stuff for first few customers. Love the special store opening dice! The free pin was for the first 25 in line and I had to queued in the noon sun for like an hour!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cavalock and The Gym Villain Team-Up

After viewing all them mesmerising videos of overflowing ikura and reading the food reviews, we finally hauled ourselves over to Kyuu along Keong Siak Road. There's only the Omakase dinner menu to choose and of cos I had to have a high ball to go with that.

Couple of the highlights from the list of 10 dishes with the almost non-stop avalanche of (extremely) fresh ikura being tops. I'm not a huge fan of lotus root but the lotus root with sweet soy sauce was an unexpected delight. All that sashimi was another favourite that everyone enjoyed.

Then came the penultimate ikura and rice just before dessert. It does live up to the hype if you are anywhere near being an ikura fan. But one of the more memorable things bout that evening was this guy and his social escort/hooker that was seated at the bar right next to us. Quite a spectacle. I can't think of any politically correct way to describe his or her appearance but they certainly enjoyed themselves.

Gotten back to the gym and one thing I like doing there is giving names to the folks working out there. I'm usually there in the off-peak morning so the place is pretty empty. There's the Marvel Comics' Kingpin lookalike, Batroc the Leaper cos he's (I think) French and very fit plus a buncha Putins. Yah, more than one Putin lookalikes here. It's like a crazy super-villain team-up every time I work out. I refuse to know their real names cos that humanises them. Hah!

Me Dad found an eagle's nest at Fort Canning couple weeks back and has been snapping some pix.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Cavalock and The Marbled Meat Madness

First I wanna say 'wakey-wakey' to all the sleeper agents here who are activated for the summit event. You know who you are. Time to finally earn that paycheck! :) Back to food now! It ain't everyday I get to sink my teeth into beefy goodness that's this tender here in Singapore. I have to thank Masa Steakhouse at Robertson Quay for that. Chargrilled wagyu meat from Japan that's quite different from your ang mo steak joints like Wolfgang. The insane marbling is the kinda thing you don't see or savour everyday. Cos of all that delicious fat, this ain't the kinda steak you wanna stuff yourself crazy with. Not cheap either but worth the three-figure price tag.

The crab cakes are great too. Tough call to decide this or the Mezza 9's crab cakes are better. Anyway this is a pretty dark and intimate restaurant, not exactly what I was expecting. But I could certainly find no fault in that. Passed by the place numerous times and I'm glad we finally took the time to have dinner there. And no meaty Japanese meal is complete without a highball.

I'm still somewhat amused by the things I find in our local supermarkets. Spotted these that I believe are new and may be unique to their respective outlets. Asahi Dry Black at Cold Storage and Fairprice. Very, very tempting.

Not your everyday Kit Kat, these from Meidi-Ya are from the U.K., not Asia.  Not bad, according to Baker-at-Home who bought them.

Saving the best for last! Hah! Yes, pig masks or like the real skinned heads of pigs. Taking your Journey to the West cosplay to a whole new level! I know you can get one from your local wet market but this is the first time I'm seeing it in a supermarket, the Thai supermarket at Golden Mile to be exact.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cavalock and The May MishMash Roundup

Feels like ages since I wrote anything here. Been busy with new and old stuff, some I like, others not so much. Well, more stuff I like than not which I guess is a good thing. The Baker-at-Home and I got to drop by Bread Street Kitchen for their popular Beef Wellington Pie which she learnt how to prepare from Masterclass organised by Bread Street last month.

Not bad but little too dry so I had to kinda go crazy with the sauce there. Their fish and chips is still one of my favourites here. Always a good enough place for dinner at MBS.

The aim of the month was to try as many new things as possible and one of those was me attending a reformer class. If you ain't sure what that is, go Google it. I ain't making it easy for you since the reformer sure as hell didn't make it easy for me. Not that the workouts were tough, just that I was the only guy (as in the only male) in the class and me being naturally self conscious to the max, it was ...well, rather uncomfortable. Reminder to self: Never wear short shorts to a reformer class, wear track pants!

First time for everything. A few weekends ago, I snapped and posted my first selfie on Facebook. It's something I have never done before and also something I absolutely detest doing. The only reason I did it was cos it was the only way to get the above two free ork figures for my Warhammer game.

So yah, I pretty much sold out on my principles for two little plastic figures. I guess it's also a reflection of how low I would go for anything game related and geez, it's lower than I thought. Think how much I was willing to sell out for an entire board game!?! Who's glad I'm not in politics?

In my defence, those two figures are rather fun to paint. They are 'mercenaries' and I could add them to my Order army. Totally useless through except maybe as disposable guys to engage the enemy first to like, tie them up a bit while my main guys move into position.

One of the unique experiences of life in lazy breezy Pasir Ris. No, not my neighbourhood. Sweet muther of gawd, no, just no.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Cavalock and The April Board Game Blowout

Finally made our way to new steak joint Wolfgang at Riverside for lunch couple weeks ago and after that experience, this is gonna be our go-to place for a fancy steak meal instead of Bedrock at Somerset. They are both kinda in the same price range and I much prefer the ambience at Wolfgang as well as the more attentive wait staff. Of cos, gawd damn bestest steaks we had here in Singapore in a long time.

Funny thing is we almost stepped into a Wolfgang back in Tokyo last year. It was right after our visit to the Snoopy Museum at Roppongi and we walked pass the restaurant just as they were opening for lunch. But after we looked at the price and also since we had just spent a small fortune on Snoopy merchandise, we just kept on walking. Heh!

Last month April turned out to be an excellent month for board gaming. Since the beginning of the year, I have been keeping track of the tabletop or board games I played and last month I played 39 games, from 25 different titles. And out of those 39 games, only 10 of them were mine. The rest were friends' copies. I still got more than a few unplayed games in my collection but this here is a way of making sure I'm playing the games I bought. And of cos it's always important to be doing the things one enjoys.

Santa Maria, a little brain burner of a game but still lotsa fun. Also, one of the few games that I actually won.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Cavalock and The Labour Day Sensibilities

Slowly settling back into a routine, the subtle kind of normalcy that I believe most people crave for but are just too afraid to say out loud in today's world. It's alright to not wanna be super ambitious or 'king of the hill'. Anyway I got back to my 'own-time-own-target' writing and the Baker-at-Home got to do what she does best. As in last week, she baked this here apricot bread while I was busy putting together a mobile game project for a friend.

It's not unusual to forget that the rest of the world celebrates Labour Day in different ways. This year we got a chance to spend Labour Day holiday at a friend's home for a good ol' burger BBQ. I guess that's how they do it in the US, non? Helped ourselves to some cheesy delicious home made meat patties. And there's a huge blueberry lemon cake that's not in the picture too. Plus that's real honest porky bacon down there, not some pseudo turkey crap.

Guess I still can't stop mentioning bout this year's Japan trip just yet. Hah! One of my best buys, a handy Snoopy and gang tote bag that's huge enough for two boardgames!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Cavalock and The Home Break Catchup

Believe it or not, there's still a ton of pix and tales from this last Japan vacation but I figured 13 or is it 14 posts bout the trip is enough. Hah! Been a crazy busy few weeks since we got back. I got sick, got better. Bought more boardgames from Amazon Prime. The Baker-at-Home attended a beef wellington course at Bread Street over at Marina Bay Sands several weeks ago.

Absolutely enjoyed herself. The class prepared their individual beef wellingtons in the afternoon and had them for dinner later. It really looked impressive from the photos she took. Speaking of photos, me Dad has been snapping more wildlife pix all across the island. His stakeout at Bishan park got him these shots.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cavalock and The Sweet Treat Appeal

As the Baker-at-Home is an avid fan of Netflix's Kantaro, the Sweet-Toothed Salaryman, this Tokyo vacation wouldn't be complete if we didn't drop by at least one of the shops featured in the show. So we ended up back in Kagurazaka for the second time this trip for famous dessert shop Kinozen. The last time we were in this neighbourhood was a couple days prior, we had the incredible wagyu beef set but the popular traditional dessert shop Kinozen was closed that day.

The Baker-at-Home had the above best-selling azuki beans and matcha Bavarian cream dessert. That's what everyone usually orders I suppose. I had the one below although I forgot what kinda beans they were. It looks pretty heavy but it isn't really. Not bad. There were also lots of sweet jelly cubes below them beans and you can imagine once you pour the brown sugar syrup over it, it all turns into this sweet yet nicely balanced dessert.

I thought it was funny how I was the only male patron on the second floor what with everyone else there being the opposite gender, young and old. Came down after the meal and saw all the older gentlemen waiting downstairs for seats. Hmmm.... guess it's one those 'ya-gotta-be-there' moment. Anyway some of the desserts are seasonal which makes it another place that deserves a second visit if we are back ever here again.

Some people look forward to the free booze, others the latest movies. To me, the best part of flying is I get a chance to play retro DJ. I do this all the time. Start with 20 minutes compiling tunes from the 1950s to 2000s cos everyone knows anything after that is just pure monkey crap. Then I'm set for the rest of the flight just mouthing to every song, tapping my toes and drumming my fingers while reading me iPad. It's like a freakin' personal DJ booth in the sky. No other passenger can see me doing all that and that's just the way I like it. Anyway this SQ flight, I got to enjoy the second season of Rowan "Mr Bean" Athkinson's Maigret, all two episodes of it (yes, just two episodes). Based on the novels by Georges Simenon, Athkinson plays the titular character, a Parisian chief inspector solving whodunits in 1950s Paris. So SQ had the 2017 second season and with each show bout an hour-and-a-half long, I finished the entire season under three hours max. Excellent series and refreshing to see the talented actor in such an earnest role. Now all I need is to find a way to get my hands on season one (also merely two episodes!).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cavalock and The Obligatory Hokkaido Tokyo Food Collage

I don't know how many folks actually follow me on this blog but this is something I do whenever I step outta the country. Well, I think I do know at least three of your nice folks out there who do, you know who you are. Anyway thanks and now the Obligatory Food Collage returns this year for a double Hokkaido Tokyo treat. Hah!

I reckon the only time I been to Tokyo and not drop by gameshop Yellow Submarine in Shinjuku was during a work trip a lifetime ago. I have been buying sooooo many little Japanese boardgames during my last couple trips that I have yet to play them. Kept it controlled this time and only bought three small games. Unfortunately I have yet to play two of them, so same old again. Any boardgamers out there?