Photos From The Kitchen

It’s amazing what you can manage with a simple, handheld camera sometimes.  My wife was in the kitchen preparing a Filipino dish called sinigang and I happened to have my camera out, taking photos of the Chinese New Year decorations around the house, so I snapped some photos of some of the ingredients:

A leafy green.  I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s not bad tasting.  It seems like there are a lot of leafy green vegetables in the supermarkets here with a lot of different names that all taste more or less the same.  I like them, so my wife usually adds plenty.

This is radish.  In the US I always associated the word radish with the small veggie that has a red tinted skin and a powerful bite, that go on salad.  Here, radishes also come in large, root looking form and have a blander taste.  I love it when it’s cooked in sinigang so my wife adds extra.

An onion.  I’m not sure where the blue tint on the wood came from, but it looks nice right?

The same onion along with fresh garlic.

After taking those photos I filled a cup with ice.  We’ve had an ice tray that we bought at Ikea for about two years.  It makes ice in the shape of hearts.  I realized I’d never taken a photo of it, so here’s an icy heart:

And here’s an icy heart melting in Grass Power, a local wheat grass drink:

Toffee Nut Lattes

The toffee nut latte is the one exception to my rule about not liking Starbucks.  Most of their drinks are watered down tasting and overpriced.  What you wind up paying for is the name and the ‘experience’ of sitting in their cafe.

The toffee nut latte is still damned expensive, with the ‘venti’ costing 7.30 SGD, but it tastes good and there’s definitely something relaxing about sitting at a Starbucks enjoying a drink.  I’m not so sure my enjoyment of the drink comes from the actual taste of it.  It’s not bad but it’s not anything incredible.  I think it comes from the fact that it’s a holiday drink, only available at this time of year, and it’s the first sign that Christmas is fast approaching.

Livita Energy Drink in Singapore

Livita Energy Drink
Livita Energy Drink

I saw this Livita on the shelf in the drink section of the grocery store at Whitesands (Fairprice I think) and at first thought it was medicine that had been misshelved. My wife glanced at it and told me that it’s an energy drink that’s also sold in the Philippines under another name. A quick look at the label and ingredients told me she was right.  I asked her how it tasted and she said it was good.  The packaging just seemed a bit off to me, though.

So, instead, I bought a can of Red Bull. I drank that a lot when I was in the Army and it seemed to work well, except when I was doing that leadership training (aka PLDC, aka WLC) anyway. I was only getting 4.5 hours of sleep per day for weeks back then.  I could have slept standing up!

Another reason I bought the Red Bull is that when I pointed it out, my wife said she’s never had it before so I’ll let her have a taste.  She asked me if it’s good and I had to admit that it’s something of an acquired taste.  I hated the stuff when I first started drinking it, but it sort of grows on you.

Pocari Sweat

No, a Pocari isn’t an animal, or a person’s name.  It’s a drink!

I’ve seen this quite a few times and always intended to snag a photo of it, but I just never got around to it.

Would you drink something called Sweat?  When I look at this can I think of the sweat sliding down someone’s back, so … well no.  Just not for me!

What this does make me wonder though is who was in charge of naming this product?  In today’s world, multicultural awareness is something of a must, and I get the feeling that the company missed the mark when they branded this.

Any idea what the original message was supposed to be here?