Saturday, November 29, 2014

White Rabbit for Our Two Point Five

The White Rabbit
Address: 39C Harding Road Singapore 249541
Operating Hours:
Lunch: Tue-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm;
Brunch Sat-Sun 10.30am-3.00pm;
Dinner Tue-Sun 6.30pm-10.30pm
Contact: +65 9721 0536
Email: eat@thewhiterabbit.com.sg
Website: http://www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg/
Ala Carte Menu: http://www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg/docs/TWR_AlaCarte_Menu.pdf


Totally out of expectation, he brought me to this fine dining restaurant. He has been keeping mum about it and didn't even allow me to peep at his phone while he's using Google map for direction. He said that he has heard/read a lot of reviews regarding this restaurant, the reviews are very different. Some mentioned that this place is good for its ambiance but don't expect too much from its food, some praised that both the ambience and food are good while some gave really negative comments. So today, we're here to try it out ourselves. There's a carpark right next to the restaurant and it's free (yay!).

The White Rabbit Entrance
The restaurant is air conditioned, spacious and gorgeous. The atmosphere in the chapel was peaceful and romantic with ceiling lights as well as the pretty windows.



We were ushered to a table in the middle left of the restaurant. It would be better if we could have the side tables with cushioned sofa (at the back of the picture below).



Thank you for the gift!! I love it so much!

<3 My first item from Chanel! <3
About 10 minutes after we ordered our food, here comes the appetizer! I love how this dish was being prepared!! The raw beef's so fresh, together with the truffle sauce and shaved parmesan, this has officially became my favorite carpaccio dish!

Rangers Valley Wagyu Carpaccio - shaved parmesan, celery cress, balsamic pearls, truffle cream (S$30++)

Cocktail (i forgot the name) - S$10++
Half an hour after our appetizer was served, our mains came together. Mine was an 36-hour Brandt Short Ribs while he took the Tagliatelle.

The short ribs was good for it's price at S$48++. Slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The mashed potato was my BF's favorite and as usual, his fork would frequent my plate to scoop some of the food he likes. The mushrooms were okay, didn't have much impression about it.

36-hour Brandt Short Ribs - truffle miso glaze, parsnip purée, field mushrooms (S$48++)

Hmmm
His plate of Tagliatelle with Alaskan King Crab was average. Honestly, if the broth's thicker, it would taste better. The fresh crab was a saving grace though. He regretted not ordering the same dish as me as my short ribs cost only S$3 more.

Tagliatelle - Alaskan king crab, pork broth, kombu (S$45)

While we were having our main dishes, there was a flaming "performance" a couple of tables away. A female chef was preparing a dessert, Crêpes Suzette right in front of the diners. It was quite exciting so we decided to order the same dish for our dessert! =D

Here it comes!
The chef gave us a step by step explanation for everything he's doing with our dish. It wasn't difficult to prepare this, just need the right ingredients and patience.

The last step before it was served!

It's very sweet of them to write "Happy Anniversary" on the plate as they only know about it when we entered the restaurant. The Crêpes Suzette was sweet and nice. The feeling of seeing the food being prepared in front of you and then served onto your table was very different than it being served out from the kitchen as you get to see the process and know what's in your food. And yes, I saw him pouring a big portion of sugar into the pan. =/ *Seeing is believing*

Crêpes Suzette - Grand Marnier, flambéed tableside (S$20)



View on my right

The dinner was about one and a half hour long. It's very enjoyable with such a nice environment and my favorite company. Thank you so much my love!! <3

Exploring Rabbit Hole just next door

Fairytale entrance
Rabbit Hole is a bar, selling alcohol. As it was raining, there wasn't any customers in the outdoor seating. Not sure if they have indoor seating.

Have a good weekend, cheers!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Las Vegas Part 3

I have been very occupied ever since I got back from Las Vegas and went to Taipei for another work trip in November (which I'll update after this post). I haven't been paying attention to this blog besides replying comments/questions. Las Vegas Part 1 and Part 2 were posted a month ago. =x Anyway, even though I don't blog for a living, I still feel obliged to do so as I really wish to share with people the wonderful (or not so wonderful) places I've been to and this also serves as a good diary for me to read in the future. =)


Part 3: 15 Oct 2014 to 19 Oct 2014

15 Oct 2014, Las Vegas
Wednesday

Craving for Eggs Benedict and curious about how it's being prepared in the U.S., I asked the concierge for a place that sells the dish and she pointed me to the café just right next to my lift lobby. Here goes my breakfast.


24 Seven Café 
Venue: Palms Casino Floor
Operating Hours: 24 Hours
Contact: 702 953 7682

Hot Chocolate

Eggs Benedict with Hashbrown (US version)
The hot chocolate was alright. I was a tad disappointed with the Eggs Benedict as the Hollandaise sauce was pretty average. The hashbrown, which was more like Marché's Rösti, tasted really normal. I couldn't remember the exact price of this meal but it was around USD 20. #notworthit

And so, today was conference day 2. Nothing to talk about what happened during work hours except combating jet lag. It started to kick in. I thought I was alright as I didn't sleep throughout the 26 hours journey from Singapore to Las Vegas and everything was as per normal till today. Zzzz

Palms has a free shuttle bus for guests (you need to show your room key) to the Forum Shops at Caesars in the Strip, last shuttle departing at 8pm. My colleagues and I boarded the shuttle towards the Strip at about 7pm.











"What should I have in America as a first timer here?" My colleagues mentioned burger and hot dog. We chanced upon Haute Doggery @ The Linq and went into the shop to get some hot dog buns.


Haute Doggery @ The Linq
Address: 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd  #L30, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Operating Hours: 10am - 12am
Contact: 702 430 4435
Website: http://www.hautedoggerylv.com/




Selfie, I looked really tired. #jetlagsfault

Menu
Overwhelmed by the choices of hot dogs on the menu, I chose Polish USD 5.49 (before 8.1% tax). It was a Char-grilled all-beef polish frank, tasted OKAYYYYYY. Added chilli and mustard sauces to enhance the taste.

Char-Grilled All-Beef Polish Frank (USD 5.93 after tax)

One of my colleagues, Fabian, was promoting Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte so much that I got to try it myself. As it was already 8pm and I wouldn't be able to sleep if I have any caffeine now, I requested to change the latte to cream instead.

Poster promoting Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks Menu in Las Vegas

Starbucks Menu in Las Vegas

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Cream
I'd say that the taste was unique and probably latte would taste better than cream. Green Tea Cream/Latte still rank first in my favourite Starbucks drink list.

Sipping my cold Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Cream, we headed towards Planet Hollywood to Gordon Ramsay's Burgr! The streets leading to Planet Hollywood was so Paris. I need to go there one day!

Eiffel Tower

Paris




Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood Entrance

Gordon Ramsay Burgr
Address: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109
Operating Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-12am; Fri-Sat 11am-2am
Contact: (702) 785-5555
Website: http://www.gordonramsay.com/us-restaurants/las-vegas-restaurants/gordon-ramsay-burgr/

Gordon Ramsay Burgr
There was queue outside the restaurant when we arrived at about 8.10pm. The 3 of us waited for approximately 13 minutes to get to our seat. It was faster than I thought! So excited while looking at the menu on the poster while we were queuing! The flames (in the picture above) were real and the standing next to it while we were queuing was quite "hot".

Menu
Bar nearest to the entrance

My view of the kitchen while I was sitting

What a cute menu!

Creative menu
Here comes our burger and truffle fries!!!!!
Truffle Parmesan Fries USD 11
Best truffle fries I ever had!! Together with the awesomely fragrance tomato sauce and yummy mustard sauce (if I remembered the 2nd sauce correctly), the combination was so heavenly!!!! MUST ORDER IF YOU ARE THERE.

My Euro Burger, BEST BURGER IN MY LIFE

Euro Burger - truffle aioli + goat cheese + arugula + oven roasted tomato (USD 16)
Oh my god. I never imagined that a burger could taste this good! Really good! I could easily sink my teeth throughout the huge burger. Top & bottom of the burger were so soft, the mixture + beef (you can choose how well-done you want it to be) was well combined. AHHH, BRING ME BACK PLEASE!!!

My colleague's burger (I forgot what he ordered =x but he was very satisfied as well.)
I got to say that this was the best meal I had in Las Vegas. The expensive steaks at fine dining restaurants I had previously in Vegas were no match to this simpler and relatively much much much cheaper burger. Gordon Ramsay, you are really awesome to keep a burger restaurant up to such a high standard!! Can't wait for your new restaurant opening at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore! =D

We walked around the Strip after the enjoyable meal to explore more areas and to digest all the heavy food we just had. Stepped into Venetian, the original Venetian, it was bigger than the one in Macau (which I been to in 2012).



Candy coated apples
Cute chocolates











Looks like MBS hall in Singapore





We took a cab back to our hotel after this statue. What a fulfilling day with GR's Burger digesting in my tummy! =)


16 Oct 2014, Las Vegas
Thursday

Last day of conference!! Today will be my last full-day in Las Vegas as I'll be catching a morning flight back home tomorrow. =/ I actually missed home a lot, as well as my BF even though we were in contact whenever I have wifi. I didn't have breakfast today as I was still full from the hot dog + burger I had last night.

Geared up for the last day of conference!

Lynne Matcha - Sounds like a real name, not bad eh?

Yummy buffet lunch sponsored by company

Limousine Ride
The Palms to Fremont Street

Work's over, it's finally PARTY TIME!!!!!! I never thought that I will ever take a limousine! And tonight, I took it not only once but THRICE! The limousine was so cool! It fits more than 20 of us, with some sitting on the floor. Music was blasted and there's a TV screen displaying the music video, playing Pitbull's with all the sexy babes, Rihanna's and all the popular R&B club songs. Many of them were high, screaming and shouting while dancing to the music in the limousine. No, I was not one of them. I was a silent observer. =P

Getting on-board

Squeezing in

Smile!

Disco lights


Result of opening the window while the limo travels at xx km/hr

The limo which our boss paid for us for our return-trip from the Palms to Fremont Street. Thank you!

Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Las Vegas
Address: Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Website: http://vegasexperience.com/

Fremont Street was the old "Strip" of Las Vegas. It has been replaced by the current Strip, which is more modern. However, I would prefer Fremont Street to The Strip. Why? Fremont Street is like a big carnival with performances, music, great lighting and happy people. You can buy alcohol everywhere along the street. There's no shortage of food & beverages, of course you will see casino at every 50 steps.

If you don't wish to cab or to take a limousine to Fremont Street, you can take the bus I took on Sunday as mentioned on Las Vegas Part 2 when I headed to the premium outlet.

Upon entering, we saw these hot babes in bikini. Sorry, the pic isn't clear!
Here, a clearer one!






Do you see the flying "fox"?



Twist

Flying fox on top of Fremont Street, sounds like fun! Nothing is free in Las Vegas, you got to pay for it.
A shop for the bikers
No kidding, there was a bunch of bikers in their bikers suit hanging around just right outside the shop.

Triple George Grill
Address: 201 North 3rd Street, Downtown, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
Contact: 702.384.2761
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun 4pm-10pm

It wasn't easy to find a restaurant that could accommodate so many of us. We waited 15-20 minutes for them to get our longgg table ready. 






Long table dining
M's main dish

My main dish: Porcini Ravioli - Mushroom Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce (USD 15.95 before taxes, USD 20.11 after taxes and gratitute)


The interior
My porcini ravioli was not bad. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant as the food was alright, not fantastic. *I miss Gordon Ramsay Burgr* T.T

Sexy girls dancing on bar table




Typical tourist shot, thank you Fabian for lending me his drink for the photo =)


Okay. If you are lonely, you can call Megan. Don't say bojio.
The same limousine picked us up at 11pm back to the hotel. Limousine count: 2. This time round, everyone was even higher than the previous trip as we had dinner and also alcohol on most of our hands. I didn't buy, wasn't a fan of alcohol anyway.

And so, we gathered around the bar at the lobby. As I mentioned before that I haven't been to a strip club, my colleagues were excited to bring me there. I was hesitating as I didn't know what to expect, how crazy the crowd will be in a strip club! Nevertheless, I gave in to my extreme curiosity and went ahead with them. #YOLO right?

Since we were in a big group, a limousine provided by the strip club came over to our hotel to pick us up. Limousine count: 3. It took quite a while for the limousine to arrive and some of my colleagues actually backed off, some went back to their rooms to sleep and some hanging out with the others at the lobby's bar.


Spearmint Rhino
Address: 3340 South Highland Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Contact: 702-796-3600
Website: http://www.spearmintrhinolv.com/

A strip club that provides complimentary limo services and free entry for both men and women. They will not allow you if you never bring your identification card, so do remember to bring it along when you go to any clubs in the states as well as anywhere in the world.

Do I really have to describe what I'd seen in the strip club? I'll briefly talk about it but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, alright? Rest assured, I didn't do anything funny. Yes, as expected, there were plenty of thinly dressed, if not naked, women of different races/nationalities, no Asian though. The ladies will go around, lean towards guys (they won't touch girls) especially and would ask if they want a lap dance. Each lap dance costs USD 20-25 for the duration of one song. During the lap dance, the girls would take off their bikini top and ya..... OKAY NO MORE.

Also, there's a stage where the girls will take turn to dance and shake their bodies, two at a time. You can tip, at least a dollar note, to any of the girls you like. It was pretty fun to slip a dollar bill into their top/bottom.

It was an eye opener although I was disappointed that most of the girls there had boob jobs. A strip club was never in my check list but I got to say, I experienced a new type of night life that some guys frequent. Girls, if you wanna see, no worries, just go! Cause the female strippers will never bother you for a lap dance. It's the only club that I think it's safe for us ladies! BUT, this will not be a case if you go to a male strip club.


DISASTER

Last night in Vegas. It was wild, it was fun and it was unquestionably memorable. I love America!! This trip was a blast! UNTIL, I RECEIVED AN SMS FROM UNITED AIRLINES THAT MY FLIGHT GOT CANCELLED AT 3AM.  >:(

WHAT?? They got the audacity to cancel my first flight out of Las Vegas towards San Francisco just 8 hours before the flight?! You got to be kidding me. My flight was originally scheduled at 11:02am and everything was ruined. United Airlines re-booked my flight to 1:34pm via Washington, returning directly back to Singapore which I would arrive extra ONE DAY later on 12.10am Monday, 20 Oct 2014, relative to my original plan which was to arrive on 12.10am Sunday, 19 Oct 2014. I looked closely at the new itinerary, they put me overnight at Washington. Upon calling United Airlines, the help desk mentioned that she couldn't confirm if the airline will provide overnight accommodation at Washington. HELLO??? Are you expecting me to spend my night at the airport?

No, this was ridiculous. The first person who attended to me actually hung up on me after some help. I wasn't sure if it's the line's problem or that woman just got tired of helping me finding alternative. Oh my god. Never imagined that this could happen to me. Frantically, I looked through all the flights that flies from Las Vegas to San Francisco. There's an earlier flight at 10:06am departing Las Vegas and arriving San Francisco which would connect to my next flight SFO-NRT perfectly. I calmed myself down, called the help desk again, using the direct line which my VP kindly gave to me (at nearly 4am, thank you!!!). The line got through so much faster comparing to the public help line. This time round it was a guy. He's very friendly and I told him that I want my previous itinerary, he just need to change my first flight from 11:02am (the cancelled one) to 10:06am. THAT'S ALL. How could they re-route into something so ridiculous that will delay my journey by one extra day? So disappointed and mad at United Airlines. >>:(

I didn't sleep the whole night as I have to pack my luggage and prepare everything before I set off. Why did it have to end this way? ='( I was glad that there were people helping me via Whatsapp when I told them my situation. Thank you so much. =')


17 Oct 2014, Las Vegas
Friday

Went down to take away Mcdonald's breakfast at 5.30am

Pancakes with Sausage
And so, I checked out of the hotel at 7am to get to the airport. I met an elderly in the lift and also at the check out counter queue. He spoke to me, ask me where I'm from and praised that my English is very good. I told him that English is Singapore's first language and he was sooo surprised. Same goes to the taxi driver who sent me to the airport. He was amazed that Singaporeans could actually speak fluent English. *Oh my* Well, I got to admit that Singapore is really a small country and U.S.A is so huge! It's not surprising that people from the West do not know about us. There are some people think that Singapore is in China!

My taxi ride from the Palms to the LAS airport was USD 25.90, I gave the driver USD 30, expecting a change but he didn't give me anything. =/ I think it is common to give tips in the U.S. and he was expecting the USD 4.10 to be the gratitude. It's alright. As long as I can get home safely.


Las Vegas Airport

United Airlines Self Check In Kiosks



Waiting for my flight to San Francisco
I fell asleep once I sat down on my seat. I was extremely tired from being awake all night and all the energy was being used up when I got notified about the flight cancellation. I did wake up right in time to take pics of a glorious sight when the plane flew past the desert.

Flying above the desert

San Francisco Airport

I did not need to go past another immigration at SFO airport as I already did so at my first point of exit from Las Vegas airport. I walked around SFO airport, grabbed a hot chocolate from Peet's Coffee & Tea which tasted good and headed to my departure gate. Sadly, there's no personal in-flight entertainment even for Economy Plus cabin, except a big TV at the front, as this Boeing 747 was a pretty old model. (Should I say) thankfully that I was really tired, I slept most of the time except for waking up to eat at 3 occasions.

Cute Currency Exchange booth at SFO Airport


Delicious Hot Chocolate



Tomokazu: Very famous Japanese Restaurant with super long queue




Dinner

Tired-max-with-no-make-up-mandatory-plane-selfie
Snack

Breakfast

18 Oct 2014, Tokyo
Saturday
Narita Airport (Tokyo)

It was like rush hour at Narita airport. I had to buy something for myself at a boutique ^^ and also some yummylicious Japanese snacks back home within a short time limit before my last flight NRT-SIN. Happy that the flight, Boeing 777, has personal in-flight entertainment and I got 2 seats (which is the whole row) all to myself. =D

Hello Japan



Dinner

19 Oct 2014, Singapore
Sunday

BF was waiting at the airport for me. I could actually take a taxi back home but he came to fetch me as we didn't see each other for a week. Aww <3

WHAT A JOURNEY!! Despite all the hiccups, I really did enjoy the trip as a whole. America was a dream and now I fulfilled half of my dream. Of course, Las Vegas was a dreamland. I need to go to other parts of USA to explore the real America, which I will certainly do so in the future. I need to work to fill up my emptied pockets now. Spent too much money overseas! I'll be updating on my next trip to Taipei soon. Thanks for reading! Cheers!


#LCinUSA posts

2016 Seattle-Arizona (Blogging soon)
  • Apr 2016 Part 1 Seattle
  • Apr 2016 Part 2 Arizona Road Trip
  • Apr 2016 Part 3 Arizona Road Trip
  • Apr 2016 Part 4 Arizona Road Trip
2015 Seattle

2014 Las Vegas