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Culinary Adventures in Singapore

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This weekend and the beginning of the week has been full of culinary adventures. I want to make sure I get to eat all the Singaporean food possible before I leave. Since my residency is almost over, this concern is more pressing than ever!

On Saturday, I went to Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar to try their brunch fare with some friends. The Eggs Benedict are great as is the Croque Madame. Though be warned, if you are looking for a traditional French Croque Madame, you will be severely disappointed. It is a Singaporean re-imagination of the French classic, but having said that, it was delicious. The coffee was also spot-on. (Though for an even more flavorful espresso, try Forty Hands in Tiong Bahru.)

Food is such an important part of life here and consequently, everyone wants to know what traditional Brazilian food is. Although from São Paulo, I am a big fan of food from Bahia – in truth, I am a big fan of everything from Bahia. I made a fish moqueca for one of my friends to try and it was a success! My friend compared it to curry, which I thought was quite interesting.

On Sunday, I visited the National Museum and then went to try the “best laksa in Singapore”. It was at a hawker center behind the larger Jalan Berseh center. I also had great kopi there!

I went to watch the light show at the Marina Bay Sands yesterday. For dinner, I had cereal shrimp (so delicious) and satay. Then some milk tea with pearls for a dessert.

Check out Modgam’s Playground – it is a great blog that has some foodie advice for those of us in Singapore as well as some fun posts on fashion.

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Author: Heidi Celeghin

ARTIST’S STATEMENT The theories guiding my art practice are largely defined by my academic background in Decadence and Aestheticism. I am concerned with the status of the image: seductive, unknowable, dangerous, and immortal. The image exists in a liminal space between illusion and reality, lies and truths, life and death. As such, the image represents the sublime. Once created, the image exists beyond the artist – it grows independently from the artist and is constantly being recreated. On the one hand, it captures a single, exquisite moment in time and therefore holds the valence of stasis and death. On the other hand, the image’s perpetual recreation means that it captures the myriad of experiences Walter Pater discusses in the conclusion to The Renaissance and therefore, it holds the valence of metamorphosis and life. It is particularly fascinating when the distinction between Art and reality begin to fall apart. Is it Art that imitates life or life that imitates Art? Major Events and Public Projects: Houston Zoo, painting-for-conservation initiative (June 2011-present) Barcelona World Race, Team Neutrogena artist (December 2010-May 2011) Select Exhibitions: Singapore via INSTINC artist residency, solo exhibition (June 2012) Limb Design, Houston, Texas, group exhibition (April 2012) Jack Hanna Gala, Houston Zoo, solo exhibit (October 2011) Watson Gallery, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (October 2011) Norma R. Ory Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2011) Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, Awty International Gala (2011) Willard Straight Art Gallery, group exhibit for Forword Literary Magazine (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2008) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2006) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2005) Art Fairs: Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong (2013) Affordable Art Fair, Singapore (2012) Affordable Art Fair, New York (2012)

3 thoughts on “Culinary Adventures in Singapore

  1. hi there, i am from Singapore! You can checkout my blog for food joints too! =] we can share foodie ventures!

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