Merry Christmas !!!
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Have a Blessed Christmas Everyone !!!!!


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Simple Creamy Pasta with Sausages
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Since there is only the two of us at home and lead busy lifestyles, I'm always experimenting with simple one dish meals. Our favourite is pasta. It's so easy to whip up a simple but hearty pasta dish.

Inspired by the
Creamy Pork Fillet with Pasta I had at Edelweiss Cafe, I made this simple creamy pasta dish :-


Pretty Multicoloured Pasta : )
 
With the Creamy Sauce with Sausages, Celery and Basil


Winter Solstice Festival
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Today, December 21, 2008 is the Chinese Winter Solstice Festival (aka Chinese Christmas) or the Dongzhi Festival (hokkien - "tang chek"). Synonymous with the celebration will be the making and eating of  Tang Yuen (hokkien - "ee") or glutinous rice flour balls.

These multicoloured Tang Yuens are commonly taken with a sweet syrup made with rock sugar / gula melaka, screwpine leaves and some ginger. However, there are also variants where some serve it with a savoury soup base made with dried shrimps (hokkien - "kiam ee")

The Winter Solstice Festival marks the start of a 14-15 day season in China where day is longer than night in mid-winter. During the olden days, people in China used to consider the festival as the beginning of a new season and New Year, when longer sunshine meant more brightness and positive energy.

The whole family will get together to make the rice flour balls which symbolises fullness (hokkien - "ee" means round) and togetherness. The Chinese also believe that when we take the Tang Yuen during the Dongzhi festival, we become one year older (rolls eyes & gulps)



The Taj Hotel in Mumbai
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I was going through my photos and came across these photos of The Taj Hotel  in Mumbai. These shots were taken from The Gateway of India just across the road on December 16, 2005.

 
The Taj Hotel
 

The Taj Hotel

The Taj Hotel


The Gateway of India

 



Swiss Lunch at Edelweiss Cafe
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Edelweiss Cafe  is a Swiss restaurant located at the Armenian Street  enclave where famous landmarks like the clanhouse of Khoo KongsiThe Syed Alatas Mansion  and Dr Sun Yat Sen's Penang Base  are also housed.



Edelweiss Cafe @ Armenian Street





Random photos of the quaint interior with lots of antiques - I Love It !!!!









Antique Cigarette Advert and A 1953 Map of Malaya


Special BBQ Pork Ribs


Creamy Pork Fillet with Pasta


The Perfect Company :-)


Paulaner  Weissbier Nature White

Food Burp - 7/10

Beer Chill Factor - 3.5/5


 
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Countdown to Mamma Mia !!!
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Drinks at Farquhar Bar at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
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Visitors to this blog will also notice that other than my love for BEARS, I also love BEER :)

The
Eastern & Oriental Hotel  is The Pearl of the Orient's oldest hotel (although it underwent a major facelift a few years ago). It was established way back in 1885 by the Sarkies Brothers, when Penang was under the British rule.

The Farquhar Bar is a cosy and quintenssial British Pub offering wholesome English pub food, a range of beers on tap and a well stocked bar.

Patrons can choose to unwind in the cheery indoor lounge or outdoors at The Deck by the pool whilst enjoying Penang's skyline.

Farquhar Bar
Farquhar Bar at the E & O
 
Lounge
Lounge
 
Lounge
Lounge
 
Outdoor Lounge
Outdoor at The Deck by the Pool
 
Pool
Poolside
 
Really cold pint of Carlsberg and Tetley's
 
Retro looking coaster :)


Beer Chill factor - 4/5

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Mission Accomplished !!
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Today, December 15, 2008, I accomplished 2 things I have been putting off for a long long time

1)  I finally started a blog, and

2)  I managed to catalogue my Russ Teddy Town Bear collection :-)



Sunshine and ShowersGift Bearing BearsMasquerade Ball BearsGolfing BearsThe Archer, The Fisherman and The HunterFlapper Girl, Spanish Dancer and BallerinaThe Businessman and the ArtistThe Policeman and The PilotThe Horseman and The Royal GuardThe Scottish and The TeacherSanta and his AngelsThe Jester and The GraduateWinter BearsThe Casualty and SherlockLittle Bo Peeps
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