Looking through the usual foodie haunts has made me realise the power and influence of timely festive baking. By timely, I’m referring to all of the fluffy Christmas log cakes, perfectly-decorated sugar cookies and comforting Christmas morning breads followed closely by the most decadent spreads on New Year parties and gatherings held everywhere. It is hence not surprising that for many, their new year resolutions would include a healthier diet, or in some extreme[ly healthy] cases, the abolition of desserts altogether.
Personally for me, weight issues are close to heart, as with the case for many ladies out there, I am sure. From being a severely underweight young lady, struggling to surpass the 40kg threshold, to a much happier me today, I find myself in a situation where I don’t want the scales to go any further, yet I don’t exactly want it to go back to the painful get-blown-by-the-wind times. And while I have been maintaining my weight for about two years now, I am aware that I have not actually made a conscious decision to be healthier.
The mister and I went for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella this evening as an early 3 1/2 anniversary gift from him (thank you soooo much, bie!). We had planned to start the date with a lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, but decided to give Sour Puss Cafe a try, since we were going to Esplanade anyway.
Previously called Too Hot Cafe, the only halal-certified eatery in Esplanade maximised its prime outdoor location and underwent an image re-branding to cater to a larger consumer market; the youths and arts centre visitors attending outdoor arts performances by the bay. With comfortable sofas and a quirky colour theme of black, purple and pink, the restaurant creates the perfect ambience for casual outdoor dining.
I never had the chance to actually savour the ending moments of 2008 as we embarked on a new year. Sure, the mister and I did our “I’ll talk to you again next year” routine seconds before the calendar turned 2009, but I had actually envisioned an entry here recollecting the best and worst of 2008; her lessons, experiences and momentous occasions.
A proper update had been put on hold because as I’ve learnt, the end of the year [and the beginning of a new one] spells celebration for many. The moment I bade farewell to snowmen and candy canes, I ran by the baking supply store to stock up for new celebrations, hoping that I left nothing out, because even stores need to go on Christmas-New Year vacation.