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Food Court at the Marina Bay Sands

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Wandering around the Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, passing several high-end restaurants and cafes, walking down a long corridor of stores and boutiques, it ended at a food court cul-de-sac.

The food court was vast and larger than the typical selection offered at your standard mall. It, literally, offered treats from all around the world, from ramen to burgers to desserts.

Stopped at a glass case that featured a variety of Singaporean foods – which, essentially, was a combination of Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian dishes – it was the smells and colors that helped make the very difficult decision of where to grab lunch. Starting with a serving of rice, took a gander of the offerings and pointed to dish after dish including shrimp with bitter gourd and a curry entrée, and ended up with a full plate of goodness.

The flavors of the food were out of this world and everything that was expected to be spicy definitely delivered. Of course, the food available at that specific food stall wasn’t much different than what one could pick up at a local place around town, but definitely a nice offering in the grandeur of the Marina Bay Sands.

Marina Bay Sands

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 27, 2015 at 8:52 AM

Filetto di Manzo con Foie Gras

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Taking a break from the various Shanghai fare, the suggestion to go Italian one night brought forth a visit to Va Bene, in Shanghai’s Xintiandi district. According to their website, “Travel+Leisure” ranked them in the Top 5 restaurants in Shanghai in 2009. After dining there, it is well-earned distinction.

Ordered the filetto di manzo con foie gras (fillet of beef with foie gras) for a main course and it was incredible. A well-prepared fillet is always an amazing experience, but include a beautiful piece of foie gras, it takes the dish to a whole new level.

Clearly, the Chinese food scene throughout Shanghai offers a great variety of cuisine, but those times when one wishes to take a break from local dishes, Va Bene is a great destination for those international cravings.

Gorgeous foie gras at Va Bene Shanghai

Gorgeous foie gras at Va Bene Shanghai

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 10, 2015 at 6:36 AM