Posts Tagged ‘Strawberries’

Cameron Highlands’ Fresh Produce.

March 30, 2008

My helper cooked a stir-fried cabbage dish this morning and it was good. However, nothing can really beat the vegetables I’ve tasted at Cameron Highlands last year. The vegetables there were fresh, crunchy and sweet. In addition, the strawberries were so plump and juicy.

Here’re some photos from the trip.

Check out the colours on these.

Honestly it wasn’t that much fun travelling up and down the steep slope to Cameron Highlands in a bus, but these fresh produce sure made it more worthwhile.

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Food Photography Tips, Part III.

February 26, 2008

Part III – The Continuation of the Composition of Food Photography

Today I’ll be covering Focus and the Message.

1. Focus

There are 2 types of focuses:

a. Limited Focus – Photos with an ‘artsy’ feel

When I took a photo of this Colourful Kueh Lapis, I wanted to focus specifically on one Keh’s multiple layers. Such photographs are used more in Naked Food Photography.

b. Maximum Focus – Photos including display components

I’m not sure if this is the best example, but it does show many different Chinese dishes that my Grandmother cooked for dinner. You can see her (at the top of the photo) pointing to the food and encouraging us to start eating. Such photographs are used more in Packaging Photography, which allows the photographer to showcase an array of items like a different food products distributed by a particular company. For example, Procter and Gamble.

2. The Message

What is the message you want your photographs to bring across to your viewers? Do you want people to see your food as “I so got to get myself some of that now!” delicious, sweet, soft, hard, sour or even mysterious? Here are some of my examples.

The message: Fresh and naturally sweet strawberries.

The message: An absolutely scrumptious pasta dish.

The message: Artificially and sinfully sweet donuts, that are incredibly delicious.

The message: Unusual Durian Chee Chong Fun, only for the adventurous and not for the faint-hearted.

I hope you’ve all learned something today. 🙂 More tips coming up tomorrow.

My Top 3 Restaurant Suggestions for Valentine’s Day in Singapore.

February 12, 2008

I hope this is not too late, for those of you who plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in just two days. Perhaps this might be a good last minute suggestion for frantic love birds out there, searching for a place to dine with that someone special.

These are top 3 on my list not only because of its amazing food and service, but also because of the memories that I’ve forged there on previous occasions. The 3 top restaurant suggestions for Valentine’s Day would be Harry’s @ Holland Village, Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant and Corduroy & Finch.

1. Harry’s @ Holland Village
27 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: 6467 4222

I first went to Harry’s @ Holland Village only because of my friend Derrick, who performs live every Thursday or Friday nights, 9:30pm at Harry’s. It’s a great place to be if both you and your partner love music coupled with an energetic crowd (of mostly expatriates). I tried their Fish and Chips, it was excellent. I never fail to have fun whenever I go to Harry’s @ Holland Village. I rate them an overall 4 over 5 Stars.

2. Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant
5 Koek Road
#04-05 Cuppage Plaza
Tel: 6734 2492

Unfortunately, I could not find any photos of this place and I didn’t take many photos when I was there. My boyfriend brought me here for my birthday last year. He told the chef to surprise me with a “birthday day ice cream creation”. The service here is top notch. It was a perfect evening filled with smiles and great food. The foie gras, BBQ beef and garlic rice were superb. Even the BBQ corn was out of this world. Most importantly, it is a really intimate place and it has a very authentic and romantic aura to it. I rate them an overall 5 over 5 Stars.

3. Corduroy & Finch
779 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6762 0131

The food is great and they serve desserts like “Handsome Strawberries” – which are actually strawberries dipped in chocolate that look like tuxedos. Most important of all, my boyfriend and I will be celebrating our Valentine’s Day at Corduroy & Finch. I am really looking forward to that. For now, I rate them an overall 4.5 over 5 Stars. Let’s see if their ratings improve after the 14th of February.

😀