An Italian Feast - Basilico at Regent Hotel

posted on: Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cold cuts section - Freshly sliced ham
Cheese Platter section
Fresh lobster & sashimi
Head Chef Angelo proudly showing how to serve Melon with Parma
Regent-Hotel-1-2 Regent-Hotel-8-2 Regent-Hotel-9-2 Regent-Hotel-10-2 Regent-Hotel-12-2Since I came back from Italy, I haven't had Italian food for some time as the flavours here simply can't compare to Italy. Italian food to me is hearty, comfort food, since Italian cuisine tend to use extremely fresh ingredients, retain its original flavours and if cooked, it's cooked with gusto. Food, especially in the South of Italy, is celebrated and there's nothing better than having freshly made pesto or homemade bolognese sauce.

I jumped at the chance to try Basilico at Regent's Hotel, which was known for its amazing buffet spread. I simply couldn't contain my excitement when I saw the authentic Italian spread! They have everything from cold cuts, to seafood, to sashimi (italiano style), cheese platter, salad station, fresh mozzarella balls and multiple varieties of tomatoes... I was just totally blown away by the freshness of ingredients.
Oven baked Focaccia with Black Summer Truffle & Rabola Cheese
The mains
Tiger Prawn Risotto with Lemon Zest & Herbs
Roman Style Roasted Pork Belly, Amarone Wine Poached Quince Apple and Minted Fava Beans
The dessert table did not disappoint either. It was a beautiful spread of Chocolate Mousse cake, bread pudding, creme caramel, Dark chocolate torta, Carrot Cake, Pistachio cake... besides this dessert island, there was another section of chilled dessert and homemade gelato station as well. So, for all those sweet tooths out there, there are more than 10 different options! My absolute favourite was the Dark Chocolate Salami - perfect for the intense dark chocolate lovers out there.

As for the mains, they felt a little heavy for me, as I am not a huge lover of steaks. But allow me to rave about the Tiger Prawn Rissotto with Lemon Zest - it was fragrant, with just the right amount of stickiness and chewiness in each Carnali rice grain. The perfect rissotto should have the rice grains slightly undercooked, just like pasta should be al dente and this one hit the mark for me. The starter, Oven baked Focaccia with Black Summer Truffle & Rabola Cheese is a must-order - the truffle is freshly shaved on top of each baked slice of Focaccia bread and the cheese simply oozes out from its crisp corners.

Suckling pig lovers should also definitely try the Roman Style Roasted Pork Belly, it was roasted to perfection with a crackling skin, slightly melting the layer of pork fat underneath, giving the pork much flavour on its own. The rest of the mains we had were Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin with Braised Artichokes and “Norcia” Black Truffle Sauce and  Tuscan Style Roasted Lamb Chops. Both of these dishes were beautifully done with premium cuts of meat - I enjoyed the Angus Beef Tenderloin more as the artichokes and truffle sauce gave a very interesting flavor contrast.

Basilico changes its Seasonal A la Carte Menu periodically to rotating ingredients featuring different regions of Italy. Every quarter of this year features a unique menu that is created by chef Angelo to give you a complete Italian dining experience. This month features Central Italy - known for its meats - Can't wait till the next time to be back for some heavy authentic Italian feasting!

Thank you to Regent Hotel for the invite. 

Hermes AW15 RTW Livestream

posted on: Monday, March 9, 2015

Naked Glory is proud to present the livestream of Hermes AW15! I have always held great respect for Hermes as a company for their dedication to quality, craft and for supporting artisans and artists alike. Can't wait to see their new collection for AW15.

Suit Up - Menswear for Womens

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Once in a while, I like to incorporate menswear into my wardrobe. I like the structure of a well-cut blazer - padded shoulders, nipped in waist and with a slight flare at the hips. I like how the rigid structure lends power and stature to a lady and immediately makes you stand a little taller.

This sky blue suit from my friend Matthew Gideon's newly launched menswear label, Deboneire, ticks all the right boxes for a suit for me. So much so that I begged for him to let me wear it even before he launched his label and knowing that the suit was not even cut for ladies.

  • Double-breasted jacket - check
  • Wide, padded shoulders and nipped in waist slimcut - check
  • Slim cigarette pants - check

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Wearing Deboneire Sky Blue Suit, accessories from Vainicious 

I think Celine is a great brand which integrates menswear and androgyny (ie, genderless) cut very well into their design. Women who dress in such cuts just carries themselves differently - they are modern, fuss-free and efficient. They belong to a league whom I aspire to - The state where they are confident enough to just be themselves without fear of being judged or of not living up to expectations or conventions.

So here's how you can choose the perfect menswear suit, or even just a well-cut blazer for yourself. (To me, cut is everything). You can find some great blazers on Zalora, or here for additional discounts.

How to Borrow from the Boys

  1. For jackets or blazers, look out for the shoulder width to see if it sits on your shoulders properly. Shoulder-padding shouldn't be too heavy unless you want to look like the 70s. 
  2. Waist of the jacket should be cut in the accentuate the waist of ladies. For lapels, you can either choose to go with classic wide lapels as what I worn here, or very slim lapels or none at all. Wider lapels will place heavier emphasis on the chest and shoulders.
  3. Pants should be cut straight but with a slight flare at the ankles. Always go for comfortable, well-fitting pants which fits snugly at the thighs and then flare out slightly after the knee.
  4. Crisp white shirts always work well, but go one size up. 
  5. Add a bit of femininity to an otherwise manly ensemble by pairing it with court heels and a good handbag. Accessories should be discreet and elegant - no costume jewellery or bright colors. 
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