On 17 Oct 2017 I attended the Gaig & Gramona dinner with the infamous Robert Rees of Wine Exchange Asia at Gaig Singapore. The dinner was a special event as Carles Gaig was in Singapore from Barcelona.
Carles Gaig’s family has been in the restaurant business with Taberna d’en Gaig since 1869, he took over the business in the 1970’s from his mother. In 1989, after a renovation of the restaurant, Taberna d’en Gaig was renamed Restaurant Gaig, which won a Michelin Star in 1993. Carles himself was named the Best Chef of 1999 by the Real Academia de Gastronomia. In 2004 they closed Restaurant Gaig and opened a new restaurant called Gaig within the Hotel Cram, they also found time in the same year to win the Academia Catalana de Gastronomia’s Best Restaurant of the Year award.
In 2015 Gaig decided to try their luck with a restaurant in Singapore called La Ventana, which I have enjoyed a number of great meals at. In 2017 they moved from La Ventana to Gaig Singapore in Stanley Street, which I really like, especially as it is 2 blocks from my office. The Singapore outpost of Gaig is run by Núria , Carles’ daughter, she does a fantastic job, ensuring that everyone who is lucky enough to dine at Gaig has a very enjoyable visit. Read more
Whilst in Florida my friends decided that they would take me to The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum at Fort Pierce. I had no idea that this place existed, guess I should have done more research about the area. The UDT-SEAL Museum is definitely a good place to visit if you have an interest in Military History.
The Museum was dedicated in 1985 and was designated by an act of the US Congress as the Official National Museum of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors, the Underwater Demolition Teams, in 2007. Even though the Museum is designated by Congress it receives no Federal funding it is reliant on private donations.
The location of the UDT-SEAL Museum is considered the birth place of the UDT’s. In 1943 the US Navy took over parts of the Florida Barrier Islands to establish the US Naval Amphibious Training Base at Fort Pierce. The base was used to train US Navy crews on how to operate the various types of amphibious landing craft, US Navy personnel who managed amphibious assaults, Navy Scouts / Raiders and the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs), the fore-bearers of the UDT.
After a great dinner it was time to check out 6th Street Austin Texas @ night. The only problem is that it was a Sunday Night, so it was pretty quiet. 6th Street still has a few places to have a drink and hear some good music.
First a few pics of Congress Ave near my hotel. Love the retro signage. Read more
Austin Land & Cattle is another haunt for local Austinites, known for its steaks which it has been serving since 1993. Considering I had been in Texas for over a week and I had not had a steak as yet. Time to remedy that.
This would also be my last time, this trip, with my friends Jane and James, so a special night.
Apologies for the poor photos, not sure what I was doing wrong with my camera in the restaurant, probably forgot to check the settings, my bad! Read more
After a great breakfast at Cisco’s I needed a walk, Downtown Austin Texas was waiting for me to get lost in it. Although, actually getting lost in Downtown Austin would be pretty difficult as the place is well laid out, just like my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia.
One of the great traits of Austin is the mix of the old and the new architecture with a dose of “Austin Weird”. Read more