It is that time of year again, time for the 2019 Singapore National Day Practice. Every Saturday from 15 Jun 2019 until National Day on 09 Aug 2019 the entire show is rehearsed TWICE each Saturday, which is a first.
I am lucky enough to have a great view of the preparations from my balcony. Though, IMHO, 8am on a Saturday is a bit early for Tanks…
Odette serves Modern French Cuisine that, if you have the cash, is worth a try. Recommend booking well in advance to get a table, especially now that they are rated the best restaurant in Asia.
“We hope to make Odette an honest and welcoming experience for everyone. This is where every ingredient has its place and purpose, and is treated with the utmost care to highlight its purest flavours. Beyond creating signature dishes, it is our passion to source for the very best produce to underscore our cuisine.” Julien Royer
One of the options is to pair wine with the Odette degustation menu. I recommend doing this as it adds to the experience as it is would be difficult to select the appropriate wines to go with each course.
The weather was still very good on my second day in Madrid, so I went for another stroll / bus trip around the place. I also wanted to check out the Asia Exhibit at the Spanish Naval Museum (Y EL Museo Naval).
But before we go for a stroll, forgot to add a few pics of my Andalusian “snack” from the previous day.
The reason I was in the area was to attend a work conference in Madrid Spain, so took advantage of the opportunity to have a look around the place.
Madrid is an attractive city in winter, doubt it would be as nice a place to visit in summer where the temp regularly exceeds 36C / 100F. There is not much cover, also explains why the locals escape in August.
The second stop on our Priorat Tour was Clos Figueras for lunch and a bit of wine tasting.
The History of Clos Figueras
In 1997 René Barbier, his family (the same family that owns Clos Mogador) and a few friends purchased Clos Figueras.
It took around two years of work to rejuvenate the terraces before planting new root stock of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and Syrah which they brought in from the Southern Rhone Valley.
In 2000 Clos Figueras purchased a number of other vineyards that were planted with mature Grenache and Carignan vines, increasing the land holdings to about 18 hectares.