Since we live in Singapore, I wasn't sure if my husband -- who is in the U.S. Navy -- had to work on Columbus Day. When I found out he didn't have to after all, I whooped with joy! Then, I decided to take the day off writing my Moving Mondays posts and enjoy a date with him on Dempsey Hill. Once a British army barracks, the lush area in Singapore is now filled with restaurants, upscale grocers and furniture shops.
We started our date with lunch at The Dempsey Brasserie, which is appropriately described on its website as "hip" yet "unpretentious." Normally, I wouldn't recommend that one try the french onion soup in Singapore. The couple of times I've eaten the soup here, the broth tasted off and I only got a tiny dollop of cheese. And french onion soup should be smothered in cheese, right?! At Dempsey Brasserie, I was surprised that I loved every bite of the french onion soup. The broth tasted of fresh herbs and the soup was topped with grilled bread and an appropriate amount of cheese. A+ to the restaurant for that dish alone. Of course, we enjoyed our other dishes too. The best part of our lunch, though, had to be the chance to talk to my husband without being interrupted by his work Blackberry phone or our chatty three year old. :)
Once we finished our meal, it was time to walk around Dempsey Hill and furniture shop. Our goal: to find a coffee table that would replace the one that broke during our move to Singapore. The stores, which specialize in Asian-style furniture, offered us a myriad of options. Eventually, we found a gorgeous teak coffee table that would look perfect for our living room. Hooray!
Tell me friends, what did you do on Columbus Day?