Have a great day!
Here’s a link to my art – http://art.vernellenoel.com/. I invite you to share and purchase as many as you like for yourself and your friends!
So last week after some encouragement from my cousin (Clayton) and friend (Bob), I decided to work on a personal project I wanted to for some time, but never had the time. Thank you Google and Lynda.com for helping me with Dreamweaver! I built and designed my website featuring my artwork, my architecture sketches. Here it is – http://art.vernellenoel.com/index.htm
I have been working on it non-stop since Tuesday (they don’t call me an Insomniac for nothing!). I am happy to now tell you all that it is at a stage that I can share it with you. It is still a work in progress, BUT things are working. I still have many, many more sketches to upload, but things are up and running.
I wanted to push all I can as I begin my PhD in Architecture this Fall at Penn State University… in case I forgot to mention it to you all. In a few days my priority will be my work (PhD research and study), so I wanted to give this all I can with the remaining hours I had. I am happy and excited for it all! I am particularly excited about my Sketchsperiments! Check them out!
Thanks again for all your encouragement and kind words! Oh I love the interweb – ;-)
Vernelle Noel a.k.a Thinking Insomniac
Now before I begin talking about Bikini Bar, I must show you one of my favorite spots and views on Sentosa Island, Singapore. My weekend spot. Now on to my review of Bikini Bar on the Siloso Beach walk, Sentosa.
The Bikini Bar is located on the beach.
Entrance area of Bikini Bar. Waitresses are all clad in bikini tops.
The food – Potato wedges and a lime margarita. Both were good, especially the margarita in that HEAT of the Singapore sun. Whew!!
Check the view in the background… Beautiful yeah?
Their spicy wings – really delicious! It’s my favorite thing to order there. A nice crisp on the outside, soft tender meat on the inside. The wings are filling.
A close up
A Singapore Sling
I forgot to mention, in Singapore, alcoholic drinks are usually very, very weak (Singapour a friend of mine once said). Drinks are like juice, barely any taste of alcohol. Bikini Bar however is not like that. The alcoholic drinks, are actually alcoholic drinks. Thank you!!
Nicely garnished I would say..
More views – relaxing and beautiful! I would always wait for the sunset before leaving…
Bikini Bar is one of my favorite spots in Singapore. I thank Jason – who I think manages the spot – for always making sure his guests are well taken care of.
Here’s a ink to the restaurant – http://www.bikinibar.sg
Have a great one!
In January (while living in Singapore again) I noticed that every time I had lunch or dinner I would feel bloated, so I had to find out why. A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was probably gluten intolerant and described her symptons which sounded exactly like mine! Eureka! I spoke with her and did some research. This new knowledge made me very aware of my diet and I began cooking all of my meals. This meant no more meals at hawker centers for a while. I am a scientist after all and I had to test my variables to test my hypothesis. In the US this would not be anything special, but in Singapore where food and eating is a tourist attraction, this is quite a decision. I not only decided to cook my own food, but I am a designer at heart and I wanted to design my food. Whatever that meant. I started a blog documenting my culinary journey but never got time to post as often as I would have liked (http://theculinaryarchitect.wordpress.com/). After approximately 2 months I realized that I was sensitive to gluten.
Managing two blogs takes time, so in the future if and when I want to share my culinary delights I will do so here on Thinking Insomniac. Today I will share with you my post from February 19th on homemade protein bars since many of my friends always ask how I made it. Enjoy!
Today I wanted to make protein bars. I had peanut butter that I did not even open as yet and wanted to make a healthy snack. I found this website (http://neilarey.com/) which had really fantastic workout routines, I loved the drawings, and saw that Neila Ray also had a recipe for a protein bar. I actually did my own take on it and sort of combines her protein bars recipe with her energy ballz recipe.
My ingredients – Whey protein, raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, peanut butter, oats, dried ginger
Raisins, dried cranberries and dried apricots
Whey protein and peanut butter added to coconut cream
I then added the oat mixture I had (rolled oats, raisins, pistachio nuts, almonds, and more)… MIX. I didn’t have a mixer, so I used the natural mixer, my hand.
I then flattened the mixture out on a plate and cut it up into bars
I wrapped them in wax paper and placed them all in the refrigerator. I ended up with a lot of them! I think 35 of them.
If I am unable to have breakfast before leaving home on mornings I take one with me and have it to tide me over until lunch. They taste great! And my favorite part is the little surprise of ginger pieces that I get in mine. Mmmmm!!!
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My friend took me to Veni Mangé in Port of Spain, Trinidad last week for lunch. Here was my experience. Sign paying homage to Allyson Hennessy above.
“Veni Mangé came into existence in December 1980. The name Veni Mangé is French Patois for ‘Come & Eat’ Now located on the popular Ariapita Avenue, the restaurant is housed in old Colonial home, clay colored with demerara windows, local art, tropical plants, colorful décor and overhead ceiling fans. It epitomises Caribbean ambiance. Veni Mangé is run by sisters, Allyson Hennessy (deceased – pictured above), a Cordon Bleu Chef and sister, Roses Hezekiah.” – from Veni Mange website.
We were warmly greeted by Roses (I think it was Roses) who was the epitome of the Caribbean woman, beautiful, warm, felt like family, and a beautiful smile. She escorted us to our seats, asking us where we preferred and opening the windows for us to enjoy the breeze.
Before placing your order you are greeted by beautiful and delicious coconut bake! This is a Trinbagonian past-time. It was and still is one of the most comforting things for me to eat when I come home to Trinidad. My grandmother’s coconut bake was unforgettable. In addition to the bake looking so inviting, I loved the checkered towel it was placed in. Oh so homey!
I ordered grilled shrimp in chadon bene sauce (chadon bene is a family to cilantro) and my friend ordered the West Indian stewed beef with dumplings. Our entrees were served with (pictured above) bhagi rice (from top left), potato salad and fried plantains, vegetables (which was really pak choi) and red beans. Oh it was a feast!!!!!!!!!!! It looked and smelled sooooooooooo good! But the pièce de résistance was about to arrive..
Close up of the bhagi rice
Potato salad and fried plantains
Stewed red beans
Now for the entrees…
Stewed beef with dumplings. Five-finger a.k.a star fruit a.k.a carambola for decoration.
Another view with some watercress too.
This was my baby, my darling, just looking at this and my mouth is watering again…grilled shrimp in chadon bene sauce
Now, if memory serves me right the menu said “grilled shrimp.” I didn’t taste the grill on the shrimp, BUT the shrimps was one of the most delicious tasting shrimps I have ever had! It tasted like a chadon bene ceviche or a shrimp chow! BEST THING EVER!!
Another view! I ate my sides and left the majority of my shrimp for last.
We left room for dessert. I had the rum trifle and my friend had the prune dessert with custard (I can’t remember the name).
Inside the run trifle
A closer view of inside the rum trifle.
The prune dessert
Inside the prune dessert
The desserts were great! If I were Veni Mangé however I would place the trifle in a clear glass or bowl. The beauty of a trifle lies not just in its taste, but also in its layers. Glass dish – yes. I would also put a lighter layer of custard atop. The entire thing was a little too sweet and I felt the custard overwhelmed the delicious fruits and cake below a bit. I would do the same for the prune dessert. They were both great however. Now for the decor…
The brightly colored furniture, windows, ceiling fans, demerara windows, colorful artwork depicting Caribbean life and Caribbean people. The seat covers are reminiscent of the dresses worn by bélé dancers in the Caribbean.
Brightly colored furniture and jalousie windows (with louvers).
The artwork and plants…
A close up of the painted table top and beautiful tile
More of the interior
White painted ceiling, demerara windows, wooden floor and furniture at the bar
A wall of famous Trinidadians
View of Veni Mangé from the outside
I thank Rose and the young lady who waited on my friend and I. This was fantastic! The food was some of the best I have ever tasted. The service was PERFECT! I felt comfortable, they kept asking us if everything was alright and if we wanted anything else. I am a sucker for fantastic service and they gave it to us, all with that beautiful Caribbean smile and warmth.
Here’s a ink to the restaurant – http://www.venimange.com
Have a great one!
My friends and I made reservations at Taranta Restaurant in Boston, MA. to celebrate. We were not disappointed!
We sat on the second floor with a lovely view of outside and the golden sunset.
Beautiful golden sunset.
I had the Pisco Sour – delish!!!!
It all looks so lovely.
I loved this light fixture… Beautiful design!
The sun departed… as our starters arrived
An array of antipasto. This was really tasty! Prosciutto – Mmmm
Caprese Salad – great..
This was the winner! Chickpeas, clams and more.. IT WAS SOOOO GOOD! I think its name is Coccio di pesce e legumi. It was really, really good. Now it’s time for dinner! I ordered the lamb shank… It was wayyyy bigger than I would have ever imagined!
This thing was HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
HUGE!!! Just the sight of it filled me and I could not eat more than a bite. :(
The Petto di pollo – chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella cheese and spinach. It was good.
The salmon and asparagus… also good.
The dinner winner of the night however was the lobster ravioli. Winner!!
The dining area on the second floor
Dining area on the first floor
A lovely wine cellar
At street level
This restaurant was a memorable experience. The food was great, service was great, I loved the cozy feel, the many things to look at – light fixtures, interior brick walls, trinkets and other artifacts reminding one of Italy and Peru. All in all, great job!
Here’s a link to Taranta’s website – http://www.tarantarist.com/
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Yesterday I went to the 9/11 Memorial and museum in New York. Here are some photos of the memorial and the museum.
I’ve never seen the undressed skeleton of a Calatrava.. oh this looks fantastic! Like a beast of some sort!
Across from the memorial
I really love the form of this building
This waterfall and pool is REALLY, REALLY fantastic. I was in awe. The sound, it’s vast size, the questions, the scale, it is powerful.
The names of those who perished
Entry into the museum was just like that of passing through airport security. On the right are two columns from the original World Trade Center building
Here they tell in summary the events that happened on that day, i.e. the organized hijacking of planes from different locations and illustrate the flight paths of the planes.
The Foundation Wall – a slurry wall built to keep water from the river out of the building’s foundation.
Structural columns from where the first plane hit.
Projections of the “missing” posters placed by loved ones on the days following 9/11
Heading down to the exhibit floor
Part of the communications antennae that was on top of the North Tower.
The North Tower’s communications antennae
Entry into the exhibition. Photography was not allowed so I will try to describe it the best I can.
The sequence of the exhibit matches the time sequence of that day starting at 8:46 am when the first plane hit the first tower. Videos, news footage, etc. capture those minutes. The exhibit has pieces of paper from the Towers (partially burned), identification badges of employees there, metro cards used on that day, and the top news stories of that day. On the walls are also quotes by persons on that day. There are areas where audio recordings of that day are played. Small areas with seats and how nice of them, tissues at the entry. I must point out, not every audio is the same. There are several different ones so don’t leave after viewing just one.
Survivors recounting that moment when the first plane hit, what it felt like, the debris, etc. They speak of their struggle to get out, seeing firemen coming up to help, almost knowing that this was bad and they might not get out. The events at the Pentagon and Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania are exhibited. The audio exhibit of the voice messages left by those on Flight 93 tore my heart. One lady called her husband and said (voice message), “Tell my children I love them [..] I hope I see you again.. I love you baby (crying as she speaks).” That one just killed me and makes me tear up as I write this.
The words of the officers guiding people out of the lobby also stuck with me, “Don’t look up! Don’t look back! Just RUN!!!!”
Another shot of the structural columns from the original WTC
You can see more on the memorial’s official website here – http://www.911memorial.org/
If you can make the trip, I suggest you visit the memorial.
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