Ottie and I came across a three-legged kitty while scouting for a place to take outfit photos at one day. I was so shocked at this kitty anomaly that all I could utter was the question, “why does it have three legs?”, like a broken record. Luckily, a passerbyÂ heard my voiced confusion and said that this kitty was probably mauled by a dog a few months back and was found with its paw dangling bloodily by a thread. Someone had brought it to the vet to get it treated, but I guess the limb had to be amputated after all. It was sad to hear of what this kitty had gone through, but also heartening to know that I live among people with hearts of gold. After all, the neighbourhood cats loitering around are technically strays, and vets here are prettyÂ expensive.
For a cat that had experienced this much trauma so recently, it came as a surprise to find that it wasn’t at all shy. It came over to where I was standing to join in the photo-taking. We couldn’t leave it alone after it hobbled all the way asking for some pettings!
Ottie and I took Mum to Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar for a dinner treat. We’d been so impressed by their Gnocchi when we tried it earlier this year that we felt the need to introduce it to mum, who’d been MVP of the houseÂ lately. Also, I just want to put it out there that the only reason I was able to remember the name of this restaurant was because of this guy here.
We started with the Antipasto Misto A ($48 SGD), which was aÂ sample plate of six tasters. But first, our waiter brought out a spoon containing an appetiserÂ and introduced the meatÂ item, and as he turned to leave, he heardÂ me telling mum that she wouldn’t be able to eat it as it contained meat (she’s a vegetarian). He came back andÂ told us that the Antipasto that Ottie had ordered for us also contained meat, and offered – in fact heÂ insisted – on changing mum’s portion to a vegetarian one.
What great service, even though it was our fault for not notifying them in the first place! It honestly slipped our minds, and really the only thing I cared about was the Gnocchi, so we didn’t actually check the contents of the antipasti.Â It’s great when the service truly matches up to the food and decor.
Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola ($28 SGD) – Spinach & Potato Dumplings with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce. Ever since I learnt about it in Argentina, Gnocchi is my go-to whenever I see it on the menu (just like how Onion Thosai is my go-to ever since India). Garibaldi’s was the best versionÂ I’d ever had. Unfortunately, mum didn’t fancy it too much, probably because of the odorous Gorgonzola cheese? A pity, sinceÂ this dish was the sole reason we’d brought her here. We wound up bringing the class of the place down by laughing over apparentÂ lactose-intolerance in my family.
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.