Grandpa and Grandma took the boys for the weekend so Pilgrim Dad and I got to have a date last night. We haven’t done this as regularly as we used to ever since the Primary One early-morning action began, so we really relish our alone time when we get some!
After church on Saturday evening, we headed over to Tuckshop for dinner. I had eaten there once on the recommendation of a friend, and liked the place a lot. It’s a little hole in the wall along Tanjong Pagar Road (opposite the Duxton shophouses) and serves low-key, good quality, cafe food. Pilgrim Dad had the fish and chips, and I had the steak sandwich, both of which are among their more popular dishes. But the revelation for me was the ice-cream, which they bring in from Ice Cream Chefs. If you follow this blog, you might know that the Pilgrim family are big fans of Island Creamery. So it was a great delight to discover another establishment that creates its own locally-flavoured ice-cream. Pilgrim Dad had the Nutty Peanut Butter, and I had the Nutella Delight. I discovered later that they have other local flavours like Milo Peng, Durian Decadence and Kaya Lotee. Oh my!
After dinner, we went home and watched Akeelah and the Bee, a DVD which we had rented. Thoroughly enjoyable, and I would heartily recommend it for any family movie night. The movie is about Akeelah, an 11-year-old black girl from the inner city who aspires to win the national spelling bee. The story is a classic tale of the underdog, well told through a strong script and sterling performances by Keke Palmer (Akeelah), Angela Bassett as her mother, and Laurence Fishburne as her tutor. The film is rated PG due to some “light” profanity, and was also criticised for stereotyping Asians, but is otherwise heartwarming and eminently watchable.