HIGHLIGHTS FROM SINGAPORE

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SINGAPORE

Gardens By the Bay

This was our first trip as a family with Benjamin to Singapore (and my second time there) for the opening of Lavo on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands (the Bali portion of our trip will be in another post will be in another post!). I wanted to highlight a few things from our trip, including how I navigated eating plant based in one of the most meat heavy countries I’ve ever been to. I always say when you keep the mindset that there will be plant based options everywhere you go, there will be…however, this trip challenged my motto and I want to share how I still managed to make it work. Make sure scroll all the way down as I will share more on the food with you toward the end with correlating photos.

Here is a list of all the places I recommend visiting if you’re in Singapore.

 The view outside our hotel room at Marina Bay Sands The view outside our hotel room at Marina Bay Sands

The famous infinity pool on the roof of Marina Bay Sands.

Marina Bay Sands from a distance on a typically gloomy day in Singapore.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

 The Orchid garden at The Botanic Gardens The Orchid garden at The Botanic Gardens  They would kill me for sharing this but here you go. Haahhahaha They would kill me for sharing this but here you go. Haahhahaha

From my personal experience almost everything in Singapore (from my experience) is made with animal products. Literally…almost everything. Even the vegetable ramen is made with pork broth. (Why tho?).  I could have easily let this get me down, but thankfully I hunted everywhere (literally) with my friend Mona (@drmonavand) for some plant based options everywhere. The above picture was my breakfast in my hotel room. We went to the grocery store in the mall (yep) and bought a ton of bananas, apples, oranges, and avocados so we could make our own avocado toast in the room. May sound weird and frugal to some but I’m proud to share that I will not pay $4 for a single banana for room service. I got creative and added beans for my breakfast part two (looks and sounds gross but it sooo good), mushrooms and cooked spinach on my toast some mornings. I started my mornings with tons of fresh seasonal fruit that they left in the room with a mix of the fruit I bought at the store. I highly recommend this simple way to create your own breakfast if you can’t find your go-to on the menu when traveling.

Noah thought this combo was gross but I loooved it and it made me happy. These canned beans def bloated me (can’t lie, and this is why I soak and cook homemade beans at home instead of buying canned beans), but it was so good and kept me full for awhile. Please note that 4 slices was more than enough. 🙂

I ordered a salad in my room at least once a day to make sure I got my greens in. The room service salad was actually one out of favorite meals of the whole trip – it was made with butter lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas and a lemon vinaigrette dressing. I also bought a few bottled green juices at a cafe in the mall and asked the hotel to clear some space in the mini bar so we could store them there along with some bottled apple juices I bought for B from the mall grocery store. I’ve never had an issue asking a hotel to do this if the room doesn’t have a refrigerator. It saves you so much time and money!

This was from the Ramen restaurant in Marina Bay Sands. Mona and I ordered a salad with white vinegar, cucumber sashimi, edamame, and tofu. Not pictured…my white rice with soy sauce that is the absolute best back up if a restaurant doesn’t have many plant based options.

 Elemen was the best Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant Mona and I found in Singapore. It was sooo good and we both highly recommend this simple little spot. Elemen was the best Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant Mona and I found in Singapore. It was sooo good and we both highly recommend this simple little spot.

This Vegan roll was amazing, (fried) but still amazing.

I pretty much order the same thing whenever I go to Lavo. I order a mixed green salad, gluten free penne pasta with marinara sauce and basil with a side of asparagus and mushrooms. It’s one of my favorite meals 🙂

 This picture pretty much sums up what Benjamin ate most of this trip. He's become so picky as he's gotten older, and God forbid the oatmeal or any other food he's used to eating looked any different than the usual he wouldn't touch it. I ordered him a strawberry and banana smoothie every day, he ate lots of fruit, I tried to get a green juice in once a day, and white rice with soy sauce (I prefer ponzu sauce over soy but they did not have this anywhere) was also a great go-to for B although he admittedly asked for french fries for every meal. I tried to do the best I could do while we were away but it was definitely a struggle. As soon as we got back home the first thing he asked for was his smoothie and mama's oatmeal. This picture pretty much sums up what Benjamin ate most of this trip. He’s become so picky as he’s gotten older, and God forbid the oatmeal or any other food he’s used to eating looked any different than the usual he wouldn’t touch it. I ordered him a strawberry and banana smoothie every day, he ate lots of fruit, I tried to get a green juice in once a day, and white rice with soy sauce (I prefer ponzu sauce over soy but they did not have this anywhere) was also a great go-to for B although he admittedly asked for french fries for every meal. I tried to do the best I could do while we were away but it was definitely a struggle. As soon as we got back home the first thing he asked for was his smoothie and mama’s oatmeal.

New Year’s Eve opening at Lavo Singapore with my love.

New Year’s eve eve with Mona 🙂

Possibly one of my best New Year’s Eve’s yet. So much amazing energy and we literally danced the night away. Shanina Shaik, Ericka Hunter and Mona Vand 🙂

I hope this post was helpful in navigating healthy plant-based food options while traveling. Please comment below and share anything else you’d like me to include.

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